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The best gaming laptops under $1,000: Best overall, best battery life, and more

PCWorld

If you're jonesing for a zippy gaming experience but you're really strapped for cash, there are a number of budget options to consider. You can actually get some pretty decent CPU and GPU performance out of a budget gaming laptop, though you may need to dial your gaming visuals back from their maximum settings to hit that hallowed 60 frames per second mark in the latest cutting-edge games. If you're not sure where to begin, don't sweat it. We've done the hard work for you and curated a list of gaming laptops that fall under the $1,000 mark. We've also included a couple of other options for those that can stretch their budget a little bit further to crank up the eye candy.


Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 review: This gaming laptop oozes luxurious power

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The Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 is a performance powerhouse that doesn't shirk on providing everything you need to enhance your gaming experience. The latest Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 has just about everything you'd want in a gaming laptop. You can expect loads of power thanks to the powerful pairing of an 11th-generation Intel i9 processor and a Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU. A 17.3-inch 4K display with 120Hz refresh rate also adds to the premium experience, even if it's not the pinnacle of 4K. This laptop also spoils you with a robust metal chassis, six speaker sound system, and RGB per key-lit optical mechanical keyboard – features that any discerning gamer would find hard to resist.


Best gaming laptops 2022: What to look for and highest rated models

PCWorld

Are you looking for a new gaming laptop to play all of your favorite AAA titles on? If so, we've put together a list of our best picks. From their AMD processors to displays with high refresh rates, these laptops can do what many desktops PCs can do. The best part is that we've put every single one of these laptops through a series of stress tests, so we've got the numbers to back up our findings. Whether you're looking for the best 17-inch gaming laptop or the most portable machine, we've got you covered. Read on to learn more. The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition gets all A's: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6800M, and AMD'Advantage,' meaning it's the first machine to meet AMD guidelines designed to make mid-range gaming laptops better. And yes, it's made by Asus, too. If you're on the hunt for an affordable yet stupidly fast laptop on a medium budget, just stop reading and buy the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition right now because of its stunning price-to-performance ratio. When it comes to gaming laptops, many if not most of them are pretty bulky and heavy, often tipping the scales at five or six pounds.


This week's best deals: $100 off Apple's MacBook Air M1 and more

Engadget

Those who have been holding out for a price drop on some of the latest M1 MacBooks were in luck this week. Apple's MacBook Air M1, our current favorite of the bunch, is $100 off at Amazon, and those who need extra storage can get the 512GB model for $150 off. Star Wars Instant Pots continue to be 40 percent off even after the May the 4th holiday has come and gone. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. Apple's MacBook Air M1 is down to $899 at Amazon, which is $100 off its normal price and a record low.


Amazon dropped thousands of deals for Black Friday — here are the very best ones

Mashable

BEST LAPTOP DEAL: Apple MacBook Air (early 2020, 256GB) -- save $199.01 BEST GAMING DEAL: Nintendo Switch system bundle -- save $67.98 BEST ROBOT VACUUM DEAL: iRobot Roomba 675 -- save $100.99 After a weird, month-and-a-half-long limbo period following its rescheduled Prime Day event, Amazon's 2020 Black Friday sale is in full swing -- and there's no shortage of good deals, to say the very least. The online retailer's holiday savings event is scheduled to last through Black Friday proper on Nov. 27, though you can count on many discounts carrying over through the weekend to Cyber Monday. Bear in mind that some of its daily deals will only stick around for 24 hours or while supplies last, so put some hustle into your purchase if something on your shopping list gets a decent discount.


The Oculus Quest 2 is 'VR finally done right' — here's where to pre-order

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TL;DR: As of Sept. 18, Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets, accessories, and bundles are available to pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, GameStop, and at Oculus.com; the headset itself starts at $299 for 64GB of storage. Between the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox Series X, and the Playstation 5, 2020 is proving to be a huge year for video game consoles. But if initial reviews are to be believed, you're going to want to scoot the all-new Oculus Quest 2 to the top of your "must-buy" list. Announced at the Facebook Connect virtual and augmented reality conference on Sept. 16, the successor to 2019's Oculus Quest is a standalone wireless headset featuring four headset-mounted cameras, 3D positional audio, a high-res display panel capable of supporting 90Hz refresh rates, and the new Snapdragon XR2 chipset, which is specially designed for VR and AR. It's remarkably easy to set up and use (although a Facebook login is required -- boo), and you can choose from two different configurations: either 64GB or 256GB of storage.


Students get $300 off these HP gaming laptops and the new 'Assassin's Creed' for free

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TL;DR: Students qualify for a $300 discount on select HP Omen gaming laptops at Best Buy, as of Aug. 21. Even if you're not a student, you still get a free digital copy of the new Assassin's Creed Valhalla for Windows. Students need to focus on their virtual studies this year, but they can still enjoy a little bit of gaming, as a treat. A brand new laptop is typically at the top of their shopping list, so might as well make it a fancy gaming laptop that provides plenty of speed and performance for both work and play. While you're at it, best make it a gaming laptop that comes with a free copy of one of the biggest game releases of the year.


This sale on storage drives for PS4, Switch, and Xbox is a dream come true for gamers

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TL;DR: As of April 30, you can save up to $70 off a selection of gaming storage drives and memory cards during the latest Best Buy sale. That includes storage options compatible with your PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, or Xbox One. There are plenty of video game deals to keep gamers happy and busy during the long summer. And while we continue social distancing measures, we're now more reliant than ever on digital downloads. And for any gamer out there who finds they don't have enough space for Final Fantasy VII Remake on their PS4, today's Best Buy sale on gaming storage drives is perfect timing.


The best Black Friday deals 2019: welcome to a full weekend of deals

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Black Friday itself might be done and dusted but the best deals for 2019 will continue all weekend, plus Cyber Monday deals are just around the corner. That's good news for anyone late to the sales party as that means there's still a significant amount of savings to be had. You'll find those savings everywhere and anywhere, both at big box retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Target as well as online at Amazon, NewEgg and B&H Photo. So when does Black Friday well and truly end? Admittedly, some deals were for Black Friday only and sold out within minutes or hours, but many deals started a few days before Black Friday and will continue through to Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving. There are many different kinds of deals coming up from laptops to phones to AirPods (although the latter is heading quickly out of stock). We've sadly had little in the way of a cracking Nintendo Switch Black Friday deal, and even the PS4 deals - while they have existed, and haven't been too bad - were more scarce than we expected. But, based on what we saw on Friday, there's a lot more to come. If you're thinking about a deal at the moment, or you're scared it will go cheaper on Cyber Monday, then our advice is simple: if it has a good discount attached to it, go for it! If you later find the product is cheaper elsewhere, you can always buy it again and return the original. Just make sure to check the retailer's terms and conditions for returning items. It's basically been Apple products that have been the winners - with $400 cashback on an iPhone 11, lower prices on AirPods and Apple Watches and MacBook / iPads being cheaper than ever before, it's been (and still is) the time to grab yourself a bargain. There's more in there too - Dyson has been popular for Black Friday 2019, DNA kits have been a surprise package and we've even seen great discount on power tools as well. Anyway, enough of telling you what you're getting, and onto the deals themselves - and if you want something more than what we've scavenged from the depths of the web, here are all the top Black Friday sales from around the web first: HP Laptop 15t: $979.99 $519.99 from HP This HP laptop is a phenomenal price and comes with a 15-inch display paired with a powerful 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor to power the whole thing. Perfect for fitness fanatics, the Powerbeats Pro offer an adjustable ear hook design that keeps your buds firmly in place.


Samsung takes another stab at gaming laptops with the Odyssey

Engadget

Almost every PC maker has tried their hands at gaming laptops, but what's surprising about Samsung is that it's never quite gotten it right. That might change with its latest Notebook Odyssey, its first machine to support NVIDIA's RTX 2080 graphics. At the very least, it certainly looks more distinctive than Samsung's past gaming notebooks, with a sleek metallic case and central monitor hinge, which leaves some open air for cooling. Unfortunately, that's the only resolution it'll support for now, but it's ideal for gamers who care about smooth performance at high frame rates. And just like the RTX desktop GPUs, the mobile RTX 2080 will support real-time ray tracing.