Best Gaming Laptop Under $1000

We review the best gaming laptop under 1000 dollars, we focused on laptops that we would want to personally own and settled on the 5 top laptops from ASUS, Acer, Dell & MSI. This guide has all the information you need to make an informed purchase decision when your budget for a gaming laptop is $1000.

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Gaming Laptop Under $1000

Pros:
  • Best value
  • Decent battery life
  • 144hz display
Cons:
  • Gets hot
  • Speaker are not good
  • Fans are loud

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is our top pick under 1000 bucks. No other machine came close in terms of performance, largely due to it shipping with a NVidia GeForce GTX 1060, the best graphics card out of all the machines reviewed. At this price point, it offers the best value over other competing machines that come with GTX 1050 Ti GPUs’ at a similar price. Additionally, it’s possible to upgrade to a better graphics card later on if the need ever arises, providing some future proofing.

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is our top pick under 1000 bucks, offering the best performance and features per dollar spent.

Best Asus Under $1000

ASUS FX503 15 Inch

Pros:
  • ​Excellent performance & built well
  • ​Comfortable and responsive keyboard
  • Excellent display resolution, color, clarity, and brilliance
Cons:
  • ​No light indicator to let you know if your Caps, Num or Scroll locks are on or off
  • Fans get loud when under load

The FX503 doesn’t fall under the ASUS ROG line-up, but it has a lot of similarities in regards to the physical appearance and features the same metallic neon lights which are found on the ROG line-up. The difference comes in the pricing, with the ROG products typically being a bit more expensive. Plastic is the preferred material over metal on the FX503, but it doesn’t take away the fact that it feels premium with the nice texturing both on the outside and the inside.

The FX503 doesn’t fall under the ASUS ROG line-up, but it has a lot of similarities in regards to the physical appearance and features without the expensive price tag.

Best Battery Life

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series

Pros:
  • Decent CPU & GPU
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Amazing battery life
Cons:
  • ​Dell screwed up the bios settings, making the excellent Samsung 960 M.2 Nvme SSDs incompatible at the motherboard level.
  • ​The Dell 5000 has the almost the same specs for $100 less, except the great gaming case and speakers, but that i5 is two gens behind and the screen is lower res.

The Inspiron 15’s design exudes a retro feel, which may be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. It features red highlights on the front edge as tessellating triangles and the lid, including the Dell logo, which in all honesty looks a bit strange in that color. The red highlights are also present on the rear heat vents. It would be nice if Dell offered an all-black option, but you have to stick with the red and black version, which is also great in its unique way.

The Inspiron 15 7000 offers amazing performance for the price, and the battery life smokes a lot of non-gaming laptop.

Best MSI Under $1000

MSI GL62M 7REX

Pros:
  • Good GPU performance
  • Lightweight
  • Fast boot
Cons:
  • Bad speakers
  • ​Battery life 2.5 / 3 hrs

The 7REX is easily recognizable with its red-backlit dragon symbol that is always present on MSI systems. It has a semi-boxy shape that may not be appealing to many, with a matte black soft-touch finish on the lid. The surface is a fingerprint magnet, so you should always have a microfibre cloth to remove the smudges when the need arises. Beneath the lid is a smooth dark plastic deck that bodes well with the texturised base with plenty of real estate to rest your wrists. The 7REX weighs in at around 2.4 Kg, making it significantly lighter than most of the other machines on the market.

Overall decent gaming laptop from MSI with good performance, the only downside is poor battery life.

Thinnest Notebook

MSI GV62 8RD-200 15 Inch

Pros:
  • Good gaming performance
  • 3 second boot time
Cons:
  • ​Poor battery life
  • Big charging brick

The MSI GV62 has a matte black plastic body with red highlights at the back alongside dual-fan grilles. This design is stylish enough to fit in any other setting, such as a workplace, if you eliminate the red accents at the end and on the keyboard. You can remove the underside for expand-ability, which is one of the primary goals of the manufacturer. The MSI GV62 weighs around 2 Kg with a thickness of 26 mm, making it one of the lightest and most portable 15-inch gaming machines.

The MSI GV62 has a matte black plastic body with red highlights at the back alongside the dual fan grills, the design is subtle enough to fit in the workplace.

What Would We Buy?

Overall five fantastic products for the price range, we stand behind our choice ranking the Acer Predator Helios 300 as the best gaming laptop under $1000. The Helios also has the best battery life alongside the Dell Inspiron, which also promises value for money coming in at the lowest price. That said, if you purchase any of the machines above you’re going to end up with an extremely good gaming laptop that will last the next 3 + years.