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The Best Budget Multimedia Notebooks

January 2023 update. Whether you are looking at gaming, office use, or photo and video editing, multimedia laptops cover a wide spectrum. Below, you will find the all-round notebooks with the best price-performance ratio as well as true bargains.

Multimedia laptops are all-rounders and very popular among customers. Whether it is web browsing, office work, or modern games, modern multimedia laptops can handle everything. For this ranking, however, we limit the theoretical budget to 1000 Euros (lowest current price at the time of writing). The minimum requirement for the performance level is a GeForce MX150, which can at least handle modern games in 1366x768 pixels. The other multimedia ranking and more interesting lists are obviously still available:

The Best Budget Multimedia Laptops

Position
Total Rating
Date
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Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Screen
186.3 %
07/2022
Asus Vivobook Pro 14 M3401QC-KM007TAsus Vivobook Pro 14 M3401QC-KM007T
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.5 kg19 mm14.00"2880x1800glossy
286.2 %
07/2022
Acer Swift X SFX16-51G-5388Acer Swift X SFX16-51G-5388
Intel Core i5-11320H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.8 kg18.9 mm16.10"1920x1080matte
385.7 %
09/2022
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ARH7Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ARH7
AMD Ryzen 5 6600HS
AMD Radeon 660M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.9 kg18.4 mm16.00"2560x1600matte
485.6 %
03/2022
Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R7F3Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R7F3
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.4 kg18.89 mm14.00"1920x1080matte
585.6 %
08/2022
HP Envy 14-eb0252ngHP Envy 14-eb0252ng
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
8 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.5 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1200matte
683.5 %
07/2022
Dell Inspiron 15 PlusDell Inspiron 15 Plus
Intel Core i5-11400H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.9 kg19 mm15.60"1920x1080matte
782.6 %
08/2022
Asus ZenBook 14 UM425UAsus ZenBook 14 UM425U
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.2 kg15.3 mm14.00"1920x1080matte
882.6 %
05/2022
Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500UHuawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.6 kg16.9 mm15.60"1920x1080matte
982.2 %
04/2022
Honor MagicBook 16 2022Honor MagicBook 16 2022
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.8 kg18.2 mm16.10"1920x1080matte
1079.8 %
08/2022
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Samsung Galaxy Book2 15Samsung Galaxy Book2 15
Intel Core i7-1260P
Intel Arc A350M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.6 kg15 mm15.60"1920x1080matte

The table above contains an overview over the best budget multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

There are plenty of multimedia laptops for under 1,000 Euros. This category features a good price-performance ratio, because all multimedia-class device are equipped with a discrete graphics card and provide decent gaming performance. Inexpensive entry-level models are often shipped with a powerful processor, but the common GeForce MX150 is not a perfect solution for modern 3D games. Manufacturers also try to save money in terms of storage, which can quickly become the bottleneck due to high storage requirements of multimedia contents like games, picture, or videos. You should favor an SSD/HDD combination.

1st – Asus Vivobook Pro 14

Asus Vivobook Pro 14
Asus Vivobook Pro 14

The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 is a great and inexpensive multimedia notebook with a current AMD APU. However, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 laptop also serves as a dedicated graphics card, which can also be used to play one or two games. However, the highlight of the Asus Vivobook Pro 14 is the display. There is a modern OLED panel with very good color space coverage here. Furthermore, there are the advantages that an OLED display brings with it. 

Asus offers a great, powerful 14-inch all-round notebook with the Vivobook Pro 14. The high computing power is also not accompanied by a loud operating noise.

The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 OLED (Ryzen 7 5800H) is currently available for $1,199 at Amazon.

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2nd – Acer Swift X SFX16

Acer Swift X 16
Acer Swift X 16

The Acer Swift X SFX16 belongs to the somewhat more expensive mid-range laptops. However, at just over 1,000 Euros, our tested sample is only very slightly over the limit, which is why we still decided to include it in our top 10 list. The Acer Swift X SFX16 offers a fast Intel Core i5-11320H and with the dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 laptop, gaming suitability is also given.

The Acer Swift X SFX16 collects points with the good display, the stable and high-quality metal case and the modern ports.

The Acer Swift X is a great 16-inch multimedia device with a good display and Thunderolt 4.

The Swift X SFX16-51G is available on Acer's official store for around $1,199.

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3rd - Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ARH7
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ARH7

With the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16, the manufacturer offers a modern multimedia device with a 16-inch display. The display in 16:10 format is good to work with and the brightness is also on a good level. The SoC is an AMD Ryzen 5 6600HS with 6 cores and 12 threads. The SoC also includes a solid iGPU in the form of the AMD Radeon RX 660M.

Lenovo's IdeaPad 5 Pro 16 proves to be a good all-rounder in the test that cuts a good figure outside of 3D applications.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ARH7 is available for example from Amazon for $1,169.

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4th – Acer Swift X SFX14

Acer Swift X SFX14
Acer Swift X SFX14

The Acer Swift X SFX14 is a compact yet powerful multimedia laptop based on AMD’s Ryzen APU. Paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 it offers more than adequate gaming performance for modern games. In our test, the SFX14 turned out to offer a very high CPU performance as well as long battery life. Its case is relatively robust and sturdy despite its low weight, and it even comes with a fingerprint reader.

The Acer Swift X SFX14 is an affordable all-rounder with solid gaming pedigree.

The GTX 1650-based SKU is not available in the US. Instead, the $900 entry-level SKU comes with an RTX 3050 and is available among others on Amazon.

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5th – HP Envy 14

HP Envy 14-eb0252ng
HP Envy 14-eb0252ng

The HP Envy 14 is a more powerful multimedia notebook and is powered by an Intel Core i5-1135G7. The iGPU will have to suffice for 3D performance. Nevertheless, the Envy 14 scores with low emissions and a bright display in 16:10 format. The great design as well as the long battery runtimes and Thunderbolt 4 round off the pact and thus provide important score points, which enables the entry into the top 10.

The HP Envy 14 is a great all-rounder with a consistently good performance in the review.

Currently, HP Envy 14 doesn't seem to be available in the United States.

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6th - Dell Inspiron 15 Plus

Dell Inspiron 15 Plus
Dell Inspiron 15 Plus

The Dell Inspiron 15 Plus makes it into our top 10 list with a solid performance and its all-round capabilities. The modern design also matches the modern connectivity including Thunderbolt 4. However, the poor battery runtimes spoil an even better ranking for the Dell Inspiron 15 Plus. However, the good input devices and the relatively low weight make the device a good companion.

The current price clearly makes the device an insider tip at the moment. 

The Dell Inspiron 15 Plus is currently not yet available in the US.

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7th – Asus ZenBook 14

Asus ZenBook 14 UM425U
Asus ZenBook 14 UM425U

The Asus ZenBook 14 is an inexpensive multimedia notebook based on an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U. The AMD Ryzen APU offers a good graphics unit with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, which can also master one or two games. Unfortunately, the RAM is limited to 8 GB because it cannot be expanded. The Asus ZenBook 14 also scores points with its very good battery life, the chic design and the good display brightness.

The new Asus ZenBook 14 offers a lot of performance paired with very good battery runtimes and a bright display. However, you have to make some concessions in terms of features.

The Asus ZenBook 14 UM425U (Ryzen 5 5500U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) is available on Amazon US for $719.

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8th – Huawei MateBook D 15

Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500U
Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500U

The Huawei MateBook D15 is now also available with the latest AMD Ryzen APUs. In the test, the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U in the MateBook D 15 could deliver a good system performance. Together with the high-quality case and the good display, it is enough to enter our top 10. At only 500 Euros, the device offers a lot in this price range. However, you also have to accept some compromises. The working memory cannot be expanded and the USB ports only offer 2.0 speed.

The Huawei MateBook D15 offers a solid SoC for home users with the fast 6-core aka AMD Ryzen 5 5500U.

At the time of writing, the MateBook D 15 doesn't seem to be available in stores in the United States.

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9th – Honor MagicBook 16 2022

Honor MagicBook 16 2022
Honor MagicBook 16 2022

The Honor MagicBook 16 2022 is a powerful all-rounder. It is based on an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H from the Zen 3 series. The 16 GB working memory clocks with 3200 MHz and is sufficient for most applications. AMD's Radeon RX Vega 7 serves as the graphics unit. The positive aspects outweigh and it was just enough for a ranking in our top 10. The slim case looks modern and compact. Nevertheless, the case temperatures are very pleasant even under load. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600H offers a high system performance, although the battery runtimes were not completely convincing.

Unfortunately, the Honor MagicBook 16 is shipped with a too weak power supply, which means that the battery has to be used as a buffer again and again during high load.

Currently, the Honor Magicbook 16 2022 is not available in the US. For other regions, we can try to find it on Honor's online store.

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10th – Samsung Galaxy Book2 15

Samsung Galaxy Book2 15
Samsung Galaxy Book2 15

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 15 is a top modern and compact notebook for multimedia use. The manufacturer relies completely on Intel, because CPU and GPU come from one source. Thus, we see an Intel Arc A350M next to the Intel Core i7-1260P, which masters the image output as a dedicated graphics card. Basically, the device offers decent system performance and usable battery runtimes at the same time. Many external ports and fast WLAN round off the package. Nevertheless, you unfortunately have to do without USB4 and Thunderbolt.

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 15 does offer a good performance. AMD's current Radeon RX 680M iGPU is superior to the Intel Arc 350M, though.

At the time of writing, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 15 is not yet available in North America.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

367.8 mm / 14.5 inch 236.1 mm / 9.3 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.8 kg4.01 lbs368 mm / 14.5 inch 236 mm / 9.29 inch 18.2 mm / 0.717 inch 1.8 kg4.04 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.9 kg4.09 lbs357.8 mm / 14.1 inch 229.9 mm / 9.05 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.6 kg3.54 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 251 mm / 9.88 inch 18.4 mm / 0.724 inch 1.9 kg4.29 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.6 kg3.48 lbs322.8 mm / 12.7 inch 212.2 mm / 8.35 inch 18.89 mm / 0.744 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs318 mm / 12.5 inch 225 mm / 8.86 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.5 kg3.25 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 15.3 mm / 0.602 inch 1.2 kg2.66 lbs313 mm / 12.3 inch 224 mm / 8.82 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.21 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs
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