Best gaming laptop under $2000 – Buyer’s Guide
It’s interesting that as we started moving up in price, more of the machines we looked at had reliability issues. Best gaming laptop under $2000. I’m not sure exactly why this was, but when you’re spending this much money, you really shouldn’t have to worry about that.
With that out of the way, I would say that you can pick up some incredibly powerful laptops for this kind of money.
The kind of laptops that make most people’s desktops look slow and clunky, at this point you’ll be able to play any game you like, and often on the highest settings as well.
Editor’s Pick: Our big winner here is the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-034 17.3″ EXTREME GAMING LAPTOP. I chose this one for multiple reasons. For starter the SSD hard drive which is a nice feature, the over the top amount of RAM and the massive screen size. Plus it can play most recent games without any problem, taking your gaming experience to the next level.
Best gaming laptop under $2000
|ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 15.6" FullHD Gaming Laptop,Intel Core i76700HQ,NVIDIA GTX 1070,256GB PCIE...||Check Price|
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The GL502VS combines power and portability. The specs on this machine are, as you would expect, excellent. It comes with 16GB of RAM a 6th generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor, 1 TB of Hard Drive.
The best bit is the NVIDIA GTX 1070. This incredibly powerful and modern graphics processor means that almost every game will play effortlessly, even at max settings. It even comes VR ready so that you can play the best games in amazing virtual reality!
Like all in this series the GL502VS looks great. At just under 5lb in weight, it’s extremely light for a machine this powerful. What I noticed is that this laptop does tend to get quite hot during intensive play
Like a lot of laptops it comes with a lot of unnecessary programs, or ‘bloatware’ attached. You’ll probably want to get rid of most of this and doing so might take couple of hours at least.
|ASUS ROG G751JY-VS71(WX) 17-Inch Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M, 1...||Check Price|
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Again specs are brilliant. The G751JY has a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics processor along with 16GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz. It also has a 1 TB Hard Drive running at 7200RPM. You’ll have no problem playing even demanding games like Titanfall and Battlefield 4 on the very highest settings.
I like the look of this range of ASUS machines. With this much power and reliability, you can run multiple programs at the same time. Large 17-inch screen and great picture.
Poor battery life. I suppose this is understandable as it’s so powerful, but you wouldn’t get much playing time out of this without the charger. Very heavy, 8.4lb. Harder to just carry around with you.
The button to open the Blu-ray player is very oddly placed, it just means that you might end up opening it accidently quite often!
|MSI GT72 Dominator G-831 17.3" GAMING LAPTOP NOTEBOOK GTX 970M SKYLAKE i7-6700HQ 16GB 128GB SSD +...||Check Price|
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This has great specs, plenty of power and will have no problem running very demanding games extremely well. 16GB of RAM and a lightning-fast processor and graphics card mean that whatever your game you can play it in high quality with this machine.
Like the other models in the Dominator range, it is beautiful and sturdy, which is unusual for an MSI and essential when you get into this price range. Again the screen is big, which puts you right in a game.
This model has the same issues with the other Dominator model above. Although it must be said that in my experience these are pretty minor.
My only other problem with this model (and really I’m just being greedy) is that having had a Dominator with 24GB of RAM, I’m a bit sad to go back to one with ‘just’ 16GB. Obviously this is a ridiculous complaint, but I just like having more RAM for the sake of having more RAM. Also it is nice to have a laptop that is pretty much entirely futureproof.
|Alienware AW15R2-6161SLV 15.6-Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD +...||Check Price|
Product prices and availability are accurate as of the 2018-12-09 at 22:58 and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.Powerful specs but has reliability issues that might put me off.
This model comes with great specs. It has a 6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1 TB HDD and a 256 GB SATA SSD. The graphics processor is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M. So it won’t struggle with any game you throw at it.
Although the specs are very impressive, we’re getting into the kind of price range where these specs, although still phenomenal. Are kind of what you’re starting to expect.
There are no problems at all with this laptops power or gaming capabilities. However (and I must say in the time I’ve had with the laptop I haven’t experienced this), there are apparently some issues with reliability.
Several people have said that the Alienware model was delivered to them with faults that affected their ability to use the laptop properly. It had to be sent back on several occasions. I’m not saying that this will happen if you order an Alienware, but numerous different users have said similar things and at this kind of price it’s a big gamble to take.
This concludes our list of best gaming laptop under $2000. These laptops offer such technical specs that they are considered high-end gaming laptop. As you may have seen the laptops on our list go into that category, as all of them have amazing specs that will mostly play any games you want.
These laptops are perfect for hardcore gamers, don’t get me wrong any types of gamers can benefit from these laptops, but as a casual gamer, it might not be worth to spend a small fortune on a gaming laptop.
I hope our list of best gaming laptop under $2000 has given you a better idea of what to look for in a high-end gaming laptop. If you think we missed a laptop on our list, please leave us a comment below.