If you're in the market for a new portable machine, we've got the cheapest gaming laptop deals of the week, right here. January is a tough month for money, but if you're looking for a new laptop for gaming, and for work, there are some great offers to be had via the likes of Amazon, Currys and Box. If you saved your budget from last year, you can probably get a better spec of laptop in these January sales, bagging a gaming laptop deal on a far better machine than you could have bought before.
Best deal today
MSI GS65 Stealth | 1070 GPU | 256GB SSD | i7-8750H CPU is £1599 at Currys (save £400)
This laptop at this spec at this price is a great deal. Sure, the SSD could be bigger, but you're getting a hell of a lot of laptop for less than £1600. This is our top gaming laptop, so it's worth a serious look.
These are the cheapest gaming laptop deals of this week. We've selected a number of price options to suit most budgets, ranging from £750 all the way up to £1500+ for the most expensive. Many of these models appear in our guide to the best gaming laptops, and they're all worth buying if you're looking for something reliable, reputable, and well built in terms of spec. We tend to favour the likes of MSI, Acer, and HP because they're often built with gaming in mind, but you'll find a range of manufacturers below offering all kinds of different specs.
If you're dropping more than $1000 on a cheap gaming laptop deal, expect to get a GTX 1060 GPU and an i7-8750H CPU as standard. We'd recommend looking for a laptop with at least a 512GB SSD, although you can get smaller SSD models cheaper, boosting the stats of the rest of the device for less cash. It's often a trade-off.
UK cheap Gaming laptop deals
ASUS ROG Strix GL703 | 17.3" 120Hz | i7-8750H | GTX 1060 | £1299 (save £300)
This is a tidy spec for an ASUS gaming laptop, especially as it comes with a 1TB SSD. You save 19% off the original price, which is a decent saving.View Deal
MSI Stealth GS65 | 15.6" 144Hz | i7-8750H | GTX 1070 | £1,599 (save £400)
This is a great range from MSI and this one—with its big saving—should future-proof you for a while. It's fully capable of running demanding titles, boosted by the 1070 and 16GB of RAM within.View Deal
Gigabyte Aero 15X | 15.6" 144Hz | i7-8750H | GTX 1070 | £1,899.99 (save £299)
This deal offers a very good saving (nearly a whole 14% chunk) off a well-specified Gigabyte laptop, that will happily run the latest games smoothly.
ASUS FX504GM | 15.6" 120Hz | i7-8750Hz | GTX 1060 | £1198 (save £200)
A smaller screen, for sure, but the spec here is solid and you get a 256GB SSD + a 1TB HDD for plenty of storage. It's a 1060 too, so will perform well with most games.View Deal
MSI 15.6" Gaming Laptop | i5-8300H | GTX 1050 Ti | £829 (save £180)
This represents one of the biggest discounts on gaming laptops at Currys right now. As well as the specs above, it comes with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard-drive.View Deal
Erazer 15.6" Gaming Laptop | Core i7-8550U | Geforce GTX 1050 | £749 (save £120)
You'd perhaps like a 1060 in there but this should confidently deliver solid 1080p performance at a discount, especially with 4GB on the card.View Deal
Our favourite gaming laptops
1. MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Powerful and well designed - our favorite gaming laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) wide-view 144Hz | Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD | Battery: 82 Whr | Dimensions: 9.75 x 14.08 x 0.69 inches | Weight: 4.14 lbs
If you're looking for a gaming laptop that combines elegant design, power, and portability, then the 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 case is 18mm thick, in brushed matte black aluminium, but what makes the difference is the 5mm bazels, that mean you've got less wasted space around the screen.
The performance matches the design too. The standard model has a 1060 Max-Q GPU as standard, but higher spec versions come with a 1070 Max-Q, which can easily handle most modern games at 60fps. The screen handles 144Hz too, so it's a great display to handle the output of the innards. It's worth stretching yourself to get the higher-spec machine, as you get increased SSD storage in addition to the upgraded GPU, which makes the whole laptop more capable and less likely to require upgrades or replacing any time soon. The top-spec machine has 16GB of DDR4-RAM (2400Mhz), and comes with a tidy i7-8750H processor.
The battery life is very impressive too, and there are some neat touches to finish the overall feel of the laptop, like an RGB-capable Steelseries keyboard, a powerful webcam, and a pleasingly sensitive touchpad. The only downside is that it doesn't support G-sync. It's the perfect machine for gaming AND work, and that makes the MSI GS65 Stealth our top pick.
2. Razer Blade 15
A sturdy, 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
With Razer you know what you're getting: a quality product, made with gamers in mind above all else. The Razer Blade 15 is the epitome of this thinking, with everything tailored specifically for gaming use. At the top of the heap of impressive stats is the 1070 Max-Q GPU, which can handle pretty much anything at 60fps, or maybe even 100, if you mess with the settings. In terms of raw power, this machine is slightly ahead of our top pick, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin. However, it doesn't quite match up in a couple of smaller areas, like battery life and portability.
The Razer Blade 15 is a lovely, finely-crafted laptop, but it's a shade heavier than the MSI, because the whole thing is made from a single, hollowed-out piece of aluminium. And whereas this makes it heavier, it also makes it more durable, so this isn't the kind of laptop that will bend and warp inside a satchel or suitcase. If you're looking to actually take your gaming on the road, and you expect a little roughness along the way, this is definitely the one to get. It's the tougher laptop, for sure.
Elsewhere the 15.6" screen handles everything you throw at it admirably, outputting in 144Hz, and Razer's trademark chroma effects offer a pleasing glow while you play. The only downside here is that there's no ethernet port, so you're relying on WiFi connections (not the most stable for gaming, unless you're on your own home network or with friends). Overall, it's a brilliant pick, if you can afford it, as it's more expensive than the MSI.
3. Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
More portability for your money
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: 94 Whr | Dimensions: 9.8 x 14.0 x 0.74 inches | Weight: 4.49 lbs
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 15x leads the pack here. With a whopping 94whr 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 1070 Max-Q GPU, the same i7-8750H processor as the MSI and the Razer, and a generous 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD. In terms of performance, then, it's very much on a par with the best. We don't love the design as much as the MSI, and it isn't quite as sturdy as the Razer, but if these factors aren't as important, then the Aero 15x is just as good as the others on this list.
In fact, we really love the 144Hz screen, which can actually be upgraded to a 4K display if you want to throw more money at a better version of the laptop. Again, if you can find this cheap, you might be able to afford a slightly higher spec. A great laptop that isn't as beautiful or tough as its competitors, but stills offer the same raw power.
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