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Portable laptops with Nvidia 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics – the complete list

By Andrei Girbea , updated on August 6, 2017

If you’re in the market for a brand-new full-size multimedia or gaming laptop and you only have a budget of around $1000 – $1100, in my opinion your money would be best spent on some of the available options built on Intel Kaby Lake-H hardware platforms and Nvidia 1050/1050Ti graphics.

These computers get 15 or 17-inch screens and enough power to handle all sorts of daily activities, as well as demanding work loads and games, albeit if you’re primarily interested in gaming you should consider upping your budget by around $200 and going for a notebook with Nvidia 1060 graphics. That’s because while the 1050/1050 Ti chips will allow you to run smoothly almost any modern game at FHD resolution, you’ll have to trim down the details in some cases. Gaming on QHD or UHD resolutions is out of their league though, and they are not VR Ready either.

This article explains what to expect from the 1050/1050 Ti mobile chips, where they shine and where they come short, but also gathers all the important laptops built on the Kaby Lake-H + Nvidia 1050/1050Ti combo, with details on each one’s particularities.

There are three main different versions of the Nvidia GTX 1050 mobile chip, as you can see from the specs sheets below, where I also added the GTX 960 and 1060 chips for comparison:

GTX 1050 2GBGTX 1050 4GBGTX 1050 Ti 4GB**GTX 1060M 4GBGTX 960M 4GB
ArchitecturePascalPascalPascalPascalMaxwell
Pipelines6406407681280640
Core Speed*1354 MHz1354 MHz1354 MHz1506 MHz1029 MHz
Boost Speed*1493 Mhz1493 MHz1354 MHz1708 MHz1097 MHz
Memory2 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5

*Core and Boost Speeds can be altered by each OEM, so they might differ from unit to unit
** a 2 GB version of the GTX 1050 Ti is also available with vert few configurations

The GTX 1050 chips replace the GTX 960Ms as options for mainstream laptops, but while they have a fairly similar TDP (~50 W), they run at higher frequencies and as a result, are 20 to 50% faster in benchmarks and games. The 1050 Ti chips are more power hungry (~70W TDP), but also 15-25% more powerful than the 1050s, as you can see from the numbers below.

GTX 1050 2GB*GTX 1050 4GBGTX 1050 Ti 4GBGTX 1060M 4GBGTX 960M 4GB
3D Mark 11~7500 points~9000 points~12300 points~5500 points
3D Mark – Fire Strike~5450 points~6700 points~9600 points~4000 points
Tomb Raider – FHD Ultimate~81 fps~90 fps~139 fps~52 fps
Shadow of Mordor – FHD Ultra~48 fps~57 fps~86 fps~29 fps
Bioshock Infinite – FHD Ultra~66 fps~73 fps~100 fps~44 fps
Witcher 3 – HD Medium~22 fps~26 fps~38 fps~15 fps

*We’ll update this section once we get to test at least one laptop with the 2 GB version of the Nvidia GTX 1050 chip. Expect the results to be close to those of the 4 GB version, however some games will require more than 2 GB of memory to run at high-settings. 

Take these scores as a reference comparison between the graphics chips, as due to the multiple available configurations and OEM tweaks, they vary from laptop to laptop. The results are based on our own reviews, as well as the average scores from Notebookcheck.net, who have a larger pool of tested units.

OK, so now that you have a general picture of what to expect from Nvidia 1050 and 1050 Ti laptops, here the options to choose from. You’ll find our reviews by clicking on the links on their names, as well as more details, user reviews and up-to-date prices by clicking on the “configurations and latest prices” link in each case. Keep in mind this list is a continuous work in progress, so if you spot any errors or know any device that should be in here and it’s not, please get in touch in the comments section at the end.

ModelScreenHardwareGraphicsTB3Weight
Acer Aspire 7 A715-7115.6-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.25 lbs / 2.38 kg
 simple black aesthetics, metallic build and fairly small footprint, decent backlit keyboard and trackpad, very good performance, get very hot under load, some Wi-Fi performance issues at range, 48 Wh battery
Starting price: $799 – configurations and latest prices
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G15.6-inch TN / IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.73 lbs / 2.58 kg
 aggressive aesthetics with red and black elements, thick(1.26″), chunky and heavy, GTX 1050 Ti models will ship with an IPS screen, but 1050 models will get a TN panel, good emissions and solid performance, 52 Wh battery
Starting price: $799 – configurations and latest prices
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-5115.6-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.46 lbs / 2.48 kg
great looks and fairly good build quality, although the entire case is made out of plastic, gets a rather dim and washed out matte IPS screen, decent backlit keyboard and excellent trackpad, performs well, noisy and hot under load, solid wireless performance, 48 Wh battery
Starting price: $899 – configurations and latest prices
Acer Predator Helios 30015.6-inch FHD IPS matte
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 TiNo5.6 lbs / 2.5 kg
gaming design lines, but not very aggressive, good keyboard and trackpad, average FHD matte screen without GSync, solid performance and new cooling system with Aeroblade 3D fans, Nvidia 1060 models also available, 17-inch model also available, 48 Wh battery
Starting price: $1099 – configurations and latest prices
Alienware 1313.3-inch TN HD, IPS FHD matte or QHD OLED touch
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 2GB & 1050 Ti 4GBYes5.8 lbs / 2.6 kg
rather thick and bulky for a 13-incher, Alienware TactX keyboard, port for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, Optimus, dual M.2 storage, 76 Wh battery, only available with a Core i5 processors in configurations with GTX 1050/1050Ti graphics,  also available with GTX 1060 graphics
Starting price: $999 – more details and potential discounts
Alienware 1515.6-inch FHD, QHD GSync 120 Hz or UHD
Kaby Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 TiYes7.69 lbs / 3.49 kg
thinner than previous generation (25 mm), several screen options, including one with a QHD 120 Hz panel and GSync, port for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, Core i7 7820HK overclocked at 4.1 GHz available as one of the options, 68 Wh battery
Starting price: ~$1199 – configurations and latest prices
ASUS Vivobook Pro N58015.6-inch IPS FHD/ UHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB No4.4 lbs / 2.0 kg
our full review is available over here – compact and light build, IPS FHD and UHD screens, backlit keyboard, solid performance, 47 Wh battery
Starting price: $799
ASUS Vivobook Pro M58015.6-inch TN FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB No4.4 lbs / 2.0 kg
The same as the VivoBook Pro N580, but sold as the M580 in North America and only available with TN screens as far as I can tell
Starting price: $799 –  configurations and latest prices
ASUS FX553VD or FX553VE15.6-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 2GB/ 4GB or 1050 Ti 4GB No5.51 lbs / 2.5 kg
FX553VD comes with Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB or 4GB graphics, while FX553VE comes with GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics; the two are otherwise indentical, with IPS FHD screen, plastic built bodies (~1.25 thick), backlit keyboards and 48 Wh batteries
Starting price: TBA
ASUS FX753VD or FX753VE17.3-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 2GB/ 4GB or 1050 Ti 4GB No6.17 lbs / 2.8 kg
17-inch versions of the two models above
Starting price: TBA
ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD or GL553VE15.6-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.60 lbs / 2.54 kg
classic ROG Strix aesthetics seen on previous generations, bulky, good quality FHD IPS screen on all models, RGB keyboard, optical drive, triple storage (2xM.2 + 2.5″), 1050 4GB and 1050 Ti 4 GB configurations, decent emissions and solid performance, fan pulsates and speakers are not very loud, 48 Wh battery
Starting price: $1049 – configurations and latest prices
ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD17.3-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo6.48 lbs / 2.94 kg
an oversized version of the GL553, with similar features, specs and traits; bright screen with average color reproduction, still bulky and only gets a 48 Wh battery
Starting price: $1099 – configurations and latest prices
Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 756715.6-inch TN/IPS FHD or UHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.76 lbs / 2.62 kg
new design from the older Inspiron 7599, with many red elements; not as thick as other options (~1″), but still heavy; IPS screen with FHD or UHD panels; dual storage (M.2 + 2.5″), 2.1 speaker system; 74 Wh battery;
Starting price: $899 – configurations and latest prices
Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 557715.6-inch TN/IPS FHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GBNo5.45 lbs / 2.5 kg
The more basic and chunckier version fo the Inspiron 7567; IPS screen with TN FHD panel on most options ; dual storage (M.2 + 2.5″), 2.1 speaker system; 74 Wh battery;
Starting price: $799 – configurations and latest prices
Dell XPS 15 956015.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touchKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GBYes3.96 lbs / 1.79 kg
updated version of the XPS 15 9550, with a Kaby Lake processor and Nvidia 1050 graphics; two screen options available: FHD matte or UHS touch; two internal configirations available as well: one with a 56 Wh battery, an NVMe storage slot and a 2.5″ bay, an another with a 97 Wh battery and just the NVMe storage slot; the latter version is heavier, at around 4.5 lbs; the latter version is also bundled with the UHD screen, as you can’t get the large battery and the FHD display at the time of this update; starts at $999, but you’ll have to pay around $1200 for the cheaper version with Nvidia graphics and around $1600 if you want the large battery configuration; gets Thunderbolt 3, but only limited to 2x PCIe lines
Starting price: $1199 – configurations and latest prices
HP Omen 1515.6-inch IPS FHD or UHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo4.85 lbs / 2.2 kg
sober black design, average profile (~1″ thick) and fairly low weight; FHD or UHD IPS matte screens; dual storage (M.2 + 2.5″); versions with Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB graphics might also be available; 63 Wh battery
Starting price: TBA
HP Pavilion Gaming 1515.6-inch IPS FHD or UHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB No4.77 lbs / 2.16 kg
plastic build and silver aesthetics; average profile (~0.95″ thick) and fairly low weight; FHD or UHD matte screen; dual storage (M.2 + 2.5″); 62 Wh battery (?); keep an eye on the fan noise and potential throttling under load; versions with Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB graphics also available; starts at under $1000, but the base version comes with a Core i5 processor and GTX 1050 2GB graphics
Starting price: $999 – configurations and latest prices
HP Pavilion Gaming 1717.3-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB No6.51 lbs / 2.95 kg
oversized version of the Pavilion gaming 15 mentioned above
Starting price: $999 – configurations and latest prices
Lenovo Legion Y52015.6-inch IPS FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.51 lbs / 2.5 kg
gaming design, with black and red elements; average thickness (~1″) and weight; IPS FHD matte screen; dual storage (M.2 NVMe + 2.5″ bay); red backlit keyboard; 45 Wh battery;
Starting price: $799 – configurations and latest prices
MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro15.6-inch FHD or UHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 TiYes3.95 lbs / 1.8 kg
very thin (0.69″) and light for a 15-incher, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte or UHD panel with 100% AdobeRGB gamut, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 57 Wh battery, GTX 1060 models also available
Starting price: TBA – configurations and latest prices
MSI GS73VR 7RF Stealth Pro17.3-inch FHD GSync 120 Hz or UHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 TiYes5.35 lbs / 2.4 kg
thin (0.77″) and light for a 17-incher, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte with GSync and 120 Hz refresh time or UHD panel with 100% AdobeRGB gamut, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 65 Wh battery, GTX 1060 models also available
Starting price: TBA – configurations and latest prices
MSI GE62VR 7RE & 7RD Apache Pro15.6-inch FHD or UHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 2GB/4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.3 lbs / 2.4 kg
much thicker (1.1″) and heavier than the GS63, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte or UHD panel with standard gamut, no details on GSync support, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 51 Wh battery, optical drive, GTX 1060 models also available
Starting price: TBA – configurations and latest prices
MSI GE72VR 7RE & 7RD Apache Pro17.3-inch FHD GSync 120 Hz or UHDKaby Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 2GB/4GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo6.0 lbs / 2.7 kg
much thicker (1.15″) and heavier than the GS73, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte with GSync and 120 Hz refresh time or UHD panel with 100% AdobeRGB gamut, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 51 Wh battery, optical drive, GTX 1060 models also available
Starting price: TBA – configurations and latest prices
MSI GL62M 7RE & 7RD15.6-inch FHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 2GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo4.85 lbs / 2.2 kg
rather thick (1.2″), but not very heavy; SteelSeries keyboard; average build quality; FHD matte panel; 1xM.2 NVME storage and 1×2.5″ bay; small 41 Wh battery
Starting price: $899 – configurations and latest prices
MSI GL72 7RE & 7RD17.3-inch FHD GSync 120 HzKaby Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 2GB & 1050 Ti 4GBNo5.95 lbs / 2.7 kg
17-inch version of the GL62; SteelSeries keyboard; average build quality; standard IPS FHD matte screen or optional 120 Hz panel; 1xM.2 NVMe storage and 1×2.5″ bay; small 41 Wh battery
Starting price: $1099 – configurations and latest prices

In the end, expect to pay roughly $1000 and even less for a modern laptop with Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, a quad-core Intel processor and in most cases SSD+ HDD storage. Such a configuration will allow you to play games at FHD resolution with High settings right now, as well as in the next 1-2 years.

If you can spend around $100 extra, you’ll be able to buy a GTX 1050 Ti configuration, which offers a 15-25% boost in games.

But then, for around $1250 you can find laptops with Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB graphics (Asus FX502VM, MSI GP62MVR Leopard), and for around $1300-$1350 you’ll find notebooks with the 6 GB version of the Nvidia GTX 1060 chip. More about all these GTX 1060 laptops in this post, while this one covers the available options with Nvidia 1070 and 1080 graphics.

Bottom point, you must figure what you want from your laptop if you’re after the best bang for your buck. If your aim is primarily gaming, personally I’d look at those GTX 1060 options, even the 3 GB variants, over the 1050s. However, if you want a good all-rounder, only plan on playing games from time to time and don’t mind doing it on Medium settings, there’s better value for you in a more affordable GTX 1050 configuration. Just don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for discounts, most OEMs offer price cuts on their units and that can influence the desirability of a particular model.

That’s about it for this post, but I must once again stress that it is a continuous work in progress, so if you spot any errors or know of any device that should be in here and it’s not, please tell us about it in the comments section below.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at Ultrabookreview.com. I never liked carrying big laptops around and that fueled my passion for mobile computers back in the 2000s. Things have changed much since then, but I'm still interested in the topic and in the meantime I've owned and tested hundreds of thin and lights, so I know a thing or two about them. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

22 Comments

  1. Ruturaj

    February 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Alienware 13 is also available with 1050 and 1050 ti, but sadly with just i5.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks, will add them as well.

      • Ruturaj

        February 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm

        Alienware/Dell had wrong info on their previous web page (I know they suck, XPS with 1tb SSD is listed as HD), the Alienware 13 weights 5.8lbs.

        • Andrei Girbea

          February 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

          Thanks, updated

          • Ruturaj

            April 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

            Alienware is offering i7 for 1050ti model now.

  2. mystiq

    February 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    how about the new zenbook PRO with quadcore, GTX1050/TI ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I reckon one should be released soon enough, but haven't seen anything about it yet (pls correct me if I'm wrong). Perhaps after MWC

  3. dellsucks

    February 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    the inspiron comes with an IPS only on the UHD model

    the FHD screen (TN) is one of the worst you can find

  4. anonymous

    April 12, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Surprisngly, Dell launched a successor to its 7559, the 5577. It shares the same specs except for the 1050. Can you do a review of it please? Its now available on Amazon and Dell's website.

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 12, 2017 at 7:32 am

      The 7567 is actually the followup of the 7559 and even the Dell webpage redirects to this model. It's not available here though, but I was promised a sample once it will be. I am working on a review of the 7566 that will be available soon, which is identical to the 7567, except for the hardware specs.

  5. Oz

    April 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Hello Andrei,
    This is something I've been requesting for quite some time and thank you so much for making that happen. Please work on gsync enabled/120hz/high res (3k/4k) laptops articles in the future if possible.

  6. Leandro

    May 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    In the first paragraph – "in my opinion you’re money would be best spent", please, correct you’re to Your – "in my opinion your money would be best spent". Thanks…(english is not my first language though)

  7. Fed95

    June 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Hello sir Andrei, So technically for games a core i5-6300hq with 8gb running GTX-1060 3GB NVRAM would outperform a core i7-7700hq with 4gb of RAM and using GTX-1050Ti 4GB NVRAM? Thanks and waiting for your recommendations and suggestions.

  8. David Pinheiro

    July 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Please do one for laptops with mx150 graphics (and maybe other low power future graphic cards)

  9. Mz

    August 21, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    How come there are no 14 inch solutions with 1050 or 1050Ti available? 15 inch is too large for me (except maybe tiny bezel models like xps15) so want something smaller but there is only weaker gt940mx units or expansive gtx1060 gaming hardware. Is that some deal OEMs made with Nvidia, to not create anytging for the 1000USD 14 inch 1050 segment?

    Dell was going to release its Inspiron gaming 7467 for it but apparently canceled without any notice (makes me angry..)

    And because AMD still seems to forget bringing Polaris to mobile we cant count on them either.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

      I'd reckon the trend now is to fit 14-oinch screens in smaller 13-inch laptop bodies and also have 15-inch laptops with narrow bezels, so smaller than the standard 15-inchers.

      That means the 14-inchers will get MX150 graphics, while these new 15-inchers like the Zenbook UX550 and Dell XPS 15 get the GTX 1050 chips. And given how these later two have a hard time cooling an HQ processor and the 1050, I'd reckon it's not yet possible to put these in smaller bodies without sacrificing thickness and weight.

      I've never been a fan of 15-inchers myself, but with these newer design I can see myself living with one. As years go one I find myself more and more inclined to use a larger screen over the 12.5 and 13.3 inchers I've used for years in the past.

      • stefanos

        September 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

        Greetings Dear Andrei!

        which one would you go? at the same price:

        Laptop Asus FX753VE-GC155T – 17.3" (i7-7700HQ/16GB/1256GB/GTX 1050Ti)
        or
        Laptop Asus FX502VM-DM560T – 15.6" (i7-7700HQ/8GB/1128GB/GTX 1060)

        please consider that the 17.3 is IPS, the 15.6 is TN..
        and that the SSD on 17.3 is 256Gb.

        i am having a hard time deciding..

        Thank you in advance..

        • Andrei Girbea

          September 14, 2017 at 1:27 pm

          I'd get the 17-incher. If you play a lot of games though, the 1060 is a better chip. The SSD and RAM could be further upgraded, but the idea of living with a TN panel is just not for me.

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