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Cheap gaming laptop deal takes $200 off MSI Alpha 15

Cheap gaming laptop deal on the MSI Alpha 15
MSI Alpha 15 gaming laptop (Image credit: Future)

If you want to immerse yourself in PC gaming on a budget, this cheap gaming laptop deal is for you. 

Currently, the MSI Alpha 15 is on sale for $799 at Newegg via a rebate. Normally $999, that's $200 off and the lowest price we've ever seen for this FreeSync gaming laptop. Even better, it's bundled with two freebies: an MSI 7NM LootBox Pack and a Radeon Game Bundle (a $179 value).

This is one of the best laptop deals we've seen all month.

MSI Alpha 15 w/ FreeSync: was $999 now $799 @ Newegg
The MSI Alpha 15 delivers solid graphics performance and has a colorful 15.6 inch, 1080p 144Hz display. It packs a Ryzen 7 CPU, 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an RX 5500M GPU with 4GB of graphics memory. View Deal

Now on sale, the MSI Alpha 15 is one of the most affordable gaming laptops you can get. 

It features a 15.6 inch, 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate. It packs a Ryzen 7 CPU, 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a Radeon RX5500M GPU with 4GB of graphics memory

In our MSI Alpha 15 review, we were impressed by its solid graphics performance, colorful, (1920 x 1080) display and comfortable keyboard with per-key lighting. 

The Alpha 15's simple, matte black chassis doesn't flaunt gaudy red or blue colors like most gaming laptops. Instead, it has race car-looking curves on its hood, accented by MSI's green thunderbird logo. 

At 14.1 x 9.8 x 1.1 inches and 5 pounds, the MSI Alpha 15 is a bit chunky for a 15-inch laptop. It's closer in size to the Lenovo Legion Y545 (14.2 x 10.5 x 1~1.1 inches, 5.3 pounds) than the HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr (14.2 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches, 4.9 pounds) and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502 (14.2 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches, 4.5 pounds).

In real-world testing, the Alpha 15's AMD Ryzen 7-3750H CPU with 16GB of RAM juggled 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos while Shadow of the Tomb Raider ran in the background.

On the Geekbench 4.3 overall performance test, the Alpha 15 scored 13,980, which comes close to the Asus Zephyrus G (14,059). 

For a gaming laptop under $1,000, the MSI Alpha 15's powerful graphics card and colorful, 144Hz display put the competition to shame. At $200 off, it's a solid investment if you're in the market for a cheap gaming laptop.