Best AMD Ryzen Laptops Windows Central 2019

When you're buying a new laptop the majority of the selection in front of you will be powered by Intel processors or a combination of Intel processors and NVIDIA dedicated graphics. AMD's Ryzen APU doesn't find its way into nearly as many, and that's a shame because overall an AMD powered laptop represents a good package, especially with its Radeon Vega integrated graphics.

Best mates: Huawei MateBook D

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To confuse matters there's also an Intel-powered MateBook D, but the 14-inch Ryzen 5 2500U version is the one you want. You get a high-quality design and all-metal chassis, a 1080p display with great colors and viewing angles, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, which can be upgraded to a lightning-fast NVMe SSD if you wish. It's great for work or school, it can play games, it's compact, and the best deals right now are on a factory renewed unit.

$560 at Amazon

Ultimate gaming: Acer Predator Helios 500

Who said you can't get a beastly gaming laptop with AMD hardware inside? The Helios 500 doesn't rely on AMD's Ryzen mobile chips. Instead, it crams a full desktop Ryzen 7 2700 octa-core CPU inside with a Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU and 8GB of HBM memory. Toss in a 17.3-inch 144Hz display with FreeSync, 16GB of RAM, and an NVMe SSD and what you have is a full-on AMD desktop gaming rig inside a laptop.

$1,300 at Amazon

Little and large(er): HP Envy x360

When going for an Envy x360 with AMD power you get a choice between two. There's a 13- and a 15-inch model that spec-wise are basically the same, aside from their physical size. Both have the Ryzen 5 2500U APU inside, although the 13-inch model has a lower 15W TDP than its larger counterpart at 25W. Being an x360, it's a fully convertible laptop, backed up by fast SSD storage, 8GB of RAM (which is upgradeable on the 15-inch) and a great looking touch display good for work and play.

From $744 at Amazon

Tighter budget: Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

AMD laptops traditionally represent good value and even on a tighter budget, you can get a great laptop. The IdeaPad 330S uses the excellent Ryzen 5 2500U APU with Vega 8 graphics, with enough grunt for content creators and even a spot of gaming. It's a 15.6-inch notebook with a 1080p display, 128GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM, with a stylish metallic finish on the lid. It's also incredibly affordable given its specs and makes a solid investment for budget laptop buyers.

$404 at Amazon

Red and green: ASUS TUF FX505

The FX505DY comes with the new second-generation Ryzen Mobile inside in the form of the Ryzen 5 3550H or Ryzen 7 3750H. It also offers a choice of either all AMD hardware with an RX 560X GPU alongside, or mix that Ryzen power with NVIDIA graphics such as the GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti. Other notable specs include options for 120Hz displays, FreeSynce on the Radeon graphics models and upgradeable RAM and SSD inside, including NVMe drives.

From $668 at Amazon

Digital scribbling: Lenovo Flex 14

The Flex 14 is the latest in a long line of Lenovo convertible laptops, and the company is still one of the absolute best at it. In this 14-inch notebook, you get the latest Ryzen 5 3550U with Vega 8 graphics, a 1080p display, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage for a very attractive price. What sets it apart here is its included pen and support for digital inking. Combined with the graphics prowess you get from this APU you really have a laptop to work, rest and play with.

$530 at Amazon

If we had to choose...

Ryzen powered laptops often slip under the radar, but the truth is there are some really fantastic laptops out there powered by AMD. Currently, we'd happily recommend the Huawei MateBook D to anyone specifically looking for a Ryzen laptop, and, frankly, anyone who wasn't that bothered with what's inside. It looks great, it's beautifully made, powerful, and delightfully affordable given the package it presents.

Intel and NVIDIA might still be the preferred choice for the majority of laptop gamers, but ignoring the goliath that is the Predator Helios 500 is a mistake. This doesn't use watered-down laptop parts; it instead throws a full eight-core desktop Ryzen 7 inside with a Vega 56 GPU. Don't ask what the battery life is (wise advice for any gaming laptop), but this truly is a desktop gaming PC that you can toss in your bag.

Budget buyers aren't left out either, with excellent laptops like the IdeaPad 330S delivering equal performance to much more expensive laptops, but at a price more agreeable to budget buyers, perhaps even for education or general home use with the kids.

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