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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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.