Given the speed at which the gaming industry is developing these days, questions have arisen regarding what constitutes a gaming laptop, and how much one might expect to pay for one. Simply put, the two most important factors in buying a gaming laptop are a dedicated graphics card and the processing speed of the machine. Some consumers place immense importance on screen size, hard drive space and attachments (USB ports, microphone and earphone ports), but these are all secondary aspects of a gaming laptop which can be made up for by attachable hardware.
As with any purchase, gamers want to know that the product they are buying will not only meet their expectations in regards to their gaming requirements, but will also not cost them an arm and a leg in the process. If you are seeking the best gaming laptops for under $1000, we at Techsdiary have a treat for you. We have spent many hours doing the research on such machines so that you, the consumer, don’t have to. Here is our list of several gaming laptops that will meet your gaming needs without breaking the bank in the process. With a few exceptions, these laptops are all shown at full retail price for a brand new model. There are also options to purchase used gaming laptops, which will naturally decrease the prices shown here. Here are some of the best gaming laptops under $1000. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the machines listed here, then feel free to check out our post with the best gaming laptops under 600.
- Intel Core i7 2670QM Processor 2.2GHz
- 8GB DIMM RAM
- 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
- 15.6-Inch Screen, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560M
Based on customer reviews, this has to be one of the best gaming laptops of our generation for the price. Some question why the video card in this laptop has only 2GB RAM, and runs at a 128 bit bus width, not the full 192, but this does not detract from the gaming experience, as the majority of PC games can be run flawlessly without a single hitch. Some issues have been reported in regards to streaming videos from YouTube, but when drivers are updated this problem fixes itself.
- Intel Core i5-460M 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz, 3MB Cache
- 4GB RAM; USB 2.0 (3); Combo eSATA/USB 2.0 (1); HDMI and VGA; RJ45 Ethernet; 1 Half Mini-Card Slot; 1 Headphone Jack; 1 Microphone Jack
- 500GB Hard Drive; 8x CD/DVD Burner (Dual-Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
- 17.3″ High-Definition Display; Intel HD Graphics
As far as new laptops go, this product will fulfill every desire a gamer could possibly have. Dell has not always been synonymous with gaming brilliance, but we feel that they have turned a corner with their recent laptop contributions. With a capable Intel Core i5 2.53GHz processor and 4GB of RAM, this laptop will take your gaming experience from 0 to awesome in no time flat. Dell has numerous models which are roughly equivalent to this design, including the i17R-2617MRB which is also priced below $1,000. Some of the features are altered so browse around and decide which one best suit your needs.
- Intel Core i7-3537U
- 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- 1000 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
- 15.5-Inch Touch-Enabled Screen
As far as gaming laptops go, you would be hard-pressed to find anything that operates better than an i7. Customer reviews of this product are almost completely positive, which is rare for any product, never mind one that is purchased online. This VAIO has surpassed the expectations of most people who have bought it, and we are sure you will feel the same way.
- Intel Core i5 3210M 2.5 GHz (3 MB Cache)
- 4 GB SDRAM
- 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
- 15.6-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Having had a few friends with negative Acer experiences in the past, we were (pleasantly) surprised to find that this laptop met the demands of many who reviewed it as a gaming laptop. While not of the same quality of some of the products above in terms of raw processing power, this laptop will satisfy all but the most avid gamers in its’ sleek design and smooth running ability. Simply put, it was one of the best reviewed products we could find on the web, and that doesn’t happen without good reason.
- Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2 GHz Processor (6 MB Cache)
- 8 GB DDR3 RAM
- 128 GB Solid-State Drive
- 14-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 4000
We like the potential of this laptop, but the 14-inch screen might prove problematic when it comes to fully immersing yourself in a gaming world. That being said, the hardware contained in the laptop itself is solid, and online reviews mark it as a fantastic purchase. The i7 processor doesn’t carry the kick of other laptops shown in this article, but it will operate sufficiently well to allow enjoyment of most high-requirement games on the market.