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What Is the Best Budget Gaming Laptop?

If you are here then I am sure you have already done a little bit of homework, and now you want to know what you can get out of a budget gaming laptop for under $1000. I am going to lay out my top three, and you will get to decide which one best fits your needs. Now let's get started.

HP Omen 15

HP Omen 15

HP Omen 15

First on our list is the HP Omen 15. Just because this laptop is number one does not mean that it is the best, and it doesn't mean that it is the worst. As a matter of fact, I am going to let you decide what works the best for you. The Omen does, however, rank upon my top 3 budget gaming laptops of 2017. I am actually using one right now to write this post I am going back and forth between this post and PUBG right now. The featured laptop in my link is the version with the GTX 1050Ti graphics card. While this card obviously isn't as powerful as the GTX 1060, it certainly can get the job done. I have like to use multiple programs at a time, and I even live stream to Twitch, if I have the time. Let's get into the specs.

Looks - This laptop features a very cool "gaming laptop" look. There is some carbon fiber, red, metal, and a lot of black. Dual vents in the back with a fighter jet kind of look to them (not an uncommon gamin laptop feature). The lid is pretty neat with a unique red inlaid X and the OMEN logo. Black keys with a red backlight, but red WASD keys with a white backlight.

  • Processor - Intel i7-7700HQ
  • RAM - 8GB
  • Storage - 1TB HDD & 128GB SSD
  • Graphics - GTX 1050Ti 4GB
  • Display - 15.6" 1080p 60Hz

The only thing that you can really complain about in this build is the 60Hz display, but at this price point that isn't a big deal. If you have a gaming monitor, or even a higher refresh rate TV you can use the HDMI port to utilize the better screen. The 8GB of RAM is able to be expanded upon to really make this rig shine.

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

If you have been around as long as I have then you will remember when Acer was first starting out. They were nothing but cheap products. There was no gaming line for them, and their builds were just horrible. They have definitely done a huge turn around since then, and have earned a seat upon my top 5. This gaming laptop is among the best below 1000 dollars. It has the hard to find (at this price) GTX 1060 and comes with everything else that we would expect from a gaming laptop in this price range.

Looks - Daaaaamn Acer, back at it again with the "gaming laptop" look. Acer went with a general black and red theme (common for gaming). The vent area seems to go across the entire rear of the laptop, but the whole back is not a vent (that would be silly). The lid is black with red inlays on either side and the Predator logo right in the middle. The keyboard is black with white lettering, and a red backlight visible on the sides of the keys. The WASD keys are black with red lettering. It is worth noting that there is a really nice red accent around the touchpad too.

  • Processor - Intel i7-7700HQ
  • RAM - 16GB
  • Storage - 256GB SSD
  • Graphics - GTX 1060 6GB
  • Display - 15.6" 1080p 60Hz

The downside to having this much power for such a low price is that we are going to have to sacrifice the display, and that is to be expected. We also only have 256GB of storage. This can be fixed by buying your own HDD and doing a little upgrade, but then we are being pushed past our budget. 256GB isn't too bad for the first few weeks (then you download more games). Now let's hit the upsides. 16GB RAM is pretty awesome, and to be honest you won't even need that much. The biggest upside to the Acer Predator Helios 300 is that it is VR ready!! Yeah, the GTX 1060 is a VR ready graphics card, and if you already have VR equipment then you are all set to REALLY get into the game.

MSI Gl62m 7rex-1896us

MSI Gl62m 7rex-1896us

MSI Gl62m 7rex-1896us

The name is a mouthful, but I like to call it the MSI T-REX (what else could 7-REX mean?) When we are talking about gaming laptops under 1000 dollars, there are bound to be a ton of similarities, and you are about to see what I mean. This laptop is pretty much identical to the Omen when it comes to specs. The decision to make between the two will be all based on looks (unless you are a brand snob). This laptop has a professional look to it and keeps itself pretty slim. Some MSI fanboys will go for this one just because of the name, but it wouldn't exactly be a wrong choice. MSI is known for having amazing customer support, and this laptop is still great for gaming.

Looks - MSI has a very conservative look going for this one. It looks almost professional, very sleek. As you may have guessed it is also going with a black and red color pallet (black and red makes gaming go faster!!). There are dual vents in the back, nothing fancy, with a red accent around them. The lid is black and has the MSI badge as well as the MSI logo. The keyboard is black with white letters, featuring a red backlight.

  • Processor - Intel i7-7700HQ
  • RAM - 8GB
  • Storage - 1TB HDD & 128GB SSD
  • Graphics - GTX 1050Ti 4GB
  • Display - 15.6" 1080p 60Hz

What did I say? Specs are twinsies. It is going to come down to your preference. Do you like a more sporty gaming look, or do you like the sleek professional "sleeper" look? This is a solid laptop and is made by a trusted brand. MSI has been a leader in gaming products, and I even use them a lot in my Desktop builds. This laptop is still going to have the handicap of the 60Hz display, and even though most can't tell the difference between 120Hz and 60Hz, there is a difference. If you are used to playing on a console you will still think 60Hz is amazing, since most console games are throttled to 30FPS - 60FPS anyway.

Conclusion

All 3 of these are great choices for gaming, and each is more than capable. Do you want something that looks like a normal laptop, and provides a great gaming experience (MSI)? Maybe you are looking for something that looks amazing and offers a great gaming experience for a low cost (HP). If you are Mr./Mrs. Money Bags, and want great looks and an amazing VR gaming experience, then we have that too (Acer). No matter what you are looking for in the price range, there is something for everyone. You can always spend ALL of the money and go with some kind of insane GTX 1080 wielding 2TB SSD laptop, but that is a lot more money than most of us just have readily available. If you don't think that a laptop is your style, then look up some awesome gaming desktop build. You can usually get more for your money, in terms of power, when it comes to desktops, but you have to build it yourself to get the best price. However, you are more than likely here for the laptops. There are a lot of different options when it comes to laptops, but these are my top three for under $1000. If you have something to add or any questions, then drop me a comment in the box below.

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