Drop a Ryzen 5000 mobile processor into a laptop, and you end up with a machine that smashes expectations—a three-pound convertible can accomplish what yesterday’s six-pound gaming laptop did.
The first 5800H and 5900HX laptops have yet to hit shelves, but select models are already available for pre-order. Generally we advise waiting to see how well individual notebooks perform, but between current high demand for PCs and Ryzen 5000 mobile’s high marks in reviews, guaranteeing yourself an early spot in line could be prudent. Here’s where to fork over your cash.
Big screens don’t necessarily cost a ton—case in point is this Gigabyte A7 laptopRemove non-product link, which sports a 17.3-inch high refresh-rate screen. Overall, its specs should pack a punch for 1080p gaming, though be aware that this mobile RTX 3060 part only has 6GB of memory, half of the desktop card’s 12GB.
Gigabyte A5 X1-BUS2130
Display: 15.6-inch 1080p 244Hz IPS
CPU: Ryzen 7 5800H
GPU: RTX 3070
RAM: 16GB DDR4-3200
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 4.85 pounds
Some times, high refresh-rate tops the list of necessary features—and this 15.6-inch Gigabyte A5 laptopRemove non-product link delivers that at a relatively affordable price. Its only potential drawback is its 512GB SSD, which will fill up quickly as you put the RTX 3070 through its paces in multiple AAA games.
Alaina Yee is PCWorld's resident bargain hunter—when she's not covering PC building, computer components, mini-PCs, and more, she's scouring for the best tech deals. Previously her work has appeared in PC Gamer, IGN, Maximum PC, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.