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Cheap gaming laptop deals - October 2021

Cheap gaming laptop deals: Acer Nitro 5 and Asus TUF F15
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Cheap gaming laptop deals offer a great opportunity to have the power of the best gaming PCs wherever you are. Whether you're after something spec'd out a little more modestly (that could be running a GTX GPU), or desiring all the benefits of the best graphics cards for gaming, then you're certain to find stellar discounts below. 

Cheap gaming laptop retailers:
US:
Best Buy | Dell | Amazon | Walmart | Newegg| Adorama
UK:
Amazon | Currys | Argos  | Very | Overclockers UK | Laptopsdirect | Box

It should be noted that even the most moderate gaming laptop is going to run you a little more than an Xbox Series X or PS5 - though that's to be expected given their power output and form factor. Cheap gaming laptop deals can take the sting out of getting a high-end portable powerhouse, especially if you narrow your search down to what you want the GPU to be able to do for you. 

Taking the portable route is also a great way of beating the resellers, especially if you're wanting to know where to buy RTX 3080, or find RTX 3060 stock and RTX 3070 stock. These GPUs (among others) have become seriously hard to find, and that's due to the current semiconductor shortage that we've been experiencing for over 18 months now. That's why gaming laptops offer a more accessible, and overall cheaper, way in for many would-be PC gamers, especially when compared to the current rates on the latest video cards. 

If you're interested in getting the most out of your fancy new machine and want things to go bigger and better, then the best gaming TVs and best gaming monitors are sure to satisfy you. More modest budgets are also considered with our roundup of the best cheap gaming monitors - where you can find 4K, Ultrawide and high refresh rate displays all for under $300/£300. 

This page is updated often as the deals don't tend to hang around long, so if you see something that you really like the look of, we recommend acting sooner rather than later! 

Cheap gaming laptop deals under $1,000 - US

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

Lenovo IdeaPad L340 | $1,050 $738 at Amazon
Save $311. With its modest asking price and respectable specs where it counts, for the money you're getting a laptop that is fully capable of running games well at 1080p. You may not crank the sliders to max, but for light-moderate titles, it hardly matters. Features: Intel Core i5-9300H, GTX 1650, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

HP Pavilion Gaming

HP Pavilion Gaming | $880 $755.01 at Amazon
Save $125. As far as entry-level gaming goes, this Pavilion gaming laptop can run most of the popular games at medium-to-high settings with minimal difficulties. It also benefits from the fantastic build quality, too. Features: Intel Core i5-9300H, GTX 1650, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

MSI GF63 Thin

MSI GF63 Thin | $900 $759 at Amazon
Save $141.
The GF63 will provide more-than-serviceable performance in Full HD with only a few sliders considered (depending on the intensity of the game). You will hit 60 FPS consistently in most games available on the market in its native resolution. Features: Intel Core i5-9300H, GTX 1650, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6-inch Full HD screen.

Acer Nitro 5 (RTX 3050)

Acer Nitro 5 (RTX 3050) | $812.80 at Amazon
The Nitro 5 benefits from a high refresh rate IPS panel combined with the prowess of the RTX 3050 GPU. If you've been wanting to get into PC gaming for less, this model is one of the better options we've come across. Features: Intel Core i5-10300H, RTX 3050, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 144Hz 15.6-inch Full HD screen.

Cheap gaming laptop deals over $1,000 - US

Gigabyte Aorus (RTX 3060)

Gigabyte Aorus (RTX 3060) | $1,600 $1,449.99 at Best Buy
Save $150. If you've been after the perfect gaming laptop to hit those high frame rates in Full HD, then the Gigabyte Aorus accommodates with its blitzing 240Hz refresh rate and powerful GPU to give you the best gaming performance possible at this price point. Features: Intel Core i7-11800H, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15.6-inch 240Hz IPS Full HD screen. 

Alienware m15 R4 (RTX 3070)

Alienware m15 R4 (RTX 3070) | $2,100 $1,799.99 at Best Buy
Save $300. High-end PC gaming doesn't need to cost the Earth, and while still pricey, this is one of the best deals we've seen on a gaming laptop running an RTX 3070 GPU, especially from one of our favorite gaming PC brands. With the super-fast refresh rate and powerful specs, you're guaranteed an incredible gaming experience for a long time to come. Features: Intel Core i7-10870H, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15.6-inch 300Hz Full HD screen. 

Acer Nitro 5 (RTX 3080)

Acer Nitro 5 (RTX 3080) | $2,100 $1,999.99 at Newegg
We know that we're stretching the definition of the word cheap with this inclusion, but considering the high-end specs and phenomenal 360Hz refresh rate, this is one of the best gaming laptops for the money that you can get right now. Features: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, RTX 3080, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 360Hz IPS 17.3-inch Full HD screen. 

Cheap gaming laptop deals under £1,000 - UK

Lenovo IdeaPad Series 3

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 | £629 at Currys
At just over the £600 mark, the specs on display here are respectable at the very least, with the 120Hz refresh rate proving the most interesting feature of this decidedly budget machine; a nice touch indeed. Features: Intel Core i5-10300H, GTX 1650, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 120Hz 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

Asus TUF Gaming (RTX 3050)

Asus TUF Gaming (RTX 3050) | £850 £749.99 at Amazon
Save £100. As far as budget gaming laptops go, this Asus TUF model is hard to beat with its 11th generation i5 chipset combined with the RTX 3050 GPU for great gaming performance in Full HD, what's more, with the high refresh rate, you'll be able to play in the competitive scene for a very reasonable price. Features: Intel Core i5-11400H, RTX 3050, 8GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, 15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD screen. 

ASUS TUF Dash F15 (RTX 3060)

ASUS TUF Dash F15 (RTX 3060) | £999 £929 at Currys
There isn't really much more you can ask for from a capable gaming machine for under a grand, especially considering the RTX 3060 GPU inside. The 11th generation i7 and high refresh rate screen ensure that this system will be relevant and futureproofed for years to come. Features: Intel Core i7-11370H, RTX 3060, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 144Hz 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

Acer Nitro 5 (RTX 3060)

Acer Nitro 5 (RTX 3060) | £1,100 £999.99 at Amazon
Save £100. For just under a grand, you're getting some serious gaming hardware at a very competitive price point. The Nitro 5 features a high refresh rate screen and, of course, benefits massively from the powerful GPU inside. Features: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD screen. 

Cheap gaming laptop deals over £1,000 - UK

MSI Stealth 15M (RTX 3060)

MSI Stealth 15M (RTX 3060) | £1,299 £1,149 at Currys
Save £150. If you've been in the market for something a little more high-end, MSI has you covered with the bump up in not only RAM and processing power but from the 144Hz screen; the sweet spot in 1080p! Features: Intel Core i7-11375H, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 144Hz 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

Asus ROG Strix G15 (RTX 3060)

Asus ROG Strix G15 (RTX 3060) | £1,599 £1,399 at Currys
Save £200. Pushing the RTX 3060, which is an incredibly powerful GPU in this form factor as a reminder, to its very limits; it's the ultra-fast Ryzen CPU and silky-smooth 300Hz 1080p gaming with specs that can push the display to the max (depending on the intensity of the game). Features: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 300Hz 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 


Asus ROG Strix G15 (RTX 3060)

Asus ROG Strix G15 (RTX 3060) | £1,600 £1,399 at Currys
Save £200. Pushing the RTX 3060 GPU to its absolute limits, the Strix 15 has enough grunt to make quick work of any game on the market maxed out in 1080p, and with its high refresh rate screen, everything will be silky smooth no matter how crazy the on-screen action gets. Features: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 300Hz Full HD screen. 


And If you'd rather get a tower than a laptop, then browse some stellar cheap gaming PC deals next. 

You're sure to save big-time in November in the Black Friday gaming laptop deals, and there should be decent discounts available in the desktop territory in the Black Friday gaming PC deals.  

Aleksha McLoughlin

I’ve recently graduated with a BA Hons degree in Journalism after what feels like an eternity. In that time, roughly seven years, I’ve written for the likes of Expert Reviews and Tech Spark, with my passion for all things tech and gaming related leading me here as Hardware Editor of GamesRadar+. This past year alone I’ve helped produce a documentary series for the BBC, and been active in the field of music journalism through my escapades seen in No Clean Singing and Vinyl Chapters.