The gaming industry is becoming bigger and bigger every year. Unfortunately, most of the advancement in performance only happen on a desktop level. Furthermore, for gaming fans who also like being portable and mobile, the choices are pretty limited. With the release of the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors, gaming has never been more exciting. Now, even gaming laptops are equipped with the latest processors from Intel to deliver the best portable gaming performance.
In the spirit of mobility, these gaming laptops need to pack all the gaming performance in a small amount of space. The sad thing is, it comes with a price and a very big one indeed. Fortunately, not all gaming laptops will rob a typical gamer with all of his or her savings. There are still quite a few who can offer a pretty decent gaming experience while not trying to break the bank. That said, here is a list of Intel Kaby Lake gaming laptops that you can buy for under a thousand dollars.
Before we dive even deeper, perhaps it is best to set some ground rules. First of all, as mentioned already, all gaming laptops would need to have any version of the Intel Kaby Lake line of processors. Next, for the sake of graphics performance uniformity, all laptops should have the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or its Ti equivalent. Finally, the price should not go beyond $1,000.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000
The first laptop on the list is the Dell Inspiron 15 7000. While one might think that this is not exactly marketed as a gaming laptop, it sure fits earlier requirements. This 15-incher sports an i5-7300HQ paired with an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti. The processor runs at 2.5GHz. Meanwhile, memory and storage are at 8GB and 256GB SSD, respectively. The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080. The Dell Inspiron 15 700 is priced at a decent $799.
Acer Aspire VX 15
The Acer Aspire VX 15, just like the Dell Inspiron is a 15-inch gaming laptop with a radically designed chassis. The combination of black, red, and silver gives it a very authoritative look when it comes to gaming. It has almost the same specifications as the Dell Inspiron apart from the graphics card installed. Instead of the Ti version, it has the standard NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card. However, to compensate for the minor difference, the on-board graphics memory is twice as much, 4GB, than the Dell Inspiron. The Acer Aspire VX 15 has the same size and display resolution as the Dell Inspiron 15 7000. However, it is a bit more expensive at $918.
HP Omen 15t
While the HP Omen 15t may look somewhat lacking when it comes to graphics, it compensates with CPU instead. This HP gaming laptop is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB of RAM. Fortunately, the processor is an i7-7700HQ running at 2.8GHz. It has the same amount of RAM, 8GB. However, storage wise, it has a standard 1TB platter running at 7,200 RPM. The HP Omen 15t is priced at $899.
In all honesty, the Alienware 13 could be considered as the runt of the litter when it comes to the list so far. This 13-inch laptop has a display resolution of 1366×768, very much inferior from the ones listed earlier. What is worse, it is quite difficult to justify the $999 price tag when compared to the likes of Acer and HP. However, for those who are partial with the brand, perhaps the Alienware 13 is not such a bad gaming laptop.
In terms of specs, the Alienware has an Intel i5-7300HQ and NVIDIA GTX 1050 with 2GB of RAM. RAM is set to 8GB while the SSD storage is only at 180GB.
Origin is undoubtedly a newcomer when it comes to gaming laptops. However, since last year, it has made quite a headway when it comes to performance gaming. Its latest iteration, the Origin EON15-S boasts an Intel i7-7700HQ and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it would seem that the cheaper version will be equipped with an i5-7300HQ instead.
On the other hand, the Origin EON15-S comes with a wide range of available upgrades. These upgrades include various types of RAM, storage, as well as a number of different processor SKUs. The base configuration is priced at $999.
Asus Strix GL553VD
One might argue that the Asus Strix GL553VD does not belong in the list of gaming laptops under $1,000. This is due to the fact that the original price for it is at $1,099, slight above the limit. However, Asus was kind enough to slash $100 off the original price thereby making it fit the bill on our list.
The Asus Strix GL553VD is equipped with an i7-7700HQ and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of RAM. System memory is at a whopping 16GB, the biggest in the list so far. However, storage is a 1TB spinning platter rated at 7,200 RPM. As mentioned, the Asus Strix GL553VD is now priced at $999.
Choosing between these gaming laptops can be one of the toughest decisions one can make. However, in terms of performance-to-cost ratio, the HP Omen 15t is a good bet. Meanwhile, the Acer Aspire VX 15 comes at a close second.
For anyone looking for massive performance gains, the Asus Strix GL553VD is a good choice, but battery life is a bit of a pain. On the other hand, the newest gaming laptop is the Origin EON15-S. The design is quite good as well as the build quality. Performance is also top-notch, and if you are not satisfied with the base performance, it also comes with a number of upgrades. Finally, there’s the Alienware 13. While not really that spectacular in terms of specs, it still is pretty decent. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.