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Best Cyber Monday Deals on Gaming Laptops and Desktops

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Gigabyte’s 17-inch Ryzen/3060 Laptop Falls 11%

Gigabyte K7 A1 with keyboard backlight on and a red wallpaper.

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On Black Friday, the Gigabyte A5 K1 was on sale. Now, for Cyber Monday, it’s time for the bigger A7 K1 to get its turn. The 17.3-inch gaming laptop is $879.99 on Newegg (via Antonline), which is 11% off its usual listed price of $999.

The A7 K1 pairs a last-gen AMD Ryzen 7 5800H with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. Usually, to get a 3060, you have to go over $1,000, so you’re getting solid graphics power for the price here.

The screen is a 1080p panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate. Ports include Three USB Type-A ports (one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.2) as well as Mini DisplayPort, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2, an Ethernet jack and HDMI 2.0.

Lenovo’s 3050 Ti IdeaPad Gaming 3i Drops to Just $650

Lenove IdeaPad Gaming 3i

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If you’re after a gaming laptop but don’t have a whole lot to spend, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Gaming 3i with an i5-12500H, RTX 3050 Ti and a 120 Hz 1080p screen is pretty decently equipped for its $649 Cyber Monday sale price at Adorama

The claimed $1,059 regular price seems inflated, but we recently reviewed a very similar $709 model with the same CPU and GPU, but a 256GB SSD rather than the 512GB in the Adorama model currently on sale. And with AAA titles getting ever bigger, you’re definitely going to want that extra storage space.  We’d love to see more than the system’s 8GB of RAM, but that’s a lot to expect in a $650 gaming laptop.

We liked the speakers and the shell of the version we tested back in October. But its single-channel RAM left it with lackluster performance. That’s likely the case with this model as well, so you might want to plan an upgrade soon. That won’t be too pricey though, as you can currently pick up two sticks of decently speedy DDR4 for $35.

This is no powerhouse gaming PC by any means, even with extra RAM. But if you want to play modern games and your budget is tight, Lenovo’s IdeaPad 3i is well worth considering at $649 with an RTX 3050 Ti.

Asus’ 17-inch ASUS TUF Gaming A17 RTX 3060 Laptop Drops to $849 at Walmart

Asus TUG Gaming 17.3-inch Laptop

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We’ve seen quite a few RTX 360 gaming laptops dip below $1,000 this Cyber Monday / Black Friday deals season, but most have been smaller 15-inch models. But the Tuf Gaming A17 that’s currently on sale at Walmart is a big-screen 17-incher. And that 1080p screen has a 144 Hz refresh that’s a nice pairing with the RTX 3060 GPU.

Other specs include an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H CPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM and a 512GB SSD. That’s not a ton of storage for games, but there is an empty M.2 slot inside the laptop so you cand drop in one of the best SSDs down the road. Or, if you want to get a jump on your cramped boot drive, check out our current sale on the best Cyber Monday SSD deals. Either way, if you’re after a big gaming laptop on a modest budget, this model from Asus is a sweet deal at $849, down from its previous price of $1,249.

Asus’ All-AMD ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition Drops to $1,099 at Best Buy

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition

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When we reviewed the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition laptop earlier this year, we found it to be a solid option, delivering RTX 3070-class gaming performance at $1,549. Now that it’s dropped to just $1,099 at Best Buy, this all-AMD laptop is an absolute steal. You get a Ryzen 9 5980X processor, Radeon RX 6800M graphics, a 1440p 165Hz screen, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM paired with a 512GB SSD. — all in a price range more commonly occupied by lesser RTX 3060 laptops. 

Borderlands 3 performance

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In our testing, we saw gaming performance very close to Razer’s RTX 3070-packing Blade Pro 17, while productivity performance was higher than that Core i7-10875H model overall.

Battery Life

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Battery life was the Advantage Edition’s real time to shine, though. In our testing, the AMD-powered laptop lasted a stunning 10 hours, while competing laptops lasted less than six. If you’re after a laptop that delivers strong battery life for productivity and movie watching when unplugged, plus good gaming performance when you have your power brick handy, the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition is tough to beat at this price.

G15 Gaming Laptop

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This Dell deal finds the G15 laptop dropping below $1,000 and retailing for $899, a $200 price reduction. This laptop comes with the 12th-Gen Intel Core i5-12500H with 12 cores and 16 threads that boost up to 4.5 GHz. That’s paired with 8GB of DDR5-4800 memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD. 

Most important for gamers, you also get an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti that pushes a 15.6-inch 1920×1080 panel that operates at 120Hz. You can see our review of this very model here.

Asus’ 15-inch RTX 3060 laptop falls below $1,000

Asus TUF Gaming F15

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The Asus TUF Gaming F15 has fallen below $1,000 for Cyber Monday. B&H has the laptop for $969 with an 11th Gen Intel Core i7, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

This model is a slightly older version of the TUF Gaming F15 we reviewed this year, which had a 12th Gen processor.

This sale configuration also includes a 1080p, 144 Hz display, DTS speakers and an RGB keyboard (what gaming laptop would be seen without one?).

Asus’s Lightweight RTX 3060-Powered Zephyrus 14 now $899

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is a slim 14-inch laptop that’s great for gaming on the go. This 3.5-pound, 0.7-inch thick system comes armed with a Ryzen 7 5800HS processor under the hood, with eight cores and 16 threads that operate up to 4.4 GHz during intense work.

The CPU pushes the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, which in turn drives the LED-lit 144Hz 1080p display. By default, the laptop comes with 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory and a 512GB PCIe 3.0 SSD. The laptop also comes with a customizable LED panel that adorns the top of the lid. You can see this in action in our Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review, though it is noteworthy that the model we tested comes with a different CPU and GPU than this deal.  

Grab a Razer Blade 14 with RTX 3070 Ti for $1,999.99

Razer Blade 14

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Razer’s AMD-based gaming laptop, the Blade 14, is on quite a sale at Best Buy, where an RTX 3070 Ti-powered configuration is just $1,799, reduced from $2,599. The model in question has a Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and 2560 x 1440, 165 Hz display.

Back in 2021, we reviewed a nearly-identical Razer Blade 14, but ours had the last-gen Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU instead of the current Ryzen 9 6900HX. However given how  the GPU is the real driving force behind gaming performance, the difference of one generation in the CPU should have a small, but positive effect on results.

We liked how thin and lightweight the laptop was, and the 1440p display was crisp and colorful. It also happens to charge over USB Type-C, though you’ll want the proprietary connector for gaming.

On our tests, the Razer Blade 14 was a gaming beast, achieving a strong rate of 93 fps on Grand Theft Auto V at 1080p resolution and very high settings. That beat most of its competitors except those with more-powerful RTX 3080 or RX 6800M graphics.

Razer Blade 14 performance

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This laptop weighs only 3.92 pounds, which is very light for any gaming laptop, particularly on with RTX 3070 Ti graphics.  The display on our review unit was also pretty bright, offering 332 nits of brightness, along with a solid 79 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Razer Blade 14 diplay

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MSI GE66 Raider $200 Off at Newegg

MSI GE66 Raider

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The MSI GE66 Raider, a smaller variant of our favorite gaming laptop, the GE76 Raider, is on sale over at Newegg. You have to put it in your cart to see the price, but we’ll tell you here: it’s $2,499, cutting $200 off the regular price.

Newegg’s sale configuration combines an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11980HK with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, which is plenty of power for  high performance gameplay. It’s also packing 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

Notably, the listing says it’s running Windows 10 out of the box. That might be great for purists, though it should upgrade to Windows 1 no problem.

The 15.6-inch touchscreen doesn’t have a resolution listed, so we presume its 1080p (a separate 4K option does specify) and goes up to 165 Hz.