Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000 in the U.S. – 2019

best gaming laptops under 1000 dollars in the US

If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop. $1,000 is probably a good budget to get something decent that can play the latest games at respectable frame rates. What you can expect is decent frame rates on high settings for recent games launched in 2018-2019.

Goes without saying that gaming laptops are as good as the GPU in them. Yes, other components do count, but the GPU is usually the Achilles’ heel or the real bottleneck. Having said that, we have factored in other aspects like the processor, the storage, and the display. Let’s get down to it. You’ll find the best gaming laptops below.

These are the best gaming laptops under $1,000 in the U.S. (2019):

 

ASUS TUF505DU-KB71

ASUS TUF

Summary
You could argue that it doesn’t have the fastest processor or the most RAM, yet we would still insist this is the best gaming laptop for a grand. That is because the 1660Ti is leagues ahead of anything else and is simply the best graphics card in this budget. There’s such a huge gap between the 1660Ti and the 1060, that even the best processor or 16GB RAM can’t cover that up. The ASUS TUF505DU has also got a 120Hz display and has ample fast storage. Get it if you want to futureproof your machine for at least 2 years.

 

  • CPU
    Ryzen 7 3750H Quad Core
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1660 Ti, 6GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixels 120Hz
  • RAM
    8GB DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
  • Storage space
    256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB FireCuda SSHD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    48Wh
  • Weight
    4.9lb
Pros and Cons
  • Display
  • Graphics card
  • Not the fastest processor

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Acer Predator PH315-51

Acer Predator PH315-51

Summary
Sure, it is not the lightest laptop you would have seen, but it seems like one of the best equipped to us in this budget to handle gaming. Why? Well, because it comes with 16GB RAM, a 144Hz display that is definitely a notch above 60Hz ones, a 256GB SSD. Let’s not forget about the GTX 1060 which is pumped with 6GB of VRAM and can even tackle VR gaming. The processor seems to be top-notch too. This laptop doesn’t leave much to demand really. GTX1060 can handle most new games at appreciable frame rates. Oh, and there’s a 2.5-inch slot in case you feel 256GB storage isn’t enough for you.

 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-8750H (8th gen)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1060, 6GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixels 144Hz
  • RAM
    16GB DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
  • Storage space
    256GB NVMe SSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    3,220mAh
  • Weight
    2.7kg
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Display
  • Graphics card
  • Processor
  • Limited storage space

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HP 15-dc1010nr

HP 15-dc1010nr

Summary
This one offers 9750H, which is pretty much the latest and the best (in this budget) Intel has to offer. While the 1650 is no GTX 1060, it’s significantly better than the 1050 Ti. Additionally, it might be the most efficient of the three. Also, we like the fact that the display offers a 144Hz refresh rate and a huge battery.

 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-9750H (8th gen)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1650, 4GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels 144 Hz
  • RAM
    8GB DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
  • Storage space
    256GB PCIeSSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    70Wh
  • Weight
    5.3lb
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Display
  • Battery

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ASUS ROG G531GT

G531GT

Summary
If you find the 8th generation of Intel processors to be old and dated, maybe, the Asus G531GT is the machine for you. The 9750H is pretty much the latest and the best (in this budget) Intel has to offer. While the 1650 is no GTX 1060, it’s significantly better than the 1050 Ti. Additionally, it might be the most efficient of the three. There’s ample storage too in here and it’s all SSD. Oh, and all of this is close to 1-inch thick ‘only’.

 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-9750H (8th gen)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1650, 4GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • RAM
    8GB DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
  • Storage space
    512GB PCIeSSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    N/A
  • Weight
    2.4kg
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Storage

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Acer Nitro 7 AN715-51-73BU

Acer Nitro 7

Summary
If you find the 8th generation of Intel processors to be old and dated, maybe, you can consider this laptop. The 9750H is pretty much the latest and the best (in this budget) Intel has to offer. While the 1650 is no GTX 1060, it’s significantly better than the 1050 Ti. Although, it might be the most efficient of the three. That said, we find the ASUS ROG G531GT to be a better option with similar specs and lower price.

 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-9750H (8th gen)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1650, 4GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • RAM
    8GB DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
  • Storage space
    256GB PCIeSSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    N/A
  • Weight
    2.4kg
Pros and Cons
  • Processor

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Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo Legion Y520

Summary
It comes with half the VRAM, but based on some popular benchmark tests, seems like that’s not much of an issue as far as performance is concerned. It also comes with amplestorage space and 16GB RAM. Although, the RAM is clocked slower for some reason. Other than that, there’s a decent (but not the best) processor onboard.

 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-7700HQ (7th gen)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1060, 3GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • RAM
    16GB DDR4 RAM 2133MHz
  • Storage space
    512GB PCIe SSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    45Wh
  • Weight
    2.4kg
Pros and Cons
  • Graphics card
  • RAM
  • Processor

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Dell Inspiron G5587

Dell Inspiron 7000

Summary
We like this Dell for its graphics card and storage options and also the price tag. It comes with 1.12TB of storage space, of which 128GB is super-fast.However, those bezels are ugly. Also, the processor, while by no means bad, isn’t as powerful as the competition.

 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i5-7300HQ (7th gen)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1060, 6GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • RAM
    8GB DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
  • Storage space
    1TB HDD + 128GB NVMe SSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    N/A
  • Weight
    2.6kg
Pros and Cons
  • Graphics card
  • Processor

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