Best Gaming Laptops under $1000 [February 2018]

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Today I’m going to show you the best gaming laptops under $1000. As of February 2018 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, the laptops in this list below are simply not enough. Then you might need to consider a gaming laptop under 1500. If you, on the other hand, just want to play non-demanding games, a gaming laptop under 500 will be plenty enough for you.

#1 Best gaming laptop under 1000: Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS

Dell gaming laptop under 1000

If I would recommend you one gaming laptop for under $1000 it would be the Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS. And I’m not alone in that opinion:

With 23 customer reviews on Amazon, it has an average rating of 4.7 stars. So what is it that makes this gaming laptop so good?

The design is sturdy with a really professional look. The weight is 6 pounds (~2,7 kg) so it is on the heavier side but the build quality is excellent.

But what really makes the Dell i7577 stand out is the hardware.

Inside you’ll find the most powerful graphics card you can find in any gaming laptop for less than $1000, the Nvidia GTX 1060.

This is a graphics card with 6GB VRAM that will let you run pretty much all games on ultra settings smoothly. Check for yourself by the end of this Notebookcheck article.

The CPU is the Intel Core i5-7300HQ, a fast CPU that will give you some great gaming performance. And you’ll also get both a 1TB HDD and a 128GB SSD.

This means you can be sure even the most demanding programs will run smoothly.

But this is not a perfect gaming laptop. 

The ram memory is only 8GB. It’s enough for gaming but the standard in this price range is 16GB ram. And as with most gaming laptops, you’ll only be able to play for 2-3 hours before you need to plug it in.

Summary: The Dell i7577-5241BLK does only have 8GB RAM. But with an average rating of  4.7 stars on Amazon and the best graphics card in the price range, you can overlook it.

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Excellent gaming performanceOnly 8GB RAM
Best graphics card for under $1000On the heavier side (6 pounds)
128GB solid state drive

#2  Amazing MSI with the GTX 1060 graphics card: MSI GP62MVR


Last time I checked, there was only 1 left in stock so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

If you are looking for the perfect alternative to our winner, then the MSI GP62MVR is a perfect choice. And here is why:

The MSI GP62MVR has the best graphics card you can get for the money, NVidia GTX 1060. The VRAM is only 3GB, but it will not matter for most gamers and will only be noticeable on the highest settings on a few really demanding games.

The screen is accurate and sharp but the viewing angles can change a lot how the image quality will look. If you look at it from the right angle it will look great, but from another not so much. Another thing to fix to get the best possible experience with this laptop is to remove the bloatware MSI and Windows 10 installed on it.

The GP62MVR has a fast Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of the latest generation of ram. The 1TB HDD is a nice fast 7200RPM hard drive, but I would have loved to see an SSD.

Summary: The MSI has amazing gaming performance, but remember to get rid of all the bloatware.

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Nvidia GTX 1060 graphicsBloatware
Latest generation of ramScreen look bad from some angles
Good Intel Core i7 CPUNo SSD and only 8GB RAM

#3 Unexpected gaming power: Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo is a brand mostly known for their affordable multimedia laptops. But with the Lenovo Legion Y520, they showed they could compete with the big gaming brands for the best gaming laptop for under 1000 dollars.

The design of the Lenovo Legion Y520 is sleek and stylish. Compared to other laptops in this price range, the chassis is made entirely of plastic and lacks any aluminum details. The build quality is excellent but the all-black exterior is prone to fingerprints. The red backlit keyboard is a pleasure to type with.  Many gaming laptops do not include an optical drive and the Lenovo Legion Y520 is no exception to that.

The IPS display is decent. It has good viewing angles but it does not support G-Sync and the colors are a bit dull. The colors of the screen only cover 68 percent of the SRGB color gamut.

The CPU of the Y520 is the Intel Core i5-7300HQ. Don’t let the five in i5 fool you, it is still a very powerful processor and is only 4% slower than the strong i7 processor in the Acer. 8GB of ram is plenty enough for your everyday gaming needs, but in this price range, you would almost expect 16GB ram. Fortunately, there are slots so you can always add more ram if you want to.

With hybrid storage, in other words, both a Solid State Drive and a mechanical hard drive, you can save a  lot of files on the 1TB HDD and boot windows quickly with the SSD. And the SSD is really fast with 2649 MB/s read and 1392 MB/s write. Lastly, what makes the great gaming performance of the Y520 is the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. It is the same graphics card as in the Acer, so you know what amazing frame rates you can get with this card, all for less than $1000.

Summary: The Lenovo Legion Y520 has some excellent gaming performance but the exterior is prone to fingerprints and the hardware is slightly weaker than the first 2 laptops. That is why the Lenovo Legion Y520 is our #4 on this list.

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Fast SSDExterior prone to fingerprints
Nice keyboardOnly 8GB ram
Excellent gaming performanceDull display

#4 Best MSI with an SSD: MSI GL62M-7REX

With a nice design worthy of a gaming laptop in this price range and the strongest graphics card you usually find in this price range, the MSI GL62M-7REX is a gaming laptop with a deal that is hard to beat.

It has the best graphics card you can get, found only in the best gaming laptops in the 1000 dollar price range, the GeForce GTX 1050Ti. This graphics card is around 60% weaker than the graphics card of our winner, the GeForce 1060. But don’t let that fool you. With the GeForce 1050 Ti, you can still play all the latest games at high to ultra graphics settings with smooth frame rate. Have a look at the frame rates this card produces at the end of this article.

With a 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD you get both of best worlds with 1TB of storage to store all the files you need and 128GB for those few programs, you want to run at near instant load times.

It has only 8GB RAM, but it is the latest generation of ram DDR4 with a 2400Mhz speed. The CPU is the strongest CPU you can get for the price, the i7-7700HQ.

If you want to save some money, then this is an excellent deal on a really amazing gaming laptop.

Summary: The MSI GL62M-7REX is an excellent gaming laptop with some really potent hardware. I don’t know how long MSI will keep this price, but if you can get this gaming notebook for less than 1000, then you just made an awesome deal!

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Both 1TB HDD and 128GB SSDAverage battery life (2-3h of gaming)
Smooth frame-rates on the latest gamesOnly 8GB RAM
Strongest CPU on the laptop market

#5 The internet forum favorite: Prostar Clevo N850HK1

Prostar Clevo notebook for gaming

If you ask on forums what the best gaming laptop under 1000 dollars is, often someone will mention the Clevo N850HK1. They have a good point, it is a really nice gaming laptop for the price. But it’s definitely not the best, but a laptop at least worth considering.

If you haven’t heard of Prostar I don’t blame you. They are a company building high-end laptops, with good prices and good customer service.

The black plastic chassis feels sturdy and the keyboard with good key spacing feels nice to use. The keyboard has 3 separate zones to pick colors from a wide RGB color palette. For the price, the laptops 1920×1080 IPS screen is an all-around solid display.

The SSD makes loading the windows 10 OS quick and you also get some space to install a game or two for extra fast load times. The HDD is 1TB but it is a Sata2 HDD, not a Sata3 HDD, the expected standard in this price range. This means that the rotation speed is only 5400 rotations per minute, so it is quite slow. 8GB ram is also on the lowers side. However, with the Nvidia 1050 Ti graphics card and the Intel Core i7-7700HQ, there’s no doubt you will get some excellent gaming performance.

Summary: A nice gaming laptop with a great graphics card, a solid IPS screen, and a nice processor but a bit slow hard drives.

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Nvidia 1050 Ti graphics5400 RPM Sata2 Hard drive
Powerful CPUOnly 8GB ram memory
Beautiful IPS displayNot the fastest solid state drive

#6 Best Battery: HP Pavilion Power 15

HP Power 15 affordable gaming notebook

If you want the best battery life you’ll have to sacrifice on the graphics in this price range. But with the new HP Pavilion 15, you get a pleasing design and you will still get a very potent graphics card.

The design of this gaming notebook looks a lot like an ordinary business laptop. It has an ordinary looking brushed aluminum chassis with a solid build quality. But don’t let the looks fool you.

This is a powerful gaming laptop with 16GB DDR4 ram and the potent Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU.

This means you’ll load and run programs quickly, especially with the 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 128GB SSD combo.

The graphics card is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, so just the same graphics cards as the three laptops above.

This means for you, smooth frame rates at high settings in your favorite games.

The biggest drawback of the HP Pavilion 15 is the uneven temperatures. Sometimes the handrest gets quite hot. Another minus to have in mind is that the fans run constantly and they can be a bit loud under high load.

The best part about the HP Pavilion Power is the impressive battery life. You can often use the laptop 8+ hours without needing to charge. But when gaming you’ll have to expect a far shorter battery length.

Summary: The HP Pavilion Power 15 is a good gaming laptop for under 1000 with a good battery life. It has nice gaming performance but tends to be a bit loud during high load.

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Long battery lifeLoud fans during high load
Potent graphics cardHandrest can get hot
Clean, professional look

#7 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 from Amazon today to buy a 4K gaming laptop for a bargain price.


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 #8.

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

Go slightly over the budget: Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Helios 300 Black Friday

The Acer Predator Helios 300 was our winner last month. But this month they increased the price by 50 USD and it is no longer below $1000.

But this is a really nice GTX 1060 gaming laptop for an affordable price so if you can go slightly over your under 1000 budget, then the Acer Helios 300 might just be the laptop you need.

This is a sleek high-performance gaming notebook with a pleasing design. The case is made of plastic with aluminum details. The weight is around 5.6 pounds (2.5 kg), considerably lower than some of the more bulky gaming laptops in this price range. I like that for such a powerful gaming notebook; it feels mobile and lightweight. You can carry it with you no matter if it’s to the closet cafe or the next LAN tournament. It has all the necessary ports and also more modern ports like USB 3.1 Type C.

The only issue with the design is that under high load, it can get quite hot, especially at the bottom of the laptop, and the fans can be a bit loud.

The red illuminated keyboard is great. When you press down the keys on the keyboard it makes almost no noise. It is backlit and has a nice WASD highlight. Typing on the Acer Helios is a nice feeling.

The graphics card is the Nvidia GTX 1060. You know by now, this is a GPU that produce excellent frame rates on the latest games on high-ultra settings. The CPU is the Intel Core i7 7700HQ with a CPUmark score of over 8900.

But before you go ahead and get this notebook make sure to notice that the 256GB fast SSD is the only storage included. So if you know you will store a lot of files, you might need to buy additional storage. And a cooling tab can be a pretty cheap but good investment if you worry about the laptops heat management.

Summary: With a pleasing design, a powerful processor, the best graphics card for the price and plenty of RAM, the Acer Predator Helios 300 has everything you need for a great gaming experience.

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256GB SSDOnly 256GB of memory
Amazing price for the specsFans are loud under high load
Mobile and lightweightRuns hot under high load


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 best possible graphics 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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  1. I found this site to be the most helpful site this black friday and have great expectations for you. Are you planning to keep updating for cyber monday as well?

  2. I am looking at Gaming under $1000 closer to Christmas. What do you think we will see six months from no (May 2017)? More selection in the NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics + Intel i7?

    • Seems about right. But we will see in 6 months. One thing is for sure though, the best laptops for under $1000 will be found right here on this list. 🙂

    • Depends. Will you have use of the Ultra HD Display? In other words, will you have use of a better screen for watching FHD movies, doing work where a higher resulution is better or use it for the few games you can utilize the screen in (as already written, most games require a better graphics card to run in Ultra HD on nice settings). If you answered yes, on any of these things then, yes go for it. If, you on the other hand don’t care that much about the screen and more about how good demanding games look and run, then go for one of the laptops with a 1050 chip or better.

  3. Hey bro
    It is a awsm list and the most helpful list I found I had wasted a lot of time on finding the best laptop to buy but this list had made me sure about buying a good laptop under 1000$ thanks a lot and I hope u would understand my bad English and again thanks a lot.

  4. Great list Alexander. Very easy to follow although I’m a bit confused as to whether to place more value on 7th generation i7 vs a slightly worse video card (the 940 or 950).

    Amazon has the 3 following i7 laptops which all use Intel’s 7th generation chip:

    1. Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, 7th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-75MD -$699 on Amazon

    2. MSI GL62 7QF-1660 15.6″ Performance Gaming Laptop Core i7-7700HQ GTX 960M 8GB 1TB – $799 on Amazon

    3. Acer Aspire F 15, 15.6 Full HD, 7th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GTX 950M, 12GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD, Win 10, F5-573G-77BJ -$849 on Amazon

    For choice #1 is having the newer gen i7 with a 940mx better than having a 6th gen i7 with the 960M?

    How do these newer i7 laptops compare with the options on your list which are mostly 6th generation?


    • Don’t go for a better CPU and worse GPU if you want to use your laptop for gaming. The GPU will be the critical factor that decides what games you will be able to play and how smoothly they will run. That is why on the list, one of the main factors that grant a laptop a good spot is the power of the laptops graphics card. Most games will go from running smoothly at high settings with the 960M to running acceptably on medium settings with a 940MX. Sure, if you only want to play not so demanding games, like online games (Dota, Overwatch, etc.) then a 940MX might be the way to go. But then 699 would be a too high price to pay. I am about to write an article about the best gaming laptops under 500, and I can already now reveal that the best gaming laptop under 500 will have a 940MX as it’s GPU.

    • Agree, but the one you have as a link with the GTX965M is not the best HP CUK out there. I’m about to update the post. It will feature a brand new, really powerful HP CUK at the top.

  5. please tell me dell Ultra HD resolution Dell Inspiron i7559-3762GRY 4k game supported with gtx 960 4gb dedicated graphics card yes or no, if no then who is required graphics card 4k game thanks

  6. nice selection with the ROG laptops! they have hot designs and their performance are top grade. that gl552 and 752 series prices became cheaper also becoz of the release of gtx10 series or pascal notebooks.

    • The Rog is the better laptop but the Dell is the better deal. I would go with the Dell because I love me a nice deal. 🙂

  7. 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. 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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 😛

  13. 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. 🙂

  14. 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?

  15. 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.