If you're shopping for Black Friday gaming laptop deals, you don't necessarily have to wait until November 27. There will probably be some big discounts saved for the day itself, but not necessarily the best ones—Black Friday encompasses a good portion of November and December these days.
The Best Black Friday laptop deals
That's especially true this year. Shipping is going to be a real logistical challenge during the big shopping days this year, so there's some incentive to spread out the best deals over Thanksgiving week, Black Friday itself, Cyber Monday, and into December.
We expect, and have already stared to see, some attractive discounts on gaming laptops with perfectly good GTX 1650s in them, now that they're a couple generations behind. A good, sub-$1000 gaming laptop that can make most games look nice at 1080p is a possibility this year. We've even seen a laptop with a GTX 1650 for $500.
Below are all the best gaming laptop deals we've found so far. We'll continue to update this page throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday, adding the best deals to the top, and removing deals that have expired.
Black Friday deals: quick links
- Amazon – Black Friday deals on anything and everything
- Walmart – Deals on Games, Movies, Budget Laptops
- B&H Photo – Monitors, Laptops, and PCs
- Best Buy – PCs, Laptops, and Accessories
- Target – Games, Accessories, and Laptops
- Staples – Gaming Chairs and assorted office goodies
- Lenovo – Discounts on Legion Laptops and PCs
- Razer – Laptops and Gaming Accessories
- Newegg – Components and Hardware
- Microsoft – PCs, Laptops, and Games
- Dell – Alienware PCs and Laptops
Black Friday Gaming Laptop Deals
HP Pavilion | 15.6-inch | Ryzen 5 4600H | GTX 1650 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD |
$699.99 $449.99 at Best Buy (save $250)
You can’t get a gaming laptop for under $500, they said. And if you do, it will have crummy integrated graphics, they said. Well, THEY were wrong. This HP Pavilion rocks a 6-core/12-thread Ryzen CPU and a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. It’s not going to win any sprints, but can offer a nice pace in games like Doom Eternal and Apex Legends.
Asus TUF Gaming | 15.6-inch| Core i5 |GTX 1650 Ti | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD |
$799.99 $599.99 at Best Buy (save $200)
The GeForce GTX 1650 Ti is a respectable GPU in the entry-level section, and a fine grab in a gaming laptop that only costs $599.99. It won’t push 60+ fps in every single game out there, but it will in many cases, and way more often than not will present a playable experience at 1080p.View Deal
Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 | Intel i5 | RTX 2070 Max-Q |
$1,579.99 $1,249.99 Best Buy (save $330)
Not many laptops serve up a 240Hz refresh rate, but this one does, which is powered by a Comet Lake CPU and a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. It’s a great option for esports, and with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, any gamer can jump on this without regret.
Dell G3 15 | Intel i5 | GTX 1650 |
$809.99 $734.99 at Dell (save $75)
The GTX 1650 GPU is never going to set any gaming benchmark records, but will still deliver you decent 1080p gaming performance, and for just under $750 that’s a great effort from this stylish Dell machine. The 4-core, 8-thread Core i5 is a decent CPU, you get 2x 4GB RAM for proper dual-channel support and a 256GB SSD.View Deal
Acer Nitro 5 | Intel i5 | RTX 2060 |
$999.99 $899 at B&H
Nvidia promised us sub-$1,000 RTX 2060 laptops, and now even those are getting discounted with new cards coming in 2021. This Acer machine sports a low-end 4-core/8-thread CPU, but the RTX 2060 is a great mainstream mobile chip. The 144Hz display, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD ain’t bad either.View Deal
MSI GL75 | 17.3-Inch |Intel i7 | RTX 2070 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD |
$1,499 $1,299 after rebate
This is a strong configuration from top to bottom for playing games at high framerates. With a 6-core, 12-thread Intel CPU, a powerful mobile Nvidia GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD, this is a lot of laptop. Discounted price requires code 4STUDENT (save $100) and cashing in the $100 mail-in-rebate.View Deal
Alienware m15 | Intel i7 | RTX 2070 Super |
$2,200 $2,099 at Amazon (save $101)
The best thing about new hardware is that last-gen goodies get discounts, and with the impressive gaming power of this 6-core, 12-thread CPU and ray tracing capable Nvidia graphics card, you’re still getting a great gaming laptop. You also get a 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, and a 300Hz 1080p screen. Oof.View Deal
MSI GE66 Raider | Intel i7 | RTX 2080 Super |
$2,799 $2,499 at Amazon (save $300)
If you’re after the most powerful gaming laptop around today you’d do well to find something with more oomph than the GE66 Raider. The RTX 2080 Super is top of the line until Ampere GPUs go mobile sometime next year, and the rest of the spec is spectacular too. There’s 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, and a 300Hz screen to match the 8-core, 16-thread CPU.View Deal
Black Friday Office Laptop deals
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim | Intel i5 | Nvidia MX350 |
$879.99 $629.99 at Staples
The MX350 is never going to win any awards as a gaming GPU, but it is still a discrete graphics card that’s going to deliver higher gaming performance than the integrated GPU of Intel’s 10th Gen chips. You can squeeze 720p gaming out of this office machine, with a 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM.View Deal
Acer Swift 3 | 14-inch | Ryzen 7 4700U | $679.99 at Amazon
If you’re just after a basic office laptop, that will deliver on battery life and general system performance, the Swift 3 is a great shout. It’s small, comes with a 512GB NVMe SSD, and 8GB or RAM. It’s no gaming machine, but the 8-core AMD APU is a quality bit of kit, and you could get some very light gaming going on it.View Deal
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | Intel i3 |
$959 $599 at Best Buy
The Pro 7 is a solid tablet with PC pretensions thanks to its connected keyboard and Intel Core i3 processor. The 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD capacity would be a bit miserly on a fully fledged laptop, but in this 12.3-inch tablet form it will absolutely do the job you need of it.View Deal
What to look out for in a Black Friday gaming laptop
The best Black Friday gaming laptop deals will deliver high-performance hardware for a knockdown price. 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.
We're at a crossroads in PC gaming tech right now; at the end of one generation and the beginning of another. That's mostly in the desktop PC space, however, with new laptop graphics cards and mobile gaming CPUs not expected until early next year.
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.
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.