You can buy a gaming laptop with respectable specs for under a grand, especially if you find one on sale. Case in point, Acer's Nitro 5 is marked down to $699.99 (from $799.99) at Best Buy right now, and it offers enough horsepower to play most games at 1080p on the laptop's 15.6-inch display.
The foundation consists of a Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. It also has a 256GB SSD for faster game loads and a smoother overall experience even when just navigating Windows (compared to a mechanical hard drive).
As with many modern laptops, Acer traded an optical drive for a thinner and lighter design. In this case, it measures 1.1 inches at the waistline and weights 5.95 pounds. That's not ultrabook territory, but certainly portable.
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