eBay offers a wide selection of gaming laptops for every budget

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One of the best things about video games these days is that there is truly a nearly limitless selection of experiences that fit every kind of playstyle. Some like to go to town in an FPS, others prefer the big-picture feeling of an RTS, and still others like to get lost in an immersive story game. Either way, there’s something for everyone. 

Luckily the same can be said for gaming laptops today. In their early days, gaming on a laptop was reserved for those who could shell out a good chunk of change and didn’t mind carrying around a seven-pound behemoth. 

Today, gamers can enjoy nearly all of their favorite games on a rig that doesn’t break the bank, or their backs, while still offering enough power for a good experience. With so many great gaming laptops on the market, it’s hard to know where to look but eBay has all the best laptops from all the top names in gaming. 

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eBay has a huge selection of gaming laptops from all of the industry’s biggest names including Alienware, Legion, Omen, and more to match all your favorite games.

The easiest way to find the computer you need is to think of them in terms of three categories:

Competitive Gamer

These are the machines with the best-of-the-best specs like high-end processors and crazy good screens built specifically to handle games like Elden Ring, Dying Light 2, and Destiny 2: The Witch Queen on the highest graphics settings. They’re designed to help you dominate every game, every time. Look for things like:

  • 11th or 12th Gen Intel Core i7 or i9 paired with at least an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
  • Brands like Origin, MSI, Republic of Gamer, Gigabyte, and Lenovo all compete well in this space.
  • Minimum 4K display with 120Hz refresh rate.

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Casual Gamer

Laptops in this space are great all around machines. They won’t be able to support the absolute most power-hungry features of gaming like ray tracing, but they’ll still give you a great experience without any hiccups. And they don’t cost an arm and a leg either. 

  • 11th or 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 paired with at least an Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. You’d probably be OK with a Ryzen 5 or 7 series processor from AMD, and they tend to be a bit cheaper too.
  • Brands like Legion, Zalman, ABS, MSI, Alienware and Omen are good to look for. 
  • Minimum 2K display with 90Hz refresh rate.
  • Price: $1,500 - $2,500

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New Gamer

Computers in this category are designed for gamers who prefer a more relaxing experience and don’t need to have the best thing around. You might not be able to play the newest or biggest games, but you’ll have a great experience on most recent games and certainly on the older games if you’re a more nostalgic player. 

Much like the incredibly diverse assortment of video games available today, there is a wide range of gaming laptops to suit any playstyle. Whether you need a top-of-the line behemoth to experience the biggest games in all their glory, or you just want something a bit more friendly on the wallet that can still power indie gems and classic games, eBay is the place to go to find the gaming rig you need. 

  • 9th Gen or newer Intel Core i5 or i7 with mostly any GPU made in the past two years. You’ll still want at least 8GB of RAM though. Again, you’d probably be ok with a Ryzen 5 or 7 series processor here too.
  • HP, Acer, Asus, MSI, Legion, Omen and Dell are all good brands to look for at this tier. 
  • 1080 display with 60Hz refresh rate (typical).
  • Price: $750 - $1,500