What Is the Best Budget Gaming Laptop?

Updated on December 28, 2017

If you are here than 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 lets get started.

HP Omen 15

First on our list is the HP Omen 15. Just because this laptop is first 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. Lets 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 back light, but red WASD keys with a white back light.

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

If you have been around as long as me, 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 acrpss 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 back light 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 touch pad 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 lets hit the upsides. 16GB RAM is pretty awesome, and to be honest you wont 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

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 lap top 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, witha 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 back light.

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 cant 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 gmaes are throttled to 30FPS - 60FPS anyway.

Conclusion

All 3 of these are great choices for gaming, and each is more than capable. Do you wand 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 3 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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