The cheapest RTX 3050 laptop deals in December 2022

RTX 3050 laptops
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RTX 3050 laptop deals can score you particularly cheap machines at even better prices. You're picking up an entry level, but still RTX 30-Series, graphics card and we're even starting to see Intel's 12th generation processors coming into play as well. We often see cheaper rigs going for as little as $700 these days, which means those on the hunt for a starter model should absolutely be taking advantage of the latest price drops. With so many different models on the shelves - each offering a slightly different value proposition - it can be difficult to work out where to start. 

That's where we come in. We've been tracking gaming laptop deals for years now, so we know a good price when we see one. You'll find all our top picks for the best RTX 3050 laptop deals just below, and we keep this page well-stocked with new models every week. It's important to note that picking up an RTX 3050 laptop means you won't exactly be getting the best gaming laptop configuration on the market. This is Nvidia's entry-level card, so you won't be getting the best possible visuals out of your games. 

However, RTX 3080 laptops and RTX 3070 laptops can run up quite a bill, so if you're happy with dropping your fps a little, you can find some excellent value a little further down the price bracket. Plus, you're still picking up the latest generation here, so you're future-proofed for updates to come. 

RTX 3050 laptop deals in the US

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 $697.98 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $281 - The HP Victus 15 is a fan-favorite gaming laptop for its excellent portability thanks to a slimmer profile that houses some seriously powerful hardware like a 12th-gen Intel Core i5-12500H, RTX 3050 GPU, and 512GB PCIe SSD – all for 29% off at Amazon

Asus TUF Gaming A15 | $1,079 (opens in new tab)

Asus TUF Gaming A15 | $1,079.99 $699.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $380 - Packing new DDR5 RAM, a powerful Ryzen 7 processor, and a turbo-charged RTX 3050 Ti GPU, this Asus TUF gaming laptop is a compelling value at $699.99 this week at Best Buy. Toss in the 512GB SSD and you have plenty of power for AAA gaming on the road, with more than enough room to hold them all.

Acer Nitro 5 | $999.99 (opens in new tab)

Acer Nitro 5 | $999.99 $799.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $200 - The latest 2022 Acer Nitro 5 is down to $899 at Best Buy right now, bringing an Intel Alder Lake i5-12500H processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an RTX 3050 Ti GPU under the hood, so you can expect great gaming performance with this one for 20% off.

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MSI Katana GF66 | $1,049 $892 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
Save $157 - This MSI Katana gaming laptop doesn't have the most impressive specs (i5-11400H processor, Nvidia RTX 3050, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD), but it's more than enough to get some decent gaming performance on the go for 14% off retail.

HP Victus 15: was (opens in new tab)

HP Victus 15: was $1,299 now $999 at (opens in new tab)
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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.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey | $1,799.99 $1,445.98 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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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.

RTX 3050 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 now down to the incredible price of £599.97 at Box, a £150 discount.

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

Asus TUF Dash F15 | £999.97 £699.97 at Box (opens in new tab)
Save £300 - Box has this great deal on an 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.

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MSI GF63 Thin | £849.99 £699.99 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £150 - The MSI GF63 Thin packs in somewhat older hardware, like the 11th-gen i5-11400H, but it also comes with an RTX 3050 GPU, 8GB RAM, and 512GB storage for excellent 1080p gaming performance for a great price thanks to this deal at Currys.

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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. 

MSI Katana GF66 15.6-inch gaming laptop | £1,199 (opens in new tab)

MSI Katana GF66 15.6-inch gaming laptop | £1,199 £929 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £270 - This is one of the first RTX 3050 Ti laptop deals we've seen sporting the latest i7-12700H processor. That means you're getting some serious value for money here, with a lightning-fast CPU and turbocharged version of the 3050 card. All that grunt is supported by 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD and wrapped up with a 144Hz refresh rate display.

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Asus Vivobook Pro 15 | £1,299 £1076.42 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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The Asus Vivobook Pro 15 might not be a gaming laptop proper, but it has brilliant hardware and a full HD OLED display to boot, making it a great choice for creatives who want to get some gaming in on the side. Powered by a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, RTX 3050 GPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD, you'll get the best of both worlds with this powerhouse. 

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Asus ROG Flow X13 | £2,709.97 £2,099.97 at Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
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It's not every day you find a 2-in-1 gaming laptop, so the Asus ROG Flow X13 is definitely a special case. It's normally pretty expensive, so if you've been looking at this one but were turned off by the first-mover price tag, you can save £629 and enjoy RTX 3050 Ti gaming along with an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD to go along with the 13.4-inch full HD, 120Hz touchscreen display. 

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Why buy an RTX 3050 laptop?

RTX 3050 laptops are the cheapest models to house Nvidia's latest RTX GPUs, which means you're getting the current generation for the lowest price possible. That's perfect if you're still looking for ray tracing and excellent visuals but don't need to spend the extra cash for a higher refresh rate that might be necessary on Ultra or High settings. If you play slower simulation or strategy titles, you can afford to sacrifice some of the flashier features of far more expensive machines in order to save some cash here. 

However, if you're planning on dipping into more competitive games like Apex Legends, or more graphically demanding titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, it's worth considering the jump to an RTX 3060 laptop or higher. You'll generally find more RAM under the hood, and i7 / Ryzen 7 processors are the norm in these models. 

While we're not expecting RTX 3050 models to be quite as cheap as they were with Black Friday laptop deals in November now passing, we're still finding lots of great offers in time for the holidays.

Which RTX 3050 laptops are available?

Many brands offer RTX 3050 cards in their entry level configurations. That means you'll find this cheaper model in some of the best Razer laptops and in Lenovo, Dell G-Series, and HP Victus / Omen configurations as well. However, some of the more premium devices will often omit this cheaper card to keep their prices at a certain level, for example you'll find this with the best Alienware laptops, and even cheap Alienware laptop deals

Budget models like the Acer Nitro line and the Asus TUF Dash offer some of the best value configurations with these cards; often pairing them with high end processors and a little extra RAM due to the lower prices of their chassis'. 

Are RTX 3050 laptops worth it?

As mentioned above, if you're looking to squeeze as much power out of a portable gaming rig as possible, then we'd recommend shopping a little higher up the line. However, for those who just need a cheaper machine, an RTX 3050 laptop is well worth it, especially if you're spending less than $1,000. If you're spending a little more than this then you'll want to make sure that the other components inside your laptop are pulling their weight, so you'll be aiming for an i7 or Ryzen 7 processor, 512GB of SSD storage at least, and 16GB RAM. 

Of course, if you're torn between the portable route and some of the best gaming PCs on the market right now, things get a little muddy. Prebuilt PCs are also offering some excellent prices on RTX 3050 configurations, but if you're looking for the card itself then it's likely that you'll come across some stock troubles. 

While not as fierce around the RTX 3050, many are wondering where to buy RTX 3060 graphics cards these days, as well as where to buy RTX 3070 GPUs as well. RTX 3080 stock is particularly difficult to get your hands on. 

That makes building your own machine a little tricky, which is why we're also rounding up all the latest RTX 3060 PC, RTX 3070 PC, and RTX 3080 PC deals on the shelves right now. If you're really looking to push the boat out, you'll also find a selection of RTX 3090 PC deals up for grabs. 

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.