Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000

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Gaming laptops can put a serious dent in your wallet, with some of the fancier models costing upward of $3,500. But who says that the right rig has to cost an arm, a leg and the soul of your firstborn? Fortunately for the fiscally conscious gamer, there are a few sub-$1,000 notebooks on the market that can run graphically taxing games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Metro: Last Light at solid frame rates. And you can use all that money you just saved to splurge on some top-notch accessories.

Over the course of our testing, two gaming rigs rose to the top. The Asus ROG GL552 emerged as the undisputed winner among sub-$1,000 notebooks. Sporting a sleek design, a beefy graphics card and a powerful Core i7 processor, the laptop delivered impressive frame rates and multitasking prowess with one of the best displays we've seen in this price range.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 was the runner-up, delivering impressive performance numbers and over 6 hours of battery life. The remaining systems in this roundup have features that will appeal to certain customers, but they’re not highly recommended.

Editor's Note: There are currently no sub $1,000, VR-ready systems available for purchase. However, if you're dead-set on obtaining a more mobile solution for your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, the Alienware 13 is available starting at $1,199. 

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  • EmmaJ Says:

    The HP Pavilion Laptop is actually a stunning laptop. If you go the HP Store you can actually customize this laptop with the same if not better specs than the laptop at the top of the list for only $860 (is what I'm buying mine for). It may be an HP Pavilion, but it ultimately comes down to the computer's specs, not its brand name.

  • Justin Says:

    With 4gb of VRAM at 800 dollars, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 should have easily won over the ASUS ROG.

  • Soupy Says:

    The Dell Inspiron 7559 can be found for $700-$750 routinely. It has the i7-6700HQ, GTX 960 with 4GB (not 2GB), 8GB RAM. It is the CLEAR winner and blows the Asus out of the water. More VRAM and over $200 cheaper.
    You really need to update this, even in March the Dell won.

  • Daniel needs a laptop Says:

    your article clearley shows that the Asus ROG GL552 is not 979 dollars on amazon it is somthing like 1400 i would like the link to the offer for 979$ respond to me by email please

  • Kumar Says:

    Which one of these has best display quality ?

  • Huy Truong Says:

    Dell Inspiron 15 7559 comes with a GTX 960M 4GB VRAM not 2VRAM and it's a clear winner for only $800

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