Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals 2022: notebooks are the hot ticket item this year

Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals
Cyber Monday laptop deals

Some of the best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals have survived the weekend, but as you would expect many of the discounts left over from Black Friday have now expired. We're hopeful, however, that at the start of the new week we'll see a bunch come back into stock, and some new Cyber Monday laptop deals come to the fore such as this outstanding RTX 3070 Asus gaming laptop for under $1,000 (opens in new tab), and that big screen 17-inch Gigabyte RTX 3060 machine for $880 (opens in new tab).

Retailers will often hold back stock of sales items for another push around Cyber Monday, and with a whole new generation of gaming laptops ready to launch in the new year, there's plenty of still relevant hardware at steep savings today.

But here at PC Gamer we'll be going around, like truffle pigs for PC goodies, sniffing out deals wherever they may be hiding. And we know just what to look for, too. Ideally a current-gen GPU, for one—one of Nvidia's RTX 30-series will have the chops to take on most modern games. Even some older models with RTX 20-series are still kicking around, though we don't recommend paying over the odds for those when there are better rigs around for less. 

You'll also want to consider newer CPUs, many of which come with greater core counts than the usual four-core options. That said, if you're being presented with the choice of a last-gen CPU paired with a current-gen GPU, it's not the end of the world—it'll still serve you well, and the GPU is more important for most games, anyway.

Below are all the best gaming laptop deals we've found so far. And we'll continue to update this page throughout Cyber Week too, adding the best deals and removing any deals that have expired.

Where are the best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals?

In the US:

In the UK:

Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals in the US

Acer Nitro 5 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $798 at Walmart (opens in new tab)

Acer Nitro 5 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $798 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Even now the hefty discount has expired, the Nitro is still one of the cheapest RTX 3060-based gaming laptop around going into Cyber Monday. For this much cash you're usually looking at a GTX 1650 Ti based machine, at best. But here, you get a genuine 1080p gaming GPU, and a quality AMD Ryzen CPU, too. The 8GB of RAM is a bit weak for high-end productivity tasks, but the 144Hz screen and 512GB SSD go some way to making up for that slight shortfall.

Gigabyte A7 K1 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 5800H | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $999 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte A7 K1 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 5800H | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $999 $879.99 at Newegg (save $119.01) (opens in new tab)
The Gigabyte cheapo big boi is back on the menu, with Newegg offering us this banging gaming laptop bargain for a delightful $880. You get the bigger screen, but with a 1080p resolution that the RTX 3060 will cope with quite happily. There's also that tasty Ryzen CPU for all your productivity needs, too. A lot of laptop for the money.

Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS | 14-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,399.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS | 14-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,399.99 $899.99 at Best Buy (save $500) (opens in new tab)
If you don't want a hulking gaming laptop, let me introduce the Zephyrus 14: a 14-incher that can game without busting your bank balance or your shoulder when lugging it around. No-nonsense specs in a delightful package. That $500 saving doesn't hurt either.

MSI Katana GF66 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,349 (opens in new tab)

MSI Katana GF66 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,349 $899.99 at Amazon (save $449.01) (opens in new tab)
Dropping below the $900 mark is when you know you've got a good RTX 3060 laptop deal on your hands. It's got all the necessary specs you could want, such as high refresh rate screen, 16GB RAM, and a decent capacity SSD for the money. It's basically bang-on what you'd want to pay for a traditional mainstream gaming laptop.

Asus TUF Dash 15 | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7-12650H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,499.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus TUF Dash 15 | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7-12650H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,499.99 $999.99 at Best Buy (save $500) (opens in new tab)
Scraping in just under the $1,000 mark is this RTX 3070-powered ultramobile gaming PC. It's still rocking a 10-core, 16-thread CPU, but the Dash 15 is Asus' thinner gaming laptop variant and is a really nice machine. We'd maybe want a little more storage than 512GB but there's a spare SSD slot inside for when you do want to upgrade. This is also the cheapest RTX 3070 machine we've found right now.

Asus ROG Flow X13 | Nvidia GTX 1650 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS | 13.4-inch | 1080p | 120Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,359.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Flow X13 | Nvidia GTX 1650 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS | 13.4-inch | 1080p | 120Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,359.99 $999.99 at Amazon (save $360) (opens in new tab)
I have been dead set against recommending anything from the GTX 16-series, whether it's laptop, PC, or just straight graphics card. But the Flow X13 is something different to a traditional gaming laptop, and if you fit its niche this might be for you. It's a 13-inch ultra-portable gaming 2-in-1, which means it's kinda laptop and kinda tablet. You can buy it with an external GPU dock (opens in new tab), which is why it comes with a weedy GTX 1650, but if you're doing light gaming, but still want a decent little productivity notebook, it's not a bad shout.

Asus ROG Strix G15 | AMD RX 6800M | AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX | 15.6-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,699.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Strix G15 | AMD RX 6800M | AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX | 15.6-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,699.99 $1,099.99 at Best Buy (save $600) (opens in new tab)
This is a genuinely fantastic gaming laptop deal, and you're going to need to hurry because if people have any sense they'll snap this right up. The RX 6800M is AMD's most powerful mobile GPU, and we're talking around RTX 3070 Ti levels of standard gaming prowess. For just $1,100. Throw in a 1440p screen running at 165Hz and you've got one mighty machine.

Gigabyte Aorus 5 SE4 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 360Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,299.99 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte Aorus 5 SE4 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 360Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,299.99 $1,149.99 at Newegg (save $150) (opens in new tab)
A new 12th Gen Intel CPU combined with a powerful 130W RTX 3070 for $1,150 is a solid offering. That's especially true since this one's paired with a fantastically speedy 360Hz panel. There's plenty of RAM for your games and the chassis is attractive too.

MSI Crosshair | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 17.3-inch | 144Hz | 1080p | 16GB DDR4 | 512GB SSD | $1,899 (opens in new tab)

MSI Crosshair | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 17.3-inch | 144Hz | 1080p | 16GB DDR4 | 512GB SSD | $1,899 $1,349 at Newegg (save $550) (opens in new tab)
The RTX 3070 is very capable in mobile form, particularly when driving a 1080p screen like this. Pair that with a powerful 12th Gen Intel CPU and that 144Hz screen will be well used. This is a decently specced gaming laptop that will handle whatever you throw at it. I wish it had a better SSD for the price, but 16GB of dual channel DDR4-3200 RAM is not terrible. This is the Rainbow Six Extraction edition, so you've really gotta like yellow.

Gigabyte Aero 16 XE4 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | Intel Core i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 4K | 16GB DDR4 | 2TB SSD | $1,499.99 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte Aero 16 XE4 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | Intel Core i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 4K | 16GB DDR4 | 2TB SSD | $1,499.99 $1,309.99 at Newegg (save $190) (opens in new tab)
This deal isn't quite as hot as it was early Friday, but it's still a good price. For the cost of some RTX 3060 laptops, here you can net an RTX 3070 Ti, a high-end up-to-date Intel CPU, plenty of RAM and storage—all packed into a chassis that we've liked for a long time. It's billed as more of a creator laptop, being an Nvidia Studio laptop, and that's what we've always used these laptops for on-team. Hence the 4K resolution. But you could still game at high-res with the spec it delivers.

Dell G15 Gaming Laptop | Nvidia RTX 3070 | AMD Ryzen 7 6800H | 15.6-inch | 165Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,599 (opens in new tab)

Dell G15 Gaming Laptop | Nvidia RTX 3070 | AMD Ryzen 7 6800H | 15.6-inch | 165Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,599 $1,349.99 at Dell (save $250) (opens in new tab)
Here's a very well-rounded gaming laptop that's well worth the money asked for it. The RTX 3070 is a great mobile gaming GPU with the power to make the most of the G15's 165Hz screen. Beyond that, however, you have AMD's excellent Ryzen 7 6800H. That's a chip that's mighty for gaming and multitasking, so this laptop is really well-suited to whatever you want to throw at it.

Legion 5 Gen 7 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | AMD Ryzen 7 6800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 165Hz | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB SSD | $2,199.99 (opens in new tab)

Legion 5 Gen 7 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | AMD Ryzen 7 6800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 165Hz | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB SSD | $2,199.99 $1,549.99 at Lenovo (save $650) (opens in new tab)
The mobile take on the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is a beastly GPU that'll chomp through games, especially at this laptop's 1080p native resolution. You'll stand a good chance of hitting that 165Hz refresh rate. You also get a powerful AMD CPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and a healthy 1TB NVMe SSD. There are a bunch of ecoupons Lenovo has in place that you can add to the basket, too: use BLACKFRIDAYGAME and HOLIDAYSURPRISE for an extra discount to get it down to $1,450.

MSI GP66 Leopard | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3080 | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,849 (opens in new tab)

MSI GP66 Leopard | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3080 | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,849 $1,569.99 at Walmart (save $279.01) (opens in new tab)
It's an old code, sir, but it checks out. That's still an RTX 3080 GPU in there, even if it's plugged into an 11th Gen Intel CPU it'll still game like a hero. The rest of the spec is pretty decent, too, and means you'll have an RTX 3080-based system for less than an RTX 3070 Ti.

Asus Zephyrus G15 | Nvidia RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS | 15.6-inch | 1440p | 240Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,999.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus Zephyrus G15 | Nvidia RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS | 15.6-inch | 1440p | 240Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,999.99 $1,699.99 at Best Buy (save $300) (opens in new tab)
This is an incredible amount of gaming laptop for the money, and a pretty looking chassis to wrap it all up in. The RTX 3080 obviously gets top billing, but that 1440p 240Hz IPS screen has to get a mention, too. The rest of the spec is pretty standard, though I am pleased it's rocking a full 1TB SSD. The only note of warning is that it can get a little toasty thanks to that thinner chassis, however.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 300Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,199.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 | RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 300Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,199.99 $1,699.99 at Newegg (save $500) (opens in new tab)
An immense component combo here, one that's sure to smash any game in your library, especially at its native 1080p resolution. It's not the cheapest we've seen it, but you may even be able to make the most of that speedy 300Hz refresh rate screen with gear like that under the hood.

Razer Blade 14 Quartz | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX | 165Hz | 1440p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,599.99 (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 14 Quartz | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX | 165Hz | 1440p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,599.99 $2,199.99 at Razer (save $400) (opens in new tab)
The Razer Blade 14 is a sleek machine, and one of our favourites on the team. The pink Quartz version? Doubly so. It comes with an up to date Ryzen CPU that's supremely quick, and an RTX 3070 Ti which will see you right at the laptop's native 1440p. 

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Cyber Monday office laptop deals in the US

Dell XPS 13 | Intel Core i7 1250U | Intel UHD | 13-inch | 1920 x 1200 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,349 (opens in new tab)

Dell XPS 13 | Intel Core i7 1250U | Intel UHD | 13-inch | 1920 x 1200 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,349 $999 at Dell (save $350) (opens in new tab)
The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best office notebooks around. I've been in love with the design since I first got my hands on one, and they're outstanding devices. This model comes with a healthy complement of DDR5 memory and a relatively capacious SSD, too. The CPU only has a pair of Performance Cores, but with a further eight Efficient Alder Lake cores there's a lot of multithreaded performance baked inside that slim chassis.

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 | Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 60Hz | 16B RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,399.99 (opens in new tab)

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 | Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 60Hz | 16B RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,399.99 $799.99 at Best Buy (save $600) (opens in new tab)
In addition to a great entry-level hardware spec, you get a lovely OLED panel, though sadly you're locked at 60Hz if you're primarily looking at this as a gaming machine. You'd have to turn the settings down to get over 60 fps anyway, and that doesn't make it bad for gaming, just not great for super competitive games. Productivity tasks shouldn't be an issue, though, and this is the cheapest it's ever been.

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Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals in the UK

Medion Erazer Deputy P25 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,099.98 (opens in new tab)

Medion Erazer Deputy P25 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,099.98 £899.99 at Ebuyer (save £199.99) (opens in new tab)
Yeah, it's a chunky chassis to be sure, but this fairly generic gaming laptop does offer a great spec for the money. Its RTX 3060 will be able to drive its 144Hz display at 1080p, and with 16GB of RAM it's not lacking where it matters, either. 

MSI Katana GF66 | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Core i7 11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,399 (opens in new tab)

MSI Katana GF66 | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Core i7 11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,399 £949 at Very (save £450) (opens in new tab)
This machine has been discounted below £1,000 across all the retailers so far this sales season, but this is the cheapest we've seen it at. And to be able to get an RTX 3070 laptop for less than a grand makes this svelte MSI machine a great deal. The only issue I have with the spec is that 512GB SSD, and that there is only a single NVMe slot in which to upgrade your storage.

TUF Dash F15 FX517ZM | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 12650H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,399 (opens in new tab)

TUF Dash F15 FX517ZM | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 12650H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,399 £999 at Very (save £400) (opens in new tab)
Not a bad little machine here, the TUF shows up on sale a lot over deals season and this one even comes touting a 12th Gen Intel processor alongside Nvidia's RTX 3060. You'll be able to get a good bit of gaming done and perhaps make the most of that 144Hz panel if you turn the settings down a tad.

Asus TUF Gaming A17 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | AMD Ryzen 7 6800H | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,699.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus TUF Gaming A17 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | AMD Ryzen 7 6800H | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,699.99 £1,399.99 at Overclockers UK (save £300) (opens in new tab)
This Asus laptop is very well-specced for the price. Rather than the standard RTX 3070, this has an RTX 3070 Ti. That's plenty of power for its 144Hz 1080p screen, and the AMD Ryzen CPU will work a treat for other work you might have to do. The TUF chassis isn't the sleekest around, but it is well-made and easy to upgrade. So hey, we'll take it. The 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD are a real plus, too.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK | AMD RX 6800S | Ryzen 7 6800HS | 14-inch | 1200p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,799.99 (opens in new tab)

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK | AMD RX 6800S | Ryzen 7 6800HS | 14-inch | 1200p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,799.99 £1,499.99 at Amazon (save £300) (opens in new tab)
The pure AMD version of the delectable ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14. Compact 14-inch proportions, 144Hz 1200p panel, AMD Radeon RX 6800S graphics, 1TB SSD. What's not to like? OK, it's not 1440p, but 1,920 by 1,200 on a 14-inch panel is plenty.

Razer Blade 14 | NVIDIA RTX 3070 | R9-5900HX | 14-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,199 (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 14 | NVIDIA RTX 3070 | R9-5900HX | 14-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,199 £1,549 at Amazon (save £600) (opens in new tab)
Is there a sweeter small form factor gaming laptop than the Razer Blade 14? This one packs a serious punch thanks to RTX 3070 graphics and an eight-core AMD Ryzen 9 CPU. Add in 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD and you have a comprehensive package. If you're going to go big this Cyber Monday, you might as well make it the best.

| 17.3-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,999.99 (opens in new tab)

HP Omen 17 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | Core i7 12700H | 17.3-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,999.99 £1,549.99 at HP (save £450) (opens in new tab)
Coming in with a powerful last gen CPU and GPU, this laptop should even be able to make the most of the 165Hz 1440p panel at mid-low settings. Otherwise it's a fantastic spec with a nice big SSD and, of course, some speedy DDR5-4800 RAM topping it off. Juicy.

MSI GP66 Leopard | 15-inch | Nvidia RTX 3080 |Intel Core i7 11800H | 144Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,998.98 (opens in new tab)

MSI GP66 Leopard | 15-inch | Nvidia RTX 3080 |Intel Core i7 11800H | 144Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,998.98 £1,598.99 at Scan (save £399.99) (opens in new tab)
An RTX 3080 laptop for this price? Yes please. Nvidia hasn't yet released its next-gen RTX 40-series mobile GPUs, so this is still one of the best GPUs you can get in a laptop. Plus a laptop is more a holistic affair, your performance is based on both the GPU, CPU, screen, refresh rate, and resolution. Luckily, this comes with a 1080p, 144Hz panel, so it's great for FPS gaming and will make the most of that RTX 3080.

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Razer Blade 15 base | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | 165Hz | 1440p | £2,149.99 £1,916.99 at Razer (save £233) (opens in new tab)
The specs could be a little more generous in terms of storage space, but the Blade is one of our favourite portable gaming machines. This config comes with a great processor and capable Ampere GPU which should be able to make the most out of that tasty 1440p panel and it's 165Hz refresh rate.

Razer Blade 17 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 360Hz | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,999.98 (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 17 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 360Hz | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,999.98 £1,999.97 at Laptops direct (save $1,000.01) (opens in new tab)
Sure, you're looking at two generations back on the CPU here, but the i7 11800H is still a very relevant processor today. Paired with a monstrous RTX 3080 and 32GB of RAM you can bet it'll handle whatever you throw at it in it's native 1080p, and will even work with an external monitor up to 4K. That 1TB SSD wont go amiss either.

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Cyber Monday office laptop deals in the UK

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When is Cyber Monday 2022?

Cyber Monday is set for November 28, 2022, trawling Black Friday like a lovesick puppy. The temptation is to look at Cyber Monday like the unwanted sibling of Black Friday, with just the dregs left on offer. But while it's still going to be tough to get the goods shipped ahead of Christmas, retailers will often have a stock of great deals set aside for Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday also kicks off Cyber Week, where you may find a bunch of other deals on PC hardware to stretch out the sales season.

What should I look out for in a Cyber Monday gaming laptop deal?

The best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals will deliver high-performance hardware for a knockdown price, or at the very least not come with an overly inflated price tag. 

But it doesn't automatically scan that just because something has a three-figure discount that it will be worth the money. You need to keep an eye on what parts are being used, what else you get for your cash, and whether it's actually right for you.

Things are tough for PC gaming hardware, as it stands today. But companies are still aiming to shift stock so expect some discounts on current-gen kit. Don't be fooled into parting with money for anything beyond the last generation of GPUs, however. It's unlikely there'll be a laptop with an Nvidia 10-series graphics card inside it that's worth buying this Cyber Monday, unless you can find a wonderfully cheap deal.

Keep an eye out for storage, and memory size too. That's most true at the low end of the market, where manufacturers may aim to keep prices low by using single sticks of memory and therefore halving the potential memory bandwidth. That might not be a problem in the very cheapest of gaming laptops, however, where the GPU will make the most difference to your experience.

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.