With Amazon’s announcement of the new “Amazon Prime Day” bundles, we’re here to offer our own personal take on what it means to buy a new computer for the modern PC gamer.
Read on for our picks for the best and worst buy deals for the new Amazon Prime Day deals, and why we think this year’s sales are an absolute disaster for the retailer.
The Best Buy Prime Day Deals Amazon Prime Days are the first day of Amazon’s annual shopping spree, and this year they’re a great opportunity to save some cash on a new laptop, monitor, TV, and more.
While the new deals are only available through the retailer’s website until July 2, we’ve already seen plenty of great deals in the form of pre-owned and refurbished PCs and tablets, as well as the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 desktop GPU.
The best way to find the best deal on the new hardware is to browse through the Prime Day Sale catalog on Amazon.com.
The Amazon Prime Days catalog is loaded with deals on the following items: the Razer Blade Stealth (for $399) the Asus P9X79Q (for only $99) a Dell E2418 (for just $99.99)The Dell E2360 (for a cool $99, or the $199 Asus P7 series) and the Acer Iconia P5K-W (for the $329) are some of the other top sellers this year.
For a quick comparison, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (for around $300) which is the flagship laptop of Lenovo, has a slightly lower starting price than the Razer Blade and Asus P8 series.
The Acer Iconic Pro 11 (for less than $500) is a great bargain considering the Acer P8 Series.
Amazon’s Prime Day deal catalog is full of bargain basement PCs from Dell, HP, Asus, Acer, and Dell-branded products, but the Lenovo T470 is our pick for the most affordable of these.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad P7 Series, meanwhile, is a nice bargain, if a bit pricey at $2,299.99.
The ThinkPad Z430 (for almost $400) for the entry-level, $1,299, is one of the best value laptops on the market right now.
If you want a more high-end laptop, though, the Asus P7550-W or Asus P8500-W should do the trick.
Lenovo’s Thinkpad T430 is also a great value for $999, and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (for under $1-1,499) should be a solid buy for those who want a laptop that’s great for streaming media and gaming.
The Dell Inspire 15 7000 is also great for the entry level with a good selection of features.
The Dell Inspiro 15 7000X (for nearly $1.9-1.8-1) would be our pick as the best all-in-one gaming laptop, and is the most complete gaming laptop in the $1K-$1.2K range.
It’s also one of Dell’s top-of-the-line gaming laptops at this price.
The Inspiron has a lot of the same features that the Dell E Series offers, including the Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU, the Nvidia Game Ready driver for the GeForce GTX 680, and support for HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2.
The Dell XPS 13 (for about $699) has a lot going for it at this budget price, including a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS screen, a USB Type-C port, and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
The XPS 15 (for an even better $2.9-$3.1-2) offers plenty of specs for gaming at an affordable price.
The Acer Iconica P5S-W ($1,699) is the best gaming laptop on the planet for gamers, and has the latest Nvidia GeForce graphics, Thunderbolt 3 ports, a fingerprint reader, and an Intel HD 4000 processor.
If your budget is tight on space and battery life, the Acer XPS 12 (for more than $1200) might be a better deal, though we’d prefer to stick with the Lenovo P7series.
The Lenovo Thinkpad Z430 is our favorite of the bunch, but it’s only available on Amazon for $1199.99 (plus a $50 Amazon Prime shipping charge).