We may have crossed the finish line for the main batch of Prime Day deals, but you can still score a boatload of great bargains and deep price cuts on everything from 4K TVs to drones. Laptop computers (and especially gaming laptops) are always popular during these sales and there are still some good deals to be found. If that’s what you’re looking for, then keep reading, because we’ve got the best post-Prime Day gaming laptop deals that are still available to be snapped up.
If you don’t specifically need a gaming PC or if you just want to see what else is still up for the taking, we’ve also rounded up more of the best laptop deals including a heap of Chromebook deals and MacBook sales, so be sure to check those out as well. We also recommend bookmarking this page because we’ll be updating it with new deals as soon as they appear.
Today’s best Prime Day gaming laptop deals
Should I shop on Prime Day or wait until Black Friday?
Prime Day and Black Friday are only placed a month apart from each other this year. Though this is great for additional savings, it brings a couple of issues into play. Firstly, demand is going to be overwhelming for tech retail giants like Amazon this fall, meaning any gaming laptops that run out of stock during Prime Day might not see a significant restock in time for Black Friday or even Cyber Monday. Heavy demand during big events like Black Friday might also result in large shipping delays, so you might not get your new gadgets in time for Christmas. Our advice to you: Start holiday shopping earlier this year and take advantage of these post-Prime Day gaming laptop deals. All tech goods should see similar discounts on both Black Friday and Prime Day, so price shouldn’t affect your decision.
Are any Prime Day gaming laptop deals too good to be true?
A lot of gaming laptops saw big discounts during Prime Day. That said, there are a few things to keep in mind while you shop. It’s a good idea to stick to well-known brands; if a gaming laptop from a brand you’ve never heard of seems tempting, look it up and see how well it’s been reviewed. Do some research beforehand and check which big brands offer gaming laptops that suit your needs. If you see a heavily discounted deal on any product always check the reviews and ratings available. If a deal looks suspicious — it probably is. Make sure you follow these tips to prevent buyer’s remorse while shopping on Prime Day.
How to choose a gaming laptop
There are always a bunch of things to consider when buying any laptop, but the most important thing when it comes to gaming is the graphics card. The CPU and RAM are also vital, but a sleepy GPU will bottleneck your system more than anything else when you’re gaming, so get a good one. As stated above, avoid the older Nvidia 10-series cards that are still floating around; the money you’ll save won’t be worth the frustration of dealing with a slow, outdated machine.
The best gaming laptops that we recommend today will feature up-to-date hardware including ninth- and 10th-generation Intel CPUs, second-gen AMD Ryzen CPUs, and Nvidia 16-series and 20-series GPUs. The GTX 16-series cards are fantastic budget and mid-range options; past $900-$1,000, however, we recommend going for the 20-series Nvidia cards like the RTX 2060 Super or 2070 Super. At least 8GB of DDR4 RAM is also mandatory for modern games; 16GB is better but is usually reserved for gaming laptops in the $800-plus price range, although you can usually install more RAM if you need it. Laptops packing those higher-end GPUs will usually feature boosted RAM as well.
Pay attention to the display, too. Pretty much all gaming laptops come with 1080p screens, but the best ones will feature higher resolutions, color-accurate IPS panels, and some will even offer higher 144Hz refresh rates for smoother gaming at higher frame rates. As with boosted RAM, you’ll usually pay more for features like these, but they’re definitely worth springing for if you have the cash (and they often aren’t as expensive as you think — plenty of our favorite budget gaming laptops sport these displays).
The vast majority of gaming laptops, including most we expect to see among this year’s Prime Day gaming laptop deals, sport Nvidia graphics cards. Some feature AMD GPUs, however, so those are worth a brief mention. AMD’s most recent mobile GPU lineup is the RX 5000M series — the “M” moniker denoting a mobile graphics card — which is currently found on some Dell and Alienware machines (Alienware being a Dell subsidiary). These are generally every bit as good as their Nvidia counterparts, so don’t be afraid to grab one on sale if it meets your other requirements.
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