Cheap gaming laptop deals

Gaming laptop deals

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$500–$1,000: Cheap lappies
$1,000–$1,500: Mighty mid-range
$1,500+: High-end heroes
UK deals: Best in blighty

The best cheap gaming laptop deals couldn't come at a better time. As an entirely new generation of gaming laptops slowly begin to enter the world, expect to see big markdowns on last-gen systems as retailers try to make space for the arrival of these new kids on the block with their Nvidia RTX 40-series and AMD Ryzen 7000-series GPUs and new Intel 13th Gen and AMD Ryzen 7000-series CPUs.

To find you the very best cheap gaming laptop deal, I've enlisted the help of some deals bots to help me keep track of all the daily price drops on gaming laptops from all the big box retailers and grab the ones worth your hard-earned cash. I usually don't trust bots, but if they can save us money, we can make this partnership work. 

Every week, I prioritize systems deals with Nvidia RTX 30-series mobile GPUs since they offer the best frames-per-dollar value. The RTX 40-series is only just arriving now and only inside high-end gaming laptops. So it'll be a while before we see decent discounts on those systems. 

You'll notice that good deals on AMD systems don't seem to come up as often as I'd like. Though if one does turn up, this would be the place to look. Below are the best cheap gaming laptop deals from all over the internet curated into one spot. Note that it's not every deal online but the ones you should consider checking out. Check back periodically because some of the best gaming laptops (opens in new tab) often find themselves on sale. Oh, and if you're looking for a desktop, we even put together a list of the best cheap gaming PC deal (opens in new tab). See? We got you covered.

Where are the best gaming laptop deals?

In the US:

In the UK:

$500–$1,000

Dell G15 | Nvidia RTX 3050 | Intel Core i5-12500H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 120Hz | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $849.99 (opens in new tab)

Dell G15 | Nvidia RTX 3050 | Intel Core i5-12500H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 120Hz | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $849.99 $649.99 at Dell (save $200) (opens in new tab)
Dell has a nice little budget gaming laptop on clearance for less than $700. This G15 might not be a graphical powerhouse, but if you're looking for something affordable for schoolwork and some light gaming, give this a look. 

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 | Nvidia RTX 3050 | AMD Ryzen 5 6600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 120Hz | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $849.99 (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 | Nvidia RTX 3050 | AMD Ryzen 5 6600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 120Hz | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $849.99 $649.99 at Amazon (save $200) (opens in new tab)
Another sub-$700 gaming laptop for gamers on a budget. While I wish it had a little more going on under the hood, it should do the job if you're looking to play indies or stream games off services like Xbox Cloud gaming or GeForce Now.

The laptop also includes a free 3-month subscription to GamePass with purchase.

$1,000–$1,500

Aorus gaming laptop | 15-inch | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | 240Hz | 1080p | $1,899.99 (opens in new tab)

Aorus gaming laptop | 15-inch | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | 240Hz | 1080p | $1,899.99 $1,199.99 at Newegg (save $700) (opens in new tab)
There's a lot to like about this Aorus laptop's specs, even though it's resolutely a last-gen machine nowadays. The RTX 3070 is a good fit for its 1080p, 240Hz panel, and that with an eight-core CPU is a good match-up for most use cases. There's a good build quality here, too, with enough connectivity for day-to-day use on the move and hooking up to a desk setup at home.

Dell G15 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core  i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 120Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,249.99 (opens in new tab)

Dell G15 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core  i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 120Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,249.99 $1,099.99 at Dell (save $150) (opens in new tab)
Here's a very well-rounded gaming laptop worth the money asked for it. The RTX 3060 is a great mobile gaming GPU with the power to make the most of the G15's 120Hz, 1080p screen. Beyond that, you have a surprisingly chunky Intel Core 12700H. That's a chip that's mighty for gaming and multitasking, so this laptop is really well-suited to all sorts of use cases.

Lenovo Legion 5i | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | Intel Core  i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 165Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD | $2,029.99 (opens in new tab)

Lenovo Legion 5i | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | Intel Core  i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 165Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD | $2,029.99 $1,349.99 at B&H (save $680) (opens in new tab)
B&H has a nice healthy discount off this powerful Legion 5i laptop with an RTX 3070 Ti doing a lot of the graphical heavy lifting. It's a premium config at a mid-range price, which we can get behind. You'll be able to enjoy most of your favorite at 1080p on high settings at a fairly high framerate. 

ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker | Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS | 14-inch | 120Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,599.99 (opens in new tab)

ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker | Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS | 14-inch | 120Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,599.99 $1,229.99 at Amazon (save $680) (opens in new tab)
Alright, I'll be honest. I don't know who Alan Walker is, but this Alan Walker Special Edition Zephyrus does have a neat look to it. This 14-inch RTX 3050 Ti-powered laptop is a great choice if you need portability, battery life, and a modest amount of performance. 

$1,500+

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 $1,669.99 at Newegg (save $530) (opens in new tab)
An immense component combo here, one that's sure to smash anything you throw at it, especially at its native 1080p resolution. It's not the cheapest we've seen, but you may even be able to make the most of that speedy 300Hz refresh rate screen with gear under the hood.

Asus ROG Zephyrus 16 | RTX 3070 Ti | Intel Core i9 12900H | 16-inch | 1600p | 165Hz | 16GB DDR5 RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,149.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Zephyrus 16 | RTX 3070 Ti | Intel Core i9 12900H | 16-inch | 1600p | 165Hz | 16GB DDR5 RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,149.99 $1,599 at Best Buy (save $550) (opens in new tab)
The Zephyrus is Asus's sleekest gaming machine, and we love the chassis. This spec is particularly impressive for the price, with an impressive RTX 3070 Ti and an Intel Core i9 12900H. While it's admittedly last-gen, it's still a mighty gaming machine with the latest DDR5 memory spec under the hood.

UK laptop deals

Acer Nitro 5 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | 1080p | 144Hz | £1,239.97 (opens in new tab)

Acer Nitro 5 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | 1080p | 144Hz | £1,239.97 £997.97 at Laptops Direct (save £242) (opens in new tab)
The Acer Nitro 5 features a well-rounded spec in a relatively utilitarian chassis. It's not the slimmest but it's a form factor we've come to expect at this price. The CPU is the real surprise here; the Intel Core i7 12700H not only has six Performance-cores to work with, but it's fitted with eight more lightweight Efficient-cores. All in, that's a mighty multithreaded chip for a cheaper laptop like this. A fine complement to the RTX 3060 we've come to expect under £1,000. 

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

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