Best budget gaming laptop deals of the week – 30th June 2020

There haven’t been many new additions to our roundup of all the best budget gaming laptop deals this week, but all the laptop deals we have managed to find pack surprisingly beefy components for under £1000 / $1000. The top picks this week both include RTX 2060 chips for under four figures – the MSI GF65 and the Asus TUF Gaming A15 – and there are plenty more great budget gaming laptop deals if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper. Read on for more information on picking the right option, and for details of the best gaming laptop deals available this week.

Buying a gaming laptop used to involve spending a fortune on a machine that couldn’t hold a candle to a desktop’s performance, but thanks to the gradual shrinking of graphics chips, you’d be surprised by what today’s gaming laptops are capable of. Sadly, a lot of the very best gaming laptops still cost an absolute fortune, which is why we’ve rounded up the best budget gaming laptop deals that you can get for under £1000 / $1000.

Each week, we shop around on your behalf and line up a number of budget gaming laptop deals that won’t push you over the four figure mark. As ever with PC hardware, the more you can spend, the happier you’ll be with the results, but if you’re determined to keep your costs down to under £1000 / $1000, then these are the best budget gaming laptop deals you can buy today.

Best budget gaming laptop deals (UK):

To be clear, this is probably the only one to consider if your gaming needs are pretty modest. The GTX 1650 isn’t the most powerful GPU around, and the lack of storage space really do put a crimp on the Acer Aspire 7’s style. Still, for £600, it’s hard to go too wrong, and you should still get solid frame rates in most games at 1080p for the immediate future provided you’re prepared to drop the detail a little.

Pretty much identical to the Acer Aspire 7 above, only with an Intel Core i5 processor instead of a Ryzen. The same problems exist: 256GB is a bit stingy for your storage, and the GTX 1650 won’t be playing the top games forever, but again the price is good enough to consider if your budget will go no further.

Coming in a pound under our max price for ‘budget gaming laptops’, it’s fair enough if you consider this too rich for your blood. But you definitely get what you pay for, with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s ray-tracing enabled RTX 2060 graphics chip. The RAM is upgradable, too, and that 256GB SSD can always be paired with an external hard drive if your Steam library is a bit on the large side.

Best budget gaming laptop deals (US):

Without doubt, the star of the show here is the RTX 2060 chip, which is pretty damned good on a laptop of this price. Sure, the screen only has a 60Hz refresh rate rather than something a bit beefier like 144Hz, but if you want those ray tracing effects, then 60Hz will do you just fine.

While this isn’t a bad price in itself, it’s hard to see why you’d go for this, when the the Asus TUF Gaming A15 is $99 cheaper and with a RTX 2060 GPU. Yes the screen has a higher refresh rate, but all the same, this feels like a drop off for more money.

Once priced at $999, this is a decently specced gaming laptop at a keen price. Although both the RAM and SSD included are a bit stingy, you can upgrade the RAM at a later date, making this a good first step towards a gaming laptop that should last you a while.

How to get the best budget gaming laptop deal:

To help you get a great budget gaming laptop deal, there are a whole bunch of things to think about. First up, consider the size of the laptop. Generally, gaming laptops come in two sizes – 15.6in and 17.3in. You may think that bigger is better, but we’d caution you against this. Firstly, the whole point of getting a gaming laptop rather than a desktop is portability, and 17.3in models just aren’t that portable. Secondly, if you’re seeing a cheap price on a 17.3in laptop, it could very well be quantity over quality. Remember that you can always output your gaming laptop to a monitor or TV if you want a bigger and better picture.

Then there’s the age-old AMD vs Intel debate. As a rule of thumb, AMD CPUs tend to be (slightly) slower and (much) cheaper, while Intel CPUs are more expensive but nippier. Still, if it’s a choice between a Ryzen 5 and an Intel Core i3, then you should opt for the former.

As for graphics chips, it’s a similar picture between AMD and Nvidia, too. Once again, AMD is the cheaper option here, but Nvidia chips are a lot more common (and more powerful to boot). We’d recommend a minimum of an AMD Radeon RX 5500M or an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti if you want your laptop to last a good couple of years playing games at decent speeds and quality settings.

You should also look for a laptop that has at least 8GB of RAM, and ideally 16GB if you can find one. If you do opt for 8GB, dig into the details and see if you can add another 8GB stick yourself later on. This is the difference between a laptop with accessible RAM slots and those that have RAM soldered on.

Finally, it’s important to think about storage. Pretty much all gaming laptops come with fast SSD storage, but the amount included can vary wildly. Getting a 256GB model will undoubtedly be cheaper, but think about the kind of games you want to play and see how far that will take you. If you can, try and get one with two drives or a large, single SSD so you can have lots of games installed at the same time.

Gaming laptop displays also tend to be pretty weak on budget gaming laptops, even if their specs sound reasonable. If we haven’t reviewed the model ourselves, then look at customer reviews and see if common complaints emerge – screen ghosting, colour accuracy or low contrast. Generally, IPS displays tend to have the best colour reproduction, while TN panels are fast and often considered better for esports and competitive games, but often aren’t as accuracy as their IPS counterparts. You can read more about all the different types of panel in our gaming monitor panel types explained article if you want to find out more.

Then there are other niggles like fan noise or excessive heat under the WASD keys. Again, if we haven’t reviewed it, look at other customer reviews to see if these are particular problems. There’s no gaming laptop that runs completely silently, but some are much louder than others. These are all things that might make you wish you’d spent a bit more in the long run.

Finally, while gaming laptops are great for portability, when you’re at home, you may want to treat it like a desktop replacement. If you do, then why not have a read of our best gaming mouse, best gaming keyboard and best gaming headset guides as well to make sure you’re kitted out with the best peripherals to help you get the best out of it?

And if you’ve somehow made it to the bottom of this page and decided, ‘Nah, I’m going to stick with my PC for the time being,’ then be sure to check out our other regularly updated deals round-ups where we cover the best Graphics card deals, Gaming monitor deals, SSD deals and CPU deals of the last seven days.

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