If you're looking for a stylish, entry-level laptop that won't break the bank — and you're not committed to Intel — you'll want to check out the Samsung Notebook 5 (opens in new tab).
Regularly priced at $599.99, the 0.8-inch thin laptop is on sale for $399.99. By comparison, Amazon (opens in new tab) has it for $489.
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The laptop features a 15.6-inch 1080p LCD, 2GHz AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB HDD. A gaming rig this is not, but for everyday use, it's a solid deal.
If you're not familiar with AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U, the chip offers similar performance to Intel's Core i5-8250U CPU going from a base 2GHz to a turbo speed of 3.6GHz. In our performance tests, the two CPUs were neck-and-neck, but the Ryzen CPU pulled ahead when it comes to video transcoding. Thanks to its Radeon Vega GPU, the Ryzen 5 2500U also fared better in our graphics tests, though Intel won other benchmarks if only by a small margin.
For daily tasks like Web browsing, watching videos on YouTube, and binging on Netflix — the Notebook 5 doesn't disappoint. And currently priced at $399.99, it's a solid buy. This deal ends Jan. 27.