At the end of the year, retailers start moving old stock with cheap gaming laptop deals, so now’s a good time to gift yourself or someone else a reasonably-priced gaming and productivity device. Every week we highlight the deals we think are worth taking advantage of, avoiding those that advertise big discounts but don’t feature the hardware we’d expect for the price.
We’ve been seeing models with Nvidia’s mid-range graphics cards like the GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 dropping below $1,000. On these systems, you can play games like Fortnite and The Sims easily, and more graphically intensive games with some concessions in the settings. We’ve also seen laptops for around $600 that are perfect for students, so long as they don’t mind playing games with lower settings when they should really be doing their homework.
Below are the best deals we’ve found recently, whether you’re looking for a budget or a high-end gaming laptop. As we continue to update this article, we’re especially looking for deals on the best gaming laptops as determined by our hands-on testing.
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Our favorite cheap gaming laptops
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
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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