Best Gaming Laptops under $1000

A lot of the better valued laptops can be purchased for less than a grand. The mid-price range is somewhere between the cheaper models that fall between three and five hundred dollars and the higher price versions that are around eighteen hundred and twenty two hundred. With these laptops they possess enough power to accommodate your multimedia and game playing needs. However, they do it without your having to dish out a ton of money. Even though these laptops are advertised for the middle class, they are also good for anyone who is willing to make a few sacrifices and splurge on a higher priced laptop. With this, you can expect to have a laptop that will let you play games and use the multimedia features for a long period of time.

You are able to find laptops that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 1600 x 900 within this particular price range. You will also see the 1 TB SATA drives and other things such as the quad core processor other processors that utilize the midrange series from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon with video RAM. Within this price range you can find 8 GB RAM, 64-bit Window 7 or Windows 8. You will also discover that a lot of them utilize two different channel architectures in order for all of the hardware to be used at its maximum capacity.

Asus ROG

The ASUS ROG GL551JW-DH71 is a 15.6-inch full HD IPS laptop with good angle view and contrast. The design is quite nice, with an aluminium chassis featuring the ASUS logo. It has a full backlit keyboard which is quite comfortable to use. Red details complete the look.

The ASUS ROG has a Quad Core i7-4720HQ clocked 2.6GHz with turbo, that can increase the processor speed up to 3.6 GHz. Asus is the only laptop in this price range that has 16GB RAM giving you a lot of free space to run even the most demanding game and you will still have plenty of RAM left for background processes. As for the GPU, it comes with a powerful GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB RAM which can be compared with GTX 870M. This technical specification should allow you to play any current game on high setting and it will also allow you to play most of the games that will be released in the next couple of years. It has a 1 TB disc.

The laptop also has plenty of useful ports: it has 3 USB 3.0 ports and ports for headset and mic. To connect an external monitor you can use the Mini Display or HDMI port. For internet connection you have a Gigabit Ethernet port and 802.11 A/B/G/N Wi-Fi for wireless connection.

The ASUS ROG GL551 is the most powerful laptop in this ranking, thanks both to its excellent graphics card and it is the only laptop in this ranking to have 16 GB RAM. The only thing that I miss in this machine is storage space – but within this price range, it is next to impossible to find a laptop with a SSD disc and large storage space.

Ok, there is one more disadvantage – the price can be a little higher than 1000$ ($1089), since it can vary between 999 and 1099 dollars.

Lenovo Y50
Lenovo Y 30

The Y50′s design is unconventional, with sophisticated black metal chasing on the lid and palm rest, and just a few red accents. This gives the impression that this powerful laptop will give you more excitement compared to the standard enterprise computer. It features a 15.6-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.

The Lenovo Y50 laptop has a Quad Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and features the NVIDIA GTX-860M graphics card. The technical specifications allow you play any current PC games.

The Y50 has the following ports: 1 USB 2.0 port, ports for headset and mic,  a gigabit Ethernet port, VGA and HDMI outputs, and 2 USB 3.0 ports. Around the front side of the laptop’s chassis is a 6-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, SDXC, SDHC and MS-Pro), and inside is Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 for 802.11n Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for wireless networking and peripheral connectivity.

The Lenovo features a 1TB hard disk and an 8GB solid-state cache, not only providing space for storing  the game library and media collection, but also providing the fast boot times and nimble responsiveness of the solid-state drive.

Why did we choose the Lenovo Y50 as second best? The Lenovo Y50 has a very good price to quality score, it can be easily compared with much more expensive laptops and doesn’t lag behind them in performance. It is behind the winner only because it has 8 GB RAM less and an older GPU, while all the other specs are the same. It has one advantage over the ASUS – it is the only laptop with a hybrid disc – and that allows both fast loading time and large storage and all this in a reasonable price range. And just look at it! It’s HOT, definitely the hottest looking laptop from all 5 in this ranking.

And as in the case of the first laptop, the price sometimes can be bigger than 1000$ varying between 949 and 1099 dollars.

Asus 2

The ASUS N550JK-DS71T is a 15.6-inch laptop with Full-HD Touchscreen display. The design is more conventional than in the two previous laptops, with a   nice aluminium chassis. It has a full backlit keyboard with numeric keys. But in general, it looks a little boring and just like every other laptop.

The N550JK laptop has an i7-4700HQ Quad core processor clocked 2.4GHz with a turbo that can increase the clock up to 3.4 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD disc and features the GeForce GTX850M graphics card with 2GB RAM. This specification will allow you to play any current PC games, most of them on high setting.

The ASUS N550JK has many useful ports: 3 USB 3.0 ports and ports for headset and mic., and for connecting an external monitor you can use the mini DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. As for network connection, you can use either the 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0 or 802.11ac Wireless LAN.

The ASUS N550JK-DS71T is a little lower rated than the two previous laptops because of a weaker GPU. It also doesn’t have an SSD caching disk like the Y50 and has only 8GB RAM, so it is not as strongly specced as the ASUS ROG. A big advantage may be that it is the only laptop within this price range that has a touchscreen but it is up to you whether you prefer a little stronger specs or a touchscreen.


Now what I will recommend is both the Lenovo Y50 and the ASUS ROG are good for gaming. The ROG will be a little faster since it has a new gen GPU and 16GB RAM, on the other hand the y50 has 1TB storage with an SSD cache that speeds up loading times.

I would buy the ROG since it is the only laptop with the next gen GTX960 GPU that is around $1000 but it does cost a little over $1000. So if you can’t afford to spend a couple of extra bucks then the Y50 is a good choice. Or if you need a touchscreen, then the ASUS N550 is your laptop. It has a slightly weaker GPU but is still powerful enough for playing.

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