Finding the Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000

Last Updated: April 20, 2017 by

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Welcome to our current guide to the finest deals on gaming laptops under $1000 based on critic reviews, consumer feedback and hardware power.

These mid-range gaming giants will pack enough punch to play modern titles on reasonable settings without leaving a hole in your pocket and can play new games such as the Witcher 3 on medium to high settings as documented on our 2015 / 2016 gaming laptops guide where you can find detailed benchmarks on all of the hardware listed on this page. If you want the best possible graphics then we suggest you checkout our guide to the best high-end gaming laptops which features the cream of the crop high-end machines that can rival even the  most advanced desktop machines in terms of their gaming prowess. If you’re gaming on a serious budget, our guide to gaming laptops under $500 may also help.

Casual users will want to check out our less graphically orientated guide to non-gaming laptops under $1000 and guide to the best high-end non-gaming laptops.   If you are still tossing up your options and are considering getting a desktop instead, our best gaming PCs guide and best cheap gaming PCs guide over at DesktopcomputerNinja have some great options that could help find some more bang for your buck at the trade off of mobility. If you are an audiophile, our guide to the best gaming headsets on HeadphoneNinja might also be of interest to get the most immersive audio possible. After careful research we regularly update the shortlist below as soon as new top laptops hit the market to feature the latest in greatest in mid-range portable gaming glory. Desktop fans may also want to read our section on the best gaming desktops under 1000 over at DesktopcomputerNinja.

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Gaming Laptops Under $1000 – Top Picks

These are our top picks of the moment. After trolling through the depths of the internet in search of the ultimate deals possible we’ve picked out the laptops below in order to link you up with the best gaming specs possible for your money for under or around $1000.  We’ve noted laptops that exceed the $1000 to help you stick within your budget, although in some cases saving up for the next level up may be worth it.

Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM 15.6-inchAcer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM 15.6-inch

The Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM bares a few design similarities to Acer’s top of the range Predator gaming range, while still coming in at a more affordable price. The Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM is the most powerful of the VX5 range and sports a 10-series NVIDIA graphics card for a great gaming experience. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti features 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory and will easily run titles such as Overwatch, Battlefield 1 and GTA V. The GTX 1050 Ti offers better performance than the standard GTX 1050, which will allow you to run your games on higher settings and with better frame rates. While you do not get a G-SYNC display for this price, you do still get a great IPS display which offers rich colors and great viewing angles for you to enjoy your favorite games or media. Powering the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM is a Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which will easily offer lag free gaming and more than enough power for more intensive applications. The downside of the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM is that it only features a single M.2 solid state drive with only 256GB of storage space. This is far too small for most gamers as a lot of AAA gaming titles require over 50GB of space to be installed. While there is space to install a 2.5-inch drive, you will first have to purchase an upgrade kit from Acer as this range does not come with the required bracket, cables or screws. The other more costly option would be to replace the existing M.2 SSD with a larger 512GB or 1TB module.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 5.51 lbs

Pros

  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Kaby Lake processor
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Aggressive looks
  • Price

Cons

  • Small SSD
  • HDD upgrade kit sold separately
  • No optical drive
  • Small battery

Summary

The Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM offers a decent gaming experience for its price, however the 256GB SSD is slightly too small for most gamers and adding a second drive will require an upgrade kit from Acer.

Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-75RM 15.6-inch
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ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inchASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch

While many gaming laptops feature aggressive stylings and are usually quite bulky, the ASUS K501UW-AB78 is quite different. Featuring a sleek aluminum design, the ASUS K501UW-AB78 is thin and light for a gaming machine, making it great for gamers after a portable solution. Sporting a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U processor and 8GB of RAM, the ASUS K501UW-AB78 will make light work of your daily tasks. But for more intensive apps and for better gaming performance and we recommend upgrading the RAM to at least 16GB. The dual cooling fans keep the ASUS K501UW-AB78 cool when under load, but users can expect to hear the fans slightly when pushing the laptops hardware. No gaming laptop would be complete without a dedicated graphics card. The ASUS K501UW-AB78 features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, which will run Fallout 4 and Overwatch on ultra settings, but more intensive games will have to be run on medium and high settings to maintain good frame rates. One feature that is missing from the ASUS K501UW-AB78 is the addition of USB 3.1 Type-C. This would help to future proof the laptop as users could easily connect an External GPU dock to run more powerful desktop graphics cards. While some of its competitors are still offering smaller 256GB SSD’s, the ASUS K501UW-AB78 comes standard with a 512GB SSD for double the storage space. While the Full-HD display offers rich colors and great viewing angles, it is slightly small for gaming. But users will easily be able to connect a monitor or TV via the HDMI port for a much more pleasurable gaming experience.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.75 hours battery life
  • 4.4 lbs

Pros

  • Skylake processor
  • Dual fan cooling system
  • GeForce GTX 960M
  • Crisp Full-HD display

Cons

  • No USB 3.1 Type-C
  • No IPS display
  • No optical drive

Summary

The ASUS K501UW-AB78 is a sleek gaming laptop that offers great hardware for gamers who are constantly on the go. But the lack of a USB 3.1 Type-C port means that it is not as future proof as some of its competitors.

ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch
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Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-inchDell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6-inch

Dell is known for creating some of the best budget and business machines on the market. But Dell also know a thing or two about gaming and the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK is a powerful gaming laptop for gamers on a budget. Even though the Inspiron i7559-2512BLK doesn’t have the aggressive gaming looks that we expect with gaming rigs, the Inspiron i7559-2512BLK is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. While many other manufacturers are offering machines with ultra-voltage processors, the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK sports the same powerful Intel Core i7-6700HQ as many of the more expensive gaming laptops. The processor is backed by 8GB of RAM which can easily be upgraded as Dell has left one slot free on the board. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M allows for modern gaming titles to be run on medium to high graphics and is backed by 4GB of video memory to allow it to render more complex graphics. While many gaming laptops are offering QHD+ and UHD displays at a similar price point, the Inspiron i7559-2512BLK still features a Full-HD display to reduce costs. But the Full-HD display has anti-glare technology that almost reduces glare to zero and games still look great at 1920×1080. To further save costs, Dell has rather fitted a Hybrid hard drive instead of an SSD which is a vast improvement over the 5400rpm hard drives. The 8GB of cache allows for faster boot speeds and game loading times, but users have no control over which files are stored on the SSD section of the Hybrid drive. The 1TB of storage space offers ample space for games and multimedia, but users can replace the Hybrid drive in favor of a much faster solid state drive to increase the laptop’s performance.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 5.67 lbs

Pros

  • Skylake CPU
  • NVIDIA GTX 960M
  • Price
  • Anti-glare display
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • No SSD
  • No optical drive
  • No control over the SSHD cache

Summary

The Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK is a budget friendly gaming laptop that features powerful hardware in a sleek and unassuming design. While the SSHD is an improvement over 5400 rpm drives, we would recommend upgrading to an SSD.

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ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 15.6-inchASUS ZX53VW-AH58 15.6-inch

If an ASUS ROG laptop is just slightly out of your price range, then you will be pleased to know that ASUS have a few cheaper options that still manage to offer great gaming experiences. The ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 even features a superfast M.2 SSD which will give you a slight edge while loading into multiplayer games and will allow you to boot into Windows in seconds. With 512GB of storage space, you get enough space to install some of the larger games on the market while still leaving some room to store all of your media files. With a Skylake-based Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor and 8GB of RAM, you will have no issues with everyday tasks and running most AAA games. However, you might want to look at upgrading the RAM to 16GB as the installed 8GB would be the first culprit if the ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 started feeling sluggish. The graphics are delivered by the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB of video memory. While it is not as powerful as the newer GTX 1060, this card does help to bring down the price of this gaming laptop. However, the GTX 960M will still run quite a few of the latest gaming titles on ultra settings with acceptable frame rates. For you to enjoy your favorite games, you get a matte Full-HD display which offers rich colors and good viewing angles for gaming and watching 1080p videos. One of the biggest complaints has been that the trackpad is subpar and you might experience a few misclicks while using it. However, most gamers will use a good gaming mouse while playing games or even just surfing the web.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4 hours battery life
  • 5.51 lbs

Pros

  • Large M.2 SSD
  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Matte Full-HD display
  • 0.8-inch thin metallic case
  • Skylake-based processor
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Sub-par trackpad
  • Not for hardcore gamers
  • Fn keys can’t be swapped
  • Battery life

Summary

The ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 offers great specs for the gamer on a budget or for someone new to the world of gaming. However, the trackpad is sub-par and will frustrate some users.

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Lenovo Ideapad 700-15ISK 80RU00FEUS 15.6-inchLenovo Ideapad 700-15ISK 80RU00FEUS 15.6-inch

Lenovo have a dedicated gaming range of high-end gaming laptops, but both the Y700 and Y900 ranges are usually quite pricey for the budget conscious gamer. This is where the Ideapad 700 series comes into play. Designed to be a multimedia powerhouse laptop, the Lenovo Ideapad 700-15ISK 80RU00FEUS will allow you to play a host of AAA gaming titles thanks to its dedicated NVIDIA graphics card. The GeForce GTX 950M is an entry-level GTX graphics card, but with 4GB GDDR3 video memory of it will still allow you to play games on medium settings. A few AAA games such as Overwatch, Dota 2, CS: GO and Diablo III will run on ultra settings and with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Everyday tasks will run lag free thanks to the Skylake-based Intel Core i5-6300U processor and 12GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM. However the Core i5-6300U has a benchmark score half that of the more powerful i7-6700HQ processor, which might struggle with more intensive apps and true lag free gaming in the future. The Ideapad 700-15ISK 80RU00FEUS features a super fast solid state drive which will allow you to boot into Windows in seconds and it will give you the edge when it comes to online gaming. The only downside of the SSD is that it only offers 256GB of storage space, which will fill up quickly due to the size of newer games and Full-HD media files. Luckily you will be able to install a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive to increase the laptop’s storage space.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4 hours battery life
  • 5.1 lbs

Pros

  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Full-HD display
  • M.2 SSD
  • Healthy amount of RAM
  • Price

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • No USB 3.1 Type-C port
  • Below average battery life
  • No optical drive

Summary

The Lenovo Ideapad 700-15ISK 80RU00FEUS is a powerful multimedia laptop with a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card that will allow you to play a host of AAA gaming titles. But the 256GB of storage space will fill up quickly.

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Gaming Laptops Under $1000 – More Options

Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1 12.5-inchRazer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1 12.5-inch

While all of Razer’s Stealth laptops have featured Intel i7 processors, this version now sports an Intel i5 processor to bring down the costs and to make the Stealth slightly more affordable. It sports a seventh generation Kaby Lake Intel i5-7200U processor and 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which gives the Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1 enough power for all of your day-to-day tasks. Both the Skylake and Kaby Lake processors support DDR4 RAM, however it seems that the motherboard used in the Stealth does not support DDR4 RAM, which does come in handy as the low-voltage RAM does help to extend the battery life. Featuring Intel’s latest HD Graphics 620 graphics, the Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1 will allow you to play a host of older AAA gaming titles on higher settings. However it is underpowered for newer titles such as Battlefield 1, For Honor and COD: Infinity Warfare. However Razer has a solution on hand, while developing the original Blade Stealth ultrabook, the designers created the Razer Core, an external GPU or more commonly known as a graphics amplifier. Connecting via super fast Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C), the Razer Core allows users to run any AMD or NVIDIA desktop card and brings a rich gaming experience to the Stealth ultrabook. We recommend either the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060 or the AMD Radeon RX 470. But this makes the gaming experience less mobile due to the size of the Razer Core and a design oversight means that the Stealth cannot be charged while connected to the Core, as the USB Type-C serves as both the charging port and as a data transfer port. The biggest weakness of the Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1 is the fact that it has a tiny SSD. With only 128GB of storage space, you will either have to look at swapping out the SSD for a larger one or using an external hard drive to store your games and media.

Specs

  • 12.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5.5 hours battery life
  • 2.84 lbs

Pros

  • Superfast SSD
  • Intel Kaby Lake processor
  • QHD display
  • Price

Cons

  • Tiny SSD
  • USB Type-C handles both charging and data transfers
  • Integrated graphics
  • No Ethernet or optical drive
  • 12.5-inch display

Summary

The Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1 is an affordable Razer Stealth laptop that now sports the latest Kaby Lake Intel i5 processor. However the lower price does have one major drawback and that is the tiny 128GB SSD.

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MSI GL62M 7RD-058 15.6-inchMSI GL62M 7RD-058 15.6-inch

Joining the MSI GL62 6QF-628 in our guide, the new MSI GL62M 7RD-058 comes packed with more features and far superior hardware for the gamer on a tighter budget. It now features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 which was released at the end of 2016. This graphics card features 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory and will offer a far superior gaming experience than the older GTX 960M that its predecessor featured. Its base clock speed is over 300MHz higher than the GTX 960M and the newer Pascal architecture makes a huge difference if you intend to embrace the next generation of gaming technology. While many of MSI’s gaming laptops are heavy and bulky, the MSI GL62M 7RD-058 measures in at just a bit over an inch and weighs about the same as an all-purpose 15.6-inch laptop. While you still get a SteelSeries keyboard, unfortunately this one is not backlit and this is a bit of a shame when it comes to a great MSI gaming laptop. Powering the new MSI GL62M 7RD-058 is a Kaby Lake-based Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM. While you only get 8GB of RAM, the higher frequency RAM offers improved performance compared to the 2133MHz that many of its competitors offer. You can easily increase the RAM to a maximum of 32GB and we recommend looking at the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2x 8GB kit as a good upgrade. While the 7200rpm hard drive offers ample storage space, the fast M.2 SSD is tiny and you should consider replacing it for a larger SSD. Like most MSI gaming laptops you get a great quality Full-HD display that offers vivid colors and good viewing angles. You can use a 4K gaming monitor thanks to the laptop’s HDMI and Mini DisplayPort, but you will need an adaptor as most monitors only feature full size DisplayPorts.

Specs

  • Intel Core i5-7300HQ 2.50GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) 2GB Dedicated [View Framerates]
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 128GB SSD / 1024GB 7200 RPM HDD
  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.75 hours battery life
  • 5.29 lbs

Pros

  • Kaby Lake-based processor
  • GTX 1050 graphics
  • SSD + HDD
  • 2400MHz RAM

Cons

  • Battery life
  • No backlit keyboard
  • No subwoofer
  • No optical drive

Summary

The MSI GL62M 7RD-058 offers great performance for its sub $1000 price tag, however the tiny SSD should be replaced and the lack of a backlit keyboard is a bit of a let-down.

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Lenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00D7US 15.6-inchLenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00D7US 15.6-inch

Lenovo are known for their IBM legacy and for their outstanding business laptops. But they also have a few gaming laptops up their sleeve. One of these laptops is the Lenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00D7US. Sporting the same Skylake i7-6700HQ processor as many high-end gaming laptops and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, the Lenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00D7US will easily cope with more intensive tasks and will offer lag free gaming. To back up its gaming pedigree, it comes with an NVIDIA GTX 950M with 4GB of video memory. While it’s not the most powerful GPU on the market, it will still run some of our favorite games on high and ultra settings. But you can expect that future games will run on lower settings. While many laptops in its price category only feature a mechanical hard drive, the Lenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00D7US comes with both a 128GB solid state drive and a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. You will have to be selective with what games you install on your SSD as newer games have dramatically increased in size. Games such as Battlefield 4 Premium will take up half of your SSD’s storage. The Full-HD IPS display offers great viewing angles and is quite bright with vivid colors. If you are used to a budget laptop display, then this 1920 x 1080 display will be a massive step up and will make gaming that much more enjoyable. But like many gaming laptops, you will have to endure less than average battery life while gaming, expect between one and two hours off of a full charge.

Specs

  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.60GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 4GB Dedicated [View Framerates]
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1024GB 5400 RPM HDD / 128GB SSD
  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4 hours battery life
  • 5.1 lbs

Pros

  • Skylake processor
  • SSD + HDD combo
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • Full-HD IPS display

Cons

  • No USB Type-C
  • GPU is not future proof
  • 5400rpm HDD
  • Battery life
  • No optical drive

Summary

The Lenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00D7US offers good value for money, but the GTX 950M graphics card is not as future proof as more powerful laptop GPU’s.

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Lenovo-Ideapad-Y700-15.6-InchLenovo Ideapad Y700 80NV0029US 15.6-inch

Lenovo are known for their almost bulletproof business laptops, but Lenovo also have a range of powerful gaming laptops. Sports aggressive gaming looks and a design that closely resembles a stealth fighter, the Ideapad Y700 is as much a gaming pedigree laptop as the gaming laptops that we know and love. Equipped with a powerful Skylake Intel i7-6700HQ processer and 8GB of RAM, the Y700 will cope with demanding apps with ease. But we do recommend upgrading to 16GB or more for the rendering of media. No gaming laptop would be complete without a dedicated graphics card. The Y700 sports an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, which will be able to run most modern gaming titles on medium to high graphics while still offering decent frame rates. The 256GB solid state drive offers lightning fast game loading speeds, but the 256GB of storage space is a limiting factor due to the size of modern games. The Full-HD IPS display offers vibrant colors, wide viewing angles and the anti-glare technology reduces the glare to almost zero. While it does not feature a QHD+ or UHD display, the Y700’s display does offer a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. The cooling system is not as effective as other gaming machines and does leave the keyboard hot while gaming. Overall the Ideapad Y700 is a great gaming laptop for users who are after a powerful gaming laptop at a more affordable price.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 5.72 lbs

Pros

  • Solid state drive
  • In-panel switching display
  • Great audio
  • Price
  • Aggressive gaming design

Cons

  • Runs hot when gaming
  • Spongy keyboard
  • Last generation ports
  • Limited storage space for modern games

Summary

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15.6-Inch features fast performance backed by great hardware along with superb sound wrapped in a solid build. However, it is bulky with an SSD that is pretty small when you consider the size of apps and games today.

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Gaming Laptops Under $800

Acer Aspire VX5-591G-5652 15.6-inchAcer Aspire VX5-591G-5652 15.6-inch

Bridging the gap between the high-end Acer Predator and the famous Acer Nitro range, the new VX will give you more than you bargained for. While the more expensive Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-5652 comes standard with the GTX 1050 which offers around 20% less performance. However, this version of the GTX 1050 features 4GB of GDDR5 video memory where some manufactures such as HP offer the GTX 1050 with only 2GB of video memory. The GTX 1050 will allow you to run titles such as Overwatch on ultra settings and will even run the popular Battlefield 1 title on ultra with decent frame rates. You can turn down the settings slightly to increase your frame rates if you prefer higher frame rates to better looking graphics. Powering the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-5652 is a seventh generation Core i5-7300HQ processor from the new Kaby Lake architecture and backing it is 8GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM which is more than enough for most tasks and for avid gamers. The RAM modules can be upgraded and we recommend purchasing a 16GB kit if you intend on using more memory intensive applications. The biggest drawback of the VX range is that all of the laptops only ship with a 256GB M.2 solid state drive which is too small for most gamers. While there is space for a second 2.5-inch mechanical hard drive or another SSD, you will need to purchase the kit separately as the laptop does not ship with the required bracket, screws or power or SATA cables.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life

Pros

  • Price
  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Kaby Lake processor
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Gaming pedigree design

Cons

  • Small SSD
  • HDD upgrade kit sold separately
  • Battery life
  • No optical drive

Summary

The Acer Aspire VX5-591G-5652 offers great hardware for a lower price than Acer's high-end Predator range, however the small SSD will fill up extremely fast for those with larger game collections.

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MSI CX62 7QL-058 15.6-inchMSI CX62 7QL-058 15.6-inch

One of the most affordable laptops in MSI’s line-up, the MSI CX62 7QL-058 offers users on a tighter budget an all-purpose laptop that can be used for gaming thanks to its dedicated NVIDIA graphics card and its seventh generation Intel-based processor. Sporting the latest generation Intel i5-7200U processor and 8GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, the CX62 7QL-058 will easily cope with basic tasks and will even run more demanding apps like Adobe Photoshop. However to save costs, MSI have once again used a cheap display panel on the CX range of laptops and this means that it is not ideal for design work. Not only does it sport a lower sRGB score than the higher-end MSI laptops, it also only offers a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768. At just under $700, we would have liked to have seen a Full-HD display. Luckily you will be able to connect a Full-HD or UHD/4K display via the Mini DisplayPort or HDMI. For gaming, MSI has added a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card with 2GB of dedicated GDDR3 video memory, which shows a slight performance increase from the standard 940M card. This is one of NVIDIA’s mid-range graphics cards and will run most AAA games on low to medium graphics in order to retain a frame rate of over 30fps. While last year’s model saw a faster 7200rpm hard drive, the CX62 7QL-058 sadly now comes with a much slower 5400rpm hard drive. We recommend upgrading to a 7200rpm hard drive or even a superfast SSD. Due to its price, MSI has not used their SteelSeries keyboard and instead they have fitted the CX62 7QL-058 with a more cost effective alternative which still ensures that you have a comfortable and responsive typing experience.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 4.75 hours battery life
  • 5.29 lbs

Pros

  • Kaby Lake-based processor
  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Good audio quality
  • Windows 10 Professional
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Price

Cons

  • Average viewing angles and colors
  • 1366 x 768 display
  • Slower 5400rpm HDD
  • No SteelSeries keyboard
  • Fan noise while gaming

Summary

With its lower price, the CX62 7QL-058 is a winner for the gamer on a tight budget. While some of MSI’s flashy design features are missing, it’s still all MSI under the hood.

MSI CX62 7QL-058 15.6-inch
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Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG 15.6-inchAcer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG 15.6-inch

Gaming is a massive pastime that has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry, but not everyone can afford to spend upwards of $1000 on a gaming machine. This is where Acer have stepped in. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is a budget friendly gaming laptop that offers great hardware at an extremely attractive price. The 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of RAM will cope with day-to-day tasks with relative ease. While many similarly priced laptops offer the NVIDIA GeForce 940M processor, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is equipped with the GeForce 940MX graphics card. The 940MX offers 20% better performance and will allow for casual gaming and will run most modern games on low to medium settings while still offering good frame rates. While the solid state drive offers lightning fast Windows 10 boot and game loading speeds, the 256GB of storage space is quite small for modern gaming titles. We recommend upgrading to a 512GB or 1TB SSD to increase the storage space while retaining the fast speeds. While many laptops under $600 are still being offered with maximum resolutions of 1366 x 786, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG has a Full-HD display. The display offers good viewing angles, vivid colors and a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. A big draw card for the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is its amazing battery life, users can expect up to 12 hours off of a single charge while browsing the web or working in Word, although expect that life reduced when gaming.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 5.27 lbs

Pros

  • SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU
  • Excellent battery life
  • Price
  • USB Type-C

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • Plain design

Summary

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is a budget friendly gaming laptop that offers powerful hardware at an extremely attractive price. The storage space is limited to just 256GB and we recommend upgrading to a bigger drive.

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ASUS X555UB-NS71 15.6-inchASUS X555UB-NS71 15.6-inch

Don’t let the lack of aggressive gaming looks deceive you, under the elegant shell there is a gaming laptop for that offers decent hardware for its price. The ASUS X555UB-NS71 is powered by an Intel Core i7-6500U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, which when combined will make light work of your daily tasks. While the 8GB of RAM will cope perfectly fine with most day-to-day tasks it can be upgraded for better performance. But the downside is that the ASUS X555UB-NS71 only has one RAM slot and can only accept a maximum of 12GB of RAM. While some of its competitors still offer 5400rpm hard drives, the ASUS X555UB-NS71 comes equipped with a 1TB 7200rpm drive for increased performance. While it is not as fast as a solid state drive, it does offer better performance. To ensure that games will run with decent frame rates, the ASUS X555UB-NS71 features an NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR3 video memory. While it is an entry level card, users can run games like Battlefield 4 and Overwatch on medium settings. But more graphics intense games will need to be run on the lowest of settings for smooth game play. Despite running an a low voltage CPU, the ASUS X555UB-NS71’s battery life doesn’t fare much better than some of the high-end gaming behemoths and users can expect well under 5 hours when gaming.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 5.07 lbs

Pros

  • Full-HD display
  • Skylake processor
  • Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • 7200rpm HDD

Cons

  • Max 12GB of RAM
  • Poor battery life
  • No USB Type-C
  • Sound levels and quality

Summary

The ASUS X555UB-NS71 offers decent gaming hardware for its price category, but the below average battery life hurts its portability and will mean that it is more suited as a desktop replacement.

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ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 15.6-inchASUS FZ50VW-NS51 15.6-inch

ASUS have released a handful of powerful gaming laptops for the budget conscious gamer who is after a machine that offers great value for money. The design and chassis of the ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 are similar to the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71, but some users have commented on its inferior build quality compared to its big brother. The ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 boasts a Skylake Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor that offers good single core performance, but the lack of Hyper-Threading will be noticeable with more processor intensive tasks. Its Skylake processor is backed by 8GB of DDR4 RAM which can be easily upgraded to 16GB or 32GB, thanks to an easily accessible maintenance panel. While most of its competitors offer the NVIDIA GTX 950M graphics card, the ASUS features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M which scores higher on the benchmark tests and offers better frame rates for newer titles. Ample storage space is provided by a 1TB 5400rpm mechanical hard drive and a 128GB M.2 SSD offers lighting fast speeds for gaming and apps. The Full-HD display offers a maximum resolution of 1920×1080, but the colors and viewing angles are very average and disappointing compared to some of its competitors who offer IPS displays. But users can connect an external monitor via HDMI or USB Type-C for a superior gaming experience. The battery performance is average for a gaming laptop and users can expect around 2 and a half hours off of a single charge while under load.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 5.66 lbs

Pros

  • GTX 960M
  • USB Type-C
  • M.2 SSD

Cons

  • TN display quality
  • Average build quality
  • 5400rpm HDD

Summary

Overall the ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 is a good gaming laptop that offers decent performance for its price tag.

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ASUS R516UX-RH71 15.6-inchASUS R516UX-RH71 15.6-inch

While most 15.6-inch laptops weigh in at over 5 pounds, the ASUS R516UX-RH71 weighs just 4.4 pounds and is a great choice for users on the go. The Full-HD display offers great colors for web browsing and for video streaming, but the angles are not as good as those on laptops with IPS display panels. Powering the ASUS R516UX-RH71 is a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U processor and 8GB of DDR3L RAM and the RAM can be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB if you want to improve its performance. But the installed 8GB will cope with more hardware intensive apps such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The 1TB of storage space offers plenty of space to store all of your files, but it is a slower 5400rpm mechanical hard drive. We recommend upgrading it to at least a 7200rpm drive and if your budget allows for it, a solid state drive for best performance. To ensure that you can play the latest gaming titles, ASUS have gone with an entry level NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 2GB of dedicated video memory. The GTX 950M will allow you to play your favorite games on low to medium settings, while still achieving good frame rates. Titles such as Battlefield 4, FIFA 2016, Overwatch and Diablo III will run on high and ultra settings at 1920 x 1080. The battery life is rather average and web browsing will see 4-5 hours off of a single charge, but you will see a dramatic drop in battery life while gaming.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.4 lbs

Pros

  • Dedicated graphics
  • Intel Skylake processor
  • Full-HD display
  • Lighter than most 15.6-inch laptops

Cons

  • Slower 5400rpm hard drive
  • Entry level NVIDIA graphics
  • None IPS display
  • No optical drive

Summary

The ASUS R516UX-RH71 is a light 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a dedicated GTX 950M graphics card, but the entry level graphics card will mean it is more suited for casual gamers.

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Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK 15.6-inchAcer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK 15.6-inch

Not everyone can afford spending over $1000 on a gaming laptop and thanks to manufacturers like Acer, not everyone has to. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK is a gaming spec laptop that has a budget friendly price tag. Sporting a Skylake Intel Core i7-6500U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK will cope with any day-to-day tasks with ease. The dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card offers high-performance graphics and will run the latest gaming titles on medium settings while still offering great frame rates. Slightly older titles will run on high to ultra settings thanks to the 940MX’s Maxwell architecture. While the solid state drive does offer lightning fast boot and game loading times, it is slightly small for modern games and HD multimedia. We do recommend upgrading to a 512GB or 1TB solid state drive to increase the storage space. The Full-HD display offers good viewing angles, vivid colors and a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. While many gaming laptops offer extremely poor battery life, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK claims a battery life of up to 12 hours off of a single charge, but battery life under heavy load and while gaming will be significantly lower but still better than its competitors.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 5.3 lbs

Pros

  • SSD
  • USB Type-C
  • Brilliant display
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • Bulky and heavy

Summary

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK is a powerful gaming laptop for the budget conscious gamer, but its smaller SSD will mean using an external hard drive or upgrading to a bigger drive.

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Gaming Laptops Over $1000

If you are looking at something with a bit more firepower, checkout our top below or head over to our high end gaming laptops guide for more top gaming beasts.

MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 17.3-inchMSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 17.3-inch

MSI are known for their hardcore gaming laptops. The MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 is a new addition to their list of pedigree gaming laptops and is ready for the next generation of games. Its full metal design and aggressive looks are everything that you would expect from a high-end MSI laptop. A high-end 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and 16GB of DDR4 2133 MHz RAM power the MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 and allow for effortless multitasking and lag free gaming. To make the MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 more future proof, MSI have gone with a next generation graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. The GTX 1060 offers notably more processing power than its predecessor and you can expect to play Overwatch on ultra settings with a frame rate over 100 fps. To ensure that the graphics look crisp and clear, the MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 features a large 17.3-inch Full-HD IPS display. The display offers bright and vivid colors, and great viewing angles thanks to its In-plane switching technology. To insure that you have ample storage space the MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 features both a 256GB solid state drive and a 1TB 7200rpm mechanical hard drive. The M.2 SSD allows the laptop to boot up in seconds and offers lightning fast performance while gaming. But with the size of games such as The Witcher and Battlefield 4, you will have to be selective which games you will install on your SSD. But like all gaming laptops, the battery life is poor meaning the MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 is more suited as being a desktop replacement.

Specs

  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.60GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Dedicated [View Framerates]
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB SSD / 1000GB 7200 RPM HDD
  • 17.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.75 hours battery life
  • 5.95 lbs

Pros

  • GTX 1060 graphics card
  • Intel Skylake processor
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • M.2 SSD
  • Steel Series backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Only 3 USB ports
  • Battery life
  • Price

Summary

The MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009 is a high-end gaming laptop that offers powerful hardware, next generation connectivity and aggressive gaming looks. But the battery life is poor and it’s bulky for an everyday carry.

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ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 15.6-inchASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 15.6-inch

The ROG brand of gaming laptops from ASUS is renowned across the world and loved by novice and hardcore gamers alike. The ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT shares many similarities with its more powerful brother the ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71, with the biggest difference being the fact that it still features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB of video memory. While it doesn’t match the power or the frame rates of the GTX 1060, you will still be able to enjoy the latest AAA gaming titles on high and ultra settings. You get the same Skylake-based Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, which will allow for a lag free experience while gaming. The CPU and the RAM will also easily handle more intensive apps and heavier multitasking. At under an inch thick, the ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 features ASUS’s Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system which reduces heat, but it will still heat up when you push the frame rates. The ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 does not feature a solid state drive and instead it comes standard with a 7200rpm mechanical hard drive. While it offers ample storage space better speeds than a standard 5400rpm laptop hard drive, it still lacks the performance of an SSD. Luckily the ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 comes with an empty M.2 slot that you can use to install a superfast SSD. We recommend looking at the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB as a good value for money option. The Full-HD display offers wide viewing angles thanks to its In-plane switching technology and offers a good 83% sRGB color gamut, which is good news for designers.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.25 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • Intel Skylake i7 CPU
  • Vibrant Full-HD display
  • NVIDIA GTX 970M
  • Free slot for an M.2 SSD
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Thin and light

Cons

  • ASUS bloatware
  • Built out of plastic
  • Heats up under load
  • No SSD
  • Battery life

Summary

The ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT offers a thin and light design with a powerful i7 processor and a decent dedicated NVIDIA graphics card. But the reduced size means that it will heat up more than some of the other ASUS ROG laptops on the market.

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Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-592G-71ZL 15.6-Inch

Another perfect laptop for gamers who want the latest technology but don’t want to break the bank, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-592G-71ZL 15.6-Inch features some of the latest hardware like the sixth generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ clocking in at an impressive 2.6 GHz.  Backed by 8 GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB of RAM, you will have more than enough room to open multiple applications and play most games at decent frame rates.  The Nitro Black Edition features a sleek black case that, while mostly plastic, is still sturdy and finger print resistant.    The Nitro Black Edition comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, meaning you won’t have to wait for the machine to run hours of updates to start using the latest operating system from Microsoft.  While the system does come with a 1 TB hard drive, it runs at only 5400 RPMs, which is slower than many gaming laptops.  Still, sacrifices had to be made to lower the price.  Overall, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is a great gaming laptop that is perfect for gamers that don’t mind making a few sacrifices on specs to still get a decent gaming unit.

Specs

  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.25 hours battery life

Pros

  • Faster Performance
  • Design
  • Connectivity Ports

Cons

  • Trackpad
  • Graphics Card Age

Summary

The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-592G-71ZL features fast performance with the latest Intel architecture wrapped in a sleek package, but the trackpad lacks much to be desired and the included graphics card is beginning to show its age.

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Conclusion

If laptops under $1000 are too expensive, you can try our under $500 gaming laptops to find what you need.  However, in this lower price range you cannot expect to find a machine fitting for some of the most modern games available and you will be limited to only playing many older games.  If you do prefer the best, try our Best Gaming Laptops article to find the best laptops available that are perfect for gaming.

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