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The best gaming laptops under $1,000: Best overall, best battery life, and more

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If you're jonesing for a powerful gaming experience but you're really strapped for cash, there are a number of budget options to consider. You can actually get some pretty decent CPU and GPU performance out of a budget gaming laptop. You just may need to dial back your graphics settings to hit that hallowed 60 frames per second mark in the latest cutting-edge games. If you're not sure where to begin, don't sweat it. We've done the hard work for you and curated a list of the best gaming laptops that fall under the $1,000 mark.


The best gaming laptops under $1,500: Best overall, most portable, and more

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Are you looking for an affordable machine that's up to the task of 1080p gaming? If you're not sure where to begin, let us help. In order to take the stress out of shopping for a gaming laptop on a budget, we've curated a list of capable gaming machines that fall under the $1,500 price point. All our recommendations are based on extensive, hands-on experience and testing. Whether you're after a portable laptop that can be used for work as well as play, or a rig that's loaded with all-AMD parts, we've got something for every type of gamer.


The best cheap gaming laptops

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If you're in the market for a gaming laptop but aren't in a position to shell out a ton of cash, believe it or not, there are some pretty decent budget options out there. Whether you're a hardcore FPS player or a lover of story-driven games, these high-powered machines should get the job done. Although every laptop on this list has been personally vetted by the PCWorld team, there's one that really stands out from the pack: The Acer Swift X nabbed our top spot because of its impressive battery life, attractive color scheme, and discrete graphics card. Read on to learn more. Between the surprising graphics performance and compact form factor, the Acer Swift X is small but fierce.


Best gaming laptops 2022: What to look for and highest rated models

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Are you looking for a new gaming laptop to play all of your favorite AAA titles on? If so, we've put together a list of our best picks. From their AMD processors to displays with high refresh rates, these laptops can do what many desktops PCs can do. The best part is that we've put every single one of these laptops through a series of stress tests, so we've got the numbers to back up our findings. Whether you're looking for the best 17-inch gaming laptop or the most portable machine, we've got you covered. Read on to learn more. The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition gets all A's: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6800M, and AMD'Advantage,' meaning it's the first machine to meet AMD guidelines designed to make mid-range gaming laptops better. And yes, it's made by Asus, too. If you're on the hunt for an affordable yet stupidly fast laptop on a medium budget, just stop reading and buy the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition right now because of its stunning price-to-performance ratio. When it comes to gaming laptops, many if not most of them are pretty bulky and heavy, often tipping the scales at five or six pounds.


Acer Nitro 5 review: Great gaming value with a great display

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You're likely accustomed to seeing models of Acer's venerable Nitro 5 budget gaming laptop line with prices comfortably in the triple digits. The company extends the line into midrange gaming laptop territory with this configuration ($1,700 at Acer), which packs a QHD display powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics. Despite its many charms and strong performance, the Nitro 5 takes a close second to the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition, which remains the best gaming laptop value we've seen lately. The Nitro 5 has an obvious advantage in screen resolution, however: Its 15.6-inch QHD display lends a versatility to the Nitro 5 that makes it an excellent productivity machine as well. If you're looking for a do-it-all laptop for both work and play, there's a good argument to be made for the Nitro 5.