Should you buy an RTX 3050 gaming laptop on Black Friday?

Should you buy an RTX 3050 laptop
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Black Friday gaming laptop deals are almost here and they present probably the best time to get one of the best RTX 3050 laptop deals for cheaper than ever - but should you buy an RTX 3050 laptop on Black Friday? 

The first thing you should take note of is that a new 40 series of RTX graphics cards is releasing at the moment. The way we see it, this could present two solutions for you. Given that the RTX 3050 is on the entry level side of the best gaming graphics cards, and a new 4050 is forthcoming, it may be that 3050 laptops will get even more affordable. Chip shortages and the GPU drought of the pandemic age has, luckily, come to an end in 2022. For that reason, Black Friday could be a fantastic time to buy a 3050 laptop if you don't think you'll need the most up-to-date entry level card.

On the other hand, we could definitely see the appeal of waiting for gaming laptops that will include the RTX 4050, although that card isn't set to release until 2023. If you fall in the middle of these two camps, and you'd like as much bang for your buck this Black Friday, you may get lucky. You may be able to find an RTX 3060 or 3070 laptop on the cheap, since retailers will have good reason to help them fly off the shelves.

Either way, we are pretty confident that holding fire and waiting to buy an RTX 3050 gaming laptop on Black Friday is the best course of action. We think you'll see solid savings on the day itself, and if you pull the trigger early, you run the risk of spending more money than you'll need to. 

Below we've analysed the current RTX 3050 gaming laptop deals landscape and how it all compares with the early, broader Black Friday gaming laptop deals that will start rolling out at certain online retailers soon.

Should you buy an RTX 3050 laptop

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RTX 3050 gaming laptop deals before Black Friday   

If we take a look at the current landscape of RTX 3050 laptop deals, we're already seeing some excellent value. For example, the HP Victus 15 is not a laptop you regularly find under $1000. Besides an RTX 3050 GPU, it has a Intel Core i-7 processor and 16BG of RAM. Right now at HP, you can get it for $999 (opens in new tab) down from $1,299. In our books, $300 is a pretty fantastic saving for a laptop this good. 

Elsewhere, at Newegg, you could save $250 on a Gigabyte G5. It has a slightly older 11th-gen Intel processor, but it till makes use of an RTX 3050 and at the moment only costs $899. (opens in new tab) 

The case is the same in the UK, as we're seeing savings of £300 on laptops like the Asus TUF Dash F15, which is down from £999.97 to £699.97 at Box (opens in new tab). Alternatively, there's the MSI Katana GF66, which is down also discounted by £300 to £899 at Currys. (opens in new tab) 

Given that we're still in the lead up to Black Friday and we're already seeing savings this good on RTX 3050 laptops, we'd expect great things from the end of November. 

Should you buy an RTX 3050 laptop

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When will Black Friday RTX 3050 laptop deals start?

Black Friday will commence on Friday, November 25th 2022. Like we've mentioned we expect great deals on RTX 3050 gaming laptops, especially since a new generation of RTX 40 series GPUs is rolling out. 

If you want to stay one step ahead of the competition, we'd recommend keeping an eye on digital storefronts in the week leading up to Black Friday, since retailers like to sneak out a few early deals as we get closer. While its worth keeping an eye on Cyber Monday deals, we'd say it's always best to use it as a back up to Black Friday, since you never know how long stocks will last.

If you're looking to cast a wide net on your hunt for an RTX 3050 Ti laptop specifically then our price comparison software is here to help, as it scours the internet for some of the best deals available this side of Black Friday. 

And for those of you interested in an RTX 3050 laptop at the best prices available, our price comparison technology has done the heavy lifting to find you some choice cuts this side of the Winter sales events, too. 

No gaming setup would be complete with a large screen and peripherals, and you can get them cheap this month in the Black Friday gaming monitor deals and Black Friday keyboard and mouse deals respectively. 

Duncan Robertson
Hardware Editor

Ever since playing Journey at the age of 15, I’ve been desperate to cover video games for a living. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Journalism, I contributed to the Scottish Games Network and completed an Editorial Internship over at Expert Reviews. Besides that, I’ve been managing my own YouTube channel and Podcast for the last 7 years. It’s been a long road, but all that experience somehow landed me a dream job covering gaming hardware. I’m a self-confessing PlayStation fanboy, but my experience covering the larger business and developer side of the whole industry has given me a strong knowledge of all platforms. When I’m not testing out every peripheral I can get my hands on, I’m probably either playing tennis or dissecting game design for an upcoming video essay. Now, I better stop myself here before I get talking about my favourite games like HUNT: Showdown, Dishonored, and Towerfall Ascension.
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