Finding a gaming laptop that’s actually good value is no easy feat. The last two years of the pandemic and the chip shortage got us used to some really overpriced laptops and PC hardware, so much so that staying around the $1,000 range is tricky. This is especially true if you’re in the market for a gaming laptop — those things can cost a pretty penny if you’re looking for something that can actually tackle AAA games.
Here’s a perhaps controversial take — there’s really no need to spend thousands of dollars to get a good gaming laptop. The manufacturers might have you believe otherwise, but the vast majority of gamers will be satisfied with something more midrange and won’t need to spend a fortune to get something of value. With that said, Amazon Prime Day deals are finally here, and we’ve spotted a couple of
Staying firmly under $1,000 is tricky, but you can do that and still walk away with a good laptop if you check out the Lenovo Legion 5. The 16% discount brings its price down to just $969, and that’s a real steal for the kind of hardware that it delivers. You’re getting a very decent processor, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, as well as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 in its mobile version. This setup can tackle a whole lot of games, and if you’re willing to compromise on settings, you’ll be able to play even the latest titles with no problems. If there’s one thing to pick on, it’s the amount of RAM — it’d be nice to see more than 8GB of DDR4 memory, but the low price has to come from somewhere.
Aside from the two big-ticket components, namely the CPU and the GPU, the Lenovo Legion 5 comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen surrounded by thin bezels. The 120Hz refresh rate is optimal for gaming — you’ll enjoy it especially if you’re into e-sports titles. The 512GB NVMe TLC SSD rounds out the package. All in all, this is a really solid laptop. It might not have the same specs as the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro we reviewed a while back, but for just $969, it’s definitely worth grabbing. You’ll get yourself a decent machine without overspending.
If you’re not a fan of the low
MSI teamed up with Intel for this laptop, so we’re getting an Intel Core i7-11375H processor that can deliver boost clock speeds of up to 5.3GHz. In terms of graphics, things stay the same here with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. However, there’s a bump in terms of
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Now, I know that I said you don’t need to spend more than $1,000 to get yourself a decent gaming laptop — and I stand by it. When it comes to electronics, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the chase and end up spending more than you need to on hardware you won’t make the most of. But, if you’re not convinced by the MSI and the Lenovo, and you’re able to spend more, there’s one more deal that’s worthy of your attention: the Alienware M15 R6.
This is a beefy gaming laptop with most of the bells and whistles you’d like to have in order to support enthusiast gaming habits. The price breaks out of the “$under 1,000” bracket considerably, though. Discounted by 13%, the Alienware M15 R6 now costs $1,699 — but it’s still worth your money thanks to the upgrades it’s able to deliver.
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The upgrades continue upon closer inspection. The Alienware M15 R6 comes with a whopping 32GB of DDR4
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