Back on sale, Best Buy has one of Lenovo's gaming laptop SKUs reduced in price to under $1000. Could this be one of the best gaming laptops under $1,000? The Lenovo Legion Slim 5 (model - 82Y9000QUS) is currently priced at $999-- saving $350 off the higher retail price of $1,349.
This version of the Legion Slim 5 packs in one of Nvidia's RTX 4060 mobile gaming graphics cards, which isn't usually the norm for laptops under $1000. More commonly, you'd find this laptop with an RTX 4050, especially on a 2023 model, but Lenovo has managed to shave a few hundred dollars off this gaming laptop by only incorporating a modestly sized 512GB NVMe SSD and 1920 x 1200 resolution screen.
The 16-inch screen combines its 1920 x 1200 WUXGA panel with a 144Hz refresh rate for a smooth gaming experience. Having a lower-resolution screen also means that the Legion Slim 5 can get higher framerates out of the RTX 4060, making it ideal for games that rely heavily on less latency - such as Counter-Strike or Valorant.
There's plenty of connectivity on this gaming laptop with 1 x HDMI 2.1 port, 2 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports for hooking up to extra monitors or TVs, and 4 x USB ports for peripherals - consisting of 2 x USB-A 3.2 ports, and 2 x USB-C 3.2 ports.
We reviewed a different SKU of the Lenovo Legion Slim 5 laptop back in August of last year and were impressed with how well the gaming laptop performed in our suite of benchmark tests - especially how long the battery lasted. This earned the Legion Slim 5 gaming laptop an Editor's Choice award for its feature set, price, and performance.
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Stewart Bendle is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.