9 early Black Friday gaming laptops deals I’d buy right now as a creative pro — from only $599

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The best gaming laptops, just like the best mobile workstations are notoriously expensive. That’s why so many choose to wait for Black Friday gaming laptop deals to buy a fast, bleeding edge gaming powerhouse that can also double as a powerful laptops for creatives, scientists and coders. Retailers have already started to offer deep discounts, even on new top-of-the-range models.

Regardless of whether you play professionally, want to use your laptop full time for video editing or doing rendering or are an absolute novice graduating from retro gaming to something a bit more advanced, you will want to explore these early Black Friday deals for all budgets, starting from $599.

➡️Lenovo LOQ: was $950 now $599 @ Best Buy
➡️MSI GF63 Thin: was $699 now $629 @ Walmart
➡️Acer Nitro 5: was $799 now $699 @ Walmart
➡️HP Omen: was $1250 now $780 @ Best Buy
➡️MSI Sword: was $1099 now $899 @ Walmart
➡️Acer Nitro 16: $1250 @ Walmart
➡️MSI GP68HX: was $2,099 now $1,699 @ Newegg
➡️Lenovo Legion Pro 7 Gen 8: was $3239 now $2702 @ Lenovo
➡️Dell Alienware m18: $2,800 @ Dell
➡️MSI GF63 Thin: was $699 now $629 @ Walmart 

Editor's choice: MSI Vector GP68$1,699

Editor's choice: MSI Vector GP68
I chose this MSI gaming laptop now available from Newegg and Walmart for $1,699. That’s a massive 19% discount, down $400 from $2,099. It’s the cheapest laptop with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and combined with a powerful Core i9 CPU, will etch a big smile of the faces of gamers and creative pros alike looking to get a deal in early Black Friday sales.

MSI GF63 Thin: was $699 now $629 @ Walmart
Geforce RTX 3050

MSI GF63 Thin: was $699 now $629 @ Walmart
This is the cheapest laptop right now that offers a reasonably powerful CPU (Core i5) with 16GB of RAM and a dedicated GPU (in that case, a Geforce RTX 3050 with 4GB) and a 512GB SSD. It’s more than capable of handling casual gaming as well as AutoCAD 2024 or Photoshop 2024. It’s now on sale at Walmart for only $629.

Lenovo LOQ: was $950 now $599 @ Best Buy
RTX 3050

Lenovo LOQ: was $950 now $599 @ Best Buy
The most affordable laptop right now that offers an RTX 3050 GPU. Compared to the GF63 Thin listed here, it has a more recent Core i5 CPU, 50% more video memory and a much bigger 1TB SSD. However, it only has 8GB DDR5 RAM but it’s still a stunning offer. You can however upgrade the memory in less than 10 minutes if you’re a tinkerer. $350 saving on this laptop is nothing to be sniffed at.

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Acer Nitro 5: was $799 now $699 @ Walmart
With a more powerful RTX 3050 Ti GPU, the Nitro 5 from Acer earns a spot on my list thanks to a very low price and a combination of great components making it ideal for gaming and for creative tasks: A Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and 15.6-inch 144Hz display tick the right boxes for whoever’s looking for a polyvalent budget laptop in early Black Friday sales. 

HP Omen: was $1250 now $780 @ Best Buy
RTX 4050

HP Omen: was $1250 now $780 @ Best Buy
This clearance sale from Best Buy which sees the price of the HP Omen gaming laptop shaved by a mammoth $470, without any corners cut. You get a super fast RTX 4050 GPU, a Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. The screen is a larger-than-usual 16.1-inch 1080p model with a 144Hz refresh rate to ensure smooth graphics. It’s a great all-rounder machine for anyone looking to do a bit of coding or programming outside of gaming. 

MSI Sword: was $1099 now $899 @ Walmart
RTX 4060

MSI Sword: was $1099 now $899 @ Walmart
One of my preferred deals on this early Black Friday sales list is yet another MSI gaming laptop. The Sword adopts a cool white and blue finish and punches well above its price tag. With a Core i7 GPU, a RTX 4060 GPU with 8GB GDDR6, 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD, it is seriously good value for money. Its elegant design makes this gaming laptop a great choice for a work device. 

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Acer Nitro 16: $1250 @ Walmart
The lowest priced laptop with a Geforce RTX 4070 hails from Acer via Walmart. The Nitro 16 will crunch through graphics-heavy games as well as anything professionals may throw at it (and yes even rendering or video editing). Complementing the Ryzen 7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is a 16-inch  2560 x 1600 pixel display with a 165Hz refresh rate. Put it simply, you won’t find a laptop with a faster GPU during early Black Friday sales. 

MSI GP68HX: was $2,099 now $1,699 @ Newegg
Geforce RTX 4080

MSI GP68HX: was $2,099 now $1,699 @ Newegg
There’s no cheaper laptop that comes with a Geforce RTX 4080, one of the most powerful GPUs around. This versatile device packs a super fast Core i9 CPU, 16GB DDR5 memory, 1TB SSD and a 16-inch LCD with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and a 144Hz. It also makes fantastic laptop for AI training for professionals looking for an affordable powerhouse. This laptop is a whopping $400 off at Newegg. 

Lenovo Legion Pro 7 Gen 8: was $3239 now $2702 @ Lenovo
RTX 4090

Lenovo Legion Pro 7 Gen 8: was $3239 now $2702 @ Lenovo
Seriously, if you want the fastest mobile GPU available, then there’s nothing cheaper than this exceptional early Black Friday deal offer from Lenovo. This Legion Pro 7 Gen 8 gets the RTX 4090 with 16GB video memory and adds a 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Its 16-inch screen is - on paper - the best of the series, reaching a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and a jaw-dropping 240Hz. This is mobile workstation territory with some awesome firepower.

Dell Alienware m18: $2,800 @ Dell
Radeon RX7900M

Dell Alienware m18: $2,800 @ Dell
A powerful combo from Dell and AMD. The Alienware m18 is a gaming laptop that has a big 18-inch display (with a 480Hz refresh rate), making it perfect for photo editing and video editing. It boasts an 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU, AMD’s fastest GPU (the Radeon RX7900M with 16GB VRAM), 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Not an early black friday deal but I bet this one will get discounted pretty soon so keep an eye on it.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.