AMD's Ryzen 4000 CPUs have taken the laptop market by storm. They are faster than Intel parts and still cheaper. It's not the biggest stall of laptops yet, but there are enough to list our favorites.
Whether you're looking for a new gaming laptop or a high-performance student laptop, these are the best Ryzen 4000 laptops you are currently buying.
The best AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops at a glance:
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14, at 0.82 inches thick and 3.3 pounds in weight, is not the smallest 14-inch 2-in-1 device you'll find. It is an all-plastic construction that is not as durable as many all-metal alternatives. However, you only pay $ 600 for a Ryzen 5 4500U CPU with six cores, 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of solid state drive (SSD). It is remarkable.
Even more remarkable is the performance you get for that money. The Flex 5 beats a number of more expensive laptops. In tests like our handbrake run, which encodes a 420 MB video as H.265, it competes with any laptop with an Intel 15-watt CPU of the 10th generation. Seriously, even the high-end core i7-1065G7 in the Dell XPS 13 takes 40 seconds longer to complete the test.
The IdeaPad Flex 5 also includes a high quality active stylus that can be slid into a charging port on the side of the laptop. It works well as a 2-in-1 device as long as you base it on something. The battery life is only average, although you can use the laptop for a whole day if you don't press the CPU too hard. Only the display with a narrow color gamut and inaccurate colors is a disappointment for the creative types who could use all of these possibilities.
Read our in-depth review of Lenovo IdeaPad Fled 5 14
Acer Swift 3
Simply put, the Acer Swift 3 is the fastest budget notebook we've tested so far. For just $ 650, you get an eight-core Ryzen 7 4800U process that turned our benchmarks into minced meat and put a bit of pressure on Intel's latest 45-watt 10th generation CPUs. The laptop also had 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The Swift 3 finished our handbrake test only 30 seconds slower than the 45-watt eight-core 16-thread core i7-10875H in the Dell XPS 15.
And performance isn't the only thing the Swift 3 has to offer. Despite a 14-inch display, it is relatively small at 0.63 inches and 2.65 pounds and well built for such an inexpensive laptop. The keyboard is better than average, but the touchpad left something to be desired. And the display was disappointing and, thanks to a narrow range of colors, could no longer be used by creative people.
The battery life was slightly worse than that of the IdeaPad Flex 5, which makes sense in view of the faster CPU. So far, we haven't seen AMD's Ryzen 4000 CPUs match Intel's efficiency.
Read our detailed Acer Swift 3 review
HP Envy x360 13
The HP Envy line is said to be a mid-range premium spectra, and that still applies today. However, the gap has narrowed significantly with the introduction of the Envy x360 13 with Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, which may not cause as much of a stir as the Specter x360 13, but offers significantly faster performance.
Overall, the Envy x360 13 was a bit slower than the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14, but only by a few seconds in our handbrake test. It still surpasses Intel's 15-watt core processors and offers tremendous performance. Our test device cost $ 700 with a Core 5 4500U, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD, which is a bit more expensive than the real budget laptops on our list, but still a lot of laptop for the price.
Of the laptops we've discussed so far, the Envy x360 13 is the most elegant and best-built. It doesn't come with an active pen, which is a bummer, and its battery life is comparable to the Ryzen 4000 course, but it's a great 13-inch 2-in-1 device that the Specter x360 13 has a lot to offer has worries about.
Read our in-depth HP Envy x360 13 Ryzen review
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
How do you pack a legitimate gaming laptop in a case that weighs just 3.5 pounds and is not much bigger than many 14-inch productivity thin-and-lights? In addition to the display, which reduces the size of a typical 15- or 17-inch gaming laptop, build on and go from the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS with eight cores and 16 threads.
When you add an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, you have a real gaming laptop. However, this is not only crucial in the GPU department, but also in the CPU department. The 350-watt Ryzen 9 4900HS matched 16 GB of RAM in our $ 1,450 test configuration and encircled the usual 10th-generation Intel Intel CPUs with six cores. You'll have to switch to Intel's high-end eight-core and sixteen-thread CPUs to keep up, and even here the AMD wins.
There are some drawbacks, like a thermal system that has to work extra hard to keep up. That means the fans are loud and running all the time. But it's a compromise that's worth it for this kind of performance.
Read our detailed Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review
Dell G5 SE
The last laptop on our list is the Dell G5 SE, which penetrates into the AMD area with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU and a Radeon RX 5600M GPU. Our test configuration included 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and a 1080p 144 Hz display for a reasonable $ 1,200.
How did it work? Simply put, the G5 SE competed heavily against laptops with the Nvidia RTX 2060, proving that AMD can play the game as well as anyone else. While the G5 SE is a little chunky compared to some thinner gaming laptops, it lets the CPU and GPU breathe.
Overall, the G5 SE offers players enormous added value. You can only spend $ 880 and still purchase the Radeon RX 5600M GPU to take the laptop to a real budget gaming area if you want.
Read our in-depth Dell G5 SE review