Should you buy a gaming laptop before Black Friday?

Should you buy a gaming laptop on Black Friday?
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Anyone on the hunt for a new rig this season knows that Black Friday gaming laptop deals can offer up some stunning prices. However, if you're wondering whether to buy a gaming laptop before the big day, there's plenty of data and context you need to know about before you dive into the early sales. From the configuration you're looking for, to the brand and price point, there are plenty of factors that go into your decision to buy before November 25 rolls around. We're helping you navigate these early sales to make sure you're getting the best value for money no matter when you get your wallet out. 

Those looking to get ahead of the crowds may be onto something. Adobe noted in its 2022 Holiday Shopping Report (opens in new tab) that computers generally took the biggest discounts from the start of November last year, and that average 14% saving amount stuck through to the end of the month. While pricing will remain steady over the next few weeks, though, the actual configurations on offer will vary. 

That means those 14% discounts may be reserved for smaller configurations or older models - in essence, a saving that's not going to offer the same level of value as the same percentage off a more impressive rig. We tend to see these higher value offers closer to Black Friday itself, but we've already celebrated several Black Friday-esque discounts in October so it's anyone's game this year. 

To help you navigate these early sales, we're showing you what factors need to go into your decision to buy a gaming laptop before Black Friday. If you're really playing it risky, we're also getting you prepped for this year's Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals as well. 

Should you buy a gaming laptop before Black Friday? 

In most cases, you should wait for Black Friday before buying a gaming laptop because we tend to see some of the most valuable of the year on everything from budget gaming laptops to more high-end offerings on the day. While it's true that some gaming laptops appear to be perennially discounted from certain retailers beforehand, the best offers are typically reserved for Black Friday itself as the deals present last year have shown us.

If you're after an RTX 3050 machine, make sure you're spending no more than $800 on a baseline spec, and no more than $650 on a particularly entry-level rig. That means an i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Meanwhile, those on the hunt for an RTX 3060 laptop should hold off until they spot an i7 / 8 - 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD configuration at around $800 or $900. RTX 3070 rigs have already seen larger discounts in this year's early sales than we saw in previous Black Friday offerings. That means this is the sweet spot for buying a gaming laptop before Black Friday - there's some excellent value on the shelves right now. Official discounts will likely hit at between $900 and $1,100 in the lowest end of the price range, so aim for this budget if buying beforehand. 

RTX 3080 rigs could crash in price this year. Black Friday gave us some of the best prices of the year on these top-end rigs last time around, offering up rigs in the $1,700 range for the first time. Since then we've seen even lower prices on machines from MSI and Asus, so we'd recommend aiming for $1,500 - $1,700 if you're after a top shelf machine. Any deals that offer solid components for this price before Black Friday should be seriously considered. 

While there have been exceptions, the most that you can expect to be discounted on lower-end gaming laptops is anywhere between $50 - $100 which is a far cry from deeper discounts that we've seen on some of the more powerful machines. Plus, these cheaper machines tend to sell out a lot quicker during the holiday sales, which means you'll need to be right in the centre of the mix to make it out with the more competitive offers. If you don't want to be watching for flash sales all weekend for the sake of an extra $50, we'd recommend checking out the latest cheap gaming laptop deals.

Today's best gaming laptop deals

Our price comparison technology does the legwork to bring you the best deals across the internet on some of our favorite gaming laptop models this side of Black Friday. 

Gaming monitors are great on the go, but you can maximize their power potential for less later this month on the big screen in the Black Friday gaming monitor deals

However, if you've got a specific resolution in mind then we recommend keeping a close eye on the Black Friday 1440p monitor deals and Black Friday 4K monitor deals, and that stands equally for frame rate too, as the Black Friday 144Hz monitor deals are definitely one to watch as well. 

Aleksha McLoughlin
Hardware Editor

Aleksha McLoughlin served as the Hardware Editor for GamesRadar from June 2021 until August 2022. Her main area of expertise was the PC gaming platform, which comprised buying guides, features, reviews, and news coverage on components and prebuilt machines. She was also responsible for gaming chairs and storage. She now works on a freelance basis while studying to become a university lecturer specializing in English for foreign territories. Prior to joining GamesRadar, she wrote for the likes of Expert Reviews, The Rory Peck Trust, No Clean Singing, Vinyl Chapters, and Tech Spark while also working with the BBC. 

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