For those of you looking for gaming laptops under 1200, we have created a list that will simplify the decision-making process! In this list, you’ll discover details and an overview of the top 10 gaming laptops under 1200. You will also find the buying guide on things to consider while shopping for the best gaming laptops under 1200.

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Best gaming laptops under 1200

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Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop 15.6

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop 15.6″ FHD 144Hz, Intel Core i5-10300H(up to 4.5GHz), GeForce RTX 3050, 16GB RAM 1TB PCIe SSD, WiFi6 Backlit Keyboard w/ 3in1 Accessories
9.7
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EKSA E1000 USB Gaming Headset for PC - Computer Headphones with Microphone/Mic Noise Cancelling, 7.1 Surround Sound Wired Headset&RGB Light - Gaming Headphones for PS4/PS5 Console Laptop

EKSA E1000 USB Gaming Headset for PC – Computer Headphones with Microphone/Mic Noise Cancelling, 7.1 Surround Sound Wired Headset&RGB Light – Gaming Headphones for PS4/PS5 Console Laptop
9.5
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Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Gaming Laptop | Intel i7-11800H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU | 15.6

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Gaming Laptop | Intel i7-11800H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU | 15.6″ Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display | 16GB DDR4 | 512GB SSD | Killer WiFi 6 | RGB Keyboard
9.1
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MSI Stealth 15M Gaming Laptop: 15.6 MSI Stealth 15M Gaming Laptop: 15.6″ 144Hz FHD 1080p Display, Intel Core i7-11375H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6, Win10, Carbon Gray (A11UEK-009)
8.6
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Acer Predator Utility Gaming Backpack, Water Resistant and Tear Proof Travel Backpack Fits and Protects Up to 17.3 Acer Predator Utility Gaming Backpack, Water Resistant and Tear Proof Travel Backpack Fits and Protects Up to 17.3″ Predator Gaming Laptop, Black with Teal Accents
8.4
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MSI Pulse GL66 Gaming Laptop: 15.6 Acer Predator Utility Gaming Backpack, Water Resistant and Tear Proof Travel Backpack Fits and Protects Up to 17.3″ Predator Gaming Laptop, Black with Teal Accents
8.1
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ASUS TUF Gaming F15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS-Type Display, Intel Core i5-10300H Processor, GeForce GTX 1650, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home, FX506LH-AS51 ASUS TUF Gaming F15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS-Type Display, Intel Core i5-10300H Processor, GeForce GTX 1650, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home, FX506LH-AS51
7.6
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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-53E5 Gaming Laptop | Intel Core i5-10300H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU | 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-53E5 Gaming Laptop | Intel Core i5-10300H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU | 15.6″ FHD 144Hz IPS Display | 8GB DDR4 | 256GB NVMe SSD | Intel Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit Keyboard
7.4
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HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 15.6 HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 15.6″ Full HD, Windows 10 Home, Backlit Keyboard (15-ec1010nr, 2020 Model)
7.2
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USB Wireless Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC/Laptop Computer(Windows XP/7/8/10) & PS3 & Android & Steam - [Black] (black) USB Wireless Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC/Laptop Computer(Windows XP/7/8/10) & PS3 & Android & Steam – [Black] (black)
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Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop 15.6″ FHD 144Hz, Intel Core i5-10300H(up to 4.5GHz), GeForce RTX 3050, 16GB RAM 1TB PCIe SSD, WiFi6 Backlit Keyboard w/ 3in1 Accessories

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Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop 15.6" FHD 144Hz, Intel Core i5-10300H(up to 4.5GHz), GeForce RTX 3050, 16GB RAM 1TB PCIe SSD, WiFi6 Backlit Keyboard w/ 3in1 Accessories

$1,069.00
$999.99
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3 new from $999.99
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Features

  • 【Intel Core i5-10300H】4-core 2.5 GHZ based, up to 4.5GHz. With the 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H processor, your Nitro 5 is packed with incredible power for all your games
  • 【GeForce RTX 3050 】NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB dedicated GDDR6 VRAM) is powered by award-winning architecture with new Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors support DirectX 12 Ultimate for the ultimate gaming performance
  • 【15.6” FHD Display 144GHz】15.6" FHD 1080P Widescreen 144Hz IPS LED-Backlit Display. Killer Ethernet E2600, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201.
  • 【Acer CoolBoost technology】When heavy use requires an added boost, Acer CoolBoost technology increases fan speed by 10% and CPU, GPU cooling by 9% compared to auto mode, overall increasing thermal performance by 25% for better gaming comfort
  • 【Upgraded to 16GB RAM & 1TB PCIe SSD】 Upgraded RAM for fast processing and gaming, smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once. Boot up in seconds, get to files faster, and have room for loads of files with the lightning-quick solid state drive.

EKSA E1000 USB Gaming Headset for PC – Computer Headphones with Microphone/Mic Noise Cancelling, 7.1 Surround Sound Wired Headset&RGB Light – Gaming Headphones for PS4/PS5 Console Laptop

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EKSA E1000 USB Gaming Headset for PC - Computer Headphones with Microphone/Mic Noise Cancelling, 7.1 Surround Sound Wired Headset&RGB Light - Gaming Headphones for PS4/PS5 Console Laptop

$36.99
$25.49
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Features

  • [Wide Compatibility] This professional gaming headset for PC gamers is compatible with PC (Windows 7/8/10), PS4/PS5 console, laptops, and other devices with a USB audio port.
  • [Driver-free 7.1 Surround Sound] Enjoy an instant immersive gaming experience with its 7.1 surround sound. EKSA PC gaming headset has a built-in USB audio sound chip and 50mm magnetic neodymium driver that gives you a vivid surrounding sound field. No extra downloads or hassle to get the best experience, just plug and play.
  • [Noise Cancelling Microphone] The EKSA gaming headset for PS5 reduces distracting background noise and guarantees loud and crystal-clear communication with its 120° adjustable high-sensitive microphone. The headset’s omnidirectional noise reduction tech allows you to enjoy quality sound when gaming or in-game chats.
  • [Comfortable Ergonomic Design] Premium soft memory protein earmuffs ensure ultimate comfort even for a prolonged period. In addition, there’s absolute comfort during lengthy gaming sessions with an adjustable headband designed for balanced weight distribution and reduced clamping force. Short cables are also not your problem anymore as its 2.2m extremely durable cable allows you to enjoy your game with no boundary.
  • [2 Years Warranty] EKSA gaming headsets are under strict quality inspection on each production line. We offer 24-hour customer support and a 2-year warranty. We will make our most incredible effort to take responsibility for your shopping experience.

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Gaming Laptop | Intel i7-11800H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU | 15.6″ Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display | 16GB DDR4 | 512GB SSD | Killer WiFi 6 | RGB Keyboard

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Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Gaming Laptop | Intel i7-11800H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU | 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display | 16GB DDR4 | 512GB SSD | Killer WiFi 6 | RGB Keyboard

$1,299.99
$1,222.00
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56 new from $1,214.00
5 used from $1,149.99
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Features

  • Extreme Performance: Crush the competition with the impressive power and speed of the 11th Generation Intel Core i7-11800H processor, featuring 8 cores and 16 threads to divide and conquer any task or run your most intensive games
  • RTX, It's On: The latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB dedicated GDDR6 VRAM) is powered by award-winning Ampere architecture with new Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors supporting DirectX 12 Ultimate for the ultimate gaming performance
  • Blazing-Fast Display: This 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED-backlit display with 16:9 aspect ratio features an incredibly fast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms Overdrive response time for the gamers who demand the best visual experiences
  • Internal Specifications: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz memory (2 DDR4 Slots Total, Maximum 32GB); 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots/1 x 2.5" Hard Drive Bay Available)
  • Prioritize Your Gameplay: Intel Killer DoubleShot Pro with Ethernet E2600 and Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i lets you use Wi-Fi and Ethernet at the same time, and have total control over priority traffic to maximize speed, throughput, and control

MSI Stealth 15M Gaming Laptop: 15.6″ 144Hz FHD 1080p Display, Intel Core i7-11375H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6, Win10, Carbon Gray (A11UEK-009)

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MSI Stealth 15M Gaming Laptop: 15.6" 144Hz FHD 1080p Display, Intel Core i7-11375H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6, Win10, Carbon Gray (A11UEK-009)

$1,399.00
$1,149.99
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19 new from $1,149.99
14 used from $907.35
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Features

  • Visual Performance: The 15.6” 144hz display delivers true-to-life images with a high refresh rate so you can see every frame of the game.
  • Redefined Power: The 11th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor, delivers high performance with cores, take on any games and applications with ease.
  • Supercharged Graphics: The MSI Stealth 15M is powered by a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, take on today's most popular games with these performance graphics.
  • On the Go Gaming: Designed to be thin and light for gamers to carry around every day for games, study, or work.
  • Cool and Powerful: MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost Technology ensures optimal thermal dissipation. Featuring state of the art fans and heat pipes, get the airflow you need for gaming.

Acer Predator Utility Gaming Backpack, Water Resistant and Tear Proof Travel Backpack Fits and Protects Up to 17.3″ Predator Gaming Laptop, Black with Teal Accents

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Acer Predator Utility Gaming Backpack, Water Resistant and Tear Proof Travel Backpack Fits and Protects Up to 17.3" Predator Gaming Laptop, Black with Teal Accents

$149.99
$127.50
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5 new from $117.25
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Features

  • Cushioned mesh back panel for ventilated Air flow
  • Interior headset strap
  • Water repellent coating protection and zippers
  • Bottom pocket for power adapter Brick and personal belongings
  • Luggage handle pass-through design

MSI Pulse GL66 Gaming Laptop: 15.6″ 144Hz FHD 1080p Display, Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Win10, Black (11UGK-001)

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MSI Pulse GL66 Gaming Laptop: 15.6" 144Hz FHD 1080p Display, Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Win10, Black (11UGK-001)

$1,499.00
$1,268.69
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35 new from $1,268.69
5 used from $1,148.36
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Features

  • Visual Performance: The 15.6” 144hz display delivers true-to-life images with a high refresh rate so you can see every frame of the game.
  • Redefined Power: The 11th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor, delivers high performance to take on any games and applications with ease.
  • Supercharged Graphics: The MSI GL66 is powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX, take on today's most popular games with these performance graphics.
  • On the Go Gaming: Designed to be thin and light for gamers to carry around every day for games, study, or work.
  • Cool and Powerful: MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost Technology ensures optimal thermal dissipation. Featuring state of the art fans and heat pipes, get the airflow you need for gaming.

ASUS TUF Gaming F15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS-Type Display, Intel Core i5-10300H Processor, GeForce GTX 1650, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home, FX506LH-AS51

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ASUS TUF Gaming F15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS-Type Display, Intel Core i5-10300H Processor, GeForce GTX 1650, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home, FX506LH-AS51

$769.99
$699.99
 in stock
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Features

  • SUPERCHARGED GTX GRAPHICS - Gameplay graphics are silky smooth with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 so you can stay immersed in the game even in the most graphically intensive moments
  • READY FOR ANYTHING - Use your gaming laptop to stream and multitask with ease thanks to an Intel Core i5-10300H with 8M Cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 4 cores and 8GB of blisteringly fast 2933MHz DDR4 RAM on Windows 11
  • SWIFT VISUALS – Stay one step ahead of the competition thanks to its 144Hz 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Type Display
  • AMPLE STORAGE FOR ALL YOUR GAMES - Store all your game library, and load them fast on your 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD to take advantage of the full RTX gaming experience
  • MILITARY GRADE TOUGHNESS - Durable MIL-STD-810H military standard lives in the TUF line as the devices are tested against drops, vibration, humidity and extreme temperatures to ensure reliability

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-53E5 Gaming Laptop | Intel Core i5-10300H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU | 15.6″ FHD 144Hz IPS Display | 8GB DDR4 | 256GB NVMe SSD | Intel Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit Keyboard

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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-53E5 Gaming Laptop | Intel Core i5-10300H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU | 15.6" FHD 144Hz IPS Display | 8GB DDR4 | 256GB NVMe SSD | Intel Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit Keyboard

$839.99
$751.98
 in stock
98 new from $730.00
1 used from $719.00
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Features

  • Dominate the Game: With the 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H processor, your Nitro 5 is packed with incredible power for all your games
  • RTX, It's On: The latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB dedicated GDDR6 VRAM) is powered by award-winning architecture with new Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors support DirectX 12 Ultimate for the ultimate gaming performance
  • Visual Intensity: Explore game worlds in Full HD detail on the 15.6" widescreen LED-backlit IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and 80% screen-to-body, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Internal Specifications: 8GB DDR4 2933MHz Memory (2 DDR4 Slots Total, Maximum 32GB); 256GB NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots, 1 x 2.5" Hard Drive Bay Available)
  • Prioritize Your Gameplay: Killer Ethernet E2600 and Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 gives you an edge online by taking control of your network and prioritizing your gameplay

HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 15.6″ Full HD, Windows 10 Home, Backlit Keyboard (15-ec1010nr, 2020 Model)

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HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 15.6" Full HD, Windows 10 Home, Backlit Keyboard (15-ec1010nr, 2020 Model)

$819.99
$649.99
 in stock
15 new from $649.99
3 used from $624.99
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Features

  • REALISTIC GAMING GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated). Get all the power you need for a fast, smooth, power-efficient gaming laptop experience. 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit display, 250 nits, 45% NTSC (1920 x 1080) with 60Hz refresh rate; 79% screen to body ratio
  • AMD RYZEN MOBILE PROCESSOR: Uplift your performance and multitask seamlessly with accelerated power and efficiency, while enjoying stunning HD visuals. AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Processor, 3 GHz base clock up to 4 GHz max boost clock
  • HIGHER BANDWIDTH MEMORY & FAST BOOTUP WITH SOLID-STATE DRIVE: Boot up in seconds, transfer files without waiting hours, and enjoy a speedier laptop gaming experience with the internal 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive (2 accessible M.2 slots, 1 available), and higher bandwidth, speed and efficiency with 8 GB DDR4-3200 MHz SDRAM (1 x 8 GB, 2 accessible memory slots upgradable to 32 GB , 2 x 16 GB)
  • THIN, LIGHTWEIGHT AND PORTABLE GAMING LAPTOP WITH LONG BATTERY LIFE (unpackaged): 14.17 inches (W) x 10.12 inches (D) x 0.93 inch (H); 4.37 pounds. Up to 12 hours and 30 minutes (mixed usage); up to 11 hours (video playback); up to 8 hours and 45 minutes (wireless streaming), 3-cell 52.5 WH LI-ion polymer battery
  • LAPTOP GAMING CONNECTIVITY: With a Wi-Fi 5 (2x2) WLAN adapter and Bluetooth 5.0, all your connections are rock solid. MU-MIMO supported SuperSpeed USB Type-C 5Gbps signaling rate, SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate, USB 2.0 Type-A (HP Sleep and Charge), Ethernet (RJ-45), 3.5mm Headphone/microphone combo, AC Smart pin, HDMI 2.0, multi-format SD media card reader

USB Wireless Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC/Laptop Computer(Windows XP/7/8/10) & PS3 & Android & Steam – [Black] (black)

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USB Wireless Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC/Laptop Computer(Windows XP/7/8/10) & PS3 & Android & Steam - [Black] (black)

$19.99  in stock
2 used from $18.39
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Features

  • 【Wide Compatibility】Wireless gaming controller supports PC (Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10), PS3, Steam, Android (version 4.0 or above, the device must fully support OTG function)
  • 【2.4G Wireless Transmission】2.4G Wireless Transmission Technology (with USB receiver) ensures a stable connection without any delay, and offers a range up to 10 meters (32.8 feet), making it possible to enjoy playing from the far side of the room
  • 【Improved design】The new left and right shoulder button design is easy to use, 12 function keys, Support 2 handles at the same time (requires game support)
  • 【Ergonomics Design】Improved ergonomics for extended play time: As a full-featured controller, the wireless controller delivers accurate and responsive gaming speeds. Compact and ergonomic shape ensures a few hours of comfort on your PC
  • 【Intelligent power-saving mode】The battery life can be extended effectively through intelligent sleep, wake-up function and power on/off button. The controller is powered by 2 pieces of 1800 mah AA batteries. The battery is NOT included in the package. Customers may met problem due to use the item incorrectly, please contact seller in advance if any questions before returning.