Deal | Acer Aspire 3 with Ryzen 7, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $490 right now
Now that mobile Zen+ Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U processors are shipping, laptops sporting the last generation Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are about to get a lot cheaper. The Acer Aspire 3 with Ryzen 7 offers nearly the same performance of an Intel-powered flagship Ultrabook for less than half the price.
One of the best things about the mobile AMD Ryzen series is that it offers nearly the same performance as an Intel Kaby Lake-R or Whiskey Lake-U processor but for significantly less. If you're in the market for an inexpensive no frills daily driver, then an AMD solution should do the trick.
Newegg is currently hosting a sale on the entry-level 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 3 laptop equipped with a Ryzen 7 2700U CPU and 256 GB SSD for under $500 USD. While the Aspire 3 is the bottom-of-the-barrel model preceding the mid-range Aspire 5 and high-end Aspire 7, it's tough to complain when the sale price is as low as it is. The system lacks a number of flagship features including narrow bezels, aluminum skeleton, and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity but makes up for the shortcomings with a solid CPU, primary SSD, and a 1080p display. The Ryzen 7 2700U in particular is comparable to the Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U in raw CPU horsepower while offering significantly faster integrated graphics performance.
Buyers must enter in the promo code 'NEFPBP93' before checkout to receive the $10 discount. See our full reviews on both the Intel and AMD versions of the Acer Aspire 3 for our take on the model.
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.