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10 Great Gaming Laptops That Are a Total Steal
Say what you will about the console-v.-PC debate, consoles have one major leg up: They're way more affordable. For the price of a truly amazing gaming rig, you could probably get a PS4 and Xbox One (and maybe even a Switch, to boot). But stepping into the greener pastures of PC gaming—where the graphics are sharper, the frame rates smoother, and the communities tighter—doesn't have to break the bank. Just look at this crop of the latest and greatest. They do everything a first-rate console does and more. And, bonus: they're all under a grand.
Lenovo Legion, 15.6"
Even the name of this sleek black machine evokes gameplay involving slaying hordes of orcs or mowing down masses of monsters. But it's not just a random moniker. The Legion brings impressive specs to its 5-pound frame, like a 1 TB hard drive, 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, and almost 10 hours of battery life. Plus, backlit keyboard makes this laptop an awesome performer in the dark and dual speakers give you impressive on-the-go audio. ($990; walmart.com)Buy this Lenovo laptop now
Acer Nitro 5 Spin, 15.6"
Not only is this a beast of a gaming laptop, but this powerful performer can also transform into a tablet or stand-alone module with just a twist of the 360-degree hinge. The stunning 15-inch display also has multi-touch abilities, so you can take a break with some light app-based gaming. Specs include an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 video card with 4 gigs of dedicated RAM, 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor that can shoot up another 3.4GHz, and a full terabyte of storage. ($865; newegg.com)Buy this Acer laptop now
Dell G5 15, 15.6"
A just a tad under $1,000, this workhorse from Dell has good enough guts—the latest Intel Core i5 processor—to power the most demanding video games. Nice touches include a fingerprint scanner login, an aluminum top deck, and an overall understated look that doesn't scream, "I only play shooters." It boasts the requisite honking 1 TB hard drive, plus a 128GB SSD drive for lightning-fast load times, and a quick-charge battery that can go build 25 percent more juice in just 15 minutes after being plugged in. ($991; amazon.com)Buy this Dell laptop now
ASUS TUF Gaming, 15.6"
Accented with a bright red logo and glowing red backlit keyboard, this is a gaming laptop designed for showing off. But, along with looking the part, this baby comes with two amazing games: Gears of War 4 (for blowing aliens to smithereens) and Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (for some old-school, real-time strategy). It also includes a special 1 TB FireCuda solid state hybrid drive, which is rated up to five times faster than a normal hard drive; an integrated anti-dust, dual fan system for enhanced cooling; and the latest Intel Core processor and GTX video card. ($749; amazon.com)Buy this ASUS laptop now
HP Omen 15t, 15.6"
The perfect laptop for playing something frightening, like Silent Hill 2 or Amensia: The Dark Descent, since the backlit keyboard emits a spooky red hue, which matches the other blood-red accents adorning the computer. Plus, there's that name, "Omen." But it's not all scary theatrics, here—this laptop offers up the latest speedy Intel Core i7 processor mated to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 graphics card that can drive 4K displays and VR rigs. The crisp and clear Bang & Olfsen dual speakers will help highlight all squeaks and screams next time you hunker down for some horror. ($850; hp.com)Buy this HP laptop now
Lenovo IdeaPad 330, 15.6"
Get legendary Lenovo performance and quality with this bargain IdeaPad. Its sleek and understated lines make this laptop perfect for the office or for slapping down some friends in an online battle royale. Specs are sharp with the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, a robust 12 gigs of RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive that has 16 GB of Intel Optane memory, which boosts responsiveness to near-SSD speeds. And the big, anti-glare screen is pushing full high definition (FHD) pixels for the ultimate in clarity. ($871; amazon.com)Buy this Lenovo laptop now
Lenovo Flex 5, 14"
If you're looking for a smaller laptop that still has the power to smoothly run most of the latest video games, take a look at the Lenovo Flex. The small and portable package has an Intel i5-8250U processor for plenty of juice, 8 gigs of RAM, and a decent-sized 256 GB solid state hard drive. Add in the flexible touch screen that can quickly turn this laptop into a top-notch tablet along with the included stylus and this computer is more than enough for those more attuned to casual gaming. ($770; amazon.com)Buy this Lenovo laptop now
HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop, 15.6"
This solid laptop is loaded up with a speedy 8th gen Intel i5-8300H processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, and a hefty 1 TB hard drive, making it an amazing machine for gamers. Bonus for dedicated players: The Pavilion comes with Cuphead, Dungeons 2, Last Tide, and Total War: Warhammer II, among others. ($656; walmart.com)Buy this HP laptop now
Dell G3 17 Gaming, 17.3"
Dell put this dedicated gaming rig together to satisfy the most dedicated players. For under $900, they packed in a huge, 17-inch LED-backlit FHD screen; Intel i5-8300H processor with 4GHz turbo boost; 8 gigs of RAM; and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti card, with 4 gigs of memory. The cool, blue backlit keyboard paired with the silver case makes it an understated but elegant machine. And on the aural front, you'll enjoy superior sound with the dual Waves MaxxAudio Pro speakers. ($850; dell.com)Buy this Dell laptop now
MSI GF63, 15.6"
MSI doesn't necessarily make the sleekest gaming rigs around, but for the price, you get an astonishing amount of military-grade tech. With the blazing 8th generation Intel i7-8750H processor and smooth-rendering NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, plus the 1 TB hard drive, which features Intel's Optane super-responsive memory booster, you'll be hard-pressed to find a gaming laptop that's more of a workhorse. As far as superficial stuff, an ultra-thin bezel surrounds the crisp, 15-inch screen, while the killer 3D surround sound system will keep you immersed you in your favorite game. Skyrim, here we come (again). ($919; newegg.com)Buy this MSI laptop now