It’s pretty amazing how quickly laptops have progressed from expensive, but ultimately underpowered, to the modern versions. Higher-end laptops have desktop-grade GPUs in them, so the tradeoff between power and portability is smaller and smaller. Prices, too, are at a point now where buying a laptop as a matter of convenience can land you a good machine at a great price.
With the insane cryptocurrency mining bubble right now, GPU prices are through the roof, so if you’re after a gaming rig at a not-insane price, a laptop is a great place to start. Whether you just want something for work, school, or to replace a desktop, it’s a great time to pick up a laptop. We’ll be updating this list throughout the year with the best deals, so make sure to keep checking back.
For just under $1300 you get a solid computer that will do almost everything you need, workwise, and since it has an 8th-gen Intel processor with Intel UHD 620 Graphics. The best part is you can upgrade to an M.2 PCIe solid state drive for just $50 more. If you think your SSD is fast now, you’re wrong. I’m sorry, you just are. An M.2 PCIe drive will absolutely blow it out of the water.
This ultra-portable runs Windows 10 and comes in below $200 even before the extra discount is applied. If you want to work on the go but don’t want to break the bank, this is an excellent value.
The Alienware 13 is one of my favorite computers, and while its available in a ton of different configurations, this one is a great place to start on your journey to the very-near sci-fi future. This configuration has a dedicated GTX 1050 GPU and an Intel Core i5-7300HQ.
The Inspiron 15 7000 is the next step in the Inspiron Gaming line, and it’s a nice upgrade from the 5000. It certainly looks the part of a gaming laptop, and the display is incredibly thin. Almost like a razor. But don’t try to shave with it!
Alienware laptops are among the most attractive and best-built going, and this Alienware 15 is a beast. Featuring an Intel Core i7-7700HQ and GTX 1060 6GB and a fantastic display, this is a solid laptop at a great price.
This ASUS strikes a great balance between power and performance. You get a dedicated GTX 1050 GPU and a 1TB HDD to store all your games. It also has a nice backlit keyboard, so people know you mean business.
The Razer Blade is one of the most well-put together laptops out there right now. The entire thing is high-class, right down to the Chroma-enabled keyboard. This is a great laptop at a reduced price, for serious gaming on the go.
This total monster of a laptop features a 2880×1620 G-Sync enabled display, an overclocked Intel Core i7 6820HK and a GTX 1070 8GB graphics card. This is a serious gaming machine. It also has an RGB keyboard, which is unbelievably crucial for gaming.
I’m a huge fan of the Acer Predator line. They’re really solid performing, comfortable computers with lots of nice features. This one has a G-Sync enabled display pushed by a GTX 1070 8GB graphics card.
The MSI gaming laptop line is another solid balance between power and price. This deal gets you the GL62M for less than a thousand bucks, and there’s an Intel i7-7700HQ hiding under that mean looking chassis. That’s a mean chip. Don’t make it mad!