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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 $1,000: 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.


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.


The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

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With Windows 11 officially here (review), you might think every single new laptop is now shipping with Windows 10, but we're actually seeing many laptop vendors still offering both operating systems with the newest models typically shipping with Windows 11. Some, however, still ship with Windows 10 but obviously include the option to upgrade them. Before you make the move though, you'll want to read this. If you're simply cramming to prepare for deals, we also recommend that you read our guide on what CPUs and GPUs you want right now. Scroll down to read why the Dell XPS 17 9710 stands above the pack.


The best Asus laptops: Best overall, best for gaming, and more

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Whether you're in the market for a powerful workhorse, or something more portable you can toss in a bag, or a laptop with a beautiful OLED display, Asus is known for its innovative designs (hi, dual screens!) and quality products. Here at PCWorld, we've personally reviewed a number of Asus laptops. We've looked at everything from inexpensive VivoBooks to powerful gaming machines like the ROG Strix and Zephyrus. To make your search for an Asus laptop easier, we've curated a list of the best Asus laptops we've tested. However, there's one laptop that really sets itself apart: The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which offers an enticing combination of blazing-fast performance and a compact form factor.