Today's Amazon Prime Early Access deals are a sort of Black Friday preview. Are there deals? Yes. But is there also a lot of junk to sort through? Also yes. If you're not looking to buy an Amazon device like a Kindle, this Prime Early Access sale probably won't blow you away. We did find a few decent discounts on gaming laptops, though, which we've collected below.
The general rule of thumb for picking a gaming laptop deal is to start by deciding what GPU you want. To run modern games at high framerates, you'll likely want an Nvidia RTX 30-series card or AMD equivalent, so that's the bar we're using to decide which laptops we include.
I'd recommend not paying any more than $900 for an RTX 3050 or RX 6650 XT-powered machine, or $1,000 for one packing an RTX 3060 or RX 6700 XT. At the top end, RTX 3090 Ti and RX 6900 XT machines shouldn't set you back more than $2,300 as an absolute maximum. At that price, it should at least come with a high refresh rate, 1440p panel. Check out our gaming laptop and PC guide for Amazon Prime Day (opens in new tab).
Keep in mind too, that it isn't just Amazon we'll be seeing discounted goods showing up on. Other sites like Newegg (opens in new tab) are offering some bargains, too.
If you're after something more powerful, take a gander at our lists of Amazon Prime Early Access gaming PC deals (opens in new tab) and Prime gaming monitor deals (opens in new tab). There's also a page with our top picks, and our full selection of Amazon Prime Early access PC gaming deals (opens in new tab) , including TVs, PC components, and peripherals.
Where are the best Prime Early Access gaming laptop deals?
- Amazon - RTX 3050 laptops are on sale already, starting at $769 (opens in new tab)
- Asus - $100 off Asus ROG gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- MSI - RTX GF65 Thin with RTX 3060 for $852 (opens in new tab)
- Gigabyte - Reductions on Gigabyte gaming laptops at Amazon (opens in new tab)
- Walmart - The place to go for budget laptops, including a GTX 1650 laptop under $600 (opens in new tab)
- B&H Photo - Over $300 off Lenovo, Asus, & MSI gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- Target - Laptops great for office or school laptops at decent sale prices (opens in new tab)
- Staples - Lenovo and HP office laptops over $200 off (opens in new tab)
- Lenovo - Chunky savings on workstations and Chromebooks (opens in new tab)
- Newegg - RTX 3050 Ti gaming laptops under $1,000 (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft - Up to $900 off last-gen gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- Dell - Up to $369 off RTX 3050 Ti gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
Amazon Prime Early Access gaming laptop deals
MSI GF65 Thin | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i5 10500H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$909.99 $851.62 at Amazon (save $58.37) (opens in new tab)
It may come in at the lower end of the gaming spectrum, but this is a dependable machine that's lighter than your average gaming laptop, and the CPU is still relevant today. Overall, it's a good price for a portable gaming machine with a current gen GPU.
Gigabyte G5 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i5 11400H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$1,299 $979 at Amazon (save $320) (opens in new tab)
This RTX 3060-powered machine isn't a door buster, but it's a nice deal. That CPU is only last gen, and it's backed up with 16GB of RAM as well as a 144Hz monitor. The SSD is a little lacking for the size of today's games, but you can always upgrade it later.
Gigabyte A7 K1 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$1,299 $1,053.48 at Amazon (save $245.52) (opens in new tab)
A current-gen GPU with ray tracing capability coupled with a sweet Ryzen CPU on a big 17-inch laptop; not bad for the price, though some more SSD space would've been nice.
Acer Nitro 5 | Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti | Intel Core i7 11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$929.99 $749.99 at Amazon (save $180) (opens in new tab)
The RAM is a little lacking, but this nifty little laptop should see you right at its native 1080p in most games. A 11th Gen Intel CPU and 3050 Ti combo makes this one a very tidy entry level gaming laptop. More storage would be nice.
MSI Pulse GL66 | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$1,499 $1,249 at Amazon (save $250) (opens in new tab)
There's a lot to say about a machine with an RTX 3070, and while it's not the best deal ever, this one comes suped up with a powerful last Gen Intel mobile CPU, and has a speedy 144Hz monitor to top it off.
Razer Blade 14 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 | Ryzen 9 5900HX | 15.6-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD |
$2,799.99 $1,899.99 at Amazon (save $900) (opens in new tab)
An absolutely intense machine here with a ridiculous saving. We're in love with the Blade in general, though this isn't our fave config; it's a little noisy and has the potential to throttle under heavy loads, but it's still a super speedy machine for a great price.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 | RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 300Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD |
$2,399.99 $1,799.99 at Newegg (save $600) (opens in new tab)
An immense component combo here, one that's sure to smash anything you throw at it, especially at its native 1080p resolution. You may even be able to make the most of that speedy 300Hz refresh rate screen
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE4 | RTX 3080 | Intel Core i9 12900H | 16-inch | 4K | 60Hz | 32GB RAM | 2TB SSD |
$2,999 $2,199 at Newegg (save $800) (opens in new tab)
Hold me back. This one not only comes with more storage and RAM than any human could hope to use, it's packing one of the most beastly CPU/GPU combos out there. The 4K panel may be locked at 60Hz, but you can bet it'll be a crisp image, and great for anyone looking to do studio work.
Amazon Prime Early Access laptop deals
ASUS VivoBook Pro 16X OLED | Nvidia RTX 3050 | Intel Core i7 11370H | 16-inch | 3840 x 2400p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD |
$1,399.99 $999.99 at Newegg (save $400) (opens in new tab)
That's a decent saving on a last-gen Intel Core i7 lappy. That's a great CPU for productivity and with an RTX 3050 in there, you'll be able to get a little bit of gaming in, too. A fancy, high-res OLED screen and a nice chunk of storage never go amiss either. Plus, you get a three month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.
Amazon Prime Early Access UK gaming laptop deals
MSI Katana GF66 | NVIDIA RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7-11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1199 £899.99 on Amazon (save £300) (opens in new tab)
This MSI laptop slides right in under the price we advise snagging an RTX 3060 system for. It also includes that rather nice last Gen Intel mobile CPU. The 144Hz screen and 16GB of RAM will do right by you for gaming too.
When is Amazon Prime Early Access 2022?
Amazon Prime Early Access began at 12 am PT, Tuesday October 11, and will run all the way through to 11:59 pm on Wednesday October 12. Expect 48 hours of potential PC gaming deals, before we get into the meatier discounts expected to drop on Black Friday—that's November 25 for anyone willing to wait that long. Truly, Amazon isn't messing around when it says Early Access. In fact, let's just have a deal event every month.