Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000 – 2017

Hello, today I will be talking about the best gaming laptops under $1000. For this ranking I’ve tested a dozen budget gaming laptops to see their performance. One thousand dollars is the minimum for getting decent gaming laptops that allow you to play comfortably any of the latest games. You can buy cheaper ones but if you can afford to get a gaming laptop for a grand then I suggest you buy one of the laptops from this ranking.

My focus is on performance and value. To me, harmonious design is the most important characteristic in purchasing a laptop in this price range. It is disheartening to purchase a laptop for this amount of money and the performance doesn’t match expectation.

With my information I aim to set accurate expectations for the readers. They should be aware which laptops will keep up with the most demanding of the current games and which will adequately run a single online MOBA. After that I aim to provide information on how each individual part of the computer may interact with other parts. I am personally frustrated when computer companies put the newest processors into a laptop with no dedicated graphics and 2GB of RAM (exaggerating a bit here) and call it a gaming machine. I assess building value by looking at how the pieces of hardware will work with the other components.

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Product List Price
Acer Aspire VX 15 $1,049.99
ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 $1,059.96
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-14ISK $869.00
MSI GL62 7QF-1660 $799.00
Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG $549.99


  • CPU7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • RAM 16GB DDR4 Memory
  • HDD HDD upgrade kit available
  • Screen 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
  • OS Windows 10
  • Performance in Games 91%
  • Features 68%
  • Quality & Design 88%
  • Total 82%

The Acer Aspire VX 15 is a great value laptop. It is the top end of the price range, but it offers so many things that we consider to be exclusive for the upper echelon of gaming PCs. If you are willing to go to the extreme top of this price range, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is worth it. Read full review >>


  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz
  • GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB VRAM gaming graphic card
  • RAM 16GB RAM
  • HDD 1TB 7200 RPM + 128GB SSD
  • Screen 6 inches Matte IPS FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution
  • OS Windows 10
  • Performance in Games 88%
  • Features 85%
  • Quality & Design 87%
  • Total 87%

ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) is top of the line when it comes to gaming machines. This beauty comes in second place on our list boasting some great hardware, a sleek design, and a solid design meant for on the go gaming. Read full review >>


  • CPU Intel i7-6700HQ
  • GPU AMD Radeon R9 M375, 4GB memory, 14.0″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS
  • RAM 8 GB
  • HDD 1TB 5400rpm + 128GB SSD
  • Screen 14 inches
  • OS Windows 10
  • Performance in Games 68%
  • Features 75%
  • Quality & Design 71%
  • Total 73%

Lenovo has done a great job bringing value to us gamers with a great HD display, cool features and some solid hardware… Read full review >>


  • CPU Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz)
  • GPU GTX 960M 2G GDDR5
  • RAM 8GB DDR4 2400MHz
  • HDD Hard Drive: 1TB (7200RPM)
  • Screen Display: 15.6″ Full HD | eDP Vivid Color 1920×1080 |
  • OS Operating System: Windows 10
  • Performance in Games 80%
  • Features 75%
  • Quality & Design 69%
  • Total 75%

MSI is another big name in gaming and they do a good job of bringing us value with the GL62. Some of the hardware doesn’t match up to the top tier of this list, but it is still a good value for the casual gamer.  Read full review >>


  • CPU: 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6200U Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
  • RAM: 8GB DDR 4
  • HDD: 256GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6 inch Full HD Display
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Performance in Games 68%
  • Features 70%
  • Quality & Design 59%
  • Total 66%

Acer does a good job of building value at the lower end of this price range as well. The Acer Aspire E5 isn’t the fastest machine in the price range, but it does a good job of providing harmonious hardware. All of the hardware in this machine will give you exactly what we’d expect from a 500 dollar laptop. Don’t expect to be a pro gamer with this one, but if you want to play some causal online games this is great. Read full review >>

My Recomendation:

The top pick in this case simply a higher end computer. The MSRP on Amazon has it listed at a higher price, but if you can get it for 1000, it is an absolute steal. From there, it is about what we’d expect to see in this price range. The number 2 pick in this case is also a great computer. In fact, it is comparable to the top pick. If you look for a true mobile gaming beast it is a great device as it has a more solid build than some of the other models.

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