The best time to buy a gaming laptop is typically when the next generation of hardware comes out. Higher end brands, like Dell’s Alienware and HP’s Omen, typically release new systems to coincide with refreshed processors and graphics cards. This is great both for performance buyers who want high end rigs, as well as budget shoppers, who can suddenly find a PC capable of running Fortnite at 60+ FPS for under $500.
It’s also good to be on the lookout around Black Friday or Back to School time. In both of those periods, manufacturers get very aggressive with coupons and discounts, and you might find a situation where coupons and offers “stack”.
Outside of those two windows, we suggest regularly checking this page for deals on both high end and affordable laptops. Whether your budget is $400, $600, or more than $700, our editors are likely to find a gaming laptop in your price range.
Our editors have observed that the “gaming” lines from the major manufacturers typically do contain superior components to their standard lines. For example, on the consumer side, Dell produces Inspiron, XPS, and Alienware laptops, with multiple configurations in each line. While the Inspirons are targeted towards casual users, the Alienware line typically has significantly upgraded hardware, like Nvidia RTX or GTX GPUs, more RAM, and large SSDs.
Other brands follow similar structures: