You wouldn’t be wrong in choosing to buy a gaming tablet in 2020. Unsurprisingly, tablets nowadays are the most popular devices to play games on the go. Simple, they have large screens, they’re lightweight and they can pretty much fit anywhere!
You can literally bring them and play games outside! How convenient is this? And you can still be that kind of person who likes to play games, but don’t have to stay indoors all-day simply by bringing your tablet outside!
We made a list of the best value gaming tablets you can buy in 2020 under 500$, to play your favourite mobile games!
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
The perfect android tablet for gaming
In summary, this is our best pick for a gaming laptop under 500 bucks. Samsung’s amazing display quality, very high speaker quality and unbeatable specs just make it hard to choose another tablet for gaming.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e isn’t the latest tablet by Samsung, but don’t let that stop you. We still highly recommend it for gaming. First, because of its price. Samsung made it more affordable over its previous model, even with its superior specs. Second, the display is incomparable to its competitors. We all know Samsung makes the best displays on the market, and this one is no exception. From rich colors to contrast level, the display really is the best when it comes to image quality.
The specs are also surpsisignly good. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e can pretty much run any game you want. With its 8 Cores SnapDragon, 6GB RAM and the all-new Adreno 615 graphics, running games is not gonna be an issue. And don’t feel limited to playing games! It can easily run multiple apps running at the same time! How convenient!
Now let’s talk about the speakers. Let me just say this: they’re amazing! The deep and crisp sound makes it perfect for a great gaming experience. From low range, to high frequencies, anything comes out clear.
The storage won’t be an issue either. The lowest you can have is 64GB, up to 128GB. And even if you need more space, you can always plug-in a microSD card (honestly, I don’t think that’s gonna be necessary).
2. iPad 10.2
Best value Apple tablet for gaming
I know what you’re gonna say. Isn’t the iPad Pro better for gaming? Well, it is, but you’re gonna have a lot more for your money with the iPad 10.2 (for a good gaming experience). Its specs are similar from its previous model, but again, the display got bigger (again). I guess it’s a plus for gaming.
If you won’t need it just for gaming, you always have the option to get the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard to do other stuff like studying or artworks.
Once again, the specs are great. With the Apple a10 fusion chipset (CPU + Graphics), running games will be a piece of cake for your tablet.
The iPad 10.2 has 2 storage versions (32GB and 128GB), so you gotta be careful. If you want it for playing games, I highly recommend the 128GB one, since installing games can take up a lot of space. Many games I know take up to 5GB each. You also want to leave storage for other, non gaming-related stuff like pictures and other apps, which also take up much storage.
It’s no surprise that Apple displays are great. The resolution is 2160×1620, which is great for a device this small. The pixels aren’t visible at the naked eye, thanks to the retina technology. The colors are really good, with deep contrast levels and high brightness, making the images clear and sharp. This just contributes to an even better gaming experience if you ask me.
3. Amazon Fire HD 10
Stupidly cheap tablet for gaming
I think the Amazon Fire HD 10 really deserves to be in our list because of its value/price. No, it doesn’t have the best specs out there, but its price is extremely low, at150$. I bet you can’t find another tablet this good, at this fire price.
The body, being made of plastic, could explain its low price range. The resolution is not that great. It’s a 10.1” Full HD 1920×1080. It’s pretty standard, and it’s definitely not the best display. But like I said, for 150$, I don’t think any other tablet can beat this price.
The colors, though, are great. They’re clear and show pretty accurate colors. It’s still a pretty surprising display for a tablet of this price. I think it’s always nice to play games with nice and rich colors. Verdict on the screen: very acceptable!
It comes with a 1.8GHz Quad-Core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Like I said, it’s not the best specs out there. Running intensive 3D games (with fancy graphics) might cause you to run into small performance issues. But running basic 2D mobile games, like Clash of Clans or Angry Birds, should be pretty smooth on this device.
And in case you don’t know, it comes with Alexa! So you can basically have your own A.I. (sort of) for 150$. Not bad.
The storage is pretty standard. There’s a 32GB, and a 64GB option. There’s a Micro SD card slot in case you need more storage.
One of the biggest complaints with the Amazon Fire HD 10 is the app compatibility. There are very fews apps available on the app market on the device (don’t worry, Clash Of Clans is compatible). But for a tablet of this extremely low price, we can’t really ask for more.
4. iPad Mini 5
The Perfect smaller tablet for gaming
The iPad Mini is, obviously, another great product by Apple. But the reason why we chose it is because of its size and portability. You can bring it anywhere without carrying a bag. Just put it in your jacket and you’re good to go!
For gaming, I’ve actually always liked the idea of playing games on smaller phones/tablets. Simply because it’s easier to hold and reach buttons with my thumbs.
The display quality is slightly lower than the iPad Pro’s, but it’s definitely good enough and better than most displays on the market.
The specs aren’t bad at all, as it can run pretty much every game with minimal efforts.
Useless for gaming, but it supports the Apple Pencil! It’s convenient for taking notes in class, doing artworks, or just plain messing around with it.
You would think that, because it’s a small tablet, it would also have a small battery. Well, I’m glad to say that the battery is one of the biggest pros with the iPad Mini. You can literally play games for hours and still be left with more battery. Really great when you go on a trip, and don’t have access to power charges!
5. Asus ZenPad 3S 10
Best looking gaming tablet
Asus is known for making high quality gaming gear, and the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is no exception. This tablet will not disappoint anyone who’ll use it for gaming.
With its 9.7 inches 2048 x 1536 display, the display is sharp and as bright as it can be. The CPU is a MediaTek. It has 4GB of RAM and an IMG GX6250 graphic card. These specs are more than enough, and can handle pretty much any games you throw at it.
Holding it feels very comfortable, as its body is made of sandblasted aluminum, with curved edges and a matte finish. Without saying that it looks absolutely beautiful.
But nothing comes without its cons. The battery on the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is definitely not the most durable. It’s not something you want if you don’t have a power bank, or don’t carry your charging cable around.
The speakers are also a disappointment. They are placed right beside the charging port, and they are pretty much the same size as the ones on an iPhone. Making the sound quiet and muffled from far away.