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Best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals 2021

The best Cyber Monday gaming laptops deals from around the web

Even with the big day having been and gone, it's not too late to get a good deal on a portable PC thanks to Cyber Monday. If you've always dreamed of getting that bulky desk out of your living room, or you just want to play Total Warhammer on a train, then check out our curated selection of Cyber Monday laptop deals below.

Of course, the more you spend on a laptop, the better the components inside will be. Thankfully it's also often these top-of-the-line models in the £2000/$2000 price range that see the biggest discounts, although there are good deals on mid-range machines as well.

The best way to get an amazing deal on a gaming laptop is to look for instances where product is set to a price outside of its usual price bracket. That is, a high-end laptop for a mid-range price, or a mid-range laptop for a budget price. To help with this, we've ordered all the deals below by price. Make sure to have a look at the specs box on the side to see exactly what you're getting for the money. As always, we'll be adding to and updating this list right through to Cyber Monday.

Of course, it's not just gaming laptops that are discounted at the moment. For more of the best Cyber Monday deals, check out our overall Cyber Monday deals roundup as well as our other component-focused hubs:


Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals (UK)

Not your average Cyber Monday laptop deal: Ebuyer's range of thin and light Razer Blade gaming notebooks don't have money off themselves, but are being bundled with Razer Iskur gaming chairs worth £499. That's quite the freebie, and there are a bunch of RTX 3000-based Blade specs to choose from.

Essentially a gaming laptop starter kit, the TUF Dash F15 has everything you need for playing at 1080p without breaking the bank. Even so, there are some upmarket touches, like the (relatively) spacious 512GB SSD and the smooth 144Hz screen refresh rate.

This is a seriously good price for the 60Hz OLED version of Razer's beautifully thin laptop. It's not an out-and-out powerhouse, but will handle 1080p gaming, and comes in a far more portable package than any other gaming laptop we've tested.


A photo of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals (US)

Alienware has a (not entirely undeserved) reputation for overpricing; this laptop, however, is one of the best-priced RTX 3080 notebooks around. It’s also the upgraded replacement to the old Alienware m15, which Katharine called “quite possibly one of the loveliest gaming laptops I've ever tested”, so it comes from good stock.

Although the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is the king of slim, MSI's GS66 Stealth comes close - and packs a much, much more powerful engine in its RTX 3080 GPU. $2699 appears to be an all-time-low price for this spec, and while that's obviously a lot more than the RTX 3080-equipped Alienware m15 R4 above, the GS66 Stealth has a better CPU, generally higher-spec screen and superior portability.


How to get the best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deal

To make sure you're getting both a bargain and a gaming laptop that actually suits your requirements, there are several things you might want to consider before clicking that buy button.

Size: With occasional exceptions, 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. After all, the whole point of getting a gaming laptop rather than a desktop is portability, and 17.3in models just aren't that portable. They're fine if you're after a proper desktop replacement that you're not likely to move on a regular basis, but they do tend to be more expensive as a result. Larger screens stretch out pixel density too, making them look less sharp.

CPU: Then there's the age-old Intel vs AMD debate. As a rule of thumb, AMD CPUs tend to be slightly slower (in games, anyway) 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. Look out for the age of the processor too: ideally you'll want an up-to-date chip from the Intel 11th Gen or Ryzen 5000 series. Previous-gen chips, from the Intel 10th Gen and Ryzen 4000 ranges, may also show up in older and cheaper laptops.

GPU: As for graphics chips, it's a similar picture between Nvidia and AMD, 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, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti if you want your laptop to last a good couple of years playing games at decent speeds and quality settings.

RAM: You should also look for a laptop that has at least 8GB of RAM, and ideally 16GB if you can find one in your budget. 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.

Storage: Finally, it's important to think about storage. Pretty much all gaming laptops come with fast SSD storage these days, 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.

Displays: Gaming laptop displays generally don't perform as well as desktop monitors, especially on brightness, though they can still provide high refresh rates and vibrant colours

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.

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

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