New AMD Ryzen 4000U processors are revolutionary in terms of both power and efficiency. These APU powered laptops have been costly for quite some time now; however, Amazon is giving away discounts on this Great Indian Festival, so here are some of the best picks:
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420
Price: starts at ₹ 49,990
The 2-in-1 laptop features a bold Bespoke Black all-metal chassis with diamond-cut edges, a recessed lid logo, a unique color-blocked Enter key with bright yellow edges and text, and a diamond-cut lid that makes it easy to flip open the lid.
It features a 14-inch LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, covering 60% of sRGB color gamut and 82% screen-to-body ratio. For a more color-accurate display go with the Asus ZenBook 14 with these same AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs.
You get 3 options in terms of the APUs: the AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 5 4500U, and Ryzen 7 4700U with 4, 6, and 8 cores respectively and without SMT but includes the integrated Vega graphics.
The integrated AMD Radeon graphics is strong enough for a basic photo or 4K video editing and even light gaming as well. Asus also says that all of the all models of VivoBook Flip 14 feature keycaps that are larger than average, for comfortable and accurate input. On top of that, the MyASUS software helps you seamlessly integrate the VivoBook Flip 14 with mobile devices that lets you use features like wireless file & URL transfers and Remote File Access as well.
The laptop can be configured with up to 8GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM along with 256GB / 512GB SSD options. Another good thing is that the RAM is upgradeable up to 12GB using a SO-DIMM slot, which I feel is a great headroom for those who intend to use the laptop for the long-term.
It features a full-size backlit keyboard with 1.4mm key travel along with an HD webcam. On the connectivity front, you get Intel WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 support. For ports we have 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Audio combo jack, 1 x MicroSD card reader, 1 x Kensington lock and a DC-in port.
The laptop comes equipped with a 3-cells 50Wh lithium-polymer battery which shall give you a decent amount of battery life along with fast charging support that lets you charge up to 60% in 49 minutes. The VivoBook Flip 14 (TM420) is also durable because Asus says they have included a precision-engineered stepless 360° metal hinge that is tested to pass a 20,000-cycle open-and-close test.
Even though the launch price is ₹ 49,990, the base variant had been selling at ₹ 54,990; however, in this sale, the base variant and the Ryzen 5 variants start at their near original prices of ₹ 50,700 and ₹ 60,990. Prices will vary on stocks and sellers.
Ryzen 3 4300U/4GB/256GB SSD: https://amzn.to/2YK6YOK
Ryzen 5 4500U/8GB/512GB SSD: https://amzn.to/2Qyklxi
Acer Swift 3
Price: starts at ₹ 59,990
If you were looking for a thin and light laptop with the latest AMD APUs then Acer Swift 3 will serve your purpose. It features a 14-inch IPS LED-backlit TFT LCD Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution with 82.73% screen to body ratio. The laptop has slim bezels and it weighs just 1.2 kg along with just 15.9 mm thickness.
It features the 6 core and 6 threaded AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU with 2.3GHz base clock speed and up to 4.0 GHz boost clock speeds. It is an ideal APU for light to medium end workloads and can well be used for professional works like coding, video editing, and other tasks as well.
With the integrated Vega 6 iGPU clocked at 1500 MHz, you can handle most of the graphical with ease, better than an MX230 dedicated GPU, also can handle casual 1080p gaming at low settings. The laptop also features a faster 8GB LDRR4 RAM which is great for a Ryzen system with integrated Vega graphics.
Also, it comes with fast 512 GB PCIe Gen3 NVMe SSD for faster boot speeds and overall performance. For connectivity, it’s great to see Acer including Wi-Fi 6 AX200 support and Bluetooth 5.0 along with an HD webcam that features Super high dynamic range imaging (SHDR).
For security, there’s a Fingerprint Reader as well and features a full-size FineTip backlit keyboard. It also comes with stereo speakers with Acer’s proprietary software. For ports, we have an HDMI port, 1x USB Type-C port with DC-in, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with power-off charging, 1x USB 2.0 port.
On the battery front, the Swift 3 features a 48 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery which according to Acer shall last up to 12 hours, which might surprise you but yes, these AMD Zen 2 based APUs are very efficient and the 7nm goodness is reflected on both its performance and power consumption.
Overall this is a great mid-range laptop with the powerful Ryzen 5 4500U, decent display, and long battery life. I feel this laptop can do the job for many people, and it’s much better than the Core i5 options in that price range. The laptop was overpriced for quite some time now, and finally, it’s available at its original price of ₹ 59,990.
Buy from here: https://amzn.to/3gZvPof
ASUS VivoBook S14
Price: starts at ₹ 65,000
Much expectedly, Asus after a big hit of its recent TUF Gaming A15 laptops with Ryzen 4000H gaming processors in India, the Taiwanese OEM has brought its budget end VivoBook laptops with the latest Ryzen 4000U APUs. But to my surprise, the word “budget” does not fit in with the pricing its currently available at.
Both the ASUS VivoBook S14 M433IA laptops come with the 6 core Ryzen 5 4500U & 8 core Ryzen 7 4700U and do have some interesting features but the 4500U variant will cost you ₹ 65,000 while the Ryzen 7 4700U variant will cost you ₹ 75,000.
The design of the laptop is quite similar to its predecessors with almost 85% screen-to-body ratio but has large bezels on the top and bottom of the screen. But the laptop is a light one and the colours of the laptop make it look quite funky but it does not have a metal unibody whereas a plastic body with diamond-cut edges and textured finishes.
The laptop is incredibly thin with just 15.9 mm thickness, making it much more portable while it comes with 4 colour variants: Indie Black, Gaia Green, Resolute Red, Dreamy White. However, on Amazon, there are two of them available: Indie Black & Dreamy White.
Coming to the display, the new ASUS VivoBook S14 features a 14-inch Full HD display with 178 degree wide viewing angles, 16:9 aspect ratio and covers an impressive 100% sRGB colour gamut.
For performance as told previously you have two options:
- AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Mobile Processor(8C/8T, 12MB Cache, 4.1 GHz Max Boost)
- AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Mobile Processor(6C/6T, 11MB Cache, 4.0 GHz Max Boost)
The integrated Vega iGPU is very strong for light to heavy workloads including casual gaming as well, making the laptop even more valuable. For RAM you have 8GB / 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 options but it’s soldered so buy a 16GB variant is available for better performance both on the CPU and GPU front. Coming to the storage, you get 256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSD options.
It has a wide range of ports including 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Audio combo jack, 1 x MicroSD card reader and a DC-in jack. The laptop features a full-size backlit keyboard with 1.4mm key travel along with Glass-covered with integrated NumberPad2.0, whereas for audio we have Harman Kardon certified speakers.
On the connectivity front, you get the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax) and Bluetooth v5.0 support. You get a decent 50Wh 3-cells lithium-polymer battery for battery, which supports fast charging: 60% in 49 minutes. It also features an HD webcam and is powered by Windows 10 Home. Also, there are Windows 10 Pro options as well.
Buy the Ryzen 5 4500U variant: https://amzn.to/3gR6YmR
Buy the Ryzen 7 4700U variant: https://amzn.to/3iQXTMC
Go, get your AMD Ryzen 4000U powered laptop now!!!
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