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. Oh, we’ll be honest and won’t shy away from letting you know that even this budget won’t get you something that can run the most demanding PC games at max settings, and definitely not something that is futureproof for the next 2 years. That said, what you can expect is decent frame rates on med-high (more towards the latter) 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 then. You’ll find the best gaming laptops below.

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

 

Acer Predator PH315-51

Acer Predator PH315-51

Summary
Sure, it’s not the lightest laptop you’d have seen but seems like 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 of the new games at appreciable frame rates so we aren’t too worried. 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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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. The laptop also sports 16GB RAM which should marginally increase the frame rates over 8GB memory. 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. 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
    16GB DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
  • Storage space
    512GB PCIeSSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    N/A
  • Weight
    2.4kg
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Processor
  • Storage

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Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo Legion Y520

Summary
You can get it for almost $50 less than the chart-toppers on the list. And the compromises you have to make for that money come in the form of a two generations old processor. It’s not bad, not at all. Just not as good as others on the list. Still, as we said, the GPU is the bottleneck and the Y520 nails that department with the GTX 1060 with 6GB VRAM. Then there’s 12GB RAM, which is decent, and an IPS display. What is appalling though is just the 128GB of storage space.

 

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-7700HQ (7th gen)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GeForce 1060, 6GB GDDR5
  • Display
    15.6 inch IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • RAM
    12GB DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
  • Storage space
    128GB NVMe SSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    N/A
  • Weight
    2.4kg
Pros and Cons
  • Graphics card
  • Limited storage space
  • Processor

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Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo Legion Y520

Summary
Well, we already have another Y520 on the list. So how is this different? 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 four times as much storage space and 16GB RAM. Although, the RAM is clocked slower for some reason. Other than that there’s a decent (but no the best) processor onboard as well.

 

  • 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 7000

Dell Inspiron 7000

Summary
We like this Dell for its graphics card and storage options. It comes with 1.2TB of storage space, of which 256GB is super-fast. That’s where our liking for this laptop ends though, since it has the weakest processor amongst the bunch here and also comes with just 8GB RAM. Also, those bezels are ugly.

 

  • 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 + 256GB NVMe SSD
  • OS
    Windows 10
  • Battery
    N/A
  • Weight
    2.6kg
Pros and Cons
  • Graphics card
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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