Gaming Laptops from $1000 - $1,500
Video games are now a mainstream part of culture in today's world and is a favorite pass-time of kids and adults alike. Gaming is one of the best way's to sit back and relax after a long day, and nothing makes the experience better than a good gaming laptop. It can be hard to find the cream of the crop in the hordes of products being pushed by advertisers on a regular basis. While some gamers are comfortable with inexpensive choices that offer a decent gaming experience, some are more interested in the high quality offerings, supporting the latest and greatest video games on the market today. Below are our top gaming laptop picks in the price range between $1,000 and $1,500.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop G3-571-77QK
Designed for gamers with high expectations, the Predator Helios 300 utilizes Intel's 7th Gen processor along with Nvidia's powerful GeForce GTX graphics. The Predator is supported by the all-new Pascal architecture and comes "VR Ready." The dual-fan cooling system keeps the laptop cool and ready for hours of gaming. Experience stunning audio capabilities and take advantage of the 3.8GHz 7th Gen i7 and GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Newbies and fans of Acer alike will surely appreciate the metal chassis and red backlit keyboard.
- VR Ready
- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor* (Up to 3.8GHz) & GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM will support just about any game available at max. settings
- Dual-fan cooling system and 7 hours of battery life ensures smooth, portable AAA gaming experiences
- Only one USB port
- Fingerprints and smudges easily appear on metal chassis
- Cooling system is suitable, but doesn't keep the laptop at a stable temperature after extensive gaming sessions
ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop M580VD-EB76
People looking for a thin, ultra-portable gaming laptop will be pleased with ASUS' VivoBook M580VD. The 1080p HD display with 100% sRGB color gamut is sure to impress even the most hardcore gamers, powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4gb graphics. Performance won't be an issue considering the VivoBook utilizes Intel's 7th Gen Core i7 technology. Finally, let's take a moment to appreciate Harman/Kardon's work on the audio, and of course the cooling and fast-charging technologies to ensure a smooth gaming experience.
Besides the power CPU and graphics card, the 16GB of DDR4 RAM and high-speed SSD+HDD combo delivers a fluid experience, gaming or not. Several USB connectors and the dual band 802.11ac will make the experience feel as modern as possible.
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz uses Intel's Turbo to increase processing rates up to 3.8GHz
- Anti-glare display and 15.6" HD display leaves a beautiful impression
- 15" wide, 0.8" thin chassis, making it extremely portable
- Battery life is not the best compared to other offerings in this price range
- Some reports of fan issues leading to a customer service rep. follow up
- Keyboard may feel a bit stuffy for some
Razer Blade Stealth
Gamers looking for an alternative to the VivoBook will be pleased with Razer's ultra thin Blade Stealth. Shipped in black featuring the classic green backlist Razer logo we all know and love, the Razer Blade Stealth is nothing short of sleek. The 13.3" QHD+ display offers an extremely portable gaming experience while delivering beautiful visuals. The 7th Gen Intel i7 and 16GB of RAM are sure to keep performance rates at peak.
The keyboard comes equipped with anti-ghosting technology to prevent any mistakes commonly performed by lower end keyboards, while the precision touchpad feels just accurate enough for those without a mouse.
- Ultra portable, weighing in at a measly 2.93 pounds and measuring to 0.52" height
- Anti-ghosting keyboard technology to prevent missed keys when several are pressed at once
- Support for Razer Core external desktop graphics
- Fans may be louder compared to others in this list
- Battery life could be better
- Designed for portability, taking a hit on hardware power
ROG Strix GL502VM
The power ROG Strix seeks to be a competitor to the Razer Blade Stealth with a sleek, metallic exterior and a powerful GTX 1060 graphics card combined with 7th Gen Intel Core i7 technology. Whether you're at home or on the go, the ROG Strix intends on being your primary device for PC gaming. Including a speedy 128GB SATA III SSD and a hearty 1TB HDD, gamers are guaranteed to have more than enough storage while having the SSD to supplement prioritized files. The laptop sacrifices several USB ports for a diversity of ports, such as Bluetooth, MiniDP and RJ45.
- GTX 1060 + Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 2.8GHz (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.8GHz)
- Lightweight without sacrificing powerful hardware
- Variety of ports available for different devices
- 128GB SSD is a nice afterthought, but isn't suitable as a primary drive
- CPU thermal performance doesn't seem to offer added benefit to keeping the system cool
- Battery life is short with intensive hardware usage