Gaming is no longer confined to laptops and consoles. Now more and more people are gaming on the go using a high-performance tablet.
If you are an extremely casual gamer, a regular work tablet will suit your needs. However, if you expect to play something more hardcore, you will need a top-notch gaming tablet.
You can get a good tablet under $200 that is wonderfully suited for gaming needs.
Performance may vary depending on price, with the best performance being offered by those close to $200.
However, what these budget gaming tablets offer is similar to what the more expensive, branded ones offer.
For example, the best gaming tablet under $200 I found, the Dragon Touch X10, offers functionality on par with the Apple and Samsung ones.
So without further ado, here’s the list of best budget gaming tablets:
List of Best Gaming Tablet Under $200 – 2018
I bought this after a more expensive Samsung tablet and didn’t have many high expectations. However, this gadget managed to surprise me.
The tablet is huge so it displays graphics without cropping. There’s plenty of space to move the controls too.
The CPU/GPU was good for intensive gaming. If you have a heavy game, the load file might take up to a minute to finish loading.
However, I didn’t experience any lag.
The only complaint I have is the screen resolution. Though it’s still 1366x768, it was too pixilated for the 10-inch screen.
But it’s not too low res so I highly recommend this tablet for gaming.
It has a bigger than average screen that is optimized for media playback. So you know from the get-go this is perfect for gaming.
The screen has 10 multi-touch points, so customizing commands in the game is super easy. The tablet has dual, built-in speakers that are really loud.
Plus, the tablet weighs less than 2 pounds. It has 15 hours of battery life on a single charge.
But with intensive gaming, expect the charge to drop to between 8 to 10 hours. It has a 13MP rear camera too.
This multimedia tablet is quite perfect for graphics-rich, immersive gaming experiences.
It comes with a vibrant 1366 x 768 HD LCD screen that can make even small details stand out.
I was impressed because this screen was almost as good as my gaming laptop screen.
This tablet has two front speakers and two phone jacks so that two people can co-play without a problem.
If you play offline multiplayer games, this tablet would be perfect for your needs. It also has two front and rear cameras each.
The solid quad pro processor is definitely trustworthy and I enjoyed a great 3D gaming experience this tablet gave.
Considering that this tablet comes with only 2GB of RAM, I wasn’t a big fan of the performance.
However, the 10-inch IPS display with 1366x768 resolution is surprisingly extremely detailed. I recommend it for watching movies as well as playing games.
The processor is an Octa Core Allwinner A83T, which is suitable for intense gaming sessions. However, with the low RAM, speed takes a hit.
I had to close all other applications when playing games to avoid screen freezing. Other than that, this is a solid cheap tablet for gaming.
It is a powerful Quad-core System-on-chip (SoC) that supports 3D graphics and high-definition 1080p video decoding.
Therefore, this tablet is uniquely suited for 3D gaming.
It also supports 5Ghz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM. The resolutions and screen picture quality is truly amazing.
Though some of the specs are not up to date to support the processor’s power, this would be a wonderful gaming tablet to have still.
It runs on Android KitKat, which delivers enhanced performance for gaming. The tablet has essentials like built-in Bluetooth to pair with gaming headsets or keyboards.
It has 64GB flash memory storage that is expandable with an SD card. The screen is also really high res.
A word of caution, however: While the octa-core processor can run intensive games, the tablet isn’t designed with a gaming PC style heating system.
So the device can get heated real fast with graphics-intensive games.
This tablet, much like the Dragon Touch, offers a smooth, lag-free gaming experience. The list price is surprisingly cheap.
It’s available for Android 5.1 and above, so I could multitask on the tablet, without having to worry about performance.
This is also great for those who like to stay connected, as the tablet has Bluetooth functionality to pair up with speakers, a keyboard or similar devices.
It’s also great for listening to music and watching TV shows at a decent resolution. As for the downside, storage is expandable, but it limited to 64GB
Tips for Buying a Gaming Tablet with a $200 Budget
On a final note, here are some core tips for hunting down the best gaming tablet, even with a $200 budget:
Make sure the tablet you are purchasing is optimized for gaming.
This means better processing power than average, better GPUs and more memory. So, check the specs before you buy.
For gaming, it’s best to have a tablet with a bigger screen like 10 inches. So you can see the graphics more clearly.
However, keep in mind that bigger screens require higher resolutions to display graphics with minimal pixelation.
For example, if you see a 5-inch screen tablet and a 10-inch screen tablet both with 1200×700 resolution, the pictures will be more detailed on the 5-inch screen.
Do not expect the same gaming quality as a laptop or a TV screen. Tablets are smaller, so naturally, they offer less quality than computers and consoles.