Best AMD Ryzen laptops Windows Central 2021
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. Overall, an AMD-powered laptop represents an excellent value package, especially on laptops without dedicated graphics. If it's one of the best Windows laptops with AMD Ryzen you seek, you've come to the right place. Here's our list of best AMD Ryzen laptops.
- Top pick: HP ENVY x360
- Best gaming: Razer Blade 14
- Budget choice: Lenovo Flex 5 14
- Budget performance: Acer Swift 3
- Budget gaming: HP Pavilion Gaming 15
- Ultrabook in design: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
- Best for business: Lenovo ThinkPad X13
- 16-inch gaming: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
Top pick: HP ENVY x360Staff pick
When going for an ENVY x360 with AMD power, you get a choice between two. There are 13- and 15-inch models that, spec-wise, are basically the same, aside from their physical size. There are now Ryzen 5000 series APUs to choose from, which provide excellent CPU and graphics power. Being an x360, it's a fully convertible laptop backed up by fast SSD storage and on the new Ryzen 7 configuration, up to 32GB of RAM.
Best gaming: Razer Blade 14
The Razer Blade 14, the company's first-ever AMD Ryzen laptop is an absolute monster. It follows the traditional Blade design, but size-wise slots between the Blade Stealth and Blade 15. You get a 14-inch 165Hz 1440p display, a Ryzen 9 5900HX, and either an NVIDIA RTX 3070 or 3080. Razer's traditional features such as Chroma are here, too, as is plenty of connectivity and an innovative cooling solution. The Blade 14 is one of the most powerful gaming laptops available today.
Budget choice: Lenovo Flex 5 14
If you ignore the average quality display, what you have with the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 is a potent yet affordable convertible laptop. With up to 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 4000 series APUs on tap, you get good CPU and GPU performance, and this is paired with a great keyboard and all-day battery life. It's well built, has 16GB of RAM, fast storage, and even comes with an active pen included for some digital inking action.
Budget performance: Acer Swift 3
The Acer Swift 3 is another laptop with an average quality display, but that more than makes up for it elsewhere. In this case, you'll find a Ryzen 7 4700U inside with eight cores and a powerful integrated GPU that can better the performance of some of NVIDIA's entry-level dedicated chips. The design and build are solid, the price is attractive, and it even gets decent battery life.
Budget gaming: HP Pavilion Gaming 15
HP's Pavilion Gaming laptop keeps the price way down but doesn't skimp on the hardware. Inside you'll find an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor paired with an NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU, which is a solid pairing for 1080p gaming. It comes with a small but upgradeable SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a nice, subtle design with a strong keyboard for when you need to stop gaming and start working.
Ultrabook in design: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop 4 features powerful "Surface Edition" AMD Ryzen 4000 series chips, which include up to an 8-core APU and AMD Radeon graphics, all in a slim and light Ultrabook chassis originally designed for an Intel chip. It's available in either 13.5-inch or 15-inch display sizes, and features all-day battery life and super-fast Windows Hello, not to mention a great keyboard and trackpad.
Best for business: Lenovo ThinkPad X13
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is a solid business laptop using AMD Ryzen. With up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U you get great performance all around, wrapped up in the trademark ThinkPad design. It's well built, can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, fast storage, and a Dolby Audio-tuned speaker system. Plus as it's a ThinkPad, the keyboard is excellent and the famous red pointer is present and correct.
16-inch gaming: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
A more affordable, but still mightily powerful AMD-powered gaming laptop, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro gets a Ryzen 7 5800H paired with NVIDIA's RTX 3070 for frame-shredding performance. You also get a high refresh rate display with QHD resolution, a fantastic keyboard, and all the ports you could possibly need to hook up your external devices. The styling is also quite subtle, making it a laptop you could also take to work without being embarrassed in the meeting room.
If we had to choose ...
Ryzen powered laptops often slip under the radar, but the truth is there are some fantastic laptops out there powered by AMD. Currently, we'd happily recommend the HP ENVY x360 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 quite affordable given the package it presents.
Gamers are well represented, in particular by HP. At the budget end of the scale you really can't go wrong with the excellent spec sheet on the Pavilion 15 Gaming, while for the more demanding gamer the Blade 14 is the one to beat.
Budget buyers aren't left out either, with excellent laptops like the Lenovo Flex 5 delivering style and performance similar 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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