Gaming laptops running Nvidia’s top-end graphics cards now are readily available — for a price.

But you’ve got a bit of a wait ahead of you before their prices drop below the $1,500 level. The good news is the prices on older laptops with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs started dropping long ago.

CNET recommends these four not-very-old machines,

all of which are well-configured 15.6-inch laptops that run

less than $1,000.

Dell G5 15

Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (excellent).

The good: Dell’s G5 15 is a refinement of last year’s model — the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming — but continues to offer good entry-level gaming performance with extras like Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe NVMe as well as memory and storage that’s easily upgraded or expanded.

The bad: Some might find the color, contrast and brightness of the full HD display disappointing.

The cost: $699.99.

The bottom line: Dell’s G5 15 rises to the top as one of the best entry-level gaming laptops you can buy despite being just a minor update from its predecessor.

Lenovo Legion Y530

Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (excellent).

The good: The Lenovo Legion Y530’s delivers on entry-level gaming performance and has a useful design that makes it as good for travel as it is on a desk hooked up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

The bad: Display is somewhat dim with dull color. Keyboard might be a little too soft for some. Webcam is below the display.

The cost: $823.99.

The bottom line: As entry-level gaming laptops go, the Lenovo Legion Y530 offers one of the best mixes of performance and design you’re going to find at the moment.

Acer Predator Helios 300

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (very good).

The good: The Nvidia 1060 graphics card is overclockable, pushing your computer components harder and faster than the manufacturer designed them to go, and cooling is assisted by a patented super-thin fan. For a 17-inch VR-ready gaming laptop, the price is very reasonable, and the 15-inch version with the same GPU costs less than $1,000.

The bad: The screen is only standard 1920x1080 resolution and doesn’t really pop. The part-plastic body is a yawn.

The cost: $999.99.

The bottom line: You can find similar components for less, but Acer packs a lot of unique features — and a big screen — into the midpriced Predator Helios 300.

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (2018)

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (very good).

The good: The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop has a respectable mix of components for solid performance for both everyday tasks and gaming. The design is nicer than most other mainstream gaming laptops.

The bad: HP’s configuration options are limited compared to its competitors and other features are behind the curve, too. No gaming-oriented extra features, beyond its green glowing keyboard.

The cost: $999.

The bottom line: The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is as straightforward as its name. You’ll find solid gaming performance and just enough of an edge to keep things interesting.

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