In this mega guide, you will find the best laptops for each price range all the way up to $2000. As this guide is so big and stands at 13186 words, we highly recommend expanding and using the table of contents just below to navigate to the sections specific for you.
If you’re really in a rush, below the table of contents is a comparison table of the #1 best laptop from each price range. We put lots of work into this guide and would love to get your feedback on the laptops chosen, especially if you have one that happens to be better than what we’ve chosen.
You might notice some sections are longer than others, and thcapat’s because in an effort to compile all the information in one spot, some other posts were combined into this one big one.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Laptops for the Money
- 2 Best Laptop under $200
- 3 Best Chromebook under $200
- 4 Best Laptop under $300
- 5 Best Chromebook under $300
- 6 Best Laptop under $400
- 7 Best Laptop under $500
- 8 Best Gaming Laptops under $500
- 9 Best Touchscreen Laptop under $500
- 10 Best 2 in 1 Laptop under $500
- 11 Best Laptop under $600
- 12 Best Gaming Laptop under $600
- 13 Best Laptop under $700
- 14 Best Gaming Laptop under $700
- 15 Best Laptop under $800
- 16 Best Gaming Laptop under $800
- 16.1 How we chose the best gaming laptop under $800
- 16.2 The most important consideration when choosing the best gaming laptop under $800
- 16.3 Other considerations when choosing the best gaming laptop under $800
- 16.4 The best laptop for gaming under $800
- 16.5 The four other four gaming laptops under $800 we tested
- 16.6 The bottom line
- 17 Best Laptop under $900
- 18 Best Gaming Laptop under $900
- 19 Best Laptop under $1000
- 20 Best Gaming Laptops under $1000
- 21 Best Touchscreen Laptop under $1000
- 22 Best Laptop under $1500
- 23 Best Gaming Laptops under $1500
- 23.1 1. ASUS G751JY-WH71(WX) 17″ Gaming Laptop
- 23.2 2. Acer Predator G9-791-735A 17.3″ Gaming Laptop
- 23.3 3. MSI GE72 Apache Pro-070 17.3″ Gaming Laptop
- 23.4 4. XOTIC Sager NP7276
- 23.5 5. Lenovo Y50 59421859 Gaming Laptop
- 23.6 6. Alienware 17.3″ Gaming Laptop
- 23.7 7. Dell Inspiron i7559-7512GRY Gaming Laptop
- 23.8 8. Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition Gaming Laptop
- 23.9 9. ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 Gaming Laptop
- 23.10 10. ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Gaming Laptop
- 24 Best 15 Inch Gaming Laptops under $1700
- 25 Best Laptop under $2000
Best Laptops for the Money
Here’s a quick list of some of our favorite picks from this guide:
Best Laptop under $200
Under $200, the Lenovo Ideapad 100S is a solid choice. Weighing a tiny 2.2lbs and measuring at just 0.69 inches thick, the Ideapad 100S is a tiny laptop reflective of its tiny price tag.
Powered by an Intel atom Z3735F processor and 2GB of memory, the 100S is actually surprisingly responsive and quick to boot, due to the inclusion of a 32GB SSD hard drive.
The screen is somewhat small, at 11.6”, but that also keeps the weight down and is to be expected within this price range.
I wouldn’t recommend trying to play games on this laptop, however, you might be able to run Minecraft if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
This laptop is perfect for work/school productivity and like most Lenovo laptops, has a great keyboard.
Sporting a 10-12 hour battery life, the Ideapad is ultra portable and will last all day without charging.
The laptop ships with Windows 10 pre-installed and one year of microsoft office.
- Intel Atom processor Z3735F
- 2GB DDR3L / 32GB eMMC flash memory
- 11.6" LED backlight / Intel HD Graphics
Best Chromebook under $200
Just scraping into this category is the HP 14-AN013NR chromebook. Chromebooks are suitable for those that are comfortable using cloud storage and are aware that their files will be stored securely online instead of on the laptop itself.
The HP chromebook comes with an impressive 14” Full HD screen that has an in-built IPS panel. For a chromebook, that is fantastic. Most chromebooks have smaller screens, but the HP has a bigger screen AND it’s fantastic quality.
The AN013NR is powered by an AMD E2-7110 QC 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM which is more than adequate for basic applications and web browsing.
Unlike traditional chromebooks that run Chrome OS, with the HP chromebook you get a fully-fledged version of Windows 10 Home which affords you more flexibility.
Weighing in at 3.86lbs and being only 0.94 inches thick means the HP is easily transportable to wherever you need to take it. It will also get around 4-6 hours of battery life, depending on how you use it.
For games that are easy on the computer, such as Minecraft, you will be able to play, even with a computer in this price range! The RAM is also upgradeable if you wish to make the computer better at multi-tasking.
- 14.0-inch diagonal Full HD IPS UWVA Brightview WLED-backlit (1920x1080)
- AMD E2-7110 QC, 1.8GHz, Quad-Core Processor
- 4 GB DDR3L-SDRAM Memory
Best Laptop under $300
At just under $300, the Acer Aspire ES 15 is a great choice for those looking for a budget laptop that is still able to handle day-to-day usage without a hassle.
The performance is handled by an Intel Core i3-6100U 2.3GHz processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, which is a fairly standard setup for around this price range that you can’t go wrong with.
You will be viewing your applications on a 15.6” HD Widescreen LED-backlit display. This Acer screen has CineCrystal technology, which provides better picture in low-light circumstances.
For storage, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive has you covered and should provide plenty of room to store all of your data.
The quoted 6.5 Hours of battery life is about the average you’ll find in a laptop and should you give adequate time away from the nearest powerpoint. Altogether the Aspire ES 15 weighs 5.29 lbs and is 0.97 inches thick.
If you ever need more RAM, the Aspire ES 15 is upgradeable up to 16GB, and can be installed by removing the base cover. Included is a DVD optical drive, if that is necessary for your needs.
With a lack of gaming options in this price range, the included Intel HD Graphics 520 means we have also crowned this laptop the Best Gaming Laptop under $300.
- 6th Generation Intel Core i3-6100U Processor (2.3GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
- 15.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display
- 4GB DDR3L Memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD
Best Chromebook under $300
We love the Acer Chromebook 14 in this category. Chromebooks are most commonly known for being basic and cheap, but Acer has bucked the trend with their offering.
The Chromebook 14 comes with a Full HD IPS display which displays colors very nicely. Performance wise you get an Intel Celeron N3160 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor and 4GB of RAM to cope with multi-tasking applications.
Included is a 32GB SSD which makes the boot times incredibly fast. The lack of storage isn’t concerning, as being a chromebook, you will have 90% of your storage online anyway.
For those who crave battery life, the Acer Chromebook comes with 12-hours worth, which should be more than enough for most people. Additionally, the acer only weighs 3.42 lbs and is 0.67 inches thick, so it looks great and features a 100% aluminum chassis.
- Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz (Up to 2.24GHz)
- 100% Aluminum Chassis
- 4GB LPDDR3 Onboard SDRAM Memory, 32GB Internal Storage
Best Laptop under $400
When searching through the best gaming laptops under $400, we stumbled across the Acer Aspire E 15. For a laptop that comes in at under $400, the Aspire E 15 manages to be quite impressive in its own right.
Sporting a 7th generation, 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-7100U processor and 4GB of DDR4 memory, the Acer is capable of running most programs, surfing the web and doing most other tasks.The built-in Intel HD Graphics 520 is without a doubt the best built in graphics in this price range, and will be able to run less graphics-intensive games such as Rocket League.
With the Aspire you’ll get a 15.6” Full HD LED-backlit display, which looks pretty good and comes with Acer ColorBlast technology which supposedly provides twice as many colors as the average laptop.
Internally, you’ll find a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, which is quite good for this price range. There is also an M.2 slot, if you ever wanted to throw another hard drive, such as an SSD, in there.
Throw in a very respectable 12 hours of battery life, built-in optical drive and backlit keyboard, and you have a nice little package for an inexpensive price. The Acer Aspire E 15 is without a doubt the best laptop under $400.
- 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
- 15.6" Full HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit Display supporting Acer...
- 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD
Best Laptop under $500
The Acer Swift 3 takes the cake in this category. For such an inexpensive laptop, the Swift 3 has quality specs that rival those in more expensive price brackets.
Under the hood you’ll find a 6th Generation Intel 2.3GHz i3-6100U processor, paired with 4GB of RAM. Thankfully 4GB of RAM seems to be the minimum amount that manufacturers are shipping their laptops with and that’s because it’s more than adequate for the average user.
The inbuilt Intel HD Graphics 520 can play some games at reasonable FPS, most notably games that aren’t so graphically intense, such as, Rocket League, CS:GO etc.
What we really like about this laptop is the inclusion of a 14” Full HD display which has an IPS panel for fantastic color reproduction and viewing angles, as well as the 128GB SSD which will make your computer feel speedy and responsive.
With up to 10 hours of battery life and a weight of 3.31 lbs, you can take the Swift 3 around all day with you and not need a charger.
The keyboard is very good and backlit, which makes using the laptop at night possible, whilst the trackpad is large and responsive.
The Swift comes with Windows installed and i’d also definitely say it’s the best windows laptop under $500 and best 13 inch laptop under $500.
- 6th Generation Intel Core i3-6100U Processor 2.3GHz
- 14" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen IPS ComfyView LED-backlit Display
- 4GB DDR4 Onboard Memory, 128GB SSD
Best Gaming Laptops under $500
Whilst finding a gaming laptop for under $500 is a tough ask, it’s not impossible. In the sub $550 range we were only able to find three laptops that have dedicated graphics cards, of those 3, only one has an SSD. Sometimes at budget prices, sacrifices need to be made and you need to consider whether saving up a little bit more is worth it in the long run.
Despite the list being about the best gaming laptops under $500, we’ve included some $550 gaming laptops. The reason is because I firmly believe that you should save up an extra $50 to afford #1 on the list. It is miles better than any other laptop in this price range and perhaps the best value-for-money offering I have ever seen.
My advice to you is to not buy those coffees at work for a week, walk around the street looking for loose change or beg your parents/family for an extra $50 because the #1 pick is just that much better than anything else you are going to find on the market.
Whilst this laptop isn’t under $500, if you can fork out an extra $50, then you can afford the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG. The 53VG doesn’t deserve to be in this price range with the impressive specs that it has and is a great value-for-money investment.
In this price bracket, the Aspire is by and large the best value for money gaming laptop under $550.
Run by a speedy Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHZ CPU, this laptop is more than capable of running the latest games. 8GB of RAM ensures you can adequately multi-task programs and still retain responsiveness and safeguards you against any memory leak issues newer games may have.
The E5-575G-53VG has an impressive Nvidia GeForce 940MX with 2GB of DDR5 VRAM which is a powerful graphics card. Only released this year, the 940MX is a mid-range graphics card which has as much as a 24% performance increase over the previous 940M GPU.
The Acer Aspire is one of the only affordable gaming laptops to include an SSD hard drive in its specifications and it does so with a respectable 256GB one. SSD hard drives are essential in gaming laptops for quick loading screen times and fast operating system boot speeds.
Praises continue for this beast of a laptop with the fantastic inclusion of a 15.6” Full HD 1920 x 1080 display. To cut costs, cheap gaming laptops often have just a simple HD screen which can make games look average. To the credit of Acer, they’ve opted to include the Full HD resolution for the best possible picture clarity.
Just in case you thought this laptop’s specs in this price range couldn’t get any more surreal, Acer has decided they’re going to include a 6-cell battery instead of the normal 3-cell found in most laptops. This equates to a 12-hour battery life, are you kidding me!? All of this and it still manages to weigh just 5.3 lbs.
If you are a fan of thin, sleek, black laptop designs then you’re in luck with the E5-575G-53VG. Sporting a textured, metallic finish the Aspire is a good looker and pretty thin too. An additional backlit keyboard and optical drive make this laptop an absolute steal for the price range.
Remarkably, Acer has managed to fit best-in-category specs, a Full HD screen and a massive battery life in one package all whilst keeping the weight down and making the laptop look good. This may just be the best cheap gaming laptop of 2016. Props to you Acer.
Ports include, 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, SD Card Reader, Optical Drive, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.1, HD Webcam.
The Acer Aspire E5-574G-52QU is the little brother of the 575G that sits #1 on this list. We’ve included it because it’s subjectively better in certain areas than the 575G for some users and it also has a dedicated graphics card, something which is a struggle to find in laptops under $500.
Rather than focus on what the 574G has, I think I will instead compare it to the 575G seeing as they’re quite similar but also quite different in their own way.
This Aspire model has the same impressive i5-6200U CPU as the 575G. You’ll also find the same 8GB of RAM, 15.6” Full HD display and they both tip the scales at a fairly lightweight 5.3lbs.
But that’s where the similarities end. The next list of differences will either be better, or worse, depending on what you’re looking at getting out of a mid range gaming laptop.
The 574G-52QU has a Nvidia GeForce 940M compared to the 940MX of the 575G. The 940M is a little slower than the 940MX but is still capable of running games on medium settings.
This laptop has a larger, but slower hard drive whereas the 575G has a smaller, but faster hard drive. Here we have a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive compared to the 256GB SSD. If more storage space is something that you are looking for then this is a good option for you.
Something which may be noticeable is the halved battery life. The E5-574G-52QU gets a 6-hour battery life instead of 12-hours. Most gamers will keep their laptops sitting on their desks instead of using them like a traditional laptop, but if portability is your concern, then keep this in mind.
Finally, the 574G is cotton white compared to the stealthy, black look of the 575G. The white design is definitely eye-catching and stands out more than the black. It contrasts nicely with the black keyboard and the metallic textured black lid.
Ports include, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1x VGA Out, SD Card Reader, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HD Webcam, Microphone/Headphone Jack.
- 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor 2.3GHz
- 8GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory
- 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive. No optical drive
The Dell Inspiron i3543 is the last gaming laptop on our list that has a dedicated graphics card. In fact, it’s hard to find dedicated graphics cards in gaming laptops under $1000. If you can then you’ll often be sacrificing in other areas.
The Inspiron i3543 has an Intel Core i5-5200U processor. It’s been preceded by the i5-6200U, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad processor, anything but. In actual fact, the i5-5200U actually beats out the 6200U in certain benchmarks.
An adequate 4GB of RAM is enough for playing games, but you might struggle if you often multi-task games with other applications such as Chrome, Spotify etc.
Slightly lacking is the 500GB hard drive, we’ve seen bigger (1TB) hard drives in laptops in this price range and faster (SSD) hard drives too which means the 500GB is a little lackluster in this department.
One noticeable omission is the Full HD display. Dell has opted instead for a 15.6” HD 1366 x 768 display. Whilst you’re missing out on Full HD, it’s probably a blessing in disguise as you’ll get better FPS on 1366 x 768 resolution with this laptop.
For a budget gaming laptop, the Dell manages a solid 6.5-hour battery life, giving you freedom to leave the house without a charger and at just 5.3 lbs you won’t have an issue carting it around with you daily. Windows 10 comes pre-installed on the laptop as well.
A contrasting silver and black is the chosen look for the Inspiron, the silver lid going nicely with the black keyboard. One negative is that the keyboard isn’t backlit, making it difficult to see at night time.
Ports include, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD Card Reader, Optical Drive, Ethernet Port, Headphone/Microphone Jack, 802.11ac Wifi Adapter.
- 4th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5-5200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz)
- 4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz (4GBx1),500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
- NVIDIA GeForce 820M 2GB, Stereo speakers + MaxxAudio
At this point, we’ve exhausted the list of laptops in this price range with a dedicated graphics card. It becomes a bit of a stretch to consider a laptop without a dedicated graphics card a ‘gaming laptop’ but in the interests of variety, I will continue.
The final two laptops in our top 5 list were chosen because they have terrific specs for the price range (albeit without a graphics card) and because they can still play some games on high settings.
For our fourth gaming laptop on our list, we look at the HP 15-ay013nr. It lacks a dedicated graphics card, but can the other specs make up for this shortcoming?
The answer is, Yes. If you primarily play games which aren’t graphically demanding, such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or Minecraft then the Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 is going to be able to play on high settings with 60+ FPS.
This is possible through the addition of a powerful Intel i5-6200U 2.3GHz processor and 8GB of RAM which are more than enough to run games of this caliber.
A quick and responsive 128GB SSD is the hard drive of choice and will speed up the load screens of the aforementioned games, also helping your boot times.
Just because the laptop lacks a graphics card, doesn’t mean the games you can play need to look bad. The 15.6” Full HD 1920 x 1080 display takes care of this, giving you more screen real estate to work with.
The HP has horizontally brushed silver design, with a contrasting black keyboard. The touchpad can be a little stiff and I would’ve liked to see a more responsive one. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not backlit which makes seeing the keys at night a tough ask.
Impressively, the Ay013nr gets a 7-hour battery life, giving you the freedom to take the laptop around with you without desperately searching for a charger and at 4.7 lbs you won’t have any issue carrying the laptop around. The laptop also ships with Windows 10 pre-installed.
Ports include, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, SD Card Reader, DVD Burner, Headphone/Microphone Jack, Ethernet Port, 802.11ac Wifi Adapter.
- Intel® Core(TM) i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz with turbo boost up to 2.8GHz
- 15.6" Full-HD (1920 x 1080) screen
- 8GB DDR3L-SDRAM Memory
As another laptop without a dedicated graphics card, you’re going to be hard pressed playing anything but lower graphically demanding games on the Asus F556UA-AS54, however, the games that it can play, it plays well.
Just like the last laptop on our list, the F556UA-AS54 gaming laptop has an Intel i5-6200U 2.3GHz processor with 8GB of RAM, more than adequate for any games that you can play.
Very decent is the 256GB SSD inside the laptop, giving you epic boot speeds of less than 30 seconds. It also has the additional benefit of making your game loading screens load quicker, giving you some extra time to choose your champion or buy your weapons.
Despite having integrated Intel HD 520 graphics, the F556UA has a 15.6” Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen which makes the display look crisp and giving you plenty of desktop room with the larger resolution.
Interestingly, the Asus comes in Icicle Gold color which is much different to any other laptop on the list. This is the first Gold laptop I’ve looked at so far and it’s actually a nice change and refreshing to look at from the usual black look. Known for their good looking laptops, Asus again delivers with this one with clean looks, slim profile, and a metallic brushed sheen to deliver an elegant look.
A respectable 6-hour battery life should give you adequate time to search for a charger if you need it and you won’t have an issue carrying the F556UA-AS54 around with it only weighing 5.1 lbs. Windows 10 comes pre-installed with the laptop so you don’t need to worry about the hassle of installing it yourself.
Ports include, 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, SD Card Reader, Optical Drive, Microphone/Headphone Jack, Ethernet Port, 802.11ac Wifi Adapter.
- 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed, Refer user guide below...
- Powerful Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 2.8 GHz), Refer description...
- 256GB Solid-State Drive for blazing-fast boot times and program launches
Hopefully this has given you a valuable insight into the best gaming laptops under $500. It was definitely hard to research and come up with such a list, especially when only three options on the market had a dedicated graphics card.
That being said, it is possible to get a budget gaming laptop for under $550 if you look hard enough.
Best Touchscreen Laptop under $500
If you’re looking for the best touchscreen laptop under $500, then the HP Pavilion X360 is the right pick for you.
The HP Pavilion offers a 13.3” IPS display which is touchscreen enabled and gives you plenty of screen space to touch and play around with. It comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home 64-bit, which is touch-optimised.
Powered by an Intel Dual Core i3-6100U 2.3GHz processor and 6GB of RAM, the HP is well up to the task of multi-tasking whatever applications you throw at it.
Onboard Intel HD Graphics 520 allow you to play games that aren’t too graphically demanding, however people have been known to play slightly more demanding games such as CS:GO with no issues.
For storage, the HP comes with a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, which should be ample for storing your most critical files. Additionally, the Pavilion has an optical drive so you can use any CD’s or DVD’s if you need to.
The keyboard is solid to type on, but unfortunately the keyboard isn’t backlit, so if you’re planning to work at night with the laptop, ensure you are in a well-lit room.
You’ll get roughly 6 hours of battery life out of this laptop and if you need to carry it around regularly, you shouldn’t have an issue with it weighing 4.6lbs and being 1 inch thick.
- HP Pavilion x360 m3-u001dx - Flip design - Core i3 6100U / 2.3 GHz - Windows 10...
- with an inimitable gift-JINHAO-pen
Best 2 in 1 Laptop under $500
It’s possible to get a solid 2-in-1 laptop for under $500, thanks to the HP Spectre X2. The X2 has a 12” IPS touchscreen display that is detachable for those times when you need the functionality of a tablet.
The Spectre comes with a Intel Core m3-6y30 dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM, sufficient enough for multitasking applications. An included 128GB SSD drive lends itself to speedy boot speeds and snappiness.
You’ll be happy to know that the Spectre comes with the touch-optimised Windows 10 operating system, which makes using the tablet and touchscreen a breeze.
As with the rest of the Spectre range, the X2 is incredibly portable, weighing just 1.84 lbs and coming in at just 0.52 inches thick with the tablet and base combined.
If you regularly use the keyboard at night, the backlit keyboard will be a welcome addition. Additionally, an official stylus for the X2 can be purchased from HP if you require it.
- 12.0-Inch diagonal wuxga+ IPS wled-backlit IPS touchscreen Display (1920x1280)
- Intel Core m3-6y30, 0.9GHz, dual-core Processor
- 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM Memory
Best Laptop under $600
As a general laptop for tasks that don’t involve gaming, we prefer the HP 250 G5 overall. The 250 G5 is a solid package overall but doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card. If you’re looking for a laptop for gaming, look below at our write up on the Acer Aspire E 15.
The HP 250 G5 is presented in a sleek black casing that houses an Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz processor and is paired with a respectable 8GB of RAM for all of your multitasking needs.
You get 256GB of SSD storage to store all of your files and the addition of an SSD makes the speed difference noticeable over a traditional hard drive.
The G5 has Intel HD Graphics 520 which is suitable for only the most basic games like Minecraft. Additionally, Windows 10 Home 64-bit comes pre-installed to save you the hassle of installing it yourself.
A little on the heavy side, the G5 weighs in at 5.7lbs and is 2.9 inches thick. You’ll still be able to get a respectable 8-12 hours of battery life out of this laptop though, which is nice. If you require an optical drive, the HP 250 G5 comes with one.
- 250 G5 15.6" LCD 16:9 Notebook - 1366 x 768 - Intel Core i5 (6th Gen) i5-6200U...
- 250 G5 Notebook PC
Best Gaming Laptop under $600
At this price point, it’s hard to discount the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG as it’s one of the only (if not the only) laptop with a dedicated graphics card in the Nvidia GeForce 940MX.
Combine that with an Intel Core i5-6200U 2.8GHz processor and 8GB of RAM and you have an inexpensive gaming laptop capable of playing games at a reasonable FPS.
For storage you are provided with a 256GB SSD which again aids in making the PC feel responsive and quick to boot up.
The 15.6” Full HD display is quite good and games look fine on it. Acer’s ColorBlast technology gives you more than twice as many colors as the average laptop for vibrant colors that are extremely close to the source image.
With the Aspire E, you’ll get up to 12 hours of battery life depending on how you use it (if you’re gaming you might only get half) and it weights 5.27lbs, meaning it’s still light enough to carry around if you need to.
At this price range, you’ll struggle to find a laptop with a dedicated graphics card and that’s why the Acer takes our pick as one of the best gaming laptops under $600.
Best Laptop under $700
In this price range, we really like the Acer Spin 5. The Spin 5 is a fantastic all-rounder with good specs, a convertible display and nice battery life.
Performance is covered by the Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz processor and 8GB of DDR4 memory which is good enough to tackle whatever you can at it.
Aiding the CPU and RAM is a solid 256GB SSD which will make your applications load quicker than you expect.
The screen is a 13.3” Full HD LED-backlit screen with an IPS panel that allows you to view the screen from all angles. This is especially important as the Spin 5 is convertible which allows you to flip the screen upside down like a tablet.
You’ll get 10 hours of battery life out of the Acer laptop and it weighs just 3.53lbs making it really portable. It’s 0.78 inches as its thickest point.
A welcome addition is the backlit keyboard, which will allow you to work on the laptop during nighttime without waking anyone. Overall, out of all the best laptops under $700, this is a fantastic choice.
- 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz (Up to 2.8GHz)
- 13.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
- 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
Best Gaming Laptop under $700
There is one real standout choice in this price range and that’s the Dell i7559-763BLK. After analysing the best gaming laptops under $700, we couldn’t look past the Dell.
The Dell i7559 has a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card which is very respectable. Paired with the Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor and 8GB of RAM, this laptop will be able to tackle newer games with moderate FPS 40+ on medium settings.
Dell has done well to include a 256GB SSD drive which makes your game load screens faster than you can blink, in addition to boot speeds.
An incredible feature is the 15.6” Full HD display that comes with an IPS panel. The superb color reproduction of the IPS panel makes games and movies look fantastic.
One downside is that due to the quality specs, the average battery life is only around 4.5 hours and the i7559 weighs 6 lbs, so don’t expect to be carrying it around all day.
If you feel like it, there’s room to add in another 2.5” hard drive or SSD. Additionally, the keyboard is backlit which is a nice touch and handy for those late night gaming sessions.
Best Laptop under $800
We love the Lenovo Flex 4 2-in-1 and think it represents the best value for money out of the laptops under $800.
A powerful Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz processor and 8GB RAM means you won’t have any issues multitasking. The Intel i7 processors have multi-threading technology which means they’re uniquely suited for running multiple applications, even video editing software.
Stock standard for this price range, a 256GB SSD is included and makes the laptop feel even more responsive with multiple applications open.
If you consider yourself to be a bit of a gamer, the Flex 4 has an AMD Radeon R7 M460 dedicated graphics card which will allow you to play some games.
We really like the flexibility of this 2-in-1 laptop, as it can be turned into a tablet and has a touchscreen display which works seamlessly with Windows 10. The 15.6” Full HD display also has an IPS panel, which means you can view it from any angle and not experience any color change.
The Flex 4 weighs 4.6 lbs, which is about the middle of the pack and is 0.84 inches thick.
Some handy features include a backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, decent amount of ports and Harman Kardon speakers. Overall, this is a top pick.
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Best Gaming Laptop under $800
Choosing a budget gaming laptop may seem like a daunting task. It can be hard to analyze all the options available and decide on which machine will deliver you the best bang for your buck. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the work for you and come up with the five best gaming laptops under $800.
These laptops will never provide the same grunt as you will get from a high-end desktop gaming PC. However, they will most certainly run the same games with the added benefit of portability.
The best gaming laptop we could find that met our criteria was the Dell Inspiron i7559. This laptop delivers what you want from a gaming PC, all within a package of a laptop at a generous price. Not to mention, it easily has the best gaming performance out of all the laptops we looked at.
How we chose the best gaming laptop under $800
We started by listing down gaming laptops currently on the market that sell for less than $800. Next we researched each of the laptops online, checking out their specs and user reviews.
When we chose the best gaming laptop under $800, we considered the features that most affect gaming experience. These are:
We determined our five finalists by determining the laptops that stood up best in the five areas mentioned above.
The most important consideration when choosing the best gaming laptop under $800
The graphics processing unit (GPU) is undoubtedly the most essential feature of a gaming laptop. The better the GPU, the higher the 3D performance will be. We looked to find a laptop with 2GB of VRAM at the very least, and ideally containing 4GB.
The market leader in this space is NVIDIA. They are known to provide reliable GPUs, with unique graphics options such as Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TXAA). As it turns out, our top five laptops all contain NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs.
You will find that the latest graphics cards will usually be the best and quickest. Most laptops will however give you the option of upgrading the graphics card later on.
A solid graphics card is not only critical for gaming performance. It is also a major factor in the performance of video editing, and 3D/HD television.
If you are considering spending some extra money for better gaming performance, always aim to upgrade on the GPU. Should you insist on better performance than our recommendation of the Dell Inspiron i17559-763BLK, you will need to consider spending more than $800 for a gaming laptop.
Other considerations when choosing the best gaming laptop under $800
We’d recommend going for a laptop with at least an Intel i5 processor. While an i7 would be ideal, don’t compromise on your GPU to spend more money on your processor.
AMD CPUs are very rare when it comes to gaming laptops. As a result, all the laptops we looked at and have recommended contain Intel processors.
These days, you should really aim to have at least 8GB RAM to run games. Assuming that the laptop is upgradable, you can upgrade RAM relatively easily later on.
Having 16GB RAM would of course be more ideal, but having a fast CPU and graphics card are more crucial in terms of performance.
An SSD would be preferable to cut down on load times; they are also tougher and allow marginally more battery life. However, we would not say that an SSD is essential and this is one area where you can save money by going for an old school spinning hard drive.
It would be preferred if the laptop had a configuration featuring both an SSD and a mechanical drive. However, it is easy to get away with simply having an external hard drive to store away extra files.
Again, having a good GPU will be the priority so don’t be too greedy when it comes to storage space.
15-inch displays seem to be the norm for gaming laptops these days. While you may be tempted to go for larger screens to enhance your experience, keep in mind that this requires a more expensive GPU.
Ideally, you’d like at least a 1080p to play today’s high-end games. While the 4K trend is picking up speed, it is not currently an option we can consider for this category of laptops – you will be looking at a GeForce GTX 980M card for that.
The best laptop for gaming under $800
The #1 pick here is definitely the Dell Inspiron i7559. This laptop delivers an amazing value-for-money package for gamers.
This sleek looking machine features a GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 4GB of VRAM, an Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz processor, and 8GB of RAM. This is enough to run high-end games with high settings.
The 256GB SSD will help minimize your load times, though you may have to consider buying an external hard drive if you plan on having a big load of games and other software.
You will find that the screen is bright enough at the maximum settings, and viewing angles are quite good. This laptop will give you around 6 hours of battery life on average. If you’re playing high-end games on full brightness, expect around 3 hours. The shallow keyboard and off-center touchpad may put off some users, but is not a major drawback.
If you’re playing a high-end game you will notice the fan noise can be a little disturbing, though they do a good job of keeping the laptop cool.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a budget gaming laptop that will run all your favorite games, look no further than the Dell Inspiron i7559.
The four other four gaming laptops under $800 we tested
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to push the settings on high-end games with these other laptops as compared to the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK. But you will find that they will run under good settings and perhaps their other features may appeal to you.
The Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG is another great value option for a budget gaming laptop. It provides excellent gaming performance, as well as a solid battery life.
Compared to the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, it falls short with its graphics card (sporting GeForce 940MX graphics compared to the Inspiron’s 960MX graphics). However, this does not prevent it from running high-end games.
In terms of battery life, this laptop is a standout, allowing you to continuously surf the web for over 9 hours.
The 15.6-inch screen is unfortunately relatively dim with narrow viewing angles. Like the Dell, this laptop also features an unattractive offset touchpad.
This laptop is an absolute steal at under $600. So if you’re looking for an even cheaper option, this laptop is well worth a go.
Another contender not far away from the top is the super lightweight Asus K501UX laptop. Here you’ll find a high speed Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 950M 2GB DDR3 graphics card.
Again, this laptop allows you to play most games at 1080p resolution. Though it has an inferior GPU, you probably won’t notice the difference between the performance of this and the i7559 until you start pushing both to their limits.
This laptop has the best feeling keyboard out of the top five. Its speakers and touchpad are also excellent.
If you’re after portability and solid gaming performance, the Asus K501UX could be the right machine for you.
- Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz). Skylake
- 15.6 inches Matte FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. Windows 10 Operation...
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M gaming graphic card; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD Storage. Backlit...
Considering the performance you get for the price, the Acer Aspire V3-572G-70TA is certainly worth considering. It features an Intel i7 2GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, and a GeForce 840M GPU with 2GB VRAM.
You should have no issue handling most hardware intensive tasks on here. However, due to the older graphics card, you may have to settle for medium settings on today’s high-end games. The machine is without an SSD so expect game load times to be a bit longer.
A huge drawcard for this machine is its relatively large 1TB hard drive. The laptop also promises a 7-hour battery life.
Overall, there are many performance factors that work in this machine’s favor. However, we couldn’t put this at the top due to its weaker GPU.
- Intel Core i7-4510U 2.0 GHz Processor (4MB Cache)
- 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
While it doesn’t quite stack up to same performance levels as the Inspiron and the Acer, the Asus ZX53VW is an excellent machine that will take care of your gaming needs quite well.
It features an Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz processor, 8GB RAM, and a GeForce GT 960M 2GB graphics card. The fan can be audible with heavy use, but the cooling system ensures the laptop doesn’t reach high temperatures.
The ZX53VW comes with a wide-view 15.6” Full HD display suitable for gaming, creative work or entertainment.
Storage wise you’ll get a 512GB SSD that provides adequate storage and helps with those load speeds.
Overall, this laptop provides great gaming performance and is a top pick.
- 15.6-Inch wide-view Full-HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed
- Latest 6th generation Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.2 GHz)
- NVidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB discrete graphics
The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is certainly the standout in terms of gaming performance for the laptops we looked at.
When you consider its price and how it possesses excellent graphics, a fast processor and a speedy SSD, this machine delivers unreal value!
Some of the other options may have a better battery life and storage capacity. However, in terms of quality 3D gaming performance, the Inspiron wins.
If you are considering one of the other four, do not despair! All five laptops listed here should run your games fine.
Best Laptop under $900
After looking at the best laptops under $900, we chose the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK, which is a great contender within this price range.
The i7559-2512BLK comes with an Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz processor and 8GB of RAM for all of your multitasking needs.
If you’re a gamer, you’ll like the included Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, however the gaming laptop option we look at below has a larger SSD for you to hold your games on for faster game load screens.
You’ll have plenty of storage with the 1TB hard drive and an 8GB SSD holds your operating system, which will give you fast boot speeds and increase overall general responsiveness.
Applications and games look good on the 15.6” Full HD LED-lit screen with Dell’s truelife technology for better looking visuals.
Dell’s keyboard is backlit and comfortable to type on for extended periods of time. This laptop weighs just 4.6 lbs and you can expect a battery life of 10+ hours, depending on your usage.
- Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Processor; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
- 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD Hybrid Drive Storage; Optical Drive Not included
Best Gaming Laptop under $900
Within this price range, we like the Asus K501UW-AB78 gaming laptop.
A powerful 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz and 8GB of RAM lay the platform for the laptop’s performance and it will handle multitasking with ease.
The included Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M dedicated graphics card is more than enough to run newer games with solid FPS.
The K501UW-AB78 comes with a 512GB SSD, which is why we chose this as the gaming laptop choice over the Dell above. Having a larger SSD means you can store your games on it, which will increase loading screen times.
You will be viewing your games on a 15.6” Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, which looks great and displays colors vividly.
Asus’ IceCool technology helps to keep heating issues at bay, which is ideal when you’re having a prolonged gaming session and helps to keep the palm rest surface temperature cool.
The K501UW is relatively light at 4.4 lbs and is just 0.8 inches thick, making it look slick. The keyboard is backlit making those late night gaming sessions possible!
- Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz). Skylake
- 15.6 inches Matte FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. Windows 10 Operating...
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming graphic card; 8GB RAM; 512GB SSD Storage.
Best Laptop under $1000
Around this price range, it doesn’t get much better than the MSI GE62 Apache Pro-254 which does a fantastic job of being a jack of all trades.
Run by an Intel I5-6300HQ 2.3GHz processor and 8GB of RAM, the GE62 is fast enough deal with whatever applications you intend to run on it.
If you are a gamer then you will absolutely love the Nvidia GeForce GTX970M dedicated graphics card which can handle new games on high settings with great FPS.
The 15.6” display is Full HD and has eDP Vivid Color technology which makes colors look brighter and sharper.
Housing your data is a 256GB SSD drive which is big enough for your files and also to hold your games for those speedy loading screen times.
If you don’t plan to add an external keyboard then you will be happy to know that the GE62 comes with a SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard that is a pleasure to type on.
At 5.3 lbs and 1.06 inches thick, the laptop isn’t exactly sleek, but it’s not huge and bulky either.
You can also add an M.2 SSD if you are inclined, as there is an extra slot in the laptop! Coming pre-installed with Windows 10 means the GE62 is the best windows laptop under $1000.
- Processor: Intel Core i5-6300HQ Quad Core Processor (2.3-3.2GHz)
- RAM: 8GB DDR4 2133MHz | Hard Drive: 256GB M.2 SATA
- Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD | Operating System: Windows 10
Best Gaming Laptops under $1000
The cost of a gaming laptop that can run games on High settings with respectable FPS has dropped dramatically in recent times. Gone are the days where you needed a $3k gaming PC just to have a chance at playing the latest games.
Gaming laptops are more affordable than ever and have become viable desktop replacements for those who also require some portability. We’ve done the hard yards and put together a top 5 list for you to help decide the best gaming laptop for your needs.
HP aren’t known for their gaming laptops, but they’ve come firing out of the gates with the HP Pavilion 15 Gaming Notebook and there’s a reason why it’s been given the #1 spot on our top 5 list and why it’s considered to be one of the Best Performance Laptops under $1000.
The bottom line is that the Pavilion 15 is the best-specced gaming laptop in this price range that also comes with an SSD hard drive. There are plenty of great options that include great specs, SSD hard drives, great displays etc. but none of them have all of the above.
Equipped with the new Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core processor and 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, the Pavilion is very fast and can run games with ease.
Providing the manpower in the graphics department is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 memory. The GTX 960M is a very respectable graphics card and benchmarks suggest it can play recent games on High, if not Ultra settings with good FPS. The games will look great on the 15.6” Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, and the IPS panel provides increased color representation and reproduction than traditional panels.
The included 128GB SSD drive ensures you will have speedy boot times and load screens within your games. The advantage of this laptop is the inclusion of the SSD drive to go with the impressive specs, meaning you can have the best of both worlds. For your storage needs, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive is also included.
The Pavilion 15 is shipped with Windows 10 Home x64 and comes with a 1-year warranty. At just 4.8 lbs, it’s portable enough to take around with you all day if necessary, whilst the 5-hour battery life is better than average in the gaming laptop category.
From a design standpoint, the HP Pavilion 15 is relatively thin and contrasts an external silver look with the black inside and gray keyboard.
Ports include, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet, 1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo, 1 x SD card reader, Webcam, Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac Wifi Adapter.
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- Optical Drive: None | Operating System: Windows 10 Home x64
Second on our list is the Dell Inspiron 7559 15 7000 Series. Like the Pavilion 15, it’s also an impressive all-rounder but just lacks the same specs that make the Pavilion 15 so good. However, it does make up for it with a bigger SSD drive.
The Inspiron 7559 has the Intel i5 6300HQ 2.3GHz processor, which is marginally slower than the i7 seen in our number one pick. Despite this, it’s a neck and neck battle and it’s doubtful whether you’d actually be able to notice the difference between the two.
Again the GTX 960M makes an appearance and you’ll find that it is the go-to card in this price range due to its performance/price ratio. The 960M is a solid card with good performance and should not be underestimated.
One key difference is that the Inspiron 7559 has 8GB of RAM, as opposed to the 16GB other good gaming laptops under $1000 have. I don’t see this as a big drawback for the Inspiron though as I’m a big believer that 16GB of RAM is overkill. In fact, unless you regularly play new games with 65 chrome tabs open in the background, you won’t be able to tell the difference between 8GB and 16GB of RAM.
A big drawcard for the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series is the inclusion of a 256 GB SSD and the removal of the standard 1TB storage drive. With external/backup drives being so cheap these days, the addition of a larger SSD that will improve boot times and speed up general performance is a step in the right direction.
Dell has opted to choose an IPS panel for the 15.6” Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen which is a nice touch and helps to improve viewing angles and speed up response times.
The Dell Inspiron 7559 looks sleek with its all matte black finish with red accents. Other than that, the design is fairly uneventful and standard looking.
Whilst the laptop is on the heavier side at 7 lbs, it’s 4.5-hour battery life is useful for those who are constantly carting their laptop around. Additionally, the laptop ships with Windows 10.
Ports include 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, SD Card Reader, Ethernet Port, Headphone/Microphone Jack, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wifi Adapter.
Next up is the Asus ROG GL752VW-DH71, which happens to be the only laptop on our list that has a 17.3” screen. The GL752VW-DH71 is the Best Asus Gaming Laptop under $1000.
It’s impressive that the DH71 is able to stay under the $1000 mark and boast the specs it does whilst also including a 17” screen. The reason that it’s not higher on our list is due to the lack of SSD drive.
The powerful Intel Core i7-6700HQ is the backbone of the laptop, which is paired with 16GB of DDR4 RAM to form the base of the laptop.
As with the other budget gaming laptops reviewed, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M is the star of the graphics department, a more than capable graphics card representing good value-for-money.
The biggest letdown with the Asus GL752VW-DH71 is the lack of SSD hard drive. Most gaming laptops at least have a small one to help game and OS load speeds, but Asus has opted to not include it with this budget gaming model.
On a better note, by sacrificing the SSD, Asus has been able to instead include a 17.3” Full HD IPS 1920 x 1080 display that gives you the advantage of playing games on a bigger screen. When gaming on a laptop, bigger is better so this is a great addition from Asus.
Like many of the other gaming laptops available on the market, the ROG has a matte black look with red accents that give it a gamers’ feel. The brushed aluminum lid caps off a sleek looking design and it’s quiet and efficient thermal design means you don’t need to worry about it overheating.
The GL752VW comes shipped with Windows 10 installed on it. Unfortunately, it only manages a 3-hour battery life with non-stop WiFi browsing, a characteristic common amongst laptops with such demanding specs. At 6.6 lbs it’s definitely better to keep the laptop in one place for extended periods of time.
Ports include 1 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet Port, SD Card Reader, Microphone/Headphone Jack, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wifi Adapter.
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If the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition is as impressive as its name suggests, then we could be in for a real treat.
I hate to bore you, but the V 15 Nitro Black Edition has the same Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz processor, the same Nvidia GeForce GTX960M graphics card, the same 16GB DDR4 RAM and the same 15.6” Full HD IPS display that most of the other laptops in this top 5 have.
Fortunately, there is a good reason for that. These components are the best value-for-money offerings at this price range and you should take comfort in knowing that these companies are using quality parts when making their laptops.
So what separates this laptop from the others if they have largely the same components?
In the case of the Acer Aspire V 15 it’s the portability factor. The Nitro Black Edition has a whopping 6-hour battery life and weighs in at 5.1 lbs. This makes it much more portable and easier to lug around than the other laptops in our list. If portability is an important factor for you, then you can’t look past the Nitro Black for gaming.
Unfortunately it isn’t all good news though. The V 15 has the most underwhelming hard drive of the bunch, with an SSD being a noticeable omission. Not only that but the 1TB hard drive that’s included is only 5400RPM instead of the 7200RPM we’ve become accustomed to seeing.
Despite the shortcomings of the hard drive, the added portability factor means this laptop is more than worthy of a spot on our top 5 best budget gaming laptops list. It’s same, yet powerful CPU and GPU as the others make the laptop a very worthy contender in itself.
Ports include, 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet Port, SD Card Reader, Microphone/Headphone Jack, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wifi Adapter.
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz (Up to 3.5GHz)
- 15.6" Full HD IPS Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
- 16GB DDR4 Memory
The Lenovo Y700 80Q0001GUS is an intriguing laptop. It comes in at number 5 because it has very marginally less powerful specs than the others chosen. However, in its own right, the Y700 is a very powerful gaming laptop and has its own unique quirks and benefits.
The Y700 in essence is another example of a good all rounder. It boasts the Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, the same as other laptops in this price range. 12GB of RAM is the middle of the park with other laptops we’ve seen having 8 and 16GB.
Interestingly, the GTX960M in the Y700 has 2GB of DDR5 memory instead of the 4GB seen in other gaming laptops. The good news is that there is a very marginal difference between the 2GB and 4GB variants and in some cases the 4GB variant even performs worse than its 2GB counterpart.
Lenovo has opted to cut the 1TB hard drive commonly seen in laptops in this price range and instead doubled the SSD size, opting to include a 256GB SSD. As mentioned earlier, external backup hard drives are so inexpensive nowadays that the addition of a larger SSD is a nice coup.
Another standout feature of the Lenovo is it’s Full HD IPS 17.3” screen, making it only the second laptop in our top 5 that boasts the bigger screen size.
Design wise we have.. You guessed it.. Matte black with red! Looks like these companies need new creative teams. In saying that, I like the look of the matte black. Unfortunately, if you don’t then you don’t have too many options.
Tipping in on the scales at 7.7 lbs, the Y700 is a bulky laptop. Surprisingly, it still manages a 5-hour battery life, giving it some portability factor if you don’t mind carrying around a heavier laptop.
Ports include, 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, SD card reader, Ethernet port, Bluetooth, Wifi adapter.
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Best Touchscreen Laptop under $1000
When we talk about the best touchscreen laptops under $1000, the one that always comes up in conversation is the Acer Aspire S 13 Touch.
The Aspire S 13 Touch has a 13.3” Full HD display with an IPS panel that is fully touch-enabled. With the touch-inspired Windows 10 operating system, playing around with the screen is fun and responsive.
Acer’s Aspire S is powered by an Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz processor with 8GB of RAM. You will have no problems running multiple applications at once with these specs!
A large 512GB SSD drive means you get fantastic read/write times and lightning quick boot speeds.
Acer claims you can get up to 13-hours of battery life with the Aspire S, which is fantastic, as no one likes to run out of battery at crucial moments.
If you love sleek and thin laptops, you won’t be disappointed with the Aspire S, as it weights just a mere 3 lbs and is just 0.6 inches thick!
The keyboard feels nice to type on and is also backlit with two different lighting options to suit your needs.
- 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz (Up to 3.1GHz)
- 13.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
- 8GB LPDDR3 Memory, 512GB SSD
Best Laptop under $1500
As an overall laptop, we must suggest the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW. Thin, powerful and efficient, the UX501VW is a fantastic laptop for anyone looking for a new one.
Being a jack of all trades, the UX501VW has a 15.6” Ultra-HD 4K display that also has an IPS display and is completely touchscreen. With a 3840 x 2160 resolution, the Asus has fantastic clarity and color.
Inside you’ll find an Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz CPU with a massive 16GB of DDR4 RAM to ensure you’ll never be bottlenecked by specs whilst multitasking ever again.
The respectable Nvidia GTX960M graphics card is present in the graphics department and is powerful enough to run newer games on decent settings.
For harddrive space, you get a 512GB SSD with transfer speeds of up to 1400MB/s, which aids in speedy game load screens and operating system load times.
The UX501VW is only 0.8 inches thick and weighs 5 pounds, which puts it in the portable catergory. You’ll get about 6-8 hours of battery life out of this laptop, depending on your usage.
The keyboard is backlit and easy to type on. If you are a power user, you can upgrade the second RAM slot, as well as the SSD drive.
- 15.6" Touch IPS 4K Ultra-HD display, 3840 x 2160 resolution
- Powerful Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quadcore CPU (turbo to...
- 512GB SSD with transfer speeds of 1400MB/s and 16GB DDR4 RAM
Best Gaming Laptops under $1500
Each laptop in this category was chosen for a number of different reasons, but the bottom line was that this top 10 selection was chosen based on their ability to run games on high settings with great FPS. Laptops with 17” screens were also chosen as a preference for a better gaming experience, and nothing lower than 15.6” was selected for the top 10.
The ASUS G751JY-WH71(WX) Gaming Laptop is almost too good to be true. It’s the only laptop at the time of writing to squeeze a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M into the sub $1500 category which makes it a value-for-money powerhouse.
Of the top 10 gaming laptops looked at, this is the one with the fastest specifications. Sporting an Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz processor and 16GB Ram, combined with the GTX 980M, ensure this laptop will have no issue running games on Ultra graphics settings on the 17.3” IPS Full HD 1920×1080 display.
Storage wise the G751JY-WH71(WX) comes with a 1TB HDD to offer plenty of storage, as well as a 128GB SSD which is a fantastic addition to speed up load screens and boot times.
The model design is attractive, sporting slightly rounded edges and a black-brushed aluminum plate on the lid. Finished with black matte accents the laptop has a stealthy look.. Until you get to the back vents which are said to have intelligent thermal design and have been pimped out with red metallic accents. In conjunction with this the red backlit keyboard and backlit Republic of Gamers (ROG) insignia add a gaming feel to the laptop.
Other noticeable features include, 4x USB 3.0, 1x Thunderbolt 2, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA/Mini D-Sub, 1x SPDIF, 1x Headphone-out, 1x Mic-in ports as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port and Gigabit Wifi adapter.
Due to it’s impressive, yet, demanding specs, the battery life and weight leave a bit to be desired. Lasting only roughly 3.5-hours means this laptop would be better as a desktop replacement instead of one you’d rely on to get through the day without a charger. It also weighs 8.4lbs making it quite heavy to carry around.
- Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz (turbo up to 3.6 GHz). 16 GB RAM.
- 1 TB 7200RPM Hard Drive. Plus 128GB SSD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB DDR5 VRAM (G-Sync)
- 17.3" IPS 16:9 FHD matte display (1920x1080) with built in G-Sync hardware.
- Gigabit dual-band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi. 10/100/10000 Gigabit Ethernet
The Acer Predator G9-791-735A Gaming Laptop is a speedy offering from Acer that holds it’s own in the fight for the best gaming laptop under $1500.
Under the hood, the Predator runs an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz processor supported by 16GB of DDR4 Memory.
Powering the 17.3” Full HD display is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM that is capable of running games at High-Ultra settings.
A decently sized 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive gives you ample storage space, whilst the laptops quick Windows 10 boot times can be attributed to the 256GB SSD.
Despite the power hungry specs, the G9-791-735A is able to get 5.5-hours battery life with constant use. Weighing in at 8.7lbs makes this laptop on the heavier side which is a common theme in gaming laptops.
The Predator has a sleek black design, accented with red vents, WASD keys, and arrow keys. The chassis has advanced cooling properties to support extended gaming sessions.
It contains a DVD Drive, 4 x USB3.0 Ports, 1 x HDMI Port, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x Thunderbolt 3, Gigabit Ethernet and Wifi Adapter, Bluetooth 4.1, SD Card Reader, Built-in Microphone and HD Webcam, Acer High-Performance Sound System.
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (6 MB Cache)
- 16GB DDR4 Dual-Channel Memory
- 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive, 128GB Solid-State Drive
- 17.3-inch Full HD Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM
- Windows 10 Home, Up to 5.5-hour battery life
The MSI GE72 Apache Pro-070 Gaming Laptop is very similar to the laptop reviewed at #2 with the exception that it only has a 128GB SSD hard drive compared to the 256GB SSD in the Predator, however, it makes up for this in other aspects.
The Apache Pro-070 has an i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz Quad Core Processor as well as 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM that will adequately handle anything you throw at it.
Allowing you to play games on High and Ultra is the Nvidia GeForce GTX970M which is the second best Graphics Card for gaming laptops in this price range. The 17.3” display is a Full HD screen with 1920×1080 resolution.
The Windows 10 operating system can be installed on the 128GB SSD leading to super fast boot times. As well as the SSD, the Apache Pro-070 comes with a 1TB hard drive for storing your files.
An area where this laptop particularly shines is its design. It’s covered from head to toe in brushed aluminum which looks beautiful. MSI has partnered with SteelSeries to provide the in-built keyboard, so you can be sure you have a quality product. At 6lbs is about the middle of the way for weight.
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6-3.5GHz)
- RAM: 16GB (8GB x2) DDR4 2133MHz | Hard Drive: 128GB SSD (PCIE Gen3 x4) + 1TB...
- Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD | Operating System: Windows 10
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M 3G GDDR5 | Display: 17.3" Full HD eDP Non...
- Special Features: Steel Series Full-color Backlight with Anti-Ghost key + Silver...
The XOTIC Sager NP7276 Gaming Laptop is a true performance machine. Just fitting into the sub $1500 category the NP8151-S2 is run by its Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz processor with high- performance 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM.
In the graphics department, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060M provides the required grunt to play games easily on Ultra settings. The screen is a 15.6” Full HD 1920×1080 super clear matte display, the screen, however is a TN screen as opposed to IPS meaning the viewing angles are restricted.
A 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive leaves plenty of room for storage whilst a huge 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD has enough room to store your OS and plenty of games on it.
On the hard drives comes Windows 10 pre-installed, with drivers only and no bloatware or recovery media which is a nice touch by Sager.
The outer casing of the laptop is brushed aluminum with an attractive demeanor. It weighs in at 5.5 lbs and gets about 3-hours battery life, which is the norm for gaming laptops.
Ports include 4xUSB 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.0, 2x Mini DisplayPort, Card Reader, Gigabit Ethernet and Wifi Adapter, Microphone, Full HD Webcam, Onkyo Speakers.
- 17.3" FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Matte Type Screen
- 6th Generation Intel® SkylakeTM i7-6700HQ Processor(2.6GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB...
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M GDDR5 (2.0GB) Graphics Card w/ OptimusTM Technology
- RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz Dual Channel Memory / M.2: 1TB M.2 SSD...
- Windows® 10 Home 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled (Clean Install | Drivers Only | No...
The Lenovo Y50 59421859 Gaming Laptop comes in at #5 on our list, which is fitting because it’s the complete definition of an all-rounder.
Tech specs include an Intel Quad-Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M Graphics Card, coupled with 16GB of DDR3 RAM.
Sounds a little bit ‘meh’ right? There’s nothing there that quite makes you go “wow”! There are better processors and graphics cards in other options within this price range. But that’s why this laptop is an all-rounder.
Just what makes this laptop an all-rounder is the inclusion of a super impressive 15.6” Ultra HD, 4K ready, 3840×2160 IPS display. 4K displays offer a more immersive experience, providing a higher work surface without a loss in pixels-per-inch and making your graphics ‘pop’.
As well as the 4K display, the Lenovo 4K trades off the standard 1TB hard drive + 128GB SSD for one 500GB SSD. Seeing as external hard drives are so cheap these days, I like the inclusion of the bigger SSD.
Finished with a stylish black brushed aluminum look, the Lenovo Y50 is the perfect all-rounder mix of gaming specs and looks.
Coming in at 5.3 lbs, the Y50 is also the lightest laptop we’ve looked at so far and gets between 4-5-hours of battery life which also makes it a great laptop for college.
Ports include 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p webcam, JBL speakers.
- Intel Quad-Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz (up to 3.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology)
- 16GB RAM DDR3, 500GB SSD, AC-WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4GB Dedicated Graphics, Integrated 720p HD webcam with...
- 15.6" UHD 4K (3840x2160) Resolution Non-touch IPS Display, 16:9 Widescreen /...
- Stylish Black Brushed Aluminum Finish / Backlit AccuType Keyboard with NumberPad...
Alienware went through a period where they produced crappy laptops that made people avoid them like the plague. The good news though, is that they’re back! This time with the Alienware 17 17.3” Gaming Laptop.
Powering the laptop is the Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz processor, adequate for even the most demanding games. With the processor is 16GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM to ensure you never run out of memory whilst multi-tasking.
An impressive Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M is the workhorse in the graphics department, more than capable of running games on ultra quality.
The hard drive setup is relatively standard with a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and 128GB SSD under the hood. The display is a 17.3” FHD screen, showcasing 1920×1080 pixels.
The black design of the laptop is mixed with orange accents. The laptop looks bulky and it shows, weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs! This is definitely not a laptop you want to be lugging around with you all day. Amazingly, the laptop has a 5-hour battery life, which is quite good.
Ports include 4x USB 3.0, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, Card Reader, Gigabit Ethernet and Wifi Adapter, Full HD Webcam and Microphone.
- Intel Core i7-4710HQ (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)Processor, 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz...
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5 Video Card, 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080)...
- 9-in-1 Media Card Reader, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, 4 X USB 3.0(1 with...
- Killer 1525 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1, Full HD webcam with Dual Array...
- 8 Cell 92W Hour Battery, Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English.
The Dell Inspiron i7559-7512GRY Gaming Laptop is one of our budget gaming laptops for the top 10. Incredibly, it is well priced and has fantastic specs, with a 4K screen to boot.
Under the hood is a more than respectable, Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz processor with 16GB of DDR3 RAM.
A Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M is responsible for the graphics side of the equation which is comforting knowing that it has to power the 15.6” UHD 3840 x 2160 pixel screen. That’s right, this ‘budget’ laptop has a UHD screen as well as these great specs.
For hard drive space, a 1TB 5400RPM drive is included as well as a 128GB SSD which should boot the included Windows 10 within a matter of seconds.
I tried really hard to find the catch with this laptop and I’m still unsure how it’s so well priced for the features and display that you get, but who’s complaining!
Amazingly, the good news continues with the laptop only weighing in at lightweight 4.6 lbs whilst boasting a 5-hour battery life too!
A simple design gives an elegant look to this sleek laptop, the matte black with gray looking stylish in any environment.
Ports include 3x USB 3.0, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and Wifi Adapter, Bluetooth, SD Card Reader.
- Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Processor
- 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- 1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD Storage; Optical Drive Not included
- 15.6 Inch UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) LED-lit Truelife Touchscreen
- Windows 10 Operating System; Matte Black featuring Gray Chassis
Woah, Nitro Black? That has to be fast! The Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-791G-792A Gaming Laptop is black, plain and fast.
Starting off, the Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz processor is the engine of the laptop. Thankfully the V17 Nitro Black possesses the fastest processor that we’ve seen in the sub $1500 gaming laptop range, meaning you’re getting the best CPU for your money. Coupled with the 4720HQ, the laptop also has 16GB of DDR3 RAM.
What’s impressive about this laptop is the processor and the 17.3” IPS Full HD display, packing a full 1920×1080 pixels. What’s unimpressive is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, we’ve seen other laptops in this range fit in a 970M or even a 980M. Whilst it’s not a bad graphics card, the 960M is a little behind the others in performance.
Following along the same theme the 1TB hard drive is only 5400rpm instead of the 7200rpm seen in some other gaming laptops. Fortunately, the included 256GB SSD should make up for that shortcoming.
The laptop runs Windows 8.1 and has a 4-hour battery life which is in the mid range for gaming laptops. At 6.6 lbs it’s also about the mid range for weight. Are you starting to see a trend here?
What is faultless is the sleek, black design of the laptop. It’s relatively plain, but nice to look at and has a backlit orange keyboard.
In terms of ports the Nitro Black gaming laptop has 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and Wifi Adapter, Built-in Microphone and Webcam, DVD Drive, Built-in Speakers.
- Intel Core i7-4720HQ Processor (2.6 GHz)
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM
- 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 256 GB Solid-State Drive
- 17.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
- Windows 8.1, 4-hour battery life
The Asus ROG GL552VW-DH74 Gaming Laptop has got to be good. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) badge has been regularly associated with quality now and I don’t expect that to change with this laptop. In saying that, this is a cheaper offering so let’s have a look!
Powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz processor, the GL552VW-DH74 is no slouch in the power department and backs that up with 16GB of DDR4 RAM to keep your computer purring along nicely.
The screen is a 15.6” Matte IPS Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. An IPS panel gives a wide range of viewing angles. Providing the underlying grunt for the display is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M Graphics Card which is nothing to sneeze at, especially given the price point of this laptop.
A 128GB SSD ensures speedy loading times and the 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive means you have enough room to store all your files.
Featuring a slide-off upgrade panel, the GL552VW-DH74 allows you to upgrade to an extra SSD, bigger Hard Drive or upgrade the amount of RAM inside. Not that you’d need too.
As with all the ROG laptops, the design is always impressive! The laptop feels sturdy and the matte black finish is accented with red trimmings giving an aesthetic look. Weighing in at 5.6 lbs it’s around the average weight for a gaming laptop but manages a 5-hour battery life which is very good.
Ports include 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type C, 1 x HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and Wifi Adapter, Microphone and HD Webcam, SD Card Reader, DVD Drive.
- Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz. 16GB RAM; 1TB 7200RPM +...
- 15.6 inches Matte IPS FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. NVIDIA GeForce GTX...
- GameFirst III technology prioritizes the flow of the game data across your...
- Feature the latest USB3.1 Type-C port for more convenient connectivity options.
- 100 solder points for durability and solid-feel, one piece keyboard with 1.8mm...
The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Gaming Laptop is the final laptop in our list, but also happens to be the first touchscreen gaming laptop we’ve looked at.
The UX501VW is powered by an Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz Processor (turbo to 3.5GHz) and sports 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
Amazing, the touchscreen is also a 15.6” 4K Ultra HD display, capable of a 3840 x 2160 resolution for incredible pixel density.
A 4K screen requires a solid graphics card and that’s why this laptop has a Nvidia GeForce GTX960M GPU to cope with it.
Inside the computer, a big 512GB SSD with transfer speeds of up to 1400MB/s leads to super fast game loading speeds and boot times.
One of the best features of the UX501VW gaming laptop is its looks. Instead of the usual black look, this laptop has a silver brushed aluminum finished with a gray keyboard, making it stand out from the rest of the pack. It’s also quite thin and weighs in at just 5lbs.
Furthermore, a 6-hour battery life is just the icing on the cake and means this has the best battery out of our top 10 gaming laptops reviewed.
Ports include 3 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 3.1 Type C, 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 X HDMI, SDXC Reader, Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi Adapter, Microphone and Webcam.
- 15.6" Touch IPS 4K Ultra-HD display, 3840 x 2160 resolution
- Powerful Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quadcore CPU (turbo to...
- 512GB SSD with transfer speeds of 1400MB/s and 16GB DDR4 RAM
- 1x Thunderbolt III (via USB TypeC), 1x Gen 2 USB 3.1 TypeC, 3x USB 3.0, 1x...
- Windows 10 (64 bit) Home. 1 year International Warranty with 1 year...
Best 15 Inch Gaming Laptops under $1700
Everybody has their own preferences and for some that means not having a screen larger than 15.6”. Whether it’s down to saving weight, money, personal preference or just wanting to run games on Ultra high settings at a lower resolution we’ve come up with the best 15.6” gaming laptops under $1700.
The most recent hardware survey done by Steam indicates that 36.5% of users use a 1920×1080 resolution, first by a long margin. This alludes to the fact that 15 inch displays on laptops are the sweet spot for many people when determining which size is right for them.
The various different models of the Acer Predator keep showing up in our top 5 guides and there’s a good reason for that. They’re fantastic gaming laptops, with often better specs than anything else on the market, and the Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70XR is no different.
In this price range the Intel i7-6700HQ is the king, which is exactly what the Predator has. Throw in 16GB of DDR4 RAM and you’re looking at a formidable duo.
Impressively, the laptop is able to squeeze a Nvidia GeForce GTX980M into its chassis. Only very few laptops in this price range have a 980M which provides a nice point of difference and proves Acer is serious about gaming laptops. The 980M provides roughly a 30% performance boost over the 970M and can mean the difference between playing on Ultra or High graphics settings.
Acer has opted for a dual hard drive setup, with both a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage and then adding in a 256GB SSD for those quick load speeds. It’s interesting to note that most gaming laptops in this price range have a 128GB SSD, so the extra space is definitely a welcome addition.
Similar to most other gaming laptops in this price range, the Predator comes equipped with a 15.6” Full HD IPS display, showing the action in consistent, clear color, even from wide viewing angles.
The Predator has stuck with its traditional, aggressive black and red look with this laptop. The lid and base of the laptop are finished in matte black, whilst the vents are painted a metallic red color, contrasting with the red WASD and arrow keys of the keyboard.
Additionally, features such as ‘Predator Dust Defender’ help stop dust build up by alternating airflow directions and ‘Predator FrostCore’ which allow you to place an extra Cooler Master fan in the disk drive bay for additional air flow are designed with serious gamers in mind.
The Predator is able to push out a 6-hour battery life which is very impressive given the components that need to be powered. The downside of such components is that this laptop weighs 7.5 lbs meaning it’s definitely on the bulkier side and not great to carry around.
Ports include, 1 x Thunderbolt, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, Ethernet Port, SD Card Reader, Optical Drive.
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (6 MB Cache)
- 16GB DDR4 Dual-Channel Memory
- 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive, 256GB Solid-State Drive
The MSI GE62VR Apache Pro-001 is the big brother of the Ghost Pro-002 that comes in at #3 on our list. It’s no secret that MSI is considered to be one of the best gaming laptop makers, and you’re about to see why.
The beefy Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake processor and 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM provide the basis for the grunt of the laptop, ensuring you can easily multi-task with multiple applications with no issue at all.
A respectable Nvidia GeForce GTX1060M means you’ll be able to run most games respectably on Ultra settings at 1080P resolution which is impressive in its own right.
A massive talking point around this laptop is the huge 256GB SSD hard drive that is included alongside the 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. With 128GB being the standard SSD size in this price range, MSI has gone ahead and doubled it in the Apache Pro.
The included display is a 15.6” Full HD IPS display with wide viewing angles. It’s a well-built screen that gets the job done and looks good in the process.
MSI laptops always look pretty good and the GE62 Apache Pro is no different. Finished in a dark brushed aluminum, the Apache Pro has the look of class. A full-sized SteelSeries backlit keyboard with numeric pad provides some great tactile feedback and is nice to type on for extended periods of time.
Weighing in at 5.3 lbs the Apache is about average in terms of gaming laptops, it’s not super heavy but it’s not light either. Additionally, an average 4-hour battery life gives you just enough time to find a charger during those intense gaming sessions.
Interestingly, the Apache Pro comes with a Blu-ray burner, not commonly found in gaming laptops. It also comes preinstalled with Windows 10 64 bit.
Ports include, 1x Thunderbolt, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader, Ethernet Port, Headphone + Microphone Jacks, Bluray Burner.
- Display: 15.6-Inch Full HD Non Reflection 1920x1080
- Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6-3.5GHz)
The MSI GS60 Ghost Pro-002 gaming laptop is unique in the way that it’s incredibly slim for a gaming laptop. Usually, due to the components inside, gaming laptops are bulky and ugly, but the GS60 bucks the trend and measures at 15.3 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches, putting it on the slim side of the spectrum.
Under the hood, you’ll find an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz Processor based on the new Skylake architecture which provides benefits over previous generations mainly in multi-tasking, video transcoding, and gaming. Combine this with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and you can be sure you’ll never blue screen due to lack of available memory.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX970M brings the new generation graphics performance, providing a 15% increase in effective speed over the previous generations GTX880M graphics card.
The GS60 Ghost Pro-002 has the standard hard drive setup that is seen within this price bracket. A 1TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage, paired with a 128GB SSD to speed up those slow game load screens. Whilst 128GB isn’t huge, it still means you can put your top 5-10 games on it, as well as your operating system, for quick load times.
Displaying your games is a 15.6” Full HD IPS display that looks crisp at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Its IPS panel provides wider viewing angles, which can be useful if people are ever watching you play games.
Designed with the typical gamers look in mind, the GS60 002 is a mix of a matte black exterior, with a brushed aluminum base. Included is an easy to type on SteelSeries fully-backlit keyboard that has excellent tactile feedback.
With slim gaming laptops, one of the biggest issues is the heat of the components and that’s why the Ghost Pro-002 comes with ‘cooler boost 3’ technology which efficiently draws heat from both the CPU and GPU to reduce heat generation.
As a result of its slim design, the Ghost Pro-002 weighs in at a measly 4.2 lbs, making this laptop very easy to carry around with you if you need to transport it, whilst an above average 4.5-hour battery life gives you more than adequate time to find a nearby charger if you need to continue your gaming session.
Ports include, 1 x Thunderbolt, 1 x HDMI, 3 x USB 3.0, SD Card Reader, Headphone + Microphone Jacks, Ethernet Port.
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6-3.5GHz)
- RAM: 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2133MHz | Hard Drive: 128GB SSD(PCIE Gen3 x4) + 1TB...
- Sound: Dynaudio Tech (x4) | Operating System: Windows 10
Whenever gaming laptops are brought up, Alienware is always a name that gets thrown into the ring. We’re about to see why the AW15R2-6161SLV has its hat thrown into the ring.
I’m starting to sound like a broken record now when talking about CPU and RAM but the Alienware also has an Intel Core i7-6700HQ and 16GB of RAM. You can take comfort in the fact that at least with all of the laptops having the same CPU and RAM that they’re using the best specs for the job.
Again, a Nvidia GeForce GTX970M is the driving force in the graphics department, allowing you to play newer games on High and Ultra settings at a decent FPS.
Storage wise, a large 256GB SSD gives an advantage over other gaming laptops with only 128GB of storage. Additionally, the 1TB 7200RPM hard drive gives you ample storage space.
The Full HD 15.6” display looks nice and has an IPS panel for wide viewing angles, giving you the flexibility to play games from different angles, i.e. if you connect a controller and want to sit back and play.
From a design perspective, I think the Alienware laptop does leave a lot to be desired, its got a matte black finish with orange accents in the typical Alienware fashion, but is super chunky. Forget this laptop resembling anything that could be considered slim, this is a laptop that you sit on the desk as a desktop replacement.
The beast weighs 7.1 lbs making it a mission to carry around with you. Surprisingly, though, it still manages a 5-5.5 hour battery life which is very respectable.
Ports include, 2 x Thunderbolt, 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x HDMI, SD Card Reader, Ethernet Port, Headphone + Microphone Jacks.
- Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Processor
- 16 GB DDR4 GTX 970M NO G-SYNC
- 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SATA SSD Storage; Optical Drive Not included
Asus has become a leader in the gaming laptops field lately with the advent of the “Republic of Gamers” line of laptops. Specifically aimed at gamers, the ROG laptops pack a powerful punch and today we look at the Asus Rog Strix GL502VT-DS74.
Again we find an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor paired with 16GB of RAM. This is definitely the sweet spot for this price range and the best that you’re going to get.
A powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX970M gives you the ability to play newer games on top settings, even able to smoothly run certain games on Ultra settings.
A fairly standard 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200RPM hard drive storage setup is included and more than enough for most people. It does lack the bigger SSD sizes of some of the other gaming laptops in the top 5 list but is still enough to put your Operating System + 5-10 games on it.
The screen of the STRIX is a 15.6” Full HD display with IPS panel which has improved color reproduction and display.
The laptop lid is brushed aluminum and displays the Asus ROG logo. The base of the laptop is finished in matte black and has orange accents. I especially love how they’ve changed the default blue of the USB 3.0 ports to orange to suit the design of the laptop. The ROG Strix has a gaming keyboard that offers tactile feedback and is fully backlit for those late night gaming sessions.
The GL502VT-DS74 is ultra portable and is just 0.94 inches thick. It is incredibly slim which is very impressive from a gaming laptop. A Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system uses heat pipes and a dual fan system to cool the CPU and GPU independently to stop your laptop overheating.
Despite the slim look, the laptop still weighs 6.2 lbs which isn’t super heavy but is an unfortunate characteristic of gaming laptops. It still manages to achieve a 5-hour battery life, however.
Ports include, 1 x Thunderbolt, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, SD Card Reader, Ethernet Port, Headphone/Microphone Jack.
- ROG Strix GL502 packs the latest 6th gen Intel® processor in a compact and...
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics with full Microsoft DirectX 12 support gives...
- Ultra-portable design that fits snugly in a messenger bag or backpack. Whether...
Best Laptop under $2000
We went out looking for the best gaming laptops under $2000 and were pleasantly surprised with the powerful MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro.
The GS73VR has the latest Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz Quad Core CPU and a whopping 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which will easily cope with whatever applications you plan to run.
It comes with Nvidia’s newest line of GPU’s, the GeForce GTX 1060 which is an epic graphics card with big performance benefits over the previous generation. Nvidia is now putting full sized desktop graphics cards in laptops for extra performance, which is perfect if you are an avid gamer.
If you need your storage, the Stealth Pro comes with a 512GB SSD drive AND a huge 1TB hard drive for additional storage.
For those of you that love cutting edge technology, the GS73VR has a 17.3” Full HD non-reflective display that is 4K ready.
One highlight is the SteelSeries Full-Color backlit keyboard which is great to type on and a nice addition with the backlit lighting.
Despite the impressive specs, full graphics card and massive storage, the GS73VR is only 5.3 lbs and 0.8 inches thick! You’ll get a respectable 6-8 hours out of this laptop too.
If you feel the need, the hard drive and RAM can be swapped out and upgraded, which is especially useful if something ever happens down the track.
- Display: 17.3" 4K Display Full HD Non Reflection 1920x1080 | Operating System:...
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6-3.5GHz)
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA's Latest GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5