Best Gaming Laptops under 1000 Dollars

A gaming laptop tends to have high-end processors, graphics cards, cooling systems, and displays which often result in its high price, but with the development of hardware, the current mid-range and high-end graphics are good enough for us to play some mid-range games smoothly. If you do not pursue the ultimate gaming experience, these mid-range graphics cards can even allow you to play some demanding games smoothly at lower resolutions. $1000 is a watershed of the gaming laptop, most of which, with midrange graphics, are distributed around this price. What follows is a recommendation of several popular gaming laptops within the $1,000 range and with a high performance-cost ratio.

Currently, the NVIDIA remains the mainstream in the market share of mid-range and high-end graphics cards. The AMD graphics mainly focus on the low-end laptops in the market share (most of them are integrated graphics). So, if you want to buy a laptop around $500, the AMD graphics card is your first choice. The APU platform has a very good gaming performance, and secondly, there are virtually no laptops equipped with the NVIDIA graphics within this price range.

Recently, the NVIDIA released its new graphics card, the GTX 960M and the 950M of the “9” series. Quickly, the gaming laptop equipped with the 960M was launched, which makes us feel delighted and a little disappointed as well because the 960M graphics is the 860M in essence and is identical to the 860M in architecture, Memory interface, Maximum Bandwidth, shaders, and TDP. It is only improved to some degree in basic frequency, and its overall performance is only 6% -8% or so higher than the 860M. Therefore, it is recommended that when you choose a laptop you should not be misled by the 960M graphics and ignore the 860M which is similar to the 960M in performance. Currently the graphics equipped with the 860M has a higher performance-cost ratio.

Top Five Gaming laptop under 1000 Comparison and Recommendations:

*The Ranking of the Graphics card:  GeForce GTX 1050 > GeForce GTX 960M

Models Detail Information Screen CPU/GPU Storage/
Connectivity Battery/Weight
ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD (GTX1050M is the best GPU of laptops under $1000) More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6-17.3 Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS);
Intel Core i7-7700HQ  2.6 GHz
GeForce GTX 1050 4GB DDR5
1TB 7200RPM;
2 x USB 3.0;
1 x USB Type-C;
1 x USB 2.0;
Bluetooth 4.0;
Up to 5 Hours/15.1 x 10 x 1 inches (L x W x H) /5.5 Pounds
MSI GL62M 7RD-056 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6-Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS);
Intel Core i7-7700HQ  2.6 GHz
GeForce GTX 1050
1TB 7200 RPM/
2 x USB3.0;
1 x USB2.0
1 x USB3.0 Type-C;
Bluetooth 4.0
6-cell Li-ion Battery/15.07 x 10.23 x 1.06 inches (L x W x H) /5.3 Pounds
Lenovo Y700 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6-Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS);
Intel Core i7-6700HQ  2.6 GHz
GeForce GTX 960M
1TB 5400 RPM+128GB SSD
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
4-cell Li-ion Battery/15.2 x 10.9 x 1 inches (L x W x H) /5.72 Pounds
ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6-Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ  2.6 GHz;
GeForce GTX 960M
1TB 7200 RPM
3 x USB3.0;
1 x USB3.1 Type-C;
Bluetooth 4.0;
4-cell Li-ion Battery; 15.1 x 10.1 x 1.3 inches (L x W x H) ;5.6 Pounds
Acer V15 VN7-592G-71ZL More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6-Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ  2.6 GHz;
GeForce GTX 960M
1TB 5400 RPM
2 x USB 3.0;
1 x USB 2.0;
1 x Thunderbolt 3
Bluetooth 4.0;
3-cell Li-ion Battery;
15.3 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches (L x W x H) ; 5.07 Pounds
ASUS K501UW-AB78 (Thin and Light Minimalist Design) More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6-Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS)
Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz;
GTX 960M
512GB SSD/8GB DDR4 2 x USB 2.0,
2 x USB 3.0,
Bluetooth 4.0
3-cell Li-ion Battery;
15.6 x 10 x 0.8 inches (L x W x H); 4.4 Pounds
Dell inspiron i7559-763BLK (High Cost Performance) More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6-Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS)
Intel Core i5-6300HQ  2.3 GHz;
GeForce GTX 960M
256GB SSD/8GB DDR3 3 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
6-cell Li-ion Battery;
15.08″ x 10.43″ x 1.00″inches (L x W x H); 5.67 Pounds

* The GTX 965M and GTX 960M have a very small gap in performance. I suggest you add some budget to choose a laptop with 970M GPU or GTX 1050. (please read:  GeForce GTX 980M vs 970M vs 965M vs 960M vs 860M Specs and Benchmark Comparison). The list above I have recommended  ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD and MSI GL62M 7RD-056 features GTX 1050 graphics card,

Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) vs. Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake)

Intel Core i7-7700HQ’s new chip does not come with any out-of-this- world specifications or an extraordinary performance, neither does it promise a considerable reduction in power consumption. The new Kaby Lake CPU makes use of almost the same type of style and designs like the Core i7-6700HQ Skylake, its predecessor; with dimensions based on the 14nm node. Intel likes to emphasize the fact that the fact that the 7th Generation processors use the 14nm+ architecture which is an upgrade.

This upgrade means a slight increase in clock speeds, from 2.8–3.8 GHz to 2.6–3.5 GHz in contrast to the Core i7-6700HQ, while maintaining the same TDP of 45W. There is a commensurate increase in performance to match the increased update and this is proven by our benchmarks here

The Kaby Lake generation will however be known for an appreciable app iGPU improvement in all its Intel Core processors. There is a new decoding engine, enhanced power efficiency and an increase in of new features that include the 4K playback that operates with the very latest codecs that’s also used in YouTube and Netflix. Whichever angle it is viewed from, the Intel HD Graphics 630 upgrade is not reason enough to step-up from a Haswell-powered PC or even from the previous generation because even if your laptop is high-performance, the odds are that it’s paired with a discrete graphics solution in any case.

Specifications comparison

Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Cores 4 4
Threads 8 8
Base Frequency 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 530 Intel HD Graphics 630
GPU clock 350 – 1050 MHz 350 – 1100 MHz
EUs 24 24
TDP 45W 45W
Cache 6MB 6MB
DDR4 support 2133 MHz 2400 MHz

Benchmarks comparison

  Cinebench 11 Cinebench 15 NovaBench 3 Fritz
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 7.39 664 826 12371
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 8.15 (+10%) 690 (+10%) 888 (+8%) 13470 (+9%)

Best Gaming Laptop under 1000:

ASUS Strix GL753VD Gaming Laptop

The latest Pascal mainstream graphics chips have been released by Nvidia, alongside Intel’s new Kaby Lake quad-core processors, after last fall’s launch of the classy GPUs. Known as the Asus GL53VD, it is one of the first in line of notebooks to have this newest hardware.

ASUS Strix GL753VD

The new Strix GL753VD is set to complete complement Asus’ mobile gaming portfolio henceforth. It embodies an entry level gaming system and is superior to the new GL553VD (15-inch), which has also just being released into the market.


The Asus GL553VD is similar to the Asus GL552 and Asus GL502 in terms of its design and sleekness. The 15-inch laptop is marked with subtle speckles of color; orange accents on the lid and the palm rest’s ROG logo and red hues that surround the touchpad. Its cooling system and rubber base have a touch of colors too. The keyboard and the ROG design on the lid light up when the system is turned on. The Asus GL553VD is an upgrade of the GL552 with small differences, its antecedent.

The base unit is made up of plastic components while pliable aluminum makes up the lid. The notebook is of a very solid build and quality as for a 15-inch system. It opens and closes in fluid movements and only some slight uneven gaps can be noticed around the optical drive.


The GL753 does not have a specific maintenance hatch design but the whole lower base panel can be removed with a screwdriver and or a sharp object. There’s a central screw directly underneath a sticker that can be unscrewed to access all the inner components and/or replace the 2.5-inch HDD or the M.2-SSD. The two memory slots can be accessed and the cooling unit removed for cleaning once the central panel is open.


The Asus Strix GL753 is made up of new components; a processor that is one of the first new Intel Core i7-7700HQ chips and a quad-core CPU that has the based on the latest Kaby Lake generation as its base. The new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card controls the graphics.


The Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) is the future of the i7-6700HQ (Skylake), a mobile quad-core CPU that operates in many gaming and impressive multimedia notebooks. The chip which is now being manufactured in a 14 nm process is designed with a TDP of 45 Watts and a clock range that ranges from 2.8-3.8 GHz.

Let us take a look at its present CPU specifications: The Strix GL753, in the Cinebench R15 Single-Core Test, scores 151 points and this is about 4-11% faster than other devices with the previous i7-6700HQ. There is also a lead of 8-9% in the Multi Test and this places it nearly on the same level with the obvious upgrade noticed with the prior change of CPU generations. On a general note, the chip is better in terms of speed but an upgrade is not compulsory as the graphics performance is a limiting factor for gaming notebooks.

GPU Performance

The GeForce GTX 1050, the most recent successor to the GTX 960M, is mostly found inside gaming laptops. Its 3DMark benchmarks differentiates it from the old GTX960M with an advantageous edge of about 30%. This places it close to the GTX 965m which has a balanced multimedia and gaming platform. The GeForce GTX 1050Ti which is the next advanced model, and the GTX 970M are clearly on the forefront with a 30% advantage. Nvidia, as always, offers an amazing performance with its high end chips. It is once again impressive to see the performance of Nvidia’s high-end chips: with a niche in the “entry-level GPU” category, for bona fide gaming notebooks, had a speed that is almost twice as smooth and as fast as the GTX 1050.

Gaming performance

A couple of the games available were tested using standard tests. Most of the contemporary titles function smoothly in the High preset and in Full HD. The performance edge the GTX 1050 has over the GTX 960M can be as high as 30% or more, depending on the game. This places the GTX 1050 almost on par roughly with the older GTX 965M. The new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is also 30% ahead of the standard GTX 1050 and is practically on the same level as the GTX 970M.

Reason for recommending:

Strictly speaking, the price of the ASUS Strix GL753VD is slightly higher than $ 1,000, because of its 4GB VRAM GTX 1050 graphics and strong overall performance, as well as a good reputation that ROG series has always had, I have to recommend it, it is worth getting with a slightly increased budget.

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

Acer VN7-591G-73Y5

Right in the middle, low-end market you will find the Acer gaming laptop. Currently, the Acer V15 Nitro is considered to be one of the best gaming laptops available. For gamers, this laptop is not only powerful but, because of the size, also handy.

The casing is only 24mm (~0.95 inches), but Acer has managed to install extremely powerful hardware into this relatively slim laptop. The underside of the unit tapers off, giving the laptop the appearance of being even thinner. The entire case of the unit is made from a black matte plastic, and the unit’s upper portion has a light rubber coating. There is a vertical line texturing on the back of the lid. The look is completed with a black matte, soft touch palm rest. In terms of design, all these features make this laptop one of our favorites.

There is an efficient keyboard, which has a pleasant feel, a high-contrast IPS screen, which is very bright, speakers, which are above average; and besides that, it looks good. Additionally, there is an M.2 port allowing you to use another M.2 storage device if needed.

Unfortunately, the touchpad is not up to the same standards as the keyboard. Often you are not able to control the accuracy of the cursor. We feel it is unacceptable when a mouse cursor continually skips.

It would also have been beneficial if they had included a couple of small maintenance hatches, so that you could directly access the hard drives. This small feature would have allowed for quick replacement to a higher capacity hard drive, if desired.


The GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB VRAM graphics card, along with the high-performance Core i7 processor, gives you plenty of power, enabling you to play virtually every current game, on this laptop. Temperature and noise are all within acceptable limits.

It is noteworthy that the GTX 960M graphics of the Acer 592G-71ZL has a 4GB DDR5 VRAM, you could not find the second one like it around  $ 1,000, its 4GB VRAM will have better performance when running games which need more Video ram.

Like Asus the Acer 592G-71ZL is also equipped with 1TB HDD, the difference being that its speed is only 5400RPM, while the speed of ASUS hard disk is 7200RPM.

We Like:

  • IPS Display
  • 860m with 4gb vram.
  • More affordable Price
  • 5400RMP HDD
  • mSata/M.2 portWe dislike:
  • Poor touchpadReason for recommending:

    It’s similar to the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 in performance, although it is equipped with a IPS display, its price is nearly $50 cheaper, with very high performance-cost ratio, the hard disk is not so good as that of ASUS in performance, but using the money saved to purchase SSD will greatly improve the overall performance.

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    Lenovo Y700,

    Lenovo Y50

    The Lenovo Y700 is the gaming laptop which I have recommended most around $ 1,000, In the Y700, you will find a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor, a GTX 960M with 4GB VRAM, and 8GB of RAM. There is also has the version features SSD and more lager RAM, but you should pay more money.  More information on Amazon

    For a 15-inch gaming system, the Y700 is very slim. It weighs in at just 5.72 pounds and measures 0.9 high, 15.2 wide, and 10.91 inches deep. This slimmer design has been accomplished by removing the optical drive, which naturally reduces the overall thickness. There is a distinctive crosshatch design of the brushed aluminum lid and underside of the laptop. The black case has red accents, which highlight the JBL stereo speakers along with the integrated subwoofer.

    It just has the 1TB Hard Drive. thanks for its  M.2 slot,  it makes the Y700 easy to add a M.2 SSD in the future. (If you don’t know what that is, just search amazon for M.2 SSD and you’ll see what they are.)

    One of the big advantages of the Y700, are the speakers, which are the best 2.1 built-in laptop speakers available. Even though they are no match for headphones or desktop speakers, you are certainly going to enjoy their sound when listening to music or gaming.

    Reason for recommending:
    Although the Intel i7-6700HQ + GTX 960M is not so good as high-end gaming laptop that features GTX975M even GTX980M GPU, it is powerful enough to run smoothly the current mainstream mid-range and high-end games at middle or high settings, together with its excellent JBL speakers, it can bring great entertainment experience for us.

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    Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK (High Cost Performance)

    Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK

    If you are looking for a high quality, best selling laptop, look no further than the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK. This 15.6 inch laptop has received excellent reviews for its quality, full sized keyboard, Full HD Screen and its many state-of-the-art specifications.

    This Dell’s hardware is 6th generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor. This is a quad core CPU with 6mb cache which guarantees high performance while using less power. That comes down to better output and longer lasting (10 hr.) battery life. With a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, this machine is very well suited for games that are mid to high range.

    Another reason you should check out the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, it comes with a single channel 8GB memory that can be upgraded to 16GB. This memory will give you more than you will need for most games or other applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and so many more.

    Although its storage is limited, the 256GB storage is lightning fast! Should you need more storage, you can easily store files on a variety of online cloud services and don’t overlook the SSD installed on the M.2 slot. Also, keep in mind there should be plenty of free space and connection for a regular 2.5 SATA hard drive.

    Probably the greatest feature of this laptop is its video card! Its high performance, dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB of GDDR5 graphics card. Combined with a powerful, newly launched processor with video card, you will have no problems playing most games; Fifa 15/16, GTA V and Gear Solid V. More demanding games such as Far Cry 4 or The Witcher 3 may require setting the graphics to medium in order to preserve playable frame rates. For it’s mid-range price, it’s worth it, unless you are into only high-end games (as mentioned above).

    On the downside, it lacks an optical drive and there seems to be an overkill in its plastic designing, some minor screen bleeding and only offers 8GB of RAM but, again, you can be upgraded to 16GB.

    Is It Worth The Price:

    At it’s current price around 800 dollars, it’s worth the price. Were it to cost $1,100 or more, I’d look elsewhere. There is very little about this laptop not to love! From its excellent graphics card to it’s full HD Screen (1920 x 1080 ) and amazing 10 hour battery, it’s a darn good machine at a darn good price.

    Also Note: If you are a graphic designer but do not want to spend a king’s ransom on a laptop then this should be on the top of your list.

    Whether you are a gamer or want a laptop for work or graphics, I would not overlook this great laptop. You can’t go wrong with buying the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK!

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    1. Jones

      Hi,just wanted to know if this asus rog with 980m pricing real?i mean,980m?brand new and costs 1099$?can u pls confirm it?im planning to buy this,thanks and God bless

      1. admin (Post author)

        Yes, on Amazon its real, it’s a big discount, recommend!

    2. Tyler Winn

      First, I loved the reviews of all of these laptops, great guide. But while doing my own research, I’ve found that the Dell Inspiron 7559 actually has a 2.5 inch, 1 TB hard drive. I just wanted to keep you updated. Thanks again!

      1. Tyler Winn

        I was wrong, I was looking at a different model, that was almost exactly similar. Sorry for the confusion.

    3. Alex L

      Hey, do you think this would be a good alternative? ( I wanted the same specs as ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 but with bigger screen. Please reply.

      1. admin (Post author)

        Their specs almost the same, the ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 has larger screen (17.3 inch vs 15.6 inch of ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71), if you want the laptop with bigger screen, you can choose it. 🙂

        1. Alex L

          Just want to let you know that I bought ASUS ROG G751JT-WH71(WX) instead. This guide really helped me a lot. Thanks!

    4. Omkar

      Very good buying guide!
      ASUS ROG GL552VW DH71 comes with DDR4 RAM not DDR3 RAM.
      Please correct it.

      1. admin (Post author)

        Tks, I have corrected it. 🙂

    5. Gaurav

      Have you checked out Lenovo P50? It’s not a gaming laptop per se since it has Quadro graphics but it’s extremely powerful.

    6. MauRo

      thanks for the guide.


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