In the world of the endless technology and electronics advancement, the newer video games demand newer and more efficient components that advance each and every day. These new components are built in the new models of gaming laptops and computer and represent the new generation of utilities that help the growing gaming creed.
In the previous articles we’ve written about budget gaming laptops under $1000, $900, and $800 that offer large selection of laptops for every entertainment enthusiast, gaming geek, or just a casual gamer that likes to relax with his favorite video release. These models feature great, high end gaming experience despite the present essentially older components that are visible to us.
It’s understandable that in the ever growing technology environment our budgets face many obstacles to reach the best gaming performance without too many expenses and violations towards your own wallets. It’s understandable that not everyone wants to go above $1000 in order to buy the brand new, gaming, bold laptop, especially because good gaming laptops in the given budget can estimate at least 2 more games.
Choosing the laptop is a thing of personal preference. But the question that is most often asked is “are you a professional gamer, or you’re just seeing games as a hobby?” Second question is “What is your perception of a professional gamer?” Games like to live stream their in-game endeavors. This being said, the vast majority of gamers who really strictly worship their hobby found a decent way to monetize it. I mean, who wouldn’t like to be paid to play games?
In this article, we’re going to talk about gaming laptops that are certainly above $1000. Simply, the more strict, bold and arrogant attitude requires higher price. We’ve tried to keep all of the models under $1500 in order to not be too strict. These laptops are VR ready, proficient and capable of performing multitasking instructions, processing them smoothly and easily. In this article we’re going to talk about 5 professional gaming laptops above $1000 and the first that we’re going to mention is MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-009.
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1. MSI VR Ready GE72VR Apache Pro-009
MSI GE72 is a gaming, professional laptop from the G series featured from MSI. It is a well-known fact that the G series laptop belong to a gaming selection of laptops that will appeal to the tech geeky population from the world. The laptop itself features various utilities that make it stand out from the crowd, but most essentially, it is important to note that this beautiful, multitasking, gaming machine is the Virtual Reality-ready, compatible laptop as a result of its NVidia GeForce GTX 1060. The concept of Virtual Reality and Ocolus Rift is getting viral across the world and in the decent future, we’re going to see gaming laptops feature themselves out more and more with this setting. There will be more VR based games out on the market and soon enough we will see the new generation of laptops introduced to us and a new generation of games too. The laptop also comes in more brilliantly designed versions with more or less RAM, better storage options and much more, but in the following sections, we’re going to highlight the most important features and utilities about this laptop and present you with a great review that will help you shape your decision.
The first significant change compared to the mid-ranged, budget kind of laptops is the replacement of sturdy, cheap, plastic builds with sleek, aluminum brushed chassis. MSI laptops are known for their aggressive, bold, gaming builds that look as if they’re shouting “I am a gaming laptop!” . But, this is not the case with GE72. The center of the metal, sleek, smooth chassis has etched symbol of MSI with LED backlights, while the sides of the chassis are a bit deepened. The vents are imbued in the back of the laptop, making it look as if it’s a grill and not a laptop. However, in terms of gaming, this cannot be a downfall. Most definitely because good vents provide excellent quality cooling settings while playing the most demanding games of today.
When you open it, you will see attractive inside of the laptop that includes 17.3 inches or 15.6 inches screen diagonal which depends on the laptop that is chosen from the selection, surrounded by a black frame. Under you will see the keyboard, complimented with LED backlights colored in red, green and blue. The color freedom is the thing that I liked a lot with the keyboard, especially because it also has a brushed aluminum lining. The old fashioned laptops are past but the aluminum and generally metal built laptops cost more. Nonetheless, the metal brushed laptops seem much more sleek, elegant and valuable compared to the cheap plastic ones.
The laptop was expected to be one of those chunky models that feel heavy on touch, and impossible to transfer on greater distance. Weighting 2.7kg (6 pounds) it does go over our upper limit in terms of weight. However, the laptop itself is not too heavy considering the components it utilizes inside of it. It is genuinely slim and thin hence there won’t be significant troubles putting it in a bag. It feels enough comfortable to be held in the lap. This is a rare find from a laptop, especially MSI that are known for their chunky builds, and merciless weight. The dimensions are 16.49 x 11.02 x 1.14 inches and by that you will notice that there is nothing significantly chunky about that laptop. It is good to see that MSI managed to build such a powerful device, without tearing the slim ultrabook template for design.The 2017 year and years that will follow afterwards promise a heavy, chunky laptops that soon won’t be able to fit our bags or transfer to our favorite, geeky style LAN parties. We certainly hope that won’t happen.
Keyboard and Touch bar
The vast majority of laptops don’t offer good-quality keyboards in terms of design, sound and feel when typing on it. Let’s start with the design.
The GE72 has a LED backlit disco keyboard that resembles of a powerful flash lights that exchange themselves in the nightclub. Moreover, the keyboard gives an attractive, yet powerful style in terms of gaming fashion. I wish that the keyboard is colored in only one color. Preferably red or blue but that is not something that is too hard to set.
The keyboard is very large and wide. Despite the width of the keys, the manufacturers succeeded to imbue a numeric pad on the right side of the laptop which will appeal to people who like to switch between entertainment (gaming) and business. The keys feel cushy and deep while you press them. The anti-ghosting feature avoids frequent typing errors and make the keyboard fast and accurate. Another good thing about keyboard is that despite being different than other laptop keyboards, it is very innovative and it allows the user to with ease get used to it. The fact that keys feel deep on tap shows us that there won’t be unnecessary, rather annoying noise as the fast typing or operating with character goes.
Touch bar is also in brushed metal, smooth and sleek, just perfect. The touch bars are not essentially important to gamers who prefer laptops but, it is nice to know there is a touch bar to rely on in distress or simple day to day operations on a laptop. It runs very smoothly and swift. It has fast accessing speed and responses respectfully. It has everything an average laptop user would ask from a laptop, as it’s really rare to find a professional gamer play with a laptop using just touch bar. Honestly, I don’t even play The Sims with a touch bar.
For all outdoor enthusiasts who love the scent of fresh air, ambient full of tweeting birds and sky exchanging the variously shaped clouds above us, you will enjoy this 17.3 inch machine with an IPS panel and a matte finish. What does that mean? In term of quality IPS panels provide the best viewing angles above 175 degrees and moreover, they set the color reflection to the utmost minimum. With this laptop, the user doesn’t have to encounter the reflections and blackening of the screen from above or under, as the case is with the TN panel laptops. IPS panel is a new technology that will widely spread across all the brands and models because eventually it will be affordable enough to compliment all laptops.
For both editing work, media and gaming the viewing angles are excellent, the display presents vivid textures and vibrant selections of sharp and clear colors that won’t be eye stressing and the emitting of the blue color is set to the minimum.
The large 17.3 inches screen allows the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and doesn’t cease to amaze our never ending curiosity about the magnificent display quality that evokes the picture’s feelings and brings the ambient to life.
MSI has advanced its display prediction and it allowed the gamers to be ahead of their opponents with a perfect 5 ms access speed and response time. The internal panel ensures 120 picture frames per second. No more feeding and kill stealing.
The True Color technology will rest you assured that the color frequency will be brought with you with total color precision. The gaming laptops offer precision and a beautiful color transparency that enables them to enjoy the long distances and views inside the MMO open world games that are getting popular to this day.
The laptops are not famous for their exceptional audio. It is not a rare occasion that the sound starts glitching when it’s exposed to high volume. The laptops of newer generation have a lot to offer and with new opportunities a newer era of audio enhancement is introduced to us.
The MSI GE72 features completely enhanced audio setting for everyone who enjoys the soundtracks coming from their favorite game. We admit that the newer generation of games brings completely new audio touch and at times the high-end graphics, clear and vivid textures are not enough to evoke the gaming spirit.
You will be greeted with two vents on the front of the laptop and under it. These vents actually cover the speakers and actually a set of two of them, measuring 2W in strength in the front, and two speakers under. The 3W subwoofer allows you to dive into new sensations of sounds and audio features offered by this amazing gaming laptops. The good quality of speakers will be noticed in no time. After a while of using, you will notice that there is no need for using headphones. The vast majority of gaming laptop come with a tinning distortion sounds coming from the speakers, which is not the case with this laptop.
Additionally, the system has Nahimic audio Software that enhances the quality of sound and provides greater output options. It boosts the audio and voice performance and contributes to perfect sound of gaming laptop along with the speakers. Not many laptops have this in mind when they’re featuring a new model laptop.
Speakers utilize high-quality, loud and clear output with little to not tininess and glitches that may be visible only when the speaker’s volume is increased to the utmost maximum. However, this happening is seldom occasion, as it occurs periodically when the sound volume is put to the highest. The speakers quality will provide the best-quality audio for a gaming laptop.
Another very important thing of every gaming laptop is the thermal management.
Having a whole hot mess inside your laptop results badly for the overall performance of the laptop and also your nerves. If the laptop overheats it will end up shutting down and before that will result in frequent framerate drops and lags and stutterings. To avoid that, there is a portable pad that is easily set under your laptop in order to support the cooling utilities. However, the quality of cooling system mainly depends on the laptop itself and what it actually has inside.
Dual thermal modules enable you to experience great gaming levels without having your laptop overheat over time. Being one of the most important characteristics of the laptop heating compromises in-depth gaming experience if the fans don’t generate heat outside and channel the dust not to enter the fans.
MSI GE72 features advanced heating technology that generates everything that we mentioned before. The framerate is safe of dropping at least in terms of heat. And you will enjoy the silence coming out from your laptop as it runs quiet and without noisy fans.
The laptop doesn’t offer a revolutionary solution in terms of the durability of the battery life. The laptop won’t last more than 3 hours in the regular day to a day endeavors which mean youtube, surfing, typing, facebook. Unfortunately this is not the device you can use for gaming without having it plugged against the wall. Rough gaming of the best game releases won’t give you more than 45 minutes while the older games that require less high-end performance can last up to an hour and half.
It is understandable that the battery life is the price good-quality laptop is going to pay in order to establish the unforgettable gaming experience and entertain the people who use it. We’re eager to see the enhancement in this persisting battery problem in the distant future, but certainly not now. The laptop has the potential to stay attached in the living room for a long, long time against the deck. Playing games on a LAN party? Make sure your friends spared you an additional electricity spot!
Now we’re going to talk about what is actually inside of this laptop, what establishes a firm ground for high-end gaming on high performances.
The MSI GE72 sports the graphics card of the newest generation NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 mobile graphics card containing 6 GB of dedicated memory, DDR5. The graphics card contains the newest Pascal’s architecture allowing it to be completely compatible with VR games. Who wouldn’t ask for a gaming laptop with potential to run the finest Virtual Reality ready games on high settings and enjoy the new enjoyment the virtual world of gaming has to offer. Obviously, the graphics is possible of running the newest games on the market and is estimated to support the newer releases for many more years.
The graphics card performance is backed up with the quad core Intel’s Core i7-6700HQ processor that ranges between 2.6 GHz up to 3.2GHz in the turbo mode, which activates automatically as the laptop is exposed to a higher level performance than usual. These two utilities are perfectly compatible with each other and have perfect running thermal utilities that prevent them to overheat. The system has 16GB of RAM that you can easily extend. There’s no more need for RAM other than 16GB. The vast majority of gaming laptops sport 8GB of RAM. The most of games don’t necessarily need more than 8GB of RAM, if that much. If you’re looking for a challenging endeavor inside your gaming life, this laptop is a must have.
Now, we will talk a bit about the storage of this laptop. There is a perfect option of 1 TB mechanical hard drive 7200 RPM SATA drive that runs quite fast. It serves for filling the laptop with your favorite games, videos, movies and sturdy programs such as photoshop, illustrator and works even better on CAD features. What appeals even more on this laptop is a 256 GB solid-state drive with operating system installed on it. The laptops will be frequently stored with SSD drives all over the place because they’re a much more steady and reliable utility than sturdy hard drives. 7200 is essentially enough for a hard drive but we still wish to see more of transfer speed and access through the drive.
Things that I didn’t like
I wish that the laptop had 2 of 256 GB SSD instead of 1 TB as 512GB of valuable, fast and reliable storage, as fast is essential way to avoid lags and bugging the gamers despise so much. 512GB have everything an average gamer would look for, especially from a laptop this expensive.
The system has preinstalled Windows 10 which is not an issue. However, it comes with a lot of bloatware that occupies the storage from no particular reason. Wish we could opt for not choosing the vast majority of those programs.
Reason for recommending
The vast majority of laptops in this price range have similar components and run similarly when they are exposed to the stress and pressure. This laptop tells a different story. Aside from the wonderful design, beautiful, disco gaming keyboard with backlights and cushy lining, the laptop runs perfectly. Moreover it offers a great VR ready experience that was waited for a long time. For this budget you won’t find a better laptop with more promising and confident experience. The biggest reason for recommending this laptop is the graphics card and the high-quality cooling system that prevents overheating. The system contains everything a gamer is looking forward to.
The 6th generation i7 processor, revolutionary new graphics card, great variety of RAM amount and relatively slim and sleek design allowed us to experience divine gaming experience. Experience the whole new world of colors, textures, sounds and ambient, explore the open worlds of the most viral games while being able to utilize the laptop in business purposes and a regular day to day use. Enjoy the sound versions it offers and use virtual reality setup to experience the unforgettable experience that you can share with your friends on LAN parties. Aside from that, the laptop has various features that you can get to know yourself by buying this laptop and compliment your desk with it.
In case you’re more of an ASUS fan, or simply the first option has been sold out, the 17.3 inches large Asus beast will take your breath away and leave your jaws dropped.
Just like the previous one, the GL702VM has a virtual reality ready utility GTX 1060M, graphics card capable of moving mountains and introducing you to the endless spaces of the games open worlds. Dressed in a brushed aluminum, the laptop reflects a sweet design that competes amongst the most gallant notebooks. An illuminated keyboard with a sleek lining along with a fast, responsive and smooth touch bar give a gaming hype a mean punch to the competition around the market. Moreover the laptop has a 17.3-inch screen with a G-Sync panel that allows the user to experience above 160 degrees viewing angles. This is more than enough and a IPS panel near gaming experience as the screen is very predictable and puts the player in advantage towards the competition. Aside from the ideal virtual reality gaming graphics card, the laptop also has quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ that can boost up to 3.2 GHz for the most multitasking features. It has 16 GB of RAM but it can extend up to 32 GB of RAM in the future when that’ll be necessary. The machine has 1 TB mechanical hard drive, hence it’s shame not to see an SSD drive on this one, but the laptop nonetheless shows great performance. The laptop can’t be proud of its battery life but that is understandable. There’s also triple thermal module for advanced level cooling for the uninterrupting frost like gaming experience and endeavors.
Things that I liked
- The copper-triple system that allows great cooling for playing games even during the hottest summer.
- The beautifully designed chassis with brushed aluminum and illuminated ROG sign centered in the laptop.
- Virtual Reality laptop that can last for many years.
Things that I didn’t like
- The less quality speakers than our first choice
- Lack of SSD drive.
Reason for Recommending
In case of sold out gaming laptop this is the best choice you can get for the similar amount of money. The great quality of components allows the user to experience the most demanding MMO, RPG and other genres of games that offer large selection of features. With great quality screen you will be able to see predictive compared to other computer users and others.
A balance of price, portability and great gaming experience. Perhaps you’ll be forced to spend your gaming time glued against the electricity plug and a desk it will be worth the hassle. Show off on the LAN parties and gaming gatherings and show your proness to the other gaming professionals with machine that can finally offer a reasonable, professional experience that will never be futile but will serve the gaming industry and upcoming games for many more years. The best choice after the MSI GE72.
I’ve never had a chance to test an Alienware laptop but I was very pleased with the sound of quality coming out from this laptop. The third among the 5 professional gaming laptops above $1000.
The professional, sinister look makes this laptop much different than the vast majority of laptops. The sinister red keyboard that is backlit can give you a real badass gamer attitude. The laptop has advanced cooling utilities for the strongest game performance. The laptop will certainly beat every game’s stress. After a sleek and attractive design, there’s a GTX 970 M and 16GB of RAM. The multitasking performance and MMO activity is handled by the i7 processor with 2.6 GHz that goes up to 3.2 GHz under the turbo mode. The RAM can be extended up to 32GB which is more than enough and laptop sports a 1 TB SATA drive along with a 256 GB SSD drive. It is more than enough to impress even the strictest gamers in the world.
Things that I liked
- The vast majority of games that require good handling and care can produce up to 40-60 FPS.
- The fast, smooth and fast performing SSD drive that stores up to 256 GB.
- Steady, good temperatures for gaming.
Things that I didn’t like
- The software has a bit messed up drivers. It’s recommended that you have at least some technical computer knowledge in order to set up your computer perfectly.
Reason for recommending
Not often seen on the desk, the Alienware laptop is nonetheless great add on to your gaming team. Despite the lack of a 10-series graphics card generation, it will produce great performance nonetheless. If you’re looking for a laptop that will put up with all the challenges gaming industry has set up as a hardcore and a professional gamer, you’ve found yourself a dream laptop.
A great performance and design, it gives a promise land gaming experience with the empire like components that don’t stutter and crumble. Enjoying the good-quality laptop with superb gaming performance is more than anyone can ask for.
Very similar to our winning model the GE62VR has great variety of proficient settings just like its GE72 cousin. Being a proud member of the G series laptops featured by MSI the laptop can take pride in advanced kind of components that decorate and provide the top notch gaming experience without lag, stuttering and glitching. The laptop provides great sound features, brushed aluminum design and 3 color designed illuminated keyboard that is perfect for gaming in dark, although a bit of distracting. With preinstalled 64-bit version of Windows 10 the gaming laptop has various software that enhances the gaming experience of the laptop (though it can be a bit annoying). The laptop has processor Intel’s Core i7-6700HQ processor that boosts up to 3.2 GHz, providing high-end experience in games that have a lot of players around you (MMO, open world kind of games) the laptop has the GTX 1060 that enables great gaming experience just like mentioned before and 12 GB of RAM and a 1 TB accompanied with the 128 GB SSD drive brings a lot of adventure has a lot to bring onboard. All in all the laptop is a bit older version of GE72 but that doesn’t make it any less good than it’s descendant.
Things that I liked
- Less bloatware than the descendant GE72 for sure.
- Great keyboard with cushy, soft lining that allows great performance when typing, also comfortable with writing.
- The laptop is impressively lightweight and thin. As the most of the laptop are very heavy and chunky it was a happy surprise to see this laptop doesn’t weight more than it should, especially with such a strong graphics card.
- SSD drive that provides great and smooth performance worth mentioning.
- Durable battery life compared to other models.
Things that I didn’t like
- Older than the GE72. Even though there are not too many changes, not too worse than it’s descendant.
- It occasionally runs very laggy when the laptop is exposed to large pressure which can get very annoying.
Reason for Recommending
I’d recommend this laptop to everyone who wouldn’t like to be completely up to date with the best gaming news and utilities but from some reason or the other can’t afford it. Everyone deserves to live through the high-demanding top notch quality of playing games of today.
MSI Apache Pro is a great utility for gaming and a day to day usage. The set of features it offers extended completely new generation of components that every day can resist the demanding rules set by the gaming companies. With the VR ready GTX 1060 the laptop is capable of many things but more than anything meeting the overly high demands of professional gamers.
5. ASUS FX502VM
The gamer enthusiasts that are looking for a casual appearance, yet trendy piece of technology the Asus FX502VM is the right choice for you. The gamer’s life doesn’t always revolve around gaming. For example me. Working and studying are two terms that demand lightweight gaming laptops with a promising performance to be easy to carry through the buses and trains on the way to library. Asus FX502 can help you accomplish all of your needs including studying. With its attractive black and gallant design the laptop looks beautiful. Especially because of its good quality speakers and features that compliment it. The laptop has a 3 GB dedicated memory NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card that silently cuts through the game lags and stuttering arranging the most wonderful view for our gaming endeavors. The laptop has Intel Core i5-6300HQ and 16GB of RAM. The laptop stores a 1 TB hard drive that seems faster than the average amount of hard drives. The laptop is capable of running VR friendly games without too much hassle, and is capable of performing decently for many more years. We’ve mentioned before how the vast majority of good laptops should last at least 2 years which is more than enough. The jewel of this laptop will give much more than you demand of it and will offer running complicated, RAM taking programs without sweat.
Things that I liked
- For a change I liked the ordinary, casual looking design that doesn’t point out anything else gaming like except the backlight keyboard illuminated especially in the WASD keys.
- It’s great to utilize GTX 1060 on such a thin and slim model of laptop. It’s good to see technology advancing so much.
- Great cooling system that promises a lot.
- Sharp, clear screen with vibrant textures of colors.
- The bloatware is easy to remove from the laptop.
Things that I didn’t like
- I’d prefer a replacement SSD drive even if it’s only 256 GB to 512 GB, all of us have external hard drives where we keep the vast majority of games.
- The laptop has a VR ready graphics card but the i5 processor cannot run the VR games unfortunately.
Reason for Recommending
When you’re looking for a proficient, gaming model of laptop sometimes you’d prefer taking on a casual yet beautifully designed laptop. This being said, the laptop can despite its slim and ultrabook like design reach its maximum in playing high demanding games on top notch quality. If you take this laptop you’ll look forward towards the new releases and greet them with pleasure knowing that your laptop will run them.
Asus ASUS FX502VM offers great variety of features that compete to the most appealing models that can run even the highest gaming releases. Although its i5 processor prevents the Virtual reality games from playing because of its compatibility problems, the laptop fully operates with other games that still demand strong, confident components. There’s no better model in my opinion if you’re looking for a model that looks either casual and powerful. Easy to carry in the bag from school library to the LAN parties and back. The laptop also sports a decent battery life that puts its competition far under because of lack of all those ROG lights aside from the LED backlit keyboard. A great add on to the gaming collection without spending too much money, definitely worth having.
We’ve come to the end of 5 professional gaming laptops above $1000. We believe there were better laptop than this. However our aim is to find the best combination of laptops that serve the high demands of ever growing gaming community. Most laptops range between the GTX 970M and GTX 1060M mostly because of its superb Virtual Reality level of graphics experience. All laptops have sharp, vivid screens with IPS like or G-sync panel for great ambient viewing of angles and distance in the open world games. Moreover, there is a lot of storage that include fast 7200RPM mechanical hard drives and decent SSDs with fast and smooth storage. What gaming laptop do you use? How much money would you be willing to spend on a bold gaming laptop? Let us know in the comments.