While we have talked about some of the best gaming laptops under $1000 before, there are some gamers who might need a bit more power from their machines and to that end aren’t afraid to spend a little bit more money. Our list of Best Gaming Laptops Under $1200 in 2017 caters to those gamers if the $1000 machines aren’t cutting it for their usage. However, if you are unsure about some of the offerings in this list, the other list can also help you as some machines in that are seriously worth more than their price.
Best Gaming Laptops Under $1200 in 2017
CybertronPC Tesseract 17 SK-X1
A relatively unknown brand, the Tesseract 17 SK-X1 from CybertronPC packs quite a punch in its $1100 price tag. The gaming laptop is powered by a Core i7 6700HQ processor, 1TB hard drive, 8GB RAM and a GTX 960M from Nvidia. While the 17-inch FullHD 1080p display may make the Tesseract 17 a bit bulky, in this specific case the bulk is worth it as the laptop offers amazing battery power and performance for your gaming needs.
We mentioned this specific laptop in our $1000 list as well but there is another, slightly more expensive version of the FX502VM as well with a Core i7 7700HQ processor instead of a Core i5. Thanks to the 3GB GTX 1060, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD, the FX502VM-AS73 is one of the best gaming laptops you will find at exactly $1200. Due to the raw power it packs and 15.6-inch 1080p display, you can run pretty much every latest gaming on high settings and get an amazing experience.
Asus ROG Strix GL753VD
The ROG series of products from Asus are built for gamers so it is no surprise that the Asus ROG Strix GL73VD is in our list of best gaming laptops under $1200 in 2017. Featuring a steel chassis with an aluminum finish, the Strix GL753VD gives off a premium look on the very first gaze and to match the looks, Asus has packed in quite in the hardware under the hood. Depending on how much you want to spend and for what features, you can customize the laptop with parts you desire and prices start at $1100 with the base model featuring a Core i7 7700HQ and a GTX 1050.
Samsung Gaming NP800G5M
The Samsung Gaming NP800G5M is a surprise hit out of the park for the company as at $1100, it packs pretty much everything you could ask for in a gaming laptop while also making sure that despite it being a laptop, you don’t face any cooling issues. The laptop has 1TB hard drive, 128GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM and is powered by a Core i7 7700HQ and a GTX 1050 for medium quality gaming on the 15.6-inch 1080p display. If the small SSD size isn’t enough for you, you can also purchase the $1300 version with same specs but a 256GB SSD.
Lenovo Y700 Gaming
The successor to Lenovo Y520, the Y700 Gaming laptop continues the company’s tradition of delivery amazing performance, high durability and style while making sure everything stays in a tight budget. For $1050, you can get a gaming laptop with Core i7 6700HQ, 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM. For all your gaming needs, the Lenovo Y700 has a GTX 960M that powers the 1080p display so you should be able to play most games on medium to high settings without any trouble. For productivity purposes, the laptop also has a touch screen.
Acer Predator Helios 300
At the top of our list of Best Gaming Laptops Under $1200 in 2017 is the Acer Predator Helios 300, a beast of a machine in just $1050 when given the performance it delivers, it should be much more expensive. Powered by the latest Core i7 7700HQ processor and a 6GB GTX 1060 graphics card, no games should prove difficult for the Helios 300 to run on high settings and 1080p resolution. To ensure further performance improvements, the Helios 300 has a 1TB hard drive, 16GB RAM and a pretty decent 256GB SSD which is a lot in this price range. Acer boasts a 7-hour battery life for the Helios 300 and in most cases, the laptop does live up to expectations in that department, although when you are gaming, expect it to be less than that.
So there you have it, our list of Best Gaming Laptops Under $1200 in 2017. Not only are these machines highly useful for running the latest games on high settings without any issues, they are also built to last you a couple of years and delivery solid performance throughout that time. If gaming isn’t your main usage but you still need something just as powerful for your content creation/video editing purposes, these laptops will still serve you well in that department.