Gaming on laptops was frowned upon until a few years ago when they started to gain more and more popularity. Nowadays most people own and need a laptop and automatically they want to be able to play games on them. Although high end gaming laptops are extremely expensive, we are starting to get more and more options if we have a smaller budget. In today’s article, we’re going to talk about those options as we’ll be sharing with you the best cheap gaming laptops under $1,000 in 2016.

These laptops won’t be able to run most of the current generation games on high settings, but they are all really good options for playing games and even the latest releases on lower settings which is still a good deal. So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out below the best gaming laptops under $1,000 for 2016 (listed from the cheapest to the most expensive).

1. Dell Inspiron 15 3000

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This one’s selling like cold, bottled water in the middle of the desert, so hurry to grab your piece before they run out. The truth is that it’s not easy to find a really good gaming laptop for under $500, but this one is it! Powered by a good processor (the Intel i5-5200U that runs up to 2.70 GHz), it also has a great graphics card for the price: the NVIDIA GeForce 820M (but with just 1 GB of RAM).

However, the 4GB of RAM are added to improve the performance. The laptop comes with Windows 10 installed and a 500GB HDD to round things up. In other words, we’re talking about a more than decent cheap gaming laptop! Don’t expect it to breeze through Fallout 4, but expect it to play more games than you’d think a $500 notebook would. Get it if you’re on a really tight budget: click here to buy it or find out more!

2. Acer 15.6″ Gaming Laptop

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I am extremely satisfied with this find and I would be ready to claim that it’s the best offer you can get for this kind of money! This laptop built by Acer (my favorite company, by the way – I am always using Acer products and I have no reasons to complain!) runs on the 6th-generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor that goes up to 2.8GHz. But the really impressive – and almost unbelievable feature – is its graphics card: the powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M card with 2 GB of RAM (4 would’ve been better, but at this price it beats most offers on the market!).

It also has an impressive 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. It comes with Windows 10 installed, support for full HD resolution (1920×1080), with the only minor downside being that it has no optical drive. However, I haven’t used my optical drive for at least an year, so it’s not a big loss! Great value for the money, so rush to get it now! Click here to buy or find out more on Amazon.

3. HP 15-an097nr Star Wars Special Edition

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You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to love this laptop (although it helps since it has an awesome Star Wars-inspired design). However, good looks aside, it also has some good specs as well: it’s powered by the 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940M Graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory, 8GB of RAM and a ton of storage thanks to its 1TB HDD.

It’s basically the same thing as the Acer laptop above, but with Touchscreen capabilities and a nice Star Wars-inspired finish. If you like that, you can pay the extra dollars and get this one. Click here to buy or find out more.

4. Lenovo Z70 17.3-Inch Laptop

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This is the only 17.3 inch gaming laptop on our list and this might make it a must buy for many people out there. The truth is that gaming is much better on a larger screen, and that’s exactly what this Z70 model from Lenovo delivers, plus the right specifications do also deliver a good performance.

Powered by a great Intel Core i7-5500U processor (better than those of the laptops above) and having a decent Graphics Card (NVIDIA GeForce GT840M), plus 8GB or RAM and 1TB HDD, this laptop is really, really good. Have in mind that the graphics card is not as good as those in the 900 series, so you’re getting a larger screen, but at a cost. It’s up for you to decide if it’s worth it or not, as the older card might mean that this laptop will become obsolete sooner than the others on this list. Click here to check it out and buy it now!

5. Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK

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Although not as impressive as the recently revealed Dell Alienware 13, this Inspirion can handle games and is probably the best option on our list if you are ready to get closer to the top of your budget. And I am actually surprised that I managed to find a laptop with such impressive specs at such a low price!

This one is powered by the Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Processor (one of the latest models from Intel right now) and also has an amazing graphics card: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5. It also has 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD, plus an 8GB SSD which is pretty much useless at this size. However, everything else is amazing about this gaming laptop, making it one that will be able to run new games for quite a while now. If you can get closer to the top of the $1,000 budget, this is the one you should get! So click here to get it now or find our more about it!

These are our top 5 picks for the best budget gaming laptops to get right now. You have solid options for all price ranges and it’s up for you, in the end, how close you want to get to the thousand when making your purchase. I personally believe that choosing the Dell Inspirion i7559-2512BLK is the wisest option, even though it’s the most expensive on our list, simply because it will be able to run new releases for a longer period of time than the others.


  1. I never thought I’d see the day that Dell made another laptop worth buying, but the Inspiron 15 3000 is actually great even by “gaming laptop” standards. I don’t see me having to replace mine (what I’m typing on right now!) for several years at least.

    • I am happy to hear that you are enjoying it, Kevin. I don’t think it will last for several years though – at least not for latest gen gaming, but it sure is a really good find at an even better price!