These are the best AMD Ryzen laptops: Surface Laptop 3, ROG Zephyrus G15 and More
AMD has become quite competitive when it comes to CPU processors in the past few years. Not only does it have a solid lineup for desktops, but the company’s mobile processors have proven to be better than Intel on numerous occasions. In fact, the start of 2021 saw a number of laptop manufacturers preferring AMD’s newly launched Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors over Intel. AMD is already ahead of Intel as it has been using the 7nm architecture for a while now, while Intel is expected to finally move to 7nm by the end of 2021. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Intel-based laptops are incompetent. Intel is shipping its new 11th-gen Tiger Lake mobile processors based on the 10nm process. Not only is the new series expected to provide improved performance, but it should also be efficient in terms of battery life and brings the company’s new Xe graphics.
Having said that, if you are planning to buy a new laptop with an AMD processor at its heart, we have the right ones for you:
- Best 2-in-1 laptop: HP Envy x360 13
- Best budget laptop: Acer Swift 3
- Best gaming laptop: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15
- Best business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X13
- Best premium laptop: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Best overall laptop: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
Best 2-in-1 laptop: HP Envy x360 13
HP has been on the top of our lists when it comes to 2-in-1 convertible notebooks. The company offers the Envy x360 with the AMD Ryzen 4000 series processor and a choice of either a 13-inch or a 15-inch model that offers the same set of specs apart from their size. Apart from the options of a Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, or Ryzen 7 4000 series processors to choose from, the convertible notebook is backed up by 8GB of RAM (upgradeable on the 15-inch variant), fast SSD storage, and a vibrant touch display along with support for a touch pen. You also get a sleek aluminum design giving it a premium look and feel.
Best budget laptop: Acer Swift 3
Available for under $700, the Acer Swift 3 is one of the most affordable options. Currently available with either the Ryzen 5 4500U or the Ryzen 7 4700U, the Swift 3 is meant for users looking for a light and sleek machine. The notebook offers Radeon graphics from AMD and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, and a built-in fingerprint scanner for added security. There is also support for Alexa voice assistant allowing you to set reminders, timers and alarms, create shopping and to-do lists, and so on. The company claims a battery life of 11.5 hours, but practically you should get at least 7-8 hours for your productivity tasks.
Best gaming laptop: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15
ASUS introduced an update to the Zephyrus G15 this year at CES in January aligning it more closely to the Zephyrus G14. It follows the same design philosophy, and while you don’t get the AniMe Matrix LEDs, the lid does come with the neat triangular perforation design with a shiny metallic finish underneath. Currently, one of the first laptops to be introduced with new and powerful AMD Ryzen 5000-series mobile processors, the G15 should be your priority if you are looking for the best gaming notebook on the market. You can get the notebook with a Ryzen 9 5900HS which is an octa-core processor clocked at 3,3GHz and a boost of 4.6GHz. The notebook is officially said to support up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SSD but you can get even more as listed by a seller on Amazon. It is recommended to confirm with ASUS before buying any of these options that are being offered with more memory and storage as listed by the company.
Best business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X13
Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup is a leader when it comes to business laptops. The Ryzen-powered ThinkPad X13 is a solid contender and offers great performance thanks to the Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U processor. The notebook also comes with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It isn’t the best looking notebook but you get military-grade durability, a variety of ports, and an excellent keyboard. Battery life is rated to be around 8 hours in real-world usage, but overall this notebook should not disappoint.
Best premium laptop: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
The combination of a Surface notebook and AMD’s Ryzen processor is unheard of, but that is exactly what Microsoft did last year. The Surface Laptop 3 is available with the custom Ryzen 5 3580U and Ryzen 7 3780U processor options. Now while those processors are from last year, they still offer great performance. Do note that the AMD processors are only available on the 15-inch variant and it is one of the more premium options on the market. Apart from that, you can get up to a whopping 32GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD, and a 15-inch touchscreen panel.
Best overall laptop: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
I repeatedly suggest the ROG Zephyrus G14 by ASUS for a reason. Apart from offering respectable performance, this notebook is also one of the best of the best ultraportable notebooks of all time. It might not offer you fancy RGB lighting, but the lid comes with white LEDs that act sort of like a retro secondary 8-bit display that you can fully customize. ASUS updated the G14 earlier this year and is now offered with the latest AMD Ryzen 5000-mobile processors with the latest NVIDIA GPU, the RTX 3060. While overall the design is the same, you now get the option of an updated display that offers 1080p at 144Hz and 1440p resolution display with 120Hz refresh rate and even 144Hz in certain markets. The notebook is powered by the 8-core Ryzen 5900HS processor and is offered with up to 32GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM, and 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 SSD. As per a listing that we have seen, a seller is offering a third-party updated version of the notebook with up to 40GB of memory and 8TB of storage. It is recommended to check with ASUS for compatibility before opting for anything above the officially listed specifications.
As with the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus lineup, we are expecting more laptop options from other manufacturers with the new AMD Ryzen 5000-series mobile processor to hit markets very soon. Also, check out our list of the best laptops to buy in 2021, or if you want to stick to something cheaper, check out the best Chromebooks around in 2021.