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Black Friday 2018: Best gaming laptop deals

More often than not, gaming laptops tend to be a lot more expensive than their PC desktop counterparts, making them hard to justify unless you do a heck of a lot of travelling. Fortunately, Black Friday has got just as many deals on gaming laptops as every other PC component on the planet, making it a great time to crack open your wallet and take the plunge.

To that end, I’ve been scouring the web for the best gaming laptop deals Black Friday has to offer. This isn’t just an ordinary list, either, oh no. Along with nicely laid out specs and prices, you also get some bonus comments from yours truly, your trusted deals herald straight from the Black Friday deals mines (that definitely aren’t there just so the layout doesn’t break, no sir). I’ve done my best to seek out a range of gaming laptop deals, too, not just the crazy expensive ones, so we’ve got everything from £599 / $699 entry-level systems right the way up to fancy pants three grand jobs.

As always, you’ll find all our best Black Friday deals over in our big Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals mega hub, but I’ll be regularly updating this list as well to keep all the graphics card discounts in one place. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a new monitor, SSD, gaming headset, or a new mouse and keyboard, check out our other Black Friday deals hubs listed below:

Best UK gaming laptop deals:

Dell XPS 15£1349 from Dell (down from £1670, it’s not a gaming laptop per se, but this is an excellent deal for those after a powerful, slim laptop that can also do a bit of gaming)

Acer Nitro 5£599 from Currys (down from £750, read our Acer Nitro 5 review for more info)

Acer Nitro 5£629 from Currys (no, it’s not a mistake, this is the Intel spec of the same laptop, with added Intel Optane memory instead of an SSD)

MSI GF62£799 from Currys (a little more oomph than the Acer Nitro 5 specs above, plus an RGB keyboard)

Dell Inspiron G3 15£849 from Currys (down from £899, very similar to the MSI GF62, but less ‘gamery’ in its design if you want to be seen with it in public)

HP Pavilion 17-ab404na£850 from Amazon (down from £1000, arguably one of the better deals in this list, as long as you don’t mind its giant 17.3in chassis)

Acer Predator Helios 300£899 from Currys (down from £1099, not quite as good a processor as the HP Pavilion above, but you do get a more powerful 6GB GTX 1060 for only £50 more)

Dell Inspiron G5 15£899 from Currys (down from £999, read our Dell Inspiron G5 15 review for more info, the same spec as the Acer Helios above, but far fewer go-faster-gamer-stripes)

Asus FX504GM£990 from Amazon (down from £1300, another great deal for this particular set of specs, plus you get a high refresh rate screen for smoother gameplay)

MSI GP73 Leopard 8RF£1370 from Amazon (down from £1700, this is by far the cheapest deal on this particular laptop, as several other places are doing it for £1399)

HP Omen 17£1499 from Currys (down from £1600, read our HP Omen 17 review for more info, very similar spec to the MSI Leopard above, but with more RAM and more storage)

Gigabyte Aero 15X£1800 from Amazon (down from £2200, no HDD for additional storage on this one, but you do get a jumbo SSD instead)

Gigabyte Aorus X7 DT V8£2550 from Amazon (down from £3000, if you want to go the whole hog on a gaming laptop with all the G-Sync bells and whistles, this is one of the best deals around right now)

Best US gaming laptop deals:

Acer Nitro 5$600 from Best Buy (down from $800, doesn’t come with an additional HDD for any extra space, but it’s a decent way to save a bit of money on the very similar Asus spec below)

Asus TUF FX504GE$699 from Newegg (down from $899, it doesn’t come with an SSD, but this is still a great spec for the money)

Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition$799 from Newegg (down from $999, it’s an old processor, but still a decent price if you’d rather have a Core i7 than a Core i5 like the Asus TUF laptop above)

Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition$1229 from Newegg (down from $1499, a more powerful version of the Scar above with a more up to date processor, better graphics and a larger chassis)

Asus TUF Gaming FX705GM$1000 from Best Buy (down from $1400, again no HDD for storing lots of games and only a 3GB graphics chip, but it’s a decent saving if the Scar above is just outside your price range)

Razer Blade$2000 from Best Buy (down from $2200, it’s expensive for a GTX 1060 laptop, but the main advantage of the Blade is its teensy slim chassis, plus you get a free copy of Black Ops 4, and a VR game bundle too)

MSI GP63 Leopard$1379 from Newegg (down from $1699, a smaller, similar spec to the Asus Scar, but with a more powerful graphics chip that will make better use of its 120Hz screen)

MSI GE72 Apache Pro$1299 from Newegg (down from $1599, if you don’t mind the older processor, this is a much cheaper way of getting the same graphics power as the MSI Leopard above)

Gigabyte Aero 15X V8$1749 from Newegg (down from $2299, it doesn’t come with an extra HDD, but you do get a big SSD and a 144Hz refresh rate screen to make the most of the GTX 1070 graphics chip, there’s also an identical 4K spec for $1999)

Acer Predator Helios 500$1749 from Newegg (down from $1999, essentially the AMD equivalent spec of the Gigabyte Aero above, but with a slightly smaller SSD)

MSI GT75 Titan$2199 from Newegg (down from $2799, see our MSI GT75 Titan review for more info, a beast of a gaming laptop that can also double up as a desktop replacement)

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