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The best cheap gaming laptop deals from under £1,000 for June 2022

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You'll find all of the UK's best cheap gaming laptop deals all lined up right on this page here - including our personal recommendations for saving some hard-earned cash. Regardless of whether you're looking for something as cheap as possible or something with a little bit more power, we've found some amazing value choices for a number of differing budgets.

This week there are some great options too. In particular, we're seeing some great mid-range RTX 3060 gaming laptop deals right now in the build up to this year's Amazon Prime Day. These are generally costing around the £799 to £899 range this week, but even if you can't afford those, there are some good budget options for as little as £579 this week.

You'll find entries from all the UK's top retailers on our list - Amazon and Currys in particular. You may also find a couple of picks from lesser-known, but just as good, retailers like Box.co.uk and Laptops Direct - brands that have really been stepping up their gaming laptop deals recently to challenge the bigger stores out there.

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 about £600 all the way to £1,000, give or take. As you'd expect, the cheaper options are going to be more cost-effective but if you're looking for something that can really max out most games then we'd recommend spending a little more if you can. Luckily, the more expensive gaming laptop deals on our list tend to be just as good value as the cheaper ones.

If you're at any point stuck and need a bit of help in deciding the right gaming laptop deal for you, then we've also included a 'frequently asked questions' section that's really aimed at those who are just starting out. Put simply, there's a ton of great unbiased information there. If you're in the US, we also have a dedicated guide for gaming laptop deals under $1000 as well. 

Cheap gaming laptop deal of the week

HP Victus 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £999 £799.97 at Box (opens in new tab)
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Box has cut the price on this RTX 3060 equipped HP Victus down another £50 this week, making it easily one of the best mid-range gaming laptop deals on the market currently. Not only does this one look great and feature a solid graphics card, but the Ryzen 5-5600H processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD are going to get you fantastic 1080p gaming performance. Note, you may need to turn off your ad blocker for Box.co.uk links to work from this page.

Cheap gaming laptops under £700

Lenovo Legion 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £843 £579 at Box (opens in new tab)
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Just about the cheapest gaming laptop deal on the market, this Lenovo Legion 5 at Box will suffice for the basics if you're really on a budget. Inside, it's got a GTX 1650 graphics card, AMD Ryzen 5-5600H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. These specs are a bit older now but they'll still manage to play many eSports titles like League of Legends and CSGO, as well as popular titles like Minecraft and Fortnite. 

Lenovo Legion 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £799 £649 at Box (opens in new tab)
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Another solid budget pick from Box, this Lenovo Legion 5 features an Intel Core i5-10300H processor, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. While a bit on the older side, this machine will get you great performance at 1080p at the trade-off of a few new graphical settings like DLSS and Ray-Tracing. The GTX 1660 Ti is the last gen's mid-range graphics card and still matches up favourably against the RTX 3050.

Asus TUF 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £899 £679.97 at Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
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A top contender for gaming laptop deal of the week, especially if you're on a budget, is this 15.6-inch Asus TUF at Laptops Direct. It's not only got a recent RTX 3050 graphics card but a beefy Ryzen 7-4800H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. For the cash, this is a lot of power - and its gaming performance is only really held back by the RTX 3050, which is still a fairly low-end card.

Cheap gaming laptops under £800

MSI GF63 Thin 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £899 £749.97 at Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
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This MSI GF65 with an RTX 3050 Ti graphics card is slightly overshadowed by the myriad of cheap RTX 3060 gaming laptop deals this week but we still think it's a worthy pick thanks to its incredibly beefy Intel Core i7-11800H processor. This is a component that's very rare to find on a laptop of this price, and, alongside 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, gives it plenty of horsepower for other tasks aside from gaming.

Medion Deputy P25 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £799 £769.97 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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Quite possibly the best gaming laptop deal on our list, depending on your requirements, is this super-cheap RTX 3060-equipped Medion Deputy at Amazon. While coming from a lesser-known (but well reviewed) brand, this machine features an RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a Ryzen 5-5600H processor. For the price, these are some really amazing specs for 1080p gaming and really great bang for the buck. 

HP Victus 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £999 £799.97 at Box (opens in new tab)
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Box has cut the price on this RTX 3060 equipped HP Victus down another £50 this week, making it easily one of the best mid-range gaming laptop deals on the market currently. Not only does this one look great and feature a solid graphics card, but the Ryzen 5-5600H processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD are going to get you fantastic 1080p gaming performance. 

Gigabyte G5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £949 £799 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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And, we've got another super-cheap RTX 3060 gaming laptop deal to check out with this Gigabyte G5 at Amazon. This one features an Intel Core i5-10500H processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD giving it really great bang for the buck. We'd put this one ever so slightly behind the HP above since the CPU is older on this machine. It's basically splitting hairs, however, so don't hesitate to pick this one up if you prefer the look or find the HP sold out. Note, this listing is also available at Currys for the same price (opens in new tab).

Cheap gaming laptops under £900

Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop: £1,019 £834.97 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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For a nice mix of power and portability, consider this Asus Dash F15 with an RTX 3060, Intel Core i7-11370H, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD. Not having 16GB RAM is a bit of a bummer with this one but it's still potent and extremely capable - especially when you consider it's only one inch thick. You can also find this listing at Laptops Direct for the same price (opens in new tab).

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £999 £849.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Yet another solid mid-range RTX 3060 gaming laptop deal, this Acer Nitro 5 at Amazon features an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Performance-wise, we're talking very similar to the above choices from Box, Laptops Direct, and Amazon so it's mostly down to personal choice in regards to brand and design. 

Medion Deputy P25 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1,289 £899.97 at Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
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Here's another super-solid Medion Deputy gaming laptop deal, this time over at Laptops Direct. It's got the usual RTX 3060 graphics card but also a 1TB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and a Ryzen 7-5800H processor as the cherry on top. This one is from a lesser-known brand but it's absolutely stellar value this week - mostly down to the expansive 1TB SSD giving it a slight edge over the competition. 

Lenovo Legion 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1099 £899 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £200 - A fresh price cut on this RTX 3060-toting Lenovo Legion 5 brings it right down into our price range this week. A combination of an RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and Ryzen 7-5800H make this one a really strong performer if you need something that can handle triple-A games at high graphical settings. It's definitely one of the better options out there right now and won't need upgrading for a good few years down the line.

MSI Katana GF66 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1,299 £899.97 at Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
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The last of the RTX 3060 gaming laptop deals within this price bracket (but certainly not the least) is this MSI Katana at Laptops Direct. This one's got A 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i7-11800H processor - super high-end specs that'll score you some very nice performance indeed. Some may prefer to opt for this Intel-based machine over the two prior AMD-based laptops just listed above, although it's very close performance-wise.

Cheap gaming laptops under £1000

MSI Katana GF66 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1,399
£999.99 at Box (opens in new tab)

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A huge gaming laptop deal, if you can afford it, is this MSI Katana at Currys, which is one of the cheapest machines we've ever seen to feature a powerful RTX 3070 graphics card. This GPU, alongside an Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD means you'll be easily able to max out most games with this one. It's simply great value and worth every penny if you're looking for a machine with some serious power. Note, this one is also on sale at Currys for the same price (opens in new tab)and it was also on sale at Amazon (opens in new tab), although it's sold out now.

Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop: £1,399 £997.97 at Box (opens in new tab)
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Box is at it again with this incredibly cheap RTX 3070-equipped Asus TUF Dash F15. Like the RTX 3060 listing at Amazon above, this one is a great choice if you like your machines speedy yet lightweight. It's also featuring an Intel Core i7-11370H processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, which ensures it's capable of some really great frame rates. 

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1,399 £1,099.97 at Box (opens in new tab)
We're breaking budget with this Acer Nitro 5 at Box but trust us - it's worth it. This one, like the MSI above, is another super cheap RTX 3070 gaming laptop deal with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a Ryzen 7-5800H processor. For the price, this one is just as good value as some of the cheaper entries on our list and is a really worthwhile purchase if you've got the cash and are looking for something that can both play games at ultra settings - even on external 1440p monitors. Note, if you want a 17.3-inch version, then a Core i7 version is available at Currys right now for the same price (opens in new tab).

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, Box, and Laptops Direct. Amazon is always a good shout, and, as you'd expect has particularly good sales around events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday. Currys and Box also have very strong alternatives, with the latter offering incredibly competitive options across all price points throughout the year. Laptops Direct tends to be great for cheaper and end-of-line products, and it's also worth mentioning AO.com and Very - retailers that every so often throw their hats in the gaming laptop deals ring too.

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 1650 / AMD RX 5500M 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 (opens in new tab)

The best cheap gaming laptops of 2022

Acer Nitro 5

1. Acer Nitro 5

Consistently excellent value gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 (11th-generation); AMD Ryzen 5 - 7 (5th-generation)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 – RTX 3060
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080)
Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Unbeatable value
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Decent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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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 – RTX 2060
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080)
Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic performance for the money
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Most models come with a 256GB SSD.

Reasons to avoid

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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 (11th-generation)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 - RTX 2060
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD
Storage: 256GB - 512 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Sharp, colorful bezel-less display
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Very affordable
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Brushed aluminum top

Reasons to avoid

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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

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Multiple configurations
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Solid graphics performance

Reasons to avoid

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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 (5000 series)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 - RTX 3060
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS
Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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The cheapest GeForce RTX laptops
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New AMD processors

Reasons to avoid

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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 (11th-generation); AMD Ryzen 5 - 7 (5000 series)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 - RTX 3050 Ti
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD
Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Solid performer
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Striking design

Reasons to avoid

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Below average webcam quality
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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.


Alex Whitelock
Alex Whitelock

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.