Best Gaming Laptops Under 1400 – If you need a new gaming laptop and you have between ~$1,000 and $1,500 to spend, the options listed above represent the best choices for the price range. However, if you’re not dead set on getting a gaming laptop and you’re open to building your own desktop computer, you might want to check our high-end gaming PC builds guide (or even our affordable PC builds guide) to consider some more powerful options for PC gaming.
1.MSI GL65 Gaming Laptop
Pros & Cons
- Pushing Power: The 10th Gen. Intel Core i5 processor, delivers high performance to take on any games and applications with ease
- Supercharged Graphics: The MSI GL65 is powered by NVIDIA GeForce graphics, take on today's most popular games with these performance graphics
- On the Go Gaming: Designed to be thin and light for gamers to carry around every day for games, study, or work
- Cool and Powerful: MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost Technology ensures optimal thermal dissipation. Featuring 2 fans and 6 heat pipes, get the airflow you needfor gaming
- Customized Keys: Customize each key to your liking and receive real-time in-game status through keyboard lighting, or even watch the lights dance to your favorite tune
High-end gaming laptops have all the bells and whistles, but truth be told, you don’t need RGB keyboard lights to play or enjoy today’s games. MSI’s GL65 is a value-oriented gaming laptop that proves that in spades. This 15.6-inch rig’s hardware for the money is as good as it gets in late 2019, including a 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, a speedy Intel Core i5 quad-core processor, and a surprisingly roomy 512GB solid-state drive.
The whole package is topped off by a bright full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) display, making the GL65 a stellar example of entry-level notebook gaming and our new Editors’ Choice among bargain gaming laptops.
2.ASUS TUF Dash 15
Pros & Cons
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6 up to 1585MHz at 60W (75W with Dynamic Boost 2.0)
- Intel Core i7-11370H processor (12M Cache, up to 4.8GHz)
- 15.6” 144Hz IPS-Type Full HD (1920x1080) display with adaptive sync
- 8GB DDR4 RAM | 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD | Backlit Precision Gaming Keyboard
- 0.8” thin, 4.4 lbs ultraportable form-factor
- Comes with Windows 10 Home and a FREE upgrade to Windows 11 (when available1)
The TUF Dash 15’s appearance is what you’d expect from a brand pushing military spec MIL-STD durability standards: it isn’t a behemoth, but its hard edges and giant TUF branding on the back let you know this isn’t your typical office notebook. While it bills itself as a thin and light, it is still a 15-inch gaming laptop – certainly not as bulky as some of its competitors, but I wouldn’t exactly call it svelte. But that’s okay, because its size may allow it a bit more power than comparably-specced laptops, not to mention more cooling potential.
The bottom case uses a smooth, black finish with just a bit of texture to the right and left of the keyboard, and some decidedly “TUF” looking speaker grilles along the top. (There’s a white version too, with similar flourishes.) The keyboard itself is backlit and allows comfortable typing, thanks to its large size, standard key spacing, and relatively deep travel at 1.7mm.
3.Acer Predator Helios 300
Pros & Cons
- Aspect Ratio:16:9
- Extreme Performance: Crush the competition with the impressive power and speed of the 11th Generation Intel Core i7-11800H processor, featuring 8 cores and 16 threads to divide and conquer any task or run your most intensive games
- RTX, It's On: The latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB dedicated GDDR6 VRAM) is powered by award-winning Ampere architecture with new Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors supporting DirectX 12 Ultimate for the ultimate gaming performance
- Blazing-Fast Display: This 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED-backlit display with 16:9 aspect ratio features an incredibly fast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms Overdrive response time for the gamers who demand the best visual experiences
- Internal Specifications: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz memory (2 DDR4 Slots Total, Maximum 32GB); 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots/1 x 2.5" Hard Drive Bay Available)
- Prioritize Your Gameplay: Intel Killer DoubleShot Pro with Ethernet E2600 and Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i lets you use Wi-Fi and Ethernet at the same time, and have total control over priority traffic to maximize speed, throughput, and control
- Cooling Perfected: Acer Helios 300 uses a 5th Generation AeroBlade Fan with 89 blades designed to increase air intake and keeps your system at a nice, cool temp. Also, allowing you to maximize your performance by reducing throttling for better sustained performance.
- With Alexa Show Mode, you can use your PC as a full-screen interactive experience that features rich visuals and lets you talk to Alexa from across the room.
- Superior Sound: DTS:X Ultra enhances your favorite games, movies, and music with high-end surround sound through the dual speakers, and an authentic audio experience when you use your favorite headphones
- Ports For All Accessories: USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 4 and USB Charging), 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Power-off Charging), HDMI 2.1 with HDCP support, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, Headphone/Speaker/Line-out Jack, Ethernet (RJ-45), DC-in for AC Adapter.The Right Fit: 14.31" W x 10.04" D x 0.90" H; 5.07 lbs; One-Year International Travelers Limited Warranty (ITW); Up to 6 hours Lithium-Ion Battery Life (Battery life was tested using video playback)
There’s no mistaking the Predator Helios 300 for anything but a gaming laptop, with its all-black chassis, angled lid corners, aggro rear cooling vents, and turquoise-backlit Predator logo on the lid.
The design is more mainstream than radical, a claim that Alienware’s m15 R4 can’t make. It wasn’t always one that the Helios 300 could make, either; Acer toned down the Predator branding with this redesign, which debuted in 2020. (See the 2019 Helios 300 model for context.) The Predator lettering now only appears under the screen, for a more mature vibe and a step toward broader appeal.
4.ASUS – ROG Zephyrus
Pros & Cons
- 15.6" 165Hz (3ms) QHD 2560 x 1440（16:9）IPS-Level PANTONE Validated Anti-Glare (100% DCI-P3 Color) Display. 100% DCI-P3 color accuracy boasts impressive color and clarity.
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS Processor (3.1GHz - 4.5GHz,8-core,16-thread). Great for gaming, intensive image and video editing, and streaming and recording at the same time. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q (8GB) GDDR6 Graphics Card, an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games. Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit).
- Professionally upgraded to 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD. Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
- 2 x USB 3.2 Type A, 2 x USB 3.2 Type C, 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x RJ45 LAN, MicroSD Card Reader.
- Equipped With RGB Backlit American-English QWERTY Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 2x 2.5W speakers, Weighs 4.21 lbs. and measures 0.78" thin. Bundled with Mouse Pad.
The original Zephyrus G14 was one of the first killer 14-inch gaming laptops for its combination of size and performance, and the former is the same here. The exterior design is unchanged, as this is chiefly a component upgrade, so we won’t spend too much time on that aspect here.
I should note that we also recently checked out a very different version of this laptop, the G14 Alan Walker Edition (geared toward fans of the European electronic music star), but will concentrate here on this more standard entry for the main review and performance testing.
Pros & Cons
- UPC: 884116314257
- Weight: 5.800 lbs
The biggest external difference is the keyboard, so let’s get into it. First, I should make clear that the mechanical keyboard isn’t standard equipment but an optional upgrade. Second, if you’re skeptical or think a low-profile mechanical keyboard is a contradiction in terms, I understand.
I’ll say right off the bat that it doesn’t give you quite the same typing experience as a desktop mechanical keyboard, which has room for deeper key travel and allows more complex switches with increased feedback. Some compromise was inevitable with a laptop design.
That said, this Alienware’s keyboard is great, indeed better than I expected. It was developed in conjunction with Cherry MX, the leading name in mechanical key switches, though instead of a known product like Cherry’s Blue or Red switches it features new switches made especially for this low-profile design.
Best Gaming Laptops Under 1400 – For $1,500 (or less) you can land yourself a laptop that will deliver an optimal gaming experience. The laptops we’ve chosen to list in this guide are all capable options, but certain choices stand out more than others either because of the price they come in at, or the extra features they offer that helps them provide a superior in-game experience. Most of the options below come with RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 graphics cards and 1080P displays, which will allow you to run any game out there on at least medium settings.