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Cheap gaming laptop deals

Cheap gaming laptop deals
Start the year with the best cheap gaming laptop deals the internet has to offer. (Image credit: Future)

Nothing says romance like treating that very special someone in your life with an awesome gaming laptop. Every week we painstakingly comb the internet to find you the best cheap gaming laptops deals. Now, you too can build a tiny house filled with stray dogs in The Sims 4 at your favorite cafe. 

We are still finding decent deals on systems with Nvidia's midrange graphics cards like the GTX 1650 for under $1000 from Lenovo and MSI. If you have a little extra cash to burn, the $1000-1500 range of gaming laptops we found to offer both the portability and performance you want from a serious gaming laptop like the upgrade friendly Dell G17 or one of our favorites, the Razer Blade 15 2019, for the big spenders. 

Below are the best cheap gaming laptop deals we've seen recently, whether you're on a tight budget or can afford something a bit more high-end.

If you're still on the fence, don't worry, we will be updating this list every week with all the best deals our team can find. As we continue to update this article, we are also keeping a close watch if and when some of the best gaming laptops around show up on sale.

Cheap gaming laptop deals

$500-$1000

MSI GF63 | 15.6" 60Hz | Core i5-9300H | GTX 1650 | $699 (save $100)
You won't get mind-blowing performance from any gaming laptop around this price, but the GTX 1650 graphics card in this model can handle most popular games at reduced settings. The large 512GB NVMe SSD is a nice bonus, too. (Posted: 2/13)View Deal

Omen by HP Laptop | 15.6" 60Hz | Core i7-9750H | GTX 1660 Ti | $999.99
This laptop has an Intel Core i7 CPU, a mid-range GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD—not bad at all for under $1,000. HP is also throwing in a wired headset and gaming mouse. (Posted: 2/13)View Deal

$1000-$1500

Acer Predator Helios 300 | 15.6" 144Hz | Core i7-9750H | GTX 1660 Ti | $1,100 (save $100)
It's not uncommon to find laptops with Nvidia's GTX 1660 Ti graphics card for cheaper than this, but the 144Hz screen and 16GB of RAM in this laptop sweeten the deal. (Posted: 2/13)View Deal

Dell G7 17 | 17.3" 144Hz | Core i5-9300H | RTX 2060 | $1,099
This is one of the cheapest laptops with an RTX 2060 graphics cards that we've seen yet. The 128GB SSD+1TB HDD combo is a bit disappointing, as most other gaming laptops use a large SSD, but at least replacing the storage only requires a screwdriver. (Posted: 1/1)View Deal

$1500+

Acer Predator Triton 500 | 15.6" 144Hz | Core i7-9750H | RTX 2060 | $1,497
This is a bit expensive for a laptop with an RTX 2060 graphics card, but it appears to be the full RTX 2060, not the lower-power "Max-Q" variant. The powerful Core i7 CPU and relatively-thin design are nice to have, too. (Posted: 2/13)View Deal

Alienware M17 2019 | 17. 3" 144Hz | Core i7-9750H | RTX 2070 Max-Q | $2,000 (save $300)
This laptop is expensive, but you get a lot of bang for your buck: a large 144Hz display, a 9th-generation Core i7 CPU, and one of Nvidia's most powerful laptop graphics cards. (Posted: 1/21)View Deal

Razer Blade 15 2019 | 15" 240Hz | Core i7-9750H | RTX 2080 Max-Q | $2,694 (save $306)
This is another expensive Razer laptop, but again, it's about as good as a gaming laptop can get in 2020. You get an Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 240Hz screen all in a frame less than an inch thick. (Posted: 2/13)View Deal

Our favorite cheap gaming laptops

MSI GS65 Stealth deal (Image credit: ©MSI)

1. MSI GS65 Stealth

Powerful and elegantly designed

CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666MHz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) wide-view 144Hz | Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD | Battery: 82 Whr | Dimensions: 15.08 x 10.24 x 0.69 inches | Weight: 4.19 lbs

Slim and beautiful
Battery lasts ages
Very powerful
Doesn't have G-sync

If you're looking for a gaming laptop that combines elegant design, power, and portability, then the newly redesigned MSI GS65 Stealth is an absolute winner. It's thin and light enough to be used as both a working notebook and a relatively powerful gaming PC, and thanks to some smart design, it's actually slightly smaller than most 15" laptops, while offering the same amount of screen real-estate. The redesign improves upon an excellent foundation with a hardware refresh (including a 9th Gen processor and Nvidia's Pascal-architecture-in-a-GTX 1660 Ti) and an improved touchpad. 

That performance isn't wasted. The Stealth packs a 144Hz display, a great panel to pair with the new CPU and GPU. It's also got a speedy and relatively capacious (by solid state standards) SSD drive, which helps speed up boot times and shave a few seconds off in-game loads. There's also the now industry standard 16GB helping of DDR4 at 2666Mhz, plenty of RAM for the current bumper crop of triple-A extravaganzas.

The battery life is very impressive too at 87Whr, and there are some lovely flourishes, like an RGB-capable Steelseries keyboard, a powerful webcam, and the aforementioned silky smooth glass touchpad. It's a perfect hybrid machine for gaming or work, and one of the most elegant looking laptops we've gotten our hands on.

2. Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model

A new look for a powerful gaming laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666MHz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 80 Whr | Dimensions: 9.25 x 13.98 x 0.68 inches | Weight: 4.63 lbs

Very solid design
Incredibly thin and easy to carry
Powerful and elegant
Lost the thinnest and lightest crowd

With Razer you know what you're getting: a quality product, made with gamers in mind above all else. The new refresh of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model is the epitome of this thinking, with everything tailored specifically for gaming use. At the top of the heap of impressive stats is the 2080 Max-Q GPU, the slim version of Nvidia's ray tracing powerhouse. In terms of raw power, this iteration of the Blade 15 is extremely well specced, though the price you pay for that performance nudges it just slightly out of the final tier of our roundup above.

That said, this machine justifies its price tag. It's a lovely, finely-crafted laptop, built around a CNC-milled aluminum chassis and available in either the standard matte black or Razer's lovely new Mercury White, a silvery, almost fae finish. Don't let its looks deceive you, though - if you're looking to actually take your gaming on the road, and you expect a little roughness along the way, the Razer 15 remains one of the most durable options in an increasingly crowded market. People often bandy around the phrase 'Razer tax' when they want to knock the company's output, but in this case at least what you're actually paying for is attention to detail, and fit and finish.

3. Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic

Best in class battery life and great specs

CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666MHz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 94.24 Whr | Dimensions: 14 x 9.8 x 0.74 inches | Weight: 8.18 lbs

Great battery life
Beautiful high refresh screen
Powerful processor and 16-series GPU
Camera sits below the panel

If you're looking for a gaming laptop that will last the journey on longer trips, and give you more performance per charge, then the Gigabyte Aero 15 leads the pack here. With a whopping 94.24Whr battery, you can get upwards of six hours of heavy use from it, before needing to plug in. Given that the Aero's base specs are comparable to the other laptops in this list, that extra juice suddenly becomes very important.

What you get here is a 1660 Ti GPU, the same i7-9750H processor as the MSI, alongside 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB Intel 760P SSD. In terms of performance, then, it's very much on a par with the best. It's also one of the first laptops to utilize Microsoft's Azure cloud AI platform to optimize in-game performance, which ultimately means a handful more frames per second to kick out to the 144Hz panel. 

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