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)
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.
Top five Gaming Laptops under $1000 Comparison:
|Rank||#1 Recommendation||#2 recommendation||#3||#4||#5|
|Models||ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71||Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G||MSI GE60 Apache Pro-867||Lenovo Ideapad Y50||MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012|
|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"||15.09 x 9.83 x 1.46||15.23" x 10.37" x 0.9"||16.46 x 10.61 x 1.54|
|Weight||6 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 i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz||Intel i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz|
|Hard Drive||1TB 7200 rpm Hard||1TB 5400 RPM||1TB 7200 RPM||1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD||1TB 7200RPM|
|Ram||16 GB DDR3||8GB DDR3||8 GB DDR3||8GB DDR3||12 GB DDR3|
|Graphic Card||GeForce GTX 960M
|GeForce GTX 860M
|GeForce GTX 960M
|GeForce GTX 860M
|GeForce GTX860 2GB DDR5|
|Keyboard||Backlit Keyboard||Backlit Keyboard||Backlit Keyboard||Backlit Keyboard||Backlit Keyboard|
|Input/Output||3 x USB3.0
|3 x USB3.0
|1 x USB2.0
2 x USB3.0
|1 x USB2.0
2 x USB3.0
|2 x USB2.0
2 x USB3.0
|Camera||720p HD||720p HD||720p HD||720p HD||720p HD|
|Battery Life||Unknow||3-cell Li-ion Battery||6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery||4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery||6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery|
|OS||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1||Windows 8||Windows 8|
|More information||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon|
* Note: As the price may change on Amazon, some Laptops’ price may more than $1000
* We add the new ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 and Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G on Mar 15, 2015
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 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 Aspire V15 Nitro is the only one gaming laptop equipped with the 860M with 4GB VRAM (Maxwell version) within 1,000 dollars, although slightly lower than the 960M in performance, 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 $150 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!