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.
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1.MSI GL65 Gaming Laptop
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.back to menu ↑
2.ASUS TUF Dash 15
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.back to menu ↑
3.Acer Predator Helios 300
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.back to menu ↑
4.ASUS – ROG Zephyrus
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.back to menu ↑
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.back to menu ↑
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.