Best Cheap Gaming Laptops Under $1,000 to Buy in 2016

Now that the new year is upon us, we should also start thinking about a “new laptop, new games” resolution – and it’s definitely a lot easier to make it happen than losing weight, being a better person or whatever your resolutions are. However, the truth is that not everybody has an unlimited budget when it comes to purchasing games or a gaming laptop and since most people I know are as broke as I am, I decided to do some research and help us all find the best cheap gaming laptops (under $1,000) to get in 2016.

I must admit that it was not an easy task – finding quality gaming laptops for under $1,000 is pretty difficult, but not impossible. You might not be able to run Star Wars Battlefront on maximum settings on these laptops, but I’m sure you’ll be better running some current generation games at a lower resolution than not being able to play them at all. So these being said, here is, after hours of research and tens of products that we checked out – the best cheap gaming laptops under $1,000 you can buy in 2016!

$500 range: Toshiba Satellite PSKXJU-00N015

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We managed to find a really decent – I would even go as far as saying “surprisingly good” for around $500 and you certainly can’t get a better deal than this! We’re talking here about a laptop with 12 GB DDR3L SDRAM and 1 TB HDD. It’s nowhere near offering a current generation graphics card, but its AMD Radeon R6 Graphics can still handle some pressure from today’s games. The AMD A10-8700P 1.8 GHz is again not the one you’d put on your wishlist for your gaming laptop, but since we’re talking about such a cheap price, we can consider it great.

It is a small cheap gaming laptop – 15.6-Inch Screen, which means that it’s easy to carry it with you and if you’re on a really, really tight budget, this will have to do and it should do well. It also comes with Windows 10 installed, so it has the latest OS installed, which is an added bonus. All in all, a good product for gaming if you’re on a really tight budget! Click here to find out more about it and buy it!


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I found a real gem with the ASUS K501UX – we’re talking about a good gaming laptop powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (that can be turbo-boosted up to up to 3.1GHz). 8GB RAM complement the processor nicely, and the cherry on top comes from the great graphics card – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M. It also has a really fast SSD Storage (256 GB), which is also a bonus and a con: although it’s really fast, it’s just 256GB of storage so it’s up for you to decide if you can live with that. If you do – and I am sure it’s possible with a bit of planning – then you really are up for a nice deal as this is, in my opinion, one of the hidden gems available on Amazon an our list. You must check it out, so click here to find out more about this cheap gaming laptop!

Lenovo Y50

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We’re sticking to 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptops right now to keep the prices as low as possible (I am gaming on a 15.6 inch laptop, so I don’t think that should be a problem!) The Lenovo Y50 is a good choice with an even better Graphics card than the one offered by the ASUS K501UX: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M. This one does better when it comes to storage options, as it comes packed with a classic 1TB HDD. Powered by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz processor and 8GB of RAM, Lenovo’s cheap gaming laptop is a really good option for those on a budget. A small bonus: it also has an 8GB SSD, but that’s too small to actually matter. But it’s a bonus!

The reviews on Amazon for this product are apparently mediocre, but don’t get fooled by them! At the moment, there are three reviews (but one is published twice) and each refers to a different model, no the one that I’m recommending here. This one really has the stats of a superstar and can run recent games. At the moment of writing, it also comes with a massive $322 discount, so my advice to you is: get it before its price goes up again! Click here to do so and find out more about it.

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro

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It’s time to bring out the big boys and I mean that literally! Acer’s V17 Nitro gaming laptop is not only cheap, but also larger than the previous on the list: we’re talking about a 17.3-inch laptop and it’s a real beast. It comes with Windows 10 installed and promises 7 hours of battery life (not when gaming, though) and it is powered by a powerful Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor. 8GB DDR4 and 1TB of HDD space round it up perfectly, while the graphics of your games will be handled by a really good NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM graphics card (full HD – just like the others on the list).

At this price, there are really no problems I can find for this laptop which also sells, at the moment of writing, with a $150.00 discount, making it actually cheaper than the same product in 15.6-inch range. A great deal that you should take advantage of right now – click here to check it out on Amazon.


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It was a really tight battle for the top spot on our list, but it was Asus who finally won, managing to sneak it just at the top of our budget range. It is almost identical to the V17 gaming laptop, but not really the same thing: powered by the same Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor and the nVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (but with just 2GB of RAM), it might seem strange to see it grab the top position. But it does that because it has 12GB of RAM, and the HDD is faster than the one offered by Acer – standing at 7,200 RPM. This also has a discounted price: $100.00 at the moment of writing, so you’re up for a really good deal here. It’s just up for you to decide if you’ll splash most of your $1,000 budget on this one or the Acer Aspire. Or you’ll go for the cheaper options we’ve offered and save money for extra games. Either way, the ASUS ROG is worth checking out, so do so by clicking here.

We had a pretty nice range of offers, starting with a really budget-friendly gaming laptop and ending with two that I would love to own! One thing is clear: if you’re ready to buy a cheap gaming laptop that can really handle your games, the ones above will get the job done without costing the fortune pro gaming laptops require. Happy gaming!

Best Cheap Gaming Laptops Under $1,000 to Buy in 2015


Gaming on the go AND on a budget? That sounds impossible, but the truth is that if you do your research right – or read the articles on VgamerZ, well, then you will be really surprised to hear that in 2015 it is possible to buy an amazing gaming laptop under $1,000 and experience current generation games like the big guys with top rigs (or as close as possible).

We are here to help you find the best cheap gaming laptops under $1,000 because we know how difficult it is to invest bucket loads of money into extremely expensive laptops and we want to tell you that you don’t really have to do it if you’re not insanely picky. We’ve gone through hundreds of laptops and configurations and we have picked this year’s winners: the best cheap gaming laptops that you can find on the market, all listed below from the worst (in our opinion) to the best. But remember – all these are really solid gaming laptops!

Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-76EM

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I did game on an Acer laptop and my old one, purchased back in 2010 is still handling some of the less demanding games today. In other words, I really believe that Acer manufactures some extremely durable and high quality products and even though this particular model is not as powerful as others on this list, it will surely serve you well. This cheap gaming laptop runs on a i7-5500U Processor at 2.4 GHz and is powered by 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM. It comes with an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics card with 2GB of RAM and can be considered a great product for its price.

At the moment of writing, there are just 10 left in stock, so decide quickly before it’s too late – click here to check it out!

Lenovo Z70

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Lenovo is probably the brand when it comes to budget laptops and some of their products really pack a punch at a great price. Their Z70 model, for example, is a good option for a cheap gaming laptop, great for those who believe that size matters. I say that because it’s a 17.3-Inch Laptop we’re talking about, powered by an Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4 GHz Processor and an amazing 16GB of RAM (DDR3). The graphics card is a NVIDA GeForce 840M with 2GB of RAM and it also has an extra bonus: a small SSD of 8GB, plus the main 1TB hard drive. In other words, a really great option for a gaming laptop under $1,000.

Click here to check it out and find everything about its specs.

MSI Computer Corp. GP70 LEOPARD-010

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If for some reason it’s the brand that matters the most for you, you can go for this MSI gaming laptop, although I would still prefer the Lenovo one between these two. Either way, the Leopard-010 is a good choice at a great price: a large 17.3-Inch Screen, 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-4200M 3.0 GHz and the already standard NVIDA GeForce 840M graphics card. Overall, gamers have been pretty happy with this laptop’s performance, especially if you’re not planning to play the most demanding games out there (or you can settle for lower settings).

Click here to check it out and get the best price of the moment.

MSI GE60 Apache

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It’s time to improve things a bit in terms of performance with the GE60 Apache gaming laptop from MSI. At the moment of writing it’s available for a discounted price that puts it right into our zone, but things might change soon, so act quickly! And you should really act fast because we’re talking here about a gaming laptop powered by a i7-4700HQ 3.2 GHz processor, backed up by 8GB of DDR3L SDRAM and the great NVIDIA Geforce GTX850M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM. As a bonus, it also comes with an insanely cool full color backlit Gaming Keyboard by SteelSeries which will surely impress your friends and the world. And as I said, it’s available at a discount of $200 at the moment of writing which is even more impressive!

Head over to Amazon to check out this great cheap gaming laptop!

Lenovo Y50

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Don’t act surprised to see another Lenovo laptop on this list – I told you they were good. Even though apparently not as impressive as its brother listed earlier in this article, the Y50 model only has a 15.6-Inch Touchscreen display (but the battery lasts longer and it’s Touchscreen!) and is powered by an Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz Processor. However, that compensates with the NVIDIA GTX-860M 2GB Graphics card, the 8GB of RAM and 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive plus 8 GB Solid-State Drive for all the storage that you need. It’s up for you to decide if the extra graphics card power is what you want – click here for full specs and details!

MSI GE70 Apache Pro

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Another MSI Apache model here and in this case, a better deal. Again available at a great discount at the moment of writing, this comes with some extras if we are to compare it with the GE60 model. Powered by an Intel Core i5-4200H 3.2 GHz processor with 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, it has a larger display (17.3-Inch Screen) and a more powerful graphics card – the NVIDIA Geforce GTX860M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, which is pretty nice. Fortunately, it still comes with the cool full color backlit Gaming Keyboard and it is a great deal overall!

You can find out more about this cheap gaming laptop here – but make sure to act quickly while the discounted offer still stands!

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro

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This cheap gaming laptop really catches your eye! We’re talking about an insanely good looking Black Edition with backlit keyboard, an overall slim and sleek design and a ton of other great features. A true winner!

In terms of specs, it has a Intel Core i7-4720HQ Processor (2.6 GHz) with 8GB or RAM as well as the great NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M to keep your games running. It also has other nice features, like the 4 built-in speakers and, did I mention it – an amazing design! It’s clearly one of my favorites and I am sure that any gamer out there would love to own this little beast!

Click here to find out more about the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro.

So these would be our top picks for 2015 in terms of cheap gaming laptops that can really handle the big games out there and I am sure you will find one that will become your gaming laptop for the years to come. Have fun and don’t forget to share this with your friends – they might want to game on a budget too!

The Best Cheap Gaming Laptops to Buy in 2014 – Under $1,000


Being mobile today is a must and more and more gamers are moving from their desktop computers to gaming laptops for the added mobility benefits and the ability to game on the go. Therefore, we’ve decided to check out tens of cheap gaming laptops, compare them, find the top ones to get and share the results with you so that you won’t have to do all this hard work. So we’re happy to share with you below our list of the best cheap gaming laptops to buy in 2014!

Have in mind that since these are budget gaming laptops – all under $1,000 – you won’t be able to play Watch Dogs on the highest settings, but you will be able to get a decent performance from your games, which is probably all that you want! So let’s check out below the best cheap gaming laptops to buy in 2014!

Acer Aspire V5-552-X814

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A 15.6-Inch laptop that can be used for gaming, coming at just below $500? Yes, please! It’s running on a decent AMD Radeon HD 8650G graphics card, comes with an extra 6GB of RAM and an AMD A Series 2.5 GHz processor. It’s pretty light at 4.41 lbs, ultra thin and for this price it’s probably the best budget gaming laptop on the market at the moment. Check it out here to see the full specs and hurry to order it before it sells out!

Acer Aspire V5-552PG-X809

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We’ll stick to Acer’s V5 laptops, but this time we’re going a bit higher, both in performance and in price. Just like the previous gaming laptop, this one’s powered by a 2.5 GHz processor, but comes with 8GB or RAM and the better AMD Radeon HD 8750M Graphics Card. It has, compared to the previous laptop, 250GB of extra HDD space (for a total of 1TB) and is the better choice if you’re not forced to stick to a $500 budget. The Champagne Ice color makes it look pretty sleek too, so you should really consider this one. Right now, there’s a deal that saves you $76.64 off the purchase, so click here to check it out!


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It’s time to move to the real big guns of the cheap gaming laptops! I am a huge fan of ASUS, and this laptop proves why. For a great price, you get an i7 Intel processor running at 2.4 GHz and a ton of other great features: the nVIDIA Geforce GT 740M Graphics card running on 2GB of RAM, 8 GB DDR3 and 1TB HDD. Since this is a 17.3 inches laptop, it runs on resolutions up to 1600 x 900 and packs a real punch. Check it out here to get all the details and best price offer (for example, at the moment of writing, there’s a $99 discount!)

Lenovo IdeaPad Z710

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The Chinese manufacturers are slowly starting to prove that they have some really high quality products in the budget area and their Z710 gaming laptop is a proof of that: good quality at a more than decent price. This particular product runs on an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz processor, has the “standard” 8GB of RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce GT745M Discrete Graphics Card. It also runs at full HD resolutions (1920 x 1080), so that’s certainly a bonus. As one reviewer states: “Good bang for the buck!” Click here to check it out – there’s just 5 left in stock at the moment of writing!

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

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Can it get even better? Well, if you are ready to go to the top of the $1,000 budget for your gaming laptop, Lenovo’s Y510p might be the perfect choice! Although it’s running on an i5 processor, it still gets 2.5 GHz and 6GB of RAM from the factory. It’s biggest bonus comes from the fact that it has Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT750M Discrete Graphics for increased power for your gaming needs. It’s also a 15.6-Inch Laptop, which makes it easier to carry around and the red touches are pretty nice! Check it out here for all the details.

And these would be our choices for the best cheap gaming laptops that you can get in 2014 for under $1,000. As I said in the intro, you should not expect top performance from these little babies, but the price/quality ratio is certainly the best. If you want to purchase any of these products for a particular game (especially if it’s next gen) double check to see if it can actually run your game!