Best Laptop Under 1500$: Best Value Gaming & Work (2020)

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Winner
MSI GP75 Leopard 10SFK-219 (i7-10750H, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, RTX 2070 8GB, 17.3" Full HD 240Hz 3ms, Windows 10) Gaming Notebook
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, Intel i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-78VL
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 15.6" FHD 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3, 9th Gen i7-9750H
Model
MSI GP75 Leopard
Acer Predator Helios 300
Razer Blade 15
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent June 2020
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good June 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good June 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
Acer
Razer
RAM
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-10750H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6GB)
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
256GB SDD
256GB SSD
Performance
Value for money
Weight
5.7 lbs.
5.1 lbs.
7.1 lbs.
Pros
  • Great performance of the i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti combo
  • The keyboard as good as never before
  • Amazing performance
  • Fair price
  • Bright 144 Hertz display
  • Strong gaming performance
  • High quality processing
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Great performance & Brilliant display
  • Minimalistic design
  • Very good processing
  • Lowest price in this test
Cons
  • Battery life
  • Somewhat heavy
  • Gets warm under heavy load
Recommended by us?
Winner
MSI GP75 Leopard 10SFK-219 (i7-10750H, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, RTX 2070 8GB, 17.3" Full HD 240Hz 3ms, Windows 10) Gaming Notebook
Model
MSI GP75 Leopard
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent June 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-10750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB)
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Performance
Value for money
Weight
5.7 lbs.
Pros
  • Great performance of the i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti combo
  • The keyboard as good as never before
  • Amazing performance
  • Fair price
Cons
  • Battery life
Recommended by us?
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, Intel i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-78VL
Model
Acer Predator Helios 300
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good June 2020
Manufacturer
Acer
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6GB)
Storage Capacity
256GB SDD
Performance
Value for money
Weight
5.1 lbs.
Pros
  • Bright 144 Hertz display
  • Strong gaming performance
  • High quality processing
  • Best price-performance ratio
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy
Recommended by us?
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 15.6" FHD 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3, 9th Gen i7-9750H
Model
Razer Blade 15
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good June 2020
Manufacturer
Razer
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6GB)
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD
Performance
Value for money
Weight
7.1 lbs.
Pros
  • Great performance & Brilliant display
  • Minimalistic design
  • Very good processing
  • Lowest price in this test
Cons
  • Gets warm under heavy load
Recommended by us?

Best Laptop Under 1500$: Best Value Gaming & Work

When buying a new notebook, the central question is:

What is the device used for? Should it be a mobile travel typewriter, a home office or a gaming computer?

Is it enough to sort holiday photos or should it also be suitable for video editing and picture processing?

Does it possibly need a touch screen? And then there is the question of the budget.

In any case, in this article we focus on the best laptops under 1500 Dollar.

They will give you everything performance wise that you could wish for in a laptop.

The best laptops under 1500$ – Notebooks & Professional notebooks

Those who are looking for a notebook for computer games have to invest at least 1200 Dollar.

Performance is what counts here.

High-end models cost 3000 Dollar and more.

MSI and Asus are specialists here, but Dell’s Alienware and a few special providers also get involved in this area.

An important criterion is the graphic card.

The Nvidia models of the GTX 1060 and 1070 series are especially recommendable here, but many games can also be played with a GTX 950M, but then in a lower resolution.

Game-suitable graphics cards from AMD, such as the RX 490M, can currently only be found in a few notebooks. The display should offer Full-HD resolution.

The processor of such a notebook should have four computing cores and be clocked with 2.5 gigahertz (GHz).

Since games often require a lot of storage space, the hard disk should be a terabyte (TB) and be combined with an SSD on which the operating system runs. 16 GB of memory is ideal.

Test Result: Best Laptop Under 1500$

Best Laptop under 1500$: MSI GP75 Leopard

MSI GP75 Leopard

Pros

  • Great performance of the i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti combo
  • The keyboard as good as never before
  • Amazing performance
  • Fair price

Cons

  • Battery life

Best laptop under 1500$

Let’s continue our overview of the MSI lineup in 2020.

After having had in our hands the very good GS65 Stealth 8SF (under RTX 2070), then the GE75 Raider 8SE, a little less convincing but equipped with a sparkling RTX 2060, the Taiwanese manufacturer sent us one of these last products: the GP75 Leopard 9SD.

As its name doesn’t indicate it, the device – recent in the MSI range – is armed with a GTX 1660 Ti.

Let’s see what the NVIDIA chip, announced at the end of the winter, has in store for the laptop.

The terminal is almost identical to the GE75 Raider, but stands out with a slightly different look and colour from its cousin… for a convincing, if not stunning, package.

Inside this imposing plastic shell, however, are different components from the GE75. Let’s take a few moments to list them properly.

The device weighs a mere 5.3 lbs., which is as much as the GE75 Raider, whose measurements it reproduces to within a few millimetres (here 397 x 268.5 x 29 mm).

Available now, it is offered online for around 1600 euros. The device is therefore much more affordable than the two MSI laptops previously tested.

Massive and practical gamer design

As we have said, the GP75 Leopard takes up the lines of the GE75 Raider, so much so that when we unpacked it, we could have thought it was an MSI error.

This is not the case.

Probably in order to reduce production costs between its different models, the manufacturer uses the same chassis on several references, sometimes with significantly different configurations.

Our GP75 Leopard therefore benefits from a Gamer look that is hard to miss and our observations on this matter cannot betray those we already made last month.

As it stands – and we won’t comment on the aesthetic aspect of this design (everyone will see it from their own window) – this chassis will convince fans of flashy facies and will leave users speechless in search of sober, discreet, perhaps more mature-looking devices.

The other problem with this model comes from its size.

Imposing, heavy (despite a shell almost entirely made of plastic materials rather inelegant), it is also and above all constraining in everyday life if you’re looking for a laptop that is not very portable for a while.

The GP75 also falls into the category of devices more portable than portable itself.

A statement reinforced by the modest autonomy of the PC, but also by the dimensions (noteworthy here too) of its power supply.

In fact, let’s not exaggerate, it is possible to lug the laptop with you everywhere, but only if you mourn the loss of a practical bike for everyday use, and capable of holding about ten hours on battery power.

Laptop Gamer obliges, one turns here to more or less 4 hours of autonomy on average.

We’ll come back to that a little further down.

MSI GP75 Leopard

Nevertheless, in terms of handling, the GP75 Leopard doesn’t only have drawbacks, far from it.

The keyboard, for example, is the same as on the GE75 Raider.

This is one of the best keyboards on a laptop Gamer – in our opinion.

The typing is precise, smooth and the keys themselves are ideal for gaming, with a very pleasant feel even in titles that require good reflexes… and a keyboard that can follow.

One regrets on the other hand the absence of configurable macros or the stupid positioning of certain keys (directional arrows and the “*” key, in particular) which will generate a number of typing errors for the uninitiated.

However, MSI had the excellent idea of adding two small keys on the right side of the numeric keypad.

They allow you to switch the fans to turbo mode with a single click for optimal in-game cooling (this will avoid having to go through the undigestible menus and sub-menus of the utility pre-installed by the manufacturer), to modify the colored animations of the RGB backlighting (fully configurable through a dedicated utility, under the SteelSeries label) or even to switch off the backlighting entirely if needed.

A nice initiative that proves to be really useful.

As for the trackpad, it’s rather precise.

Too bad it is not clickable and that the rendering is so plastic to the touch.

On a machine at this price, MSI could definitely make a little extra effort on the finishing, especially on the choice of materials.

Finally, note that the GP75 Leopard is two-tone, with a large surface in metallic grey plastic on the keyboard.

A color that is not necessarily frequent on this type of product and that we are therefore happy to find.

However, we like to imagine what the thing could have looked like with a real brushed metal plate. Boy, the terminal would have looked great.

Top performance… with a great screen…

MSI GP75 Leopard

Before getting down to the long awaited performance issues, let’s take a few moments to talk about the screen MSI has chosen.

As mentioned in the introduction, it is a 17.3-inch 1080p IPS panel.

A nice diagonal to play on.

The edges of this monitor are thin at the top and sides (1 cm round at the thickest point), while a wide black stripe decorates the bottom of the screen, as on the other MSI terminals we tested on Clubic in recent months.

A small webcam is integrated just above the screen.

This last one offers a very good quality (720p / 30 FPS) even in optimal luminosity conditions.

We will be satisfied with it for video calls, but only just.

The IPS screen itself offers good performance despite a rather weak maximum brightness that can be restrictive outdoors or in a brightly lit room.

The minimum brightness level allows easy operation at night.

Ideal for playing Battlefield up to the hour.

The colorimetry seems pretty accurate with balanced colors, although rather warm by default.

The contrast, finally, is fair and reaches the level of what IPS technology can give when properly used.

Let’s also remember that the GP75 Leopard’s slab benefits from a 120 Hz refresh rate.

More and more frequent on the market for laptops primarily dedicated to gaming, this feature gives the display a very interesting fluidity, and not only when it comes to gaming.

On a daily basis, it is the whole experience under Windows 10 that seems more reactive, with a special mention for web browsing, which becomes for the moment delectable.

Difficult to switch back to a simple 60 Hz slab afterwards.

If the GP75 has so far benefited from specific features very similar to the GE75 Raider, it’s under the hood that the game is changing, with the presence of a ninth generation Intel Core i7 (the latest to date) coupled with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti from NVIDIA.

MSI GP75 Leopard

Officially launched at the end of February after weeks of hard-fought leaks, the GTX 1660Ti delivers on paper performance that is often far superior to that of a Pascal-generation GTX 1070. NVIDIA’s new chip, however, is based on the Turing architecture, just like the GeForce RTX… except that it does not include the RT and Tensor Cores, which facilitate the application of DXR and DLSS.

It is therefore just a few steps behind the RTX 2060 in terms of both technology and pure performance in the range from foundryman to chameleon.

However, to everyone’s surprise, NVIDIA announced in March that a majority of its GTX chips (Pascal and Turing) would finally be compatible with DXR and the nice effects that have been reserved for GeForce RTXs until now. The GTX 1660 Ti was one of the supported models at the time and even – according to NVIDIA – enjoyed better performance under DXR than the Pascal generation cards.

A gain due to the switch to the Turing architecture, the brand explained.

We had the opportunity to see for ourselves that, under certain conditions, DXR was indeed possible with this GPU. But there is no need to hope to match an RTX 2060 in this field.

But back to the question of our GP75 Leopard GPU and its performance in game.

During our week of testing, we were able to launch three games on the device:

Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Fortnite. The first two have DXR-related options.

On Metro Exodus, in Full HD and with the settings set to “Extreme”, the 4A Games title was propelled between 45 and 55 FPS.

Returning to the “Ultra” presets, this time it was possible to reach 60 FPS and even exceed this threshold regularly during the game, for a negligible loss of visual quality.

Still on Metro in “Extreme”, this time with the DXR active and set to its base level, we were able to play in the snowy environments of the soft with a framerate between 28 and 35 FPS.

Switching the DXR to Ultra, however, reduced the experience to a simple slide series (between 20 and 25 FPS, with heavy framerate drops).

As mentioned above, DXR is therefore possible but with great parsimony and provided that it does not require optimal fluidity.

MSI GP75 Leopard

On Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the situation was similar, although more contrasted in terms of the visual novelties generously provided by NVIDIA.

The game has been offering “RTX Shadows” for a few months now.

Quite greedy, they allow more subtle lighting and licked shadows, especially indoors. On the GP75 Leopard, we were able to push these settings to “Ultra” with a counter that varied – and depending on the case – between 35 and 45 FPS indoors, with a few peaks at 50.

On the other hand, outside, these same settings were to be excluded, otherwise the framerate would be a bit of a lollipop. Opting for the “Medium” level of these RTX shadows nevertheless allowed a nice fluidity on the whole, indoors and outdoors… but for a minimal quality gain compared to the traditional shadows offered by the game.

Once the DXR settings were put aside, Shadow of the Tomb Raider was a real charm on the MSI Laptop, with 50 to 60 FPS in Ultra (and even a few spikes at 70 FPS indoors).

To go to 60 FPS, stable, and in all situations, however, we had to reduce the quality of the shadows to pass their finesse in “High”.

The rest remained fixed in Ultra without the slightest problem.

A quick look at Fortnite. Unsurprisingly, Epic Games’ Battle Royale is propelled with great ease by the machine we had on loan.

In 1080p and with all the details pushed to their maximum level, we were able to type 110 to 120 FPS without any worries, with a few drops at 90 FPS during very hectic scenes. No big deal.

The dissipation system struggles with a tumultuous Intel chip

But beyond the very pleasant performance of the GTX 1660 Ti / Core i7-9750H / 16 GB RAM combo, what about the cooling offered by MSI on this impressive machine?

Well, our impressions on the subject are more or less the same as for the GE75 Raider.

The GP75 Leopard’s heat dissipation system has the merit to exist, and in absolute terms it prevents the components from burning out in 10 minutes of play, but it would take more to channel the Core i7-9750H’s temperatures.

In stress test under AIDA 64, Intel’s processor showed up to 18% thermal throttling in the first minutes of intensive use, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 97° and an average of 85 – 87° under 100% load.

These temperatures are fortunately lower at play because the CPU load is lower in most cases, which de facto limits the overheating problems we encountered in the stress test.

It should also be noted that the GPU is very well cooled with temperatures not exceeding 60 to 65° on load.

We feel that the dissipation system helps the graphics card to cool down so that it can show the best of itself in game.

The processor, on the other hand, will have to do with lowered frequencies when the temperature rises too high.

This will not necessarily be the case in game, but it can be a problem for video editing or heavy computing that requires the CPU to be used to its maximum capacity.

The Core i7-9750H still performs very well, we understand, but these overheating problems reduce its overall potential, which is a shame.

MSI GP75 Leopard

However, this is one of the most common findings on this kind of machine and not only at MSI.

It’s something that we’re hopeful will be resolved over time.

Who knows, maybe the big Ice Lake chips (10 nm) will give us some nice surprises in terms of energy efficiency! Answer at the end of the year.

Suitable for a Laptop Gamer

Autonomy on Laptops resolutely oriented Gaming is very often the fifth wheel of the coach.

Our GP75 Leopard is no exception to the rule but is not entirely disappointing.

Used in office applications (surfing the net with a few tabs open simultaneously under Brave, and word processing in particular), the device manages to last a little over 4 hours in “Comfort” mode (with the keyboard backlighting active and the screen brightness at 50%) before bowing out to be connected to its charger.

It’s not much, but it’s about average for this type of machine.

In video playback, under Netflix (launched via Brave), with keyboard backlighting disabled, the “Theater” mode enabled from the MSI utility and screen brightness at 50%, the GP75 withstands this time almost 5 hours before shutting down.

If playing on battery power is of limited interest since the components are clamped to save battery power, we were curious.

On Fortnite, by keeping the brightness at 50% and the keyboard backlight off, the Epic Games software was animated for almost an hour, and at the price of a framerate limited to 30 frames per second.

In any case, using the MSI utility (which allows you to switch between different performance presets) is the only really convincing way to get the most out of the battery.

A reflex to take. Finally, note that recharging is slow.

Count a good two hours to go from dry running to 100% autonomy.

Interestingly, through this famous utility, MSI offers charging modes that help preserve the good health of the battery (on mains power, the battery will recharge only below a certain level and will not exceed the threshold of 80 or 60% recharge depending on the mode chosen).

A battery calibration mode is also available, again from the same software.

Finally, the question of the sound on the GP75 Leopard remains.

As often on laptops, the headphone jack is up to the task, with a precise, powerful and balanced sound, which will however tend to saturate a little over 80% of volume.

This jack output (with a separate headphone jack) is therefore very satisfying for gaming, but also for listening to music.

If you are equipped with good headphones, the MSI laptop will take good care of your ears… we can’t say the same thing with its speakers.

MSI GP75 Leopard

The speakers have a respectable maximum volume that allows them to be heard despite the noise generated by the dissipation system, at least when pushed to the limit.

It is therefore possible to hear the sound of his games even without headphones, but this is probably the only positive point to be highlighted here.

The sound itself is unbalanced, with almost no bass and over-represented midrange.

You can feel that MSI has chosen speakers that don’t take up too much space in the chassis and that are above all comfortable when it comes to voice reproduction.

Moreover, in video playback under Netflix, the result is a little more positive but never exciting.

Generally speaking, the sound found here reminds us of the sound delivered via the speakers integrated by default in some PC monitors.

They have the merit to exist and can help out on occasion, but we shouldn’t ask them for much more…

In other words, get a headset. I do.

The noise of the ventilation will quickly spoil your gaming experience in other ways.

Verdict: Best Laptop under 1500 Dollar

It’s time for a checkup on the device.

The copy that MSI is giving us with its GP75 Raider is very similar to the experience with the GE75 Raider that we tested last month… except for one big detail: the GTX 1660 Ti.

NVIDIA’s chip does a pretty remarkable job on the Laptop, delivering great performance on the latest games, without ever asking the user to make any compromises they would be reluctant to make.

Overall, the GTX 1660 Ti evokes the performance that a copiously doped GTX 1070 could have.

The GTX 1660 Ti is also quite capable with NVIDIA’s RTX technologies.

Without being able to boast of doing as well as the RTX 2060 in 1080p and in this field, the 1660 Ti can allow the curious to have a small idea of what DXR is.

However, we recommend a GeForce RTX if you want to test the beautiful effects of the greens in more striking conditions.

This is clearly not the core business of the GTX 1660 Ti.

MSI GP75 Leopard

For the rest, the MSI Laptop has some good qualities, and no flaws, as it should be for the best laptop under 1500$.

Once again we inherit a nice IPS panel, correctly color-calibrated and with a very good contrast.

However, it’s difficult not to object to its often far too brightness, especially outdoors or in brightly lit rooms.

On the dissipation side, the device has a noisy system.

Effective to a certain extent, it does not avoid the pangs of thermal throttling on the Core i7-9750H entrusted to it.

The efficiency of the most CPU-intensive software may therefore be compromised.

However, the problem is less serious since the Intel processor and its 6 cores / 12 threads will, most of the time, not be used at 100%.

Their temperature will therefore rarely exceed 85° according to our observations.

Finally, there is the question of price, which is probably one of the main advantages of the GP75 Leopard. Offered at 1400 Dollar in the main online shops, the terminal is much more affordable than its cousin the GE75 Raider.

A major advantage for a machine that, in absolute terms, doesn’t make many concessions in terms of technical specifications.

It is therefore our opinion that the device offers a good price-performance ratio.

Second Best Laptop under 1500$: Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

Pros

  • Bright 144 Hertz display
  • Strong gaming performance
  • High quality processing
  • Best price-performance ratio

Cons

  • Somewhat heavy

Second best laptop under 1500$ with amazing price-performance ratio

The big highlight of the Predator Helios 300 for us is clearly the 17.3 inch display.

This offers a sharp Full-HD resolution and, what might be even more important for some, a refresh rate of 144 Hertz.

This incredibly fluid image display is not only noticeable in games, but also the normal mouse operation looks much smoother.

But the picture itself can also convince in the test.

It doesn’t only offer a good maximum brightness of 291 cd/m², but surprises above all with its unusually high chessboard contrast of 211:1 – by far the highest value of our best list.

In terms of color representation, the Helios 300’s display covers 93 percent of the sRGB color space and thus offers an unspectacular, but good color variety.

The viewing angle stability is also okay with 62 degrees horizontally and 54 degrees vertically and thus contributes positively to the good impression, compared to the other best laptops under 1500$

Overall, the Helios 300’s screen is among the best on our best list and takes a deserved second place behind the MSI.

With a higher color space coverage and unbeaten 240 Hertz, the HP model still has the lead.

Acer Predator Helios 300 in test: gaming performance with raytracing

As it is appropriate for a decent gaming notebook, the Helios 300’s strong performance can also convince in the test.

It was equipped with an “Intel Core i7-9750H” processor with 6 cores and a clock rate of up to 4.5 GHertz as well as the GeForce RTX 2060 with six GByte video memory from Nvidia.

The RAM measures a good 16 GBytes, while the main memory with only one terabyte should be a bit tight, especially for larger game libraries – but these should load especially fast thanks to the fast SSD memory, and expansion is also easy thanks to the included SATA installation kit.

The graphics card offers real-time ray tracing like all RTX models and ranks directly behind the 2070 models in terms of performance.

Although we had hoped for a bit more due to the fan-friendly case, the Helios 300 achieves good to very good results in the test.

In the benchmark, it achieved about 1,237 points in Cinebench and 10,299 points in the PCMark 10 Photo Editing Score.

In the 3DMark there are 13,620 points, which already indicate a good gaming performance.

In practice, even graphically more elaborate titles like “FarCry 5”, “Forza Motorsport 7” and “Grand Theft Auto V” clearly crack the desired 60 fps mark and thus also exhaust the monitor’s 144 hertz display.

We’ve summarized the exact results for you again below.

As with all test devices, we have also left the turbo mode off here, to be fair – theoretically, even better values are possible.

Acer Predator Helios 300 in test: The eye plays along

Acer Predator Helios 300

The case of the Acer Predator Helios 300 shines with some chic accents and also pleases with its bevelled corners and milled edges.

The black case is partly provided with mirror-silvered sections, the display’s back is made of high-quality metal. The same applies to the illuminated keyboard base.

The keys themselves convince with a good stroke length, which makes them pleasant to type on even during longer typing sessions.

The pleasant counterpressure is especially noticeable when gaming with WASD control, which makes it easy to control through virtual worlds.

The mouse pad also pleases, even though we noticed a very slight tendency to stick.

The Helios 300 also scores optically with its glowing Predator logo on the display’s back.

The case’s workmanship is of high quality, which makes it look very stable and the display can be easily opened.

The integrated connections include three USB 3.0 ports, one USB C port, HDMI and a mini DisplayPort.

In addition to WiFi, the network connection also enables wired Internet with a speed of up to one gigabit per second.

However, you will have to do without an SD card reader as well as Thunderbolt 3.

On the software side, the PredetorSense app offers users the opportunity to control various functions of the notebook and set them themselves.

Not only can components be overclocked or the ventilation regulated, but also individual keyboard lighting and special game-related functions can be accessed.

The temperature and the current performance of the individual components can also be viewed and adjusted to your own needs using the various options.

These features are amazing in the best laptop under 1500$ segment.

Acer Predator Helios 300 in test: Loud, heavy and quickly exhausted

Acer Predator Helios 300

As handsome as the case is, the mobility suffers as well.

With a weight of 5.7 lbs., the 17.3-inch notebook isn’t exactly one of the lightest representatives of its species and doesn’t necessarily fit in every bag due to its somewhat large dimensions.

However, if the device is used on the move, you’d better not forget the power supply.

The battery with a capacity of 59 watt hours can keep our test model alive for only 03:10 hours during a simulated everyday working life – in gaming it ends much earlier.

If you use your notebook mainly stationary anyway, you won’t have a problem with it, but a charger is indispensable when travelling or on longer train rides.

In quieter environments, however, the use of the Helios 300 should be well considered.

Despite the generous case, the ventilation turns up quite a bit, especially under full load, and provides for an audible loudness in the game.

However, we’ve already experienced far worse here; the Helios 300 can’t compete with the volume of a Razer Blade 15, for example, by far.

Verdict: Second best laptop under 1500$ with a great price

The Acer Predator Helios 300 already looks good with a very chic case, its high-quality keyboard and the large 144 Hz display, but can also score in the test with a strong technology under the hood.

Equipped with an Intel Core i7-9750H and the GeForce RTX 2060 from Nvidia, smooth graphics including real-time ray tracing beyond the 60 fps mark are offered here.

However, the joy doesn’t last long in mobile use, as the battery runs out of juice after only a few hours.

In return, the strong price-performance ratio compared to the other best laptop under 1500$ is pleasing.

Third Best Laptop under 1500$: Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15

Pros

  • Great performance & Brilliant display
  • Minimalistic design
  • Very good processing
  • Lowest price in this test

Cons

  • Gets warm under heavy load

Great price for the third place

Razer presses a Core i7 with 6 cores, RTX-2080-Max-Q and a 4K OLED touchscreen into the Blade-15 top model.

We used the device as a “get-shit-done” machine and edited a lot of pictures, cut and rendered videos.

You’ll get the field report now.

We decided to put the Razer Blade 15 Advanced model with a 4K OLED touchscreen through a practical test after a Blade 15 with a 144 Hz display and predecessor processor had to go through our regular test run.

I’d like to go into detail about the differences and tell you how you can use the Blade 15 with touch as a creator.

For processing, operation, connections and other identical aspects, you’d best read the 144 Hz version’s test.

What do you give a Razer Blade Notebook that already has everything else with Core i7-9750H and RTX-2080-Max-Q?

A 4K OLED touchscreen. The “professional model” of all Razer Blade 15 has a uniform foundation consisting of Core i7-9750H and 16 GB DDR4 RAM.

For the GPU there are the options GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q or RTX 2080 Max-Q, the 256 GB variant is omitted for the latter and only the full 512 GB is available.

Unfortunately, Razer is limited to half the terabyte, the most uncompromising users have to upgrade to a larger M.2.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model has three display variants, among which the already tested 144 Hz version marks the entry level. It is even faster at 240 Hz for 180 Dollar extra and the 4K OLED touch panel costs another 400 Dollar more.

This brings the test device to a total price of 3,600 Dollar, but we also tested the 1300 Dollar model simultaneosuly..

Touchscreen on the notebook under 1500 Dollar

Razer Blade 15

Why does Razer put a touch screen in the Blade 15-4K model as well as the 17-inch Blade Pro – both of which are clearly aimed at content creators?

Because it’s often faster.

Admittedly, there is a big change for touch beginners, because many key combinations and operations have already been internalized.

At the beginning, it takes some discipline, but after a while it becomes clear which entries can save time.

When you wipe through a picture gallery, scroll through web pages or click through click paths for installations.

Pinch-to-zoom is also great when you’re talking about details in pictures and want to show something.

Google Maps, desktop icons, system settings… In the everyday input mix there are always situations where the touchscreen is faster.

A touch-sensitive display is especially advantageous in cramped situations, when you are on your lap in a car, train or plane.

Unfortunately it also brings along a hen-egg problem.

If you don’t know how to work with the touchscreen, you probably won’t spend money on this “superfluous” feature when buying a new one.

Personally, I am a huge fan of touchscreens.

The only thing better than a touchscreen notebook is actually a touchscreen notebook with a 3:2 aspect ratio and pen input like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 for example.

Equipment: Maximum 512 GB and no card reader

Razer Blade 15

Admittedly, even for someone for whom the notebook is the primary working tool, 3,600 Dollar is not a small amount, specially when testing the best laptops under 1500$.

In return, the Blade-15 professional model rocks itself loosely through 4K timelines and renderings.

Solid performance is worth a lot, especially when it has to go fast and impossible deadlines have to be met.

We have encountered two small downer in our everyday work:

We had to drag along a small hub with card reader and exchange the content of the SSD several times with external media.

If you handle high resolutions and bit rates, 512 GB quickly become too small.

At least you can swap the M.2 NVMe SSD, just like the RAM (up to 64 GB).

With an Apple MacBook Pro 15, both are soldered and you have to live forever with the equipment you buy.

To that end, the Razer Blade 15 is a little more future-proof, if it’s not already too tight out-of-the-box for you.

External SSD with Thunderbolt 3

To avoid the lack of space on the internal SSD, I connected a fast external Samsung X5 SSD via Thunderbolt 3.

Shootings with 100 GB within 2 minutes flowed into the archive or I cut on the external drive.

In this case the fast connection is worth a lot and the SSD is not really cheap.

You can also hang fast SSDs on the three USB-A ports, each of them offers half the Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth with 20 Gbps.

OLED display: Bright, sharp, high-contrast and brilliant

Razer Blade 15

With more than 300 cd/m² average luminance, 4K resolution, infinite contrast ratio with switchable pixels and a peak brightness of more than 450 cd/m², the Razer Blade 15’s OLED touchscreen leaves nothing to be desired in the best laptops under 1500$ segment.

All relevant color spaces (RGB, sRGB, NTSC) are almost completely covered.

The high color fidelity and sharpness may be clouded by the reflective finish for some users.

OLED touchscreens are not available in any other way, at least not in most cases.

I always had to look for a shady place, but this should be done with all notebooks you work on visually.

Reliable performance for the third best laptop under 1500$

The Razer Blade 15 is a powerful tool, it doesn’t get much stronger than that.

The performance here, which is below the vapor chamber in the 4.9 lbs. case, makes many a full-grown desktop envious.

This is not only due to the six CPU cores of the Intel Core i7-9750H, but also the Samsung SSD with exemplary read and write rates (3 GB/s, 2 GB/s).

I’ve often reached the limits of RAM, several parallel opened programs of Adobe Creative Suite and Google Chrome quickly eat their way into it.

Here it is important to have only one application working at a time.

Temperature and volume have never been unpleasant to me, a certain heat development and audible cooling is simply to be accepted with the power.

For video editing I usually also use noise-canceling headphones.

Strong running time, but always with a power supply

Razer Blade 15

In everyday use, the blade 15 actually lasts 3-4 hours if you reduce the display brightness a bit.

“Everyday” in this case actually means editing images in Photoshop, lots of uploads, cutting videos with Premiere and compositing with After Effects.

If the Blade is only used for Office, even 6 hours or more is no problem.

Nevertheless, the handy power supply was always a companion for me, because in video projects it would be fatal if the battery gave up shortly before the final rendering or upload.

Here I can only praise the blade, because even if you pack the power supply, the whole package is still very handy and portable.

Verdict: Third best laptop under 1500$ for the best price

Razer Blade 15

The Razer Blade 15 with 4K touchscreen is the most attractive version of the Advanced model for me.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be the RTX 2080 Max-Q, with the 2070 Max-Q there is also more than enough power.

However, I was impressed by the brilliant OLED touchscreen.

Photos and videos just look incredibly good on the display, it is comfortable thanks to touch input and brighter than the IPS screens in many other gaming notebooks.

If you not only play games, but also handle video files, the extremely fast 512 GB SSD quickly gets cramped.

Here I would have liked a version with 1 TB / 32 GB RAM.

The connectivity is ok, for Gbit-Ethernet and card reader you have to plan a dock.

The gender is nevertheless limited, because the blade is simply a very mobile workstation in view of its performance.

Working with it is fun, it doesn’t stand in the way in any way, but provides the right tool for creativity.

Final Verdict: Best Laptop Under 1500$ – Best Value Gaming & Work

In conclusion, we have to say that we cean recommend every model of the best laptops under 1500 Dollar in this list.

However if you have differetn use cases, some model might be better suited for you.

If you want the absolute best performance without any issues, you should go with the MSI GP75 Leopard.

It is definitely the best laptop under 1500 Dollar and offers amazing equipment, looks and performance.

If you want to get the best price-performance ratio, you should go with our second best laptop under 1500$, the Acer Predator Helios 300.

You will get the most value per Dollar you spend with this model.

If you are really budget conscious and 1500$ is a bit of a stretch for you, you should go with the Razer Blade 15. It is the cheapest laptop in this list, but as it offers outstanding performance it still ranked as the third best laptop under 1500$ in our ranking.

We keep this list updated, so you always get a choice of the newest best laptops under 1500 Dollar.


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