Deal | Acer Aspire 3 with Ryzen 7, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $490 right now
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.