Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000
Gaming laptops can put a serious dent in your wallet, with some of the fancier models costing upward of $3,000. 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 some sub-$1,000 notebooks that can run graphically taxing games like Destiny 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus at solid frame rates.
And thanks to Nvidia's 1050 Ti GPUs, you can hook up an Oculus Rift and jump into the virtual realm. However, some companies like Dell and Gigabyte are outfitting their rigs with Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q GPUs so fans of the HTC Vive can also get in on the fun. Or if you're not ready to make such a big financial or space commitment, you can hook up one of Microsoft's new MR headsets like the Acer Windows Mixed Reality AH101 headset, which has the added bonus of working with either discrete or integrated graphics. Whatever system you choose, you can start busting baddies in the virtual world. Best of all, you can use all that money you just saved to splurge on a top-notching gaming keyboard or mouse.
If you're curious how these laptops rank by brand, check out our Best and Worst Gaming Laptop Brands to see how notebook manufacturer handles gaming systems.
So without further adieu here are the best gaming laptops under $1,000.
Best Overall Budget Gaming Laptop: HP Omen 15
The HP Omen 15 has been redesigned with an eye-catching chassis; a clicky, responsive keyboard; and an easy-to-remove panel to upgrade the hard-disk drive, solid-state drive and RAM. Add in a bright, vibrant display and some nice, loud speakers, and you have a gaming notebook that will enthrall you.
Key Specs: CPU: 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU * GPU: AMD Radeon RX 550 GPU with 2GB of VRAM * RAM/Storage: 8GB/1TB 7,200-rpm HDD * Display Size/Resolution: 15.6/1920 x 1080
Best Productvity: Origin Eon15-S
This 15-inch gaming laptop is fairly portable at 5.2 pounds and packs good overall performance, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. You also get decent battery life and an understated design that stays cool while fragging. It's a great choice for gamers on a tight budget who don't want to make too many compromises.
Key Specs: CPU: 2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300 HQ * GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of VRAM * RAM/Storage: 8GB/256GB M.2 PCIe SSS with a1TB 7,200-rpm hard drive * Display Size/Resolution: 15.6-inch/1920 x 1080
Best Graphics Performance: Lenovo Legion Y520
For an entry-level laptop, the Legion Y520 and its Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU can kick some butt. During our testing, the laptop delivered surprisingly high frame rates and was one of the few budget systems able to run the Metro: Last Light benchmark. In addition, it's got a sleek, tapered look and the strong performance of its Intel Core i7 CPU.
Longest Battery Life: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop is known for its impressive battery life. This iteration lasted over 7 hours on our battery test. Thanks to its 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor the Inspiron 15 7000 can multitask with the best of them. But the notebook's best feature is its Nvidia GTX 1060 (Max-Q) GPU, it's one of the first sub-$1000 gaming laptops that's truly VR-Ready. If you're looking for a gaming laptop that can deliver solid framerates without blasting a hole in your wallet, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop should at or near the top of your list.
Key Specs: CPU: 2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU * GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (Max-Q) 6GB of VRAM* RAM/Storage: 8GB/256GB SSD * Display Size/Resolution: 15.6-inch/1920 x 1080
Best Value: Asus TUF Gaming FX504
Starting at $699, it's going to be hard to find a more affordable gaming laptop than the Asus TUF Gaming FX504. For the price, you get an 8th Gen Core i5 CPU and a Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, which is enough to play most games on low or medium settings. Keep in mind that such a low price point, means that some sacrifices must be made. But if you want to spend as little money as possible for a gaming rig, the FX504 is the way to go.
Key Specs: CPU: 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-8300H * GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 with 2GB of VRAM * RAM/Storage: up to 16GB/1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive * Display Size/Resolution: 15.6-inch/1920 x 1080
Best Versatility: Acer Nitro 5 Spin
The Acer Nitro 5 Spin delivers solid multitasking power, good battery life, a comfortable keyboard and and oodles of versatility thanks to its easily convertible design. A Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU means that you can play most games at low or medium settings. It's a solid choice for games looking for an affordable gaming system that does more than play games.
Key Specs: CPU: 1.8-GHz Intel Core i7-8550U * GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 with 2GB of VRAM * RAM/Storage: up to 8GB/256GB SSD with a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive * Display Size/Resolution: 15.6-inch/1920 x 1080