If you're looking for a gaming laptop this year, Cyber Monday could be just what you need. We've come a long way from the days when single-digit frame-rates at sub-HD resolutions that chewed through your battery in 20 minutes represented gaming on a laptop. Nowadays a slickly designed laptop packs just as much punch as a well-tooled desktop. Ahead of November 27, here's a look at the kind of gaming laptop deals we saw last Cyber Monday and what you should look for this time.

The best gaming laptop deals of Cyber Monday

Windows is the obvious choice for a gaming laptop because, as much as we like MacOS, the majority of games in our Steam library don't support it for various reasons. When it comes to choosing a Windows gaming laptop, you should look for much the same things you would in a desktop: a multi-core Intel processor well over 2GHz, a stonking graphics card, and ideally 16GB RAM. On the graphics front, a GeForce 1060 would be a good choice.

There will be a bunch of gaming laptop options this Cyber Monday, so it's a good idea to go into it knowing roughly what you want and then keeping your eyes open. Chances are you won't have to settle for less. Here are some of the best deals we saw last time:

NewEgg

  • Acer Aspire E5-774G-52W1 17.3" Gaming Laptop - 2.5GHz i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB memory, GeForce 940MX - $530
  • Gigabyte 15" P55W v6 Gaming Laptop - 2.6GHz i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB memory, GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) with 1080p IPS display - $1100 ($400 savings)
  • Gigabyte 17.3" P55W v6 Gaming Laptop - 2.6GHz i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB memory, GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) with 1080p IPS display - $1150
  • Lenovo 15.6" Y700 (90NV00TGUS) Gaming Laptop - 2.6GHz i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB memory, GeForce GTX 960M - $890

Origin PC

  • EON15-X S9 15.6" - i5, 8GB memory, GeForce GTX 980M - $1499 ($520 savings)
  • EON17-X S9 17.3" - i5, 8GB memory, GeForce GTX 980M - $1599 ($580 savings)
  • EON17-X S9 15.6" - i5, 8GB memory, GeForce GTX 980M, G-Sync - $1999 ($350 savings)

Amazon

  • ASUS FX502VM 15.6" - 2.3GHz i5, 1TB HDD, 16GB memory, GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) - $1000 ($250 savings)

The best MacBook Pro deals on Cyber Monday

It hasn't always been the case, but these days a modern MacBook Pro as a gaming laptop can handle proper games either natively or through Windows 10 installed via BootCamp. Obviously you're paying the Apple premium, but there were still a few mild savings to be had last year, so we would expect to see stuff like this again on Cyber Monday:

Expercom

  • MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar - 2.6GHz Core i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Radeon Pro 450, Space Gray - $2,300 ($100 savings)
  • MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar - 2.6GHz Core i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Radeon Pro 450, Silver - $2,300 ($100 savings)
  • MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar - 2.7GHz Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Radeon Pro 450, Space Gray - $2690 ($110 savings)
  • MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar - 2.7GHz Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Radeon Pro 455, Silver - $2700 ($110 savings)
  • MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar - 2.9GHz Core i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Radeon 460, Space Gray - $3360 ($140 savings)
  • MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar - 2.9GHz Core i7, 2TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Radeon 460, Space Gray - $4130 ($170 savings)

Check out this page again on and around Cyber Monday for the latest gaming laptop deals!