Updated May 23, 2020
XPG Xenia 1660TI 6G 15.6" Full HD 144Hz Windows Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7-9750H @ 2.60GHz, 32GB DDR4, 1000GB SSD, GTX 1660 Ti), Model XENIA159GENI71660TI-BKCUS
Given the specs, our projected price for this laptop is $1979.30. This is a rare case where our projected price is actually higher than the MSRP of $1699. This is an extremely strong system from top to bottom. The i7-9750H is a ninth Gen Core i7 CPU, which should be more than enough to avoid being the bottleneck for any games. The GTX 1660Ti is a powerful card for a laptop, and the 32GB of RAM and 1TB SSD should provide plenty of storage and keep things loading quickly.
Updated May 28, 2020
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6" Windows Laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, Vega 7) Model 81W40019US
Our projected price for this version of the IdeaPad 3 is $1,081.74, which is well above the MSRP. That is probably due to the exceptional performance of the Ryzen 7 4700U, which has killer performance for a mobile chip. As for the rest of the specs, this is a very strong consumer level laptop. As mentioned above, the Ryzen 7 4700U is a 4th generation Ryzen chip, which is a huge jump above both 3rd Gen Ryzen and the Intel 9th and 10th generation chips in the same price band. The 8GB of DDR4 RAM is adequate. It has 4GB soldered and a 4GB stick, so you could theoretically replace the non-soldered stick with a 16GB for <$50, and get 20GB. The 512GB SSD is an NVMe, so it should be very fast. The integrated Vega 7 graphics are adequate for light gaming.
Updated May 28, 2020
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6" Full HD Windows Laptop (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Vega 6) Model 81W4000AUS
Based on the specs, our projected price for this Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is $669.73. This is probably because it includes a 4th generation Ryzen CPU, which we've found has destroyed our price/performance scale. Aside from the powerful CPU, this laptop has specs in line with a midlevel consumer laptop. It has 8GB (4GB soldered) of DDR4 RAM. If you're up for it, we would recommened removing the 4GB stick and adding at least an 8GB to increase the RAM. The 1TB HDD is a mechanical drive, which will be considerably slower than an SSD. The integrated Vega 6 graphics are decent. Don't expect to play high end games at ultra resolution, but the Vega 6 is more capable than Intel's integrated solutions in this price band.
Updated May 22, 2020
ASUS TUF FX505DU-WB72 15.6" Full HD Windows Gaming Laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, GTX 1660 Ti)
Given the specs, our projected price for the ASUS TUF FX505DU-WB72 15.6" Full HD Windows Gaming Laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, GTX 1660 Ti) is $974.04. The Ryzen 7 3750H is a very strong CPU for a laptop, and the GTX 1660 Ti is an extremely capable GPU. ASUS' TUF line of laptops is designed to be especially durable as well.
Updated May 23, 2020
ASUS Vivobook 15.6" Full HD Windows Laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, 12GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, Vega 10) Model X512DA-BR7N4
The ASUS Vivobook line is their midlevel. It's a consumer grade system with very aggressive pricing. Our projected price for this system is $771.53, which is actually higher than the MSRP of $699. The X512DA-BR7N4 is aimed at the top end of casual users, with a Ryzen 7 3700U, 12GB of DDR4 RAM, and a large 512GB SSD. This system should be more than sufficient for most everyday tasts, like sending emails, watching Youtube, and playing internet poker. The Integrated Vega 10 graphics are very decent. They outpaced the Intel equivalent (HD 620) by quite a bit, and are strong enough to make a game of Fortnite tolerable. **Product Specs** 15.6" Full HD display The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight. Ryzen 7 Imagine, design and create without boundaries. The powerful AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor features machine intelligence that anticipates your needs. Discover true responsiveness with 4 cores and 8 threads for ultimate performance. 12GB system memory for full-power multitasking Plenty of high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once. Solid State Drive (PCI-e) Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more. AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 Integrated graphics chipset with shared video memory provides solid image quality for Internet use, movies, basic photo editing and casual gaming. Weighs 3.75 lbs. and measures 0.8" thin Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 2-cell lithium-polymer battery. HDMI output expands your viewing options Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture. Wireless-AC connectivity Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 3x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N. Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots. Built-in HD webcam with microphone Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
Updated May 20, 2020
Acer Aspire 5 Series NX.HDJAA.005 15.6" Full HD Windows Laptop (Intel Core i7-8565U @ 1.80GHz, 12GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, HD Graphics 620)
The Acer Aspire 5 Series laptops are midlevel general purpose laptops. These are not ultrathin, ultralight, or especially fancy, but the build quality is good and the parts are adequate. This model includes an i7-8565U CPU, which is an 8th generation part that should be fast enough to do most non-gaming tasks. The 12GB of DDR4 RAM will be adequate for most uses, and the 256GB SSD should keep things loading quickly. The weak link is the integrated graphics, which lag behind the AMD equivalents. If you don't plan on doing much gaming, it won't matter, but we don't recommend this laptop as a gaming rig. Based on the specs, our projected price for this laptop is $668.50.
Updated May 24, 2020
LG gram 13.3" Full HD Windows Laptop (Intel Core i5-8265U @ 1.60GHz, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, HD Graphics 620) Model 13Z990-U.AAW5U1 (2019)
The LG gram series laptops have exceptional build quality. They provide an incredible mix of rigidity and light weight. With an i5 8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, this is a perfect machine for a business traveler. Given the specs, we project the price of the laptop to be $924.41.
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Updated May 22, 2020
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 14.0" Full HD Windows Laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, Vega 7) Model 82A50000US
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 series is a very well put together, light laptop. Given the specs, we project the price of this laptop to be $1,011. By using AMD's excellent Ryzen 7 4700U chip, Lenovo has built an extremely fast laptop at a very reasonable cost. The 4700U is an 8 core processor that, according to [PC World](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3541009/ryzen-7-4700u-review-amds-budget-8-core-crushes-intels-10th-gen-chips-again.html), "crushes Intel's [it-10710U]". The rest of the specs include 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Vega 7 integrated graphics.
Updated May 25, 2020
New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage), Model MWTL2LLA
The newest MacBook Air was released on March 18, 2020. It remedied the two biggest issues with the previous generation- the keyboard and CPU. With 10th Gen Intel CPUs, the Macbook Air is finally within spitting distance of Windows Ultrabooks. Apple is no longer a generation behind the competition. On the keyboard side, Apple ditched the controversial (and expensive to fix) "butterfly" style and used a new scissor-switch keyboard in this model. Finally, the retail price dropped by $100. The MSRP for the 2020 MacBook air is now $999. Check back on this page to find the best deals and coupons on the 2020 MacBook Air. **Product Specs** Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone technology Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor Intel Iris Plus Graphics 256GB SSD 8GB of memory Stereo speakers with wider stereo sound Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports Up to 11 hours of battery life Force Touch trackpad
Updated May 25, 2020
Acer Aspire 5 Slim 15.6" Full HD Windows Laptop (AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Vega 3) Model A515-43-R19L
Based on the specs, our projected price for the Acer Aspire 5 Slim is $419.11. It should be a decent lightweight system. The Ryzen 3 3200U is an adequate CPU, and the integrated Vega 3 graphics are decent as well. Don't expect to be playing high end games at 60FPS, but you should be able to play more modest games at 30+ FPS. The 4GB of DDR4 RAM is a little less than we'd like to see, but this is a budget system, so the compromise makes sense. The 128 GB SSD is also a little smaller than we would like, but at least the SSD should keep the system feeling decently fast.