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The AMD Ryzen 4000 family is one such supernova and promises to bring some of the best processing performance ever to laptops, at a price that defies logic.
(Updated 04/27: The IdeaPad 5 laptop is now available in the US but, alas!, you can't configure it to your needs. There's only one model available, the 81YQ0007US, which retails for $689.99. It has a Ryzen 5 4500U, 8GB and 512GB SSD. You won't be able to remove Windows 10 for example or change the CPU)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15 laptop - £475 (roughly $590/AU$920)
Lenovo is making a serious statement with its IdeaPad 5 15, with the emphatic inclusion of an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU - in a device that costs under £500 no less. We've never seen a AMD Ryzen notebook deal like this, so grab it while you can.
When we first laid eyes on the Ideapad 5 15, it was immediately clear Lenovo is going for the jugular.
Available for as as little as £475 (roughly $590/AU$920), the IdeaPad is considered an entry level model, so we were delighted to see the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U making an emphatic appearance.
Unfortunately, the Ideapad 5 15 isn't available outside of Europe, so international customers may have to use a specialist parcel forwarding service if they want to take advantage of the deal.
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The laptop comes with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD (M.2 2242, PCIe-NVMe, TLC) and, most importantly, you can swap out Windows 10 for FreeDOS (an MS-DOS equivalent).
You can also add a dummy hard disk drive for free, which means you can integrate a secondary 2.5-inch SSD at a later date.
Have you managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new? Let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
It also features a 15.6-inch full HD TN display, which you can swap for a touch/non-touch superior IPS model for a small additional fee.
Likewise, if your budget will allow, you can add a fingerprint reader, replace the 45Whr battery with a 57Whr model and exchange the Wireless 2x2 AC for a more advanced Wi-Fi 6 2x2 AX.
Note, the machine is not yet available in Australia or the US, but we've contacted Lenovo to find out when it will appear in non-European regions.
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