I ran a poll a while back, asking the readers at what price they considered an “affordable gaming laptop” to actually be affordable? I set the lowest option to “below $800″ thinking that this would be ridiculously cheap if it we were talking about a full-featured gaming laptop and not some mainstream machine with a [...]
UPDATED October 2012: Dell’s latest deal on the brand new M17x R4 / M17x R4 3D is an extra $50 off plus free shipping!
Note: this deal has expired. Have a look at the regular M11x R3 coupon instead. This is a coupon worth no less than $315 off an Alienware M11x with a 2nd-gen Core i7 CPU. The list price is $1,114–with coupon $799. A deal not to be missed! This deal is limited to just 175 units [...]
[UPDATED] Toshiba Direct has extended the time frame for this promotion but the rebate is now $200 and it is valid until 9/29–a quad-core Qosmio X770 that is normally priced at $1,599 is now selling for $1,399–a $200 savings including free shipping.
UPDATED: This is an earlier revision of the Alienware M11x, for the latest deals and coupons on the current models, please have a look at our Alienware coupons page or the latest M11x R3 coupon for updates on the latest version. The R1 version is however still popular–not least because of its attractive price tag [...]
Updated November 2012 – $250 off customized dv7t Quad laptops including free shipping!
[Updated 10/27 - Extended] One week only: As a part of Dell’s signature event promotion, you can now get an XPS 15 equipped with a quad-core Core i7 2630M CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive and a Blu-ray combo player for just $899! The offer includes a $453 instant rebate + a $100 [...]
I just opened up an email from Newegg saying that they are currently selling the ASUS Republic of Gamers G73SW in refurbished/recertified condition for $999, which sounded like a great deal worth publishing here, but when visiting the page the price is actually just $919.99! That’s not bad at all for a Sandy Bridge-based gaming [...]
This offer, valid through August, is definitely the most gamer-centric, unique and funny of all the back-to-school deals out there right now. It is good for free maximum overclocking(!) as well as free shipping. Here’s how to take advantage: Configure your own EON laptop or GENESIS desktop Get the overclocking/free shipping offer by typing “BEST [...]
Updated 12/05/11: Date extended through November: There are different offers available on the Dell XPS 17. If you are shopping for a 3D version, have a look at the separate XPS 17 3D coupon. The latest coupon is the same as the previous one, but some major changes ave been made to the configuration and [...]
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.