Major PC game sales have begun!
If you’re buying a new gaming laptop, you’ll also want to put some money aside to buy new games.
Coincidentally, there are currently two major PC gaming sales.
First, there’s the Steam autumn salewhich started yesterday and runs through Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. PT.
But there is also the Epic Games Black Friday Sale, with games with discounts of up to 75%. That also ends on November 29.
Some deals, such as Cyberpunk 2077 for $29.99 and Spider-Man: Remastered for $44.99 can be found on both platforms, although there are some exclusive offers so be sure to check them both out!
This cheap HP gaming laptop dipped below $500
The HP Victus 15 is one of the best gaming laptops under $1,000 because it starts at rock bottom prices for budget buyers. For Black Friday, it’s less than $379.99 at Best Buy, from a listed price tag of $800.
This should make the Victus especially attractive to the most price-conscious buyers. It also happens to be the exact configuration we reviewed back in August. The GTX 1650 wasn’t exactly powerful when we tested this laptop, but if you’re willing to turn down some settings, you’ll be able to play most games.
This retail configuration also includes an Intel Core i5-12450H, which we found strong for productivity work alongside it. There’s also 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 1080p display supports a refresh rate of 144 Hz.
However, our review unit had single-channel RAM, so you might want to consider upgrading that later.
Razer drops the Blade 14 to $1,999.99
Razer’s AMD-based gaming laptop, the Blade 14, is on sale at many retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and B&H.
This configuration has an AMD Ryzen 5900HX and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, as well as a 2560 x 1440, 165 Hz display. We reviewed a very similar setup, albeit with an RTX 3070 Ti.
We liked how thin and light the laptop was, and the 1440p display was bright and colorful. It also happens to charge via USB Type-C, although you’ll need the proprietary connector for gaming.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 costs $599.99 on Amazon
The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3, one of the best gaming laptops under $1,000, is on sale at Amazon ahead of Black Friday.
It’s not the same configuration we tested. It has an AMD Ryzen 5-6600H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, a 120 Hz, 1080p screen, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. Ours had an Intel Core i5-12500H and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, but otherwise the specs were similar.
We liked the laptop for its modern design, surprisingly good speakers and, of course, its low price. Given the sales, consider upgrading the RAM and adding more storage when you need it.
Amazon’s sale also includes three free months of Xbox Game Pass.
MSI GE66 Raider $200 off at Newegg
The MSI GE66 Raider, a smaller version of our favorite gaming laptop, the GE76 Raider, is on sale at Newegg. You’ll have to put it in your cart to see the price, but we’ll tell you right here: it’s $2,499, which means a $200 discount off the regular price.
Newegg’s retail configuration combines an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11980HK with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, providing plenty of power for high-end gameplay. It also includes 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage.
Notably, the list says it will run Windows 10 out of the box. That might be great for purists, although upgrading to Windows 1 shouldn’t be a problem.
The 15.6-inch touchscreen has no resolution, so we’re assuming it’s 1080p (a separate 4K option does specify) and goes up to 165Hz.
Gigabyte gaming laptop with RTX 3060 is on sale for $649
Usually a gaming laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptop costs more than $1,000. Sometimes $1,500. But the Gigabyte A5 K1 is only $649 at Newegg (opens in new tab) with the promotional code ZIP11 at checkout.
It previously sold for $1,199, and its regular retail price is $719. But that promo code will take you to the low price of $649.
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600H isn’t the latest CPU, though 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD are pretty decent specs for the price. The 1080p display has a 144Hz refresh rate and the RTX 3060 should be able to push lower games to take advantage of this.