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The best cheap gaming laptop deals from under £1000 for January 2021

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Our roundup of this week's best cheap gaming laptop deals won't just secure you a machine to while away those winter hours on, it'll also save you some big bucks hopefully. We're in a bit of a transitionary period right now for gaming laptop deals, with the next-gen of Nvidia RTX (30-series) toted to start cropping up on new machines soon. Will prices go down for older machines? You bet. In fact, we're already seeing plenty of great prices on GTX 1600 and RTX 2000 series equipped laptops right now - great news for those looking to score a powerful machine on a budget.

Currys, Amazon, Laptops direct, and a whole array of the UK's top retailers are all represented here without our roundup of the best gaming laptop deals, although we're always checking other honorable mentions like Very and Newegg as well to make sure we never miss a prime sale.

We've separated everything out into easy to navigate price brackets, which you can skip to using the handy jumper links provided. We're aiming to cater for budgets ranging from £600 all the way to £1,000, so whether you're looking for a cheap rig for Minecraft or have your sights firmly set on online domination, we're sure you'll find a relevant cheap gaming laptop here. 

As previously mentioned, we've just passed the two busiest shopping events of the year - Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and therefore things are starting to quieten down now on the gaming laptop deals front. That said, there are still some great last chance holdout sales on right now if you're worried you missed out. If you're in the US, we also have a dedicated guide for gaming laptop deals under $1000 as well.

This week's best gaming laptop deals

Cheap gaming laptop deal of the week

Lenovo Legion 5i 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £899 at Currys
This Lenovo Legion 5i is a new entry over at the Currys site, and, while not rocking a discount, sure takes some beating when it comes to value. An RTX 2060 graphics card is particularly noteworthy at this price point, but the 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD are also fantastic. Rounding out the package is a 10th gen Intel Core i5-10300H - which is a pretty fast processor too. Although not quite as good as an i7, the trade-off is understandable here since that RTX card is so hefty for the price.View Deal

Cheap gaming laptops under £700

Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop: £629 at Currys
For casual gaming, this Acer Nitro 5 at Currys is a great low-cost option that'll get you off to a great start. A GTX 1650, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Ryzen 5 3550H are good specs if you're planning on playing less demanding games like Fortnite and Minecraft. Another good option is this same laptop with an Intel Core i5-9300h for just £20 more.
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Medion Erazer 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £649.97 at Laptops Direct
This Medion Erazer sneaks into our list this week by being the cheapest machine we've spotted in the UK to offer a brand new 10th gen Intel Core i5-10300H processor. A 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 1650 round out the specs here for an all-around great performer for the price - a top budget pick.
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Medion Crawler 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £699.97 at Laptops Direct
We're not sure what motivated Medion to call a gaming laptop the 'Crawler', but this is another top lower-cost option this week. It's got the same baseline specs as the Erazer variant above, but with the addition of a 512GB SSD - an update that's definitely worth the extra £30 if your budget allows.
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MSI GF63 Thin 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £799 £699.97 at Laptops Direct
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This MSI GF63 has a slightly older Intel Core i5 processor but that's significantly offset by the GTX 1650 Ti graphics card here - which is faster than the standard 1650. You're also getting a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, which are pretty standard at this price point.
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Cheap gaming laptops under £800

MSI Bravo 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £749 £729 at Currys
Featuring exclusively AMD components, this MSI Bravo offers a fantastic alternative to the usual Intel-based systems at this price point. Inside you're getting a brand new Ryzen 5 4600H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It's also got an RX 5500M graphics card and 120Hz screen - something you don't often see in cheap gaming laptops.
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New Dell G3 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £899 £799 at Currys
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Coming just under an £800 budget is this Dell G3 15 which features exclusively AMD components. Subsequently, it's great value for the money featuring an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, Radeon RX 5600M, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Definitely worth the consideration if you've got a little bit more cash to spend.
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Cheap gaming laptops under £900

MSI GF63 Thin 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1,099 £849 at Currys
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A hefty discount from Currys this week makes this MSI GF63 Thin an absolutely solid buy for the money currently. It's got not just a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor, but a GTX 1660 Ti, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD - really awesome high-end specs which normally carry a bit more of a premium for sure.View Deal

Lenovo Legion 5i 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £899 at Currys
This Lenovo Legion 5i is a new entry over at the Currys site, and, while not rocking a discount, sure takes some beating when it comes to value. An RTX 2060 graphics card is particularly noteworthy at this price point, but the 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD are also fantastic. Rounding out the package is a 10th gen Intel Core i5-10300H - which is a pretty fast processor too. Although not quite as good as an i7, the trade-off is understandable here since that RTX card is so hefty for the price.View Deal

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop: £999.99 £899.99 at Very
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If portability is king, then the Asus Zephyrus G14 is currently one of the fastest sub-15-inch machines on the market. Even this baseline model with an AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS, GTX 1650 Ti, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD is spectacularly fast for such a small machine, even though it's not quite as bang for the buck as the other laptops in this section. View Deal

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £899 at Very
With an Intel Core i5-10300H, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and GTX 1660 Ti, you're getting a good level of specs here for the cash, even though there's no outright saving this week. Again, this one's not quite as good value as the Lenovo at Currys above, but if the Lenovo does sell out, this one's still a good option.View Deal

Cheap gaming laptops under £1000

MSI GF63 Thin 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1,099 £949 at Currys
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Here's another competitively prices MSI from Currys this week, which this time manages to pack in an RTX 2060 graphics card. The trade-off is you're getting a slightly older Intel Core i7-9750H here, although you do retain the 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Overall, this one's an excellent buy if you can spend a little bit more to get that RTX card.View Deal

Gigabyte G5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £997.97 at Box
There's no outright saving on this Gigabyte G5 this week at Box, however, it has the honour of being the first ever Nvidia RTX 30-series equipped laptop on our list. This one's got an RTX 3060 to be precise, as well as a 10th gen Intel Core i5-10300H, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD too, making it a rather powerful machine for the money.View Deal

Asus TUF Blue A15 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £999 at Currys
A combination of a Ryzen 7-4800H processor, 512GB SSD, GTX 1660 Ti, and 8GB of RAM make this Asus TUF a respectable and well-balanced pick for the money. Even though you're not getting that coveted RTX graphics card here, it's still a very, very fast machine indeed.
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HP Pavilion Gaming 15: £1,149.97 £1,049.97 at Box
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Box has cut a hefty £100 off this excellent 15-inch gaming laptop, which comes with some rather powerful components - an RTX 2060, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. That said, there's a trade-off with the processor here as it's only a 10th gen Core i5, not an i7 or Ryzen 7.
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Frequently asked questions

Where to find the best gaming laptop deals in the UK

The best retailers in the UK for picking up reliable cheap laptops tend to be Amazon, Currys and Laptops Direct. Currys and Amazon in particular have fantastic price cuts all year round and sometimes go even lower on one-off sales events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. Very, Argos and AO.com are also fantastic, as is John Lewis, but they only tend to price match existing deals or reduce clear out stock.

Ebay is another option, although we always recommend picking up a brand new gaming laptop from one of the big retailers instead of at auction. That way you’re definitely getting full warranty, as well as an as described laptop.

Here are some quick links to the best gaming laptop deals retailers, in case you want to head over to their sites and check them out yourself.

What should I look for in a cheap gaming laptop? 

The answer to this question depends heavily on what games you plan to play. We always recommend checking out the recommended and minimum system requirements of your favourite games to determine the ideal specifications for you. 

Just for good measure however, we'd recommend the following as a minimum if you're strictly on a budget:

  •  Minimum - Intel Core i5 (9th gen) / AMD Ryzen 5 (3rd gen) processor or later 
  •  Minimum - Nvidia GTX 1050 / AMD RX 560x graphics card or later
  •  Minimum - 8GB of RAM 
  •  Optional - 512GB solid-state drive
  •  Optional - 120Hz refresh rate display monitor 

If you choose to go lower and the above you may start to encounter issues with frame rates and performance even on the lowest settings in modern games. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the latest games also push the boundaries of minimum specs each year, so the higher you go now will pay dividends in the future if you plan on holding off on an upgrade for some time. 

How much should I spend on a cheap gaming laptop? 

Again the answer to this will depend on what you deem acceptable as a minimum level, but in our opinion the best bang for the buck machines tend to sit at around the £700 to £900 price range.

At this level you get machines that tend to be able to play games fairly well but skip out on the more premium features. That said, value doesn’t really tend to hit diminishing returns until the £1,500 point and you’ll definitely get a machine that will last a few years at that price. 

We’d definitely recommend spending at least £700 if you’re comfortable doing so. Any lower and you’ll most likely find issues with frame rates and performance or have a machine that will need to be upgraded fairly soon. It can be tempting to pick up a cheaper ultrabook with a Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor and tons of RAM but remember these don't come with the dedicated graphics card or cooling requirements you'll need for proper gaming. 

When's the best time to pick up a gaming laptop deal? 

Gaming laptop deals tend to be a fairly regular fixture over at the big retailers all year round so there’s always plenty of options if you’re looking to pick something up quickly. That said, the big yearly sales events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime day tend to yield great discounts and are definitely worth waiting for if you’re willing to be patient. 

We always recommend doing the research on the particular model and specs you want then checking in every now and again to see if there’s a discount. We update this page regularly, so definitely bookmark it and feel free to check in. We also run dedicated gaming laptop deals spotlights over on our dedicated deals feed

The best cheap gaming laptops of 2020

Acer Nitro 5

1. Acer Nitro 5

Consistently excellent value gaming laptop

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 (9th-generation); AMD Ryzen 5 - 7 (3rd-generation)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 – RTX 2060
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080)
Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Unbeatable value+Decent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Thick display bezel

As one of the cheapest gaming laptops that will still run games at decent settings, the Acer Nitro 5 is well worth a look if you're wanting to get into PC gaming and play modern games too (just don't expect to be running Battlefield V on ultra settings ok?). The design is a bit plasticy and there are some hefty bezels on the screen, but given the low price and the power of the internal spec inside we're more than willing to look past that to get our gaming fix on the go.

Read our full review: Acer Nitro 5

Dell G3 15

2. Dell G3 15

Excellent value for money

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 (10th-generation)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 – GTX 1660 Ti
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080)
Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic performance for the money+Most models come with a 256GB SSD.
Reasons to avoid
-Build is a tad flimsy

When you’re buying a cheap gaming laptop out of an office supply catalog, you probably shouldn’t expect top of the line gaming performance, but the good news is that the Dell G3 15 rises above those low expectations and provides a quality gaming machine at an affordable price point. With an Intel Core i5-10300H processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU, the Dell G3 15 is more than capable of keeping up with most of your gaming needs. There are trade-offs, however. Being built entirely out of plastic, the design of the laptop looks good but feels flimsy with bezels you can fire a rocket through with room to spare. 

Read the full review: Dell G3 15

MSI GF63

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3. MSI GF63 Thin

Premium specs in a thin profile at an affordable price point

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 - i7 (10th-generation)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD
Storage: 256GB - 512 SSD
Reasons to buy
+Sharp, colorful bezel-less display+Very affordable+Brushed aluminum top
Reasons to avoid
-Limited configurations

The MSI GF63 Thin looks to set itself out from the rest of the cheap gaming laptops competition by offering a slightly more sophisticated, refined style. It's definitely one of the thinner options, with smaller bezels than you traditionally get at this price point (albeit with a 60hz screen on the baseline model). It's starting specs are also fantastic for the price, with an Intel Core i5, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. One minor quibble here is that there's currently no AMD options, and the upgraded Core i7 model is quite a jump up in price over the baseline model. That said, the MSI GF63 Thin is a great cheap gaming laptop with expensive appointments that belie its low price tag.

Dell G5 15 5590

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4. Dell G5 15

Dell's mid-range competitor

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5-i7 (10th-generation)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti - RTX 2060
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS
Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Multiple configurations+Solid graphics performance
Reasons to avoid
-60Hz refresh rate on baseline model

The Dell G5 15 is the ever so slightly more expensive brother of the Dell G3 15 already featured in this guide. They tend to retail for around the same basic asking price, although with the Dell G5 15 you’ve got more wiggle room at the top-end price bracket - with a higher ceiling of possible specs on offer. It’s a little bulkier overall to accommodate for the higher-end components but otherwise shares a pretty similar aesthetic. You do, however, have the option for a 120Hz to 144Hz display on the more expensive configurations, which is a great addition, although the base model still only has a 60Hz screen. Note - The listed specs here are for the standard Intel equipped machine, although there is also a special edition featuring exclusively AMD components.

Read the full review: Dell G5 15

ASUS TUF Gaming A15

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5. ASUS TUF A15

High-end specs at mid-range prices

Specifications
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 - 9 (4000 series)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 - RTX 2060
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS
Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+The cheapest GeForce RTX laptops+New AMD processors
Reasons to avoid
-So-so cooling

The Asus TUF A15 caused quite a fuss when it was released earlier this year, such is the level of specs on offer for the money. It’s one of the first laptops on the market with the latest 4000 series AMD Ryzen processors and also one of the cheapest ways to pick up an RTX 2060 equipped laptop currently, so there’s a lot on offer for the money here. Note, it’s still very much a budget laptop though, with loud fans, a fairly basic screen, and chunky chassis that is definitely a little more bloated than it’s svelte Asus Zephyrus cousins. Don’t let that detract from the overall package here however, as you’re getting excellent performance for the money for sure.

Read our full review: Asus TUF A15

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6. HP Pavilion Gaming 15

A more affordable machine from HP

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 - i7 (10th-generation); AMD Ryzen 5 - 7 (4000 series)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 -1660 Ti
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD
Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Solid performer+Striking design
Reasons to avoid
-Below average webcam quality-Poor display

The HP Pavilion 15 has just received a refresh this year bringing it up to date with the rest of the competition. Being the more budget focused line from HP (as opposed to the more upmarket Omen laptops) means you’re getting a fairly stripped back, basic setup, but there’s still plenty on offer here. You’re getting options for the very latest specifications, with components from both Intel and AMD, and also an aesthetic that definitely stands out from the competition. While the actual design might not be for everyone, HP tends to regularly run sales over on their site which means you can often pick up a great cheap gaming laptop deal if you’re lucky.