5 Best Gaming Laptop under 1000 in 2016

Hey guys, Beshoy here, a gaming addict and I am here to help you decide what is  the best gaming laptop under 1000 so you can get the best value for your money.

Now, some people say that a gaming PC will be better than Gaming laptops any time of the day, and that might be true when it comes to raw power, but we all need a laptop for different reasons and you are not here to debate, so let us ignore all those voices in our head and get right to it . 🙂

You already set your budget and you have already decided what you are looking for.

The best gaming laptop under 1000 $ so you already did half the work for us, now let us do the rest for you 🙂

We will use a structure to which we will decide what is the best gaming laptop, few simple questions that should help you make a better decision and not get buyer remorse later.

Does the size of your screen matter ? (do you prefer bigger screens like 17 inch or is 15.6 is enough).
How long are you planning to have the laptop ? (do we need to have options to upgrade later on, or you might consider changing the device within 2 years or so for a stronger one ? )
Are you going to use it extensively for something else ? (such as, video or music editing, a lot of traveling ? )
Do you prefer a brand? (You had a good or bad experience with one and are not welling to buy from the same or different brand?)

Does the size of the Hard drive matters to you ? (I don’t save much videos or songs on my laptop so I never ran out of space before, what about you ? )
Do you prefer an OS over the other ? (not Mac vs windows of course we all know why Mac is not a good option for gaming, I am referring here to windows 10 vs windows 8 for example)

Now, the reason I am asking this questions is very simple:

  1. Although I would love to, but I can not test all the products myself, so we are going to use other factors apart from personal experience to decide the best gaming laptops for your needs and budget.
  2. You need to know why I selected this as the best gaming laptops since you might have different factors or preference.
  3. I want you to be involved in my research as much as possible so you can make a smart decision without having to search all over the web for information.
  4. Will add more when I think of them :D.


Update 07/01/2017:

The new GPU 1050 and 1050 TI started to roll out which means better options in the same budget but with more power started to roll so you should consider waiting for a couple of weeks for the new laptops to be available and reviewed, the first available and your best option so far (until more gaming laptops with 1050 or 1050TI gets released)


For now the best gaming laptop under 1000 with the new 1050 GPU is this configurations of MSI GL62M depending on your exact budget you will get at least the new i5-7300 CPU (I know the listing says it is i7-7300 but that must be a typo) and the new 1050 GPU (which is more powerful than both the 960M and 970M GPUs) and 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, 1TB of HDD for storage and 15.6 inch full HD screen, and the you can pay more to get more ram, or an additional SSD for faster booting and loading of your games/programs.

Best Gaming Laptop under 1000 Option 1


(at the time of the research of this article it was being sold on amazon for under 1000, so make sure you check today’s price)

Why? because when you compare it to other gaming laptops in the market he is better in few important areas


  • Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Processor(one of the best CPU in the market).
  • Item Weight  5.6 pounds
  • 16 GB DDR4-SDRAM (great for multitasking)
  • 1 TB HDD 
  • 17.3 with 1920 x 1080 pixels or 15.6 with 1920 x 1080 pixels).
  • Windows 10 Operating System (Latest version of Windows).
  • Price
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M 2GB GDDR5 (one of the best GPU in the market for this budget).

Best Gaming Laptop under 1000 Option 2


Also the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK  but the FHD version (it is around 100-150 USD cheaper)
(it can run Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on high settings)

Dell Inspiron i7559 review

  • Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Processor(one of the best CPU in the market).
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5(one of the best GPU in the market for this budget and the extra VRAM helps with video editing if that will be your usage for the laptop).
  • 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM(great for multitasking)
  • 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD Hybrid Drive Storage(not as good as a pure SSD, but better than normal HDD).
  • 15.6 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) LED-lit Truelife Screen
  • Windows 10 Operating System

Worthy mentions here are
HP Pavilion 15-ak099nr
MSI GL72 6QD-001
MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002

They are all very similar in price and specs, but the main advantages for the dell over them are :

  1. The Flash Cache.
  2. You can also use it for work or college because of the decent trackpad and good screen.
  3. The dedicated Graphics Card Ram Size (the Dell is 4 GB the rest is 2 GB so double the ram size).
  4. Average Battery Life(estimated around 8+ hours).
  5. You can make it even more powerful by adding 8 GB ram or 500GB solid-state drive and still be under the 1000 mark.

The main disadvantage or con here is that he has no Optical DVD drive.

Best Gaming Laptop under 1000 Option 3

This is a tight one with no clear winner as all of them are great affordable gaming laptops
Lenovo Z70 17.3-Inch VS Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop VS ASUS K501UX


Specs for Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop(strongest feature is the Quad-Core processor, the 6M Cache and 4 GB Graphic card).
Dell Inspiron i7559 review


  • Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
  • 8 GB DDR3L(great for multitasking).
  • 256 GB Solid-State Drive(great for faster booting and loading).
  • 15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen.

Specs for ASUS K501UX (strong feature, Graphic card is better than lenovo’s, turbo processor and  256GB SSD Storage).
 ASUS K501UX review

  •  6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz). Skylake
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M  gaming graphic card.
  • 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD Storage. 
  • 15.6 inches Matte FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution.
  • Windows 10 Operation System. Backlit keyboard.

Specs For Lenovo Z70 (strongest feature is the big screen and the 16 GB ram)

Lenovo Z70 review

  • Intel Core i7-5500U 2.2 GHz Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT840M 2GB
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 8 GB Solid-State Drive;DVDRW
  • 17.3-Inch Screen.
  • Windows 10, 4-hour battery life

Honorable mention
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 15.6-Inch Laptop

This concludes our list today, I hope I helped make an informed decision and now you are excited about getting your brand new gaming laptop soon 🙂


If you are still on the fence or looking for something lower in cost I will be doing another list for best gaming laptop under 800 $ soon, so stay tuned 😀

So, This is it, 3 of the best gaming laptops under 1000 dollars, which one did you choose ? do you still have questions ?

Tell me all about it, because I sincerely want to listen to it and I will personally answer as fast as I humanly can.

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