Best Gaming Laptops under $1000 [2017]

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Best gaming laptop under 1000 2016
Today I’m going to show you the best gaming laptops under 1000. As of January 2017 LaptopBlogger has analyzed nearly every available gaming laptop under 1000 on the market.

In this guide you will find affordable gaming laptops that offer:

Impressive graphics that handle the latest games

Smooth frame rates

and excellent audio

The best part? All that without worrying about lag and heating problems.

So without further ado, here are the best gaming laptops under $1000:


Note: A gaming laptop under 1000 will give you a good gaming performance. But if you want to play on 60 fps on ultra settings, a gaming laptops for less than 1000 simply isn’t enough. Then you might need to consider a gaming laptop under 1500.


#1 Best gaming laptop under 1000: MSI GE62 Apache Pro-239

 

msi ge62 gaming notebook

The MSI have everything you need to look for in a gaming laptop. The best graphics you can find in this price range, fast memory and a quality design.

The brushed aluminum case has a black finish with subtle lines and an MSI logo that lights up on start. The case is sturdy, and the backlit keyboard feels great while gaming. At around 6 lbs weight and just 27mm thickness, it is also good light-weight laptop you can take with you wherever you go.

The hardware you get is impressive, especially considering the price. The 6th generation quad-core processor, i7-6700HQ, is the best processor you will find on the market for the price. The i7-6700HQM will help you run even the most demanding games and applications. It has a clock speed of 2.6 GHz, and 4.5Ghz turbo and an impressive 8000 CPU mark score. The RAM memory is of the newer type DDR4 that operates at 2133Mhz. The hard drive has a rotation speed of 7200RPM. All these factors make the MSI GE62 run fast and reliably.

The battery can only handle around 2-3 hours gaming before you have to plug it in. But that should be expected with the powerful hardware in gaming laptops.

The MSI GE62 have the best graphics card you can find in any gaming laptop under 1000, the Nvidia Geforce GTX 970M. It is much stronger than the GTX 960M, the card you should expect to have in a gaming laptop under 1000. The GTX970 will run almost all newer games on high settings with a smooth framerate. Take a look yourself at the end of the article over here. Many of the games will run smoothly even at Ultra settings!

 


Summary: The best graphics card you can get in this price range. And powerful hardware that makes it load and boot quickly. This is the best you can get for under 1000. But hurry up, last time I checked, there was only a few left on Amazon. So, press check price below to see the price and see how many there are left.

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ProsCons
Excellent designOK battery life
Strong gaming performanceGood screen but would be even better with an IPS screen
Really affordable price


#2 Best value: Dell Inspiron i17559

 

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Included SSD, a potent graphics card, a powerful processor and a saving of $200, what more can you ask for? The Dell Inspiron i17559 gives a deal that is hard to beat.

The Inspiron i7559 is a light-weight gaming laptop with a modest and professional look. It has a sturdy matte black plastic housing, diamond curved edges, and red details. The palm rest has a slide-resistant coating that feels great. The screen provides crisp, vibrant graphics. I would say the screen is one of the best full HD laptop screens on the market currently. The speakers sound good but are not the computer’s strongest point. A strong mid and high-frequency range but the bass of the speaker is slightly lacking.

Inside is the same graphics card as the Asus Rog GL series, the GTX 960M. This card does continuously play flawlessly no matter if you play the latest AAA title or just want to play some online games. The Ram memory is only 8gb compared to the Asus’s 16 GB. This won’t be a problem if you just are looking for a gaming laptop; 8GB ram is plenty enough for gaming. But if you want to run a ram intensive application, as an editing tool, I would pick another computer on the list.

The i7559 comes with a 256 GB SSD. This hard drive will make booting up, transferring, adding or loading files fast.

If you are a savvy shopper always looking for the best deal, this is the laptop for you. You can often save up to 300 dollars of your laptop budget by purchasing this laptop on Amazon today. The hardware is both affordable and powerful. For the best cost/performance ratio, this is the choice. So if you can afford having a smaller hard drive and less ram, you will love the Dell Inspiron i7559.

 


Summary: The Dell Inspiron is the best deal you could get if you are looking for a gaming laptop under 1000. It has not only a great price; it has hardware you only find in computers priced 150+ $ more. The biggest weakness of the laptop is the small memory size. 256 Gb is on the lower end, but if you need more, you could always buy an external hard drive. For most performance for the price, this is your gaming laptop.

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ProsCons
Great gaming abilities for an excellent priceOnly 256GB memory
Best price/performance ratio8GB Ram
Fast SSD


#3 Ultra HD resolution under 1000(!): Dell Inspiron i7559-3762GRY

 

dell gaming laptop under 1000Yes, it is true. There is finally a gaming laptop with an Ultra HD display available for under 1000. The screen is not perfect. It could have been a bit brighter, but when you use it, you notice something. It is miles ahead of ordinary 1080p screens.
The excellent screen is just one of the many great things about the Dell Inspiron i7559-3762GRY.

The design reminds of the other Dell in our lists modest and professional look. In fact, this is the same laptop but with a better screen and stronger hardware.

The graphics card is the standard if you want to have the best in this price range, the GTX 960M with 4GB dedicated memory for gaming. The included SSD is mostly used to speed things up. The combination of the solid i7-6300 quad-core processor, the SSD and the 8GB fast (2133mhz) ram makes this laptop blazing fast for the money.

I don’t personally think Amazon can keep the price for a laptop like this under 1000 for very long. So don’t hesitate, buy it on Amazon today to buy a 4K gaming laptop for a bargain price.

 


Summary:

Don’t expect to play demanding titles in 4k resolution on high settings (you need to spend considerably more than 1000 for that). However, just having a UHD screen and solid hardware for the price is plenty enough to make the Dell Inspiron i7559-3762GRY as our third best gaming laptop under 1000.

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ProsCons
UHD ResolutionScreen could have been brighter
Solid Hardware8GB ram is on the lower side
Loads and boots quicklyNo optical drive


#4 The newcomer: HP CUK Pavilion 15

cuk-hpI didn’t expect to see an HP as one of the best gaming notebooks under 1000. Hewitt Packard is more known for lower-end multimedia laptops but their new gaming laptop sure delivers.

The design is the most ordinary on the list. No flashy colors, no bulky design, and no flashy details. Instead, it has a more well rounded clean look. It is also lightweight for being a gaming laptop, around 5 pounds (2.2 kg).

Under the matte silver case is some great hardware. The graphic card is the same as the other three gaming notebooks in the top. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, a potent graphic card that will run most games at medium-high graphics settings. The 1 TB hard drive has plenty enough memory for all your favorite games, and it is also quite fast with a rotation speed of 7200 rotations per minute. The 2133 Mhz 16GB ram is also super fast. It is the newest generation of ram, DDR4.

Do you want an SSD? For around $1050, you can buy the HP CUK 15 with a 128GB SSD included.

 


Summary: Powerful hardware for a good price. The fans can be a bit loud when the notebook works hard, and the screen is not the best. But with the powerful hardware, HP surprised us with a really affordable gaming laptop.

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ProsCons
Clean designLoud under hard work
Fast ram memoryAverege Contrast
Good hardware for the price


#5 For the Solid State Drive fans: Asus K501UW

 

Asus K501UW for gamers

Do you want a larger solid state drive than the 256GB SSD in the (number 2 on the list) Dell Inspiron i7559? Do you prefer a solid but not too flashy design? And seek powerful hardware, all for less than 1000? Then, the Asus K501UW could be the gaming laptop under 1000 for you.

The Asus K501UW has, just like the HP above, a rather discrete design. With the elegant but sturdy, gray metal cover you would be surprised what’s hidden underneath.

Inside, you find just like most of the laptops in the list the Nvidia Gtx 960m graphics card.  The CPU is the Intel Core i7-6500U, about equally powerful as the top rated processor, the i7-6700HQ. The 8GB RAM is of the modern type DDR4.

One of the weaker parts of the laptop is the screen. It’s a decent display, but there are far better screens on other laptops in this price range.

The main thing that makes this laptop stand out is the 512GB SSD. With this much memory, you can store a lot of files and program and always have quick access to them with the help of the solid state drive. Unfortunately, there is no included HDD so for some people that like to install a lot of programs and store a lot of files, the rather small amount of memory could be an issue.

 


Summary:
The K501UW is a great gaming laptop with strong gaming performance and fast load- and boot times.  The 512GB SSD is fast but the total memory on the laptop is on the lower side.

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ProsCons
512GB SSDOnly 512GB file storage
Fast DDR4 ramAverage screen
Fast boot


#6 The solid choice: Acer Vn7-592G

 

vn7If you are looking for versatility as well as a good value, the Aser V17 Nitro is the computer you should choose. Many of the gaming laptops under $1000 in this list have lit up keyboards and flashy gaming designs. The Acer V7 Nitro took the other route with a more elegant and polished design. The laptop has a soft slimmed-down plastic case with a smooth but firm feel. The interior is sleek and uses Acers soft touch technology, making the Vn7 pleasure to rest your palms on.

This laptop is not only designed for futureproof gaming, but it will also suit all your needs. The v17 nitro is backed by the fast (2133 MHz) DDR4 RAM memory and the fastest processor you will find for the price. The Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor based on the Skylake Architecture makes even the most demanding applications run like a breeze. So no matter if you want to run 3d modeling programs, Photoshop, code or maybe just play the latest games to the fullest extent, this computer won’t let you down.

The graphics card inside is the GTX 960M, a card we already concluded above, plays most of the newest games smoothly at high quality. The computer still does have some flaws; it’s after all only placed fifth. The screens response time of 25ms is a bit lower than many of the laptops placed above. If you ever feel like updating the notebook, you better take your time as the computer is not easy to upgrade. The V17 also have the common laptop problem of getting hot during intense gaming sessions.

 


Summary: The Acer vn7-592G gaming laptop has great specs and a clean and polished design. The laptop tends to be hot after much gaming and the response time could be better. The laptop is great in all aspects but never shines in one.

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ProsCons
Versatile and stableDifficult to upgrade
Reliable ProcessorLower response rate than other in the price class
Fast Ram memoryHot under intense game sessions
Great all-around computer


#7 Most lightweight: Asus K501UX-AH71

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You sometimes want to take your laptop with you. Maybe you are traveling much. Maybe you just like the convenience of a portable computer. No matter why the K501UX-AH71 is the best at portability and lightweight. The K501UX weight only 4.4 pounds for a 15-inch gaming computer. That fact alone made us keep an eye out for this laptop.

The laptop has a straightforward and classy design, and although the laptop is thin, it never feels flimsy or unstable. Like the Dell Inspiron i7559, a 256GB SSD makes the computer load and boot at lightning speeds. The rest of the hardware are a bit weaker than the other computers on the list. Asus L501UX-AH71 is the cheapest computer on the list. That fact combined with its low weight makes us reason enough to give it a place on the best gaming laptops list.

Even if it might not be the best of the list, the 6th generation i7-6500HQ processor makes the computer pack a fair punch. The 950m is the weakest graphics card on the list. Still, according to benchmarks, it will be able to run most games at high or ultra with an acceptance frame-rate. The touchpad is not great, but as always a mouse is preferred on a gaming laptop. The speakers are average at best and it the computer tends to get fingerprints.

 


Summary: Even if the Asus K501UX is a bit weak in comparison to the other computers the advantages of it make up for it. If you are looking for a light-weight gaming laptop for less than 1000 that boot fast, this is the computer for you.

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ProsCons
Lightweight and portableWeaker hardware
Includes SSDEasily catches fingerprints
Competitive PriceAverage speakers


Conclusion

No matter what gaming laptop you decide to go for from this list, you can’t go wrong. I have researched almost every gaming laptop in the 1000 price range and narrowed it down to these seven laptops. If you pick any of the laptops above, you will have a powerful and future-proof gaming laptop. It will run all your favorite games at high frame rates at the best possible graphic settings.

I enjoyed writing this list, but it took me several hours of writing and even more time doing all the research. If you got any info that might benefit your hunt for the best gaming laptop, I would love to have you share my website on your favorite site or social media site. But now you have a more important task. If you haven’t already, pick the best gaming laptop under 1000 for you and enjoy the best of portable gaming!

 

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37 Comments
  1. Hello, thank you for the great review. I was wondering which laptop 17,3 inches ,around 1000 $, is the best for gaming & work. (GE72VR Apache Pro-009 this one is amazing but hope his price to go down on Black Friday / What about the ASUS ROG series, i really want to pick a good laptop for the next 3-4 years, but my knowledge is a bit low .. And is there a huge difference between 15,6 and 17,3 inches? (Because this dell inspiron 7559 is looking quite good for his price.) And the last thing is about the cooling system because my laptop is getting really too hot in a 2-3 gaming session. Hope you can help me. ( I believe in your opinion 😀 )

    Thanks in advance.

    • The best gaming laptop around 1000 is the Asus Rog GL752VW / GL552VW, the number 1 on this list. But if you want to use it a lot for work and think the ROG GL series has a too flashy look, you can always go for one of the other laptops in the list. The Dell Inspiron i17559 is a really great deal for the price. The difference between 15.6 and 17.3 inches depends on the person. Personally, I don’t think the difference is that big.

      As with heating, that is almost always a problem with gaming laptops. They will be hot after a long intense gaming session. The laptops in the list do not have any major heating issues but as with any gaming laptop they may be hot after much gaming. A solution to this is to take a break after the long period of gaming to let it cool down or buy a laptop cooling pad or similar gadget to cool down your notebook.

      PS. A Black Friday discount on the GE72VR or pretty much any one of the Best gaming laptops around 1500 would be awesome. If there are any nice laptop deals on Black Friday you will find them here at LaptopBlogger. So make sure you come over here when you are ready to buy your next laptop. If you decide to buy it by clicking on any of the links on our site I get a small commission that will help myself and the site to continue improving. 🙂

  2. I know you said that the Asus K501UX is a bit weak in comparison to the other gaming laptops that you have listed here.

    I would like to differ a bit. Remember that the Asus K501UX comes with 2.5 GHz Skylake (sixth-generation) Intel Core i7-6500U processor that can be boosted to 3.1 GHz on Turbo and an 8GB RAM. I have used the laptop and found it to perform highly at high settings without lags.

    Besides that, I find your list really comprehensive and nice. Continue the good work.

    • The K501UX is a great laptop indeed (why else would it be on the list 😉 ). The reason it is last is the GTX 950M, the weakest GPU on the list. All the other notebooks in the list have the superior Nvidia GTX 960M graphic card. When you will use your notebook a lot for gaming, then a good graphics card should be a top priority.

  3. Hi,just one question, i noticed that asus rog has a gtx 960m but with only 2gb of vram while other competitors have the 4gb version,does this difference not affect the gaming performance?
    ps:i would like to play at good settings with some games like battlefield 1 fifa 17 and civ 6
    thanks in advance and sorry for some potentially language issuses, im not a native speaker

    • No, that won’t affect gaming performance. The additional 2 GB vram is only used on really demanding games on high-ultra settings. And those games will not play smoothly on a gaming laptop under 1000. So as long as you have a GTX 960M in this price range you should be fine no matter vram size.

      The ROG will play Battlefield 1 at slightly over 30 frames per second on high and ultra and 60+ fps on medium settings. It will run Fifa 17 smooth on any settings and it should run civ 6 on medium-high decently but there are no benchmarks out yet for that game.

      Ps. No worries, your English is fine. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  4. Hey Alexander,

    This is an amazing and well researched piece of resource you have provided. I came to know very best laptops in my budget. Thank you.

    • It is currently (September 2016) the best gaming laptop for less than 1000 you can get. You will play most modern games smoothly on at least medium to high settings. Some even on ultra, see the links in the article. If you want something even more powerful check out the article about laptops under 1500.

  5. I’d love to buy an Alienware, especially with screen 15. Unfortunately in Brazil do not sell, and when we find the prices are well above the average of which are sold on Amazon. The more great reviews. Att. Holanda

  6. Thank you for the list, I’ve been thinking about getting a desktop but my parents are divorced so i’m traveling between their houses a lot. Then I decided a gaming laptop would be good and I stumbled upon this site while searching the web, right now i have decided on the Acer V17 Nitro! Thanks 😛

  7. Hey great list Alexander,
    I can see that you have researched a lot for this article because I purchased new gaming laptop last month and I shortlisted few gaming laptops in same budget. Most of them are present here. By the way, I am owner at authorized Dell service center in San Francisco. 🙂

  8. Helpful information. Fortunate me I found your website by accident, and I’m shocked why
    this accident did not took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

    • Both are really good laptops. If you can afford it, the hardware is better on the Alienware. But I personally prefer the design on the Asus and I would rather have a laptop for gaming with the biggest flaw being it attracts fingerprints than a gaming laptop under 1000 that runs a bit too hot.

      I guess it is up to personal option after all. Which laptop are you leaning towards?

  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and this is exactly what I was looking for. I just wanted to know what the best laptop for the money was and I think I found it.