If you're a smart buyer, you can always get a good Black Friday gaming laptop deal—you just need to know what to look for. Whether you want something portable to game on the go, or need something for both work and play, November is always an excellent time to shop for a new portable PC. RTX graphics cards are staples in the best gaming laptops now, so expect the prices to drop on anything with an RTX 2060 or higher, which should be a welcome relief for most of our bank accounts. There are also plenty of GTX 10-series laptops still floating around, so those should be discounted again too.
Here's our guide to all the best Black Friday deals for PC.
Picking the right Black Friday gaming laptop deal is important: a high-end machine can go for $2,500 or more, depending on if its an 8th or 9th-gen Intel processor, what RTX graphics card is inside, and other things like refresh rate and screen resolution. You're paying a portability premium too, but that's the reality of gaming laptop prices. But if you decide the investment is worth it, you'll have a great laptop that will be able to play all the latest games for years to come, and Black Friday always offers a good opportunity to save big.
Last year, we saw discounts on many of the well-known brands like Asus, Dell, Acer, Razer, MSI and more, some as much as $550 off. However, most discounts were within the $200-$300 range, which is indicative of what to expect this coming Black Friday.
Black Friday gaming laptops—When do they go on sale?
Sales will be in full swing from November 29 until after Cyber Monday, December 2, but they usually start popping up a week or two before, so start researching around that time, even if you are only on the fence about getting a new laptop. You might find a good deal that you can't pass up. Generally speaking though, most of the best deals are reserved for Black Friday weekend, so you might want to wait—but sometimes those deals are limited in quantity, so timing is everything.
However, that doesn't mean you can't shop for something else, like a nice gaming mouse to go with your new future laptop.
Best gaming laptop deals right now
But you need a laptop right now? That's okay. We've got you covered. Here are our top picks for the best gaming laptop deals right now. Some might be cheaper during Black Friday, and some may not, but that's the gamble you take for buying ahead of the biggest retail holiday of the year.
Razer Blade 15 (2019) | 15.6" 144Hz | Core i7-8750H | RTX 2070 Max-Q | $2,299 ($300 off)
The Razer Blade 15 is one of our top picks for a gaming laptop, and this one will boss most games and worktasks that you throw at it. Razer's tech is pricey, so the saving is very welcome.View Deal
Gigabyte AERO Classic | 15.6" 144Hz IPS | Core i7-9750H | GTX 1660 Ti | $1399.00 ($400 off)
We love the screens on the Gigabyte AERO laptops, so it's worth putting a little more money into one of these. A 1660 Ti is pretty good for a $1500 laptop, but may go cheaper on BF.View Deal
Lenovo Legion Y540 | 15.6" 144Hz IPS | Core i7-9750H | RTX 2060 | $1,299 ($300 off)
While Legion laptops aren't the cheapest, you get good hardware in them, so the quality is excellent. A core i7 and an RTX 2060 should handle most games and work demands with ease too.
HP Omen | 15.6" 144Hz IPS | Core i7-9750H | GTX 1660 Ti 6GB | $1,099.99 ($300 off)
Not the most powerful of laptops, but it has a neat 144Hz screen and a decent build. That price is very tempting too, as you can pay far more for laptops of this spec.View Deal
Lenovo Legion Y545 | 15.6" 144Hz IPS | Core i7-9750H | RTX 2060 6GB | $1,199.00 ($400 off)
Normally, Lenovo laptops are pretty expensive, thanks to high build quality, but this one is a good deal: an i7 and 2060 for less than $1200? That's well worth a look.View Deal
MSI GL63 | 15.6" 60Hz | Core i7-8750H | GTX 1650 | $799.00 ($100 off)
It's rare you find a decent i7 laptop with one of the newer Nvidia cards for less than $800, so if you're on a budget this is well worth considering.View Deal
Lenovo Ideapad L340 | 15.6" IPS | Core i5-9300H | GTX 1650 4GB | $704 ($96 off)
While the Legion laptops are Lenovo's premium gaming machines, this Ideapad is very solid, and at an attractive price, even with a lower-spec GPU and an i5 processor.View Deal
How to save money on gaming laptops during Black Friday
With the deluge of deals that ooze out of every major retailer every Black Friday, narrowing down your choice of laptop to a single one can seem like an overwhelming task. But there are a few ways you can prepare ahead of time so you can cut through the noise and find exactly, or close to, what you are looking for.
1. Figure out what's important
What are your must-haves when shopping for your next gaming laptop? What are some components or features that you are willing to compromise on so you don't spend as much money? You can write out a list if you think that will help, but knowing what matters the most to you in a gaming laptop can help you figure out the right price point in advance and hone in on getting something you won't regret spending your money on. Does a better GPU matter more than a display greater than 1080p? Only you will know what will make you happy. Read some reviews if that helps, too.
2. Bookmark price comparison websites
We work around the clock from Black Friday to Cyber Monday to post the best possible deals we can find, but sometimes it's helpful to bookmark sites like CamelCamelCamel to know if you are really getting the best deal possible. CamelCamelCamel will show you price histories of any item on Amazon, so you can see if you are getting the possible deal for what's listed on the product page. The price may not ever reach its 'lowest price ever' ever again, but could still be a screamin' deal if it's within $10 or $20 of that lowest price.
3. Look out for bundle deals and other extras
Retailers bring out all sorts of bundle deals during Black Friday, especially when it comes to PC hardware. They may be few and far between for gaming laptops, but it's not unheard of to have a laptop come with a game code or two, or with peripherals like gaming mice. Other extras can include mail-in rebates, which can save you some extra cash if one retailer is offering rebates and another one isn't for the same item.
Black Friday gaming laptop deals from 2018 (Expired)
While these deals are from last year, they'll give you a good idea of what to expect in the coming months from a few retailers. Of course, there are newer models than these available now, but you can still get a good idea of what will most likely be available for various budgets.
Gigabyte Aero 15X | 15.6" 144Hz | i7-8750H | GTX 1070 | $1,749 (save $550)
One of our favorite gaming laptops, the light-and-thin 15.6" Aero 15X sports a Max-Q GTX 1070 and 144Hz screen, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and fantastic battery life. This is an incredible price for an outstanding laptop. MSI GL63 | 15.6" | i7-8750H | GTX 1060 | $950 (save $300)
This laptop normally goes for $1,249, but with a sale and $100 rebate, you can snag it for $959. That's a great price for the specs—Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB RAM, and 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD. HP Pavilion | 15.6" | i5-8300H | GTX 1050 Ti | $599 (save $200)
his is a great price for a GTX 1050 Ti laptop. It's unclear if this deal is in-store only or also available online, but it's a great deal, so we're leaving it here.