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Best budget gaming laptop deals of the week - 7th July 2020

With sales on at Amazon and Dell this week, there’s been a nice healthy bump to our list of all the best budget gaming laptop deals under £1000 / $1000 this week, giving you plenty of good bargains to have a nose around. Our star UK budget gaming laptop deal – an MSI gaming laptop with an RTX 2060 graphics chip – is still knocking around, too, giving us even more good news for those looking to maximise their £1000 gaming laptop budget.

So read on for all of this week’s best budget gaming laptop deals happening in the UK and US, as it simply doesn’t get much better than this for those looking to keep costs down as much as possible.

Buying a gaming laptop used to involve spending a fortune on a machine that couldn’t hold a candle to a desktop’s performance, but thanks to the gradual shrinking of graphics chips, you’d be surprised by what today’s gaming laptops are capable of. Naturally, a lot of the very best gaming laptops still cost an absolute fortune, which is why we’ve rounded up the best budget gaming laptop deals that you can get for under £1000 / $1000.

Each week, we shop around on your behalf and line up a number of budget gaming laptop deals that won’t push you over the four figure mark. As ever with PC hardware, the more you can spend, the happier you’ll be with the results, but if you’re determined to keep your costs down to under £1000 / $1000, then these are the best budget gaming laptop deals you can buy today.


Best budget gaming laptop deals (UK):


Down from £850, this HP Pavilion laptop is a decent bargain for those after some light gaming on the go. It’s a bit lighter and less gamery looking than the Acer Nitro below, and has a brand-new AMD Ryzen processor to boot.

Pretty much identical to the Acer Aspire 7 above, only with an Intel Core i5 processor instead of a Ryzen. The same problems exist: 256GB is a bit stingy for your storage, and the GTX 1650 won’t be playing the top games forever, but again the price is good enough to consider if your budget will go no further.

  • a href=”https://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-Pavilion-15-ec0006na-Gaming-Laptop/dp/B081NNRZ1B?tag=rps-m-21″ rel=”noopener nofollow” target=”_blank”>HP Pavilion Power 15-ec0006na – £750 from Amazon

Arguably not as good value as either of the two laptops above, but it does come with a 512GB SSD and a slightly more powerful (if also slightly older) CPU, giving you more space to install your games and a bit more oomph for daily desktop tasks.

Down from £1050 with the code EARLY14, this 17in gaming laptop is a decent desktop replacement laptop for under £1000. I’d probably recommend finding the extra £100 and getting the MSI below if you really want to maximise your gaming performance and want something a bit more portable, but this large gaming laptop still has plenty to recommend it, particularly if you want loads of storage.

Coming in a pound under our max price for ‘budget gaming laptops’, it’s fair enough if you consider this too rich for your blood. But you definitely get what you pay for, with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s ray-tracing enabled RTX 2060 graphics chip. The RAM is upgradable, too, and that 256GB SSD can always be paired with an external hard drive if your Steam library is a bit on the large side.


Best budget gaming laptop deals (US):


This large Acer Nitro 5 has some very good specs for a $750 laptop, including a brand-new Intel 10th Gen processor and a large 512GB SSD. Its GTX 1650 graphics chip isn’t as powerful as the laptops below, but it is considerably cheaper as a result.

Down from $960, this Dell may not be quite as good a bargain as the Asus laptop below, but you do get one of Intel’s brand-new 10th Gen processors here and a very decent GTX 1660 Ti graphics chip. This Dell is also stuffed full of ports, making it a bit more flexible than its Asus rival.

Without doubt, the star of the show here is the RTX 2060 chip, which is pretty damned good on a laptop of this price. Sure, the screen only has a 60Hz refresh rate rather than something a bit beefier like 144Hz, but if you want those ray tracing effects, then 60Hz will do you just fine.


How to get the best budget gaming laptop deal:

To help you get a great budget gaming laptop deal, there are a whole bunch of things to think about. First up, consider the size of the laptop. Generally, gaming laptops come in two sizes – 15.6in and 17.3in. You may think that bigger is better, but we’d caution you against this. Firstly, the whole point of getting a gaming laptop rather than a desktop is portability, and 17.3in models just aren’t that portable. Secondly, if you’re seeing a cheap price on a 17.3in laptop, it could very well be quantity over quality. Remember that you can always output your gaming laptop to a monitor or TV if you want a bigger and better picture.

Then there’s the age-old AMD vs Intel debate. As a rule of thumb, AMD CPUs tend to be (slightly) slower and (much) cheaper, while Intel CPUs are more expensive but nippier. Still, if it’s a choice between a Ryzen 5 and an Intel Core i3, then you should opt for the former.

As for graphics chips, it’s a similar picture between AMD and Nvidia, too. Once again, AMD is the cheaper option here, but Nvidia chips are a lot more common (and more powerful to boot). We’d recommend a minimum of an AMD Radeon RX 5500M or an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti if you want your laptop to last a good couple of years playing games at decent speeds and quality settings.

You should also look for a laptop that has at least 8GB of RAM, and ideally 16GB if you can find one. If you do opt for 8GB, dig into the details and see if you can add another 8GB stick yourself later on. This is the difference between a laptop with accessible RAM slots and those that have RAM soldered on.

Finally, it’s important to think about storage. Pretty much all gaming laptops come with fast SSD storage, but the amount included can vary wildly. Getting a 256GB model will undoubtedly be cheaper, but think about the kind of games you want to play and see how far that will take you. If you can, try and get one with two drives or a large, single SSD so you can have lots of games installed at the same time.

Gaming laptop displays also tend to be pretty weak on budget gaming laptops, even if their specs sound reasonable. If we haven’t reviewed the model ourselves, then look at customer reviews and see if common complaints emerge – screen ghosting, colour accuracy or low contrast. Generally, IPS displays tend to have the best colour reproduction, while TN panels are fast and often considered better for esports and competitive games, but often aren’t as accuracy as their IPS counterparts. You can read more about all the different types of panel in our gaming monitor panel types explained article if you want to find out more.

Then there are other niggles like fan noise or excessive heat under the WASD keys. Again, if we haven’t reviewed it, look at other customer reviews to see if these are particular problems. There’s no gaming laptop that runs completely silently, but some are much louder than others. These are all things that might make you wish you’d spent a bit more in the long run.

Finally, while gaming laptops are great for portability, when you’re at home, you may want to treat it like a desktop replacement. If you do, then why not have a read of our best gaming mouse, best gaming keyboard and best gaming headset guides as well to make sure you’re kitted out with the best peripherals to help you get the best out of it?

And if you’ve somehow made it to the bottom of this page and decided, ‘Nah, I’m going to stick with my PC for the time being,’ then be sure to check out our other regularly updated deals round-ups where we cover the best Graphics card deals, Gaming monitor deals, SSD deals and CPU deals of the last seven days.

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