If you're looking to spend less than a grand on a gaming laptop (opens in new tab), more often than not, you're looking at a mobile GeForce RTX 3050 Ti or 3050 for the GPU. Both are serviceable, but there's a sizable performance leap between those GPUs and the GeForce RTX 3060, and you can still have it while still saying under a thousand bucks with this deal.
Through its eBay account, Antonline (which has been on a roll lately) is selling a Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop discounted to $879.99 (opens in new tab). That's $80 less than if buying it at the retailer's site. Sure, that only amounts to around an 8% savings, but the relative value was already high to begin with on this laptop.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 | 120Hz | Ryzen 5 5600H | GeForce RTX 3060 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$959.99 $879.99 at Antonline (save $80) (opens in new tab)
You don't often see the GeForce RTX 3060 in gaming laptops that cost less than a grand, yet here it is, along with a 6-core/12-thread Zen 3 CPU and a fast refresh rate.
Looking at Best Buy, for example, the least expensive gaming laptop with a GeForce RTX 3060 is an MSI GF65 configuration priced at $1,099.99. From there, pricing quickly jumps into $1,500 territory.
This is a much better bargain. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 sports a 15.6-inch display with a fast 120Hz refresh rate, powered by the aforementioned GeForce RTX 3060 and an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor. That's a 6-core/12-thread CPU based on Zen 3, with a 3.3GHz base clock, 4.2GHz max boost clock, and 16MB of L3 cache.
You also get a 512GB SSD (decent) and 8GB of RAM (meh), the latter of which is the least exciting thing about this laptop. However, it wouldn't cost a whole lot to bump it up to 16GB of RAM (an upgrade that is offset by the 8% savings), at which point you'd have a well-rounded gaming laptop that still costs less than a grand.