Gamers take note. The post-holiday shopping lull is the ideal time to score a deal and upgrade your system. Whether you’re on a quest or meeting your foes in battle, you need a computer that is highly responsive, a display that is stunningly clear, and the processing power to reduce load time and endure prolonged use without overheating. Here is a roundup of machines that can keep up with your hours-long gaming sessions, no matter your budget.
The laptops on this list were chosen with value in mind, and these discounts will get you more premium computer for your dollar. When choosing the right one for you, there are some considerations to keep in mind, such as the efficiency of the cooling system or the kind of graphics card it will carry. Will you want to connect it to an external solid state drive or additional monitors? How much memory and processing power does it have? Do you like to play when you’re on the road? Then, portability and battery life will be features to watch for.
You can put thousands of dollars into a new prebuilt gaming laptop, but you don’t need to spend that much for a computer with decent functionality that can handle even the newest games. The PCs below will fit different gamers’ needs and budgets, but these deals are only available for now, so shop quickly if you want to save.
HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15.6"
Original Price: $999
Sale Price: $799
This HP Pavilion PC is on the more affordable end of the gaming laptop spectrum, but it’s still equipped with the speed and processing power needed for a high-quality gaming experience. Consumers have even called it one of the best machines available under $1,000. HP has packed in a powerful core processor and one of the latest GPUs (graphics processing unit) from NVIDIA. The body of the PC is black, and the keyboard is set over green backlighting. This is a great budget pick if you’re watching your wallet, or just starting out and don’t want to invest too much into gaming yet.
Dell G5 Gaming Laptop 15.6"
Original Price: $1,099
Sale Price: $799
While not the most recent model from Dell, the G5 is a powerful but reasonably priced laptop for the prolonged usage and accelerated processing that games demand. It has two front-facing MaxxAudio speakers for a more immersive sonic experience, without dropping the sound. Like the newer G7, the G5 comes with an impressive battery life and cooling system, but at a lower price. This deal from Walmart takes $300 off the sticker price, and you have the option of ordering it in “Beijing Red” if you want to set your PC apart from its monochromatic peers.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop 15.6"
Original Price: $1,300
Sale Price: $1,157
The Acer Predator Series laptop is a middle-range device that delivers a smoother visual experience than some cheaper PCs. If you can swing a few extra hundred dollars for a laptop of this tier, you’ll enjoy a higher refresh rate of 144Hz. This means frames will take less time to render, resulting in less lagging. This model features a control panel where you can adjust the temperature as you go so you can play comfortably for longer. It also has a classic gaming aesthetic, with blocky, geometric lines and red accents.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Thin & Light Gaming Laptop 15.6”
Original Price: $1,799
Sale Price: $1,559
The thinness of a notebook and the power of a workhorse PC all rolled into one. Clocking in at under five pounds, the ROG Zephyrus is the lightweight option for the gamer on the go, who is frequently packing up to play from anywhere. ASUS has built in a unique cooling system that is meant to improve temperature regulation by 20 percent in comparison to traditional ventilation systems. When the laptop is opened, the bottom of it actually expands to allow for more air circulation and it is specially shaped to pull more air through the fan. The keyboard sits at the front of the chassis. It is positioned to improve temperature control, but will also appeal to those who are used to working on a desktop keyboard.
ROG Strix SCAR II 15.6”
Original Price: $1,999
Sale Price: $1,799
The ROG Strix Scar II is designed with a cool gun-metal grey finish, a customizable RGB keyboard, and a lighting bar to boot. For a deluxe option under $2,000, this machine really does have it all — a high refresh rate, a solid GPU, a reliable cooling system and a keyboard that’s optimized for gaming. It’s also loaded with different ports to be VR Ready.
? not get one of the latest combat games while you’re at it? ROG has partnered with the makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (released this past October) to bundle the game together with certain ROG products that are specially enabled to provide a unique CoD experience.
Lenovo Legion Y920 17.3"
Original Price: $2,700
Sale Price: $2,400
This deal is our heavyweight champion. The Lenovo Legion Y920 is a powerhouse with its overclockable Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GTX-1070 GPU for high resolution and image smoothing, and 16GB of DDR4 memory. It has all the bells and whistles of the laptops listed above -- VR Ready, full spectrum RGB keyboard -- plus plenty of storage and an enhanced audio experience thanks to its subwoofer and Dolby theatre system. While you might not be packing it around all that much (with a 17.3” screen, it comes in at around 10 pounds) this PC is an elegantly designed and powerful gaming rig. You can grab it now for $300 off the retail price.
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