Find The Best Gaming Laptop Under 1500 & 1300 [Top 11]

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.

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Acer Predator 17

  • Comes with Windows 10
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7
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Alienware AW17R4-7002SLV-PUS

  • 7th gen intel core i7 processor
  • No optical drive
  • 17.3" FHD IPS ani-glare display
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Alienware AW15R3-7001SLV-PUS

  • 2.8GHz clock speed
  • 16Gb installed memory
  • Intel core i7 quad-core processor
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Asus ROG Strix GL502VM

  • 15.6" FHD display
  • Duo-copper thermal module w/ dual cooling fans
  • inetl core i7 processor
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MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro

  • DDR4 SDRAM memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • 15.6" LCD display
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GIGABYTE P55WV7-KL3

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GDDR5 GPU
  • Fullsized backlit keyboard
  • 2 year warranty
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Acer Predator Helios 300

  • 7th gen intel core i7-770HQ quad core processor
  • Built-in backlighting for keyboard
  • Compatible with 4.0 Bluetooth
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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

Best Gaming Laptop under 1300

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.

GPU power

Best Gaming Laptop under 1500

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.

Bloatware

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
(Top 7)

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!

Acer Predator Helios 300
  • 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?

GIGABYTE P55WV7-KL3
  • 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.

MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro
  • 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.

Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
  • 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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Alienware AW15R3-7001SLV-PUS
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing...

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.

Alienware AW17R4-7002SLV-PUS
  • 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.

Acer Predator 17
  • 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.

Best Gaming Laptop Under 1300 (Top 4)

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Eluktronics N870HP6 Pro-X

  • 7th gen Intel quad core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics
  • 17.3" LED anit-glare display
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Asus GL753VE Gaming Laptop

  • 17.3" HD IPS-likepanel display
  • RGB backlit scissor switch keys
  • Improved bandwith and stability
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Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition

  • 16GB DDR4 memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Built in 7th gen Intel Core i5/i7
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Asus FX502VM-AS73

  • 15.6" HD display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX discrete graphics
  • Dual fan system
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4. Asus FX502VM-AS73

Thin and Light gaming laptop, with just the right angst to it.

Asus FX502VM-AS73
  • 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

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition
  • 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

Asus GL753VE Gaming Laptop
  • 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.

Eluktronics N870HP6 Pro-X
  • 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:

Secondary SSD

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.

Secondary SSHD

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

Secondary HD

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.

Conclusion…

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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What Is The Best Gaming Laptop Under 1000 Right now?

We’ve reviewed more than 20 gaming laptops overall to get down to the best gaming laptop under 1000 dollars. It wasn’t easy, there are a lot of companies vying for this space.

With a budget under $1000, you can put together a great desktop build that you can use for gaming and it would provide you a better gaming experience since parts are a little more affordable.

One thing to note, we had to give on something here, all of the laptops in our top 5 do not have an optical drive – as there is a slow death of optical drives. You can find our post on the best external optical drives here – should you need one.

Ultimately we can only recommend five that are below $1,000 – to include any more would be a waste of your time

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Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • 16GB DDR4
  • 256GB SSD
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MSI GL62M Gaming Laptop

  • 7th Gen i7-7700HQ
  • 8GB DDR4
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
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Dell Inspiron i5577-7700BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop

  • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • 15.6 Inch FHD
  • 128SSD + 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive
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Prostar Clevo N855HJ Gaming Laptop

  • Intel Core i7-9750H Processor
  • 1TB NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Excellent Graphics Card
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MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 Gaming Laptop

  • 17.3" Full HD
  • Nvidia GTX 1050 2G
  • Steel Series keyboard
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Well…we also included 1 that is just slightly over the $1k budget at this time. If you’re willing to bend your budget slightly, there is one that is a great buy.

I haven’t focused much on laptop battery life. Looking for long battery life in a gaming laptop is like finding a unicorn.
Our main focus is on what really matters – the GPU.

All of these laptops below have the i7-7700HQ processor, a pretty good processor overall (a 3DMark CPU Score of 9980). The Versus website has a pretty good summary.

All of these laptops also run Windows 10 64 bit Home edition.

So let’s get on with our review of the best gaming laptop under 1000 dollars!

Read the full description below the grid.

Best Gaming laptop under $1000 (Top 5)

5. MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 Gaming Laptop

It’s game on! Paint the town red with this gaming laptop from MSI.

If you’re looking for the widest display around but still keeping performance in check, the GL72M is for you.

It’s game on! Paint the town red with this gaming laptop from MSI.

If you’re looking for the widest display around but still keeping performance in check, the GL72M is for you.

MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 Gaming Laptop
  • Display: 17.3" Full HD eDP Non Reflection 1920x1080 | Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz)

PROS

17.3in IPS monitor (Wider than the others)
2GB GTX-1050 GPU
120hz refresh rate screen

CONS

Fans can be a little loud
8 GB RAM

Low price doesn’t mean poor quality, this gaming laptop from MSI is packed with the specifications just right for gamers.

This gaming laptop is powered by an Intel i7-7700HQ with 8GB of ram that can be upgraded to 32GB.

The 7RDX-800 has a 17.3” screen with 120hz refresh rate, and It has a 2GB GTX-1050 DDR5 dedicated VRAM to give you a smooth gaming session.

The keyboard may not be mechanical, and I am not a big fan of red colored keys. It is backlit though so that you can use this even at night or in a dark room.

You don’t have to worry about storage either. This gaming laptop has more than enough space for your games. It has a 128GB M.2 SSD for your operating system backed up by a 1TB 2.5” hard drive. While this hard drive is only a 5400 RPM drive, it is a SSHD drive which Seagate reports is actually very fast.

During an intense gaming session, your rig stays cool with two cooling fans and its CoolerBoost 4 technology to keep the CPU cool.

Like its predecessors, this monster is very portable at 16.5 in x 11.30in x 1.15 inches and ~ 1.26in thick. it weighs just under 6 lbs (2.7kgs).

Connectivity is not a problem for this machine. It has a USB type-c port, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, a Mini Display port, RJ45 for a wired connection, HDMI that supports 4k @30hz and of course a mic-in and headphone out.

This gaming laptop can go on without an AC adapter for hours; it has a 41WHr, 6-cell Lithium-ion battery.

4. Prostar Clevo N855HJ Gaming Laptop

Would you buy a gaming laptop from a company who’s just starting to make a name in the world of computers, let alone in the world of gaming?

The Prostar Clevo may change your mind.

Prostar Clevo N855HJ Gaming Laptop
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) Matte Type Display; HDMI output; 2 Mini DisplayPort 1.2; 1 USB 3.0...
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 Ghz, Processor (Max Turbo Frequency 3.8GHz), 6MB Smart Cache: Windows...

PROS

16GB RAM
62 WHr battery
No bloatware

CONS

Not brand name


Prostar is a company founded in 1992 and has been selling quality laptops since then. The Clevo N855HJ is one of their latest gaming laptops released. The brand name is unknown to many, I have not heard of them before and I just recently came across their laptop in search of a gaming laptop under $1000.

So let’s find out if this gaming laptop is worthy for its price. The Clevo N855HJ is not that flashy like the other laptops from MSI, Asus, and other major brands, but it is packed with components that a gamer would like to have in their gaming laptop. It might be able to go toe to toe with an Asus ROG.

This gaming laptop measures 14.88″ x 10.51″ x 0.98″ and weighs 5.51lbs (about 2.5kg) and has a 15.6” matte type screen. It runs on a 62Wh, 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery.

If you look under the hood of this gaming laptop, you’ll see how powerful this is despite the simple design. For its CPU, it has an i7-770HQ with a 3.8Ghz clock speed when on turbo. The GPU is also not that bad it has a GTX 1050 DDR5 2GB dedicated VRAM. And for its memory, it has 16GB DDR4 2400hz that can still be upgraded to 32GB max.

This gaming laptop under $1000 uses a 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive; this is more than enough to store your games and your files without using an external drive. Although, I have to say that a faster 7200rpm hard drive could have been a better option.

There are a lot of ports for this gaming laptop it has one HDMI Port with HDCP, two Mini Display 1.2 Ports, one USB 2.0 Port, one USB 3.0 Type C Port, two USB 3.0 Ports, one Headphone Jack, one Microphone Jack and an RJ-45 LAN port.
Unfortunately, there is no Thunderbolt 3 port for this gaming laptop.

As a conclusion, if you are looking for a gaming laptop under $1000 this is a good buy. However, if you are looking for something with more angst to it, then you’re better off with going further down this list.

3. Dell Inspiron i5577-7700BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop

A multi-purpose laptop that has enough power not just for gaming, you can also rely on this gaming laptop for school and work tasks.

Dell Inspiron i5577-7700BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
  • 12GB 2400MHz DDR4 up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately)

PROS

4GB GTX 1050 dedicated VRAM
12GB RAM
74 WHr battery
Supports 3D gaming

CONS

A bit heavy
No USB type-C
TN panel
 

Dell has its gaming lineup through Alienware and some of the XPS laptops, and recently they released gaming laptops under their brand name. The Dell 15 i5577-7700BLK-PUS is one of the many gaming laptops under $1000 that you can find on Amazon.

Dell is confident of this laptop’s capability that they even added the word “Gaming” to it. Though originally, the Inspiron lineup is meant for the office/school market.

So what makes this laptop worthy of being purchased by a gamer? First, off you have a Kaby lake based processor, this laptop has an Intel i7-7700HQ, running at 2.8Ghz and 3.8Ghz on Turbo. They also have 12GB DDR4 Memory and can support up to 32GB max.

This gaming laptop can play modern game titles in the market smoothly since it has a 4GB GTX 1050 DDR5 dedicated VRAM. At the same time, it will be good for people in college or working; battery life is also good since it can run for more than 6hours before needing to be plugged into a wall socket.

The keyboard is backlit, but unlike the common RED backlight for most gaming laptops, this one is using white LEDs.

It offers large enough storage; it has dual storage devices (1TB 5400 rpm hard drive and a 128GB SSD). I have to say this though, 128GB is not much for installing games so most likely you will be forced to put your games on the hard drive which is not going to be a good idea since it is 5400 RPM with no SSHD option.

An advantage this laptop has is the cooling system; it has dual fans with three exhausts and 186 thermal fins, so even when gaming or using this laptop over an extended period, you are sure to have your system cool.

Another thing that would be nice to have is the USB type-C and the Thunderbolt 3 port. Although this gaming laptop offers 3 USB 3.0 ports (one with PowerShare), HDMI port, an SD card reader, a Kensington Security lock, and a LAN port, it also lacks the Mini Display port.

The Display is a bit subpar since it only has a 15.6” Twisted Nematic panel that supports the 1920×1080 resolution; would have been nice if they used IPS for better viewing angles and color.

This gaming laptop has a solid build; the chassis is made of metal, that said it is a bit heavy, it weighs 2.56kgs and measures 15.7 x 10.43 x 0.99 in.

2. MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US Gaming Laptop

MSI describes this gaming laptop to be thin and light, but is that enough to take this laptop lightly?

MSI GL62M Gaming Laptop
  • Display: 15.6" Full HD eDP 1920x1080 | Operating System: Windows 10 . Gb LAN
  • Processor: Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 - 3.8 GHz). Visualize key system information so that its clear...

PROS

4GB GTX 1050Ti GPU
Thin and light
Price

CONS

Battery life (41WHr)

Another gaming laptop under $1000 coming from MSI. Their Thin and light GL62M 7REX-1896US is just 2.2kgs; this is still light considering that the chassis is steel, it measures 383 x 260 x 22~29mm and has a 15.6” screen. This laptop is portable yet powerful.

What’s inside this gaming laptop?

The processor is an i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake chip, capable of running 2.8Ghz – 3.8Ghz, the memory is just 8GB, which should still be sufficient to play. With that extra cash, RAM can be updated.

What I like most is that it has a 4GB DDR5 GTX 1050Ti Dedicated VRAM – we’re focusing on GPU’s to get the best gaming experience possible.

Now, compared to the laptops that have GTX1050s (clock speed is 1354mhz), this gaming laptop’s GPU has a clock speed of 1,493 MHz. So even with high settings, you can still get good FPS from this laptop.

Battery life would depend on how you are using this laptop you can easily switch by pressing FN+F7 or by going to the Dragon Center.

This gaming laptop uses 128 GB SSD 3rd Gen PCIe for your operating system and has another 1TB hard drive for your files. Same as the Dell Inspiron, it would have been better if they put at least 256GB SSD so your games can be installed on the SSD, not on the hard drive.

The GL62M 7REX may be thin and light, but it can stay cool even if you play games for hours. It has its exclusive Cooler Boost 4 technology that uses dual fans and about 6-7 heat pipes to make sure this machine does not throttle.

For ports, you have LAN (RJ45), Mic-in, Headphone-out (SPDIF), one TYPE-C USB3.0, two TYPE-A USB3.0, one TYPE-A USB2.0, MINI-DISPLAYPORT, HDMI (supports 4k @30hz) and a card reader. This gaming laptop also supports wireless connections through 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.2.

The keyboard is made by SteelSeries and is built to last; it has two options for backlight either white or red.

Best Gaming Laptop under 1000 dollars

1. Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop

If you like sports cars, then you won’t be able to take your eyes off the Acer Aspire VX 15’s design. Sleek design that is somewhat like the rear of a Lamborgini Aventador.

This is the best gaming laptop under 1000 dollars right now.

Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display

PROS

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Graphics Card
256GB SSD
16GB Ram

CONS

No HDD (extra add on)
Lower battery life

First thing I noticed about the design of gaming laptops’ exhaust vents is that they are similar to a sports car’s rear side.
I also like the brushed metal matte finish of the case.

It has the Gaming pedigree looks but not as flashy as the very high-end gaming laptops like the Acer Predator 21X. That gaming laptop is beyond words to describe.

However, you cannot compare an orange to an apple. That will not work, a $9,000 gaming laptop, of course, is built entirely different from this gaming laptop under $1000. Performance is also on a different scale.

But let’s talk more about the VX 15 and what makes it our top pick for the gaming laptop under $1000.

First off you have a powerful processor, it has an Intel i7-7700HQ with four cores and eight threads that can go at the maximum clock speed of 3.8Ghz. Nothing new here, as the other laptops on this list have the same processor.

It has 16GB RAM, and it is still upgradable to 32GB max – the 16GB of RAM is best in class for our list.

Want a buttery smooth gaming experience even on high settings? The VX15 got you covered; it has a 4GB DDR5 GTX1050Ti dedicated graphics card for your gaming needs.

It’s not all gravy for this laptop though. When it comes to storage, you are somewhat limited out of the box.

This gaming laptop only has a 256GB M.2 SSD card installed, and if you want an HD drive, then you need to purchase it as an upgrade for another $90 or so for a 2TB HD (and install it yourself).

It does not have an optical drive as well, but neither do any of the other laptops on our list.

This gaming laptop only has a 3-cell Li-ion 4605 mAh Internal battery. So, you just have a few hours of gaming, and you already need to plug it into a wall socket.

This gaming laptop has all the necessary ports you’d need; (1) USB 3.1 Type-C port, (2) USB 3.0 ports, (1) USB 2.0 port, (1) HDMI, (1) 3.5mm combo jack. It would have been great if Acer added the Mini Display and Thunderbolt which is becoming a necessity for laptops nowadays.

Budget Stretcher Gaming Laptop[

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

Look we couldn’t in good conscience not put the following laptop. for just a little bit more over the 1k budget, you’re getting a much better graphics card.

Gaming performance to a whole new level! Get the best bang for your buck with the Acer Predator Helios 300.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop
  • Latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.8GHz |...
  • Latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM

PROS

6GB GTX 1060 Graphics Card
Up to 7 hrs battery life

CONS

Keyboard has familiar chiclet foibles
Hard to clean cooling ports

There probably are lots of laptops out there who would brag about how they can outclass the competition. However, I’d put my bets on the Acer Predator Helios 300 to beat most of the gaming laptops in its price range.

The Helios 300 is just a little over $1000; it is currently sold on Amazon for around $1050. And it is definitely a better choice over the N850HK1 Pro. It has a solid metal chassis that is made of aluminum and is matte finished except for the top of the lid which has a brushed metal finish.

But this is not the reason why I picked it as my number one for this list of gaming laptops within this price range.
The processor installed in this gaming laptop is a Quad Core Intel i7-7700HQ that has 6MB L3 cache that can go up to 3.8Ghz. It has a 16GB DDR4 2400hz ram expandable up to 32GB.

The main reason this is part of this list is the GPU. The Helios 300 has a 6GB DDR5 GTX 1060 which is VR ready. For another $50 you’re getting a way better GPU overall.
This machine is mean and vicious when it comes to gaming, thus the name Predator; beating the competition by a mile.

Frame after frame the colors looks lifelike and vivid with its 15.6inch IPS screen backlit by LED. It supports 1920×1080 native resolution. If you are playing games you can set the graphics to full without having any issues; a reminder though if you are planning to connect it to a 4K external monitor, the GTX 1060 can reach its limits easily. 4K would need a higher graphics card such as a GTX 1070.

The Helios 300 keeps the internal components with its dual fans and large vents on the rear side. You can also monitor the performance of your machine and fine tune the fan performance using Acer’s PredatorSense application.

This gaming laptop comes out of the box with only the 256GB SSD, and if you want an HD drive, then you need to purchase it as an upgrade for another $90 or so for a 2TB HD (and install it yourself). .

Upgrading the memory and storage is easy, you have two easy-access hatches, one for the 2.5-inch drive and another for the DIMM Sockets.

You have a backlit keyboard with black keys except for the WASD that is red; it is a full keyboard layout complete with the number pad.

The Predator Helios 300 measures 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches; which is slightly bigger than other mainstream gaming notebooks. The Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (15.1 x 10 x 1.2 inches, 5.6 pounds) and the Lenovo Legion Y520 (15 x 10.4 x 1 inches, 5.6 pounds) are a bit smaller. However, the Helios 300 is a tad lighter at only 5.5 lbs. Now all these good stuff is just around $1050 at the time of this review and backed with Acer’s two-year limited warranty. Talk about bang for your buck!

Battery Management

Just a small write up here about battery management. Most laptops now have battery apps that you can modify to extend your batteries life as long as possible.

There are articles out there on how to care for your battery.

I subscribe to the fact that software can fail sometimes.

The only way to truly guarantee your laptop battery is not getting charged is to remove it entirely when connected to a power supply.

Step 1.
Charge the battery to 40-50% and then remove the battery.

Step 2:
Place the battery in a ziplock bag and if you have one put one of those silica packs you may have lying around.

Step 3:
Put the battery in the freezer. I know this may be extreme, but the constant temperature is the best for keeping your battery fresh.

Obviously, this is really only for if you keep your laptop plugged in for a long time.

You don’t want to have to dethaw your battery every day you want to use your laptop…

If you do use the freezing technique, make sure to take the battery out every month or so and use it. Lithium batteries still like to get cycled.

A simpler method (and frankly the one I use) is to just pull the battery out (after the computer is powered down) and leave it beside my laptop.

I use my laptop enough that I need the handiness of the battery ready.

I found that this is the best for keeping the battery life. I don’t care what any other article says. I’ve continuously have had longer battery life than any of my friends.

Conclusion…

Gaming laptops under $1000 can be considered as entry level for gaming.

Nowadays, games are becoming a burden to keep up with specifications-wise. In the years to come most likely the GTX 1050s might not be able to run games even in low to medium settings, but as always – technology keeps improving. So start saving up for your next laptop gaming rig!

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Skytech Archangel 1050 TI Review: Is This Worth Your Money? Find Out!

With the pervasiveness of gaming, and with game developers in a virtual arm’s race with mass-market producers of computers, we’ve seen the introduction of PC platforms which are specifically designed with gaming in mind. This makes very specific demands on the type of computer you’re running, and there’s an extra emphasis on added cooling systems, computing speed, and versatility since many avid gamers tend to have their own preferences when it comes to hardware (including but not limited to graphics cards), so compatibility is key.

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The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI

  • AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz core
  • 1 TB/7200RPM hard drive
  • AMD 970 Chipset
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The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI

  • AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz core
  • 1 TB/7200RPM hard drive
  • AMD 970 Chipset
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ASUS VX238H

  • 21.5" HD widescreen display
  • Radeon free sync technology
  • 75Hz refresh rate
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Redragon M990 LEGEND

  • 1200DPI RGB Backlit gaming mouse
  • 23 programmable buttons
  • 5 memory profiles
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XIBERIA Gaming Headset

  • Wide range of compatibility
  • Hand free design with built in microphone
  • 8-pin Bluetooth headphone
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But keeping up with AAA titles is often secondary to other concerns when it comes to pre-built computers, as you don’t always know what you’re getting, even if you end up memorizing the specifications on Amazon. Nevertheless, we took a look at the SkyTech Archangel 1050 TI ourselves to see how it compared to other top-of-the-line gaming platforms, both in terms of speed and memory, layout, reliability, as well as overall functionality.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive review of the Skytech Archangel 1050 Ti as well as some of our other recommendations!

If you have any questions, let us know!

The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI
  • AMD FX-6300 3.50GHz / 4.1 Turbo 6-Core | 1 TB 7200RPM Hard Drive | AMD 970 Chipset Gaming...
  • 8GB Gaming Memory DDR3 1866 MHz with Heat Spreader (Not Generic Memory) | 24X DVD ±RW Optical...

PROS

Not a bad deal for the quality of individuals components and as a whole
Very little additional included programs to clutter the hard-disk
Sleek tower and room to mod/upgrade as needed
Excellent compatibility and decent gaming power across processor and memory

CONS

Does Not Compete With My $600 Build
Uses Some Older Components That Have Better Counterparts
Some people have had issues with their power supply (supposed to be 500W)
Single 8 GB RAM stick instead of two 4 GB for dual-channels
Potentially a ‘plateauing’ effect in terms of running new games at max settings
Small company so their customer service is often stretched pretty thin

At first glance, the SkyTech Archangel GTX looks like it might belong under the hood of a luxury car than on a computer desk. The futuristic and stylish case houses an extremely powerful and specially tailored configuration of hardware, designed to offer a gaming experience which will appeal to both casual and veteran gamers, regardless of what they’re playing. It’s probably a bit bigger than is actually needed, but we’re counting this as a bonus in the long run, not only in terms of helping with air flow, but also just in general having some wiggle room to upgrade if you plan to beef it up later on.

With a 3.5 GHz AMD processor and a Nvidia Geforce 1050 Ti graphics card, it can run most games at higher resolutions without any noticeable lagging or interference, although unfortunately we were a bit disappointed to see they hadn’t upgraded from DDR3 RAM – nevertheless, it’s a small price to pay (literally) for a system that has multi-functionality across a range of uses, including video playback and editing, making it an ideal choice for those who also plan on running programs in parallel. With a 1 TB hard disk you’re pretty well set as well, although at this point that’s pretty standard.

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What Are You Really Getting? A Look Inside The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI

Case – Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition

Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition

One of the things pre-built PC’s use to lure in prospective buyers is always the case. There’s no benefits in terms of gaming performance that the case offers, but as a gamer who doesn’t want something that looks cool? The Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition is really something to look at all on this occasion

When it comes to actual functionality, one of the most important things to look for in a case is space and airflow. I’m glad to say that the Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition has both of those boxes checked.

With a sleek design, a spacious case with plenty of upgrade room, and a good amount of airflow, this is actually a great addition the Skytech Archangel 1050 TI! If there’s one thing that this pre-built gaming PC has going for it it would be the Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition.

CPU – AMD FX-6300 Vishera Processor

Where SkyTech really gets our kudos is in choosing to use the AMD FX-6300 Vishera processor as their go-to chip. Again, you’re not looking at the best of the best, but AMD routinely delivers a decent CPU. With 3.5 GHz it’s also to date the only 6-core variety being offered by them, and the Archangel ups the ante by allowing for 41. GHz Turbo Unlocked. Long story short, it’s in the mid to upper range, and if you really need it there’s some potential to push it a little harder. 

I really wish they would have thrown something that’s a tad bit more current, but the FX-6300 still gets the job done surprisingly well making this a solid CPU.

Power Supply – 430 Watts High Performance Power Supply

Honestly, the power supply for the Skytech Arhangel 1050 Ti is pretty mediocre. At only 430 watts (what’s in my $400 build), you’re really pushing the power consumption and would probably need to replace it with something better if you ever do plan on upgrading this build. This is definitely a con with the Skytech Archangel 1050 Ti.

I also couldn’t find what brand actually makes their power supply so I’m assuming that this is probably one the ways they’re cutting costs on the build and getting something unbranded that’s more affordable.

Motherboard – Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 or AsRock 970a-G/3.1 (They Alternate)

Keeping with the theme of mid-ranged systems, SkyTech opted to go for the AM3+ 760G Chipset as their motherboard, and again it all depends on what you plan to be doing with your computer. If you’re looking at primarily gaming and/or video streaming you’re not likely to encounter any issues, but it is on the lower end of their products – at the same time, it’s a pretty wise choice in terms of compatibility with its CPU.

Storage – 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive (Brand isn’t mentioned)

The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI does come with a good bit of space, which is something that’s always appreciated for the gamers who love to hold games on their PC forever (seriously just clear the game off when you’re done playing it!). In all seriousness, a 1TB hard drive is just about what you want when getting a PC as you shouldn’t have to worry about space for at least the first year.

Memory – High Performance 8GB DDR3 1866 MHz (Same as above)

On top of including a 1 TB hard-disk, the Archangel also comes outfitted with 8 GB of high performance DDR3 RAM, and we clocked it at 1866 MHz. Again, you’re not getting the top of the line here (such as DDR4 or higher for example), but for all intents and purposes the high capacity 8 GB off-sets this fact. The one issue we did encounter, and others have too, seems to be the fact they incorporate the 8 GB in a single chip, as opposed to two discrete 4 GB sticks which would allow you to take advantage of dual channels.

Graphics Card – Nvidia Geforce 1050 TI 

GTX 1050 TI

As mentioned, we were quite happy to see a Nvidia Geforce GTX included with the Archangel in its setup, and it’s a solid graphics card that delivers a solid performance, and can run most games at 1080p. This is, however, the one piece of hardware you’re most likely going to see gamers want to upgrade first, and that’s because it’s only rated to 2 GB on its Pascal Engine, which will keep up with most games on the market, but even with some modern AAA titles you’ll notice some lagging and troubles with high-load graphics.

Operating System – Windows 10 Pro Edition

Windows 10 Logo

One of the good things about buying a pre-built PC like the Skytech Archangel is that you’re getting a fully functional legitimate Windows 10 copy which is easily the best operating system at this very moment. If you got this individually it’d retail for about $130, but there are ways you can get this cheaper and in some cases even free.

Hopefully you’re feeling like you actually know what you’re getting at this point! One of the most insane things that I’m seeing are gamers who have no clue what’s in their build. Most of the time they’ll completely buy a new build if something goes wrong, when all they really needed to do was switch out a certain component to get another few years out of their build!

If you have any questions about any of the components in the Skytech Archangel, leave a comment below and get right back to you.

The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI
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  • 8GB Gaming Memory DDR3 1866...

My Recommended Peripherals For The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI

What’s the point of having an awesome PC, and not having any actual peripherals to back it up? In this section, we find some of the best peripherals for the Skytech Archangel 1050 Ti.

FYI: The Skytech Archangel 1050 TI does come with a good keyboard, but the mouse is pretty basic. I’d recommend just getting a monitor and a mouse and a headset.

Recommended Monitor:

ASUS VX238H
  • 21. 5 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
  • And Radeon free sync technology. No compatibility for VESA Mount

The Acer SB220Q is an affordable gaming monitor that really suits the Skytech Archangel 1050 TI well! With a response time of 4ms it makes gaming a quick seamless experience all while remaining affordable.

With a slick design that makes it look double its price and amazing color contrasts, You’d struggle to find a 1080p gaming monitor in its class.

Recommended Mouse: Redragon M990 LEGEND

Redragon M990 LEGEND
  • WIRED USB GAMING MOUSE; built for PC Gamers - Ergonomic Redragon M990-RGB “Legend Chrome”...
  • RGB BACKLIGHT MMO MACROS PROGRAMMABLE PC GAMING MOUSE; Total 23 user programmable Buttons. 5...

I know that the Skytech Archangel 1050 TI comes with a mouse, but by all means it’s pretty basic. If you’re a PC gamer, then there’s nothing worse than playing on a basic mouse so I’ve come to offer something a tad bit better.

The Redragon M990 LEGEND is anything but basic, in fact, this mouse rivals mice that are double and even triple its price. If you’re an FPS gamer then you’ll really appreciate the DPI adjustment that goals all the way up to 16400 DPI!

The Redragon M990 also comes with twenty two programmable buttons which is amazing for any MMO’s or MOBA’s.

Recommended Headset: XIBERIA Gaming Headset

XIBERIA Gaming Headset
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  • WIDE COMPATIBILITY : Compatible with Phone X 8 7, support all iOS system, enjoy the music and...

XIBERIA is a new brand and a few months ago I’d never heard about them. That was until I tried their XIBERIA gaming headset which is absolutely amazing!

A sleek design, clear mic, comfortable earpods, and surround sound gaming, make for a powerful headset that’s also affordable. I’d recommend the XIBERIA Headset anyday for anyone who’s on a budget, but still wants a great pair of gaming headsets!

What Kind Of Gaming Performance Can You Expect?

Below is a video of someone with a build extremely similar to the  Skytech Archangel 1050 TI build playing PlayerUnknown’s Battleground ( a surprisingly demanding game), this is about what you should expect.

https://youtu.be/2xRo7NAWwnU

Again, it’s hard to find too many faults with the Archangel, as you can see in the video you’re operating within the mid-range selection of gaming PC’s. For basically any game in the last couple years, there’s little to no significant issues even when the settings are cranked up to maximum, and this includes both RPG style games and FPS which make a lot of demands on a system. There might be some minor snags during a firefight, but overall very smooth.

That said, some upcoming AAA games, especially mainstream ones, will have a bit more trouble running, and you might have to scale back on their settings – or, conversely, consider upgrading part of your system such as the graphics card to something that can handle a bit more punishment. It almost goes without saying, then, that this computer shouldn’t be on your Christmas list if you’re hoping to hook up a Vive or other VR headset/software. For everything else, except decent to excellent results, and this includes video playback for streaming as well as video editing (where that 1 TB hard-disk really comes in handy).

Who’d I Recommend The Skytech Archangel 1050 Ti For?

A lot of reviews and websites, and even SkyTech’s own website, suggest their products for both casual and hardcore gamers alike, but we’d probably amend that and suggest their towers are better suited for casual players who won’t be pushing the specs into the red but still want a device that can most titles at near-optimum settings. SkyTech so far has lived up to their name, so we’ve got our fingers crossed and we’re eager to see what the future has in store for them, and whether or not we can expect even lower prices once they’ve established themselves better.

If you’re a real hardcore gamer on a budget looking to maximize gaming performance you’ll like what’s below.

An Alternative? Why My $600 Build Destroys The Skytech Archangel 1050 Ti

NXZT S340 Mid Tower Case

PC Gaming Builds is first and foremost about building a gaming PC and I couldn’t let you leave without informing you about our gaming PC builds that literally crush pre-built gaming PC’s when it comes to value.

The Skytech Archangel 1050 Ti is a solid buy and it’s actually one of the better pre-built gaming PC’s out there, but my $600 build destroys it in just about every way at a much more affordable price. While this build features a FX-6300 (which is decent, but pretty old), the Beauty And The Beast build features a i3-7100 which is one of Intel’s latest Kabylake CPU’s.

The i3-7100 offers a 38% increase in processing performance over the FX-6300 making it a much better deal! You’d also get a 1060 with my $600 build while the Skytech Archangel features a 1050 ti which leads to my $600 build giving a 22% increase in gaming FPS performance.

In fact, the Skytech Archangel 1050 ti even struggles to compete with my $500 build! This is mostly because PC builders need to make their money somewhere so they focus on finding older parts that offer deals when it comes to bulk discounts as well as throwing on about $100 just to build the PC.

Building a gaming PC really isn’t that hard and I’m willing to help you every step of the way, so I definitely recommend checking out my Beauty And The Beast and get that over this!

That Concludes Our Skytech Archangel 1050 Ti Review!

In conclusion, we give the Skytech Archangel 1050 TI a solid 7.5/10 for a number of reasons. On the upside, and in part because of how ludicrously cheap it is for what you’re getting (pre-built PC standards), you’re not likely to find a pre-built gaming PC that balances quality and inexpensiveness as well as the Archangel. However, in the future we’d like to see them maybe upgrade some of their individual components (such as graphics card, RAM, etc.), which although it might warrant a slight price bump would result in a more long-term gaming platform, especially if the industry keeps going the way it has.

This conclude’s PC Gaming Build’s review of the Skytech Archangel 1050 TI. If you have any questions about this PC or need any suggestions leave a comment below

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