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Cheap gaming laptop deals

Cheap gaming laptop deals
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Finding the best laptop deals isn't fun or particularly easy. It certainly isn't how you want to spend your precious free time. The problem is that deals turn up frequently, but they tend to sell out quickly. Speed is of the essence, particularly if you spy a serious saving on one of our best gaming laptops (opens in new tab)

Keeping track of all the daily price drops is not easy for a mere human, so we've not only employed some AI bots to do it for you but we also personally and periodically update this article with the best laptop deals around so you don't have to. 

Every week, I do a big sweep along the bottomless retail crevasses on the internet for the best cheap gaming laptops, prioritizing any gaming laptop deals with Nvidia RTX 30-series mobile GPUs since they offer the most bang for your buck. If you're willing to sacrifice current-gen tech for the sake of your wallet, then GTX 16-series machines can offer the best value. AMD systems occasionally show up on sale, but those are much fewer, and often, the discounts aren't as deep as their green-colored rival. 

Here's our list of the best cheap gaming laptop deals we've spotted recently at various budgets. Whichever you go for, check out our list of best laptop games (opens in new tab) for stuff that runs well, even on low-spec machines. And if you're looking for something a little more stationary, there are always these cheap gaming PC deals (opens in new tab) to glance over instead.

Cheap gaming laptop deals

$500–$1,000

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Lenovo Idepad Gaming 3i | Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | Intel Core i3 11300H | 15.6-inch 1080p | 120Hz | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $849.99 $599.99 at Best Buy (save $250) (opens in new tab)
This is at the limit of what we'd consider a gaming laptop these days, but if you're on a tight budget, it's worth considering. It'll handle modern games at decent frame rates, albeit without all the newest pretties. You'll want to upgrade to the RAM and SSD sharpish too. Still, it ain't a bad spec for less than $600.

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HP Victus | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 15.6-inch 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,079 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Not on offer, but still a pretty nifty buy. Considering it's one of the few AMD machines around right now, it's worth a look for some low-level competitive gaming—especially as it's topped with a 144Hz screen. There's more than enough RAM here for gaming, too. You can even push that up to 32GB for another $70 if multitasking is a big focus.

$1,000–$1,500

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Gigabyte Aorus 5 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 15.6-inch 1080p | 360Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,599.99 $1,299.99 at Newegg (save $300) (opens in new tab)
A new 12th Gen Intel CPU combined with a powerful 130W RTX 3070 for $1,300 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.

$1,500+

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Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) | Nvidia RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | 300Hz | 1080p | $2,399.99 $1,899.99 at Newegg (save $500) (opens in new tab)
If you want high performance, look no further than Asus' excellent ROG mainstay: the ROG Strix Scar 15. It's a fairly large chassis, no doubt, but we're big fans of what's underneath and the frame rates it's capable of delivering. You're looking at two of Nvidia and AMD's best chips, even if the 5900HX is a generation old by now.

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Razer Blade 14 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX | 14-inch 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,799.99 $2,199.99 at Amazon (save $568.95) (opens in new tab)
The Razer Blade 14 is a tiny little monster. It's both powerful and portable, bringing the horsepower of a high-end gaming desktop into a chassis that fits in a messenger bag. This is it if you're looking for something that would make a MacBook Pro sick with shame. 

Below you'll find laptop deals from across the web that our specialized deal widget has sniffed out.

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Tyler has covered games, games culture, and hardware for over a decade before joining PC Gamer as Associate Editor. He's done in-depth reporting on communities and games as well as criticism for sites like Polygon, Wired, and Waypoint. He's interested in the weird and the fascinating when it comes to games, spending time probing for stories and talking to the people involved. Tyler loves sinking into games like Final Fantasy 14, Overwatch, and Dark Souls to see what makes them tick and pluck out the parts worth talking about. His goal is to talk about games the way they are: broken, beautiful, and bizarre.