Finding the best gaming laptops for under $1,000 can be quite a chore, especially if you’re only somewhat familiar with laptop technology. Laptop prices are decreasing, and that means cheap gaming laptops are now just a click away. But if you’re spending no more than $1,000 on a laptop, you want to make sure that you get the best bang for your buck so that you can be confident that your new gaming laptop will run the latest games. Any company can slap together some hardware and call it cheap, but how many of those companies are actually creating good gaming laptops that will get you great framerates on the latest games? If you’re looking to run the latest games like Far Cry 4 or Dragon Age: Inquisition, you’re going to have to be extra careful with your purchase because while there ARE laptops available that will run them for under $1,000, there are some that won’t run them as well — it can be quite the headache to sort them all out.
Not everyone can shell out $2200 for an Alienware laptop. Many companies claim to have created the best gaming laptop for under $1,000, but how do you know which gaming laptop to buy? That’s where we come in. Here are the 5 best gaming laptops under $1,000:
1. Lenovo Y50 (59425944) 15.6 inch
If you’re looking to get a great gaming laptop deal for under $1,000, the specs on Lenovo’s Y50 15.6-inch gaming laptop are the best of the bunch. It has a full HD resolution display with premium JBL audio speakers, an Intel Core i7 2.4 GHz processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, which adds a 40% performance increase over previous generations. That’s a major boost in frames per second for the latest games. Lenovo added a red glow to make the laptop have a backlit keyboard so that the keys easier to see in low-lighting and are stylish. If you’re into streaming your experience with yourself on camera via Twitch, this laptop has a 720p HD webcam so your viewers can you see you pwn in high-definition.
Price: $949.00 (17 percent off MSRP)
- 8 GB DDR3 memory
- 1 TB Storage
- 720p HD webcam (for Twitch)
- Backliit keyboard for low-light
- 5400 rpm hard drive (slower load)
- DVD drive is external
- Battery life while gaming = 2 hours max
- Touch pad has a strange feel
2. Asus Vivobook V551LB-DB71T 15.6 Inch
For less than $800, wannabe PC gamers can pick up the ASUS Vivobook V551LB-DB71T 15.6 laptop. This is a very fast laptop and contains an NVIDIA G740 graphics card, which has 2 GB onboard graphics RAM. It also sports speedy USB 3.0 ports and an HD touchscreen. But with this gaming laptop, you sacrifice the “cool” look (and some functionality) as it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard. It’s super thing and super lightweight weighing in at just under 5 lbs. Aside from the keyboard flaw, the ASUS Vivobook is a good gaming laptop for the price that will run just about anything you throw at it.
Price: $749.00 (25 percent off MSRP)
- Super light at just 4.8 pounds
- 2GB Graphics Card Ram
- 5400 rpm hard drive
- Windows 8.1 not installed (you’ll have to go through the upgrade process)
- No backlit keyboard
3. Acer Aspire V3-772G-7448
Meet the laptop that I’m actually typing on right now — the Acer Aspire V3-772G. There’s a lot to love about this gaming laptop, such as the 17.3-inch Full HD LED-backlit display and the Intel i7 2.3GHz processor that can be turbo boosted to 3.3GHz. It also has an internal 8X DVD Double-Layer Drive, an HD webcam for use with Twitch streaming, and two USB 3.0 ports (as well as two USB 2.0 ports). It also has four RAM slots for a possible upgrade to 16GB later on. It’s probably THE best gaming laptop with a screen bigger than 15″ for less than $1,000, and I’m not just saying that because I own it, myself.
Price: $926.74 (X percent off MSRP)
- Big 17.3-inch screen
- Windows 8.1 pre-installed
- Intel-i7 2.3 GHz Processor (up to 3.3GHz w/ turbo boost)
- 4GB Graphics Card Ram
- 7 Pounds (heavier than it should be)
- Touch Pad has an awkward feel (that’s the best way I can explain it, sorry).
- 3.5 hours max battery life, approx. 1.5 hours gaming.
- No Touchscreen
4. MSI GP70 LEOPARD-010 (9S7-175A12-010)
MSI is mostly known for making solid middle-of-the-line gaming laptops, but the LEOPARD-010 is a standout in the company’s lineup. It contains a NVIDIA Geforce GT840M graphics card with 2GB onboard video RAM, 8 GB RAM, and a 3GHz Core i5 processor. It’s not the best-looking gaming laptop on the market, but it’s ultra powerful. Unfortunately, it’s also 10.9 pounds, so if you’re planning on going mobile with it, it can be handful. Still, it’s an above average gaming laptop that will run League of Legends or Diablo III.
Price: $849.99 (6 percent off MSRP)
- 7200 RPM HD
- 17.3-Inch Screen
- NVIDIA Geforce GT840M with 2GB Graphics Ram
- No backlit keyboard
- 10.91 pounds (way heavier than it should be for a laptop)
- Mediocre battery life
5. Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p (59369912)
If you prefer a smaller laptop for more portability, you won’t find better specs for a 14-inch gaming laptop for under $1,000. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p has a great touch pad, so you won’t need to purchase a separate mouse. The laptop also comes with an interchangeable bay that can be swapped out for an additional fan for added cooling. It’s ultra-portable, having just a weight of 5.5 lbs.
- Internal Dual-Layer DVD Drive
- Intel i7 2.40GHz processor
- Just 5.5 lbs
- 5400 rpm drive
- Only 1 USB 3.0 port
- No touch screen
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