Here we are, the list of best gaming laptops under 1500 dollar. The gaming laptop in this price range has performance on par with desktop PCs. The price margin is quite wide here, we will look for gaming laptops at $1000-1500 price range.
It’s best to look for this range when you’re looking for a desktop replacement, especially for gaming and don’t want to spend too much money. A rule of thumb here is to choose what the best VGA/ GPU and screen size that fits you, as most of the choice has Core i7 processor and 16 GB RAM. Which, the processor or RAM doesn’t make a significant difference for gaming than GPU.
For you who simply want the best available in the market, regardless of who makes it, read on. Here’s our definitive list of the best gaming laptops. And you may also check also our Gaming laptop buying guide here.
6 Best Gaming Laptops Under 1500
1. ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM-DB71
Best Lightweight Gaming Laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6” FHD | Storage: 1TB HDD | Camera: HD Webcam | Weight: 2.2kgs | Dimensions: 15.35″ x 10.47″ x 0.92″ inch OS: Win 10 Home | Port: 2 slot USB 3.0
+ Great Processor and Graphic Card
– Battery life not great
– No SSD
This is the first Asus laptop that we recommend on this list. The main specs are Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, GeForce GTX 1060M 6GB graphic card, and 16 GB RAM. Notably, The ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM-DB71 has one of the best graphic cards for this price range: Geforce GTX 1060.
The GTX 1060 is brand new Pascal architecture cards from Nvidia which is graphics card for high-end laptops. The GTX 1060 laptop version contains the same amount of shaders but slightly lower clock rates compared to its desktop version.
The performance of this card is around 30-40% better than GTX 980M, as you can see from the following benchmark:
- Call of Duty Infinite Warfare can perform smoothly with around ~90 fps @1920×1080 (ultra setting), around ~42 fps @3840×2160 (4K).
Deus Ex Mankind Divided: ~49 fps @1920×1080 (high setting), and little bit struggling ~26 fps @1920×1080 (ultra setting).
- Overwatch : ~105 fps @1920×1080 (ultra setting) and ~54fps @3840×2160 (4K)
- Need For Speed 2016: ~65 fps @1920×1080 (ultra setting) and around ~31 fps @3840×2160 (4K)
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at ~67fps @1920×1080 (ultra setting) and ~24 fps @3840×2160 (4K)
- You can see the full benchmark here
From this benchmark for some popular titles, GTX 1060 can even handle gaming at 4K resolution really well. So if you want to play the game at 4K (you’ll have to use an external monitor), laptop with GTX 1060M is a minimum you should get. For the display, it has a 15-inch panel with a super-fast wide-view panel to provide wide 178° viewing angles. So even when you’re viewing it from extreme positions the change of color is not visible. ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM-DB71 also uses NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology that prevents the frame rate stutter and lag commonly seen with V-Sync. Its reduces lag by synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the GPU. All without affecting system performance thus you get incredibly smooth and stunning gameplay.
2. MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-024 (VR Ready)
VR Ready Gaming Laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | RAM: 12GB | Screen: 17.3″ FHD Anti-Glare IPS | Storage: 1TB HDD + 128 GB SSD | Weight: 2.6 kgs | Dimensions: 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches | OS: Win 10 Home | Port: 2 slot USB 3.0
+Great Processor and Graphic Card
– Battery life not great
The MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-024 is a VR Ready laptop from MSI. If you prefer 17.3″ screen for the price under 1500 dollar then this is one of the best choices. The hardware is a top notch: Intel Core i7 6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and 12GB RAM. As I mentioned above, the GTX 1060 is no cheap pick for playing today’s games. You can expect to play high to ultra setting smoothly at Full HD or even 4K resolution at most games. For the RAM if you think 12 GB isn’t enough you can always upgrade to 32 GB.
Also, mention this laptop has Steel Series keyboard with a backlit keyboard which is very attractive. This laptop also offers SSD beside HDD which is good.
Overall, the MSI GE72VR Apache Pro is a compelling option if you need a desktop replacement workhorse that can do some serious gaming. This is a very good investment for you for a portable performance gaming.
3. ASUS ROG G751JY-VS71(WX)
A 17.3″ beast with pretty & sophisticated design
CPU: Intel Core i7-4720HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 17.3″ FHD IPS | Storage: 1TB HDD | Weight: 3.8 kgs | Dimensions: 12.5 x 16.4 x 1.7 inches | OS: Win 10 Home | Port: 4 slot USB 3.0
+ Pretty and sophisticated design
+ Great Display
One thing noticeable from this laptop is the large rear-venting design intended that directs heats away. This pretty design gives the impression of a supercar. Inside we’ll find the design as attractive as the cover, with black soft touch keyboard and red backlit.
The screen also comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, that offers smooth graphics with virtually no tearing or latency. This G-Sync synchronizes the graphics card with the display’s refresh rate, limiting frame rates at a certain level. This limits, actually, prevents screen tearing and input lag.
Though the spec is not the best at this price range, it’s packed with GTX 980M. This is a high-end graphics for a laptop but overall is less powerful than the newer GTX 1060, for around 14-18% lesser performance. But it’s still quite capable of handling some new titles at ultra FHD and 4K resolution. So, this ASUS ROG G751JY-VS71 has a very good overall performance with pretty design, all you need for a gaming laptop.
4. Gigabyte P55Wv6-PC3D
Great Performance in Solid Black
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6″ FHD IPS | Storage: 1TB HDD + 256 GB SSD | Weight: 2.6 kgs | Dimensions: 14.9 x 10.6 x 1.1 inches | OS: Win 10 Home | Port: 4 slot USB 3.0
+ Great Processor and Graphic Card
+ Sexy design with solid black chassis
– no G-sync support
– Weak speaker
This Gigabyte P55Wv6-PC3D offers all we need for a powerful gaming machine: Intel Core i7 6700HQ, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, 16GB memory plus the addition of 256 GB SSD. With those specs, you will face no hard times for gaming, even in ultra settings or 4K resolution. Plus, This laptop also VR ready thanks to Nvidia 10-Series GPU. We will have difficult times finding a laptop with this price range that has spec above that also include SSD beside 1 TB HDD.
If you feel 17.3″ is too large or heavy then this Gigabyte P55Wv6-PC3D is a terrific alternative beside ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM-DB71, especially if you don’t mind the lack of G-sync technology.
5. Eluktronics P650RS-G
VR Ready with GTX 1070
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 6GB | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6″ FHD IPS | Storage: 512 GB SSD | Weight: 2.7 kgs | Dimensions: 15.1 x 10.6 x 1.0 inches | OS: Win 10 Home | Port: 3 slot USB 3.0, 2 slot USB 3.1 (Type-C)
+ Powerful Graphic Card
+ Plenty of SSD (512 GB)
– Brand isn’t well known
– Design isn’t attractive
What such of performance will you expect from GTX 1070? Well, this is a second fastest single graphic card for laptops that outperforms GTX 1060 by 19% faster according to average benchmark by NotebookCheck.net test. This means not only the Eluktronics P650RS-G can tackle almost everything from high to ultra setting FHD resolution but also 4K resolution.
And for virtual reality, the GTX 1070 also means it’s the best gaming laptop for it on this list. I will update whether or not it’s already compatible with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as its competitor with VR ready.
Add that with full-size customizable color backlit keyboard for your best gaming or typing experience. So if you want VR and best performance then Eluktronics P650RS-G is the best choice, for the price very close to $1500.
6. MSI GE62 Apache Pro-254
Best for price close to $1000
CPU: Intel Core i5-6300HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6″ FHD | Storage: 256GB SSD | Weight: 2.4 kgs | Dimensions: 10.23 x 15.07 x 1.06 inches | OS: Win 10 Home | Port: 2 slot USB 3.0
+ Affordable gaming
+ Great Display
– Hardware isn’t powerful enough
This MSI GE62 Apache Pro-254 laptop is a fine choice if you don’t prefer the more expensive laptop, and only need gaming laptop that can play games. It may not be the top choice as far as specifications are considered, but this laptop comes up in the list when it comes to budget. All specs are not standard but also not great, with core i5-6300HQ, GTX 970M, and 8GB of RAM.
The GTX 970M is not anywhere as powerful as GTX 980M or GTX 1060 but will do just fine for gaming especially if you don’t do 4K or VR gaming. It will tackle most of latest games at high to ultra setting @1920x1080p. So, if you need a a laptop that can play games with the price close to $ 1000, this is a fine choice.
Well, that’s my recommendation for best gaming laptops under 1500 dollar. Thanks for reading, and if you have any other suggestion, question or recommendation different than ours, feel free to comment below!