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This gaming laptop is just $680 for Black Friday, and it isn’t awful

This gaming laptop is just $680 for Black Friday, and it isn't awful

This gaming laptop is just $680 for Black Friday, and it isn’t awful

Best Buy is selling a 17.3″ Asus TUF gaming laptop for just $679.99 for Black Friday. It’s hard to get anything that can reasonably be described as a “gaming laptop” for that price, and this one just barely fits the bill, with a 144Hz display and a GeForce RTX 3050. If you want a laptop that can run most PC games and you can’t go a penny over $679.99, this is a rare option from a reputable brand. We like the Asus TUF line, although we’ve only reviewed the higher-end options.

At $680, this laptop is in the same range as mid-tier productivity laptops from Dell, HP, and other brands. What primarily makes the Asus TUF a “gaming laptop” is the 144Hz IPS display and discrete GPU. Most productivity laptops stick to 60Hz displays and rely on integrated graphics, which will handle games like Fortnite just fine, but will struggle with anything demanding.

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