Here's an idea: Why pay a lot for a gaming laptop when you could pay less for a gaming laptop? But wouldn't that require sacrificing performance, or size, or battery life, or any of the other qualities of the best gaming laptops? Not if you find a cheap gaming laptop deal!
Every week we go searching for the best cheap gaming laptop deals we can find. Lately we've been seeing deals on fairly affordable systems using Nvidia's GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti, which don't offer the most powerful gaming performance but cost well under $1000. We've also seen good deals on higher-end systems coming down to around the $1200 mark.
Below are the best cheap gaming laptop deals we've seen recently for a range of budgets. Expect some big changes in laptop deals in the near future, as new hardware from AMD and Intel will have hardware makers releasing new models and phasing out last year's gear.
And if you're looking for something a little more stationary, there are always these cheap gaming PC deals to glance over instead.
Cheap gaming laptop deals
Acer Nitro 5 | 15.6″ 120Hz IPS | Core i5-10300H | GTX 1650 Ti | $880
You can find laptops with a more powerful GTX 1660 or 1660 Ti graphics card in this price range, but this version of the Acer Nitro 5 does have a brand-new 10th-gen Intel CPU, a 120Hz screen, and 16GB of RAM. (Posted: 7/2)View Deal
MSI GF65 | 15.6″ 120 Hz IPS | Core i5-9300H | RTX 2060 | $999
This gaming laptop from MSI is surprisingly good for being under $1,000. You get a 120Hz high refresh rate screen, ray tracing support with the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, and a decent Intel Core i5 processor. (Posted: 6/16)View Deal
ROG Zephyrus M | 15.6″ 240Hz IPS | Core i7-9750H | GTX 1660 Ti | $1,200
This is a bit pricey for a laptop with only a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, but you do get a thin minimalist design and a snazzy ‘Glacier Blue’ finish. (Posted: 7/2)View Deal
Lenovo Legion Y540 | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS | Core i7-9750H | RTX 2060 | $1,399 (save $200)
This is a decent price for a laptop with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card and a 144Hz IPS screen. You’ll be able to play just about any game at silky-smooth framerates. (Posted: 6/24)View Deal
ASUS ROG Strix Hero III | 15.6″ 144 Hz | Core i7-9750H | RTX 2070 | $1,700 (save $300)
This is a great option for a high-end gaming laptop, complete with a 1080p 140Hz screen, a 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. (Posted: 6/24)View Deal