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The cheapest RTX 3050 laptop deals in January 2022

GamesRadar logo GamesRadar 4 days ago Tabitha Baker

RTX 3050 laptop deals are fairly easy to find, but many retailers can water down their cheaper machines with less storage and, crucially, less RAM. That's why it's important to shop around before committing to an RTX 3050 laptop, making sure that you're getting the best configuration for your cash. 

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. 

You'll find all the best RTX 3050 laptop deals from this week just below.

RTX 3050 laptop deals in the US

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Gigabyte G5 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $1,199 $849 (was $100 rebate) at Newegg Save $350 - The Gigabyte G5 is down to just $849 after that $100 rebate at Newegg. Considering you're getting the boosted RTX 3050Ti GPU under the hood, with a 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM (we usually only see 256GB / 8GB at this price point), that's a particularly special price.

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Dell G15 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $1,234.98 $949.99 at Dell Save $285 - The Dell G15 is down to $949.99 right now, packing an impressive octa-core Ryzen 7 5800H processor and RTX 3050Ti graphics card. You're dropping down to 8GB RAM, but you'll be able to get away with it for lighter play.

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MSI Crosshair 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $1,299 $995 at Walmart Save $300 - This RTX 3050 MSI Crosshair is down below $1,000 at Walmart right now. Considering there's 16GB RAM and an i7-11800H processor inside, there's some excellent value packed into that price tag. Plus, you're still getting a 512GB SSD and 144Hz display as well.

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Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $1,099.99 $999.99 at Best Buy Save $100 - The Acer Nitro 5 is a well known budget buy, but this rig is packing some serious specs for under $1,000. You're getting an RTX 3050Ti graphics card, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and i7-11800H processor under the hood, and a 144Hz display panel up top.

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Alienware M15 R5 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $1,499.99 $1,126.99 at Dell Save $373 - You're getting a powerful Ryzen 7 5800H processor under the hood of this particularly well price Alienware M15 R5. Add that to the 165Hz display and RTX 3050Ti GPU and this that $373 discount is working particularly hard for you. This rig does drop you down to an 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD configuration, but that's to be expected for a premium machine in this price range.

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Asus ROG 16-inch gaming laptop | $1,449.99 $1,199.99 at Best Buy Save $250 - With an i7-11800H processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and RTX 3050Ti GPU, this Asus ROG spec is offering up mid-range power levels for a price that's just knocking on the door of entry level. That means that $250 discount is working particularly hard for you at Best Buy right now.

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Alienware M15 R6 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $1,499.99 $1,299.99 at Dell Save $200 - The Alienware M15 R6 is $200 off at Dell this week, offering up a powerful i7-11800H spec for just $1,299.99. Again, this is a premium machine, so there's only 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD space in here - but you're still getting plenty of performance for everyday sessions.

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Asus TUF F17 17.3-inch gaming laptop | $1,697.39 $1,379.99 at Walmart Save $317 - The 17.3-inch Asus TUF gaming laptop doesn't get as much air time as its 15.6-inch sibling. However, for just $1,379.99 you're getting a solid build of this budget buy at Walmart. There's an i5-11260H processor under here, with 32GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, and RTX 3050Ti GPU to play with as well.

RTX 3050 laptop deals in the UK

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MSI Katana GF66 15.6-inch gaming laptop | £977 £799.97 at Laptops Direct Save £178 - There's an i7-11800H processor under the hood of this MSI Katana GF66, excellent value for under £800. There's 8GB RAM in this configuration, a little on the small side but enough for lighter use, as well as a 512GB SSD and 144Hz display.

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Asus ROG Flow X13 13.4-inch gaming laptop | £1,499 £1,149 at Currys Save £350 - The Asus ROG Flow X13 is down to a fantastic £1,149 in Currys' latest RTX 3050 laptop deals. That means you're getting tremendous value for money, with a Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and 3050Ti GPU. We'd recommend moving quickly on this one, though, as offers like this don't tend to stick around too long.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 SE 14-inch gaming laptop | £1,899 £1,399 at Currys Save £500 - There's a massive £500 discount on this Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 at Currys right now, bringing the RTX 3050 Ti configuration down to just £1,399. That means you're getting an excellent price on a powerful Ryzen 9 processor, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM.

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. 

We're also expecting RTX 3050 models to be some of the cheaper Black Friday laptop deals come November, so there will likely be even lower prices later on in the year if you can hold off. 

What 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. 

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