If you really want to have a laptop capable of gaming without shelling $1000, then you might want to check this deal out. Lenovo is currently slashing of prices off laptops from its Idea pad line and I think the best offer would be the $350 discount if you purchase an Ideapad y500 with the [...]
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HP has just launched a coupon for Pavilion laptops configured at $1,399+ that takes $500 off the regular price tag and includes free shipping. This one might might come in handy if you have been planning on getting a high-end configuration of the dv6t or dv7t Quad Edition laptops.
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There are plenty of ways to score a great deal, whether you want the latest technology or simply a very affordable gaming laptop (refurbished or used). On this page you will find all of the latest deals and coupons worth hundreds off machines that are capable of playing the latest games. The individual deal/coupon pages are updated regularly, so check back often for the latest offers.
What to Look for
If you don't mind getting a previous-generation model, there are some very attractive offers to be found. The most important factor is the laptop's graphics card, or GPU. Although having a really fast processor will have a major impact on the overall performance of your system, it will not let your games run faster with a sub-par GPU.
Opting for an AMD processor is another way to save money--while these are not nearly as fast as Intel's latest Sandy Bridge 2nd-generation quad core Core i7 processors, you will barely notice the difference in games if the graphics card is a high-end model.
It is always worth the effort to research the capabilities of the graphics card. Depending on your budget, this is the one component that you don't want to make cutbacks on if you want good gaming performance on the cheap.
New, Used or Refurbished/Recertified
Buying a new laptop is always the safest option, as you get full warranty coverage and support if something doesn't turn out as planned. Getting a used computer is risky--you never know how the previous owner has treated the laptop and there are no warranties to protect you against hardware failure.
Going with a refurbished and/or recertified gaming notebook is somewhere in between, but clearly better than uses. These terms imply that the laptop has been thoroughly checked by professionals. You normally get a warranty as well, and although it is generally much shorter than on a new computer, it's good to be protected from problems that you run into early on.
Coupons and Deals on New Gaming Laptops
The retailers and manufacturers frequently offer additional rebates on new laptops in the form of coupon codes or temporary price cuts. We try to stay on top of these developments and present the latest deals on this page. Every now and then, you will have the chance to find a really powerful laptop with a significantly reduced price tag but still with all the warranties attached.
Using a coupon is usually a very straightforward process, but different retailers and manufacturers may require that you enter them in different places. Normally, you enter the code in a designated field just prior to checkout and the rebates will then apply automatically. The easiest way to use a code is to copy and paste it using your right mouse button menu.
The Bottom Line
When shopping for an affordable gaming notebook, consider the computer's graphics card above all else if gaming is your primary concern. Laptops with powerful GPUs from AMD/ATI or Nvidia don't have to cost a fortune if you don't mind compromising in some other areas. The most expensive individual compenent is the processor, so this is where you can save a lot of money by going with the previous generation or an AMD instead of an Intel CPU.
This will ensure that you're getting the best possible gaming frame rates for the money and avoid disappointments when the laptop fails to run the latest titles. GPUs from earlier generations are not necessarily much worse than the newer models either--its specifications and number of cores/shaders are what's important.