Ryzen 4000 are great chips that are already out in thin and light laptops. Ready to power them up with incredible performance and impressive battery efficiency. The AMD lineup is expected to be found in both gaming and ultraportables. But what about the budget segment? Here we are going to list some laptops that already came out or are about to, and won't break your pocket.
Ryzen 4000 is out for laptops, and in the benchmarks we have at the moment, they perform impressively. The new generation is manufactured in a 7nm process, and partly thanks to it according to AMD there is a x2 improved performance per Watt in the Renoir Chips. This makes AMD the winner in the ultraportable laptops, a title the company always lost to Intel in the past.
The CPU you will see in a Ryzen 4000 budget laptop
The Ryzen 5 4500U, a thin and light laptop AMD CPU that is not the top of its architecture, performs better than the i7-9750H, an Intel CPU that is for beefier laptops (45W TDP), and is also closer to the top of its CPU family. Here is a comparison from CPUBenchmark:
The Ryzen 3 4300U is another chip that you will see in thin and light budget laptops. Its performance is 'High End' when compared to the previous generation too.
This new chips make budget Ryzen laptops extremely attractive in 2020. And high end Renoir laptops are even better.
Starting Price: $639 for both Lenovo Thinkpad E14 and E15.
Availability: Expected to be available from June 2020
Design and more: As any Lenovo Thinkpad, this is a business oriented laptop that responds completely to the necessities of telecommuting required nowadays. The new screens make a 85% use of the frontal, seeing that the upper and lateral frames are quite thin and that it is the lower one that is somewhat wider.
Upgradability: Bad, the cheapest model might not be a good idea as the laptop only has 1 slot of RAM, which is really bad for upgradibility, spending a little more for a 8GB RAM (at least) model is better.
Starting Price: $1450.
Availability: Expected to be available from June 2020
Design: This gaming laptop weights only 3.5 lbs, making it also a thin and light laptop. Despite being a ROG it looks very proffessional and by the outside looks could easily be confused with a device intended for work only, in the inside the story is different, besides the powerful components the laptop doesn't include a webcam, which could be a plus for those of us who don't use it and want the best components for the money. The lid and keyboard deck are magnesium, while the bottom is plastic.
Upgradability: Medium. As expected from a thin and light gaming laptop, it doesn't include a maintenance hatch, nevertheless getting inside is not too difficult. There is only 1 RAM slot easy to reach, the other is behind the mother board and you would have to get the latter out in order to access both RAM modules. There is only one M.2 PCIe slot that is already occupied.
Starting Price: $649.99.
Availability: Expected to ba available in June 2020.
Design: This is a budget laptop that offers a great performance for its price, and thus we should not expect an eyebreaking design. Nevertheless the laptop doesn't dissapoint, its only noticeable flaws being a cheap keyboard (that most people would be ok with anyways) and a not so bright screen. The Swift model includes an EgisTec Fingerprint reader.
Upgradability: Medium/Bad. No maintenance hatch, RAM soldered to the motherboard (no RAM upgrade option) and the only things you can change are the M.2 drive and Wi-Fi module.
Starting Price: $799.
Availability: Q2 2020.
Design: A gaming laptop that adopted the mid hinged display form. Fairly tick bezels and very noticeable exhausts are just some of the things that scream "it's about price/performance, not looks". The notebook includes a 4 zone RGB backlit keyboard.
Upgradability: Medium/good. No maintenance hatch, but RAM and storage are upgradable.
Starting Price: $850.
Design: Stylish all metal design. This is a sight to behold, a very professional looking thin laptop. Weights only 3.1 lbs.
Upgradability: Bad. Little to no upgrade options.
Starting Price: $929.
Design: Aluminium body. Metallic top and keyboard, good looking gaming laptop for its price.
Upgradability: Good. Easy to open and easy to change both slots of RAM and M.2 storage.
Design: Aluminium body. Bulkier than its brother above, weight a pretty acceptable 2.3 kg and sports a 17.3 inch screen.
Starting Price: $1249.99.
Availability: Already available.
Design: Very sleek looking laptop, it gives the impresion of being durable, performing and stylish at the same time. Asus advertises military grade toughness.
Starting Price: $1099.
Design: Bulkier laptop with top tier durability and clean looks. Plastic chassis and interior deck. Metal lid cover. RGB Backlit keyboard. All around a simple and very good looking laptop.
Starting Price: Not available yet.
Availability: May 2020.
Design: A versatile business laptop.
Those are the Ryzen 4000 laptops until now. The list will be updated as more models are announced. Hopefully Lenovo steps up with a Legion Ryzen 4000 version, as the Lenovo Legion is one of the best performing laptops for the money when it comes to thermals, and also my personal favorite.
More budget ryzen 4000 laptops are expected too, as the Ryzen 3 4300U performs impressively and it is very likely to be seen in less than $500 laptops -probably a Walmart laptop for less than $400-.