Anyone who is into playing games on their computer knows that performance is crucially related to the hardware. It's been known that every gamer only like to experience two things when gaming, one is the speed, and the other is the excellent graphics. Sometimes you cannot achieve the full potential of the game especially when your hardware cannot accommodate the minimal requirements of the game itself. When choosing a gaming laptop, it is important to know the specs, if possible, you need to try it out first if it can satisfy your needs.
With the fast evolution of the hardware on computers nowadays, many graphic intensive games are now able to be played smoothly on a laptop. But having a gaming-spec laptop can be costly compared to their desktop counterparts. Another limitation to owning a laptop is that there are only a few components that can be upgraded like the motherboard, processor and the graphics card. Owning a laptop can have its benefits, like when you are always travelling, and you like to play games or video editing, then a gaming laptop is what you need to take with you all the time.
Like any high-end portable device, a gaming laptop can be quite costly. For some people who have the budget and are looking for a decent gaming laptop, this list might be a good place to search. So, here are the top 7 best gaming laptops under $1500 on the market today.
Note: When investing in a high-end laptop, it's recommended that you do some research and invest in a high-quality surge protector. Make sure you protect your investment!
There are many manufacturers nowadays that make quality gaming laptops, and Acer is one of them. The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition has impressive specs. It features Core i7-4720HQ 4th Gen Processor 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.6GHz, 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, 16GB DDR3 Memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB SATA Hard Drive 5400RPM, Optimized Dolby audio enhancements, Four Built-in Stereo Speakers and Built-in Digital Microphone. Other features included are Secure Digital (SD) card reader, 802.11AC Wi-Fi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, built-In HD webcam, 3 - USB 3.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port, 3-cell 4605mah Li-ion Battery, up to 4-hours of battery life and weigh 5.29 pounds for the unit only.
Lenovo is also in the gaming laptop scene. The touchscreen is an added bonus, if you are looking for that in a laptop, then you should check out the Lenovo Y50 UHD. It features an Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz 4th Gen Processor, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, 15.6-Inch 4k resolution screen with a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 860M 2GB Graphics, 256GB SSD, built-in Webcam, 802.11 A/C Wireless Connection, 2 USB3.0 and 3 USB2.0, runs on Windows 8.1. Product dimensions are 10.4 x 0.9 x 15.2 inches and weigh 5.3 pounds. Rated battery life is approximately 5 hours.
MSI is also in the business of manufacturing quality gaming laptops. For about $1000, the GE62 Apache-276 can be very competitive in both performance and specs. It features an Intel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7-3.5GHz, 15.6-Inch Screen with NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M Graphics with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM, 12 GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive, DVD SuperMulti Optical Drive and runs on Windows 10 OS. There is no SSD (Solid State Drive) on this gaming, but in case you need to upgrade, the hard drive can be swapped out. Another thing to be aware of is the battery. It is non-removable, and if the battery dies, it's not user replaceable. Product dimensions are 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches and weigh 10.3 pounds.
ASUS has been known to produce high-end gaming laptops, especially their ROG (Republic of Gamers) series. In case you didn’t know, ROG is a branding or a type of certification that the laptop is capable of playing modern games without compromising quality and performance. So, if you choose an ASUS ROG laptop, you are assured that it can handle what the game demands from your hardware. The ASUS GL551JM features an Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz (Turbo to 3.5 GHz), 15.6" Full HD Display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB GDDR5 with Optimus Technology, 16GB DDR3 RAM and 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive. Other features include 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Mini Display, SDXC Card Reader, 802.11 A/B/G/N, Gigabit Ethernet Port, 720P HD Webcam. Product dimensions are 10 x 15 x 1.3 inches and weigh 6 pounds.
Alienware in another company that has been known to market only high-end gaming systems geared for any gamer/enthusiast. The Alienware 15 ANW15-1421SLV is a bit on low-spec compared to others in the list, but still, many people consider this to be one of the best when it comes down to playing hardcore games. This product features an Intel Core i5-4210H Processor (3M Cache, 2.9 GHz), 8GB DDR3 RAM, 15.6Inch Screen with a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card, 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive and runs on Windows 8.1 OS with a free upgrade to Windows 10. Other features include: Killer 1525 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2.0 Speaker configuration Audio Powered by Klipsch, 9-in-1 Media Card Reader, USB 3.0 and a backlit keyboard for comfortable typing in the dark. Product dimensions are 1.3 x 15.2 x 10.6 inches and weigh 7.1 pounds.
If you’re looking for a gaming laptop with a slightly bigger screen and up-to-date specs, then the Acer V17 Nitro Black is your choice. The V17 features an Intel Core i7-4720HQ Processor (2.6 GHz), 16 GB DDR3 RAM, 17.3-Inch Screen NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 256 GB Solid-State Drive and runs on Windows 8.1 OS. Other features include Wireless 802.11 A/C connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 and a backlit keyboard. Product dimensions are 16.6 x 11.5 x 1 inches and 6.6 pounds. The laptop is amazingly thin, light, and well built. No flex in the keyboard, tight tolerances, and the plastics and textured cover are good quality just like on any other higher-end laptops.
Once again, ASUS has delivered a high-performance gaming laptop that will surely fit your budget. The ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 features a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz, 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, 15.6 inches Matte IPS FHD display at 1920 by 1080 resolution with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming graphics card, 1TB 7200RPM Storage and the latest USB3.1 Type-C port for more convenient connectivity options. GameFirst III technology is another useful feature that prioritizes the flow of the game data across your network. Product dimensions are 10.1 x 15.1 x 1.3 inches and weigh 5.6 pounds, which is the lightest on this list.