My first gaming laptop purchased in 2008 was a Gateway, the P-7811FX. It was one of the first models to punch well above its price, back when gaming laptops were still mostly stupid-expensive. Now more than a decade later, Gateway is doing the same thing, this time with a brand new model equipped with a Core i5 10300H processor and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, on sale for $849 at Walmart and maybe even less with a Walmart promo code.
That is ridiculously affordable for a laptop pairing a Comet Lake CPU with an RTX 2060 GPU. We often highlight cheap gaming laptop deals, but I don't recall ever seeing this combo going for this cheap.
Cheap is relative, of course. But typically at this price point, you are looking at a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU with no hopes of playing games with ray tracing enabled.
Gateway Creator Series 15.6-Inch Laptop | 120Hz | i5 10300H | RTX 2060 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD |
Don't adjust your calendar, it's still 2020. However, this Gateway (yes, GATEWAY) deal is really good. It's almost unheard of to get an RTX 2060 at this price, paired with a Comet Lake CPU and a display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Gateway was a major OEM back in the day, dating back to the mid-1980s. But things went downhill in the early 2000s, and in 2007, Acer acquired the beleaguered company for $710 million. Acer still owns the Gateway brand, and recently resurrected it in the US through an exclusive partnership with Walmart.
So it's a "Gateway" by name only (one of the user reviews claims it is manufactured by Evoo). Call it whatever you want, this is a good deal for the hardware. Some of the bits are also modest, as you would expect at this price point—8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, specifically. However, it is apparently easy to open up the laptop and upgrade those components.
It's also nice that the 15.6-inch 1080p display offers a 120Hz refresh rate. As for I/O options, it has a HDMI port, two mini DisplayPort connectors, a GbE LAN port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB-C port, and a microSD card slot.