10 Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000 in 2020

There was a time when full-fledged desktops were the only devices in which gamers could enjoy a powerful gaming experience.

Thankfully, those days are long over.

Gaming laptops are becoming increasingly popular in the gaming community and manufacturers are producing laptops that are almost as powerful as desktops and available at lower prices, which is definitely a plus.

There are two major advantages of choosing a gaming laptop over a desktop: first, they require a lot less space than desktops do; second, you can take your gaming laptop with wherever you go, whereas you can’t take your desktop with you. Not without some difficulty, that is.

Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000

Now that you know exactly what are the features you should look for in a gaming laptop and you also know their importance, we’re going to show you the 10 best gaming laptops under $1000. These are entry-level laptops that will allow you to have an incredible gaming experience even if you’re on a tight budget.

1. Acer Predator Helios 300

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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop...
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.1GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64...
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Overclockable Graphics with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM

Acer is one of the most popular brands among gamers, and the Predator Helios 300 is one of the best computers you’ll find under $1000.

As for the processor (CPU), the Acer Predator Helios 300 comes equipped with an 8th generation 4.1 GHz Intel Core i7, which is one of the most powerful processors in the market. On top of that, this budget-friendly gaming laptop comes with an integrated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM).

In terms of ‘short-term memory’ (RAM), the Helios 300 features 16GB of DDR4 RAM with a memory speed of 2666MHz. Its ‘long-term memory’ (storage), on the other hand, brings another high-end feature: the Predator Helis 300 comes equipped with a 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD). SSDs are faster and more efficient than HDDs, as we have seen previously.

The Predator Helios 300 comes in different display sizes, but this one has a 15.6” display with full HD resolution. The most interesting feature about this laptop’s display is that its refresh rate is 144Hz, which is definitely way better than the usual 60Hz refresh rate we see in most budget-friendly laptops.

Other info: The Helios 300 features a red LED backlit keyboard. On top of that, Acer America offers a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. You can read more about the warranty on their official website.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– League of Legends

– Red Dead Redemption 2

– Grand Theft Auto 5

– The Witcher 3

– And many more!


2. Dell G5 15

Dell G5 15 5590 15.6 inch FHD Gaming...
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor enable powerful performance for uninterrupted gameplay.
  • An innovative dual-fan cooling system with an advanced thermal design ensures that your...

The second gaming laptop under $1000 on our list is Dell’s G5 15 Gaming Laptop. Although it is not as powerful as the previously reviewed laptop, the G5 15 is totally worth a shot!

The G5 15 comes equipped with an 8th generation 4.0 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core. This processor is a mid-range processor that allows you to play moderately-demanding games. This gaming laptop comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card.

Although it features an integrated GPU, the G5 15 has more-than-satisfactory graphical capabilities. The graphics card has 4 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM).

Dell’s G5 15 gaming laptop has 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, with a memory speed of 2666 MHz. This laptop has a main storage drive, a 128 GB SSD, and a secondary ‘D’ drive, which is a 1 TB HDD. You can replace the HDD with an SSD if you want the G5 15 to have better performance.

This budget-friendly laptop features a 15.6” Full HD display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

Other info: The G5 15 doesn’t feature a CD/DVD drive, so it might not be ideal if you’re looking forward to playing games that come in disks. Dell offers a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty for this laptop.

  • What games can I run in this laptop?

– Fortnite

– Minecraft

– The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

– Grand Theft Auto 5

– The Witcher 3

– And many more!


3. Acer Nitro 7

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Acer Nitro 7 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" Full...
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.5GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64...
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM

Another Acer laptop that has made it into our list is the Nitro 7. This gaming laptop features high-end components that will ensure that you have the best gaming experience possible!

The Acer Nitro 7 comes equipped with a powerful 9th generation 4.5 GHz Intel Core i7 6-core processor. As for graphics, this gaming laptop features a high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. Although the video card is integrated, it’s still capable of running games in the best quality possible with its 4 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM).

While most games require a minimum of 8 GB of RAM, the Nitro 7 comes equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, which means that it will run basically any game you want to play.

An interesting feature of this computer’s storage is that it comes equipped with a 512 GB SSD, which makes the Nitro 7 the computer with the largest storage on our list so far. On top of that, this budget-friendly laptop has an additional HDD bay, in case you wish to upgrade its storage.

Finally, the display configurations on this computer are not exactly the best you can find, but they’re pretty great, still. Featuring a 15.6” Full HD display, the Nitro 7’s LCD panel has a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

Other info: this gaming laptop features a Red backlit keyboard with a travel distance of 1.6mm, which makes them pretty tactile. Acer America offers a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. You can read more about the warranty on their official website.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– Apex Legends

– Overwatch

– The Sims 4

– Mass Effect 2

– And many more!


4. Lenovo Ideapad L340

Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop, 15.6...
  • A new dimension of gaming performance awaits - with 9th-generation Intel Core i5...
  • Take it to the next level - with the latest NVIDIA GeForce Graphics behind you, you can...

It’s time for the gaming laptop with the lowest price on our list so far. The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is a powerful laptop that will provide you with an incredible gaming experience.

Equipped with a 9th generation 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and an integrated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, the Ideapad L340 is a powerful entry-level gaming laptop. On top of that, the graphics card has 4 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM).

In terms of RAM, the Ideapad L340 is not as potent as other laptops on this list, but it is still pretty powerful and will allow you to do many tasks at once without lagging. This gaming laptop features 8 GB of RAM with a memory speed of 2400 MHz.

The Ideapad L340 makes up for its kind-of-lack of RAM in storage. Unlike the Predator Helios 300 (16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD), the Ideapad L340 has 512 GB of SSD storage, which is quite a lot for a laptop in this price range.

As for the display, this laptop features a 15.6” Full HD IPS display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. An interesting feature in this computer is that it comes equipped with Lenovo Vantage Eye Care Mode that reduces blue light emission and adjusts the display’s color tone in order to keep your eyes rested.

Other info: the Lenovo Ideapad L340 features a Blue backlit keyboard and it has two modes: Quick and Quiet, for gaming and general-purpose use, respectively. On top of that, this laptop features a camera shutter that allows you to cover the integrated webcam in order to protect your privacy.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– Grand Theft Auto 5

– Overwatch

– Minecraft

– League of Legends

– And many more!


5. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

HP Pavilion Gaming 15-Inch Laptop, Intel...
  • Fast and easy multitasking: experience high-grade Graphics and processing power that meets...
  • Advanced thermal Management: optimized thermal design and IR sensor keeps your laptop cool...

HP is one of the most popular manufacturers in the world. From backpacks to gaming laptops, their products are known for their reliability and quality. The Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 sure fits into this description: this is a budget-friendly high-quality and efficient device!

Featuring a 9th generation 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor and an integrated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics with 4 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM), this laptop is perfect to run online multiplayer games like Fortnite.

Unlike any other laptop on our list so far, the Pavilion Gaming 15 has 12 GB of DDR4 RAM with a memory speed of 2400 MHz. You can upgrade this laptop’s RAM up to 16 GB using the 2 additional memory slots.

On top of that, the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 has a storage capacity of 512 GB SSD and an additional amount of 32 GB of Intel Optane Memory.

As for the display, this gaming laptop features a 15.6” Full HD display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

Other info: The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 features a Green backlit full-size keyboard. HP offers a 1-year warranty for this product.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– Dota 2

– Overwatch

– Minecraft

– Destiny 2

– And many more!


6. MSI GF63

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MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-066 15.6" Gaming...
  • Display: 15.6 inches Fhd (1920 x 1080), IPS-Level 60Hz 45 percent ntsc thin Bezel...
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 [Max-Q] 4G GDDR5

MSI is one of the most popular gaming brands in the world. They produce high-end gaming computers, as well as budget-friendly computers. The GF63 fits into the category of accessible and powerful gaming laptops.

The GF63 comes equipped with a 9th generation 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, which is well-known for being a powerful processor. Additionally, this laptop also features an integrated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM) to ensure that you have the best gaming experience possible.

As for RAM, the GF63 comes with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, with a memory speed of 2666 MHz. MSI says that it is possible to upgrade RAM up to 64 GB, however, they also say that the RAM slots aren’t easily accessible, so watch out for that.

When it comes to storage, this gaming laptop has 512 GB SSD and it also has an additional slot for an HDD, in case you want to upgrade the GF63’s storage capacity.

The MSI GF63 features a 15.6” Full HD display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. On top of that, the GF63 features an enhanced screen-to-body ratio and thin bezel design to make your screen even larger.

Other info: the MSI GF63 features a Red backlit keyboard. Another interesting feature is MSI’s App Player that allows you to play mobile games.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– League of Legends

– PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG)

– Minecraft

– The Sims 4

– And many more!


7. Asus VivoBook S15

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Asus Vivobook S15 S512 Thin and Light...
  • 15.6 inch Full HD 4 Way NanoEdge bezel Display with stunning 87% screen-to-body ratio
  • Powerful Intel Core i5-8265u Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)

Asus has made it into our list with not only one, but two laptops. Though the VivoBook S15 is not exclusively aimed towards gaming, it sure features components that will make up for an incredible gaming experience!

Displaying a lightweight design, the Vivobook S15 features a powerful 3.8 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and an integrated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card with 2 GB of dedicated video memory that allows you to play moderately-demanding games.

As for memory, the VivoBook S15 has 8 GB of DDR4 RAM. You can upgrade this laptop’s RAM up to 12 GB. Regarding storage capacity, this laptop has 256 GB SSD, which can be upgraded as well.

The Asus VivoBook S15 features a 15.6” Full HD display with 87% screen-to-body ratio that allows you see more, given that its four bezels are ultra-slim.

Other info: the VivoBook S15 features an ergonomic backlit keyboard with key travel distance of 1.4mm, which provides a comfortable and tactile experience during your gameplay. On top of that, Asus offers a 1-year warranty against accidental damage, which is a pretty cool feature, given that accidents happen all the time, right?

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– League of Legends

– Apex Legends

– Overwatch

– Minecraft

– And many more!


8. Asus TUF FX505DT

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Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop, 15.6”...
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics (base: 1395MHz, Boost: 1560MHz, TDP: 50W)
  • Quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 r5-3550h processor

Dethroning the Lenovo Ideapad L340 from the position as the gaming laptop with the lowest price, the second Asus laptop on our list is the TUF FX505DT. On top of that, this is the first computer on our list featuring an AMD processor.

Featuring an integrated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM), the TUF FX505DT has quad-core 3.7 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 processor with optimized performance provided by AMD’s SenseMI technology that balances power and battery life.

Regarding this gaming laptop’s memory, it has 8 GB DDR4 RAM with a memory speed of 2666 MHz that can be upgraded up to 32 GB RAM. As for storage, the TUF FX505DT has 256 GB SSD and there is an additional slot where you can install a 1TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD.

The TUF FX505DT features a 15.6” Full HD display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which puts it in second place in the ranking of laptops with the highest refresh rates on our list. Similarly to the Asus VivoBook S15, this gaming laptop has thin bezels on its screen, allowing users to have more screen space.

Other info: The TUF FX505DT features an RGB-backlit keyboard with durability for 20 million keystrokes. Asus offers a standard 1-year warranty for this laptop.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– League of Legends

– Dota 2

– The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

– Minecraft

– And many more!


9. Acer Aspire 7

Acer Aspire 7 Casual Gaming Laptop,...
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.1GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM

You probably noticed this is Acer’s third laptop to make it to our list. The manufacturer’s gaming laptops are high-end products that are available at budget-friendly prices, and that is why we picked 3 of their laptops as the best gaming laptops under $1000. The Acer Aspire 7 is the perfect option if you’re more of a casual gamer.

The Acer Aspire 7 features an 8th generation 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 6-core processor. Its speed can go up to 4.1 GHz if you use Intel’s Turbo Boost. Along with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics card with 4 GB of dedicated video memory (VRAM), the Acer Aspire 7 is a powerful gaming laptop.

In terms of ‘short-term’ memory, this gaming laptop has 8 GB of RAM with a memory speed of 2400 MHz. The Aspire 7’s ‘long-term’ memory, on the other hand, is 128 GB SSD along with a 1 TB HDD. Both storage and RAM are easily upgradable.

The Acer Aspire 7 features a 15.6” Full HD display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz per second that produces high-quality, true-to-life colors.

Other info: this laptop doesn’t have RGB lighting in the keyboard, but it does have a white backlight. Acer America offers a 1-year warranty against hardware defects. This laptop also features a fingerprint reader that allows you to log in to your laptop quicker and with more safety.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– League of Legends

– Dota 2

– PUBG

– Grand Theft Auto 5

– And many more!


10. MSI GF75

MSI GF75 Thin 9SC-278 17.3" 120Hz FHD...
  • Display: 17.3" Fhd (1920x1080), 120Hz, 45% NTSC, IPS-Level
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9750h 2.6 - 4.5GHz

The final gaming laptop under $1000 that has made it into our list is MSI’s GF75. Not only is this the most expensive laptop on our list, but it is also the largest.

Similar in looks to the GF63 — we have reviewed this laptop previously —, the GF75 features a 9th generation 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 6-core processor. You can accelerate the processor’s speed up to 4.5 GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost technology.

As for memory, the MSI GF75 has 16 GB of RAM with a maximum memory speed of 2666 MHz. On top of that, this gaming laptop has 512 GB SSD and an additional 2.5” bay slot where you can install an extra HDD, in case you want more storage space.

Now, this is where this laptop differs from the others on the list. The GF75 has a 17.3” display, which is bigger than those of the other laptops we have reviewed. The resolution of the display is 1920×1080 (Full HD) and the refresh rate is 120 Hz.

Other info: the GF75 features a Crimson Red backlit keyboard. MSI offers a standard 1-year warranty against hardware defect.

  • What games can I run on this laptop?

– Fortnite

– League of Legends

– Death Stranding

– The Witcher 3

– Grand Theft Auto 5

– And many more!


Features to Look For in a Gaming Laptop – Buyer’s Guide

There are tons of gaming laptops available in the market and choosing the best one can be quite overwhelming. There are several factors that you must take into consideration before you buy a gaming laptop, such as CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, display, keyboard, among others. Below, we’ll explain each of these features in detail!

CPU vs. GPU

The Central Processing Unit (CPU), or processor, and the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) are two of the most important components in computers. The former handles multiple tasks, while the latter is more focused on graphics-related tasks.

The CPU is capable of dealing with tasks that require basic calculations and the GPU assists it by accelerating the processing time.

Two features you should look for in a CPU are clock speed (how many calculations your CPU can make per second, measured in GHz) and number of cores. CPUs can have 10-30 cores.

As for graphics, there are two different types of GPUs you can find in laptops: integrated or discrete GPUs. Integrated GPUs, as the name suggests, are integrated into the laptop’s CPU, which means that your laptop will use its RAM memory in order to process graphics.

Discrete GPUs, on the other hand, are separated from the CPU and work on their own, as they have their own video memory. Consequently, laptops with discrete GPUs have better performance than computers with integrated GPUs.

RAM

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a type of temporary memory that your computer uses in order to process things right now or in the near future. Storage, on the other hand, is the long-term memory of your computer.

Because RAM is really fast, it is essential to run applications that require speed and efficiency, such as opening several different tabs on your internet browser or playing a game on your computer. The more RAM your laptop has, the faster it will process things.

Nowadays, laptops are available with 2+ GB of RAM; the ideal amount of RAM that you need in order to play certain games effortlessly is 8 GB, at least.

Storage

The main difference between RAM and Storage is that the latter is the long-term memory of a computer, so to speak. While RAM erases your data from its memory as soon as you turn off your computer, the storage drives keep it stored until you decide to erase the data yourself.

There are two different types of storage you can choose: hard-disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs). The former has been around for a longer period of time than the latter, but it is still dependable and more affordable.

HDDs are larger and they consist of mechanical platters and a magnetic head that writes the data into the platters as they spin with the aid of a motor. HDDs are much slower than SSDs when it comes to reading/writing data.

SSDs, in turn, are flash storages that require much less space and don’t take as much of your laptop’s battery as HDDs do. Solid-state drives are much faster in reading and writing data, which means shorter loading screen time during your gaming experience.

Keyboard

The internal components of a computer are not the only important things you should look for when choosing the perfect gaming laptop. The keyboard and the display are essential as well.

It is universally known that gamers prefer mechanical keyboards over any other type of keyboard, for several reasons. However, it’s quite unusual to find an entry-level laptop equipped with a mechanical keyboard. And that is precisely why you need to pay extra attention to the specifications of the keyboard in your next gaming laptop.

There are a few things that you should look for in a keyboard:

  • Backlighting: RGB lighting in a keyboard doesn’t have the sole purpose of making your laptop look cool; backlighting is also important for when you are playing in darker rooms.
  • Anti-ghosting: this feature makes sure that your computer registers every single key when you press several keys simultaneously.
  • Key travel: this is distance in which you can press down a key.
  • Actuation: this is how much force you need to apply in order to press down a key.

Display

Another important aspect you need to pay attention to on a laptop is the display. A laptop’s display is not as large as an independent PC monitor, which can be quite tiresome if you’re playing long hours on a smaller screen.

These are the features you need to look for in a display:

  • Size: it’s not unusual to see the same laptop with different screen sizes, sometimes. Most laptops are either 15 or 17 inches, though. You can choose a screen size based on your preferences. Keep in mind that size and weight are proportional:  if the display is larger, the laptop will be heavier.
  • Resolution: displays are made up of pixels. The more pixels it has, the better is the quality of the images it produces. The recommended resolution for gaming laptops is 1920 x 1080. You can also opt for buying a laptop with a 4K screen (3840 x 2160); keep in mind, however, that 4K displays eat up your laptop’s battery life.
  • Refresh rate: this is the number of times that your laptop’s screen refreshes itself each second. Usually, gaming laptops have a 60Hz refresh rate.

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