Whether you’re eying up that big upgrade or simply looking for a machine that’ll cover the basics, this year’s Black Friday gaming laptop deals will definitely be worth waiting for.
There’s quite simply no better time all year round to save some hard-earned bucks on your next gaming machine – especially if you’ve been eying up the latest RTX 3000 series GPUs.
We’re expecting pretty big things this year; retailer shelves are well-stocked, previous events this year have yielded great sales, and all those latest components will have been on the market for quite a while.
As you’d expect, Black Friday is well worth being prepared for. To help our readers get up to speed we’ve created this handy guide to the upcoming event. We’re telling you when we expect Black Friday gaming laptop deals to start cropping up, where to find the best prices, and how to get the right machine for your needs.
We’ll also be exhaustively updating this page in the build-up to the big event itself, so definitely don’t hesitate to bookmark if you’d like to be informed – and catch the deals themselves when they finally land.
- 0.1 Black Friday gaming laptop deals: FAQ
- 0.2 When will the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals start in 2021?
- 0.3 Where will the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals be?
- 1 What specs should I look for when buying a gaming laptop on Black Friday?
- 2 Should I wait for Black Friday gaming laptop deals?
- 3 What were last year’s best Black Friday gaming laptop deals?
Black Friday gaming laptop deals: FAQ
When will the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals start in 2021?
Absolutely before the big event itself. While Black Friday this year falls on November 26th this year – and that’s definitely where the very best deals will be concentrated – it’s likely most online retailers will jump the start gun and kick things off well before that date.
In previous events we’ve seen gaming laptop deals land as early as late October / early November, although the primo sales tend to really take place in the week immediately following Thanksgiving. In short, if you’re looking to bag a big discount on your next gaming rig then you should be on your guard from then onwards.
Last year was somewhat of an outlier with the coronavirus pandemic unsurprisingly shifting things even further towards online-only sales. According to a report by Adobe Analytics, overall online sales grew by a whopping 50% versus in-store retail purchases last year. With all sorts of logistical challenges and shipping delays thanks to the pandemic, it made sense for retailers to try and space out their sales over the Black Friday period.
It’s hard to determine whether we’ll see a repeat of that scenario this year exactly, but we’d be prepared for early-bird deals just to be safe. As always, we’ll be updating this page with any Black Friday gaming laptop deals as we spot them, so definitely don’t hesitate to bookmark and drop in closer to the event.
Where will the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals be?
We’re going to be exhaustively searching every retailer in the US and UK over Black Friday to find the very best gaming laptop deals available. If you do want to fly solo, however, then here’s a quick list of which retailers we expect to offer the primo sales come November.
In the US:
Amazon: the biggest inventory, but also flooded with third-party sellers
Best Buy: huge selection, with compelling choices for all budgets
Walmart: super-cheap options, watch out for third-party sellers
Dell: good if you’re on a budget, plus powerful Alienware laptops
HP: great budget Pavilion machines, plus high-end Omen laptops
In the UK:
Amazon: large inventory, but beware of upmarked third-party sellers
Currys: exceptionally competitive choices for all price ranges
Dell: excellent budget options, as well as hefty sales on Alienware laptops
Box: a large inventory of Asus, Acer, and HP laptops at competitive prices
Laptops Direct: often has great clearance sales, watch out for old stock
What specs should I look for when buying a gaming laptop on Black Friday?
If you’re looking to jump on a Black Friday gaming laptop deal, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you hit that buy button.
Primarily, you’re going to want to make sure the actual hardware in the gaming laptop you’re looking at is relatively current, and you’re not forking over cash for an outdated machine. Currently, the latest GPUs on the market are the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series (3050, 3060, 3070, 3080), and the AMD Radeon RX6000 series (6600, 6700, 6800). You’ll also most likely encounter Nvidia GTX 1650 / 1650Ti and 1660 / 1660Ti cards on cheaper models – both these cards are quite old now, but they can suffice if you’re really on a budget and looking for the basics.
For CPUs, the latest processors are going to be the 11th-gen Intel Core range from Intel, and the 5th-gen Ryzen range from AMD. Put simply, if a processor has 11 or 5 in front of the product name, it’s going to be the latest on the market – Intel Core i5-11260H, or AMD Ryzen 7 5800H for example. If you’re on a budget, then Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5 will be a great choice. For something more powerful, however, consider the Ryzen 7, Intel Core i7, or even going all the way up to an Intel Core i9 or Ryzen 9.
It’s pretty straightforward, but the higher that number goes, the more powerful (and expensive) the processor will be.
When it comes to RAM, we used to suggest that 8GB was a good number for a gaming laptop. We no longer subscribe to that theory. As PC games get heavier and heavier, we’re starting to see 16GB of RAM being our default recommendation for most people. No one wants to have to systematically go through all of their open programs in order to close everything down in order to stop the game from stuttering around.
For storage, a good gaming laptop will come in one of two different ways. Either they’ll have a sizable SSD – preferably 512GB or more – or will have both an SSD and a hard drive. The latter configuration will likely be found in more budget configurations, with a small SSD so that Windows 10 itself runs smoothly. If you’re looking to store all your games on that speedy storage, however, consider a larger SSD than the usual 256GB found on budget machines.
If you find a gaming laptop with older hardware in it, don’t write it off immediately, however. We usually see some laptops with dated hardware and deep discounts, and honestly, they’re great if you’re on a budget. Just keep in mind that you may forgo things like the latest RTX graphics cards – which will enable advanced graphical features like Ray-Tracing or DLSS.
Should I wait for Black Friday gaming laptop deals?
Tough question. How badly do you need a gaming laptop? If the answer is not that bad then it’s always a good idea to wait until at least November – when sales really start to kick off.
If you’re heading back to college in September then it’ll be worth checking out the ongoing Back to School sales and the upcoming Labor Day sales. While both are fairly small-time in comparison to Black Friday, they’re generally considered the last big ‘sales event’ this side of November and should feature plenty of deals on tech.
Also available is our weekly roundup of the best cheap gaming laptop deals. We focus on machines in the sub-$1,000 range, however, it’s updated regularly with an all-killer no-filler list of recommendations. If you’re looking to save some cash right now, that’s your best bet.
What were last year’s best Black Friday gaming laptop deals?
We’ve preserved a selection of last year’s Black Friday gaming laptop deals just down below – both for interest’s sake, and to help our readers gauge for themselves what to expect again this year.
2020’s event saw some surprisingly good value options in both the UK and US, with RTX 2060 equipped machines seeing some particularly excellent discounts. At the time, that was pretty big news since the RTX range of GPUs were fairly recent and we saw a ton of machines sell out earlier in the year due to demand. We also saw the lowest prices all year on the Asus Zephyrus G14 – which was the top pick in our best gaming laptops buyer’s guide back in 2020.
In short, it was a big event for gaming laptops, with all budgets being well catered for across the board. Of course, with last year’s event featured last year’s components, so take the deals below with a pinch of salt. This year we’re expecting RTX 3000 series card, 11th gen Intel Core CPUs, and other components for fairly similar prices.
Last year’s Black Friday gaming laptop deals in the US
Acer Nitro 5:
$1,099 $799 at Walmart
Save $250 – If you’re looking for a cheap gaming laptop these days, you often have to settle for a non-RTX-equipped device. However, with this Black Friday gaming laptop deal, you can get the Acer Nitro 5, strapped with an RTX 2060, for just $799.
Asus Zephyrus G14, 14-inch:
$1,099.99 $899.99 at BestBuy
Save $200 – Among our top-rated gaming laptops, the Zephyrus G14 combines power, portability, and the best battery life we’ve seen on a gaming laptop. This configuration comes with an AMD Ryzen 7, GTX 1650, 8GB memory, and 512GB SSD. Best yet, it’s $200 off, making its price tag drop well below $1000.
Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop, 15-inch:
$1,099.99 $899.99 at BestBuy
Save $200 – With a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 8GB memory, this Lenovo gaming laptop will see you through your 1080p and 1440p gaming needs. It comes with a 512GB SSD storage so you should have enough to save those current games you’re playing in. The extras? How does being VR-ready and having Harman/Kardon speakers sound?
New Dell G5 15 gaming laptop:
$1,389.99 $999.99 at Dell
You can save a whole $390 off the standard price of this super-charged Dell G5 15 gaming laptop over at the official Dell store today. Inside it has not only an RTX 1660 ti graphics card but also a brand new Intel Core i7-10750H, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, making it a top contender if you want blazing-fast frame rates.
MSI GF65 Thin gaming laptop:
$1,149 $1,049 at Newegg
This MSI GF65 Thin gaming laptop is loaded with an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB VRAM, 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, and a 15.6-inch 144HZ 1080p IPS display – all in a (relatively) thin form factor. Head over to Newegg now and save $100 during their Black Friday sale.
Gigabyte Aorus 5 gaming laptop:
$1,299 $1,149 at Newegg Save $150 – When we reviewed the Gigabyte Aorus 5 earlier this year, we said it was one of the best mid-range gaming laptops out there, so we’re happy to see that it’s $150 off over at Newegg ahead of Black Friday. Loaded with an Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch 144HZ 1080p IPS display, ray-traced gaming rarely comes this cheap.
Acer Predator Triton 300:
$1,599 $1,299 at Newegg The Acer Predator Triton 300 was already an excellent gaming monitor, packed with a sleek frame (for a gaming laptop), and enough hardware to power the best PC games. But now, you can get one with an RTX 2070 and a 240Hz screen for just $1,299 on Black Friday.
Gigabyte Aorus 15G:
$2,199 $1,469 at Newegg When we reviewed the Gigabyte Aorus 15G, we were blown away by how much this desktop replacement shoved in this laptop at its reasonable price. And, for Black Friday, you can get this RTX 2070-equipped laptop for just $1,469.
Alienware M15 R3 15.3-inch gaming laptop:
$1,849.99 $1,518.99 at Dell
Save $330 – Sure, Alienware isn’t exactly known for value, but a hefty saving makes this M15 R3 a much more affordable proposition. With a 10th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and an RTX 2060 graphics card, this is one very powerful machine too.
Gigabyte Aero 15:
$1,899 $1,645 at Newegg
Gigabyte Aero laptops pack the kind of hardware you’d expect in a gaming laptop, but wraps it all up in a package you won’t be ashamed to bring into the boardroom. And, you can get a model with an RTX 2070 and a 10th-gen Core i7 for just $1,645 at Newegg.
Razer Blade 15, 15.6-inch:
$2,299.99 $1,849.99 at BestBuy Save $450 – If a fully kitted out gaming laptop has always been out of your budget before, it might not be anymore with this deal for the Razer Blade 15. This configuration of one of the best gaming laptops right now comes with a 10th-gen i7, RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage.
Dell Alienware m15 R2:
$3,449.99 $2,199.99 at Dell
Save $1250 – Slay the competition with the Dell Alienware m15 R3 gaming laptop with 9th-generation Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 VRAM graphics, 16GB RAM, 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD, and a 15.6-inch full HD 300Hz display with 3ms response time.
MSI GS65 Stealth:
$2,999 $2,399 at Newegg
The MSI GS65 Stealth is one of the greatest gaming laptops of all time. This thing is powerful enough to max out all of your games at 1080p with ray tracing, and it looks good enough to bring to the board room. Sure, it has a 9th-gen processor, but with this $600 Black Friday discount, it’s still worth it.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S15:
$2,999 $2,550 at Amazon
Asus’ Zephyrus laptops are always extremely stylish, and the S15 is no different. With this model, you’re getting a sleek gaming laptop packed with an RTX 2080 Super and 32GB of RAM, making it one heck of a performer.
Last year’s Black Friday gaming laptop deals in the UK
Asus TUF Gaming FX505, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1650:
£699.97 £649.97 at Box
Save £50 – This is a brilliant cheap gaming laptop deal. While you won’t be playing games at ultra high definitions, it still offers great performance with most modern games, and the price is especially tempting.
MSI Bravo 15.6-inch gaming laptop:
£749 £699 at Currys
Featuring exclusively AMD components, this MSI Bravo offers a fantastic alternative to the usual Intel-based systems at this price point. Inside you’re getting a brand new Ryzen 5 4600H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It’s also got an RX 5500M graphics card and 120Hz screen – something you don’t often see in cheap gaming laptops.
MSI GF63 Thin 15.6-inch gaming laptop:
£799 £699.97 at Laptops Direct
Save £100 – This MSI GF63 has a slightly older Intel Core i5 processor but that’s significantly offset by the GTX 1650 Ti graphics card here – which is faster than the standard 1650. You’re also getting a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, which are pretty standard at this price point.
Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop:
£799 £770 at Amazon
This Acer Nitro 5 at Amazon is the perfect balance between budget and power in our books – an easy recommendation for most gamers right now. With an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, it’s got plenty of power under the hood, plus you’re even scoring yourself some nifty free accessories too.
Lenovo Legion 5i gaming laptop:
£999 £899.99 at Very
Save £100 – This Lenovo Legion 5i has one main (big) selling point – it’s featuring an RTX 2060 graphics card, which is just about the most powerful you’ll get this side of £1,000. That said, there are some trade-offs here, namely you’re only getting a 256GB SSD and Intel Core i5 – which, while good, aren’t quite as powerful as the Ryzen 7’s and Intel Core i7’s you normally see on top-end machines.
Asus TUF Blue A15 15.6-inch gaming laptop:
£999 £899 at Currys
Save £100 – This Asus TUF drops the RTX 2060 in favour of a GTX 1660 Ti and an expanded 512GB solid-state drive. Sure, that’s a slower graphics card than the Lenovo’s above, but you’re also getting a brand new Ryzen 7 4800H here – that’s the very latest from AMD and one of the fastest mobile processors currently on the market.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15, Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, RTX 2060:
£1,149.97 £1,090.75 at Box
Save £59 – Box has cut a hefty £150 off this excellent 15-inch gaming laptop, which comes with some of the most powerful (and recent) mobile components from Intel and Nvidia. This is a brilliant Cyber Monday gaming laptop deal.
Acer Predator Triton 300, Intel Core i7, RTX 2070, 1TB :
£1,499 £1,299 at Currys
Save £200 – This is one of the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals we’ve seen already, with a powerful combo of 10th gen Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2070 MaxQ GPU, plus a super-fast 144Hz 15.6-inch display and huge 1TB SSD. All for £200 off!
Acer Predator Helios 300, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, RTX 2060:
£1,399.97 £1,362.14 at Box
Save £38 – This great gaming laptop features a new Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and an RTX 2060 GPU, along with 1TB SSD for plenty of storage. With a 144Hz screen, this is a great laptop for esports and competitive players.