Save big on these early Black Friday gaming laptop deals

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We're now just mere days away from Black Friday 2022, and the early deals just keep coming.

If you're looking for a new gaming laptop this Black Friday, TechRadar has got you covered. We've got a full list of all the good gaming laptop Black Friday deals, but we thought we'd put together a shortlist of the very best early deals you can find right now.

When it comes to buying a new gaming laptop, it can be daunting to work out exactly how much money you should spend, and what specs you should look to get. It's all too easy to overspend, or under-spec your gaming machine and find that you can't actually play all the games you want to.

With that in mind, we've curated a list featuring the current best discounted gaming laptops. We've picked out one budget, one midrange, and one high-end gaming laptop, so you can buy with confidence that you're getting the right laptop for you.

The budget ones are, as the name implies, cheap. The lower-end GPU found in the likes of the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 (now just $550 at Best Buy) isn't going to run all the latest games at maximum graphical settings, but it can comfortably handle most titles if you turn down the sliders a bit - or just want to play less demanding games, like indie gems or the incredibly well-optimized Fortnite.

At the other end of the scale, we've got the mighty GP66 Leopard from MSI, reduced to $1,570 at Walmart, which packs an RTX 3080 graphics card and should be able to blitz through the vast majority of games with high graphical fidelity and high framerates.

If you're in the UK, don't worry - we've got a list of three for you too, featuring the super-cheap Asus TUF Gaming A15 for just £549 at Currys, and the powerhouse MSI GE66 Raider, which has been reduced from £1,899 to £1,699.

There are plenty of other early Black Friday laptop deals out there, but these six are our personal favourites right now. If you're not from the US or the UK, our nifty deals widget at the bottom of this article will find the best deals for your region!

The best gaming laptop deals right now (US)

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3: $899$549.99 at Best Buy

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3: was $899 now $549.99 at Best Buy
The best early Black Friday gaming laptop deal at Best Buy is this exceptionally priced Lenovo IdeaPad, featuring an RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, Ryzen 5 5600H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Small storage aside, getting such a powerful graphics card for well under $600 is an absolute steal and it's well worth checking this one out if you're a gamer on a budget.

Acer Nitro 5: $1,000$798 at Walmart

Acer Nitro 5: was $1,000 now $798 at Walmart
The Acer Nitro 5 has long been one of the best picks for anyone trying to play PC games on a budget, and this model might be one of the best deals we've seen in a while. A sturdy little gaming laptop for eight hundred bucks, equipped with an RTX 3060? Yup, that gets our seal of approval.

MSI GP66 Leopard: $1,849$1,569.99 at Walmart

MSI GP66 Leopard: was $1,849 now $1,569.99 at Walmart
This might be the cheapest gaming laptop with an RTX 3080 graphics card that we've seen so far! With an Intel Core i7 processor and an RGB keyboard designed in collaboration with the keyboard masters over at SteelSeries, this GP66 Leopard is a kick-ass choice of gaming laptop.

The best gaming laptop deals right now (UK)

Asus TUF Gaming A15: £799£549 at Currys

Asus TUF Gaming A15: was £799 now £549 at Currys
If you're on the hunt for a super-affordable gaming laptop this Black Friday, the TUF A15 from Asus is a sound pick. A Ryzen 5 processor and RTX 3050 graphics card can handle all the latest games - just be prepared to accept that you won't be able to set all the graphics sliders to 'maximum'!

Acer Nitro 5: £1,249£999 at Currys

Acer Nitro 5: was £1,249 now £999 at Currys
A slightly more powerful Nitro 5 model from Acer, using the RTX 3060 GPU and a 12th-gen Intel i7 CPU. There's a slightly cheaper RTX 3050 Ti model, but this Nitro 4 offers notably better performance if you want to play more graphically demanding games. At this price, it's still a great deal. This version has a full RGB keyboard too!

MSI GE66 Raider: £1,899£1,699 at Currys

MSI GE66 Raider: was £1,899 now £1,699 at Currys
MSI delivers again with this stellar gaming laptop at a seriously competitive price this Black Friday. An RTX 3070 Ti GPU and i7 processor are joined by a 1TB SSD, giving you a high-performance gaming system wrapped up in an RGB-bedecked package.

Christian Guyton
Editor, Computing

Christian is TechRadar’s UK-based Computing Editor. He came to us from Maximum PC magazine, where he fell in love with computer hardware and building PCs. He was a regular fixture amongst our freelance review team before making the jump to TechRadar, and can usually be found drooling over the latest high-end graphics card or gaming laptop before looking at his bank account balance and crying.

Christian is a keen campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights and the owner of a charming rescue dog named Lucy, having adopted her after he beat cancer in 2021. She keeps him fit and healthy through a combination of face-licking and long walks, and only occasionally barks at him to demand treats when he’s trying to work from home.