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The best AMD Ryzen laptops in 2021

Asus ROG Flow X13/Asus ROG XG Mobile
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The best AMD Ryzen laptops have transformed from some solid value recommendations to easily some of the best laptops on the market. Last year's Ryzen-4000 series CPUs were a turning point with the battery life to performance outclassing its Intel counterparts.

Enter the Ryzen 5000-series CPUs this year along with additional manufacturers giving us AMD options and things are even more interesting. Intel is certainly putting up a fight with its 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs, which is great for consumers. AMD's multi-year advantage on 7-nanometer chips is going to be tough for Intel to overcome, so we may keep seeing the tide turn in favor of AMD, but for now, you get the awesome performance and battery life at typically lower prices.

After hours of research and dozens of reviews, here are our picks for the best AMD Ryzen laptops of 2021.

HP Envy x360 13

HP Envy x360 13 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

1. HP Envy x360 13

The best general-purpose Ryzen touch-screen convertible

CPU: CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U | GPU: Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 10 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p; 120 Hz touch screen | Dimensions: 12.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds

Outstanding performance
Long battery life
Excellent value
Stylish and compact design
Bright and vivid 1080p display
A bit thicker and heavier than rivals
No IR camera

The previous HP Envy x360 was a solid performer, but the 2020 model and its 4000-series AMD CPU is an absolutely amazing value at under $1,000. The 13.3-inch touchscreen display is bright and vivid and the handy 2-in-1 folding form factor allows you to enjoy your content in a variety of configurations. While gamers will still want to look at our best gaming laptops page, the HP Envy x360 has absolutely unbeatable performance for this price range that will be more than sufficient for the vast majority of users. 

The sleek and stylish aluminum design of the HP also helps to give it the premium look and feel of a laptop that costs hundreds more. While it still can't compete with its pricier sibling, the HP Spectre x360 (which grabbed our top spot among the best 2-in-1-laptops), the all off to the Envy x360 is less than you would think for the price difference and is simply an excellent-looking laptop with fantastic performance.

See our full review of the HP Envy x360 13 (2020).

Asus ROG Flow X13/Asus ROG XG Mobile

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2. Asus ROG Flow X13

The best 2-in-1 Ryzen gaming laptop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650/RTX 3080 | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 2TB | Display: 4K, 60Hz | Dimensions: 15.7 x 11.6 x 0.7~0.9 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds

Head-turning, versatile design
Great gaming and overall performance
Excellent battery life
XG Mobile is a compact, portable eGPU
Keys are a bit small
Display could be brighter and more vivid

The Asus ROG Flow X13 is truly a unique beast, delivering impressive performance in a sub 3 pound laptop thanks to its new Ryzen 5000-series processor paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. But that's not its best trick, add the compact XG Mobile eGPU and you've just turned the ROG Flow X13 into a beast of a gaming laptop with the power of an Nvidia RTX 3080.

As if what's going on inside isn't impressive enough, the exterior design of the ROG Flow X13 is gorgeous with Asus Gravity Wave design covering its magnesium-alloy chassis. Open the lid and you'll find perhaps unexpectedly that this is a 2-in-1 with 360-degree flexibility allowing it to convert into tent, stand or tablet mode.

Alright so this all sounds great, what's the catch? Just the price, at $2,999 or $3,299 for the version that we tested this is an eye-wateringly expensive option. However, if you fall into the niche that sees the value in a laptop this portable delivering this kind of performance then there's simply nothing else like it and you owe it to yourself to check it out.

See our full review of the Asus ROG Flow X13

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA503Q) review

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3. Asus Zephyrus G15

The best high-end Ryzen gaming laptop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1440p; 165Hz | Dimensions: 14 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.2 pounds

Killer AMD and Nvidia performance
1440p, 165Hz panel
Amazing battery life
Clicky keyboard
Elegant Moonlight White design
Display could be more vibrant
Lacks a webcam

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 absolutely blew our reviewer away last year for its mix of performance and outstanding battery life, one of its few drawbacks for gamers was that it topped out at an Nvidia 2060 Max-Q GPU. You'll understand our reviewer's excitement then when Asus announced this new larger model at CES 2021, it steps up to both the newer Ryzen 5000-series CPUs and features up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.

Gamers that wanted to give Ryzen a try are no longer restricted to budget gaming laptops, this a high-end gaming laptop with our review model coming in at $2,499. Despite all that added power it still delivers excellent battery life at over eight hours and features a number of nice improvements like its clicky keyboard and powerful speakers. While the display isn't quite as vibrant as we'd like, it's sharper and smoother than the G14 and makes the jump to a 165Hz refresh rate. Not only is this laptop one of the best AMD Ryzen laptops on the market today, but it's one of the best gaming laptops and best VR-ready laptops.

See our full review of the Asus Zephyrus G15.

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4. Lenovo ThinkPad X13

The best Ryzen business laptop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U | GPU: Integrated AMD Radeon Vega | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p | Dimensions: 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds

Outstanding performance
Best-in-class keyboard
Extensive ports
Competitively priced
Durable build
Lacks Thunderbolt 3 support
Subpar battery life
Thick display bezels

Lenovo and its ThinkPad lineup are mainstays of the business laptop world and the Ryzen-powered ThinkPad X13 (AMD) is a strong contender in this realm. The Ryzen 5 Pro 4650 U processor that we reviewed offered fantastic performance, although battery life could definitely be better at just under 8 hours in our battery test.

Extensive port options include two USB 3.2 Type-A, two USB-C, an HDMI 2.0, an Ethernet extension port, a microSD, a headphone/mic and a Kensington lock slot. And then as you would expect for a ThinkPad the keyboard is phenomenal and the laptop offers military-grade durability. The anti-relective coating on the display keeps the glare away, but you definitely feel its productivity focus as neither the color gamut nor brightness scores are going to blow you away, however its enough to easily view your spreadsheets and documents in any environment.

See our full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (AMD)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

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5. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The best Ryzen thin and light VR-ready gaming rig

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 2060 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p; up to 120Hz | Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.5 pounds

Thin and light design
Killer AMD and Nvidia performance
Unbeatable battery life
Bright 120Hz display
No webcam
Weak keyboard lighting

If portability is a high priority for your gaming laptop, then the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 belongs on your shortlist. This is especially true for those considering a VR-ready laptop that won't weigh you down.

The combination of the excellent AMD Ryzen 4000-series CPU with solid Nvidia GTX or RTX GPU options make the Zephyrus G14 a performance beast with literally the best battery life we've ever seen on a gaming laptop. The display is similarly impressive with category beating brightness and color gamut and up to 120Hz refresh rate with support for AMD FreeSync.  

The onboard audio relies on the Dolby Access app and two top-firing speakers and our reviewer was blown away by it. The keyboard backlighting was one of the few disappointments with this laptop, but the keyboard itself was solid. Starting at just over $1,000, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an excellent performer and a good value for gamers on the go.

See our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

best AMD Ryzen laptops: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch, AMD)

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch, AMD) (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

6. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch, AMD)

The best premium Ryzen laptop

CPU: Ryzen 5 3580U CPU | GPU: Vega 9 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 256GB | Display: 15-inch, 2496 x 1664 | Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.4 pounds

Slim, lightweight chassis
Attractive metal design
Bright, vivid 15-inch display
Mediocre battery life
Underwhelming performance

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 is beautifully designed and one of the lightest 15-inch laptops we've ever tested. The crisp, 15-inch display uses a 3:2 aspect ratio (rather than the more common 16:9), which is optimal for working with documents or viewing websites. Despite the traditional laptop form factor and expansive touchpad, the Surface Laptop 3 offers an extremely responsive touch-screen that is also compatible with the Surface Pen.

Battery life and performance aren't standout features for the Surface Laptop 3, but neither are they deal-breakers. It managed 8 hours in our testing (14 minutes shy of the average for a premium laptop), and while real-world performance was acceptable, it was below average in our benchmarks as well. If you are looking for a large screen without taking on the extra weight associated with it, the Surface Laptop 3 is the best option out there.

See our full Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch, AMD).

Acer Swift 3 AMD Ryzen 7 4700U

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7. Acer Swift 3 (2020, AMD)

Best budget Ryzen laptop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U | GPU: AMD Radeon graphics | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 14-inch, 1080p | Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.65 pounds

Herculean performance
Amazing multitasking
Clicky keyboard
Fingerprint scanner
Amazing internals for the price
Dim display

The Acer Swift 3 is a fairly unassuming little laptop and you would be right to pass on the Intel model, but the AMD 4000-series version offers absolutely stunning performance starting at less than $700. That performance makes the over 11-hour runtime that we saw in our battery life testing all the more impressive. 

And while its understated design isn't going to stand out, the magnesium and aluminum-look is minimalist and classy and helps to bring the Swift 3 in at a trim 0.6 inches and 2.65 pounds. If you are looking for the downside we have just one real gripe with the Swift 3 and that is its 14-inch 1080p display. The Swift 3 managed a terrible 62% sRGB color gamut reproduction in our testing and 251 nits of brightness, if a bright and vibrant display is a high priority for you take another look at our top recommendation the HP Envy x360 13.

See our full Acer Swift 3 (2020, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U) review.

Acer Nitro 5 (AMD, 2020) review

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8. Acer Nitro 5 (AMD, 2020)

Best AMD Ryzen gaming laptop under $1,000

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5-4600H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz | Dimensions: 14.3 x 10 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds

Long battery life
Strong CPU performance
Comfortable keyboard
Ridiculously affordable
Mediocre graphics
Dull display
Muddy audio

While it obviously has some tradeoffs, the lack of a high refresh rate display and a high-end GPU, there is simply no beating the value proposition of the Acer Nitro 5 at just $669.

While it slotted in just below the budget gaming laptop average in a number of our graphics-based tests as you can see in our full review, it was awfully close and again at a price point that is well below its competition. CPU performance is another matter entirely, crushing the category averages in overall performance and video transcoding. 

Battery life is another stellar feature for the Nitro 5 with 11 hours and 9 minutes in our test, crushing the 6 hour and 38-minute category average. If you want to spend up to the nearly $900 Dell G5 15 SE (2020) you'll get better GPU performance and a superior display, but at that price, you'll want to start looking at the aforementioned Asus Zephyrus G14 or TUF Gaming A15 for a much better overall package at just over $1,000.

See our full Acer Nitro 5 (AMD, 2020) review.

HP Omen 15 (2020) review

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9. HP Omen 15 (2020)

Another champion AMD Ryzen mid-tier gaming laptop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB | Display: 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) 144Hz | Dimensions: 14.1 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.4 pounds

Powerful overall and gaming performance
Solid battery life
Bright, vivid display
Mushy keyboard with small keys
Weak speakers

Now before you dismiss this as yet another mid-tier gaming laptop based on the AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPU, give me a minute to explain why you should pay attention to this one too. First of all, quite frankly basically all of the mid-tier Ryzen 4000 series gaming laptops are quite good, so it's good to keep your options open as they all offer something slightly different.

The HP delivers solidly in the display department with our review unit offering a 144Hz refresh rate in a bright and vibrant display that outdoes some of its competitors. Where it falls down a touch is in the keyboard and the audio departments, but frankly I'd prefer a good gaming keyboard and gaming headset or a nice set of computer speakers anyway. 

Like some of its competitors, it does give you the option to spec things up a little higher as well topping out at the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD.

See our full HP Omen 15 (2020) review.