This RTX 3060 laptop is the best Black Friday deal for gamers

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is easily one of the best gaming laptops money can buy, and for Black Friday this year it’s never been cheaper.

The Black Friday deal in question is for an RTX 3060 configuration from Best Buy. This isn’t the latest model (don’t worry, I’ll get to that), but it’s the best Black Friday gaming laptop deal of the year nonetheless. It uses a year-old Ryzen 7 5800HS processor, but that won’t hold back your frame rates if you have the RTX 3060 on board.

It’s incredible to see a laptop of this premium and performance come in well below $1,000, a whopping $500 off the retail price.

In fact, Best Buy also sells the 2022 model, which comes with the latest Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and Radeon RX 6800S GPU – both from AMD. This configuration is $500 more expensive, but comes with one lot advantages over the older model. It’s more powerful, yes. But it also has a higher resolution 1600p display, a webcam (because the older one doesn’t) and twice the storage. Well worth the extra money if you get it, especially since it’s also $500 off the original price.

Whichever Zephyrus G14 you choose, you get a revolutionary gaming laptop. It was the first 14-inch gaming laptop when it launched, sparking a trend towards even smaller and more compact gaming laptops. Going in that direction can be dangerous, especially since performance is paramount on a gaming laptop.

ROG Zephyrus sitting on a table.

But Asus did it the right way. The Zephyrus G14 is amazingly powerful for how small the system is – something never thought possible before. It is only 0.78 inches thick and its small footprint makes it an excellent travel device. It slides easily into a backpack and even fits on airplane seat trays. Its pared-down aesthetic also makes it ideal for those situations.

Our staff writer Jacob Roach bought the Zephyrus G14 earlier this year and has been raving about it ever since. This is his take on it:

“The Zephyrus G14 has changed the way I look at gaming laptops, and that’s no exaggeration. Most gaming laptops are big, bulky and hot, and you have to sacrifice performance to find something remotely portable. But not with the Zephyrus G14. At 14 inches and with plenty of power under the hood, I can comfortably travel with it in my backpack and set it on my coffee table for hours of gaming sessions.

“It’s not the only 14-inch gaming laptop on the market. For its part, the Razer Blade 14 might be an even better option. But the price and configuration of the Zephyrus G14 make it feel like a complete package. I used to avoid a gaming laptop at all costs, but now that I picked up the Zephyrus G14, I use it almost every day.”

That’s quite an endorsement, isn’t it? Black Friday deals are rare for products we can wholeheartedly vouch for, so consider this an exception. This one is way too good to pass up.

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