If you are a fan of popular PC games such as League of Legends or Elden Ring, you are going to need to have a well-suited computer to get as much enjoyment from your games as possible. Most PC gamers will tell you that a desktop is the best way to go, but a desktop keeps you rooted to one place like a ball and chain. So, unless you are ready for that much commitment, a laptop might be the way to go. With a laptop, you can take your gaming experience anywhere, and they are only getting better. The list below features some of the best gaming laptops money can buy for under $1,000.
1. HP 17.3″ FHD IPS Premium Laptop
HP is a long trusted computer brand and has never led me astray. This HP not only sports some impressive processing abilities and RAM, but it also comes with 1 TB of hard drive space. In gaming today, anything less is not enough for more than two hardcore games. Starting off with a terabyte is the only way. This laptop clocks in the number one spot because its under $1000, comes with all the bells and whistles, and has a nice sized screen. The screen on this HP is one of the largest on the list, and does not have touchscreen ability. Most gamers I know, either don’t use, or don’t like the touchscreen feature. This laptop doesn’t make you pay for a feature you might not use.
Any good gaming laptop first and foremost needs a full-sized keyboard. Cramped hands do not make for a good gaming experience. Plus! The number pad can be crucial to some online MMOs. This model laptop also comes with an HDMI port. Smaller and lighter laptops do not tend to have this feature, so having a dedicated port for playing dual screened or hooking up a movie is a nice luxury. Purchasing this model will also come with a free HDMI cable! Like most laptops, included is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 3 USB ports, an audio jack input, and a built in camera.
2. Lenovo Legion 5 15.6″ Gaming Laptop
This Lenovo Legion gets second best for a few key reasons. Although the most expensive on this list, Lenovo is a laptop company that has branded themselves as the gaming laptop company. They have some of the best hardware in laptops anywhere and are super reliable and long lasting. One of the best things about any Lenovo laptop is the ease of upgrade. Any features you wish your laptop had, you can add relatively easily on a Lenovo.
This laptop not only comes with a full sized keyboard, but also has RGB backlit keys! What is cooler than RGB lights? This comes with all the necessities, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI port, and 3 USB ports. Best of all, this Lenovo laptop also comes with a built in video card! In case you don’t know, most laptops do not have any intergraded graphics cards, but Lenovo, as a gaming brand, makes sure to add them as often as they can. This gives you a totally different gaming experience and easily makes the price worth it. And of course, in case you weren’t convinced this is a true gaming laptop, it comes with 3 free months of XBOX GamePass.
3. 2022 Newest HP Pavilion 15.6″ FHD 1080P IPS Laptop
- AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (1.8 GHz base clock, up to 4.3 GHz max boost clock, 8 MB L3 cache, 8 cores, 16 threads)
- Windows 11
- 32GB DDR4 RAM
- 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
As price goes down, so does quality. That being said, the HP Pavilion is one of the best budget choices you can make. This laptop comes with the works. With fast charge capabilities, you don’t have to be away from your games for long. With complementary HDMI cable, USB extension cord, and mousepad, you really do get a ton for the price.
If you are one of the people who play large games, you know you need at least 32 gigs of RAM and at least a terabyte of hard drive space. If you are willing to settle for Windows 11 and a Ryzen processor rather than the greater i7, this laptop is a real steal!
4. Dell Inspiron 15 3501, 15.6 inch FHD Non-Touch Laptop
The Dell Inspiron is a really practical choice for most casual gamers. Unless you are running some impact intense games, this laptops has the RAM and the hard drive space you should need to play on the go. For me, one of the best features of this laptop is its operating system. Most new laptops have switched over to Windows 11, but this Dell still runs on Windows 10. This is great because not all games have switched over to Windows 11 compatibility, Windows 11 is still a little bit buggy, and there are not many yet who know how to fix problems on this OS.
All that being said, Dells can be a notoriously unreliable long term option. Although Dell has been a long trusted computer and electronics company, they do not specialize in gaming technology and focus more on business and casual use. If you are looking for a laptop that wont break the bank, you can use for school or work, and play some casual video games on, this Dell might be for you!
5. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15 Laptop
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