The best cheap gaming laptop deals in December 2022

Cheap gaming laptop deals
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Cheap gaming laptop deals are arguably the best way to get into PC gaming, while crucially remaining portable, for less. And the holidays are a great time to find a discount. Better still, is that discounts apply at all ends of the spectrum: whether you're looking for one of the best gaming laptops with some of the MSRP shaved off, or have your heart set on a budget machine for casual experiences, there's likely always a discount that'll be appropriate for what you need.

We've capped our search for cheap gaming laptop deals at a budget of $2,000 / £2,000, and split our findings for those true bargain hunters (under $1,000) and those looking to add a little extra value to their price tag. If you're on the hunt for gaming laptop deals under $1,000, you'll be browsing GTX and budget RTX cards like the 3050, 3050Ti, and the odd 3060, with 8-16GB RAM and 256GB-512GB SSD storage. 

Moving further into the $1,000 / £1,000 price category, though, and the lucky among us will find more budget gaming laptops with RTX 3070 cards - while we've even seen cheap RTX 3080 machines hitting under $2,000 / £2,000 as well. We'd aim for no less than 16GB RAM when browsing gaming laptop deals in this bracket, and you'll be able to grab between 512GB and 1TB of storage as well. 

You'll find all our top picks for this week's best cheap gaming laptop deals just below, but if you're after something more permanent we'd also recommend checking out all the latest cheap gaming PC deals.

This week's best cheap gaming laptop deals

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Immediately below, we're rounding up the best cheap gaming laptop deals under $1,000, but you'll find machines running up to $2,000 a little further down. This week we're seeing some particularly strong offers on some of the best Alienware laptops around. We're also compiling all the best budget gaming laptops of the week in the UK as well.

Cheap gaming laptop deals under $1,000

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 | $899.99 (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 | $899.99 $549.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $350 - The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is one of the better values in the budget gaming laptop market, and this one is no exception. With an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor and an RTX 3050 Ti GPU, this laptop has some strong gaming hardware under the hood. It only comes with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, though, but for this price, it's an acceptable compromise for a 15-inch gaming laptop.

HP Victus 15 | $979 (opens in new tab)

HP Victus 15 | $979 $697.88 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $282 - The HP Victus 15 is one of our favorite gaming laptops thanks to its slimmer profile and powerful hardware – like a 12th-gen Intel Core i5-12500H, RTX 3050 GPU, and 512GB PCIe SSD – and right now you can find it for 31% off at Amazon right now. 

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 | $1,399.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 | $1,399.99 $899.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $500 - Last year's Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is getting a huge price cut as newer gaming laptop orders start rolling in, and Best Buy's inventory purge is your gain. You're getting a fantastic gaming laptop here with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an RTX 3060 GPU, all for under $1,000.

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HP Victus 15 | $1,299 $999 at HP.com (opens in new tab)
Save $300 - It's not often you find a laptop like this for under $1,000, so it should definitely be on your shortlist. Powered by an Intel Core i7-12700H and an Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU, you also get 16GB RAM, 1TB storage, and a 15.6-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, you'll get fantastic gaming performance for a great price.

MSI Sword 15 | $1,349 (opens in new tab)

MSI Sword 15 | $1,349 $999 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $350 - With an Intel i7-12650H processor and Nvidia RTX 3060 under the lid of the MSI Sword, you'll get powerful, on-the-go gaming performance, especially since it's paired with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, which is an outstanding set of specs for under $1,000.

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HP Victus 15 - $1,299 $999 at HP (opens in new tab)
Save $300 - The HP Victus 15 is one of the best gaming laptops around, thanks to its powerful hardware like the Intel Core i7-12700H processor, an RTX 3050 GPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD storage, and 15-inch full HD 144Hz display. While already reasonably priced for its specs, you can save even more with this HP deal, just be aware that the display has a 9ms pixel response rate, so it might not be the best for esports fans.

Gaming laptop deals under $2,000

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE | $1,749.99 (opens in new tab)

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE | $1,749.99 $1,099.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $650 - The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is a powerful 16-inch QHD+ gaming laptop, powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD, and it is now $650 off right now at Best Buy.

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Gigabyte Aorus 5 SE4 | $1,299 $1,149 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
Save $150 - The Gigabyte Auros 5 is one of the best midrange laptops around on a typical day, but it's even better when it's $150 off. Powered by an Intel Core i7-12700H, Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD, you will get fantastic gaming on the go with the Gigabyte Aorus 5. 

Acer Predator Helios 300 | $1299 (opens in new tab)

Acer Predator Helios 300 | $1299 $1,172 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $127 - With the latest models of the Helios 300 hitting the shelves for 2022, last year's models are getting a healthy discount. The Acer Predator Helios 300 with Intel Core i7-11800H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15.6-inch FHD, 144Hz display, and an Acer Predator roll-top backpack can be yours for 10% off right now at Amazon.

Asus TUF Dash F15 (2022) 15.6-inch RTX 3060 gaming laptop | $1,299 (opens in new tab)

Asus TUF Dash F15 (2022) 15.6-inch RTX 3060 gaming laptop | $1,299 $1,184 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $115 - Picking up the latest Asus TUF Dash (with its i7-12650H processor and 16GB DDR5 RAM) for just $1,245 is an excellent result, especially considering there's still an RTX 3060 GPU under the hood. We've only just started seeing these 2022 generation laptops drop their prices in the last month or so.

Asus TUF Dash F15 | $1,299.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus TUF Dash F15 | $1,299.99 $1,184.94 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $115 - Picking up the latest Asus TUF Dash (with its i7-12650H processor and 16GB DDR5 RAM) for just $1,184 is an excellent deal, especially since we're only just now seeing the 2022 models of gaming laptops go on sale. Powered by an Intel Core i7-12650H, a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and 512GB SSD, you're getting a lot of power for the price.

Gigabyte A5 X1 15.6-inch RTX 3070 gaming laptop | $1,749 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte A5 X1 15.6-inch RTX 3070 gaming laptop | $1,749 $1,305 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $444 - This is so close to the lowest price we've ever seen on the Gigabyte A5 X1, with an RTX 3070 GPU at the helm. You're saving well over $400 all-in here, and securing 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a powerful Ryzen 9 5900HX processor under the hood.

Gigabyte Aorus 15P 15.6-inch RTX 3070 gaming laptop | $1,999 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte Aorus 15P 15.6-inch RTX 3070 gaming laptop | $1,999 $1,399.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $600 - Amazon's latest gaming laptop deals are offering a record-low price on this RTX 3070 Gigabyte Aorus machine. That $549 saving is working particularly hard for you here, offering up a 240Hz refresh rate machine with an i7-11800H processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD for just $1,399.99.

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Gigabyte Aero 17 XE5 | $2,699.00 $1,399.00 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
Save $1300 - What a saving! No seriously, we saw this laptop going for just over $2,000 only last week and now you can get it for well under $1,500 at an extremely low price.

The Gigabyte Aero 17 is one of the best creator laptops around with its powerful Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti, Core i7-12700H, 16GB DDR5 RAM, 2TB SSD, and 120Hz mini-LED 4K display. all making this workstation laptop a stealth gaming laptop that looks as impressive at work as it does at home.

Alienware m15 R7 | $1,849.99 (opens in new tab)

Alienware m15 R7 | $1,849.99 $1,399.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $450 - The Alienware m-series gaming laptops are some of our favorites for being some of the more powerful midrange offerings, and this m15 R7 is a perfect case in point. You can get it right now with an i7-12700H processor, Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch QHD, 240Hz display for $450 off in this killer Cyber Monday deal.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey | $1,799.99 $1,445.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $354 - This Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey has some serious power under the hood thanks to the Intel Core i7-11600H, Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti, 1TB SSD, and a whopping 32GB DDR4 RAM, and you can get it for less than $1,500 right now at Amazon.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16-inch RTX 3070 gaming laptop | $1,699.99 (opens in new tab)

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16-inch RTX 3070 gaming laptop | $1,699.99 $1,479.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $220 - The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro has dipped and risen in price as part of Walmart's gaming laptop deals these last few weeks, still offering a $200 plus discount. It's decent value considering the 165Hz refresh rate on this QHD display and Ryzen 7 5800H processor under the hood but we know it can go lower, so potentially worth holding on for. 

MSI GP66 Leopard 15.6-inch RTX 3080 gaming laptop | $2,049.00 (opens in new tab)

MSI GP66 Leopard 15.6-inch RTX 3080 gaming laptop | $2,049.00 $1,579.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $469 - The MSI GP66 Leopard is $469 off at Amazon right now and comes packed with that high-end RTX 3080 GPU. It's one of the cheapest gaming laptop deals to offer such a high-end GPU on the market now.

Razer Blade 15 | $2,299 (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 15 | $2,299 $1,999.90 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $300 - If you missed last week's amazing deal on the Razer Blade 15, you can still save big with this bargain from Amazon. Now that the 12th-gen Intel Alder Lake models are on the shelves, the 11th-gen configurations are seeing more and more discounts. That means you can pick up the QHD 240Hz Razer Blade 15, with an RTX 3060 GPU, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM for a substantial $300 off.

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Razer Blade 14 (Quartz) | $2,599 $2,199 at Razer (opens in new tab)
Save $400 - A little over $2,000, yes, but this Razer Blade 14 is one of the best gaming laptops, thanks to its powerful hardware, but the new Quartz color option makes this deal a steal. Powered by a Ryzen 9 6900HX, Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and 1TB PCIe SSD. the rare deal has already sold out on Amazon but is still available from Razer itself.

Cheap gaming laptop deals in the UK

Lenovo ideaPad Gaming 3 | £799.99 (opens in new tab)

Lenovo ideaPad Gaming 3 | £799.99 £649.97 at Box (opens in new tab)
Save £150 - The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 has been a huge hit since it launched thanks to a great mix of affordability and performance. Now this fantastic gaming laptop, powered by a Ryzen 5 5600H processor, Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD storage  is down to £649.

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch RTX 3050 Ti gaming laptop | £849.00 (opens in new tab)

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch RTX 3050 Ti gaming laptop | £849.00 £749.00 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £100 - You're only saving £100 here, but that £849 RRP was already particularly strong considering the RTX 3050 Ti GPU and 16GB RAM under the hood. That means Currys' new £749 sale price is screaming value this week, packing an i5-11400H processor and 512GB SSD on top.

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Acer Nitro 5 | £899.97 £759.99 at Box (opens in new tab)
Save £139 - The Acer Nitro 5 with Intel Core i5-11400H processor, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD with a full HD, 144Hz display is currently on sale at Box for well over a £100 off, which is a real bargain on an already great gaming laptop. 

Dell G15  | £769 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Dell G15  | £769 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Dell G-series gaming laptops don't have the same pedigree as Dell's Alienware brand, but these are still great gaming laptops for pretty affordable prices, like this 120Hz, 15.6-inch full HD model powered by a Ryzen 5-5600H, Nvidia RTX 3050, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. While this Amazon deal isn't the biggest, it has come down in price by more than £200 over the last few months.

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Asus Tuf Dash F15 | £999.97 £799.99 at Laptop Outlet (opens in new tab)
Save £200 - When money's tight but you want to get a great gaming laptop, the Asus Tuf Dash F15 is always a good bet. With an Intel Core i5-11300H processor, the CPU isn't the fastest, but the RTX 3050 graphics will definitely help keep your games running smoothly (within reason, of course). You also only get 8GB RAM, but you do get a 512GB SSD, which is more than enough to keep a few games in rotation on the road.

Asus TUF Dash F15 | £999.97 (opens in new tab)

Asus TUF Dash F15 | £999.97 £799.99 at Very (opens in new tab)
Save £200 - Very has a reduced price on this Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop with Intel Core i5 processor, RTX 3050 GPU, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD, as well as a full HD, 15.6-inch display with 144Hz refresh rate. It might not be the most powerful laptop on the market, but at this price, it is definitely worth considering while you can still get it.

MSI Katana 15.6-inch RTX 3060 gaming laptop | £1,464.97 (opens in new tab)

MSI Katana 15.6-inch RTX 3060 gaming laptop | £1,464.97 £899.01 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab)
Save £565 - We rarely see RTX 3060 laptop deals offering 16GB RAM for under £900, but this MSI Katana is available at a particularly strong price right now. As part of Cyber Monday deals, over £500 has been cut off, packing bags of value into this slightly older chassis. There's an i7-11800H processor and 512GB of SSD storage in here as well.

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Asus Tuf Dash F15 | £1,099 £1,049 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £50 - While 50 quid isn't the biggest discount around, the Tuf Dash F15 already started out affordable, so anything taken off is a bonus. Powered by an Intel Core i7-12650H, an RTX 3060 GPU, and packing 16GB RAM and a 1TB SDD, you'll have plenty of power for gaming wherever you go.

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Acer Predator Helios 300 | £1,199 £1,099 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £100 - This Helios 300 is a little bit older than the latest models (it is powered by an Intel i7-11800H), but it also comes with an RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and a full HD display at 144Hz, so this laptop is a real bargain.

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MSI Katana GF66 + Call of Duty | £1,399.00 £1,099.00 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £300 - This 11th-Gen Intel MSI Katana laptop with Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics is now less than £1,100 at Currys. The Katana GF66 also comes with 512GB SD and 16GB RAM, and a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II for free.

Acer Predator Helios 300 | £1,199 (opens in new tab)

Acer Predator Helios 300 | £1,199 £1,099 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £100 - The Acer Predator Helios 300 is just £1,099 at Currys right now - one of the lowest prices we've seen on the RTX 3070 laptop. With a savings of £100, you're getting an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD, making it a fantastic deal at this price.

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Asus TUF Gaming A15 | £1,699 £1,199 at Overclockers (opens in new tab)
Save £500 - This Asus TUF Gaming laptop is a powerhouse at a fantastic price thanks to its AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS processor, Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and 1TB SSD. Paired with a WQHD display at 165Hz, your games will look great for way less than retail thanks to this £500 discount.

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ASUS ROG Strix A15 | £1,799.99 £1,399.97 at Box (opens in new tab)
Save £400 - The Asus ROG Strix A15 is one of the company's most popular laptops, so seeing it on sale for £400 off is a real bargain. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 processor, RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD, enjoy fantastic gaming performance on the go with this deal at Box.

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Asus ROG Strix G15 | £1,930 £1,547.97 at Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
Save £479 - Get one of the best laptops around with the Asus ROG Strix G15, powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 6800H processor, Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and a 15.6-inch display running at full HD and 360Hz for crisp, blazing fast gameplay.

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Razer Blade 14 | £1,680.10 £1549 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £131.10 - The Razer Blade 14 is one of the best portable gaming laptops around, and we mean portable. At just 16.8mm thin and weighing 1.78kg, the Razer Blade 14 – powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU, RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB PCIe SSD, you'll have plenty of performance that you can actually take on the go.

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Alienware x14 | £1,849.00 £1,699.00 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save £150 - The Alienware x14 is a great laptop for gaming on the go thanks to its smaller and thinner form factor while still being powered by an Intel Core i7-12700H, Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage.

£1,999.00 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 | £1,999.00 £1,899.00 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £100 - The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 doesn't just look fantastic, this highly portable gaming laptop is powerful to boot, featuring an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor, an RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

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Asus ROG Zephryus G15 | £2,399 £1,949 at Argos (opens in new tab)
Save £450 - The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 isn't just powerful, it looks fantastic as well, so you can be sure that wherever you game, you'll game in style. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor, this little beauty comes with an RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, so you can expect top-flight performance.

What is considered cheap for a gaming laptop?

Defining a cheap gaming laptop usually comes down to setting a value to the individual parts inside each rig. For example, an RTX 3070 machine with a current-gen i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD is going to be cheap if it's priced around $1,000-$1,500, depending on the chassis itself. However, an RTX 3050 with an i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD may be considered overpriced in this range. 

However, a lot of this determination comes from the brand and model. The best Razer laptops, for example, are particularly well-engineered machines with a whole suite of premium features and display technology. That means a 'cheap gaming laptop deal' on one of these rigs will still be a lot more expensive than the average going rate for the specs inside. The same goes for cheap Alienware laptops as well.

However, if you're simply after the cheapest starter laptop you can find, it's worth aiming at a GTX 1650 or GTX 1650Ti rig with an i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD for between $500 and $600 (£500-£600). 

Can you buy a gaming laptop for under $500 / £500?

It's becoming increasingly rare to find budget gaming laptops at under $500 / £500, though you may still find some offers in this price range hitting the shelves during larger sales events. The rigs behind these price tags will always be incredibly entry level, though - so it might be worth setting your budget a little higher to truly maximise your value. $500 might get you a lot further when put towards an RTX-enabled configuration than it would in a budget buy.

Which are the best budget gaming laptops?

The best budget gaming laptops right now are the Acer Nitro 5, HP Pavilion Gaming, MSI GF63, and Asus TUF Dash F15. These are all rigs that sacrifice some of the fancier features of more premium chassis' to ensure you're getting great components at an affordable rate. 

Where to find more cheap gaming laptop deals

Cheap gaming laptop retailers:
US:
Best Buy (opens in new tab) | Dell (opens in new tab) | Amazon (opens in new tab) | Walmart (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)| Adorama (opens in new tab)
UK:
Amazon (opens in new tab) | Currys (opens in new tab) | Argos (opens in new tab)  | Very (opens in new tab) | Overclockers UK (opens in new tab) | Laptopsdirect (opens in new tab) | Box (opens in new tab)


If you already know which GPU you're after, it's worth checking out our weekly roundups of RTX 3050 laptop deals, RTX 3060 laptops, and RTX 3070 laptop deals. We're also showing you where to find all the latest RTX 3080 laptop deals as well. Once you've snapped up a bargain, it's worth checking our guide to the best laptop backpacks for more accessories.

Tabitha Baker
Managing Editor - Hardware

Managing Editor of Hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards and mice that come with them), and tracking everything that suggests VR is about to take over our lives.

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