The new Ryzen-4000 series of processors is helping attract more interest to AMD’s laptop CPU offerings. Users have mostly preferred Intel laptops over Ryzen-based laptops.
Reports say that AMD is around two years ahead of Intel when it comes to its 7-nanometer chips. This could mean that there will be a significant shift in the arena of laptop CPUs. Currently, though, Intel is still ahead in this race, and AMD laptops, consequently, have a lesser price point but with a comparatively better value.
Here are some of 2020’s best AMD Ryzen laptops:
1. HP Envy x360 13
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
GPU: Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 10
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p; 120 Hz touch screen
Dimensions: 12.07 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds
This is the best touch-screen convertible laptop for general use. It has a sleek 2-in-1 foldable design with extraordinary battery life and audio system. If you prioritize screen space over portability, this laptop is the pick for you. This laptop is not the best for gaming but up there for standard tasks and general usage.
2. Asus TUF Gaming FX505DV
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 2060
Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p; 120Hz
Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.3 x 1 inches
Weight: 4.85 pounds
This line is known for having excellent midrange gaming laptops, and this particular laptop is the epitome of that. It has a strong graphics performance and a durable build. You can upgrade the RAM and storage easily, so that’s a big advantage. However, it does have a sort of dull display with not-so-great speakers. If you’re willing to compromise on that but spend only a little over a $1000 on a gaming laptop which has amazing graphics, this laptop is the best pick for you.
3. Lenovo ThinkPad X395
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U
GPU: Integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p
Dimensions: 12.28 x 8.55 x 0.66 inches
Weight: 2.83 pounds
The laptops in Lenovo’s ThinkPad line are big players in the business world. The base Ryzen 3 Pro 3300 U processor delivers a great battery life. There is some aggressive CPU throttling, but it is not noticeable when doing standard tasks. Its port options are extensive – it includes two USB-A, two USB-C, an HDMI 2.0, an Ethernet, a microSD, a headphone/mic, and an optional smart-card reader. You can use the touch screen or the ThinkPad PrivacyGuard, which makes your screen unviewable from side angles, thus, giving you more privacy.
4. Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3550H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p; up to 120Hz
Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 4.5 pounds
This laptop has a thin and light design making portability its key advantage. The graphics and audio are fantastic, and so is the battery life. This makes up for the not very special processor and lack of a webcam. It is a good contender in carrying out gaming as well as standard tasks. This laptop provides value and quality for a price of around $1000.
5. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
CPU: Ryzen 5 3580U CPU
GPU: Vega 9
Display: 15-inch, 2496 x 1664
Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 3.4 pounds
This laptop has a beautiful design and is very light. The 3:2 aspect ratio on its 15-inch display is ideal for viewing documents and websites. It has a very responsive touch screen, which is compatible with the Surface Pen as well. The battery life and performance of the laptop are a little underwhelming but not so much to be deal-breakers. It has a bright and big display without the weight burden and is a good choice for a premium laptop.