The Best Gaming Laptops
Under $1000

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We review the best gaming laptops for 2017

​October 2017

Minor disclaimer - ​I'm just an average gamer, and just like you (probably) wants a half decent gaming laptop for when I'm away from my desktop. So, I've poured hours of research into this guide and short listed 4 of the best gaming laptops for 2017 that I would personally recommend.

So, lets dive straight in and look at the 4 top budget laptops for 2017...

Editors Choice Awards 2017

Category: Gaming Laptops Under $1000

HP Omen 15

Best Gaming Laptop Under $1000

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Lenovo Legion Y520

Best Gaming Laptop Graphics Under $1000

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Best Gaming Laptop Battery (period)

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Alienware 13

Best Looking Gaming Laptop Under $1000

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Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000

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Make / Model

Price

CPU

GPU

Storage / RAM

Size / Resolution

BlizzGc Rating

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HP Omen 15 Review

2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU

AMD Radeon RX 550 GPU (2GB VRAM) 

1TB 7,200-rpm HDD / 8Gb Ram

15.6" / 

1920 x 1080

Lenovo Laptop Y520 Image

2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB / Intel HD Graphics 630

2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU

15.6" / 

1920 x 1080

image of a dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop

Dell Inspiron 7000

Intel Core i5-7300HQ

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB / Intel HD Graphics 630

Intel Core i5-7300HQ

15.6" / 

1920 x 1080

An image of the ALIENWARE 13 LAPTOP

Alienware 13 (OLED)

2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB

2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU

13" / 

1366 x 768


HP Omen 15 Review

BlizzGC Rating:

The Best Gaming Laptop Under $1000

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The HP Omen wins my editors choice award for the best gaming laptop under $1000. The laptop boasts some solid specs such as, solid state drive, a clicky keyboard, Intel i7 CPU and a AMD Radeon RX550 GPU. 

One of the best features (in my opinion) is the fact the laptop allows for future hardware upgrades. If you flip the laptop over it's possible to remove a hatch and replace the RAM & SSD drive. 

HP Omen 15 - Benchmarks & Technical Specifications

Review Site

Their Rating

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Laptopmag

Techradar

Benchmark

Results

3DMARK Fire Strike Score (1920x1080)

7821

Networking Performance (iperf)

686 MBit/s 

GeekBench Single Core Score

4179

GeekBench Multi Core Score

11778

Specification Overview - HP Omen 15

Benchmark

Results

CPU

2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU

GPU

AMD Radeon RX 550 GPU (2GB VRAM) 

RAM

8GB

Stoage

1TB 7,200-rpm HDD

Display Size

15.6

Display Resolution

1920 x 1080

What other sites are saying... 

 Sherri L. Smith 

 Laptop Magazine 

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The HP Omen is a good gaming laptop for the price, but it's not quite great. For $1,029, gamers get a moderately attractive notebook that offers fairly strong performance.


Lenovo Legion Y520 Review

BlizzGC Rating:

The Best Gaming Laptop Graphics Under $1000

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The Lenovo Legion Y520 has the best graphics performance on a laptop that costs less that 1000$. During benchmark testing it was one of the few budget gaming laptops able to successfully complete the Metro Last Light benchmark. 

The laptop also boasts an i7 Intel CPU, over all the Lenovo Y520 is a solid performer. I would recommend this laptop if you're focused on getting the best graphics performance possible on a $1000 gaming laptop.   

Lenovo Legion Y520 - Benchmarks & Technical Specifications

Review Site

Their Rating

Notebookcheck

Laptopmag

Techradar

Benchmark

Results

3DMARK Fire Strike Score (1920x1080)

7821

Networking Performance (iperf)

307 MBit/s

GeekBench Single Core Score

4179 (Estimated)

GeekBench Multi Core Score

11778 (Estimated)

Specification Overview - Lenovo Legion Y520

Hardware

Specification

CPU

2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU 

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB / Intel HD Graphics 630

RAM

16GB

Stoage

SSD 256GB

Display Size

15.6

Display Resolution

1920 x 1080

What other sites are saying... 

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Steve Schardein

Notebook Check

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Subdued, yet capable. Lenovo’s latest budget gaming notebook may not possess the pomp and showmanship of the Legion Y720, but it still manages reasonably good performance—even in spite of its relatively affordable price tag.


Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Review

BlizzGC Rating:

Best Battery Life for a Gaming Laptop (or any laptop for that matter)

image of a dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop

This laptop offers fantastic value for money, try not to be put of by the fact it's a Dell. While the Insipron 7000 does not boast hardware specs as good as some of the other sub $1000 gaming laptops, it does have the best gaming battery life. And let's not down play that, it's battery life for laptop (let alone gaming laptop) is incredible. If you're not playing the latest titles or are happy to game with the setting not maxed out, and want a well priced gaming laptop with fantastic battery life. Then, I would highly recommend you the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop.  

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 - Benchmarks & Technical Specifications

Review Site

Their Rating

Notebookcheck

Laptopmag

Techradar

Benchmark

Results

3DMARK Fire Strike Score (1920x1080)

5085

Networking Performance (iperf)

314 MBit/s

GeekBench Single Core Score

3764​​​ (Estimated)

GeekBench Multi Core Score

10364 (Estimated)

Specification Overview - Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Hardware

Specification

CPU

Intel Core i5-7300HQ

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 4096 MB

RAM

8GB

Stoage

1Tb 5400 rpm

Display Size

15.6

Display Resolution

1920 x 1080

What other sites are saying... 

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Bernie Pechlaner

Notebook Check

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(Long-)Lasting impression. The entry-level version of the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Notebook lacks the higher-end hardware complement of its pricier siblings. The battery life puts many other laptops – gaming or not – to shame.


Alienware 13 Review

BlizzGC Rating:

Best Gaming Laptop Design

An image of the ALIENWARE 13 LAPTOP

The Alienware has an amazing looking design (at least i think so), and with the keyboard lights off it's subtle enough to use in a professional environment.  The laptop boasts an OLED display, and it looks awesome. However, it is lower resolution than the other laptops reviewed here, but you need to factor in the laptop is 13" not "15.6. 

If you're looking for a great looking, portable VR ready gaming laptop for under $1000 - I would recommend you the Alienware 13.

Alienware 13 - Benchmarks & Technical Specifications 

Review Site

Their Rating

Notebookcheck

Laptopmag

Techradar

Benchmark

Results

3DMARK Fire Strike Score (1920x1080)

3590

Networking Performance (iperf)

667 MBit/s

GeekBench Single Core Score

2914

GeekBench Multi Core Score

5976

Specification Overview - Alienware 13 R2

Hardware

Specification

CPU

2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB 

RAM

8GB

Stoage

180GB M.2 SATA SSD

Display Size

13

Display Resolution

1366 x 768

What other sites are saying... 

 Sherri L. Smith 

Laptop Magazine

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What's imposing and badass on a 17 - or 18-inch laptop is downright adorable on a 13-inch rig. The $999 configuration of the Alienware 13 keeps the trademark customizable lighting of its big brothers, including the gorgeous backlit keyboard. 


About this Buyers Guide

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Why should I trust this review?

I'm just a gamer like you, when I buy hardware I do my research - spending hours researching products online, reading countless reviews, forums, Q&A's / FAQ's etc. I created this site to give back to the community and help gamers make informed purchase decisions.

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Where did you get the Data?

When tasked with buying a gaming laptop for under $1000 I performed research using sites I've used and trust provide good honest, well informed detailed hardware reviews. I always cite my sources in articles (usually at the bottom wikipedia style).  

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Why does this guide exist?

Why have you spent hours upon hours building out this truly epic resource for gamers (head explodes). Simple really, I know how it feels to do all hours and hours of research and still not really know what to buy as your stuck within indecisiveness hell. 

Credit where Credit is Due

This guide simply would not exist without the fantastic work the websites and ultimately the people working for them have put in, this section of the guide credits those sources. 

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