Top 5: Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000 in 2020

Updated: June 24th, 2020By: BrantonLaptops, Reviews12 Comments

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best gaming laptops under 1000

For less than $1000 you can get a great gaming laptop capable of playing pretty much anything. Take a look at our top 5 gaming laptops under $1000, and I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for. That’s to say, finding the best gaming laptop doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, the best gaming laptop under $1000 is the Acer Predator Helios 300.

If you’re the kind of person who is constantly on the go, but you also need your fix of AAA PC gaming, a good gaming laptop might be exactly what you need. When I say a “good” gaming laptop, I don’t mean something littered with flashing LED lights and the body of a stealth bomber; but one that has good specs and will perform well in games first and foremost. I think you’ll see what I mean below.

There are countless benefits to having a laptop capable of both work & play, mobility is the biggest benefit by far while still having solid power and a good graphics card. With this price range you can get a lower end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or mid-upper end 1060 along with other quality components.

If you have any questions about anything on the list, or you want to know if the laptop you’ve picked is good, feel free to ask me in the comment section

Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000

#1

Acer Predator Helios 300

The 15.6" Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-51-78NP) is undeniably the best gaming laptop under $1000. It's the only laptop in this segment to feature a powerful discrete GPU like the 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and the i7 8750 processor + the 16GB of DDR4 RAM are just the icing on the cake.

The Predator Helios 300 will be capable of handling all but the most demanding games in 1080p at 60fps on no less than high settings. Competitive FPS gamers can take advantage of the 144Hz display by lowering some settings to achieve much more than 60fps in a lot of games.

In terms of storage, it's a little lacking but what you do get is insanely fast. The Helios 300 is loaded with a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD - the fastest consumer storage we have right now. That said, if you find yourself playing more AAA games than anything, you will definitely want to consider adding more storage sooner than later. A typical AAA game can be anywhere from 20-100GB, sometimes even bigger.

In short, you can't beat the Predator Helios 300 without going to a desktop, it's just not possible right now. That's why its the best gaming laptop for under $1000 with awesome gaming performance.

The Good
  • Powerful core i7 CPU
  • Great graphics card
  • 144Hz display
  • IPS panel
  • Lots of RAM (16GB)
  • NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Great battery life
The Bad
  • Limited amount of storage (256GB)
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i7 8750H
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Display: 1920×1080 @ 144Hz | 15.6″ IPS
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 5.51 lbs
  • Battery: 7hrs

#2

2019 ASUS ROG 15.6″ FHD

If you decide to get this laptop you're in for a treat. It has a powerful 6 core i7-9750H mobile processor with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics 4 G and 16GB RAM, making it one of the best performing gaming laptops under $1000. It comes with a solid 512GB of SSD storage as well. 

The Good
  • Powerful processor and great graphics card
  • Great storage with SSD
  • Solid keyboard
  • Extremely fast
The Bad
  • Mediocre battery life
Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 526 GB SSD
  • Display: 1920×1080 | 15.6″
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 5.3 lbs
  • Battery life: 4 hrs

#3

Dell G5587-7866BLK-PUS

Dell's 15.6" G5587-7866BLK-PUS, specifically the G5 15 5587, is a good option if you can get past its ridiculously long model number.

It's packing an Intel i7 8750H, a 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD. Meaning, it's coming with a lot of storage and enough power to run most games on mid-high settings at around 60fps.

I would prefer to see an i5 used in a laptop at this level with a stronger GPU to make up the difference, but that would be too easy.

At less than 1-inch thick, the G5587-786.... this laptop... is the thinnest option on the list. But, it's also one of the heaviest options with a weight of 6.28lbs.

Overall, if you're looking to get a lot of storage and a full 16GB of RAM in your laptop, this is a great option to consider. However, the Predator Helios 300 (our #1) might be better if you're less concerned about storage.

The Good
  • Powerful core i7 CPU
  • Good graphics card
  • IPS Panel
  • Lots of RAM
  • SSD+HDD storage
  • Lots of storage space
The Bad
  • Sub-par battery life (don’t game on battery)
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i7 8750H
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Display: 1920×1080 | 15.6″ IPS
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 6.28 lbs
  • Battery Life: 7hrs

#4

HP Omen 15-dc0010nr

The HP Omen 15-dc0010nr 15.6" is a good option if you have to use your laptop for both work and gaming. It has plenty of storage (1.12TB) and more than enough RAM (12GB) to multitask efficiently. Combine that with the good i5 8300H CPU and a GTX 1050 Ti, you get a fairly solid 1080p gaming laptop.

That said, minus 4GB of RAM and the 128GB SSD, it's running basically the exact same specs as the cheaper MSI GV62 8RD-200 - the previous option on this list. They also look really similar, minus a couple of smaller design choices.

Otherwise, the HP Omen 15-dc0010nr is a solid option for under $1k. It's equipped with more than enough power to tackle 1080p gaming as well as getting some work done on the side.

The Good
  • Good core i5 CPU
  • Good graphics card
  • IPS panel
  • Good amount of RAM
  • Lightweight
The Bad
  • Less features and more costly than other options
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i5 8300H
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 12GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB 5400RPM HDD + 128GB NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Display: 1920×1080 | 15.6″ IPS
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Battery life: Up to 10hrs

#5

HP Pavillion 15-cx0056wm

This particular laptop from HP, the Pavillion 15-cx0056wm, has one of the best prices (for the hardware) you'll see.

It's coming with an Intel Core i5 8300H, a 4GB GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB of SDRAM, and a 256 GB SSD. You couldn't even build that as a desktop (including the price of Windows) for the same cost. Of course, you'd have to pick a desktop-alternative to the it 8300H, but either way I think you get what I'm saying - this is a great deal.

The 15-cx0056wm is packing enough power to handle pretty much any game in 1080p at 60fps on mid-high settings. Sometimes more, sometimes less, it just depends on the game. In something like Fortnite, you'd see a little more than 100fps on average.

Long story short, if you're looking to spend as little as possible while getting as much power as you can, the HP Pavillion 15-cx0056wm is definitely one of your best options to consider.

The Good
  • Best price vs performance ratio
  • Good Intel Core i5 CPU
  • Good graphics card
  • IPS panel
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Good amount of storage
The Bad
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i5 8300H
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 1920×1080 | 15.6″ IPS
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs
  • Battery life: 7.5hrs

#6

MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 15.6

This laptop from MSI is the only thin bezel laptop we're featuring. Normally high performing, thin bezel laptops are out of this price range, but the GF63 by MSI is an exception. 

With a 15.6" screen and  1920x1080 resolution the display is gorgeous. The Intel Core i5 9300H isn't amazing compared to some of these  options, but combined with 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G graphics card, and  512 GB SSD it wields it'll deliver a solid gaming experience while being visually beautiful.

The Good
  • Thin Bezel
  • Solid Intel Core i5 CPU
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 512 SSD
The Bad
  • Video card is a bit dated
  • Touchpad feels flimsy
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i5 9300H
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 526 GB SSD
  • Display: 1920×1080 | 15.6″
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs
  • Battery life: 7 hrs

#7

MSI GV62 8RD-200

The 15.6" GV62 8RD-200 from MSI is a great option if you're just looking to jump into some 1080p gaming on the go.

Its i5 8300 + GTX 1050 Ti 4GB + 8GB of DDR4 RAM are more than enough to handle pretty well any game on mid-high settings at 60fps in 1080p. Its performance should be quite comparable to consoles like the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

There's another variant of basically the same laptop available, the 8RD-275. The only notable difference is the 275 comes with a 256GB SSD in place of the 200's 1TB HDD + 16GB Intel Optane. That's noteworthy for 1 reason, an SSD is going to be faster than an HDD paired with Intel Optane... But, you're also sacrificing over 700GB of space. So, there's a bit of a trade off. However, it's something to consider as their pricing is the same.

Either way, MSI did a great job with the GV62 8RD. It's price is awesome for its features and you won't be disappointed.

The Good
  • Good core i5 CPU
  • Good graphics card
  • IPS panel
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Intel Optane (speeds up HDD)
The Bad
  • Intel Optane+HDD instead of an SSD (slower than an SSD)
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i5 8300H
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 16GB Intel Optane
  • Display: 1920×1080 | 15.6″ IPS
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 5.29 lbs
  • Battery: Lithium ion

Honorable Mention: Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop

The Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop is a pretty awesome laptop for in this price range with a powerful AMD  4 core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4 gb. It has 1080p with 120 hz refresh rate, but it only has 256 SSD, which you'll want to upgrade.

Conclusion

If you’re a money conscious gamer who needs a budget gaming laptop capable of playing modern games with good graphics and performance, I hope you were able to find your laptop above. If the laptops above are still outside of your price range, why not take a look at my Best Laptops (for gaming) under $500 list?

One thing you should always keep in mind while gaming on a laptop is: don’t restrict your airflow. It might be convenient to put your laptop on a pillow on your lap or something and game out, but trust me, that’s a bad idea, and you’re slowly smothering your laptop. You should almost always use a cooling pad when actively gaming on your laptop, if not just a hard surface.

You might want to consider getting yourself a mouse also, gaming with a trackpad can be a nuisance at best. Since there are so many mice on the market, I’ve put together top 5 lists for both mice under $50 and mice under $100. You’re almost guaranteed to find the mouse you need within one of those lists.

When it comes down to it, $1000 is going to get you a solid mid-range gaming laptop that should last you a long time. That being said, if you’re looking at a gaming laptop primarily for use at home, then you might be better off by building or buying your own gaming desktop instead. You’ll get a lot more power for the same price, at the expensive of mobility.

In any event, I hope my list of the top 5 gaming laptops under $1000 helped you find what you need! If decide you have a bigger budget check out the awesome HP Omen 17.

Have any questions? Comments? Leave them below! 

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Hey there! I'm Branton, the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. Since our launch in 2015, we've helped thousands upon thousands of gamers build their dream desktops, find the perfect peripherals, and more. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to get in tough!

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Anonymous
June 22, 2019 4:59 pm

Hey Branton i need ASUS or MSI in the same perfermonce of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-51-78NP ?

Anonymous
Anonymous
September 4, 2018 5:01 pm

Hey Branton what do you think fo the Acer Nitro 5? It seems to be a good laptop for the price, but it is any other better at similar price? I found it on BestBuy at $800 the GTX 1050 ti version.

Anonymous
Anonymous
September 5, 2018 11:22 am
Reply to  Branton

Is there a better laptop on the same range of price or that one is perfect for the price?

Asher
Asher
April 20, 2016 7:52 pm

What is the best gaming laptop for 1200-1399$ I can get out there?

Ryan
Ryan
September 14, 2015 9:22 am

why are these laptops so much more expensive in Canada then what you say they are?

Ryan
Ryan
September 14, 2015 12:56 pm
Reply to  Branton

fair enough. thanks

Mikel
Mikel
September 11, 2015 12:21 pm

The Lenovo y50 looks so good. I was only going to spend like $700 on a laptop but now im going to save more for the y50