One of the best gaming laptops released this year is the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, and it’s $250 off its usual $1,450 price at Best Buy. It has a slick design, great keyboard and trackpad, and the battery life far exceeds that of most power-hungry gaming laptops. Additionally, it’s great at gaming as you’d expect.
What makes today’s deal at Best Buy particularly good is that this model is a match for the one my colleague Monica Chin tested in this review. It has a 14-inch 120Hz refresh rate display, AMD’s fast Ryzen 9 4900HS, Nvidia’s RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe-based SSD.
Its downsides could be deal-breakers for you. The Zephyrus G14 doesn’t have a webcam. Monica also reported that the CPU can get hot under pressure, so keep that in mind.
The ROG Zephyrus G14 is an astonishingly powerful gaming laptop. Its AMD Ryzen 9 processor and GeForce RTX 3060 can push powerful, smooth graphics performance in games with its QHD display, while also being surprisingly efficient for other tasks.
Best Buy is also offering a small deal on Nintendo Switch Online yearly subscriptions. It isn’t knocking anything from the $20 it costs to subscribe to the service for one year, but you’ll get a $5 Best Buy gift card with purchase today. The same goes for Switch Online family memberships that allow up to eight users per subscription. It’s $35 and comes with a $5 Best Buy gift card. Switch Online gives you access to an expanding trove of NES and SNES classic games. The service also allows you to back up select game saves in the cloud, and it lets you play online multiplayer games.
While you don’t need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play free-to-play titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, it’s necessary for accessing the online elements of many games, including Splatoon 2, Mario Kart Deluxe, and Monster Hunter Rise. These titles aren’t nearly as fun without the ability to compete against other players, nor can you engage in voice chat via Nintendo’s official app without a subscription.
A membership to Nintendo Switch Online nets you other perks as well, like cloud storage for your save data, exclusive discounts in the Nintendo eShop, and access to a library of vintage NES and SNES titles. There are plans available at different price points, too, depending on if you’re applying the plan to a single user or sharing it with multiple accounts. The annual family typically runs $15 more but allows you to share the benefits with up to seven additional users.
Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a portable Chromebook, and it’s less expensive than usual today at Best Buy. You can pick up the upgraded model with 128GB of internal storage for $270. It normally sells for $300.
My colleague Monica Chin wrote a review for this model, praising its 11-hour battery life and the fact that even though it’s a technically a tablet, it includes a keyboard and kickstand with purchase to make it easy to use as a laptop. Monica mentions, though, that it doesn’t have a headphone jack, so you’ll need either a set of USB-C wired earbuds or wireless Bluetooth headphones. Also, it’s not a powerful machine, with 4GB of RAM.
The Chromebook Duet boasts long battery life and has a 16:10 aspect ratio display to fit more content on the screen at once. The Duet can be used as a tablet or a laptop. On the downside, it has just one USB-C port and no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Update 10:57AM ET, October 26th: The 64GB version of Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is no longer available for $204 at Walmart, so I’ve shifted it down the page.