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

PCWorld

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 $1,000: Best overall, best battery life, and more

PCWorld

If you're jonesing for a zippy 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, though you may need to dial your gaming visuals back from their maximum 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 gaming laptops that fall under the $1,000 mark. We've also included a couple of other options for those that can stretch their budget a little bit further to crank up the eye candy.


Best gaming laptop 2022: Top rigs for on-the-go gaming

ZDNet

Gaming laptops have come a long way from their origins, where the very idea of a portable gaming computer was belied by 10-pound behemoths whose battery life could be measured in minutes, not hours. In 2022, you can game just fine on a notebook that's specced out with the right components, without needing strength training to carry one around. You can even play for a few hours without the system needing to be plugged in. While the ultimate gaming performance still requires a desktop rig that can handle the largest graphics cards and house the beefiest power supplies without concern for system weight and battery, the six laptops on this list can deliver plenty of punch while retaining some degree of portability. The latest mobile processors from Intel and AMD continue to improve performance and efficiency as the newest mobile graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia push up games' frames per second in a limited footprint.


Razer Blade 17 review: This ultra-luxe gaming laptop can replace your desktop

PCWorld

The Razer Blade 17 is a big and robust laptop with a stunning 240Hz QHD display and a great selection of ports. Its Intel 12th generation i7 CPU and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU make it a powerful performer in games. The Razer Blade 17 looks identical to the Razer Blade 17 (2021), but benefits from a spate of refreshed hardware features, including a faster 12th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and souped-up RTX 3080 Ti GPU that together deliver impressive power. The latest version also has a generous port selection that any gamer would be happy to have. What's more, it excels in the all-important display department, delivering big ticks for video and image quality, including color, contrast.


MSI GS63VR Stealth review: A game-changing amount of performance in a laptop

PCWorld

There's an old saying: You can have performance or portability in a gaming laptop, but not both. On our postal scale, the laptop pushes just over four pounds sans power brick. Granted, it's not as featherlight as an ultrabook, but the Stealth is right in the neighborhood of the svelte Dell XPS 15 and Apple MacBook Pro 15. The MSI GS63VR Stealth is a little bigger than a MacBook Pro 15 (2013-2016) and Dell's latest XPS 15, but it packs a much bigger punch with its GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. Inside the Stealth, you get an Intel 6th-gen quad-core Core i7-6700HQ paired with 16GB of DDR4/2133 RAM.