Ok, you’ve decided to spend a solid amount of money on your next laptop, but where to look? Today’s PC market is over saturated with false promises, overblown specs and way too many models sold as “the ultimate portable gaming experience”. So if you’re looking to buy the best gaming laptop under 1500 dollars, you must read this.
The first model we recommend is the ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM, a true monster in size and performance. If portability is not your concern you can stop looking, as the latest ASUS (priced at around 1300$) will blow you up with its Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad core processor capable of reaching 2.6GHz, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 laptop version with 6GB of dedicated memory and 16GB DDR4 of 2133MHz RAM.
If that’s not enough you can count on sharp graphics with a 15.6” Full-HD screen, a resolution of 1920×1080 (IPS) and 1024 GB of internal storage, with an additional slot for another SSD hard drive.
ASUS’ main competitors didn’t take the hit without answering. Taking a look at the Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK we can surely find a great competitor that ships for almost 250 $ less (1050 $), loaded with a Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.80GHz and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 laptop version with 4GB of dedicated memory.
The default hard drive is a 256GB SSD that, along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM memory, ensure seamless operations with upgradeable capabilities. Unfortunately its heating problems, an average display and only one USB 3.0 port (the “Apple way”) might be strong detractors for some gamers.
We can’t close our run down without mentioning an Alienware model; once the go-to manufacturer for gaming laptops, the Dell department has taken a few hits recently but answered with the aggressive look of the AW17R3-7092SLV.
A sleek, solid design almost hides a powerful Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.60GHz, a good Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB of dedicated memory (expandable thanks to the proprietary Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port), but most of all a dual storage system with a 1000GB hard drive and 256GB SSD.
For 1400$ we might have asked for an optical drive or a more reliable battery, but its strong build leaves you with a feeling of solidity no other laptops have.