Time's running out — This $599 RTX 3050 laptop is the PERFECT holiday gift for aspiring gamers on Cyber Monday (UPDATED)

Update Nov. 28 @ 9 AM ET: Cyber Monday came to an end, and the Acer Nitro 5 discount sadly ended. However, the Lenovo LOQ with an RTX 3050 for $599.99 at Best Buy is a close match and is still available for the holiday season!

No doubt tactically falling into place roughly a month before the holidays in December, Cyber Monday is the perfect time to grab a massive discount on tech gifts. This Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop, now $599.99 at Amazon, is ideal for a first-time PC gamer without presenting them with a paperweight. Plays modern games on the go or hooked up to an external monitor like a traditional PC.

Acer Nitro 5 — Core i5-12500H, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, RTX 3050|was $799.99 now $599.99 at Amazon (EXPIRED)

Acer Nitro 5 — Core i5-12500H, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, RTX 3050 | was $799.99 now $599.99 at Amazon (EXPIRED)

Targeting 1080p gaming at the entry level, this slick laptop features a backlit keyboard and the usual space-age design you'd expect. Enough power to rival Steam Deck while doubling as a traditional laptop running Windows 11.

👀 Alternative: Lenovo LOQ — Core i5-13420H, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD, RTX 3050 | was $949.99 now $599.99

✅Perfect for: Competitive multiplayer shooters like Fortnite and Apex Legends, the 144Hz screen supports super smooth visuals.

❌Avoid it if: You want to play AAA single-player titles at maximum settings. The RTX 3050 GPU can handle modern games with lower graphical presets.

💰Price check: $699.99 at Newegg

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For the aspiring gamer on the go

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It's not the most powerful gaming laptop in the world, but this Acer Nitro 5 is far from some of the complete junk I've seen peddled over this Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend. It'll run the most popular free-to-play shooters like Fortnite, arguably the target audience here.

The 15.6 chassis holds an LCD screen capable of 1080p resolution, though it supports 144Hz refresh rates to allow for smoother gameplay. It's a little higher than modern consoles, which typically aim for 120Hz, so it's nice to have.

8GB of RAM and a previous-generation NVIDIA 3050 graphics card won't be up for tackling the most demanding modern games at high settings, but lowering the visual fidelity and leaning on DLSS upscaling tech will help.

It's the second time I've seen an RTX 3050 laptop for $599, and it's such an easy recommendation for a budget-level pickup. Time's running out, though. Don't miss your chance to grab it for Cyber Monday!

Ben Wilson
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Ben is the channel editor for all things tech-related at Windows Central. That includes PCs, the components inside, and any accessory you can connect to a Windows desktop or Xbox console. Not restricted to one platform, he also has a keen interest in Valve's Steam Deck handheld and the Linux-based operating system inside. Fueling this career with coffee since 2021, you can usually find him behind one screen or another. Find him on Mastodon @trzomb@mastodon.online to ask questions or share opinions.