So, you are looking for a gaming laptop, right? But you also have a budget. It has to be under $1000. It also has to be great. After all, you can’t have a system that can’t keep up. So, what you need to look at –after the price! —is the GPU and CPU. They are the heart and brain of your gaming laptops. Now, all of the gaming laptops below have a good enough GPU and CPU so you don’t need to worry about that here. The next thing you’re going to want to look at is the RAM. You want at least 8GB to play online. Lastly look at the storage. You do want some SSD storage if you can find it, but it’s not necessary.
So now that you know what to look for, let’s get started. Here are the six absolute best gaming laptops that will cost you less than $1000!
Sitting at the top of our list is the Dell Inspiron 15. Like the name suggests, this is a 15.6 inch laptop and it weighs in a 6 pounds even. It has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU, and the sixth generation Intel Core i5-6300 HQ. This Dell Inspiron 15 also has 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. The screen is full HD as well. You can get it in one of these three colors: grey, hibiscus red, and matte black. A major down point on this laptop is that it does not have an optical drive.
2. Asus K501UW
This 15.6 inch gaming laptop comes in at 4.4 pounds. The Asus K501UW features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with NVIDIA Optimus. NVIDIA Optimus is great, because it will automatically adjust the GPU for whatever you’re doing which helps with the battery life. It has the sixth generation Intel Core i7-6500 CPU, and full HD screen. This gaming laptop also has Asus’s exclusive cooling system, Asus IceCool Technology. This technology enables the laptop to stay below body temperature resulting in comfortable gameplay. A great bonus with this gaming laptop is that ASUS provides one year accidental damage coverage, which covers accidents like drops, spills, and electrical surges!
The Acer Nitro VN7 comes in at 15.3 inches (like the other gaming laptops under $1000 that we’ve covered so far) and weighs 5.3 pounds. It has the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU. It has the Intel Cor i7-4720HQ CPU, and 8GB of RAM. It also has 1TB HDD. A really cool feature about the Acer Nitro VN7 is that it has a red backlit keyboard as well as a Full HD screen and HD webcam. This gaming laptop also has a five hour battery life, which isn’t too bad. It doesn’t have an optical drive much like the Dell Inspiron 15 above, which is the biggest drawback for this gaming laptop.
Starting off the second half of this list is the MSI GE62 Apache Pro-239. This gaming laptop is slightly bigger than the ones above at 15.6 inches, however, it weighs the same as the Acer Nitro VN7 that we just reviewed. It features Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU as well as 12GB of RAM. It has 1TB of storage. The MSI GE62 Apache Prop-239 also has Killer Shield, which helps prevent lag by allowing you to prioritize your game on your network. This gaming laptop also has MSI’s Matrix Display enabling you to multitask with multiple screens with the HDMI and mini-Display Ports, and XSplit Gamecaster which enables you to live stream easily. It has the most awesome keyboard of all the gaming laptops mentioned sporting anti-ghosting, full color spectrum backlit keys. Also, you can customize your laptops hotkeys for a better gaming experience. The biggest draw back on the MSI GE62 Apache Pro-239 is that it is at the top of our budget at the time of this review. This is the only reason it comes in forth on our list.
The HP Pavilion 15 is a 15.6 inch laptop that weighs 5 pounds even, and is available in both black and green. It has a slim and sleek design, that is great for portability. It has a sixth generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU with 8GB of RAM. It’s GPU is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M. The HP Pavilion 15 has 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. It has a full HD screen, and a long battery life: up to 7.5 hours! The HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop sports Audio by B&O PLAY for a great listening experience even when you aren’t wearing your gaming headset. It also has a green backlit keyboard, which frankly, looks awesome.
6. L enovo Z50
The Lenovo Z50 is at the lowest price for our budget. It has a 15.6 inch HD screen and weighs 5.6 pounds, the second heaviest on this list. It is the only gaming laptop on this list with an AMD CPU, the AMD FX-7500. It has 8GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD storage. It’s also the only one to have an AMD GPU, the AMD Radeon R7. Even though this gaming laptop is the odd one out, it is still highly rated on Amazon and enjoyed by many gamers.
So, now we’ve covered six different gaming laptops under $1000 ranging from the low end of that budget to the high end. Each had their own special features, and each has been highly rated by hundreds of other gamers on Amazon. These are the absolute best gaming laptops in our budget range currently on the market in 2017, and I’m sure that on this list you will have found the one gaming laptop that best suits your needs—and your wallet! So, tell me, which one of these budget friendly gaming laptops has been your favorite?