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Where To Buy A Gaming Laptop In Australia

Where are the best places in Australia to buy a gaming laptop? These are the best places that I’ve found to find good gaming laptop deals at cheaper prices!

The TL;DR:

My favourite place to find gaming laptop deals in Australia is OzBargain. They have a dedicated “laptop” tag so it’s very easy to filter by newest laptop deals within Australia.

A number of the Lenovo gaming laptops that I have purchased for review have been found on here. Generally the sales themselves were through ebay which can be quite good at times. The Laptops I’ve bought have either been priced equivalently with what’s available in the US, but sometimes they end up being cheaper which is saying something.

Unfortunately deals have been a bit harder to come by the last couple of years during the times of supply issues, but they still come up.

Now let’s discuss Australian companies.

Local Australian Gaming Laptop Companies

Metabox and Aftershock are two companies with a local Australian presence. I’ve reviewed a number of machines from both on the Jarrod’sTech YouTube channel.

Metabox

Metabox (metabox.com.au) are a Clevo reseller based in Perth. They primarily resell the Clevo chassis like a number of other companies around the world such as Eluktronics in the US or XMG in the EU. Generally speaking, the Clevo chassis is a more budget friendly design. It of course depends on the specific model, but think of these are optimal price-to-performance ratio machines.

While overall build and finish is definitely acceptable, it might not be quite what you’d expect from larger name brands like say Lenovo/Razer/MSI/ASUS etc. The performance in games though, where it counts, is typically good value for the price.

I’ve personally run one daily for over 3.5 years and didn’t have any problems, granted I am of course a small sample size of one and nothing is perfect.

Aftershock

Aftershock (aftershockpc.com.au) are a Tongfang reseller based in Melbourne. This is just a different type of laptop compared to Clevo, which I personally prefer. When compared to the Clevo units offered by Metabox, the Tongfang machines have a better finish, the software offers more features and is just more up to date, and generally there are just newer features such as MUX switch which are more common. For a brand new laptop in Australia with local support, Aftershock would be the place I look at first.

Disclaimer

There are no affiliate links here, I get nothing out of this post. These are simply my honest thoughts and how I answer anyone that asks me where they can find a cheaper budget friendly gaming laptop in Australia.

Hi, I’m Jarrod, a tech reviewer from Australia. I mainly focus on laptops, but am interested in all things tech related!

28 Comments

  • Jacob Sandy

    Hey Jarrod! Mind if I got your advice on a new gaming laptop? I’m tossing up between the ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition or the Intel NUC X15 laptop with the 3070 and the QHD screen, which one do you think would be better for just laptop gaming? 🙂 for comparison, I was looking at paying from either of these places in Aus:
    https://www.umart.com.au/product/asus-rog-strix-g15-advantage-edition-15-6in-wqhd-165hz-r9-5900hx-rx6800m-512g-ssd-16g-ram-w10-gaming-laptop-g513qy-hq007t-60328
    Or
    https://www.bpctech.com.au/product/x15-q-lite-kraken-x15-q-gaming-laptop-lite-version.html
    If I go the X15 from the above site I’d definitely be changing out the Ram and most likely the SSD 🙂
    Any input would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    • Jarrod

      The 6800M will perform better, but it also costs quite a bit more and the difference probably isn’t worth the extra amount unless you really want top tier performance.

  • Stef

    Hi. I want to have a budget gaming device. do you recommend 3060 laptop or 3050 desktop? and what is the proper cpu for 3050? thank you 👍

  • Paul van den Bergen

    Thanks for the Metabox link – I’m liking what I see…

    Any reason I shouldn’t pull the pin on the following setup *

    Metabox Alpha-X NH58HP
    Intel Core i7-11800H 8-Core (24M Cache up to 4.6 GHz)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 VRAM (105W TGP & Dynamic Boost)
    Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut – Ultra High Performance Thermal Dissipation
    15.6″ UHD (4K) IPS-Grade Edge-to-Edge Matte 60Hz LED – 100% SRGB Colour Gamut
    64GB DDR4 3200MHZ (2 x 32GB)
    Kingston A2000 1TB PCIe NVME M.2 SSD
    Killer 1650 AX Low Latency WIFI & Bluetooth 5.1 (up to 2.4 Gbps)

    * mostly looking at content creation/photography more than games….

    Specifically after anything that may disappoint my expectations….

  • Paul van den Bergen

    Thanks.
    I shall brook my pending disappointment… I’ve been waiting 6 months 😛 I can always wait longer… (yeah.nah. hitting the button in a few days…)

    I’m not too fussed about cpu speed as much as core count. 8 is a nice round number.

    I’ve recently seen the lower end intel 11th-gen 8-core systems drop under the AMD (R7/R5) models by $1-200… Insert speculation here.

    Thing that especially interests me here is the UHD screen. By far the cheapest offering I’ve seen.

    Of course, now I’m worrying about RAM performance, because there is always another tail to chase…

  • Rom

    I have an old 2015 Metabox Prime (4th gen i7, 970m) that I use daily for work and it still runs like a charm. I’m eyeing off either a Lenovo Legion 5 Pro or one of the Metabox Alpha range for when the Metabox eventually dies but I’m in no hurry, and nor does it seem to be.

    I can see there are some minor corners cut with that particular model – battery life is only ok and the touchpad is cludgy – but as you say, bang for buck is hard to beat.

    My only real hesitation with re-ordering is that I don’t see any way to find out which screens you’re choosing from. Notebookcheck reviews a lot of Clevos and some of the screens review well, but who knows whether those screens are the ones that show up in Metaboxes…

    • Jarrod

      Usually on the Metabox site they have some sort of a drop down for the different panel options, if the specs aren’t listed for a specific model they should be able to tell you if you ask.

  • Rom

    I should clarify that I’ve only used mine daily for work for about 12 months, but it’s been my only recreational PC for almost 7 years now and still feels good as new. Even the case is basically unmarked.

  • Rom

    Good point Jarrod. I suppose with all the agonising I do when researching options, I should actually ask the vendors for more info when needed! 🙂

  • Rom

    Hi Jarrod, since discovering this post I’ve watched a heap of your Youtube reviews and wow, you’re doing amazing work. Thanks!

    I’m inching closer to pulling the trigger on either:
    1. an Intel NUC X15 barebones (which you reviewed as the Adata XPG Xenia 15)
    2. an Infinity W5 (aka XMG Neo 15).

    In both cases I’m looking at 11800H/3070/QHD builds, with price and other specs basically equivalent. Outright performance isn’t a massive priority and for really demanding games I’ll use an external monitor so the MUX switch on the W5 isn’t a major selling point for me.

    Since you’ve reviewed both, can you comment on relative build quality and portability? And are the keyboards of similar quality?

    I’m leaning toward the W5 on the basis that:
    – the alum/plastic build might feel more robust than the thin magnesium chassis of the X15
    – it sounds as though the software is more mature
    – I can live with the 200g weight difference especially if it allows better thermals.

    That mag chassis sure sounds nice though.

    Keen to hear your thoughts!

    • Jarrod

      Cheers! Ultimately they’re quite similar as they come from the same OEM, though the NUC X15 has a more rubbery texture while the W5 is has a metallic feel, so that will come down to personal preference. Metal can feel warmer when under load, but I don’t recall that being the case with the W5. I think both should have similar functionality with their control panels, can’t recall thermal differences but I suppose the review videos would have those differences already,

  • Karl

    Hi, any thoughts on the Aftershock laptops, vs Infinity? I can’t find a thing on the people who make the Infinity laptops, I’ve used Aftershock before with absolutely terrible results. Looking for something with top DPC latency for audio work. Thanks.

  • Rom

    Hi Karl, I’ve been looking at this recently and what I found was that:

    – the Aftershock Vapour 15 X appears to be equivalent to the Infinity O5 and Eluktronics Max-15
    – the Aftershock Vapour 15 Pro is exactly the same as the XMG Fusion 15, Eluktronics Mag-15, XPG Xenia 15, BPC Kraken and the unbranded Intel NUX X15 (there’s no Infinity version)
    – the only difference between the “Gaming” and “Workstation” versions of the Aftershock laptops is that the WS versions include the Windows licence
    – the Infinity W5 is the same chassis as the 2021 XMG Neo 15 and Eluktronics Mech-15 G3 (there’s no Aftershock version)
    – the Infinity M7 is the same chassis as the Eluktronics Prometheus XVII (there’s no Aftershock version, although I think they used to sell it)

    Jarrod has video reviews of all of these in one form or another.

  • Rom

    Oh, something to keep in mind is that Infinity seem to sell most of their laptops with single-channel memory, so you should factor in the cost of a second stick.

  • Karl

    Thanks ROM!

    I’ve had to return my Vapor17 about 5 times now to Aftershock due to ongoing graphics/screen issues.
    I’ve emailed Infinity (and a few retailers) looking for the differences between the Infinity W5 and M7. Some retailers seem to offer the ability to customise a build, while others do not… I’ll continue the search 🙂

  • Rom

    Ouch, that’s good to know. I’m probably going to get a W5 but your experience suggests that I should buy locally to make returns a little bit easier.

    If you’re considering the Aftershock Vapour 15 Pro you could probably build one up from an Intel barebones for a fair bit cheaper – I priced the 3070 QHD version at around $2650 from Umart including 16GB of decent RAM, a 1TB Samsung 980 Pro and a Windows 10 Home licence.

    BPC will do it cheaper ($2400 plus shipping for 3070, QHD, 32GB, 2TB), but I suspect they cheap out a bit on RAM and storage and you have to endure an ugly sticker on the lid.

  • Karl

    I’m in Brisbane and am having to send the laptop down to Melbourne for repairs each time. On this occasion they’ve had the laptop two and a half weeks with no solution in sight. I’ve got projects I can’t work on, a gig I can’t prepare for, and am spending hours/days researching audio laptops again. Not counting the 40+ hours of deregistering, downloading, installing, registering, configuring I’ll have to do when this current issue gets resolved.
    So far the Tongfang chassis seem have the best DPC latency results I can find, and am now looking over AMD vs Intel again…

    I was looking at umart, but they didn’t seem to offer customisable Infinity laptops. I need 32gb ram, 2x hard drives, and a few other things minimum. It’s a small market to choose from.

  • Rom

    I’m in Brisbane too, and ruled out Aftershock and BPC for that very reason. Maybe have a look at Jarrod’s XPG Xenia 15 review to see if that would suit you?

    If so, assuming you’re comfortable installing RAM and storage yourself, you could spec up the Intel barebones version of the same machine the way you want it. Depending on drive sizes and speeds you should be able to get away with under $3000 including the Windows licence. If you don’t need the 3070 you can save $200 on the 3060 version.

    I suppose you might be exchanging one support headache for another though, if you’ve done some of the build yourself.

  • Karl

    Thanks, the XPG Xenia 15 does seem to tick most of the boxes, although finding one locally seems close to impossible… I could feasibly install the upgraded components myself, but I think I’d rather keep the manufacturer warranty and not have to open it up.
    Thanks for your help so far, I’ll keep searching..

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