The best cheap gaming laptop deals from under £1,000 for September 2021

You’ll find all of the UK’s best cheap gaming laptop deals all neatly rounded up right here on this page – including our top recommendations for saving some cash and getting the right machine for you. We’ve heavily researched, compared, and tirelessly searched the nation’s best detailers to come up with a list that we think represents the very best bang for the buck possible. We focus on value with our cheap gaming laptop deals page, but we’ve got options for all budgets so whether you’re just starting out or looking for something a bit more powerful, you’ll be catered for here.

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Currys, Amazon, Laptops direct, and a whole array of the UK’s top retailers are all represented here without our roundup of the best gaming laptop deals, although we’re always checking other honorable mentions like Very and Newegg as well to make sure we never miss a prime sale.

We’ve separated everything out into easy to navigate price brackets, which you can skip to using the handy jumper links provided. We’re aiming to cater for budgets ranging from £600 all the way to £1,000, so whether you’re looking for a cheap rig for Minecraft or have your sights firmly set on online domination, we’re sure you’ll find a relevant cheap gaming laptop here. 

If you’re at any point stuck and need a bit of help in deciding the right gaming laptop deal for you, then we’ve also included a ‘frequently asked questions’ section that’s really aimed at those who are just starting out. Put simply, there’s a ton of great unbiased information there. If you’re in the US, we also have a dedicated guide for gaming laptop deals under $1000 as well. 

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Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop: £899 £729 at Currys Save £170 – Currys has just slashed the price on this excellent base-spec Asus TUF Dash F15 this week – a slick machine with a modern aesthetic and very lightweight build indeed. Even though it’s slim, this particular build still features an Intel Core i5-11300H, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and an RTX 3050 – super up-to-date specs that are great for 1080p gaming. Looking for more power? Check out this upgraded spec with an RTX 3060 for £928.99 (was £1,019) – also on sale at Amazon this week.

Cheap gaming laptops under £700

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HP Pavilion 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £699.97 £599.97 at Box Save £100 – Box’s ‘summer sale’ is offering up some absolutely awesome gaming laptop deals this week – especially if you’re on a budget. This HP Pavilion features a GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a Ryzen 5-4800H processor. Simply put, these are slightly older (2020) specs, but they’re really powerful for the money. If you’re looking for something that’ll get you started in the world of PC gaming for less, this one’s a great option.

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Asus TUF 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £729 £649 at Amazon Save £80 – This Asus TUF at Amazon is a great choice if you’re looking for that cheap gaming laptop deal that’s not ‘too cheap’. Inside it’s got a GTX 1650 Ti, Intel i5-10300H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, making it a slightly older, but fairly sensible option for this price. The larger SSD capacity is particularly handy here as it’ll allow you to store far, far more games on it than a 256GB drive.

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Dell G15 gaming laptop: £749 £689 at Dell Save £60 – Our top pick for those on a budget, however, is definitely this Dell G15. A combination of an RTX 3050 graphics card, AMD Ryzen 5-5600H, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD makes this one a very up-to-date machine indeed and really capable of good performance at 1080p. It’s worth noting that the 256GB SSD is a little on the small side here, but it’s probably a worthwhile sacrifice to get such powerful components for under £700.

Cheap gaming laptops under £800

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Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop: £899 £729 at Currys Save £170 – Currys has just slashed the price on this excellent base-spec Asus TUF Dash F15 this week – a slick machine with a modern aesthetic and very lightweight build indeed. Even though it’s slim, this particular build still features an Intel Core i5-11300H, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and an RTX 3050 – super up-to-date specs that are great for 1080p gaming. 

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Dell G15 gaming laptop: £849 £749 at Dell Save £100 – With an RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and Intel Core i5-10200H processor, you’re getting a very well-rounded machine indeed with this mid-range Dell G15. We’d say the processor is a little weak on this machine, but the upgraded Ti version of the RTX 3050 and 512GB SSD definitely make up for it. Most games rely heavily on the graphics card for performance so it’s not a huge sacrifice to have a slightly poorer CPU for gaming.

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MSI GF63 Thin 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £799 at Currys You’ll get a decent level of performance for the money with this MSI GF63 at Currys thanks to its Intel Core i5-10500H processor, RTX 3050 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD. The processor is a particularly speedy component here – even though it’s still a 10th gen chip. Performance-wise, it’s very close to the more premium Intel Core i7-10750H. For gaming, we’d give the Dell above the slight edge but this one’s definitely better for productivity applications.

Cheap gaming laptops under £900

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Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £989.99 £869.99 at Ebuyer Save £120 – While a bit pricier than your usual gaming laptop deal, this Acer Nitro 5 at Ebuyer is the cheapest machine we’ve found this week to feature an RTX 3060 graphics card – a very powerful component indeed. This GPU, alongside a Ryzen 5-5600H processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD makes this Acer capable of some really good performance at 1080p. Some might not like the aesthetic here (see the Lenovo below if so), but you can’t go wrong here if you’re looking for bang for the buck. 

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Lenovo Legion 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £949.97 £899.97 at Ebuyer Save £50 – If you’re looking for something with a bit more power you can’t go wrong with this new Lenovo Legion 5 at Ebuyer. Not only is it packing in an RTX 3060 graphics card, but it’s also got a 512GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a new AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor too. The graphics card is definitely doing the heavy lifting here, but a new Ryzen 5 is still more than enough for most games at 1080p and fairly high settings. This deal is also available at Box for the same price

Cheap gaming laptops under £1000

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Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop: £1,019.99 £928.99 at Amazon Save £91 – We’ve already featured on Asus TUF Dash on our gaming laptop deals list, but here’s an upgraded version that’s also on sale this week at Amazon. This one’s got an Intel i7-11370H, RTX 3060, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD, making it one exceptionally powerful machine for the cash and size. Slimmer than your usual gaming laptop, the Asus TUF Dash is a great choice if you’re going to be traveling a lot and don’t want to be weighed down by a heavy machine.

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Gigabyte G5 15.6-inch gaming laptop: £1,149.99 £999.99 at Ebuyer Save £150 – This 15.6-inch Gigabyte G5 is another great option for an RTX 3060 based machine if you’re looking to spend that little extra. Alongside that beefy GPU, this one’s also packing in 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an Intel Core i5-10500H – very respectable specs indeed. The CPU is definitely the weaker part here being an i5, but don’t let that put you off – it’s the most powerful 10th gen i5 Intel made and it’s very similar to an AMD Ryzen 5-5600H in terms of performance.

Frequently asked questions

Where to find the best gaming laptop deals in the UK

The best retailers in the UK for picking up reliable cheap laptops tend to be Amazon, Currys, Box, and Laptops Direct. Amazon is always a good shout, and, as you’d expect has particularly good sales around events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday. Currys and Box also have very strong alternatives, with the latter offering incredibly competitive options across all price points throughout the year. Laptops Direct tends to be great for cheaper and end-of-line products, and it’s also worth mentioning and Very – retailers that every so often throw their hats in the gaming laptop deals ring too.

Ebay is another option, although we always recommend picking up a brand new gaming laptop from one of the big retailers instead of at auction. That way you’re definitely getting full warranty, as well as an as-described laptop.

Here are some quick links to the best gaming laptop deals retailers, in case you want to head over to their sites and check them out yourself.

What should I look for in a cheap gaming laptop? 

The answer to this question depends heavily on what games you plan to play. We always recommend checking out the recommended and minimum system requirements of your favourite games to determine the ideal specifications for you. 

Just for good measure however, we’d recommend the following as a minimum if you’re strictly on a budget:

  •  Minimum – Intel Core i5 (9th gen) / AMD Ryzen 5 (3rd gen) processor or later 
  •  Minimum – Nvidia GTX 1050 / AMD RX 560x graphics card or later
  •  Minimum – 8GB of RAM 
  •  Optional – 512GB solid-state drive
  •  Optional – 120Hz refresh rate display monitor 

If you choose to go lower and the above you may start to encounter issues with frame rates and performance even on the lowest settings in modern games. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the latest games also push the boundaries of minimum specs each year, so the higher you go now will pay dividends in the future if you plan on holding off on an upgrade for some time. 

How much should I spend on a cheap gaming laptop? 

Again the answer to this will depend on what you deem acceptable as a minimum level, but in our opinion the best bang for the buck machines tend to sit at around the £700 to £900 price range.

At this level you get machines that tend to be able to play games fairly well but skip out on the more premium features. That said, value doesn’t really tend to hit diminishing returns until the £1,500 point and you’ll definitely get a machine that will last a few years at that price. 

We’d definitely recommend spending at least £700 if you’re comfortable doing so. Any lower and you’ll most likely find issues with frame rates and performance or have a machine that will need to be upgraded fairly soon. It can be tempting to pick up a cheaper ultrabook with a Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor and tons of RAM but remember these don’t come with the dedicated graphics card or cooling requirements you’ll need for proper gaming. 

When’s the best time to pick up a gaming laptop deal? 

Gaming laptop deals tend to be a fairly regular fixture over at the big retailers all year round so there’s always plenty of options if you’re looking to pick something up quickly. That said, the big yearly sales events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime day tend to yield great discounts and are definitely worth waiting for if you’re willing to be patient. 

We always recommend doing the research on the particular model and specs you want then checking in every now and again to see if there’s a discount. We update this page regularly, so definitely bookmark it and feel free to check in. We also run dedicated gaming laptop deals spotlights over on our dedicated deals feed

The best cheap gaming laptops of 2021

As one of the cheapest gaming laptops that will still run games at decent settings, the Acer Nitro 5 is well worth a look if you’re wanting to get into PC gaming and play modern games too (just don’t expect to be running Battlefield V on ultra settings ok?). The design is a bit plasticy and there are some hefty bezels on the screen, but given the low price and the power of the internal spec inside we’re more than willing to look past that to get our gaming fix on the go.

Read our full review: Acer Nitro 5

When you’re buying a cheap gaming laptop out of an office supply catalog, you probably shouldn’t expect top of the line gaming performance, but the good news is that the Dell G3 15 rises above those low expectations and provides a quality gaming machine at an affordable price point. With an Intel Core i5-10300H processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU, the Dell G3 15 is more than capable of keeping up with most of your gaming needs. There are trade-offs, however. Being built entirely out of plastic, the design of the laptop looks good but feels flimsy with bezels you can fire a rocket through with room to spare. 

Read the full review: Dell G3 15

The MSI GF63 Thin looks to set itself out from the rest of the cheap gaming laptops competition by offering a slightly more sophisticated, refined style. It’s definitely one of the thinner options, with smaller bezels than you traditionally get at this price point (albeit with a 60hz screen on the baseline model). It’s starting specs are also fantastic for the price, with an Intel Core i5, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. One minor quibble here is that there’s currently no AMD options, and the upgraded Core i7 model is quite a jump up in price over the baseline model. That said, the MSI GF63 Thin is a great cheap gaming laptop with expensive appointments that belie its low price tag.

The Dell G5 15 is the ever so slightly more expensive brother of the Dell G3 15 already featured in this guide. They tend to retail for around the same basic asking price, although with the Dell G5 15 you’ve got more wiggle room at the top-end price bracket – with a higher ceiling of possible specs on offer. It’s a little bulkier overall to accommodate for the higher-end components but otherwise shares a pretty similar aesthetic. You do, however, have the option for a 120Hz to 144Hz display on the more expensive configurations, which is a great addition, although the base model still only has a 60Hz screen. Note – The listed specs here are for the standard Intel equipped machine, although there is also a special edition featuring exclusively AMD components.

Read the full review: Dell G5 15

The Asus TUF A15 caused quite a fuss when it was released earlier this year, such is the level of specs on offer for the money. It’s one of the first laptops on the market with the latest 4000 series AMD Ryzen processors and also one of the cheapest ways to pick up an RTX 2060 equipped laptop currently, so there’s a lot on offer for the money here. Note, it’s still very much a budget laptop though, with loud fans, a fairly basic screen, and chunky chassis that is definitely a little more bloated than it’s svelte Asus Zephyrus cousins. Don’t let that detract from the overall package here however, as you’re getting excellent performance for the money for sure.

Read our full review: Asus TUF A15

The HP Pavilion 15 has just received a refresh this year bringing it up to date with the rest of the competition. Being the more budget focused line from HP (as opposed to the more upmarket Omen laptops) means you’re getting a fairly stripped back, basic setup, but there’s still plenty on offer here. You’re getting options for the very latest specifications, with components from both Intel and AMD, and also an aesthetic that definitely stands out from the competition. While the actual design might not be for everyone, HP tends to regularly run sales over on their site which means you can often pick up a great cheap gaming laptop deal if you’re lucky.

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