Things are tough for PC gaming hardware, as it stands today. But companies are still aiming to shift stock so expect some discounts on current-gen kit. Don't be fooled into parting with money for anything beyond the last generation of GPUs, however. It's unlikely there'll be a laptop with an Nvidia 10-series graphics card inside it that's worth buying this Black Friday, unless you can find a wonderfully cheap deal.
Keep an eye out for storage, and memory size too. That's most true at the low end of the market, where manufacturers may aim to keep prices low by using single sticks of memory and therefore halving the potential memory bandwidth. That might not be a problem in the very cheapest of gaming laptops, however, where the GPU will make the most difference to your experience.
These are all the Black Friday gaming laptop deals still live going into the weekend, but we're now switching focus to what's coming up with the Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals (opens in new tab). That's where all the latest and greatest discounts will now be curated going forward, so come take a look.
Acer Nitro 5 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $798 $649 at Walmart (save $149) (opens in new tab)Think this might just be the cheapest RTX 3060-based gaming laptop we've found this Black Friday. For this much cash you're usually looking at a GTX 1650 Ti based machine, at best. But here, you get a genuine 1080p gaming GPU, and a quality AMD Ryzen CPU, too. The 8GB of RAM is a bit weak for productivity, but the 144Hz screen and 512GB SSD go some way to make up for that slight shortfall.
Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS | 14-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,399.99 $899.99 at Best Buy (save $500) (opens in new tab)If you don't want a hulking gaming laptop, let me introduce the Zephyrus 14: a 14-incher that can game without busting your bank balance or your shoulder when lugging it around. No-nonsense specs in a delightful package. That $500 saving doesn't hurt either.
Dell G15 Gaming Laptop | Nvidia RTX 3070 | AMD Ryzen 7 6800H | 15.6-inch | 165Hz | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,599 $1,349.99 at Dell (save $250) (opens in new tab)Here's a very well-rounded gaming laptop worth the money asked for it. The RTX 3070 is a great mobile gaming GPU with the power to make the most of the G15's 165Hz screen. Beyond that, however, you have AMD's excellent Ryzen 7 6800H. That's a chip that's mighty for gaming and multitasking, so this laptop is really well-suited to all sorts of use cases.
Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 | AMD RX 6800S | AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS | 14-inch | 1600p | 120Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,899.99 $1,399.99 at Best Buy (save $500) (opens in new tab)Ah man, I am sorely tempted, because the G14 is one of the loveliest gaming laptops around. And that's from someone hopelessly in love with the Razer Blade 14. The combination of top-end Ryzen mobile CPU and performance Radeon GPU is impressive. That RX 6800S is only a shade behind the RTX 3070 in notebook form, and the rest of the spec rocks, too, especially that 120Hz 2560 x 1600 resolution screen. And it's the Moonlight White version as well. Mmmm.
Gigabyte Aero 5 XE4 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | Intel Core i7 12700H | 15.6-inch | 4K | 16GB DDR4 | 1TB SSD | $2,199 $1,490.57 at Newegg (save $709.42) (opens in new tab)This deal isn't as hot as it was early Friday, but it's still a good price. For the cost of some RTX 3060 laptops, you can net an RTX 3070 Ti, a high-end up-to-date Intel CPU, plenty of RAM and storage, and all packed into a chassis that we've been fans of for a long time. It's billed as more of a creator laptop, as an Nvidia Studio laptop, and that's what we've always used these laptops for on-team. Hence the 4K resolution. But you could still game at high-res on this machine with the spec it delivers.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 | RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 300Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,199.99 $1,799.99 at Newegg (save $400) (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 it, but you may even be able to make the most of that speedy 300Hz refresh rate screen with gear like that under the hood.
Inspiron 15 | Intel Core i5 1135G7 | Intel UHD | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $599.99 $379.99 at Dell (save $220) (opens in new tab)If you're not bothered about gaming and simply need a laptop for work, then this Dell machine is a good place to start. The Tiger Lake Core i5 may be getting on a bit now, but it's still capable enough. The RAM and SSD aren't much to get excited about, but for $400 it's acceptable for a school machine with a decent size screen.
Medion Erazer Deputy P25 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1099.98 £899.99 at Ebuyer (save £199.99) (opens in new tab)Yeah, it's a chunky chassis to be sure, but this fairly generic gaming laptop does offer a great spec for this money. Its RTX 3060 will be able to drive its 144Hz display at 1080p, and with 16GB of RAM it's not lacking where it matters, either.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 120Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £899.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)Technically not a deal, but one of the cheapest RTX 3060 gaming laptops we've seen so far. Granted there are some sacrifices made to deliver the GPU performance at this price. Notably, the RAM and SSD are pretty miserly, but compromises always have to be made when you're on a tight budget, and the CPU and GPU combination will deliver great gaming performance on the 120Hz 1080p screen.
MSI Katana GF66 | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Core i7 11800H | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,399 £949 at Very (save £450) (opens in new tab)This machine has been discounted below £1,000 across all the retailers so far this sales season, but this is the cheapest we've seen it at. And to be able to get an RTX 3070 laptop for less than a grand makes this svelte MSI machine a great deal. The only issue I have with the spec is that 512GB SSD, and that there is only a single NVMe slot in which to upgrade your storage.
HP Omen 17 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | Core i7 12700H | 17.3-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,999.99 £1,549.99 at HP (save £450) (opens in new tab)Coming in with a powerful last gen CPU and GPU, this laptop should even be able to make the most of the 165Hz 1440p panel at mid-low settings. Otherwise it's a fantastic spec with a nice big SSD and, of course, some speedy DDR5-4800 RAM topping it off. Juicy.
Alienware M15 R7 | Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £2,349 £1,879 at Dell (save £470) (opens in new tab)A very nice machine here, with a powerful CPU/GPU combo that will eat through those frames at the laptop's native 1080p. That's a powerful CPU backing up a great last gen mobile GPU and it even comes topped with some tasty DDR5-4800 RAM. It's a little lacking on the storage side, but it could be worse, for sure.
At press time, units are in stock with free expedited delivery on orders shipped within the contiguous U.S. This is an in-demand configuration with double the amount of memory and quadruple the amount of storage found in the standard MacBook Air M2. Other retailers are either sold out or taking backorders.
The new range of gaming laptops feauturing the Nvidia 4000-series cards are coming out soon and some are available for pre-order from some of the retailers we feature down below. These laptops with the 4050 and 4060 card already seem to be good value for money compared to the previous generation laptops, so, if you can, wait until those launch and we'll cover them here to help you find a good deal.
Right now there's an excellent deal on this ASUS ROG Strix G15 laptop that comes packed with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and an AMD RX 6800M GPU, as well as a 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM with a stunning 300Hz FHD 15.6-inch montior. You can get it for £1300 at Laptops Direct, down £650 from £1950.
If you don't want to wait we've got deals on laptops from Asus and MSI to Acer, Lenovo and more. To help make your search a little easier, we've scoured through the best online retailers including Amazon, Currys, Scan and more to help you save money on your new investment, but also to ensure you get the best quality laptop within your budget. 2b1af7f3a8