Black Friday has passed, but never fear. The sales are still there, but everyone (including ourselves) is now switching over to Cyber Monday, where the mega-discounts will continue. So if you missed Black Friday itself, check out our Cyber Monday page for the best deals on gaming laptops.
So it's still a pretty great time to be thinking about buying a new gaming laptop, because all the key players have released their new mobile hardware now. That means stock of the new tech should be solid, and that healthy supply ought to mean competition for your cash. It also means there may well be some last-gen machines, that are still very much worth a considered purchase, available at a hefty discount.
But, as with everything, it's important to make sure you are getting a good deal and that means not being blinded by just a big discount number. A rubbish gaming laptop is still rubbish however big a discount is. Likewise a great laptop can be a great deal if it's only a little cheaper than normal.
First, figure out your budget, think about what you really want to do with your new machine, and be honest with yourself. Do you really need an RTX 4090 laptop to play the new Football Manager? The answer is no. Honestly, the answer would be no to buying an RTX 4090 laptop anyways—a good, cheaper RTX 4080 notebook will generally perform as well in gaming terms.
- We're curating all the best Cyber Monday PC gaming deals right now.
It's also worth keeping an eye on the backup specs for a gaming laptop, especially if you're looking at the more affordable end of the spectrum. Many companies look to save cash, or force you into a more expensive purchase, by limiting the amount of RAM or storage in a budget gaming laptop. But even if it only has 8GB installed, it's worth checking around to see how easy an upgrade it is to get that up to 16GB; it might still be cheaper than buying an equivalent laptop with 16GB from the outset.
Black Friday gaming laptop deals — US quick links
- Amazon: Asus RTX 40-series laptops
- Asus: ROG Zephyrus 14 with RTX 4060 @ Best Buy
- Acer: RTX 4080 and IPS panel with a $500 discount
- MSI: RTX 4080 laptop for $1,599 @ Newegg
- Gigabyte: RTX 4060 laptop for $750 @ Newegg
- Lenovo: Our fave Legion Pro for $1,899 @ B&H
- Walmart: Acer Nitro RTX 4050 laptop for $899
- Target: RTX 4060 laptop for $1,000
- Razer: $300 gift cards with some Razer Blade laptops
- Razer: Blade 17 with an RTX 3080 Ti for $1,999.99 @ B&H Photo
- Newegg: RTX 4070 Asus laptop for $1,400
- Best Buy: RTX 4060 Gigabyte laptop for $800
- Dell: Dell and Alienware gaming laptops
- RTX 4060: Gigabyte G5 | $799.99 @ Best Buy
- RTX 4070: Asus TUF F15 | $999.99 @ Best Buy
- RTX 4070: Asus TUF A17 | $1,399.99 @ Newegg
- RTX 4080: MSI Vector | $1,599 @ Newegg
Black Friday gaming laptop deals in the US
Steam Deck (original) | 64GB SSD | $349 at Steam
Okay, it's not a laptop, and the Steam Deck may have had an OLED refresh but the original version is still pretty much the archetype of what a mobile PC gaming device should be. It's just as powerful as the most recent model so all those Steam Deck compatible games should run well, and while the 64GB storage is rather small, SSD upgrades like the Sabrent 2230 512GB are at a great price for a straightforward upgrade. It's the OG PC gaming handheld, and it demands respect.
Asus ROG Ally | AMD Z1 Extreme | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | 7-inch 1080p | 120Hz |
$699.99 $599.99 at Best Buy (save $100)
The most powerful version of once of the best PC gaming handhelds just got hit with the Black Friday deal stick. The Asus Ally surprised us at launch with its relatively low price (for a premium Asus product). Now it's even cheaper. Has the time come for you to get in on some handheld gaming action?
Price check: Amazon $720
Gigabyte G5 | Core i7 12650H | RTX 4060 | 8GB DDR5-4800 | 512GB SSD | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz |
$1,099.99 $749.99 at Newegg (save $350)
This is a lot of laptop for not very much money. To start with, you're getting a 10-core, 16-thread CPU that will easily cope with pretty much any game you throw at it. There's an RTX 4060 Mobile graphics chip too, that supports DLSS upscaling and frame generation. The main caveats here are that storage is a bit disappointing, so you'll probably want to upgrade it at some point with a large SSD, and 8GB of RAM isn't enough for gaming these days. However, with 16GB of RAM available for under $30 this shouldn't be too much of an issue to upgrade. For portable gaming and school work, though, this Gigabyte G5 laptop will keep you and your wallet happy.
Lenovo Legion 5 | RTX 4060 | AMD Ryzen 7 7735H | 16GB DDR5 | 512GB SSD | 15-inch | 2160 x 1350 | 165Hz |
$999.99 $869.99 at Walmart (save $130)
We've become big fans of Lenovo laptops here at PC Gamer this generation, and this particular budget machine is ticking a lot of boxes. For an RTX 4060 laptop it has to be under $1,000, and you also get a better than average screen, though I'm a little confused over Walmart's listing of it as 2160 x 1350 when Lenovo itself claims a 1440p panel. That 512GB SSD, however, is disappointing, even in a budget laptop, but is a cheap and easy issue to fix if it becomes annoying down the line.
Asus TUF F15 | RTX 4070 | Intel Core i7 12700H | 15-inch | 144Hz | 1080p | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 1TB SSD |
$1,399.99 $979.99 at Best Buy (save $420)
The sub $1,000 RTX 4070 laptop is back! The TUF range of laptops from Asus is its more value-oriented range, but they're still solid machines and when they're this price, with this level of spec, they're hard to ignore. This is the cheapest I've seen an RTX 4070 laptop on sale for, and your only real compromise is the last-gen CPU and memory combo... which isn't much of a compromise for a gaming laptop.
Price check: Amazon $1,228.90
MSI Katana 15 | RTX 4070 | Intel Core i7 13620H | 15-inch | 144Hz | 1080p | 16GB DDR5-4000 | 1TB SSD |
$1,379.99 $1,199 at Newegg (save $179)
It doesn't have the highest possible spec for an RTX 4070 GPU at 105W. But this is still a pretty appealing overall package for the money. It also sports the latest 13th Gen Intel CPUs, a 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD and 16GB of RAM. A solid proposition for the money, then.
Price check: Amazon $1,199.99
MSI Katana 17 | RTX 4070 | Intel Core i7 13620H | 17.3-inch | 144Hz | 1080p | 32GB DDR5-4000 | 1TB SSD |
$1,399 $1,199 at Newegg (save $200)
The bigger 17-inch sibling to the Katana 15, you get a larger screen plus an upgrade to 32GB of RAM for exactly the same price, with a cracking RTX 4070/i7 combo just like its little brother. Not bad. OK, not everyone wants a 17-inch lump. But if you do prefer a bigger portable rig, this is quite the deal.
Price check: Amazon $1,649.99
Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 | Nvidia RTX 4060 | AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS | 14-inch | 1080p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
$1,599.99 $1,199.99 at Best Buy (save $400)
If you don't want a hulking gaming laptop, let me introduce the Zephyrus 14 (see our review): a 14-incher that can game without busting your bank balance or your shoulder when lugging it around—no-nonsense specs in a delightful package. This is the latest version with the RTX 40-series GPUs; this is a very smart package, though not the most affordable RTX 4060 machine by any stretch, it is still a good deal for this delightful little laptop.
Price check: Newegg $1,764.99
Alienware x14 R2 | 14-inch | QHD+ 165Hz | RTX 4060 |Core i7 13620H | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB |
$1,899.99 $1,399.99 at Alienware (save $500)
The world's thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop they say. It's certainly far cheaper than Razer's 14-inch Blade, with comes in $600 higher with the same GPU. A very slick little machine for portable gaming action.
Alienware m16 | 16-inch | QHD+ 240Hz | RTX 4070 |Core i7 13700HX | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB |
$1,999.99 $1,399.99 at Alienware (save $600)
By any reasonable measure, an RTX 4070 laptop at this price point is a decent deal. But a 16-inch Alienware with a 240Hz QHD+ IPS display and the brand's signature spacey design and engineering? That's leaning a bit more towards steal not just a deal.
Asus TUF A17 | Nvidia RTX 4070 | AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS | 17.3-inch | 144Hz | 1080p | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB SSD |
$1,799.99 $1,399.99 at Newegg (save $400)
If you're after a large-screen laptop for school with a little Triple-A gaming on the side, the TUF A17 will certainly deliver. It's only a 1080p panel, which is a bit of a shame, but its RTX 4070 will run pretty much everything at that resolution. It also has an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen CPU that sports the 780M integrated graphics. That's the same as in all the latest handhelds so it can give decent gaming performance on the go and should offer more gaming battery life than running on the RTX 4070 when away from a plug socket.
Acer Predator Helios 16 | GeForce RTX 4070 | Core i7 13700HX | 16-inch | 1600p | 240Hz IPS | 16GB DDR5-5600 | 1TB SSD |
$1,899.99 $1,399.99 at B&H Photo (save $500)
We're big fans of the latest Acer Predator laptop (read our review of the RTX 4080 version) and this RTX 4070 machine has got a lot about it, too. The Core i7 13700HX CPU is ostensibly an eight-core chip with E-core benefits. That means you get 16 full power processing threads, and a further eight cores to take it up to a total of 24 threads. For a $1,400 laptop that's pretty tasty. It's also sporting some speedy DDR5 memory, a full 1TB SSD and a 500nit IPS display with a 2560 x 1600 native resolution. Sadly, it's not the Mini-LED version in the top Helios 16 models, but it's still a bright, colorful screen.
MSI Pulse 15 | RTX 4070 | Intel Core i9 13900H | 32GB DDR5 | 1TB SSD | 1440p | 165Hz |
$1,899 $1,599 at Newegg (save $300)
It's not a huge saving but this laptop offers a higher-spec CPU, bigger screen, and more RAM than most you'll find cheaper with an RTX 4070. If you're after a laptop that can deliver for work, creative pursuits, and gaming, this will be a better fit for it.
Price check: Walmart $1,599 | Amazon $1,599
MSI Vector | RTX 4080 | Intel Core i9 12900HX | 16GB DDR5-4800 | 1TB SSD | 1200p | 144Hz |
$2,099 $1,599 at Newegg (save $500)
This is the most affordable RTX 4080-based gaming laptop I've found, possibly at any time this year. It's not some hobbled GPU implementation either, using a 175W design of the graphics card to give you the full gaming performance. It's certainly not the most beautiful laptop you will see, nor the slimmest (though that helps keep it cool), and I'd rather a higher refresh rate panel and a bit more RAM, but it's a great price for an otherwise high-spec gaming machine.
Price check: Amazon $2,091.05
Razer Blade 17 | Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti | Intel Core i7 12800H | 17.3-inch | 1440p | 240Hz | 16GB DDR5-5600 | 1TB NVMe SSD |
$3,199 $1,999.99 at B&H Photo (save $1,200)
It's a last-gen model, and it's still not cheap by normal laptop standards. But you'd have paid over $3,000 for this laptop a year ago. So, if you're in the market for a big Razer, this is a very nice deal. The RTX 3080 Ti is likewise still a very decent mobile GPU.
Price check: Amazon $3,109.99
Acer Predator Helios 16 | GeForce RTX 4080 | Core i9 13900HX | 16-inch | 1600p | 240Hz IPS | 32GB DDR5-5600 | 1TB SSD |
$2,499.99 $1,999.99 at B&H Photo (save $500)
This is the best Acer gaming laptop we've ever tested (check out our review) and we love this 16-inch form factor. The screen in this $2,000 version doesn't seem to be the same gorgeous Mini-LED panel, but it's still a fast 240Hz IPS display. You also get that RTX 4080 mobile GPU, which is able to keep pace with most RTX 4090 laptops, as well as a surfeit of memory and Intel CPU cores. This is monster of a machine that will deliver on anything you throw at it, from games to serious rendering.
Alienware m16 | Core i9 13900HX | RTX 4080 | 16-inch | 16GB DDR5-4800 | 1TB SSD | 240Hz | 2560 x 1600 |
$2,699.99 $2,099.99 at Best Buy (save $600)
Alienware laptops are often pricey versus the competition, though we can be thankful they're not quite as premium as a Razer device. Right now you can shave some money off this m16 with an RTX 4080 and one of Intel's top mobile chips, which also has an awesome screen for gaming on it at 240Hz, QHD+. It might not be the cheapest RTX 4080 laptop, but it's a good deal on a high-end Alienware laptop right now.
Razer Blade 14 | 14-inch | RTX 4070 | Ryzen 9 7940HS | 1600p | 240Hz | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB SSD |
$2,699.99 $2,299.99 at B&H Photo (save $400)
I'm a huge fan of the Blade 14. If I could afford one, this would be the only gaming laptop I would buy. The form factor is great, the screen bright and responsive, and the GPU a good mix of performance and efficient enough to deal with the constraints of the slim brushed aluminium chassis. But it's also more than twice the price of the cheapest RTX 4070 machine you can buy right now, which means you've got to want this laptop because otherwise it just doesn't make any sense.
Alienware m18 | 18-inch | FHD+ 480Hz | RTX 4080 |Core i7 13900HX | 32GB DDR5 | 1TB |
$2,999.99 $2,299.99 at Alienware (save $700)
Give it up for the beast, Alienware's 18-inch portable (kinda) gaming monster. You get Nvidia's super-fast RTX 4080 mobile GPU, 32GB of RAM and an ultra-high spec Intel CPU. Try buying an 18-inch Razer Blade with an RTX 4080 instead, you won't get within $1,000. This is a very solid deal for a premium 18-inch machine.
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UK quick links
- Amazon: Acer RTX 4060 laptop for £999
- Dell: up to £540 off Alienware
- HP: Victus RTX 4050 laptop for £850
- Overclockers: RTX 4070 laptop for £1,500
- Ebuyer: RTX 4060 laptop for £999
- Very: Lenovo laptop with RTX 4060 for £849
- Razer UK: Over £1,000 off some Blade laptops
- Box: RTX 4060 Gigabyte G5 for £830
- Scan: 360Hz RTX 4060 laptop for £1,000
- PC Specialist: Configurable RTX 40-series laptops
- RTX 3060: Medion Erazer Deputy P25 | £697.97 at Laptops Direct
- RTX 4060: Gigabyte G5 | £847.97 at Amazon
Black Friday gaming laptop deals in the UK
Medion Erazer Deputy P25 | AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
£969.97 £697.97 at Laptops Direct (save £272)
It can be a little tougher to recommend a last-gen gaming laptop at this level, because the RTX 4060 machines are pretty good value right now. But if you really can't stretch to that, this affordable RTX 3060 machine will deliver a decent level of 1080p gaming performance with a pretty healthy back up specs list to boot.
Gigabyte G5 | Intel Core i5 12500H | Nvidia RTX 4060 | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 512GB SSD |
£1,199.00 £847.97 at Amazon (save £351.03)
We're big fans of this little budget gaming laptop, and our Jacob loved its "great gaming performance" (check out our review). With over £300 off the original price, this powerful notebook is a great deal today.
Price check: Laptops Direct £847.97
Asus TUF A17 | AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS | AMD RTX 4070 | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 144Hz| 16GB DDR5 | 512GB SSD |
£1,499.99 £1,349.99 at Amazon (save £150)
This laptop has a great CPU and GPU combination, and is more than good enough to run the latest games at 1080p high settings. The amount of storage is disappointing though and you'd probably want to upgrade that sooner rather than later. It's not the biggest of savings but there aren't any RTX 4070 laptops at this price right now.
Price check: Overclockers UK £1,349.99
MSI Stealth 17 Studio | Core i7-13700H | GeForce RTX 4070 | 17.3-inch | 1440p | 240Hz | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB SSD |
£2,649.97 £1,697.97 at Laptops Direct (save £952)
This big-screen machine packs the RTX 4070 into a compelling studio package that's also a great option for gamers, too. The 17-inch display rocks a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 240Hz refresh, making it a good-looking panel for both creators and Alan Wake 2. The back up spec of 16GB DDR5 and a 1TB SSD are the expected pairing for the 14-core, 20-thread CPU at its heart, but is still welcome at this price.
Price check: Scan £1,699.99
Asus ROG Strix G16 | Intel Core i7 13650H | Nvidia RTX 4080 | 16-inch | 1200p | 165Hz | 16GB DDR5 | 1TB SSD |
£2,249.99 £1,802.49 at Amazon (save £447.50)
The G16 is a more value-focused gaming laptop from the ROG stable, and as such doesn't have the sparkly Nebula display of something like the Zephyrus M16. But the Strix G16 still has an impressively punchy 1920 x 1200 panel, and the RTX 4080 at its heart will power any game at peak settings on that display beautifully.
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When is Black Friday 2023?
Black Friday 2023 is right now, in case you hadn't noticed, November 24. The best deals for gaming laptops are likely already on this page, so get stuck in.
Though of course today isn't the end of the fun, we also have Cyber Monday on November 27. Once the initial panic is over, you can bet you'll see leftover discounts spilling into Cyber Week, too.
So, buckle up for some great Black Friday gaming laptop deals, as we're expecting a bunch of the best gaming laptops from 2023 to go on sale.
Will prices drop any lower?
There are always reasons to hold off on making a new purchase whenever you are thinking about making one. Whether it's the potential for a new generation of techie goodness on the horizon—either cutting prices on existing models or delivering tangible higher performance—or because there might be an imminent sale like Black Friday looming.
When picking out Black Friday gaming laptop deals we take all of this into consideration, and where we think prices on something might significantly drop on the big day itself we simply won't recommend it. But all of the products here we either believe won't significantly drop much further in terms of their pricing, even over Cyber Monday or Cyber Week, or are just good deals that we wouldn't hesitate recommending if you wanted to make a purchase today.
It's worth stating, too, that many retailers have already dropped prices as low as they're going to go in the Black Friday sales, and the likes of Newegg and Best Buy are offering their own kinds of price guarantees to give you some confidence in their current discounts.
What should I look out for in a Black Friday gaming laptop deal?
The best Black Friday gaming laptop deals will deliver high-performance hardware for a knockdown price, or at the very least not come with an overly inflated price tag.
But it doesn't automatically scan that just because something has a three-figure discount that it will be worth the money. You need to keep an eye on what parts are being used, what else you get for your cash, and whether it's actually right for you.
Things are tough for PC gaming hardware, as it stands today. But companies are still aiming to shift stock so expect some discounts on current-gen kit. Don't be fooled into parting with money for anything beyond the last generation of GPUs, however. It's unlikely there'll be a laptop with an Nvidia 10-series graphics card inside it that's worth buying this Black Friday, unless you can find a wonderfully cheap deal.
Keep an eye out for storage, and memory size too. That's most true at the low end of the market, where manufacturers may aim to keep prices low by using single sticks of memory and therefore halving the potential memory bandwidth. That might not be a problem in the very cheapest of gaming laptops, however, where the GPU will make the most difference to your experience.