6 Underrated Gaming Laptops Whether You’re Into RPG or FPS


From the wide range of video game genres available on the market, there are two that remain constant favorites among avid gamers: role-playing games (RPG) and first-person shooter (FPS) games.

If you want to get main character vibes while playing, the immersive nature of RPGs is definitely for you. These games let you navigate fictional worlds as game characters, and they often contain elements like a detailed story or plot, adventures and quests, and interactions between characters. But if you prefer action over adventure, FPS games might suit you more. These games are combat-centered and let you control weapons and movements from a first-person perspective.

Many RPG and FPS games, especially high-end titles, can only properly run on devices with decent resolution and framerate. You also need lots of RAM and a powerful graphics card and processor to enjoy smooth gameplay, while an excellent cooling system is usually requisite for device health. For dedicated gamers, this is why having a gaming laptop is important.

If you’re on the lookout for powerful devices that can handle your favorite RPG or FPS games, here are underrated gaming laptops you should check out now.

A Terrific CPU-GPU Tandem

Acer Predator Helios 300

Two processing units make it possible for gaming laptops to do their job well: the central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU). These two work together in running tasks, completing internal processes, and rendering everything you see on screen—so it’s very important to get a device with excellent CPU and GPU performance if you want to enjoy smooth gameplay. We understand that identifying game-worthy CPU configuration can be tricky if you’re not knowledgeable about specs, so here’s a tip: an Intel CoreTM i7-12700H processor with a speed of 2.3 GHz Performance-core is one of the most efficient processors currently available.

Meanwhile, advanced graphic cards like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX TM 3070Ti with 8GB 256 Bit of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM will always be an excellent choice if you want your games to render easily and smoothly. With its low latency and reliable responsiveness, this GPU gives you a competitive edge and is even recommended for playing FPS games like Far Cry and Borderlands.

Good news: You can enjoy all of these features on the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-55-78LF Core i7-12700H, which is currently available at 13% off for only P113,188 (from an original price of P129,999).

Impressive AI-powered Visuals

Acer Nitro 5

Over the years, delivering high-quality visuals has become a big focus for video games—especially RPGs. To let you fully enjoy the fantasy worlds and visual effects that RPGs offer, your gaming device needs a GPU with features that can keep up with its frame rate and display requirements. A prime example of this is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, which the Acer Nitro 5 fully utilizes to deliver a visually stunning performance. 

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is equipped with a DLSS feature, which allows AI rendering to boost frame rates while retaining image quality. With DLSS, you can enjoy an upscaled resolution (and for this, we’re talking 1080p or higher) even if your game is running at a lower resolution setting. And don’t worry, because the Acer Nitro 5’s DLSS-enhanced frame rates stay stable through your entire gameplay.

From the original price of P67,999, you can get the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-57-535Z right now at 19% off for only P54,888.

A Budget-friendly Purchase

MSI Bravo 15

Whether your budget is only enough for a mid-range laptop or you’re a gaming newbie looking for a decent device to run RPG and FPS games, a laptop that can offer 1080p resolution and utilizes an efficient processor combo is a purchase that you won’t regret. Giving you value for your money, the MSI Bravo 15 runs on an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU configuration paired with an AMD Radeon RX5500M graphics card. This combination is enough to meet the required frames per second in running most video games and provide a smooth gameplay experience comparable to consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation 4. 

Score a 15% discount now on the MSI Bravo 15 B5DD-273PH, which you can get for only P51,188 from an original price of P59,995.

For Marathon Gaming Sessions

Asus TUF Gaming A17

If you need a gaming device that can deliver several hours of high-intensity performance, you should always check its battery capacity and cooling system. Despite its smaller chassis design, the Asus TUF Gaming A17 is powered by a 56Wh battery with fast-charging technology for hour-long uninterrupted gaming. Its comprehensive cooling system also uses 84-blade Arc Flow Fans to expel heat and support its energy-efficient AMD Ryzen 7 6800H mobile processor even when playing demanding games.

Always enjoy smooth gameplay with the Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707RC-HX010W, which is currently available at 8% off for only P69,088—from an original price of P74,995.

Cutting-edge Hardware

ASUS ROG Strix G513

Despite the big emphasis on software specs when choosing a gaming laptop, a device’s hardware also plays a great part in delivering efficient performance and enjoyable gaming experience. With a durable keyboard that ensures precision, you can easily control your RPG character’s movement or execute smooth attacks on your FPS games. The ASUS ROG Strix’s key switches are built to withstand over 20 million presses, so you don’t have to worry about breaking or wearing out your keycaps when the virtual battles get too intense. In terms of accessibility, this gaming laptop also offers bigger and isolated arrow keys, highlights the frequently-used control hotkeys, and has well-spaced function keys along with the entire keyboard being RGB-lit.

Upgrade your gaming rig with the ASUS ROG Strix G513 IH-HN009T, which you can now get for only P50,088. That’s a great 9% discount from its original price of P54,999!

Jam-packed Features

Alienware Desktop Aurora R13

Want to invest in a gaming device that can handle long sessions of serious gaming and run even the most intense RPG and FPS games without any problem? Get the Alienware Desktop Aurora R13, which takes your gaming experience to the next level with superior specs like an efficient 12th Gen Core i7-12700KF processor that allows intense CPU overclocking and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX3070 8GB GDDR6 LHR graphics card that promises impressive game visuals and faster data processing. This robust device also offers optimized airflow and an upgraded thermal system with its different liquid cooling options, making it easier for its processors to deliver a winning performance anytime. 

From an original price of P213,990, you can get the Alienware Desktop Aurora R13 (Dark Side of the Moon) Core i7-12700KF now at 7% off for only P198,588.

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