Best Gaming Laptops under $1500 [Autumn 2017]

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Best gaming laptops under 1500

If you are serious about gaming, then a gaming laptop under 1500 is the choice for you!

In this price range, you should expect a powerful CPU like the Intel i7 6700HQ.

16+ GB fast RAM. A strong graphics card like the NVIDIA GeForce 980M for stunning graphics. And an SSD for super fast load times.

All perfect for running the latest games at silky smooth 60 fps.

Nonetheless finding the perfect gaming laptops under 1500 takes knowledge and a lot of time. Fortunately, you just found this post.

LaptopBlogger is the real deal. We’re not a site that will recommend a Nvidia GTX 960m laptop when you can get the 250% better graphics card, the GTX 1060, in the same price range. (stay away if anyone recommends a GTX 970m or worse in this price range, it is hopefully outdated advice).

I have spent hours researching and analyzing every recommended laptop under 1500. Not only that, I found some hidden nuggets no other sites suggest with some very impressive hardware for the price.

So just sit back and relax. Here are the best gaming laptops under 1500:


#1 Best gaming laptop for under $1500: ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM

Asus ROG FL502VM gaming notebookThe Asus Gl502VM has all the powerful components you should expect from a gaming laptop under 1500. And the brand new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

The Gl502VM is a sleek lightweight laptop with a weight of around 4.8 pounds and a width of less than 1. It has a red illuminated keyboard that feels stable and is nice for everything from writing to intense gaming. The brushed aluminum finish makes the laptop stand out but is susceptible to fingerprints.

The screen is an IPS screen with a matte finish. It provides vivid colors and has good viewing angles. It is an all around solid display.

The Asus ROG Gl502VM is a fast gaming notebook with a 7200 rpm 1 TB HDD and the newest generation of ram. With 16 GB DDR4 ram memory and the powerful Intel Core i7 7700HQ CPU with a CPUmark score of over 8900, you can be sure even the most demanding programs will run smoothly.

But two more factors made us pick this powerful gaming laptop. First is the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is the best graphics card you can get in any laptop for less than $1500. It is around 40% stronger in every aspect compared to the previous best GPU in a $1500 laptop, the GTX 980M. The frame rate on most games is solid even on ultra settings. Take a look yourself at the benchmarks at the end of this article. The second reason this is at the top of the list is the fast 128 GB Solid State Drive for when you want to load something ultra fast.

As with virtually any gaming laptop, the battery is pretty weak, and you should only expect to be able to play for 2-3 hours before you need to charge again. But do not let that put you off, the price you get for the hardware in this notebook is hard to beat.


Summary:
Even if the Asus ROG Strix GL502VM suffers from some of the most common gaming laptop issues, this is something truly unique. The impressive hardware with the GTX 1060 that consistently runs the latest games smoothly even on the best settings makes the weak battery and the fingerprints on the case a nonfactor. You don’t even have to spend the whole $1500!

ProsCons
NVidias latest GPU, the GTX 1060Moderate battery life
Solid FPS on ultra settingsSusceptible to fingerprints
Fast 16 GB DDR4 ram


#2 4K Screen and GTX 1060 GPU: MSI VR Ready GP62MVR Leopard Pro-218

MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-218

If you want the best screen resolution and the best CPU you can get under 1500, then go for our number #2, the MSI VR Ready GP62MVR Leopard Pro-218.

The design is lightweight (~5 pounds / ~2,3 kg ) for a gaming laptop but still feel sturdy. The chassis is in matte gray plastic with an MSI logo on the back. The keyboard with white LEDs, designed by SteelSeries, has a good spacing between the keys and it feels comfortable for both typing and gaming.

The 3840×2160 (4K) screen is excellent with a fast response rate and great color depth. But even if the screen is the best screen you can get in any gaming laptop under $1500, don’t expect too much smooth gaming in 4K. The Nvidia GTX 1060 is simply not strong enough to run demanding games in 4K resolution on smooth fps. So, see the 4K screen more as a plus than a way to play all your favorite games in 4K.

Inside you find the Intel Core i7 7700HQ (around 11% stronger than the i7 6700HQ that is the standard in this price range). With an impressive almost 9000 CPU Mark score, you know this processor will be able to run even the most demanding applications. The 16 GB ram is 2133 MHz DDR4, and the HDD has the standard “faster” rotation speed of 7200 rpm. It will boot and run programs in no-time. The GPU is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. I have already written above it so no need to repeat myself. The benchmarks (at the end of the linked article) can speak for themselves.

If you compare the cheaper Asus ROG GL502VM against the MSI GP62MVR, you notice the difference in an SSD. In the Asus ROG GL502VM there are no included SSD, but in the MSI GP62MVR, you get a reasonably fast 256 GB Solid state drive. Is the added SSD worth the additional cost?

Having an SSD is worth it for most people. The considerably faster load times is hard to pass up on. At the same time when gaming, an SSD is in no way important. So even if the hardware is better on the MSI the increase in price makes the MSI GP62MVR our #2 on the list of the best gaming notebooks under 1500.


Summary:
Powerful hardware and the best graphic card you can get on a gaming laptop for less than 1500. But the slightly higher price and the fact you need a more powerful GPU to truly get value from the 4K screen makes the MSI VR Ready GP62MVR Leopard Pro-218 the runner-up on the list.

ProsCons
Flawless gamingRather loud under hard pressure
256 GB SSD for quick boot and loadBloatware
Great keyboard


#3 Best hardware under 1500: Gigabyte P57Wv7-KL3

Gigabyte P55Wv6 for gamers

The Gigabyte Gigabyte P57Wv7-KL3 has the best hardware in you can find in any gaming laptop for under 1500 dollars. But even the most powerful gaming notebook has its flaws.

The design is sturdy and feels solid. It has a matte black plastic case, and the bright orange lines on the side make an otherwise (for a gaming notebook) rather dull design pop. It has all the necessary ports like VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB3. It’s also nice to see that they included a BluRay burner.

The screen is a 1920 x 1080 IPS display with accurate and vibrant colors. The color depth and variety and the viewing angles are at the best when you play a beautiful game such as Witcher 3 or working with something that demands a potent screen such as some types of editing work.

No need to repeat me, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, included inside is the best graphics card you can find in gaming laptops under 1500. But with the same graphics card as the other 2 top rated gaming laptops, why is the hardware of on the P57Wv6 the best?

The 256 GB SSD. The same powerful Intel Core i7 7700HQ CPU, the fast 7200 RPM 1 TB HDD and the 2400 Mhz 16 GB DDR4 ram (the best ram available) is great. But what you can’t find in any of the other is a 256 GB SSD, enough memory to make a lot more programs and games load at lightning speeds.

Unfortunately, the laptop gets noticeably warm after extended gaming sessions. After a long game session, it can get as hot as 100° Fahrenheit (38° Celcius). This won’t affect the performance or the longevity of the notebook, but it is sure an inconvenience. The battery life is also subpar with about 2 hours worth of gaming before you need to plug it back in.


Summary:
The Gigabyte P57Wv7-KL3 is a powerful gaming laptop with a nice display and a 256 GB Solid state drive. The GPU is the best you can find in this price range, but it tends to get hot after a longer period of gaming. That’s why the Gigabyte P57Wv7-KL3 is number 3 on the list of the best gaming laptops under 1500.

ProsCons
Amazing screenRuns hot
256GB SSDSubpar battery life
Best GPU for less than $1500


#4 The newcomer: Acer Predator 17

The latest addition to the list of best gaming laptops under $1500 is an Acer that has everything you need for solid gaming the summer of 2017. The best graphics card on the market in this price range, 16 GB fast DDR4 ram memory and both a 1 TB fast HDD and a 256 GB SSD. The Acer Predator 17 won’t let you down.

The build quality is solid, but the predator is also quite bulky and weighs slightly over 9 lbs (4 kg). The case is matte black with a predator logo and red lines on the back and with the 40% fiberglass sheets added for that extra stability and a solid hinge, you can feel the excellent build quality.

The keyboard with a LED backlight is not customizable. You get a red backlight on the keyboard and a blue one on the num pad. The keyboard is a pleasure both for typing and gaming. The keys are just the right amount of clicky and have an excellent tactile feedback.

The pre-calibrated IPS display is exceptional with vibrant colors and a 76 GHz refresh rate and G-sync support.

A common problem in gaming laptops is that they run too hot. The Acer Predator 17 is fortunately spared from that issue. With the Predator’s case with excellent airflow, you can be sure it will run cool even if you play some of the most demanding games out there.

With both a 1 TB HDD and a 256GB SSD you can save a lot of files on the HDD and then save the programs you want to load and run lightning fast on the Solid state drive. Once you start up the laptop for the first time, you will find some bloatware, uninstall them and then you can get the fastest experience possible.

The Intel Core i7 6700HQ is not the most powerful CPU you can get in the price range but the 11% difference is barely noticeable, especially if you mainly going to use the laptop for gaming. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, found in all the top 4 laptops, provides excellent graphics at ultra in most of the latest games.


Summary: The Acer Predator 17 is a heavy machine and the CPU is not the best you can get in the price range. But with great cooling, an excellent screen, and powerful hardware makes it a laptop you should definitely consider if you want the best in the 1500 dollar range.

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ProsCons
Excellent screenHeavy
The powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cardBloatware
Great CoolingKeyboard backlight not customizable


#5 Best GTX 980M gaming laptop under 1500: ASUS ROG STRIX GL502-VY

asus-gl502

Even if the GTX 980M is the weaker graphics card, the Asus ROG STRIX GL502-VY belongs at the top.

It’s a sleek high-performance gaming notebook with a pleasing design. The weight is around 5 pounds (2.2 kg), considerably lower than most ROG laptops. I like that for such a powerful gaming notebook; it is still mobile and lightweight. You can carry it with you no matter if it’s to the closet cafe or the next LAN tournament.

The case is in dark black brushed aluminum with vibrant orange details. The keyboard is great with a nice tension below the letters and almost a silky feel to it. The speakers are also surprisingly powerful, especially if you are used to something from a lower-end laptop.

The display is an excellent 15.6″ matte IPS display with a 98.1 percent sRGB coverage. This is to compare with around 80 percent coverage of many competing gaming models. In other words, a clear display with crisp colors.

The heating of the notebook is okay, but during intense gaming sessions, it will get hot. Another disadvantage you have to consider is the Asus Bloatware. Sure, some of the programs are useful. But the truth is, many of them are unnecessary. They will just run in the background or worse disturb you until you uninstall them.

The hardware is powerful with 16 GB DDR4 ram and the CPU Intel Core i7 2600HQ. The graphics card, the GTX 980M with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM will let you run pretty much all games on ultra settings smoothly. Check for yourself by the end of this notebookcheck article. The battery life on a laptop with all this powerful hardware is as expected average at best. The 1 TB hard drive has plenty enough memory for most users, and the SSD will help you boot up the OS and your favorite application fast. Sure, it is not the most powerful SSD, but it still does its job without issues. And with this much fast ram, you never have to worry about lag, even if you have way too many chrome tabs open.


Summary:
The Asus ROG STRIX GL502-VY is definitely a great bang for the buck. The great display and powerful hardware definitely weigh up the average battery and the sometimes warm temperatures. No matter what you want to play, this laptop won’t disappoint you.

ProsCons
LightweightHot after long periods of gaming
Great design and build qualityBloatware
Solid display for gamingAverage battery life


#6 Go over the budget for better graphics: Gigabyte P57Xv6-PC3D

Gigabyte gaming laptop

The best graphics card for under $1500 is at the moment the Nvidia GeForce 1060. A laptop with the 1060 graphics card can run almost all the latest games smoothly on ultra graphics settings. But if you want to run even the most poorly optimized games smoothly on ultra, you need something stronger, the Nvidia GTX 1070. You might have to spend a little bit over $1500, but the Gigabyte P57Xv6-PC3D with the Nvidia 1070 graphics card is one awesome gaming notebook.

The Nvidia 1070 has over 50% higher effective speed compared to the 1060. This graphics card will run any game you throw at smoothly on the highest graphics settings. Have a look yourself over at the end of this article for frame rates on some of the latest AAA titles.

But the graphics card is not the only thing that makes the Gigabyte P57Xv6-PC3D a good deal. With 16GB 2133 Mhz DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD, load times are almost instant. The screen has good brightness and contrast. And even if you can get better processors in this price range, the Intel Core i7 6700HQ will do just fine no matter if you run the latest game or something like a video editing software.

The only issue with the Gigabyte P57Xv6-PC3D is that after gaming for a while, it tends to get quite warm. Fortunately, if you feel it runs too hot, you can always get a cooling tab for around 20-50 dollars that will help solve your heating issues.


Summary: The Gigabyte P57Xv6-PC3D has fast memory and a powerful graphics card ready to run anything on ultra. If you are looking for a good deal on a laptop with the Nvidia 1070 graphics card, then this is the deal you have been looking for.

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ProsCons
Great price for the Nvidia 1070 GPUPrice over $1500
Fast RAM and SSDGets hot after longer game sessions
Will run all the latest games smoothly


#7 An additional $200 for top-notch graphics: MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro-086

MSI GT62 VR gaming notebook with GTX 1070

If not only playing the most demanding games on ultra is enough for you, but you also want the most poorly optimized games to run smoothly on ultra, then the graphics card for you is the Nvidia GTX 1070. If you want a laptop with the Nvidia 1070 GPU and the Gigabyte P57Xv6-PC3D is not for you, then you need to check out the MSI GT62VR.

The case is mostly made of plastic but has a lid and hand rest made with brushed aluminum. It feels robust and, despite the mostly plastic case, has a quality feel to it. All the necessary ports are where they should be, and the only thing lacking is an optical drive.

The illuminated keyboard with three configurable zones makes the laptop stand out, and it’s also an all-around decent keyboard. The trackpad is subpar, but let’s be real here.  With a machine like this, will you really use the trackpad over a dedicated mouse?

The screen is beautiful with a great color depth and vibrant colors. The graphics card inside, the Nvidia GTX 1070, runs even the most demanding games, like the Witcher 3 or Watch Dogs 2, on ultra settings smoothly. (see for yourself by the end of this Notebookcheck article for fps on all the latest games) So playing a visually stunning game on this great screen is truly a pleasure.

The cooling of the MSI GT62VR is quiet and works great. But as with almost any gaming notebook, the battery life is pretty weak and can handle around 4 hours of work or 2 hours of gaming before you need to charge it again.

The MSI GT62VR boots fast. An Amazon reviewer shares his excitement over booting windows in just 2 seconds with this notebook.  The 16GB DDR4 ram memory, the 128GB SSD, and the 1TB 7200 rpm HDD all contribute to the really fast boot times.


Summary:

If you can handle going over 1500 and want the best graphics you can get in this price range, then the MSI GT62VR the laptop for you. The battery is not the greatest but the sheer power you get makes the MSI GT62VR one of the best deals you can get.

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ProsCons
Excellent gaming performanceWeak battery life
Quality screenPoor trackpad
Fast boot


Conclusion

If you are still here reading, there is only one thing to do. Scroll up, pick that one gaming laptop under 1500 you like and click “Check price”. You will be sent to Amazon where you can read customer reviews,  get more information and if you decide to buy it from Amazon I receive a small commission that will help this site to continue to grow and provide information about the best gaming laptop deals. No matter what laptop you go for, if you pick one from the list, you can be happy that you just got one of the best gaming laptops under 1500.

 

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6 Comments
  1. I am really thankful to you as you have taken time and effort, researched and shared the latest information. this is exactly what i was looking for.

    Please give links for best stores in Canada, I m new here. Amazon has limited u options and Many laptops have different variants in Canada.

    After weeks of research, i have shortlisted the following GL502VM, GL702VM(i think below 1500 dollars and better than GL502) and Acer Predator 17, Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition and Finally ASUS GL753VD.

    Kindly suggest me last best from these options, my preferences are future proof for atleast 2 years, good screen refresh rate, decent battery, best processor and gpu without over throttle or overheating, ssd to load is and games( nvme if applicable)

    I will wait for your reply, thank you very much.

    • I am not based in Canada so I can’t help you with the best stores in Canada. What I can say though is that of the laptops you mentioned, the one I would pick is the Asus GL502VM / GL702VM (depending on preferred screen size). The Asus GL is a solid gaming laptop that meets all the things you mentioned you want in a gaming laptop.

    • I know. I try to keep the site constantly updated so you never get recommended a laptop with a worse graphics card than the best you can get for your money today.