Best gaming laptop under $1500

 

At this kind of budget, you can start being a bit more demanding.

Quite a few of the options in the previous categories involved compromising in one area or another. Some laptops might have been powerful but had small hard-drives, others might have had great graphics cards, but not so much RAM.Best gaming laptop under $1500

If you’re spending this much money, you want to be sure that to some extent or another your machine can do everything. Make sure you get excellent specs and reliability, use our guide to work out the best one for you.

Editor’s Pick: The chosen one here is the ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH74 17-Inch Gaming Laptop. You might have suspected why I choose this one if you thought the specs then you are right. My favorite spec on this laptop is the SSD, despite the SSD not having a lot of storage the other hard drive has an amazing 1 TB of storage. At first glance, this laptop might seem expensive, but for what it offers you won’t be disappointed.

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Best gaming laptop under $1500

ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 15-Inch Gaming Laptop

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This is a stylish and powerful machine from ASUS. I like the look of this laptop, it’s metallic silver in color and just looks futuristic and cool.

It doesn’t slouch on power either, with a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ which provides 2.6GHz. It has 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Hard Drive.

For what it is the price is seriously brilliant, you can sometimes pick this up for just under $1000, so the value is fantastic.

We are starting to get into the kind of laptops which can play pretty much any game you care to think of, just maybe not on the highest settings. This is a brilliant Gaming Laptop and also tends to run very coolly.

There aren’t many cons with this one. You can’t go wrong with the price. What I would say is that it would be nice to get a 4GB Graphics Processor, but again the ridiculously high-level RAM and the Intel 7 will more than make up for this.

Although I haven’t experienced this, some reviewers have apparently had problems with the drivers on their machines. There do appear to be fixes for these online, but there are some users who have encountered these issues.

Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 960M 2GB
  • Screen: 15.6-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Storage: 1TB 7200pm
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
Pros
  • Amazing performance for the price
  • Sleek design
  • Easily upgradeable
  • High amount of RAM
Cons
  • No SSD hard drive
  • No wrist support
  • Speakers are a little weak

 

ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH74 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

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The overall specs on this machine are the best of all the models we’ve looked at so far. It combines an incredibly impressive 16GB of RAM with an elite-level i7 processor, as well as having over 1 TB of Hard Drive Space.

Also, the graphics processor of the ROG is a brilliant NVIDIA 4GB, meaning that, it will quickly and smoothly run even the most demanding games you can throw at it.

What’s also nice (and something I’m hearing about most of the ASUS ROG models) is that this laptop runs not just quietly, but also without much heat at all. This is good because fan noise can be very distracting and the heat from a laptop can be seriously disconcerting. With the ROG you won’t have any of these issues.

This laptop comes with a 17-inch screen rather than a more conventional 15 inch one. Brilliant if you’re looking for a more immersive gaming experience.

There aren’t very many problems with this model. What’s worth noting is that it has a very distinct style that some might not like (I like it but you might not) and there aren’t any options to get the style changed. So what you see is what you get.

At 6.6lbs it’s pretty heavy and thus bulkier and harder to carry around with you.

The speakers are pretty good, but as is the case with most laptops, not as good as the rest of the machine.

Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 960M 4GB
  • Screen: 17.3-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200rpm
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
Pros
  • Extremely powerfull
  • Elegant design
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Good amount of RAM
Cons
  • SSD does not have a lot of storage
  • Average battery life
  • Kind of heavy

 

MSI GE62 Apache Pro-239 15.6″ GAMING LAPTOP NOTEBOOK

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One of the things I like about the MSI is its look. It just looks cool, the color is great, and it has a glowing MSI emblem on the top of the case. For anyone who wants their laptop to look a bit different, this might be an excellent choice.

The MSI also offers great specs, although not quite as powerful as ROG GL752VW, it still has an i7 processor, 12GB of RAM and a 3GB graphics card. It runs even better than its specs would suggest and playing games, even on high settings is a breeze. This is the kind of laptop that you could play games on well into the future as well.

The Hard Drive is also a generous 1 TB, so plenty of storage space.

This laptop has a serious issue with build quality. In layman’s terms it’s extremely fragile, I noticed this and it’s not just me, many other people have reported the same thing. The lid is very rigid and breakable, when trying this laptop out I twisted it far further than I should have been able to entirely by accident. If you have young children, I am not joking when I say that they could probably break this laptop just by using it and being slightly careless.

This fragility also affects the laptop’s portability. Although on paper you should simply be able to put it in a case and carry it around, I think in practice I would be too nervous to.

For such an expensive laptop you expect a little more resiliency, obviously laptops are not toys but when I was trying out the MSI I was genuinely concerned that I might break it. The combination of high-price and fragility is not a good one.

Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Memory: 12GB DDR4
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 970M 3GB
  • Screen: 15.6-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Storage: 1TB 7200rpm
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
Pros
  • Good amount of RAM
  • Very nice keyboard
  • Dual fan cooling system
  • A lot of storage room
Cons
  • No SSD
  • Low battery life
  • Can run hot

 

ASUS G751JT 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

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Extremely powerful 17 inch model released in 2014.

Excellent specs, the ASUS has a super powerful 16GB of RAM with an i7 processor. It also comes with a Hard Drive just over 1 TB and NVidia 3GB graphics processor. This makes it as fast as lightening and although there will be some games you can’t play on the highest spec (super demanding ones like Witcher 3 come to mind), the vast majority of games you’ll be able to handle without any trouble.

The screen size of 17 inches is nice. Model feels very solid.

Only real negative is the weight. The ASUS weighs in at 8.4lbs which is the heaviest laptop we’ve reviewed thus far. This thing is seriously chunky for a laptop!

The weight of the ASUS combined with its screen size inevitably means that its portability will be affected, although you can still carry it around, you’ll need a bigger carrycase and it’ll be much heavier than a little 5lb, 15 inch laptop.

Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4710HQ
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 970M 3GB
  • Screen: 17.3-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
Pros
  • Good amount of RAM
  • Very nice keyboard
  • Dual fan cooling system
  • A lot of storage room
Cons
  • No SSD
  • Low battery life
  • Can run hot

 

MSI GE62 Apache Pro-001 15.6″ GAMING LAPTOP NOTEBOOK

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Powerful, but like a lot of MSIs in this class, fragile too.

This laptop has nice specs. You can play pretty much any game you like. Just not the absolute most demanding games on the highest settings. It has a massive 16GB of RAM, an i7 processor, and a NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M 3G. In other words, for this price, it’s about as powerful as you’re going to get.

Like nearly every MSI I’ve seen, it’s very stylish looking. You will stand out from the crowd with this laptop.

The Hard Drive is a good size, coming in at just over 1 TB.

As with other MSI models, this seems like quite a fragile laptop. I don’t know if there’s any kind of reason that MSI makes their laptops like this but I would urge them to rethink. I’ve no interest in spending over $1000 on a laptop only for it to break because it’s so fragile. I want sturdiness, not flimsiness!

This model is really heavy, this is surprising because it’s only got a 15 inch screen but it’s even heavier than the ASUS G751JT, weighing over 9lbs.

Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 970M
  • Screen: 15.6-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200rpm
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
Pros
  • Amazing specs for the price
  • Very cool lighting effects
  • Great cooling system
  • A lot of storage room
Cons
  • Speakers not that loud
  • It comes bloated with software
  • Poor hinge quality

Conclusion

This concludes our list of best gaming laptop under $1500. These laptops have amazing hardware, so powerful they are even considered high-end gaming laptops. These monsters will play most recent games, maybe not on the ultra settings but still at a respectable level.Best gaming laptop under $1500

I’d recommend these laptops for gamers who invest quite a couple of hours a week, as these laptops cost quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong you can still get one even if you’re a casual gamer, but investing a big amount for a gaming laptop might not be worth it if you plays a couple of hours a week.

We hope our list of best gaming laptop under $1500 has given you a clearer vision of what you are looking for in a high-end gaming laptop. Do not forget to leave us a comment in the section below.