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12 Best Gaming Laptops under 1000, Best Gaming Laptop under $1000 (in 2018)

Best Gaming Laptops to Buy under $1000

Hello folks. Continuing with our weekly updates on the best products and deals especially from the Amazon stable we are happy to bring out our comparison of some of the best Gaming Laptops (12 in total) for 2018 and our top 5 picks out of these 12 so that you can decide which one is your favourite pick.
$1000 will get your entry level to even mid range gaming models and those which are good for both gaming as well as every day use. Some of these will be great in terms of the graphics capability, others in processing and multi-tasking, still others in storage, sound etc. We have there highlighted the pros and cons of these models as well as the actual variant of the laptops being compared.

And yes, we have rounded this up with a summary of the models across each feature which counts i.e Display, Processor, RAM, Graphics Card, Battery, Sound etc. so you can make the right purchase decision. Basically, you will get a comprehensive and detailed idea of which Gaming Laptop to buy under $1000.

Confession: We’ve not been very strict in the price range so 3-4 of these models may have prices $50-100 over $1000 but have still been included as Easter deals etc. or the like may easily bring the price below $1000 or at the $1000 mark.

1. Lenovo Legion Y520

Variant: Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD, 1050Ti 4GB

Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop
Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop under $1000
Pros
– Harman Audio with Dolby Premium sound adds dual two-watt speakers designed specifically to immerse you directly into game-play.
– Great customization settings.
– Cooling features.
– NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics
Cons
– Display is good but could be brighter
– Some problems with Keypad reported in some reviews.
– Low Battery which lasts about 4 hours.

Overall Review
One of our Top 5 Picks.
Considering the price, it is a high performance reliable option for gaming. The key thing about this is heavy duty storage (2TB) and SSD for performance are available in the variants of this laptop.

Specifications of Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop available under $1000

ProcessorIntel Core i5-7300HQ Kaby Lake 2.5 GHz Processor with turbo up to 3.5 GHz
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM (16 GB option also)
Storage128GB SSD, 1 TB HD (in Base model)
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050Ti 4GB Graphics
Display15.6 Inch Full HD IPS LED Display with 1920×1080 Resolution
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit OS
Battery Life4 hours
Weight5.3 lbs
PortsTwo USB Type-A 3.0
One USB Type-A 2.0
One USB Type-C (no Thunderbolt 3)
One HDRMI
3.5mm jack
SD card reader
AudioTwo 2W Harman speakers with Dolby

2. HP Pavilion Power 15

Variant: 15″ GTX 1050Ti Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 128GB solid-state drive

HP Pavilion Power 15-inch Laptop, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
HP Pavilion Power 15-inch Budget Gaming Laptop for 2018
Pros
– Great for both gaming and everyday use. IPS display
– Solid graphics. RAM 8GB to 16 GB
– Very Good battery life 7-8 hrs
– 1 TB SATA at 7200 RPM (faster than most laptops having 5400 RPM HDD)
Cons
– One of the dimmest displays.
– Weak audio system.
– Sluggish SSD

Overall Review: An average contender, good for its price but if the display is really important, you may wish to look at other models as well. Apart from the display, great performance at the sub $1000 price.

Specifications of HP Pavilion Power 15 Gaming & multi-use Laptop

CPU2.8-3.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
RAM16 GB (12 GB option also)
Hard Drive Size1 TB
Display Size15.6
Highest Available Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics CardGTX 1050 Ti | AMD Radeon RX 550 with 2 GB GDDR5 / 8134 MB total
Video Memory2GB | 4 GB
Battery Life9-10 hours

3. Dell i7559-5012GRY

Variant: 15.6″ UHD (3840×2160) 4k Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 15.6" UHD (3840x2160) 4k Touchscreen Gaming Laptop
Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY Gaming Laptop under $1000
Pros
– 4K UHD screen.
– Great Display.
– Touchscreen feature.
– Optimized for work and mid-range gaming.
For example, at full resolutions (Full HD) you’re you will probably get around 50FPS with GTA5 and 35FPS with Witcher 3. For budding and casual gamers these frame rates and settings would work out well.
Cons
– Performance is good but could be better with more RAM.
– Smooth frame rates even with this hi-res screen, but hardcore gamers with high settings may not find the processing power sufficient.
– Battery runs out fast

Overall Review: The display is the best point of-course and has touch screen as well. You are also getting HDD and i7. Doesn’t have the best graphics chip but this is good enough for medium settings in most of the latest games.

Specifications of the Dell i7559-5012GRY Gaming Laptop available below $1000

Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1920x1080
Max Screen Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels
Processor2.6 GHz Core i7 6700HQ
RAM8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Battery Life6-7 hours
Hard Drive1 TB Hybrid HDD + Flash Cache
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
Ports3 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI

4. Acer Aspire VX15

Variant: i7 7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 15.6 Full HD, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD

Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
 Acer Aspire VX 15 Laptop for Gamers under $1000
Pros
– Great Audio
– Laptop remains cool under Gaming.
– Great performance in productivity and gaming tasks due to high RAM and QC i7 Processor.
Cons
– No HDD.
– Display could be better.

Overall Review:
Rated to have a Good Audio and performance.
Scores well on the smaller as well as larger points.
Has good satisfaction scores from reviews on Amazon.

Unique Point:
You can easily open it up and install up to 32GB of memory or put in a 2.5-inch HDD with a free mounting kit from Acer.

Specifications

Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM16 GB DDR4
Hard DriveFlash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorGTX 1050 Ti
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionDedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size4 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Average Battery Life (in hours)6 hours

5. Acer Predator Helios 300 15.6 G3-571-77QK

Variant: 5.6″ Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

Buy Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel Quad Core I7

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop under $1000

Acer Predator Helios 300 Keyboard

Pros
– Its graphic card offers better performance for AAA gaming titles and also suited for VR gaming than the two entry-level NVIDIA graphics cards.
– Great performance with 16 GB RAM even for intensive gaming. 60-70 fps achieved example on Mass Effect: Andromeda, Rise of the Tomb Raider – both at very high settings
– Decent battery.
Cons
– 256 GB SSD and no SATA although cradle for SATA provided.
– Display is a bit dim.
– Gets somewhat heated up on intensive applications

Overall Review:
One of our Top 5 Picks
The Acer Predator Helios is slightly better than the Acer VX15 or Acer Nitro for gaming and also for productivity and normal work. Processor, High RAM and high end graphics chip combine to provide powerhouse. HDD Storage can be added if needed.

Specifications

Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.8 - 3.8 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM16 GB
Hard Drive256 GB SSD
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GTX 1060 6 GB
Card DescriptionDedicated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Ports1 - USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 1 - USB 3.0 Port , 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support
Average Battery Life (in hours)7 hours

6. Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS 15.6-inch

Variant: 7th Gen Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1000 GB HDD + 128GB SSD, NVIDIA (GTX 1050)

Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop under 1000
Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop below $1000
Pros
– Low on price
– SSD + 1 TB HD
– Powerful i7 processor
Cons
– Models with better graphics and smoother fps handling for intensive gaming exist (although pricier).
– Color gamut runs only at NTSC 45%, brightness 220 nits and refresh rate 60hz.
– Low Battery

Overall Review: The Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS can play modern games in full HD, and is fine for daily tasks. It has a good battery life and is reasonable. Overall, a good option on all parameters for entry level or casual gamers – 60fps achieved on games. If you want better graphics or display, look at the Acer Aspire / Nitro or other brands with better graphics card and display.

Specifications

Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.8 - 3.8 GHz Core i7 Family
RAM8 GB DDR4
Hard Drive1TB Hybrid Drive
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Graphics Card Ram Size4 GB
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3

7. Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-55WL

Variant: Intel Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 15.6″ Full HD, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-7300HQ
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5, Gaming Laptop
Pros
– Inexpensive – great value for this kind of graphic card
– Admirable performance
– Adequate SSD for Just Games
– IPS display – better viewing angles and bright display (as compared to Lenovo Y520, Dell, Predator etc.)
Cons
– 256GB of storage space so not suitable for work + games
– May heat up under heavy load
– Average battery.

Overall Review:
One of our Top 5 Pick
If you are more focusing on gaming than everyday use and looking for budget laptop picks, this could be the one for you. For everyday use, just add extra HDD or SSD if required. The display can be a little dim but better than many other models out there in same price range Lot of choice as it has entry level variants as well as higher end variants. Pretty similar to Acer Aspire VX 15 but quite cheaper and hence in our top 5.

Specifications

Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM8 GB DDR4
Hard DriveFlash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA Dedicated GTX 1050 Ti
Graphics Card Ram Size4 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Average Battery Life (in hours)8.5 hours

8. ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 15.6-inch

Variant: GTX 960M 4GB, FHD, Intel Core i5-6300HQ, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD

Asus ZX53VW Gaming Laptop
Buy ASUS ZX53VW 15.6 Gaming Laptop, NVIDIA, GTX 960M 4GB
Pros
– Large M.2 SSD
– Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
– Matte Full-HD display, non reflective
– 0.8-inch thin metallic case
– Skylake-based processor
– Backlit keyboard
Cons
– 5400rpm hard drive
– Battery life
– Heating issues
– TN Display

Overall Review: The ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 is a budget range gaming laptop well under $1000 infact close to the $700 mark. We’ve included this as an example of base spec model which still works well for gaming, giving 30fps -40 fps at many mid range settings. Even with a 6th gen chip and lower RAM etc., this seems to deliver both multi-use tasks and casual gaming needs.

Specifications of ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 gaming laptop

Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.3 GHz Core i5 6300HQ - up to 3.2 GHz
RAM8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
Hard Drive512 GB Flash Memory Solid State Drive
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Chipset Brandintel
Card DescriptionDedicated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2

9. Dell Inspiron i7577 5241BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop with GTX1060

Variant: 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1060 6GB Graphics, 8GB Memory, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, 15.6-inch.

Dell i7577 5241BLK PUS Gaming Laptop
Dell i7577 5241BLK PUS Gaming Laptop for 2018
Pros
– Really high performance gaming graphics with 6GB of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor.
– Low Fan noise, decent battery
– Overall performance for gaming. Can work with VR.
– Great memory options with both SSD and HDD.
Cons
– Somehwhat Dim Screen
– Non flashy look (for those who prefer flashy)

Overall Review: Great for both gaming and every day use. Has garnered good reviews on Amazon.
One of our Top 5 Picks.

Unique Points
Dell Inspiron i7577 is among the few gaming laptops in $1000 price range that comes with the GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU. 6GB graphics RAM also powers it a little extra. And it also has both SSD and HDD providing for storage as well as speed.

Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-7300HQ 2.5 GHz (Turbo up to 3.5 GHz) Kaby Lake Processor
RAM8 GB DDR4 RAM
Storage1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 Graphics
Display15.6 Inch Full HD IPS Anti-Glare display with 1920×1080 Resolution
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit OS
Battery Life5 hours
Weight5.76 lbs
PortsSuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port and 3 USB 3.0 port

10. Lenovo Y700 17.3″ Full HD Gaming Laptop

Variant:Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 Gaming Laptop
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 Gaming Laptop
Pros
– One of the few budget gaming laptops with 17” screen and decent performance.
– Decent screen brightness, Anti Glare,
– Just around $1000 but has all the bells and whistles – IPS, 16 GB Ram
Cons
– Heavy
– Average battery
– Average GPU

Overall Review: Featured as one of the reliable models with a bigger screen size and still affordable for gaming with much of the high performance specs. It is over / around a thousand bucks to be honest, but an overall unique pick.

Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ 6th Generation 2.6 GHz Processor
RAM16GB DDR4 RAM
Storage1TB 5400 RPM Hard Drive | 128GB Solid State Drive
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M 4GB Graphics
Display17.3 Inch Full HD IPS Anti-Glare display with 1920×1080 Resolution
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit OS
Battery Life4 - 5 hours
Ports2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 and 1 HDMI

11. MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 17-Inch Gaming Notebook

Variant: i7-7700HQ GTX 1050 2G 8GB 128GB SSD + 1TB SteelSeries Red KB

GL72M 17 inch Gaming Laptop model
GL72M 17 inch Gaming Laptop by MSI
Pros
– Below $1000 for real.
– Gaming specific features and modes
– Higher RPM Hard Drive
Cons
– Only 3-4 hours battery
– Does not have a very high end graphics card

Unique Point:
The laptop also lets the user change the entire gaming configuration on the laptop varying from green, comfort, and sport. As the names suggest, they deliver the appropriate performance to power consumption mix. Included as one of the few 17 inch mid range models available in this budget.

Overall: If you have the budget to spare and looking for a 17 inch model, maybe the Lenovo Y700 will be a better pick due to a better graphics card, more well known name and overall peace of mind. But if you’re looking for strictly under $1000, I don’t think you’ll find a 17 inch gaming model with better specs than this.

Specifications

Screen Size17.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080 pixels
Processor2.8 - 3.8 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM8 GB DDR4
Hard Drive1 TB Hybrid Drive
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GTX 1050
Graphics Card Ram Size2 GB
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Battery5 hours under medium use
S/WWindows 10

12. MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US

Variant: Quad Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G Graphics, 8GB DRAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB Hard Drive

MSI GL62M Great Gaming Laptop
MSI GL62M one of the best Gaming Laptops

MSI GL62M one of the best Gaming Laptops

Pros
– Very good reviews on Amazon
– Specially liked by Gamers
– Cooling system is one of the best
– Vivid colors in display
Cons
– NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti graphics card is a bit older and there are gaming laptops in this range which already have the – GTX 1060 graphics card
– Battery maxes out easily

Overall:
One of our top 5 picks
Perhaps the best one for gamers if not too finicky about powerful batteries.
Even does other video editing, normal use tasks extremely well and reliable.

Specifications of MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US Gaming Laptop:

Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080 pixels
Processor2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM8 GB ddr4
Hard Drive1000 GB Hybrid Drive
Graphics CoprocessorGTX 1050Ti
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionDedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size4 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Battery5-6 hours
S/WWindows 10 Home

How the Best Laptops under $1000 compare against each other on specific features ?

Sr #ModelProcessingDisplay and GraphicsMemoryHD and SSDBattery & Sound
1Lenovo Legion Y520Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (2.8 - 3.8GHz)4GB NVIDIA GTX GeForce 1050Ti  |15.6" Anti-glare LED Backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display16GB DDR4 RAM256SSD + 2TB Hard Drive4 hours with low use | Harman Audio with Dolby Premium sound (Decent)
2HP Pavilion Power 15 (AMD Radeon RX 550 , 12 GB RAM cheaper option)Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (2.8 - 3.8GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS Anti-glare16 GB DDR 4 RAM1TB 7200RPM SATA7-8 hours with medium use | OK speakers – nothing special.
3Dell i7559-5012GRYIntel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHzNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 | 15.6 Inch UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4k LED-lit Touchscreen8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, Max Support 16GB1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive + 8GB Flash CacheReviews indicate 5-6 hours with medium use | Stereo speakers and subwoofer + MaxxAudio Pro
4Acer Aspire VX15Intel Core i7-7700HQ or i5 – 7300HQ Processor (2.8 - 3.8GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti - 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM | 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS16GB DDR4 RAM256 GB SSD with free mounting kit for HDD (check with co.)Acer TrueHarmony Sound with Dolby | Battery lasts 5-6 hours in medium use
5Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK 15.6-inchIntel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (2.8 - 3.8GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM | 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS Anti-glare16GB DDR4 RAM256 GB SSD with free mounting kit for HDD (check with co.)Acer TrueHarmony Sound with Dolby | Battery lasts 6-7 hours in medium use
6Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS 15.6-inchIntel Core i7-7700HQ QC (6MB Cache, 2.8 - 3.8 GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 | 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit TN Display8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM128GB SSD + 1TB 5400 rpm HDDOnly Average Audio, Average battery 4 - 5 hours under heavy use
7Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-55WL (variants with SSD etc.also available)Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (2.8GHz -3.8GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM | 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display16GB DDR4 RAM1TB 5400RPM HDDAcer TrueHarmony Technology & Dolby Audio | 4-5 hours battery under medium use.
8ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 15.6-inch6th generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ , 2.3 GHz (up to 3.2 GHz)NVidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB | 15.6 in 1920 x 1080 pixels - Anti-Glare Matte Display.8GB DDR4 RAMFast M.2 512GB SSD + No HDDSonic Master OK Audio | 5-6 hour battery under medium use.
9Dell Inspiron i7577 Gaming Laptop with GTX10607th Gen i5-7300HQ (6 MB Cache , up to 3.5 GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | 15.6 inches - 1920 x 1080 pixels , IPS antiglare8GB 2400MHz DDR4 extendible up to [32GB]128 GB (SSD) Boot + 1 TB 5400RPM SATA (HDD)Waves MaxxAudio | 4-5 hour battery under medium use.
10Lenovo Y700 17.3? Full HD Gaming LaptopIntel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 2.6GHzNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB | 17.3" LED-Lit, FHD, anti-glare, IPS display, 1920x1080 resolution [Check IPS]16 GB DDR SDRAM1TB 5400RPM HDD + 128GB SSD4-5 hours battery under low / medium use | JBL Speakers – above average and realistic
11MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 17-Inch Gaming NotebookIntel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz)NVIDIA's GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 | 17.3" Full HD eDP Non Reflective 1920x10808GB DDR4 2400MHz128GB SSD M.2 SATA + 1TB (SATA) 5400rpm4-5 hours under heavy usage. Average battery | Proprietary Nahimic 2 Sound – sounds great.
12MSI GL62M 7REX-1896USIntel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 - 3.8 GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G GDDR5 | eDP 15.6 inches - 1920 x 1080 pixels – IPS & anti-glare.8GB (8G*1) DDR4 2400MHz128GB M.2 SATA + 1TB (5400RPM)5 hours under heavy usage. Average battery | Proprietary Nahimic 2 Sound – sounds great.

Under $1000 Gaming Laptop Benchmarks Comparison

Have a look at some benchmarks for the above discussed laptops. We will keep adding and updating it from time to time as more data comes in. Most of the data is collated from review sites and industry leading blogs.

ModelsBrightness (in nits)Web surfing BatteryColor Accuracy Delta E
Color Gamut (sRGB)Rise of Tomb Raider (Very High) fpsHitman (UltraGTA 5 (v high) fps
Acer Aspire VX 152477 hours6.865.115.7725.16
Predator Helios 3002266:484.6881646749
Lenovo Legion2203:391.1684660Not tested
i5577 7359BLK2204 hours
Nitro 5273~ 5:301.168245432
HP Pavilion Power 151736:204.268Not tested50Not tested
Lenovo Y700 (17 inch Benchmarks)3194:161.11117
MSI GL62M
Dell Inspiron i7577 5241BLK-PUS2304 hours58556035

Note: On all of these benchmarks, the higher is better except in case of Color Accuracy (Delta E ) column.

Note: Heavy use battery does not mean heavy gaming as with heavy gaming on battery alone, the fps could go down due to bios etc. settings plus the battery for almost any of these laptops will only last 2-3 hours max. Heavy use battery could include some light gaming but mostly browsing, maybe light video editing etc. or office etc. apps. Similarly for medium use of battery.

What factors to look for when buying a Gaming Laptop in the under $1000 range ?

The Base specs we prescribe for medium Gaming with medium settings, casual gaming
• 7 Gen i5 or i7 processor
• SSD is preferable but not critical
• 8 GB RAM. If you have a low budget you NEED NOT go for 16 MB RAM especially if the laptop allows easy RAM upgrade , which most of these do.
• 4GB – GTX 1050 / GTX 1050Ti / GTX1060 (GTX 960 M also works fine)
• Cooling Fans which work well (reviews should not indicate high overheating)
• Good IPS display with anti-glare.

Most of the above models satisfy these criterion – but you have to decide whether you are loooking for a multi-use laptop with occasional gaming or gaming focused laptop. Depending on that you can forgo features like extra storage or very high RAM for a higher end graphics card OR go in for a gaming focused laptop such as MSI GL62M .

Let us know your thoughts or which laptop you purchased finally. Happy Shopping !

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