I think we can all agree that the GPU is the cornerstone of any great gaming rig.
To find the best gaming laptop under 1500, our main focus was on the GPU first and foremost. Secondly, we wanted to make sure the display was strong enough to match the great frame rates your gaming rig is pumping out. Of course, we looked at other factors as well, but we wanted to describe our main methodology for our ratings.
We recently featured the best gaming laptops under $1000. We were able to showcase a few laptops that we considered to be great considering the processor and the GPU those machines have in them. For this review, we are going to talk about some of the laptops that can provide the power most gamers are looking for.
Acer Predator 17
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Acer Predator Helios 300
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Now, there are many laptops out there with the price tag of under $1300 and under $1500. However, we were looking for something that has the power to provide higher frame rates.
Intel i7-7700HQ CPU
Before we proceed with the review, I want to talk about how well the i7-7700HQ CPU performs, since all of the laptops we reviewed has this processor installed (along with our under $1000 computers as well).
The i7-7700HQ is the 7th generation i7 processor, based on Kaby Lake architecture. It is the successor to the i7-6700HQ that is based on Sky Lake. It has four cores and eight threads.
The base frequency for the i7-7700HQ processor is 2.8 GHz and can reach 3.8 GHz with turbo (Avg. 3.45 GHz).
As for maximum RAM Clock speed support, the i7-7700HQ supports 2400 Mhz.
If we look at our list of best gaming laptops under $1000, you’ll notice that the dedicated graphics cards installed are GTX1050 and GTX1050 Ti’s. Such graphics cards are “okay” when it comes to gaming. Well, if you are to compare it with older GTX960s, of course, you’ll see a big difference.
The GTX1050 Ti can already give you decent frame rates, with these graphics cards you can set your video to high and still enjoy a good gaming experience. This is the reason why we say that the under $1000 laptops are for the budget focused gamers.
Now, with the best gaming laptops under 1,500 dollars, you can really get butter-smooth graphics and even set your video settings to Ultra.
You’ll see on this list that we have laptops that have GTX 1060s installed in them. Benchmark-wise there is an enormous difference between graphics card. I will just focus on the differences between the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1060.
The GTX 1050 Ti surprisingly has a faster base core clock speeds compared to the GTX 1060s; The GTX 1050 Ti has 1493 Mhz while the GTX 1060 has 1405 Mhz.
However, if you look at the boost core the GTX 1050 Ti only has 1620 Mhz compared to 1670 Mhz of the GTX1060.
Not only that, there is a significant gap between the CUDA cores of these two graphics card. The GTX 1050 Ti just has 768, while the GTX1060 has 1280.
When it comes to Memory bandwidth and capacity the GTX1050Ti has 112.1 GB/s of bandwidth and 4GB size. On the other hand, the GTX1060 offers 192.2 GB/s and 6GB memory. The GTX1050Ti is 128-bit, and the GTX1060 is 192-bit.
So, performance-wise looking at 3dMark Firestrike results. The GTX1050Ti has a score of 7757 while the GTX1060 scored 11022.
That’s a big difference.
We haven’t spent much time looking at the bloatware (if any) on these computers. Sure it’s annoying, but if you want to easily remove all the extras that were installed beyond the clean Windows 10 – then do something called a “fresh start”.
A great how-to website on all things computer is how to geek and they have a walkthrough here
Enough about numbers and results. Let’s take a look at the laptops we found available for the budget you can afford. With this, I present first the best gaming laptops under $1500.
Best Gaming Laptop Under 1500
7. Acer Predator Helios 300
A wicked name for a great gaming PC. The Predator starts our list off and looks to devour the competition!
- 15. 6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6...
- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (2. 8GHz Up to 3. 8GHz), 32GB DDR4...
- 2 x USB 3. 0, 2 x USB 2. 0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, 10/100/1000...
The base model of this laptop was featured on our list of the best gaming laptops under $1000. This gaming laptop is again on our list of the best gaming laptops under $1500.
The Predator Helios 300 -G3-571-77QK, is a gaming laptop with a screen size of 15.6” and powered by a dedicated graphics card from NVIDIA; installed on this laptop is a 6GB DDR5 GeForce GTX1060. This gives this laptop superb frame rates when playing games.
The Helios 300 has a Kaby lake based processor, the i7-7700HQ. The processor installed in this gaming laptop has a base clock speed of 2.8Ghz and 3.8 GHz with turbo. This laptop variant comes in with max ram, installed is a 32GB DDR4 2400Mhz, that’s two sticks of 16GB of ram. This minimizes bottlenecks during intense gaming sessions and working on several applications at the same time. Talk about getting the bang for your buck.
There are some downsides to this gaming laptop; the Helios 300 G3-571-77QK only has one hard drive which is a 256GB M.2 SSD. You are limited to the amount of data and applications due to small storage. There are reports that the display is a bit on the dim side. Not to mention that there’s a bit of a gap between the base and the monitor. And the speakers are mounted at the bottom. The only thing you can resolve is the problem for storage. We showed some, fairly priced hard drives that you can use as a secondary drive for your gaming rig.
On the plus side, this gaming laptop has above-average battery life. It has a 4-cell Li-Ion 48Whr 3220 mAh battery that can run up to 7 hours. This is with 50% brightness and typical usage of browsing through wi-fi. Under full load with a game though, expect lower results.
The Helios 300 also has several ports that most laptops need on a daily basis; it has an HDMI, two USB 2.0 Ports, a USB 3.0 Port, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 and an RJ-45 for wired connection. It has 802.11ac / BT 4.0 for its wireless connectivity. A good addition to its ports would be a Thunderbolt 3 port and Mini Displayports.
This gaming laptop weighs 5.95lbs and measures 10.5 x 15.3 x 1.1 in. This laptop also has a very game-centric design. It has chiclet keys that are backlit with red LEDs. I am not sure if you noticed this, but the Asus ROG and the Predator Helios 300 almost has the same top lid design. The only differences between them are the logo and the length of the line that serves as an accent.
As you will see as a trend with many of the gaming laptops on this list, the monitor is a disappointing 60hz refresh rate. With a GTX1060 at the helm, there is a good chance some of the games you will play will produce higher FPS rates than 60. Unless you plan on getting a great gaming monitor to use as your primary screen – this is a frustrating theme for the bottom ranks.
6. GIGABYTE P55WV7-KL3 Gaming Laptop
Gigabyte is a company that is known for its ingenuity creating motherboards. But, how well are they doing in creating gaming laptops?
- Display: 15.6" Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS Wide viewing angle anti-glare display LCD | Features:...
- Processor: 7th Gen Intel Quad Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz) | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GDDR5...
Who is Gigabyte? They are a Taiwanese based company, who’s well-known for their high-performance motherboards. But their success in creating great laptops is no secret to the gaming community. The P55WV7-KL3 is one of Gigabyte’s masterpiece.
This gaming laptop is equipped with a powerful processor based on Kaby lake architecture. It can reach 3.80 GHz with turbo and works well with most modern game titles, supporting it is also a high-performance graphics card. Though the i7-7700HQ has a built-in Intel HD Graphics 630, it has a 6GB DDR5 Dedicated GTX1060. This makes sure you get the best graphics settings when playing your games.
This gaming laptop has dual drives it has a 256GB SSD and a 7200RPM 1TB hard drive. File storage won’t be a problem for this rig. That’s for sure!
The P55W V7 has a 15.6” IPS display that allows you to get crisp display up to 178 degrees. This gaming laptop has a chiclet keyboard that is backlit with customizable RGB lights. It measures 14.92 x 10.59 x 1.1 inches and weighs 5.7lbs.
Ports, ports, ports. This gaming laptop almost has all the ports you need except for Thunderbolt 3. It has an RJ45 10/100/1000 Mbps (LAN) for your wired connection, three USB 3.0 Ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C Port. It also has one HDMI, one HDMI 2.0, a mini Display Port, a Mic-in and a headphone-out (Audio-in Combo). It even has an SD Card Reader. However, like most laptops, it does not have an optical drive. This gaming laptop uses Integrated Intel® Wireless-AC N1535 LAN + Bluetooth™ 4.1 M.2 for wireless connections.
This gaming laptop has Chiclet, RGB backlit keyboard. Battery life is below average for this gaming laptop; while using wifi and 50% of brightness, you barely get 4 hours. So it’s a bit of a con that cannot be resolved easily. Another thing is that when this is under load, the fans can be a bit noisy. Well, that’s because this gaming laptop only uses a single fan to cool off your rig.
Considering the specs this gaming laptop has, I’d say it is still fairly priced.
5. MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro
Best Small Form Laptop
The Phantom is aptly named – we chose this laptop as our number 5 spot for being lightweight and powerful.
- Display: 14.3" Full HD | Non Reflection eDP IPS Level 1920x1080 | Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz)
MSI’s GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 is the lightest gaming laptop we have on our list finding the best gaming laptop under $1500; it is just 3.7lbs. So, no question about its portability. It can fit in almost any laptop carrying bag since it only measures 13.6 in x 9.6 in x 0.9 in.
They installed the SteelSeries keyboard with a red backlight on this laptop. Due to its size, they had to make the keyboard compact, the arrow keys are smaller than the other keys, and it only has 83 keys.
It’s a light and compact gaming laptop. But the performance it brings is amazing. It can go toe to toe with any gaming laptop within its price range. The GS43VR has an i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz processor; the ram is 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz. And it has a VR Ready 6GB DDR5 GeForce GTX1060 from NVIDIA; this laptop is really beefy.
The primary storage is a bit smaller than the P55W V7 and the Helios 300, it only has a 128GB SSD, but it has a 1TB 7200 RPM secondary drive. Connections of all sorts are possible since the GS43VR all kinds of ports on it; it has RJ45 LAN port, an HDMI port, a microphone input, a headphone/SPDIF combo jack, a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, a Mini DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports. Wireless connection is also not a problem since it has Killer Wireless-AC 1535 and Bluetooth 4.1 installed in it.
This gaming laptop’s battery life is about average. During normal use of browsing using Wi-Fi, it can go up to five hours. It gets its juice from a 4-Cell Li-Ion 61Wh battery. If we are to put it head to head with similarly sized gaming laptops like the Razer Blade (14”) and the Alienware 13 R3, the MSI is still a better option; the other two laptops are much more expensive.
If you’re looking for a compact laptop, this is the best one to get for under $1500.
4. Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Power for the budget gamer – this is one of the most affordable laptops on this list.
- Latest-generation NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card, Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 2.8GHz (6M...
- 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 128GB SATA III SSD + 1TB HDD
Asus is at it again. The Asus ROG Strix GL502VM gaming laptop is somewhat an entry level for the best gaming laptops under $1500 that has G-Sync capabilities. Like all the laptops featured earlier, this gaming laptop from Asus has an i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz Processor, backed up by 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz RAM.
The GL502VM is a sister model of the GL502VS. However, this model is slimmer; it measures 10.5 x 15.4 x 0.9 inches and weighs 4.9lbs. Thin and light and can easily fit inside a carrying bag. Not to mention it won’t strain your shoulders carrying it around even for hours.
This gaming laptop has a 15.6” IPS panel that has G-Sync; so frame rates are expected to be solid.
The GL502VM does not have an integrated GPU and display is powered by a 6GB DDR5 GeForce GTX1060. Together with the G-sync capability of the screen you get smooth graphics even on ultra settings.
The overall design of this gaming laptop screams “I am a gaming laptop”; the keyboard is Chiclet type with scissor switches and it has red backlight. The WASD keys are highlighted orange which gives accent to the whole keyboard. It is a full-size keyboard with the number pad included.
The casing is made of Aluminum, and the top lid has a brushed metal finish. Like other ROG series laptops, it has the Republic of Gamers logo on the top lid. The bottom of the laptop is made of plastic. With vents to help the dual fans of this laptop cool the entire system.
The standard drive installed on the GL502VM but in this variant from Amazon, it comes with a 128GB SSD as the primary drive while the secondary drive is a 1TB 7200RPM 2.5” Hard drive.
As mentioned earlier this model has 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz, the laptop can support a maximum of 32GB. However, upgrading the memory of this laptop is going to be a pain. You will need to remove all the screws on the back panel and unscrew the motherboard itself since the other SODIMM port is hidden under the opposite side of the motherboard.
Other than that this laptop is okay it connects wirelessly through its 802.11ac WiFi 2×2 and Bluetooth 4.1. You also have several ports on this laptop like one HDMI 2.0 Port, a mini Displayport, one USB 3.1-Type C (Gen 2), a Headphone-out and Audio Combo Jack, and an RJ45 LAN Jack if you want to go wired.
Certainly, an excellent choice if you’re looking to save some dollars from your 1500 budget.
3. Alienware AW15R3-7001SLV-PUS
A fast and intelligent gaming rig, a PC gamer would love to have.
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Dell decided to launch gaming laptop under a different brand name, thus the rise of Alienware. Though nowadays you’ll see Dell’s laptops with “Gaming” in their models, Alienware is somewhat on a different level.
The AW15R3-7001SLV-PUS is packed with the i7-7700HQ along with 16GB DDR4 2400 Mhz; 8GB on each slot. Its GPU is a 6GB DDR5 GeForce GTX1060 that is VR ready.
If you think that’s all it has and you say, “that’s common” well, think again. The screen is a 15.6” IPS panel that has G-Sync capabilities. Along with the GTX1060, you get buttery smooth gaming experience with the highest frame rates, without the ghosting and the screen tear.
It’s not all roses with the screen though, at only 60Hz, you’re limiting the power of the GTX1060, as it should get higher than 60 FPS on many games.
And there’s no stopping this monster delivering high-performance; this gaming laptop has dual drives, its primary drive is a 512GB PCI-E SSD, and the secondary drive is a 1TB 7200RPM hard disk. That’s more than enough space you’ll need for your files and applications.
The design of the laptop has “gaming” all over it. It is colored silver with a black edge and a spiderman logo, just kidding. It has the famous Alienware logo and has grooves that look like an inverted letter “Y,” using your imagination it looks like it’s a spaceship’s hatch.
It measures 12 x 15.3 x 1 inches and weighs 7.69lbs. It is going to be a challenge bringing this around in a backpack. It has the Alienware TactX keyboard installed, full 10-Keys with RGB backlighting. It uses AlienFX to customize how your keyboard lights up as well as other functions for your gaming laptop.
Under normal usage; browsing the web on Wi-Fi and just 50% brightness you’ll get 7 hours running on battery. The AW15R3-7001SLV-PUS uses the Killer DoubleShot Pro through its Killer Gigabyte ethernet and the Killer 802.11AC 2×2 dual band wireless adapter. This technology utilizes both wired and wireless connections at the same time.
Ports included in this laptop are; the RJ-45 Killer Networks e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Port for wired connection. You also get a Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, one Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare technology. There is a Type-C SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, a Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort). It also has the Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, 1 HDMI 2.0 Output, a Mini-Display Port 1.2 (certified) Output for external display connection. There’s an Audio Out 1/8″ Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset), 1 Headphone 1/8″ Port (retaskable for Microphone/Line-In analog audio input),1 Noble Lock port (cable and lock sold separately). This laptop covers all your wired connection needs. It also has Bluetooth 4.1 for your wireless file transfers and connecting to other Bluetooth devices.
I guess the only con for this laptop is the loud fan noise once you start playing. Aside from that, you can’t complain about how this machine performs.
2. Alienware AW17R4-7002SLV-PUS
Alienware is back at it again, taking the number 2 and 3 spot on our list. Let’s see why the R4 is worthy of such a high pick.
- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
- 8GB DDR4 at 2400MHz included; 32GB Maximum
- 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD; No Optical Drive
The AW15 R3 and the AW17 R4 have identical specifications except for the screen size, the weight and the R4 has a 120Hz monitor. This gaming laptop from Alienware comes with an i7-7700HQ Processor capable of getting speeds up to 3.8 GHz with turbo.
It has a 17.3” G-Sync IPS panel, so you get good clear images from any angle up to 178 degrees. It is powered by a dedicated graphics card; the GTX1060 which is VR ready and has 6GB DDR5. Hold on tight because this gaming laptop is about to blow your mind when used in gaming.
Finally, a gaming laptop that can use the GTX1060’s higher frame rates and not restricted to a 60Hz screen – 120Hz is a very nice feature.
I see a few cons with this variant; the AW15 R3 reviewed earlier has 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. For this AW17 R4, it only has 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and 8GB of RAM. If you wish to upgrade then its price will be over $1500. But that’s just a small amount to pay if you wanted a high-performing gaming laptop that has a big screen.
Since this has a bigger screen you’ll only get a shorter battery life compared to the AW15 R3; you can get 5 hours from the battery while browsing using Wi-Fi. I guess that’s already expected.
This gaming laptop is sold on Amazon for $1436.00 at the time of this review. It is expensive since it lacks some bits and pieces it really needs especially for the memory and storage. You can get similar laptops for a much lower price.
I will have to bet though that you won’t be able to get all the ports that are included in the AW15 R3 and AW17 R4; it has all the ports you can think of. It has the RJ-45 port with Killer Networks e2400 Gigabit Ethernet adapter. It has a Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, one Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare technology. You also get a Type-C SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port. It even has a Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort). It also has the Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, for external display you can use the HDMI 2.0 Output, the Mini-Display Port 1.2 (certified) Output. For your private listening or you want just to stay quiet you have an Audio Out 1/8″ Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset), and Headphone 1/8″ Port (retaskable for Microphone/Line-In analog audio input). And to secure it you have a Noble Lock port (cable and lock sold separately).
The outside appearance of the AW15 R3 and the AW17 R4 is identical as well it has that same hatch-like look with the Alienware logo; it measures and weighs 9.7lbs. It looks nice, it has the gaming feel all over it, and it can perform well. What more can you ask for from the second top pick of our best gaming laptop under $1500 list?
If you’re going to connect your laptop to an external monitor for gaming, and for some reason the screen size isn’t important to you – the R3 above is your better bet.
1. Acer Predator 17
Who says, “You can’t have cake and eat it too”? This gaming laptop is well priced with features beyond its competition.
- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
- 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
It’s a gaming laptop from a company who’s been creating high-performance machines of all sorts. From office and general use to high-powered gaming rigs. Acer first released their Predator lineup back 2008 for desktop computers, from that point they developed laptops of similar capabilities.
Now the Acer Predator 17 is here to conquer the under $1500 category. This beast is a fast and powerful gaming laptop within this price range. It showcases portable components that give its gaming prowess.
The Predator 17 is powered by a Kaby lake processor, the Intel i7-7700HQ with top clock speed of 3.8 GHz with turbo boost. It has a 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz that can still be upgraded to a maximum of 64GB. With these two components, it can already go toe to toe with the top brands of gaming laptops like the Alienware 17 and Asus GL702VM. But the Predator 17 has a slight advantage when it comes to the maximum supported memory.
It is bulky and heavy, but that’s expected of a serious gaming laptop. It is 12.66 x 16.65 x 1.56 in and weighs 9.26lbs. It has a 17.3” IPS monitor with a 75hz refresh rate; it also has native G-Sync support to ensure that your GPU and monitor is in sync, achieving solid frame rates even with modern game titles. Of course, the monitor with G-Sync is not enough; you need a powerful GPU to feed your need for great graphics; installed is a 6GB DDR5 Geforce GTX1060 from Nvidia.
This laptop has “gaming” written all over it; the top lid has two red lines with the Predator logo. It has a brushed metal finish as well; it has oversized air vents to make sure the system stays cool. The keyboard is not fully mechanical it’s the same as most gaming laptop from other manufacturers the main keyboard has programmable macros, and the backlight is red. The num pad is backlit with blue LED.
When it comes to ports and connectivity, it has its own set of artillery. For wired and wireless connection it utilizes the Killer DoubleShot Pro technology. Installed in the Predator 17 is the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz) – in tests reaching ~85 MB/s.
It also has the Killer Ethernet E2400 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port). The DoubleShot Pro allows you to use wired and wireless connections simultaneously. It simply redirects latency sensitive applications to use the Gigabit transfer of the wired connection, and other applications use the wireless connection. Simply put your game stays lag-free online.
There are still other ports installed in this gaming laptop; it has a Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3.1 Type C) Port, four USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), an – HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, and a Display 1.3 Port. You can also connect to Bluetooth devices through the Bluetooth 4.1 installed in it. It also has an SD-Card reader.
Storage is not going to be a problem. Although it only has 128GB M.2 SSD for the primary drive, you can still utilize the 1TB 7200RPM secondary drive. You can just put all the applications that need faster load times to the SSD, and you are good to go.
This laptop has an 8-cell Li-Ion 6000 mAh, it can run 3 hours with full load before needing to plug it into a charger. Powerful components produce heat, especially during intense gaming sessions. The Acer Predator 17 has an optional 3rd fan bundled with it so you can swap out the Blueray drive out and put in an extra fan for a cooler system. Who needs an optical drive anyways?
The predator bests the R4 above by being a little lighter (more plastic though), having an SSD and more RAM.
Again though, if you’re not concerned with screen size, and want a laptop that’s a little smaller – get the R3 in our third spot.
If you take a look at all the components it has, hands-down it’s the top pick for our best gaming laptops under $1500.
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4. Asus FX502VM-AS73
Thin and Light gaming laptop, with just the right angst to it.
- 15.6 Inch Full HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed
- Fully loaded with Latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz (Turbo up to 3.8GHz)
- Powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB discrete graphics.
Staring our our best gaming laptop under 1300 dollar list is from Asus.
Asus has been creating, great machines for almost any field. They even have the ROG series for your gaming needs. The Asus FX502VM is different, just like the V15 Nitro it does not look like a gaming laptop. But unlike the V15 Nitro, it has brushed metal finish for the top lid that is a bit contoured like the hood of a car.
It has that rugged look but not enough to say it is a gaming laptop. It measures 15.4 x 10.5 x 0.9 in, weighing just 4.9lbs. You can get it on your backpack easily since it is still compact, and ultra-light. It has Chiclet keys with scissor switches and red backlight; the WASD keys are highlighted, so it still has that gaming identity to it.
It does not have an optical drive, but it provides its users dual storage, it has a 128 GB SSD, it’s not that spacious, but it has a faster secondary drive than the V15 nitro with its 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive. So your load times for your OS is fast, and files are safe. And still, you have enough storage on your secondary drive for all your games and other files.
It has a 15.6” TN panel for its monitor, so viewing angles are not great along with lesser color production. However, a TN panel will provide higher response times than an IPS panel.
It has 3GB DDR5 GTX 1060 installed on it as well, which is impressive for its price. On the negative side, 3GB is not going to be good with memory hungry games. It’s just not going to be enough in some situations. Not to mention there’s also a slight decrease in its performance compared to the 6GB GTX1060.
Out of the box, this has 16GB DDR4 2133 Mhz for memory and can be expanded to 24GB 2133 Mhz. Not much expansion I should say considering that the i7-7700HQ installed in this laptop can support up to 64GB memory.
You’ve got most of the ports you need; the FX502VM has Headphone/microphone combo jack, RJ45 for LAN connection, an HDMI port, a Mini DisplayPort and 3 x USB 3.0 ports. For wireless connection, it has 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
Battery life for this gaming laptop is not that bad; it can run up to 5 hours on battery (min brightness, Wi-Fi off) before you need to grab its charger.
3. Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition
Tamed design, with monster performance in a 15 inch screen
- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
- 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is a laptop that does not really scream gaming. You can go to Starbucks and other places without worrying that you’ll stand out that much. The Acer V15 Nitro BE does not have that fancy red and black scheme that most gaming laptops have; it has a more professional look, which makes it good for people working or still going to school but would like something to use for gaming.
The V15 Nitro has a Kaby lake based processor, i7-7700HQ, with 3.8 GHz clock speeds running on turbo.
This gaming laptop has 16GB of RAM complementing its powerful processor and can support up to 32 GB RAM with clock speeds of 2400 Mhz DDR4.
The V15 Nitro lineup is successful since 2015, and with the 2017 version of the V15 Nitro Black Edition, it comes with a lot of improvements that makes it worth being on this list.
This gaming laptop has a 15.6” IPS screen, so expect crisp, vivid display with excellent viewing angles. The older V15 Nitro has GTX 9XX graphics card, and with this laptop, they made sure the upgrade is equal to its price tag; Acer installed a 6GB DDR5 GTX 1060 to compliment the monitor.
For networking, it has a 10/100 Gigabit Ethernet port, and for wireless communication, it has 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0.
Other essential and necessary ports are included in this gaming laptop; it has two USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), two USB 2.0 Ports, an HDMI Port with HDCP Support and the best part is, it has a Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3.1 Type C).
The Acer V15 Nitro BE measures 10.47 x 15.39 x 0.98 in and weighs 5.51lbs; you can carry it anywhere with ease, it can fit in most laptop sleeves or bags without any issues. Being slim has its downside though; this gaming laptop does not have an optical drive (with digital copies of games, who needs one?).
Storage for this gaming laptop is huge, it has dual drives installed, the primary hard drive is a 256GB SSD, and it has a 1TB 5400 HDD as a secondary drive.
I know most people are not fond of a slow hard drive, but one can easily get a 7200RPM drive or even another SSD.
Using this laptop with minimum brightness without the use of Wi-Fi this laptop can run up to 6 hours on battery. However, if you are playing games with max settings expect that this number will decrease drastically.
Audio quality is good since it has four built-in speakers powered by Acer TrueHarmony. It also has two fans to keep your system cool even when gaming. It has Chiclet keys that have a red backlight for that gaming feel. Though, there are reports that temperatures go up to 90C during an intense gaming session. Also, and the fans can be a bit loud.
The keys are a bit too crowded since it does not have space between them – but being a 15.6″ laptop, this is somewhat expected.
Overall it is still a great laptop for general use and gaming as well. A great machine in our best laptops under $1300.
2. ASUS GL753VE-DS74 Gaming Laptop
Big screen, great viewing angles at an affordable price
- 7th-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and with a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti...
- ROG Strix GL753 features a 17.3-inch Full HD IPS-like panel with wide 178° viewing angles with...
- 256GB SATA SSD + 1TB HDD for ideal balance of fastest OS-drive speeds and large storage space
Another laptop from Asus. The moment you see the GL753VE-DS74, you’ll immediately notice that it is a gaming laptop. The top lid has that familiar ROG logo with a brushed metal finish; it does not stop there, the keyboard is Aura RGB backlit and the WASD keys are highlighted.
A little downside to it though is the arrow keys. It has that awkward position being placed a little bit lower than the control and space keys. Asus used chiclet keys with scissor switches, and it has a nice tactile feedback to it.
Installed in this gaming laptop is a Kaby lake based processor; the i7-7700HQ has a base frequency of 2.8 GHz and 3.8 GHz on turbo. This GL753 has 16GB DDR4 2400 of ram and can still be expanded to 32GB.
The GL573 has enough storage for your files the OS is installed on the primary drive which is a 256GB M.2 SSD this drive still has enough room for your files. If you are running low on storage, you can use the secondary drive it has a 1TB 7200RPM hard disk.
For connectivity and ports, you got almost every port you’d need, almost, since you don’t have Thunderbolt 3 on this laptop. The GL753 has an RJ45 for your wired connection, an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 port type-C and a combo headphone/mic combo jack on the left side of this gaming laptop. On the right, you have one USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port, and a Kensington lock port.
For wireless connection, this gaming laptop has a Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2×2 Dual Band 11AC WIFI ROG Game First IV XPLIT Broadcaster.
This is the only gaming laptop on our list of the best gaming laptop under $1300 and $1500 ever to have an optical drive, and it has an 8x DVDRW super combo drive. The SD card reader is located on the front near the trackpad.
Its ROG Overboost Cooling Single Fan Thermal System keeps your system cool even during intense gaming sessions. It has two heat pipes going to the CPU and GPU for this laptop.
It has a 17.3” IPS screen, so not only do you get a big screen you also get crisp, vivid display from almost all viewing angles. It may not have a GTX1060 for its GPU, but it still has enough power for gaming since it has a 4GB GTX1050Ti installed in it.
It’s a bit on the bulky side since the dimension for this laptop is 16.3 x 10.7 x 1.2 in. The weight is a decent 6 pounds which isn’t bad considering it’s a 17 inch screen (compared to our top choices in the under 1500 category where they weigh over 9 pounds).
The battery life is not that long, it can go up to 5 hours without a charge. I guess that’s a given considering that it has a large screen.
This is our second top pick for our best gaming laptop under $1300 and it’s impressive overall.
1. Eluktronics N870HP6 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop
The brand may be unknown to many, but their laptops have killer specs to die for…Without the premium price.
- 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz/3.8GHz) Quad Core Processor, Genuine Windows 10 Home...
- 6GB GDDR5 VRAM Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics; 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM (1 Dimm)
- 17.3" Full HD IPS 60Hz LED Anti-Glare Display (1920 x 1080); 1 HDMI; 2 Mini DisplayPorts; 1 USB...
Eluktronics’ N870HP6 Pro-X is a great gaming laptop, well it’s more on the inside rather than the outside. The design of the laptop is not that appealing to be called a gaming rig. But the specifications speak highly of its capability as a gaming laptop.
This gaming laptop has an i7-7700HQ with 8GB DDR4 2400 Mhz memory; the RAM can still be upgraded as Eluktronics only uses 1 DIMM slot out of the 2 available. It supports up to 32GB DDR4 2400 Mhz max.
It has a 17.3” IPS screen, supporting 1920×1080 (FHD) resolution, what’s great about their monitors is that you have a 30-day no dead pixel guarantee to back it up. And it is powered by a 6GB DDR5 GTX1060 dedicated graphics card.
I like how they designed the N870HP6 since it has a more subtle look to it, but still, has the angles and edges that would still make it look like a gaming laptop. Another thing that can distinguish it as a gaming rig is the keyboard. This laptop has Chiclet keys that are RGB backlit.
This gaming laptop is not that portable; it measures 16.47 x 11.36 x 1.15″ and weighs 6.9lbs; it can still get heavier if you put in another hard drive on its secondary hard drive bay.
You get two USB 3.0 Ports, a USB 2.0, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (Type C), an HDMI (with HDCP), two Mini DisplayPorts, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, a Headphone jack and a Microphone jack. For wireless connectivity, this gaming laptop has Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 2×2 and Bluetooth 4.2.
The biggest upset to this laptop is the battery life, using Wi-Fi and setting brightness to 50% you will only get up to 3 hours usage. If you are going to play games, then it can cut that to one and a half hours.
Since we have some room on our 1300 cap, we thought it would be a better laptop if we are to upgrade its storage, here are some options you may consider to get great storage better than the rest of the list:
Samsung EVO 850 500GB SSD. This has been rated Up to 540MB/s, and 520MB/s read and write speeds, and transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s via SATA III. This is available on Amazon for under $150.
Or you can sacrifice on the space and get a Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA. This hard drive is a Solid State Hybrid Drive with 7200RPM. This Seagate ST750LX003 hybrid drive is under $110 on Amazon. See Seagate's Momentus 750GB Here
You can also try a 1TB Western Digital Black Performance Mobile Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM SATA. This hard drive has transfer speeds of up to 6 Gb/s with 32MB Cache it is slim with only 9.5 MM thickness. The WD10JPLX is sold for under $70. See The WD 1 TB Hard Drive Here
Considering such upgrade, you will be getting a better gaming machine under $1300 or $1500.
Gaming laptops have come a long way. Their specifications have improved and continue to improve over the years. However, the additional benefit of being portable equates to lesser performance of its components. And of course the price. As mentioned in our best of gaming laptops under $1000; a thousand dollars can already come a long way if you are to build a gaming desktop.
If we are to compare the processor installed in the gaming laptops we reviewed, to a high-end processor for laptops and a desktop processor you’ll see a very big difference in performance and pricing.
Another thing is that if you are to handpick your components building a desktop you have total control over the performance your build can achieve unlike laptops where you can only upgrade certain parts such as the Memory and the Hard drives other than these all other components are somewhat dependent on the manufacturer.
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