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: Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-592G-71ZL


Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G-70RT

The laptop giant Acer, has come up with its latest deluxe entertainment model, the VN7-592G-71ZL having a Full HD IPS screen, a powerful Nvidia graphics core as well as a striking price of $1000 which makes it more affordable than a good number of gaming notebooks and ultrabooks as well.


The V15 Nitro is more subtle in design than its entry-level gaming laptop contemporaries. It has no overemphasized curves and angles like the Lenovo Y50 or assertive branding like you find on Asus GL551, it only has subdued red backlight showing from underneath the keys.

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G-70RT

The Acer VN7-592G-71ZL is thinner with 24mm thickness and lighter with a 2.4kg weight than many other gaming laptops. Other middle range entertainment-oriented models which are of the same size or a little larger like the HP Envy 15 x360 as well as the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA and a lot more others that are of more elegance are more remarkable than it.

Though not a touchscreen which in my opinion is not compulsory for a gaming laptop, it has the same Full HD IPS screen attributes just like Acer VN7-592G-71ZL which people commented on its viewing angles, its accurate colors as well as its sharpness.


Acer VN7-592G-71ZL has the Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor which a quad-core processor based on the Skylake architecture (14 nm process) that uses high voltage which is perfect for gamers because of its excellent performance even though it is power hungry.

It is the best choice for tasking demands like gaming because of its exceptional qualities such as its 2.6GHz clock speed, its 4 cores, the 3.5GHz turbo inside it, and the CPU with its high graded processor.

An 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM stick installed on this Acer laptop is not maxed out. The most it takes is 16GB on both of its memory slots.

This system’s 1024GB hard drive and 5400RPM speed though big does not offer the performance a modern gamer would like. Luckily, It has a connector where the hard drive can be replaced with say a M2 SSD.

The Acer VN7-591G-70RT has a combination of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM and Intel’s HD Graphics 4600 GPU. It has an economical Intel core built for daily tasks which can be done on battery. It has the GeForce GPU suitable for tasking applications such as computer games. Though the graphics cards are automatically switched, it allows room for manual selection too.

Almost all presently available games can be run on the Aspire smoothly with most of them allowing high quality settings to be used on them alongside its Full HD resolution. “Assassin’s Creed Unity” and “X-Plane” are one of the very few games that require resolution reduction and/or level of quality. With a GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, The 960M’s frame rate increase by 7% more than that of its siblings.

I highly recommend this machine as an excellent choice for those looking for high performance gaming notebooks.

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Top Gaming Laptops under $1000 Comparison:

Rank #1 Recommendation #2 recommendation #3 #4 #5 #6
Models ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 Acer VN7-592G-71ZL Eluktronics N151RF1 Lenovo Y700 MSI GL62 6QF-893 Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK
Picture ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G Eluktronics-N151RF1 Lenovo Ideapad Y50 MSI GL62 6QF-893 Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK
Screen Size 15.6-Inch IPS 15.6-Inch IPS 15.6-Inch IPS 15.6-Inch IPS 15.6-Inch TN 15.6-Inch IPS
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Dimensions (LxWxH) 15″ x 10″ x 0.6-1.3″ 15.34″ x 10.14″ x 0.94″ 15.16 x 10.55 x 1.12″ 15.24 x 10.91 x 1.02 15.07 x 10.23 x 1.06 15.08 x 15.08 x 10.43
Weight 6 lbs 5.3 lbs 5.6 lbs 5.7 lbs 5.3 lbs No data
Processor Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 6300HQ 2.3 GHz
Hard Drive 1TB 7200 RPM + 128GB SSD 1TB 5400 RPM 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 1TB 7200 RPM + 128GB SSD 256GB SSD
Graphic Card GeForce GTX 960M 4GB DDR5 GeForce GTX 960M
GeForce GTX 965M 4GB DDR5 GeForce GTX 960M
GeForce GTX 960M 2GB DDR5 GeForce GTX 960M
Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard
Input/Output 3 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
1 x USB Type C
Bluetooth 4.0
2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
3 x USB3.0
1x USB Type c
Bluetooth 4.0
2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
1 x HDMI
Bluetooth DVD±RW/CD-RW
3 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
1 x USB Type C
Bluetooth 4.0
3 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0+HS 1 x HDMI
Camera 720p HD 720p HD 720p HD 720p HD 720p HD 720p HD
Battery Life 4-cell Li-ion Battery 3-cell Li-ion Battery (4605 mAh) 6-cell Li-ion Battery 4-cell Li-ion Battery 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery 6-cell Li-ion Battery
OS Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10
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* Note: As the price may change on Amazon, some Laptops’ price may more than $1000
* We add the new Eluktronics N151RF1 and MSI GL62 6QF-893 on June 29, 2016

My suggestion:

These Six 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 GL552VW-DH74 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 i7-6700HQ 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, it also features a 128GB SSD, the 16GB DDR4 memory is almost enough for us to deal with any large program and to run multitask smoothly. The series of Asus ROG DH74 also has the models features 17.3 inch display, See more information on Amazon

Eluktronics N151RF1 has a more powerful GPU – GTX 965M, its performance is very similar to GTX 960M, please see the gaming benchmark comparison:


The Acer VN7-592G-71ZL is inferior to the ASUS ROG in terms of memory and hard drive, but it is worth noting that its price is nearly $150 less than the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74(See price on Amazon, the price may be changed), would it be a better choice to add an SSD or memory for it with the money saved?

Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK has the best cost performance, it features 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and the latest generation Intel Core i5 6300HQ processor(Skylake architecture), according notebookcheck, its performs roughly on par with the Core i7-4712HQ (Haswell) that is enough to play most current video games. Amazing is its price is very very affordable. (See latest price on Amazon)

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, (GTX 860m version on Amazon), 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. Recently, Lenovo has update the graphics card of Lenovo Y50 series to GTX960m with 4GB VRAM, you can see More information on Amazon. Or, you can choose the Lenovo Y50 UHD 4K version (3840×2160). It’s screen is perfect, but this comes with an increased price(Details on Amazon).

Make your choice!

45 thoughts on “Gaming Laptops under 1000

  1. Guys, stop the presses. Check out the HP Star Wars limited edition GAMER laptop for $899. Just released! It can’t be beat for the price in my book! It’s a Pavillion underneath it’s skirt. So, can handle enterprise platform software to boot. Only bad point is the 5400rpm HDD. ????

  2. This site is a godsend! So much good info – my teen son wants a gaming laptop to play mostly sports games like Madden and EA Sports and a few Steam games like rocket league, H1Z1, Gary’s Mod, COD Ghost, Cities Skyline. It would be great if he could use it for school, too. Does he really need to spend $1000? If so, then what model is best? thank you!!!

  3. I have seen CyberpowerPC Fangbook III HX6-146 on Newegg for a price of $949.99 and the specs are similar to the Asus ROG GL551Jw-ds74 but it has the 860m with 4gb. What do you think abt the laptop?

    1. It depends on what game you play, the bigger VRAM has more advantages when running very demanding games which need more Video ram such as Shadow of Mordor, I more recommend Acer VN7-591G-70RT,
      it features the latest gtx 960M graphic card with 4GB VRAM. It’s more better than CyberpowerPC Fangbook III HX6-146.

  4. I have a budget of $1000 looking for an i7 laptop with good gaming capability. I plan on running witched 3 and sky rim with mods, and a couple of other games here and there.
    my hold up is portability, I’m a student so something on the smaller, lighter side would be most appropriate for my use.

    Any particular suggestions?

    1. I recommend ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 or Acer VN7-591G-70RT, Acer VN7-591G-70RT has the GTX 960M graphics card with 4gb vram, the ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71’s 960M just has 2GB VRAM, but it has better overall performance and thermal performance. Both can meet your needs.

  5. Does anyone know if the Acer Aspire Nitro can have a hdd and an m.2 ssd at the same time or not. If not, an explanation to why this is would be great

  6. Hi, i am looking for a laptop with quad core i7 with 8gb-16gb ram and a good graphics card preferable in 90s but its ok if its 860 or higher. My Budget is 1200 Max and must be bought or shipped to Australia. May you help me with a suggestions or links? Thank You

    1. Oh yea 1 more thing, anything but lenovo Y50, i heard the screen hinge doesnt last a year before it breaks and that it has many other screen/ pad problems. I Need something last at least 3 years.

  7. 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?

    1. Hi, great thread. Need gaming and homework laptop for 12 year old. Basic games through Steam and Mojang and Star Wars Old Rpublic. Under $750k. Any suggestions?

  8. 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?

    1. I think it depends on whether you need a gpu with 4GB vram, more vram has more advantages when running games which need more Video ram such as Shadow of Mordor. In most case, 2GB ram is enough.

  9. Hello,

    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!!!

    1. i meant: Thanks for reading this and please reply back if you know any laptops that are less than or $1500 and has those specs or higher!!!


      1. Now, ASUS, MSI and Alienware have the GTX 970M laptop, The price of Alienware 17 ANW17-2136SLV is under 1500 dollars, but it lacks the SSD and only has 8GB ram.
        ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71’s price is around 1700 dollars, it also lacks a ssd. MSI is more suit for you, gtx 970M gpu + 16GB ram + 1 TB HDD and 256GB SSD, the price is around 1500 dollars. see here:

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. Also, the MSI that I am looking at is different than the one listed here. It is a bit cheaper and has an 840M graphics card.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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