Gaming Laptops under 1000

A lot of the better valued laptops can be purchased for less than a grand. The mid price range is somewhere between the cheaper models that fall between three and five hundred dollars and the higher price versions that are around eighteen hundred and twenty two hundred. With these laptops they possess enough power to accommodate your multimedia and game playing needs. However, they do it without your having to dish out a ton of money. Even though these laptops are advertised for the middle class, they are also good for anyone who is willing to make a few sacrifices and splurge on a higher priced laptop. With this, you can expect to have a laptop that will let you play games and use the multimedia features for a long period of time.

You are able to find laptops that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 1600 x 900 within this particular price range. You will also see the 1 TB SATA drives and other things such as the quad core processor other processors that utilize the midrange series from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon with video RAM. Within this price range you can find 8 GB RAM, 64-bit Window 7 or Windows 8. You will also discover that a lot of them utilize two different channel architectures in order for all of the hardware to be used at its maximum capacity.

My Recommend: Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 Gaming Laptop (Touch Screen version)


Lenovo Y50

In some ways, the Lenovo Y50 does not look all the much different from past Y510 but there are a number of changes. The keyboard deck and lid for the display look very similar but the profile is different. The system is now just .9-inches thick which is a good deal thinner. In addition to the thinner profile, the weight of the system has also dropped to just five and a third pounds. Of course some of this reduction also comes at the loss of a DVD burner that the past model came equipped with. Overall, it offers a fairly solid level of construction.


Lenovo Y50 comes with an outstanding touch screen of 1920×1080 native resolution and an ideal brightness level. With its idyllic brightness, Y50 is however liable to shimmer in perky sunlight and certain conditions from the lustrous coating of the surface. Y50’s most dodgy dilemma is the presence of slight narrow vertical viewing angles that cause the contrast to shift and this poses a problem if you try to combat the glare by viewing from certain angles.


Lenovo’s Y50, like most laptops aiming at superb performance comes with an Intel Core i7-4700HQ quad core mobile processor. This high spec enables Y50 to seamlessly perform just any assignment as well as an outstanding Pc gaming and digital video editing experience. This is a bit slower than other models that use the i7-4710HQ but the trifling 100MHZ difference between them is unnoticed by many. Smooth experience is guaranteed for Y50 users as the processor is harmonized by an inbuilt 8GB of DDR3 memory ensuring an overall smooth Windows experience. One hurdle with the system however is the exertion in upgrading as the memory is inbuilt and not easily accessed by the user.


Though graphics on all models are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics, the non-Ultra HD versions have slight changes as it possess a 2GB of memory rather than the regular 4GB in others. This allows it to play many games at over 30fps at the 1920×1080 resolution of the panel. However, some highly demanding games like Metro: Last Light, Sleeping Dogs, and the recently released Thief may require some tweaking of the settings for a suave gameplay. Nevertheless, it is one of the cheapest 15.6 inch notebooks with a GTX 860M GPU presently in the market.


Lenovo has always ranked high when it comes to keyboards and the Y50 is not any different. Its isolated layout with a numeric keypad comes with a red keyboard backlight for active usage even in the dark. Its has a large trackpad of high sensitivity to motion across it while limiting typos resulting from slight brushes on the trackpad. This is quite handy since the trackpad and keyboard are almost of the same level.


Lenovo Y50 comes with a four cell internal model battery pack with a 54Whr capacity rating which they claim to last for up to five hours. From my personal video playback experiment, I was redirected to the standby mode after only four hours. This is not quite a big deal for a laptop so promising, However an improvement from the previous Y510/Y410 models.


Considering all its outstanding features, enabling you to play most games efficiently, in a fine-looking and portable 5.4-pound chasis, the Lenovo Y50 is quite deserving of its 1000 dollars  price tag.

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Top five Gaming Laptops under $1000 Comparison:

Rank #1 Recommendation #2 recommendation #3 #4 #5
Models ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 Acer VN7-591G-70RT Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G MSI GE60  Apache Pro-867 Lenovo Ideapad Y50
Picture ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G MSI GE60 Lenovo Ideapad Y50
Screen Size 15.6-Inch 15.6-Inch 15.6-Inch 15.6-Inch 15.6-Inch
Touch Screen
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920×1080 1920×1080
Dimensions (LxWxH) 15" x 10" x 0.6-1.3" 15.34" x 10.14" x 0.94" 15.34" x 10.14" x 0.94" 15.09 x 9.83 x 1.46 15.23" x 10.37" x 0.9"
Weight 6 lbs 5.3 lbs 5.3 lbs 5.3 lbs

6 lbs

Processor Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz Intel i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz
Hard Drive 1TB 7200 rpm 1TB 5400 RPM 1TB 5400 RPM 1TB 7200 RPM 1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD
Ram 16 GB DDR3 8 GB DDR3 8 GB DDR3 8GB DDR3 8GB DDR3
Graphic Card GeForce GTX 960M 2GB DDR GeForce GTX 960M
GeForce GTX 860M
GeForce GTX 960M 2GB DDR GeForce GTX 860M
Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard
Input/Output 3 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
3 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
3 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
1 x USB2.0
2 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
1 x USB2.0
2 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
Camera 720p HD 720p HD 720p HD 720p HD 720p HD
Battery Life Unknow 3-cell Li-ion Battery 3-cell Li-ion Battery 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery 4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
OS Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Windows 8 Windows 8
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* Note: As the price may change on Amazon, some Laptops’ price may more than $1000
* We add the new Acer VN7-591G-70RT on May 23, 2015

My suggestion:

These five laptops are all excellent for web surfing, gaming, and other personal uses. Each of them has its own unique qualities, so you can choose one according to your needs.

The ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 is a laptop launched just a few days ago, which I think is also the best gaming laptop of $1,000 or so, it is equipped with the latest GTX 960M graphics card, although it is a replacement product, to our disappointment the 960M graphics has only increased by about 6% -8% than the 860M graphics in performance (More detail: 960M vs 860M). We recommend it not primarily because of its graphics, but its excellent overall performance, first of all the ASUS ROG series has a good reputation in gaming laptops, good cooling performance and workmanship, also very good overall performance, it uses Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor (currently the best processor of $ 1,000 or so), with the speed of 7200 RPM, the 1TB hard drive has a better reading and writing speed compared with the 5400RPM hard drive, the 16GB memory is almost enough for us to deal with any large program and to run multitask smoothly. The MSI GE60 Apache Pro-867 also features gtx 960M graphics card, it’s specs is similar to ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71, but it only has 8GB RAM.

The Acer VN7-591G-70RT is the ONLY gaming laptop equipped with the GTX 960m with 4GB VRAM within 1,000 dollars, it has more advantages when running games which need more Video ram such as Shadow of Mordor, it is inferior to the ASUS ROG in terms of memory and hard drive, but it is worth noting that its price is nearly $100 less than the ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 (See price on Amazon), would it be a better choice to add an SSD or memory for it with the money saved?

The Lenovo Y50 is the one we have recommended most before, but now it no longer has an obvious advantage in terms of performance, its only merit is the touch screen, which can make us experience Windows 8 and subsequent Windows 10 better, if it can meet your needs in performance, the Y50 is still a very good choice.

The MSI GE70 is almost the same as the Y50 in configuration, but it has a bigger 17.3 inch screen, which not only brings better gaming experience, but also brings the impact of portability, suitable for users who don’t often carry laptops out.

Make your choice!

30 Comments - Leave a comment
  1. GleepGloop says:

    Hey guys I know this site has probably gone cold, but how well does the asus rog gl551 with gtx960m 2gb handle games? Can I play many games at ultra/high settings? Will it be as powerful as a ps4?

  2. Zek says:

    Hi. Thanks for the tips!
    However I’m wondering about this:

    How does the
    N551JW i5-4200H GTX960M 2G
    compare to
    N551JW i7-4720HQ GTX960M 4G

    Is the difference worth $180?

  3. Micah says:


    I am looking for buying a Gaming laptop that is $1500 or less.

    Here i will show you the specs i need.

    Intel Core i-7 OR HIGHER.

    16 GB Memory for like Star Citizen.

    SSD Storage.

    Geforce GTX 970 OR HIGHER.

    Windows 8 OR 8.1.

    8 hour battery life OR HIGHER.

    AT LEAST 2 3.0 USB Ports OR 2.0 USB Ports.


    A keyboard thats colors are changing like that one Razer Blackwidow Chroma Keyboard.


    Thanks for reading this and please reply back if you know any laptops that are less than or $1000 and has those specs or higher!!!

  4. Magnus says:

    Which one is the best of them?

    • Dajunk says:

      ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 or Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G, ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 has a more better overall performance.

  5. Bob says:

    I use an Asus N56J and it suits all of my gaming needs, it just cant run some of the really high end games.

  6. sum says:

    Can ASUS ROG GL551JM-DH71 or Lenovo Ideapad Y50 support GTA 5 ?

  7. Aetheiwine says:

    Just a question regarding the cooling system. which of these gaming laptops is best being used for 24/7 without having problems? Thanks.
    Any reply regarding this matter is very much appreciated.

  8. Marisa says:

    What are anyone’s opinions on the alienware 14 laptop?

  9. Jackson says:

    Its all good and well but 720p?

  10. Josh says:

    Hey, I am down to either buying this or an MSI Leopard-010. Here is the link to it
    Any suggestions on which to buy would be awesome. Also, Eric. for me, the alienware screen is really small. I know someone that had it, and I would not want it, personally, for everyday tasks. Both laptops are $899 (lenovo has a sale on it this week). I can’t seem to find many reviews on the MSI, but reviews on the lenovo seem to be alright. A lot of people had some trouble with the build of it and it crashing frequently.

  11. eric says:

    im deciding on the alienware 14 and the lenovo idea pad y510p i will be spending many hours in front of the screen but the alienware is 1099$ i don’t know with 1 to get any suggestion

  12. Jon says:

    Would this be a good laptop for editing?

  13. David Beckkham says:

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P is a great laptop that has many features, and in comparison with other laptops, is way cheaper. If you are looking to buy the best gaming laptop under $1000.00, then you should seriously think about this model which will satisfy all your needs, especially if you are a gamer and you like spending many hours in front of the screen. However, if you are not a gamer, then you should consider buying another kind of laptop, or maybe this Lenovo that is considered to be this year’s best gaming laptop under $1000.00. Even the design of this laptop is appealing, and it makes you want to buy it.

    • khushil whabi says:

      I think the new alienware 13 could also be an option it is $1000 to $1500 and it has received many positive reviews

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