Best Gaming Laptops Under 1000 dollars

With the laptop industry booming and the market full of so many brands offering so much, it tends to get confusing what one should look for in a laptop. Especially when it comes to gaming laptops, the best ones might seem too out of reach price wise. However, it doesn’t mean that in order to experience a good gameplay one would have to go broke or even spend a lot. We have compiled a list of best gaming laptops under 1000 dollars. The catch is that they’re easy on the pocket and have everything needed for a good game time. That’s a pretty good combination for anyone looking for recommendations.

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1. Dell G7 15

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (6GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 1000 GB HDD
  • RAM: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4, 2666 MHz
  • Weight: 2.63 kg (5.8 lbs)

Budget-friendly. Stylish. Powerful. Those are the words that can be easily used to describe the Dell G7 15. It has a good design and a look of its own. It can not be compared with high-end gaming laptops but the white plastic lid has pearlescent finish job to it that brings out the blue. It’s easy on the eyes that way. It has lots of ports which makes usage under various setting convenient. The display, however, is where the mid-range hangover shows.

Despite being FHD it has a dull effect on it. In some cases, it projects a red hue which of course is not much of a bother. Keyboard has a nice layout and the touchpad is efficient and highly responsive. As for the graphics, the Dell G7 15 houses GTX 1060 graphics card which can support any gameplay at high settings. Performance wise it’s a powerful machine and it impresses. Does not heat up even when under a load of multitasking. Battery life is of around 5 hours, give or take. It has one of the longest battery life among the laptops we’ve chosen for our list of best gaming laptops under 1000USD.

Recommended for:

  • Good battery life
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful gaming performance

2. Acer Helios 300 (7th Gen)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ / 2.8 GHz Quad-core
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
  • Display: 15.6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 256 GB M.2 SSD
  • RAM: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 SDRAM
  • Weight: 2.69 kg (5.95 lbs)

One look at this gaming laptop and you’ll know it means business. It’s chunky, edgy and solid. Its meant for performances and stocked with very promising specs. It has a black and thing going on for itself which appeals to gamer aesthetics. As for the screen, the size is ample but the display is dim. Decent amount of dim but comparatively less impressive display than a few laptops mentioned on this list.

Performance is where it truly impresses. The full-blown GTX 1060 is far superior to the Max-Q version normally seen in midrange gaming laptops. This offers an exceptionally good gaming experience at a competitive price. Fans tend to get noisy and it does get slightly heated by the end of a long use. Its battery life is pretty decent.

Recommended for:

  • Great gaming performance
  • Powerful hardware
  • Customizable / Upgradable
  • Solid design and build

3. MSI GL63

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H / 2.2 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5 SDRAM)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 32 GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • RAM: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4, 2666 MHz
  • Weight: 2.18 kg (4.81 lbs)

The chassis is distinct in the way that it has been modified to look different than its predecessors and same line laptops. It has a more red light effect to it. The design is pretty decent. It has a slim and sleek look. The keyboard is backlit and offers good aesthetics. The keys feel spongy upon press which may displease some users. The trackpad is smooth and the keys have a good feedback. For gaming, however, a gaming mouse is recommended. The screen is clean and crisp.

Backlight bleeding is minimal which is a plus point during gaming or watching videos. The display is not too bright but color reproduction is generally impressive. The display is great indoors however it isn’t designed to be used outdoors or under bright lights. Performance is decent for the price it’s being offered at. It does not lag or get heated. Gameplay is good. All modern games are playable at 1080 resolution at high settings. It houses large fans which tend to get loud during excessive use. Heating can occur up to a significant amount. Battery life, on the other hand, is adequately good. Under normal use, it can last up to 4 or more hours.

Recommended for:

  • Good screen
  • Great speakers
  • Long battery life
  • Good gaming experience

4. HP Omen 15 2018

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Intel Core i7)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (6GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 256 GB HDD
  • RAM: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4
  • Weight: 2.62 kg (5.78 lbs)

It features good old gamer aesthetic appealing red and black combo plastic chassis supporting edgy lines and cuts. Its smart looking and means business. The mechanical keyboard impresses most. It has a good tactile feedback and efficient performance. The 2 zone or 4 zone lighting is customizable according to users taste. The touchpad is average and good for basic use but not so much for built for gaming.

As for the display, along with the NVIDIA G-sync technology, it is smooth and fluid like. The display brightness is not that great but the black contrast and color reproduction are better than most. When it comes to performance, it impresses. It can run all the AAA games without breaking a sweat and has negligible heating issues. Battery life is long lasting and perhaps the longest among its kind. It lasts a good 10 hours under normal day to day use.

Recommended for:

  • Customizability options
  • Great gaming experience
  • Long battery life
  • Powerful cooling system

5. Acer Aspire 7

  • CPU: Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ, 2.8 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Weight: 2.38 kg (5.25 lbs)

This is a very sober and clean looking laptop. It looks more like an everyday office notebook than a gaming laptop. Its compact, lightweight and great for everyday use and light to moderate gaming. It does not house the best hardware as compared to the laptops in this list but there’s a reason why it’s on this list of best gaming laptops under 1000USD. What appears to be clean and basic looking, it packs quite a certain amount of powerful hardware underneath.

Its well built and comes with the option of supporting a lot of ports. The keyboard is fairly good. The layout neat and very convenient. The keys are spongy to the touch and do not have a good tactile feedback. The trackpad is big, bright and surprisingly, really good. The screen is a decent IPS panel with good contrast and, brightness range and smooth display. As for performance, it’s a pretty powerful machine. Despite a little bloatware, this laptop performed throughout the daily chores and tasks and gaming without lagging or heating up excessively. Battery life is average. Lasts about 3 hours or so.

Recommended for:

  • Good build and design
  • Great performance
  • Customizable
  • Good keyboard and trackpad
  • Powerful hardware

6. Dell G3 17

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 13.3 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4, 2666 MHz
  • Weight: 3.2 kg (7.2 lbs)

This lies among Dell’s most affordable gaming laptop that features a Coffee Lake CPU and a mid-range CPU. Design wise it’s completely made of plastic and thus lacks that premium look. The plastic look isn’t bad at all though. It’s soft and minimal. The keyboard is your average good kind with almost no type noise. The touchpad has a rough surface which feels oddly satisfying. It’s accurate and efficient. What makes Dell G3 17 stand out the most from other laptops mentioned here in our list of best gaming laptops under 1000USD is the size of its screen. 17.3 inches is impressively large for a screen being offered by a mid-range laptop. It’s solid and matte.

A downside is that Dell does not offer any upgrades to a 4K display on this. Although the screen is a standalone impressive highlight of this laptop. The matte surface prevents any reflections and the average screen brightness levels are much better than a lot of other laptops out there. The Coffee Lake processor and GTX 1050 combo is a solid way to make sure the performance does not falter in any way. It is able to high-resolution games very smoothly. The quad-core processor has a basic clock speed of 2.3 GHz which can be further increased to 4.0 GHz. The fans are noisy as they furiously labor to keep the device cool. They do so for a valid reason too because long-term use can heat up the device to the extent where placing it in lap can get uncomfortable. Battery life is decent and lasts a healthy 5 hours give or take.

Recommended for:

  • Large screen
  • Good matte display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Healthy battery life
  • Minimalist design

7. Eluktronics N850HK1 Pro-X (7th Gen)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core (2.8 – 3.8 GHz Turboboost)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • Display: 6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS, anti-glare
  • Storage: 256 GB Eluktro Pro-X Performance M.2 PCIe NVMe Flash SSD
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4, 2400 MHz
  • Weight: 2.63 kg (5.8 lbs)

Big. Robust. Formidable. Those are the words that come into one’s mind when getting to witness these laptops. Design wise it has a beautiful black sturdy build that makes it look quite very premium. The screen despite being a 15 inch like most of the laptops mentioned here, is somewhat more clear and clean. It’s sharp and the viewing angles and color reproduction are great. The keyboard and touchpad are sturdy and reliable.

The RGB backlit keyboard is also customizable along with the brightness of the lights. The keys have a good bouncy feel to them and a satisfying feedback which is great for an extended gaming session. The Kaby Lake processor and NVIDIA GTX 1050 combination yield excellent graphics supporting all the latest AAA games. The benchmark results are also impressive. The multitasking with ease and running heavy software for long periods of time do not in anyways overload the system. Battery life is decent and heating issues are negligible.

Recommended for:

  • Great customization options
  • Solid build and design
  • Good gaming performance
  • Plenty of connection options

8. MSI GL62M (7th Gen)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ / 2.8 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 SDRAM)
  • Display: 6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Weight: 2.93 kg (5.29 lbs)

This laptop stands out because of not only its i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX 1050 duo but the presence of gamer-friendly software that makes the experience worthwhile. The black matte chassis feels soft to the touch and holds a red backlit dragon sigil. The overall design is very square and box-like. It lacks appeal much nor is very stylish. Though it does feel sturdy and solid. The red backlit keyboard trend to appeal to gamer aesthetics is apparent as well. It offers a great number of options for ports. Enough to transform this laptop into a full-fledged battle station.

The display is great. It’s crisp and clean. Color variation and reproductivity may not be as great as expected. Brightness is also an average amount. Far less bright than we’d like it to be. The keyboard has a nice layout. The keys have a mushy feeling upon pressing and have an average feedback and tactile accentuation. It’s still comfortable to type on and doesn’t make you miss a gaming laptop during gameplay. The touchpad is as decent as it gets. Its smooth to the touch and efficient for use. The GTX 1050 supports all sorts of games albeit at lower settings. Performance wise it does not break a sweat during heavy multitasking. Battery life is average. It lasts a good 3 hours or so during normal use. It does get heated up a noticeable amount when used extensively.

Recommended for:

  • Good gaming experience
  • Great performance
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Convenient gaming apps

9. ASUS TUF FX504GD

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H / 2.3 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5 SDRAM)
  • Display: 6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 128 GB + 1 TB HDD
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4, 2400 MHz
  • Weight: 2.29 kg (5.07 lbs)

Perhaps being the most pocket-friendly laptop on our list of best gaming laptops under 1000USD, ASUS TUF FX504GD does house some solid worth the price steal hardware but makes a few sacrifices on quality as well. Either way, this laptop is best for starters or those who aren’t hardcore gamers. The design is pretty chunky with a black block of plastic that has red paint running over it at different angles with the ASUS logo in red in middle. Its stylish in gamers aesthetic sort of way. The display is where the low budget slacks hits. It’s not great. In fact quite a low standard.

But still makes things work. With the brightness turned to full, the display quality is not that bad after all. The color variation is apparent but the viewing experience is average to good. The keyboard is neat and the keys feel bouncy. The typing of gaming experience is comfortable, even for long durations of time. The laptop is quite lightweight hence carrying it around isn’t a hassle. With GPU it offers, the gaming experience is still pretty solid. It won’t let you run games at high settings though but it never promised such things either. Performance wises its good. Heavy multitasking caused slight lags and switching between heavy games caused longer ones but when it comes down to everyday functions and multitasking, it works out fine. Battery life is good. It lasts for more than 3 hours 30 minutes while normal functioning.

Recommended for:

  • Good audio
  • Great gaming experience
  • Doesn’t heat up
  • Solid performance
  • Neat design

10. Lenovo Legion Y530

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H Quadcore up to 4 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • Display: 6 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 128 GB PCIe SSD + ! TB 5400RPM HDD
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4, 2666 MHz
  • Weight: 2.3 kg (5.1 lbs)

Lenovo has challenged gaming laptop stereotypical red and black combinations, backlit keyboards with RGB lights and inflated chassis. It has come up with budget-friendly gaming laptops that appear to be more serious looking than we’re used to. Legion Y530 is a classy looking laptop with a slim body (0.95 inches) and a tapered end. It weighs slightly more but considering what its worth, it’s a non-issue. Mobility is easy. As for the display, its FHD IPS with a wide viewing angle.

The screen as minimal bezels so the screen appears broadened. The brightness factor comes into play again. The brightness may be perfectly fine for a nighttime or low light use but appears dim during daylight or bright light. The display is crisp and clear with a slight variation in color reproductivity. Nevertheless, it provides a good viewing experience. Following the serious and more mature theme, the keyboard is broad and made for ease of use. The touchpad, however, has an awkward placement towards the left of the entire layout and requires getting used to. The gaming experience is enjoyable. The i5 processor and NVIDIA GTX 1050 make a solid duo to run the majority of the heavy duty games but on low to medium settings of course. The VR experience support is pretty good too. Battery life lasts a good 4 to 5 hours.

Recommended for:

  • Minimal bezel
  • Good battery life
  • Great design
  • Great performance
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