This RTX 3050 gaming laptop is just $599 — no, that's not a typo — and is a better deal than Steam Deck (UPDATED)

Update: The original deal included an RTX 4050 GPU but it has since sold out. Newegg sells a variant with a previous-gen RTX 3050 but doubles the RAM and storage alongside the same CPU.

If your budget for portable gaming sits around the $600 mark, you might as well go all-in on a traditional 15.6-inch laptop like the MSI GF63 thin, down to $599 at Newegg for Cyber Monday. You're already coming in $100 cheaper than MSRP for an ASUS ROG Ally, and it's a broader investment than a Steam Deck as a first-time gaming laptop. Let's break down the pros and cons.

MSI GF63 Thin  — Core i5-12450H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, RTX 3050 | $799now $599 at Newegg

MSI GF63 Thin  — Core i5-12450H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, RTX 3050 | <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">was $799 now $599 at Newegg

The previous-gen NVIDIA 30-Series laptop GPU still supports DLSS 2 upscaling tech to push extra performance and up to 144 FPS framerates, even on this entry-level RTX 3050. Modern USB-C and HDMI-out also allow for external monitors and traditional peripherals, if you prefer.

✅Perfect for: Entry-level budget gaming on the go, ideal as a first-time laptop or an alternative to a Steam Deck/ASUS ROG Ally.

❌Avoid it if: You crave 4K gaming. Even with DLSS, the hardware in this laptop is better suited to targeting 144Hz at 1080p.

👀Alternative deal (RTX 2050): <a href="" data-link-merchant=""">$529 at Newegg

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There's no pretending that the hardware inside this gaming laptop is world-class, but it's far from the bottom-of-the-barrel junk you usually find among budget-grade gaming laptops. The RTX 30-Series GPU can still handle the heavy lifting of modern titles despite being a previous-generation graphics card.

DLSS upscaling tech from NVIDIA means less stress on the GPU with AI-powered tech to push for higher framerates. It's perfect for a 15.6-inch laptop with a 1080p screen like this, prioritizing its 144Hz refresh rate instead.

Essentially, you're looking at similar performance to an ASUS ROG Ally or Lenovo Legion Go handheld, but with a much larger screen and more flexibility to act as an everyday computer thanks to its standard port selection and RGB keyboard.

If you're a parent looking for a modern (but affordable) gaming laptop that'll run the latest games without blowing out your bank account, this is an excellent option from a reliable brand. Just don't wait too long, one variant already sold out!

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 to ask questions or share opinions.