In 2019, three lines of low-voltage processors were introduced: Intel Ice Lake, Intel Comet Lake, and AMD Ryzen Zen +. They dominated the market in the first half of 2020. But don’t discount the 35-watt AMD processors that performed well in entry-level gaming laptops, as well as the more powerful 45-watt Intel Coffee Lake chips that were out of the competition.
The second half of 2020 brought us new 45-watt Intel Comet Lake and AMD Ryzen Renoir 4000H processors, as well as low-voltage Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen Renoir 4000U processors.
As for discrete graphics cards, the “green” presented NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, as well as NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super. AMD has made a bold attempt to compete with NVIDIA with the release of AMD Radeon RX5300M and AMD Radeon RX5500M graphics, but they have not yet received widespread adoption.
MSI Prestige 15
A lightweight, compact and powerful laptop with decent battery life and stylish design. Believe it or not, such a device really exists.
For the money, this is one of the best options. An aluminum case, a good display, a battery that will last for a whole working day, and thoughtful software in which you can customize the preset, both for professional work with applications, for example, from Adobe, and for games. By the way, about the games. Despite the filling, consisting of a low-voltage Intel Core i5 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card in Max-Q design, the laptop can outperform some gaming-grade devices. The laptop has weaknesses (sound and body rigidity), but their advantages more than outweigh the disadvantages. It costs, of course, not cheap, but for its money – this is one of the best options for such a plan.
ASUS VivoBook X403FA
14-inch aluminum ultrabook powered by Intel’s low-voltage Whiskey Lake or Comet Lake processors.
Its battery capacity is 72 W * h. To give you an idea, that’s 14 hours and 40 minutes of YouTube streaming at 1080p @ 60fps at 70% screen brightness and balanced power mode (improved battery).
A laptop is, of course, a bit too much, but business solutions with a similar battery and performance are much more expensive, and ordinary laptops designed for routine work with documents or consumption of multimedia content, as a rule, do not give out half the time that the ASUS VivoBook X403FA worked.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-57
Another 14-inch ultrabook on our list, but with a completely different positioning. This is an ultra-thin and ultra-light laptop from the mid-price segment, which is not worse than similar solutions from the top and premium segments.
The case is made of aluminum-magnesium alloy, the screen covers 72% of the NTSC color space, there is a Thunderbolt 3 port. With the help of the latter, using a docking station, you can display an image on the monitor, connect all the necessary peripherals and power the laptop itself.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5-15
Lightweight and thin 15.6 ” laptop with Intel Ice Lake processors.
Nice appearance, ease of use, LED keyboard backlighting, high-quality cooling system – these are just some of the many advantages of this model. But its main trump card is the processor, whose TDP is raised to 35 watts. Thanks to this solution, the chip almost always operates at the maximum frequency for itself, provided that the corresponding power consumption preset is set. The cherry on top is a fully functional USB-C port (Power Delivery, DisplayPort and Data Transfer).
ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA
A premium business laptop that competes on an equal footing with the heavyweight Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Judge for yourself: the case is made of magnesium-lithium alloy, the weight is 995 grams and the 4-core Intel Comet Lake processor.
In addition to premium case materials, the laptop offers a very impressive performance for its dimensions, which favorably distinguishes it from the competition. Yes, you can’t play modern games on ASUS ExpertBook, but it will work without problems for 13 hours in web surfing mode. Other advantages include two M.2 slots for installing SSDs and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Huawei MateBook D 14
The Huawei MateBook D 14 is a 14-inch aluminum laptop with IPS display, backlit keyboard, AMD Ryzen processor and competitive price.
To be honest, the Huawei MateBook D 14 is very good for the money. Yes, it has some drawbacks – the lack of support for the DisplayPort protocol in the USB-C connector, an IPS display that lacks stars from the sky, a rather dim and not constantly lit key backlight. But the laptop demonstrates good performance, decent battery life and costs almost 10,000 rubles less than similar solutions from famous brands.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3-15
The entry-level Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3-15 is a huge step up from its predecessor, the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming. Literally everything has improved – from the keyboard to the hardware.
Compared to most competitors, Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3-15 does not just look good and has a very good cooling system, but also received a very comfortable keyboard that will appeal not only to gamers, but to people who regularly type voluminous texts. A pleasant nuance is the LED backlighting in a pleasant blue color.
As for the hardware component, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3-15 is equally available with both powerful Intel Comet Lake-H and AMD Ryzen 4000H processors, but the choice of video card is limited only by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. But do not forget that we are talking about an entry-level gaming device.