Streaming videos, conference calls, and games have become quite ubiquitous these days. All this is made possible by high-bandwidth internet and powerful machines.
While the PC is considered the best platform to stream videos, nothing can beat the portability of a laptop. Surprisingly, laptops these days come with enough power to match PC in performance. We believe, laptops can very much handle streaming without costing you a fortune.
Here we have compiled a list of the best budget laptops for streaming. Whether it is game streaming on Twitch, Youtube, or Facebook Gaming, or watching on-demand movies and TV shows, these laptops would never disappoint you. Surely, some of them are better equipped to perform one task, let’s say live streaming video games, and some at another, let’s say video conferencing, the main theme is their affordability.
Most of these laptops come with a dedicated graphic unit, a powerful CPU, and high RAM and Storage Capacity. We would discuss them later in a brief buying guide.
Disclaimer: You should not raise your expectations too high as all of them are budget laptops. That means you might have to compromise on bells and whistles like Advanced Web-Cam, Metallic design, and RGB lighting.
Our team has scoured the internet for hours to find the supported platforms for these laptops. As per user reviews, these laptops works best for
The laptops should meet the following bare minimum criteria.
8 GB of RAM
Core i5 processor with at least Quad Cores
Dedicated Graphic Card (2 GB VRAM)
Decent Camera and Mic
500 GB HDD or 256 GB SSD storage.
15-inch or more
Good battery performance (3-4 hours)
Multiple Ports and a powerful Wi-Fi Card
If you are into Game streaming, you will have to go for more powerful hardware specs as your laptop resources have to deal with two intensive tasks: playing games and live streaming.
16 GB RAM, 1 TB storage, and a dedicated graphics card with 4 GB VRAM should be the specs you should look out for. These hardware units will ensure that you get the optimum streaming experience without freezing or lagging.
How Does Live Streaming Works?
Live streaming consists of a number of steps in order. First off, the camera captures the video in frames. The processing unit compresses and encodes the data in real-time. The better the raw power of the laptop, the faster the compression.
The data is then divided into segments than then set to the nearest Content Delivery Network. After CDN cashing, the receiver’s machine decodes the arrived data and turns it into a video playback on the screen. Reciever location and its proximity to CDN decide the latency of streaming, but the processing power of a laptop, strength of internet connection, and bandwidth do play an important role.