Though the top gaming laptops today can cost upwards of $3,000, you can find laptops that game almost as well for only $1,000 if you do your research. We believe that there are relatively few gamers that require a gaming laptop more than $1,000.
With a $1000 budget, you will having literally dozens of gaming laptops to chose from. We have done extensive research to find the best laptops as this price that will deliver the best possible gaming performance on all the new and demanding games as other important aspects like reliability, portability, and durability. All of these laptops will be have the power to play today’s titles like GTA V as well as games many years into the future.
We believe the newly released Acer Aspire VX 15 is without doubt the best gaming laptop you can get with $1000. The VX 15 is the only gaming laptop at this price a GTX 1050 Ti desktop graphics card. Though the 1050 Ti would probably alone merit the VX 15 the top spot, it also has the 7th gen i7-7700HQ and 16 gigs of DDR4 ram. If the the VX 15 had more storage than it’s 256 GB, literally every other similar priced laptop would be obsolete.
The Acer Aspire VX 15 is equipped with the newest seventh-gen Intel Core i7 7700HQ, which is a small, but measurable improvement over the Skylake i7 6700HQ. The chip clocks at up to 3.8 GHz. The graphics card is the GTX 1050 Ti, a desktop card with 4 GB of VRAM. It is a huge performance improvement over the GeForce 960m, the card found on most other gaming laptops in the $700-$1000 range. The 950 Ti has video performance roughly that of the GeForce 970m.
Moving on, the VX 15 carries 16 GB of DDR4 ram - much more than you will ever need for laptop gaming. The storage on the laptop is a little disappointing: a 256 GB SSD. We would have much rather seen a 512 GB SSD as 256 GB can get dangerously near full capacity with a standard suite of applications and four or five large games.
However, if you manage you storage mindfully or switch the SSD out for a larger driver, storage will be no problem.
The laptop has a standard all-plastic casing with the same characteristic red accents seen on the higher end Acer Predator laptops. The chassis material is a sturdy matte black plastic. The laptop weights just over five-and-a-half pounds and measures 10.45" x 15.31" x 1.14". Connecting the chassis and the screen is a silver centrally mounted hinge. The keyboard is quiet, responsive, and very pleasant to use. There is red back lighting, but there are no color or brightness adjustments. There is a decently sized touchpad that also functions as a clickpad as there are no buttons.
The display on the Acer VX 15 is a 1920x1080 IPS display. This is an improvement over the TN displays traditionally found on most laptops because of much better viewing angles and overall display quality. Contrast are color reproduction accuracy are usually greatly improved on IPS displays.