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The best cheap gaming laptop deals under $1,000 for November 2021

TechRadar logo TechRadar 11/15/2021 Alex Whitelock
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We're bringing you all of this week's best cheap gaming laptop deals on one page right here with our personal recommendations for saving that hard-earned cash on your next machine. While we try and cater for those on a budget, you'll also find plenty of decent options should you be looking to spend a bit more to get a more powerful machine. In either scenario, our gaming laptop deals recommendations are looking to help you out. It's a great time to be looking to - this month's Black Friday deals are already starting to crop up and we're starting to see plenty of promising options for gamers on a budget.

Our cheap gaming laptop deals recommendations focus on sales from trusted retailers like Amazon, Dell, HP, Best Buy, and a few other wild-cards as well. Of course, we're always scanning these retailer's pages every week so we don't miss a single sale and we're always comparing and contrasting their offerings to weed out any sub-par choices. 

Brand-wise, you'll find worthy machines from gaming laptop deals veterans like Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and Asus, although we never let big brand recognition totally sway our choices - value for money is the most important value. Speaking of value, you'll find options ranging all the way from around $600 to $1,000 with our choices, with plenty of options should you want to spend a little more to score yourself one of the machines reviewed on our best gaming laptop buyers guide.

If at any point you get stuck or need a bit of additional guidance, simply scroll down to our cheap gaming laptop deals FAQ section. Right there you'll find completely unbiased advice and expertise from TechRadar's experts to get you up to speed if you don't know your Nvidia's from your AMD's. It'll also help you out if you're not sure how much to spend.

Cheap gaming laptop deal of the week

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Dell G15 gaming laptop: $1,018 $599.99 at Dell

Save $419 - Dell's early Black Friday deals are offering a superb price on this super-cheap (but still good) Dell G15 gaming laptop. A combination of an Intel Core i5-10500H processor, GTX 1650 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD makes this one a great low-cost option if you're just strictly on a budget or a casual gamer.

Gaming laptop deals under $700

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HP Pavilion 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $799 $609.99 at HP Save $190 - Our pick for this week's 'super cheap' gaming laptop deals is this 15.6-inch HP Pavilion. While it's not super powerful, it's very good value thanks to its GTX 1650 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and Ryzen 5-5600H processor - a really decent CPU in particular to have at this price. If you're really on a budget this week this one will serve you well. 

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HP Victus 16.1-inch gaming laptop: $699.99 at Walmart This HP Victus at Walmart features a super modern and rather slick design - one of the very latest from the well-known manufacturer. Inside its AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and AMD RX 5500M give it some really great bang for the buck. It's not featuring the usual GTX 1650 graphics card at this price, but the RX is going to get you around the equivalent level of performance. The processor is also really strong here being the latest from AMD.

Gaming laptop deals under $800

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Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $869 $729.99 at Lenovo Here's a fantastic bang for the buck option from Lenovo on an IdeaPad 3. This one's got a GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, AMD Ryzen 5-5600H processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a spare 1TB hard drive for good measure. Put all those together and you've got a great cost-effective budget option this week.

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HP Pavilion 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $959 $769.99 at HP Save $190 - Gaming laptop deals are a little hard to find in this particular mid-range budget range this week but we'd again recommend you turn to HP's 16.5-inch Pavilion and add a couple of upgrades. You can't switch out that GTX 1650 graphics card, but you can upgrade to 12GB of RAM and a Ryzen 7-5800H for a bargain price - really great components to have that will give you an edge in performance over the budget options.

Gaming laptop deals under $900

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Dell G15 gaming laptop: $1,218 $881.99 at Dell Save $337 - An Intel Core i7-10870H, RTX 3050, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and huge Black Friday price cut makes this Dell G15 a superb mid-range option this week. While the GPU isn't super strong here, the CPU in particular is a very powerful mode indeed and will give you a ton of power on tap.

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Gigabyte G5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $1,199 $849 at Newegg

Save $250 -  If you're shopping for mid-range gaming laptop deals then you can get a great price on this 15.6-inch Gigabyte G5 at Newegg this week. With an RTX 3050 Ti, Intel Core i5-10500H, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD, this one's going to give you some great 1080p performance. The downside? To get your full saving you'll have to apply for a mail-in rebate, so bear that in mind.

Gaming laptop deals under $1,000

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Dell G15 gaming laptop: $1,268 $930.99 at Dell Save $338 - There's a super powerful Ryzen 7-5800H processor hiding under the hood of this Dell G15 - alongside an RTX 3050 Ti, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. As you've probably guessed, a small SSD is a downside on this machine, although you will still get some stellar performance for 1080p gaming here.

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Gigabyte G5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $1,199 $999 at Newegg

Save $200 -  Another superb gaming laptop deal from Newegg, this Gigabyte G5 comes with an RTX 3060, Intel Core i5-10500H, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD. While we'd of loved to see a more recent CPU on this build, it's one of the cheapest on the market right now to feature an RTX 3060 - a great upper mid-range graphics card. Note, to get your full saving here you'll need to apply for a mail-in rebate, so bear that in mind.

Gaming laptop deals over $1000

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HP Victus 16.1-inch gaming laptop: £1,249 $1,199.99 at HP Another super reasonably priced RTX 3060 gaming laptop deal can be found over at HP this week on this 16.1-inch Victus. While not quite as premium as the brand's Omen line, this machine looks great and also features an Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD - specs that'll handle nearly any game at 1080p no problem.

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Acer Predator Helios 300: $1,288 at Amazon You won't skimp on any single component with this Acer Predator at Amazon thanks to the inclusion of an RTX 3060, Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Those are some really decent specs for the price, even without a big price cut. Note - we've seen this one for $50 off before, so it could be worth holding out if you're interested. 

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MSI GL66 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $1,499 at Amazon Here's a great option at Amazon - an MSI GL66 which doesn't feature an outright discount, but does feature an extremely competitive price for an RTX 3070 equipped machine. It's also got an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, meaning it's all set to offer outstanding frame rates on even the most demanding of titles. Definitely a good consideration for enthusiast-level gamers.

Frequently asked questions

Where should I look for cheap gaming laptops?

Generally speaking, the most reliable retailers that have plenty of options and the best prices are Best Buy and Amazon, although Dell and HP often have great sales on Holiday events like Black Friday. You might get lucky on Ebay or another auction site, but we definitely recommend picking up your cheap gaming laptop from one of the big official retailers, as you're sure to be getting a decent warranty, as well as the latest components more or less. 

Newegg, B&H Photo, and Adorama are also worthy mentions, and definitely worth a quick comparative glance. They don't tend to price match quite as well as Amazon and Best Buy however, unless they're doing a closeout deal.

Here are some quick links to the best gaming laptop deals retailers, in case you want to head over to their sites and check them out yourself.

  • Best Buy - often has the best gaming laptop deals nationwide.
  • Amazon - great marketplace options, plus exclusive gaming laptop deals.
  • Dell - only sells own brand, but excellent price cuts all year round.
  • Lenovo - particularly good for flash sales around Black Friday.
  • Newegg - often not the best, but occasionally has gold.
  • HP - great options for cheaper gaming laptops especially.
  • Acer - often sells out, but another great cheap option.
  • Adorama - has lower-priced options mostly.
  • B&H Photo - another top contender and a viable alternative retailer.

What should I look for in a cheap gaming laptop?

This is completely subjective, depending on what type of games you want to play and what kind of level of performance you want. Specs-wise, we'd recommend determining the level of specs you need by checking out the recommended and minimum system requirements of your favorite or upcoming games. This can give you a general idea of what you need, as well as stop you from buying that new gaming laptop that's not going to be able to play new releases.

Just for good measure however, we'd recommend the following as a minimum if you're strictly on a budget:

  • Minimum - Intel Core i5 (9th gen) / AMD Ryzen 5 (3rd gen) processor or later
  • Minimum - Nvidia GTX 1050 / AMD RX 560x graphics card or later
  • Minimum - 8GB of RAM
  • Optional - 512GB solid-state drive
  • Optional - 120Hz refresh rate display monitor

Anything lower than the above and you'll tend to struggle with modern games at 1080p settings. You can, of course, get away with lower-level or older components if you're just planning on playing older games, but for new releases, definitely consider the above as a bare minimum.

How much should I spend on a cheap gaming laptop?

Again this is completely subjective based on your requirements, but in our opinion the best bang for the buck machines tend to sit around the $700 to $900 price range. 

You can of course go lower but you'll often encounter machines that simply aren't designed for gaming or quite frankly up to the task. It can be tempting to pick up a cheaper ultrabook with a Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor and tons of RAM but remember these don't come with the dedicated graphics card or cooling requirements you'll need for proper gaming. 

When's the best time to pick up a gaming laptop deal?

Luckily for gamers on a budget, gaming laptop deals tend to be a weekly feature over at most of the big retailers so there's always plenty to chose from. That said, there are definitely high points throughout the year, namely big sales events such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime day which can yield great results for those willing to wait. And as several of our picks from this week show, Labor Day sales have provided some excellent savings, as well.

Our top tip - do your research. Narrow down which model and specs you want and check-in at your favorite retailers each week. Alternatively, let TechRadar simply do all the work for you and become a regular visitor to this page or our dedicated deals feed.

The best cheap gaming laptops of 2021

The Dell G15 is the company's latest budget-orientated machine for 2021 - replacing the excellent G3 and G5 ranges with a single consolidated, highly customizable, option. New features include your choice of the latest RTX graphics cards, 11th gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and a new chassis that's actually reminiscent of the super-premium Alienware laptops from Dell - albeit with muted shades of grey and fewer bells and whistles. Options also exist for AMD-based components, and, depending on whether there are seasonal sales over at the Dell site, incredibly compelling discounts all year round. In short, you can't go wrong with one of these machines if you're strictly on a budget. 

The MSI G563 Thin is one of the cheap gaming laptops to beat, alongside the Nitro 5 and Legion 5. It generally sits comfortably in the lower price brackets alongside its aft mentioned competitors but somehow manages to pack everything into an attractive, part metal chassis - a rarity at this price point. Specs are around the ballpark you'd expect with an entry-level machine - starting at a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. With a design that's essentially been unchanged for 2021, these machines have a fairly chunky bezel now and the processor options are a little older too. That said, don't discount them - they're still great value and come packed with the latest RTX 3000 cards on the higher specs.

The Acer Nitro 5 has been a good option for PC gamers who want to want to forgo the bells and whistles for quite a few years now. The aesthetic here is basic, some would say fairly generic, but not many machines can offer the sheer amount of competitively priced configurations as the Nitro 5. Ranging from super cheap and cheerful GTX 1650 / Core i5 machines to RTX 3060 / Core i7 (and plenty of AMD options too), you'll find Nitro 5 options at all price points - and often on sale too. Downsides, as with most cheaper gaming laptops, tends to be fairly average displays and cheaper RAM options.

Read our full review: Acer Nitro 5

While you'll be hard-pressed to find one at the very cheaper end of our gaming laptop deals roundup, the 2021 Lenovo Legion 5 is a solid mid-range option if you're willing to spend a bit more. Not only do they look fantastic with a chassis that's definitely much classier than most cheaper machines, but they generally come with decent screens and respectable components. If you're lucky, you can often score yourself an RTX 3060  / Ryzen 5 configuration for around $899 in a sale - a great price for such a powerful machine. Be warned though, at full retail price these machines can be pretty expensive indeed.

Read our full review: Lenovo Legion 5

The HP Pavilion 15 is the slightly more budget-focused gaming laptop range from HP (the other being the long-serving Omen laptops). As is the standard fare with cheap gaming laptops, the HP Pavilion is a decidedly no thrills, fairly stripped back affair that focused on packing in as many up-to-date components as possible for the money. This year's iteration comes with the latest processors from both Intel and AMD, although you tend to be able to find last year's components still available at many retailers for a cut-down price. Probably the main selling point for the HP Pavilion 15 is its range of super-cheap options for the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series of processors - often offered on machines for well under $700.

Not quite what you're looking for? Maybe our other laptop articles will have what you need.

If you're buying a gaming laptop, you don't want to clutter it with all your everyday computing needs. For something cheap and portable, check out our favorite cheap laptop deals from this week. If you want to even cheaper, check out the best laptops under $500. You can also add extra port functionality to your gaming laptop with these awesome USB-C hubs and docks, or take control of your gaming experience for less with our top picks of the cheapest Xbox One controller deals

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