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With AMD Ryzen 7 4700U/4800U right around the corner, now is the best time to buy a Ryzen 7 3700U laptop

With AMD Ryzen 7 4700U coming soon, Ryzen 7 3700U laptops just got a lot cheaper (Image source: Newegg)
With AMD Ryzen 7 4700U coming soon, Ryzen 7 3700U laptops just got a lot cheaper (Image source: Newegg)
Laptops powered by the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U are starting to get a lot cheaper to make room for the next generation. These AMD laptops are able to offer comparable CPU performance to the Core i7-8550U or Core i7-8565U commonly found on high-end Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, or the Lenovo Yoga series.
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AMD was met with excitement from fans and journalists at CES 2020 who praised the red chipmaker for the promising Zen 2 lineup of Ryzen 4000U processors. The first laptops to come equipped with the new processors are scheduled for March meaning that most retailers will be discounting older Zen and Zen+ laptops all throughout the month of February.

One example sale is the 14-inch Asus ZenBook 14 equipped with the last generation Ryzen 7 3700U now retailing for just $660 USD. The ZenBook series is home to Asus' flagship consumer Ultrabooks in contrast to the budget-oriented VivoBook series. From a performance-per-dollar standpoint, this is one of the better deals without settling for a lower-end Vivobook, HP Pavilion, or Dell Inspiron.

Other than the aforementioned ZenBook, however, there aren't many Ryzen 7 3700U options to choose from. Lesser AMD laptops like the Walmart Motile are also on sale with the slower Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 variants. AMD has been having a tough time convincing major OEMs to use mobile Ryzen parts for high-end Ultrabook models like the Dell XPS, HP Spectre, or Lenovo Yoga 900 series. The chipmaker still has a long way to go to get mobile Ryzen onto more systems, but the few that are available should be a steal in the coming weeks.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-01-31 (Update: 2020-01-31)
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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.