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For a long time, boutique builders have been the only way to get a desktop PC that you could quickly service yourself. Over the last few years, HP’s Omen gaming brand has made considerable strides to incorporate easily upgradable and replaceable components and standardized parts into its line of gaming PCs. Admittedly, this approach inherently risks turning a computer into yet another beige box PC that look like every other desktop. For that reason, I was excited to hear that the upcoming Omen 45L would feature HP’s existing Omen design language, with a user-friendly, slightly custom design. On paper, the HP Omen 45L strikes a perfect balance between mainstream accessibility and unique compared to the rest of the field. HP sent me an Omen 45L for review, the first HP gaming desktop from a major OEM I’ve used in a very long time. Today I’ll share my main takeaways from my experience with the system.

The Specs

As configured, my HP Omen 45L was spec’d to the gills with an Intel i9-12900K, 64GB of HyperX DDR4 RAM, 2TB WD Black NVMe SSD and an NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU. Regardless of the configuration, it ships with an 800W 80 Plus Gold-rated PSU and a case with a Cryo Chamber—one of the main reasons why I was excited about the desktop. The Cryo Chamber isolates the 12900K and the rest of the system components, allowing them to cool separately from the radiator. This design also allows plenty of airflow around the GPU and RAM to ensure the components don’t affect the CPU’s cooling. Additionally, I can attest that the gap between the Cryo chamber and the main chamber of the case serves nicely as a handle, making it easier to carry. As configured, the system’s MSRP was $4,049.99, but it is currently on sale for $3,549.99 (as of July 15th, 2022). It was an interesting choice to see HP go with DDR4 on this system as the Intel 12th Gen processors and Z690 motherboards are also capable of DDR5. I believe that HP likely made this decision mostly due to cost.

In addition to the desktop, HP completed the Omen gaming experience by sending me the Omen 27c monitor and HyperX keyboard and mouse. As far as the Omen 27c monitor’s specs go, I think it’s a very nice monitor. However, I do think HP should offer a higher tier monitor beyond the 1440P curved and 4K 27” monitors it offers today. The 27c monitor fits in with the 25L, 30L and 40L Omen PCs. HP needs a bigger, higher quality gaming monitor, like the Omen X Emperium it developed three years ago as a part of NVIDIA’s line of BFGD TVs. While those BFGDs were admittedly a bit overpriced and underwhelming, there are just so many epic gaming monitors out there now. I’d love to see HP throw its hat into the ring with a halo monitor product.

The Design and Build Quality

The overall design and build quality of the Omen 45L was quite good for a major OEM, though the bar admittedly isn’t very high. The nice thing is that HP designed the case itself for the Omen, allowing it to really fit nicely into the overall Omen design language. The Omen 45L is elegant, but simple. The same could be said for the 27c monitor, which had lots of very square and angular aspects to it. I love the nod to the Omen brand in the RGB logo on the front along with the 3 RGB ring fans. It was an interesting choice for HP to not go RGB on the rear exhaust fan while the other fans and CPU block have RGB and I think for a small increased cost it would Boost the complete system appearance. Overall, I think the design and integration of the Omen 27c monitor complements the desktop extremely well.

Featuring a blend of brushed metal with glass, the quality of the case itself felt extremely high. That said, I thought the power button was in an odd location and could have been larger and had a more tactile feel. I appreciated HP’s use of a GPU bracket to secure the GPU during shipping and to prevent sagging. However, I believe using the bracket to also route the power cables would have given the system a cleaner appearance. If not that, sleeved power cables would have been nice to Boost the premium feel of the system. The previously mentioned RGB Omen-branded CPU cooler is a very nice touch and fits in very well with the overall design language. Still, if you can see it, you end up seeing a lot of the other power and fan cables that aren’t sleeved. It looks a bit like something someone would have built at home without much attention paid to the appearance of cables. This has generally been a problem with many PC OEMs of varying sizes, but boutiques tend to get this part right most of the time. I would welcome HP to look at what boutique builder Maingear has done with its Stealth technology in collaboration with Gigabyte. HP could help it grow as a standard, making cleaner desktops a more cost-effective and common thing.

HP’s system design has four USB ports on the front with only two 5 Gbps ports and six USB ports on the back with two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, one 5 Gbps and one 10 Gbps Type-A ports and the same speed Type-C ports. I think that in this regard HP is just hitting the bare minimum of what’s necessary and should try to do better with that. Sure, I have seen many other major OEMs do the same thing on the rear I/O ports, but ultimately HP Omen should be different. As a gamer myself, I can never have enough USB ports on the back of my machine. Having just built my own Z690 system, the ASUS ROG board had considerably more and faster USB ports. I think a lot of users will be pretty disappointed once they find out how much slower their PC is compared to boutique and custom PCs and how many less ports they have in comparison.

Hands on Experience

The setup was extremely easy and simple, and I really liked that the system was up-to-date when it arrived. I also appreciated that it didn’t feel necessary to set up an account with the Omen Gaming Hub. Speaking of the Omen Gaming Hub, it was nice to have the ability to manage both the desktop and monitor from a single place. That includes the light controls, though I think they could be a little more user friendly and granular. As far as the Omen Light Studio specifically goes, I think it would be nice to have HyperX software built-in so that people who buy HyperX accessories for their HP Omen PC don’t need to load any additional software.

A system with these specs isn’t going to have any trouble playing the latest games, especially since it was attached to a 1440P 27” monitor. Honestly, the 3090 was almost overkill for every game at that resolution; I had no issues running all my games, including Battlefield 2042, at max settings without a single glitch. I would probably recommend the 4K Omen 27 monitor or a Samsung Odyssey G9 if you really want to push the NVIDIA RTX 3090 to its limits. The Omen 27c monitor that HP shipped to me with the system was a nice gaming display, but I was quite surprised by the amount of edge backlight bleed. I would have expected more from a high-end monitor.

The HP Omen overclocking utility uses Intel XTU to benchmark and set performance, with a single-click ‘Turbo Mode’ that allowed me to increase the RAM performance from 3200 MT/s to 3733 MT/s. This delivered a negligible performance increase compared to overclocking the CPU, which requires more granular and painstaking increases of the CPU clock speed. I don’t recommend overclocking a system you want to last you a long time; usually, the risk outweighs the benefits. That said, the Omen 45L has enough cooling for users to push the clock speed a little more; I’d like to see HP offer more automatic overclocking like we see from some of the motherboard vendors.

Regarding actual gaming performance, I played Battlefield 2042 online in a 64-person server at ultra settings. I got an average of 105 fps, so I probably occasionally hit the limit of this monitor in less graphically intensive scenes. Overall, if you plan to max your games out at max settings, the 1440P monitor may be a great fit if you have a powerful GPU inside like an RTX 3080 or 3090 (HP Does not offer AMD GPUs on this system). Regarding temps during heavy gaming sessions, the GPU peaked at 73C and the CPU around 68C, which makes sense when you consider the sheer size of the radiator in the Omen 45L’s ‘Cryo Chamber.’ The design of the 45L enables the GPU to get ample fresh air without interfering with the CPU’s fresh air, enabling both to run cool and quiet during gaming sessions. I did not get to evaluate HP’s support as I did not encounter any issues, but I consider that to be a good thing for this review.

Final thoughts

HP’s Omen 45L impressed me on paper when it was first announced, and it’s quite clear that it is even more impressive in real life. While the Omen 45L is quite large, that is also what enables it to be such a powerful, cool and quiet gaming powerhouse. With a top-spec machine utilizing the latest and greatest chips from Intel and NVIDIA, it is a competent gaming machine that looks great and is reasonably priced for a major OEM. That said, I think that gamers will balk at the lack of I/O on the back of the machine, which is inferior to a boutique or custom-built machine. Even compared to Dell’s Alienware Aurora R13 and R14, it has considerably fewer and slower ports on the front and back. I would also like to see HP integrate HyperX more into the brand and user experience, so it is easier for users to manage all their hardware in one place. I’m genuinely excited about what HP has done with the Omen 45L, and it is among the top of my recommendations for a major OEM system but as always, there is still room for improvement.

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Killexams : Additive Manufacturing in the Auto Industry
The electric vehicle industry is on the rise, and additive manufacturing will play a huge role [Source: Pixabay]

Charles R. Goulding and Julia Wallace review thoughts from a panel discussion on the use of AM in the automotive industry.

The “Innovation in the EV Ecosystem with Polymer Additive Manufacturing” webinar took place on June 9, 2022. Aaron Delong and Wes Kramer from HP discussed the benefits of Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D Printing in the auto industry

Supply and Demand

The auto industry is heavily impacted by the supply chain shortage, as are most American industries. Silicon chips are not being produced fast enough, and shipping times have increased almost ten-fold in the last year alone.

This impacts the electric vehicle industry just as much as the traditional auto industry. It is estimated that 50-80% of new auto sales will be electric vehicles by 2035, and nearly 400 new EV models will be launched in the next 8 years. This boom will strain the development cycle and tooling and materials required to make prototypes. 

Aaron Delong, a 3D printing application development manager, explained that the best way to accelerate product cycles is to enable digital development process from concept to customer, allow multiple low-cost iterations, reduce total build time, and have more analytical tools.

Luxury car manufacturers are shifting focus toward electric vehicles [Source: Hella]

Increasing the use of additive manufacturing is a huge step toward these goals. Many auto manufacturers, including BMW, Jaguar, and GM, are already using 3D printed parts in their cars, and have been for years; Stellantis is using the technology to make customized car accessories, as well. The spare parts market is worth US$288B in the U.S. alone, and 3D printing these parts only when needed would reduce the waste and emissions of this massive industry. 

HP’s MJF printing technology allows for a variety of materials and uses. The materials include rigid polymers, such as PA12, as well as elastomers, like TPU. The printers are very advanced and can often be used in replacement of or in conjunction with injection molding.

For example, specific parts of the air conditioning system in an EV could be modeled in CAD and tested before being printed. Engineers run simulations to test the fluid dynamics, part combination, and chemical resistance before even creating a prototype.

This design freedom is both cost-effective and innovative. Many other aspects of EV design can benefit from this freedom as well, using both the computational and generative design that comes with the use of additive manufacturing.


Auto manufacturers add texture to visible surfaces to increase perceived value and make inconsistencies harder to notice [Source: Pixino]

Wes Kramer, a 3D printing application engineer, spoke on the aesthetic benefits of using 3D printing to achieve “Class-A” surface finish. Texturing makes it much harder for a user to find inconsistencies in a surface, creating an intentional pattern for the user to focus on.

Injection molding is commonly used for this purpose, like creating a leather grain on the dashboard of a car, which also raises the perceived value of the vehicle. The number of texture designs produced by traditional manufacturing is very limited, but additive manufacturing makes it quite literally limitless.

The design library comes largely from the movie industry, where CGI is used to make real-life textures look as realistic and high-definition as possible on the big screen. Many textures are not even possible using injection molding, such as through-holes and custom designs, which can be scaled down as much as the user wants (such as the example Kramer showed with the HP logo shrunk down and turned into a subtle pattern on a printed part).

This tremendous design freedom allows designers to create incredibly unique textures, or to match the finished texture of injection molded parts to that of the 3D printed parts, creating a virtually seamless transition between materials. 

The Research & Development Tax Credit

The now permanent Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit is available for companies developing new or improved products, processes and/or software.

3D printing can help boost a company’s R&D Tax Credits. Wages for technical employees creating, testing and revising 3D printed prototypes can be included as a percentage of eligible time spent for the R&D Tax Credit. Similarly, when used as a method of improving a process, time spent integrating 3D printing hardware and software counts as an eligible activity. Lastly, when used for modeling and preproduction, the costs of filaments consumed during the development process may also be recovered.

Whether it is used for creating and testing prototypes or for final production, 3D printing is a great indicator that R&D Credit eligible activities are taking place. Companies implementing this technology at any point should consider taking advantage of R&D Tax Credits.


HP’s Multi-Jet Fusion printers come with the necessary build manager software and API. Lots of 3rd party software is also used for design, such as the movie industry’s texture library. The pieces created will last about as long as traditionally manufactured parts would, but can be ground up and recycled (HP has a partnership with Smile Direct Club, where the material is reused to create custom molds). The use of additive manufacturing with machines such as these has already proved to be a huge asset to many industries, and it will likely continue to be used to advance the electric vehicle industry through the supply chain shortage.

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Killexams : HP (HPQ) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

In the latest trading session, HP (HPQ) closed at $33.45, marking a -0.39% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.12% loss on the day. At the same time, the Dow added 0.09%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.44%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the personal computer and printer maker had gained 4.58% over the past month. This has lagged the Computer and Technology sector's gain of 10.34% and the S&P 500's gain of 8.25% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from HP as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect HP to post earnings of $1.05 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 5%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $15.8 billion, up 3.34% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $4.30 per share and revenue of $65.97 billion, which would represent changes of +13.46% and +3.92%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any exact changes to analyst estimates for HP. These exact revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.12% lower. HP is currently a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Looking at its valuation, HP is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 7.8. This valuation marks a no noticeable deviation compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 7.8.

Meanwhile, HPQ's PEG ratio is currently 1.95. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. The Computer - Mini computers was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.05 at yesterday's closing price.

The Computer - Mini computers industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 180, putting it in the bottom 29% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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Killexams : How 3D printing will transform manufacturing in 2020 and beyond

Design News caught up with Paul Benning, chief technologist for HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing to get an idea of where additive manufacturing is headed in the future. Benning explained that we’re headed for mixed-materials printing, surfaces innovation, more involvement from academic community, and greater use of software and data management.

Automated assembly with mixed materials

Benning believes we will begin to see automated assembly with industries seamlessly integrating multi-part assemblies including combinations of 3D printed metal and plastic parts.  “There’s not currently a super printer that can do all things intrinsically, like printing metal and plastic parts, due to factors such as processing temperatures,” Benning told Design News. “However, as automation increases, there’s a vision from the industry for a more automated assembly setup where there is access to part production from both flavors of HP technology: Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet.”

While the medical industry and recently aerospace are incorporated 3D printing into production, Benning also sees car makers as a future customer for additive. “The auto sector is a great example of where automated assembly could thrive on the factory floor.”

Benning sees a wide range of applications that might combine metal and plastics. “Benefits of an automated assembly for industrial applications include printing metals into plastic parts, building parts that are wear-resistant and collect electricity, adding surface treatments, and even building conductors or motors into plastic parts,” said Benning. “The industry isn’t ready to bring this technology to market just yet, but it’s an example of where 3D printing is headed beyond 2020.”

Surfaces will become an area of innovation

Benning sees a future where data payloads for 3D printed parts will be coded into the surface texture.  “It’s a competitive advantage to be able to build interesting things onto surfaces. HP has experimented with coding digital information into a surface texture. By encoding information into the texture itself, manufacturers can have a bigger data payload than just the serial number.”

He notes that the surface coding could be read by, humans for machines. “One way to tag a part either overtly or covertly is to make sure that both people and machines are able to read it based on the shape or orientation of the bumps. We have put hundreds of copies of a serial number spread across the surface of a part so that it’s both hidden and universally apparent.”

Benning sees this concept as p[art of the future of digital manufacturing. “This is one of our inventions that serves to tie together our technologies with the future of parts tracking and data systems,” said Benning.

Universities will introduce new ways to thinking

Benning believes that academia and training programs can offer new thought processes to liberate designers from old thinking and allow them to tap into technologies of the future. “3D printing’s biggest impact to manufacturing job skills lie on the design side,” said Benning. “You have a world of designers who have been trained in and grown up with existing technologies like injection molding. Because of this, people unintentionally bias their design toward legacy processes and away from technologies like 3D printing.”

Benning believes one solution for breaking old thinking is to train upcoming engineers in new ways of thinking. “To combat this, educators of current and soon-to-be designers must adjust the thought process that goes into designing for production given the new technologies in the space,” said Benning. “We recognize this will take some time, particularly for universities that are standing up degree programs.” He also believes new software design tools will guide designers to make better use of 3D printing in manufacturing.

Software and data management is critical to the 3D printing future

Benning believes advancements in software and data management will drive improved system management and part quality. This will then lead to better customer outcomes. “Companies within the industry are creating API hooks to build a fluid ecosystem for customers and partners,” said Benning.

HP is beginning to use data to enable ideal designs and optimized workflows for Multi Jet Fusion factories. “This data comes from design files, or mobile devices, or things like HP’s FitStation scanning technology and is applied to make production more efficient, and to better deliver individualized products purpose-built for their end customers.” The goal of that individualized production can support custom products build with mass production manufacturing techniques, leading to a batch-of-one or mass customization.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other Topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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Killexams : HP Announces Extension of the Expiration Date for Exchange Offer for Plantronics Notes

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) (“HP” or the “Company”) announced today that it has extended the expiration date of the previously announced offer to exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) any and all outstanding notes (the “Poly Notes”) of Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: POLY) (“Poly”) for up to $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of new notes to be issued by the Company (the “HP Notes”). HP hereby extends such expiration date from 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on August 1, 2022, to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 15, 2022 (as the same may be further extended, the “Expiration Date”).

At 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 18, 2022 (the “Early Participation Date”), the previously announced solicitation of consents to adopt certain proposed amendments (the “Amendments”) to the indenture governing the Poly Notes (the “Poly Indenture”) expired. The requisite consents were received to adopt the Amendments with respect to all outstanding Poly Notes at the Early Participation Date, and Poly executed the supplemental indenture to the Poly Indenture with respect to the Amendments on July 25, 2022. The Amendments will become operative only upon the settlement of the Exchange Offer.

The Exchange Offer is being made pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the offering memorandum and consent solicitation statement dated June 27, 2022 (as amended from time to time prior to the date hereof, the “Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement”), and is conditioned upon the closing of the Company’s acquisition of Poly (the “Acquisition”), which condition may not be waived by HP, and certain other conditions that may be waived by HP.

The settlement date for the Exchange Offer will be promptly after the Expiration Date and is expected to occur no earlier than the closing date of the Acquisition, which is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Except as described in this press release, all other terms of the Exchange Offer remain unchanged.

As of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 1, 2022, holders validly tendered $490,556,000 in aggregate principal amount of Poly Notes pursuant to the Exchange Offer. Tenders of Poly Notes made pursuant to the Exchange Offer may be validly withdrawn at or prior to the Expiration Date.

Documents relating to the Exchange Offer will only be distributed to eligible holders of Poly Notes who complete and return an eligibility certificate confirming that they are either a “qualified institutional buyer” under Rule 144A or not a “U.S. person” and outside the United States under Regulation S for purposes of applicable securities laws, and a non U.S. qualified offeree (as defined in the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement). The complete terms and conditions of the Exchange Offer are described in the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement, copies of which may be obtained by contacting D.F. King & Co., Inc., the exchange agent and information agent in connection with the Exchange Offer, at (888) 605-1956 (toll-free) or (212) 269-5550 (banks and brokers), or by email at hp@dfking.com. The eligibility certificate is available electronically at: www.dfking.com/hp and is also available by contacting D.F. King & Co., Inc.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of tenders or consents with respect to, any security. No offer, solicitation, purchase or sale will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Exchange Offer is being made solely pursuant to the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement and only to such persons and in such jurisdictions as are permitted under applicable law.

The HP Notes offered in the Exchange Offer have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws. Therefore, the HP Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and any applicable state securities laws.

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HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. Visit http://www.hp.com.

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Killexams : Amazon Great Freedom Festival Sale 2022: Must grab kickstarter deals on laptops from HP, Asus & more

Amazon Great Freedom Festival Sale 2022 is the monstrous digital sale event of the season that has the whole country talking. The early bird gets the worm! If you are planning to bring home a brand new laptop, then you should consider Amazon Great Freedom Festival Sale 2022 kickstarter deals as a sign from God. Laptops have become a living essential and an electronic device that has shrunken our worlds and brought office home. Gran the best of them the sale at discounted prices.

Scroll on to grab the best deals on laptops from Amazon sale right away!

1. HP 255 G8 Laptop

Run off with this HP 255 G8 Laptop only and only because of its exceptional features and jaw-dropping price cut. Have you ever imagined bringing home the latest laptop with all the functions that you need? This is a dream come true if you are an HP laptop lover. All thanks to Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale 2022’s deals that are helping you in vouching for something that you ever wished for. This laptop features AMD Ryzen 3 3300U processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, and up to3.5 GHz burst frequency.


Price: Rs 26,900

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2. HP Envy x360 11th Gen Intel Evo Core i7

This is one of the coolest laptops when it comes to great resolution, phenomenal speed and compact design. With storage of 512 GB, Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8 Gb memory and Intel UHD graphics, the laptop excels at delivering maximum performance. The visuals are the highlight of this laptop, as it has a display of 39.6 cm, 141 ppi, which has anti-glare feature for better clarity. It comes with an HP True Vision HD camera with integrated dual array digital, dual speakers and preinstalled software. 


Price: Rs 39,990

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3. ASUS Vivobook 15 (2022)

Rock all your work performances in style with ASUS Vivobook 15. It is a full-featured laptop that makes things easier for you. The laptop has the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processor which speeds up the processing. With 16Gb memory and SSD storage, you can wipe out all your fears of less storage. Vivobook 15’s clear, slim-bezel NanoEdge display makes the visuals really vivid and colourful. The wide viewing angles and UV Rheinland certification makes this laptop a safer yet a better option for the eyes. Prime features include support for up to 1 TB SSD PCIe 3.0 storage, a built-in fingerprint sensor, a physical webcam privacy shield, comprehensive I/O ports and an audio combo jack. 


Price: Rs 47,990

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4. Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook

This Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook is a 14-inch laptop that features a 180-degree hinge allowing it to lie straight. The unique colour adds a sense of style while keeping convenience a priority by weighing just 1.4kg. The 4Gb of RAM is more than enough for crazy fast multitasking and browsing. Amazon Sale 2022 is here to help you in knocking work off your plate in a jiffy. 



Price: Rs 21,990

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5. Mi Notebook Pro 

The Mi Notebook has a lot going for it in terms of features and performance. You get great value for money and better performance. It comes with up to 40 Gbps data transmission speeds over Thunderbolt 4.0 and power delivery. With 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake Core i5-11300H processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, it's best for writers, creators and designers!


Price: Rs 52,990

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6. ASUS Vivobook 15

With an Up to AMD Ryzen 3000 Series processor, ASUS VivoBook 15 helps you get things done swiftly and efficiently. It has a dual-storage design to provide you the benefits of superfast data performance and a large storage capacity. Install apps on the SSD for quicker response and loading times, and use the HDD to store large files such as movies, music libraries, and photo albums.


Price: Rs 52,990

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Amazon India is celebrating the month of August with Amazon Great Freedom Festive Sale where you can grab products of your interest from all categories at deal-breaking prices. The 4-day sale begins tomorrow but Prime users can get their hands on the deals right away! 

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Killexams : Best laptop deals: Get a portable workhorse from $98 today

If you use a computer every day (and since you’re memorizing this, you probably do), chances are that it’s a laptop. We don’t have to tell you how nice it is to have a reliable portable PC in the age of mobile technology and online work, even if you only use yours for relatively simple tasks like managing your inbox, typing up documents, streaming some videos, and browsing the web. Laptops aren’t what most people consider small purchases, though, but if you need a new one right now and you’re on a budget, read on, because we’ve got the best laptop deals of the week right here.

Looking for more laptops that you can also use for playing video games? We’ve rounded up some of the best gaming laptop deals as well.

Best laptop deals

  • HP Chromebook 11.6 — $98, was $199
  • Acer Chromebook 315 —
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go —
  • Lenovo Yoga 6 13 2-in-1 —
  • Asus VivoBook Pro 14 OLED Laptop —
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 RTX 3050 Laptop —
  • Asus Zenbook Flip 15 2-in-1 —
  • Apple MacBook Air —

HP Chromebook 11.6 — $98, was $199

HP 11.6-inch Chromebook on a white background.

Why Buy:

  • Drop resistant
  • Fast-booting
  • Reasonable screen for price
  • Looks stylish

Working on the move doesn’t have to cost a lot as demonstrated by this HP Chromebook 11.6. While it won’t be the fastest of systems to use, it offers all the basics you need to get stuff done in a portable fashion without having to worry about spending a fortune. At its heart is an AMD A4 processor which proves a refreshing change compared to other Chromebooks at this price range that tend to use slower MediaTek chips. Accompanying that is 4GB of memory and 32GB of eMMC storage. 4GB of memory is fairly standard for a Chromebook so it does the job just fine with ChromeOS well suited to running on low-end specs. 32GB of eMMC might sound on the low side but — again — for a Chromebook, it does the job. The focus is always on saving files to the cloud rather than storing them locally, so you simply don’t need much storage space.

Refreshingly, the HP 11.6-inch Chromebook appreciates that portability can lead to problems. That’s why it’s drop resistant. It’s been drop tested to up to 122cm proving higher than most desks. Beside surviving a fall from a desk, it can also cope with a splash from a drink or a tugged power cord, too. If you’re planning on taking it to class with you, you can be safe in the knowledge that it’s going to survive the journey without a problem.

Elsewhere, you get an attractive 11.6-inch HD display that may be small but has some useful features. This includes anti-glare properties and 220nits of brightness so it can withstand some awkward lighting situations. Long battery life and fast recharging mean that the HP 11.6-inch Chromebook will last you throughout the day without a problem so you can revel in using it without worrying too much about running out of juice. It’s a well-rounded super cheap Chromebook.

Acer Chromebook 315 — $129, was $249

A front view of an Acer Chromebook 315 on a white background.

Why Buy:

  • Lightweight
  • Fast boot-up times
  • Secure software
  • Nice size

Offering everything you would expect from one of the best Chromebooks in this price range, the Acer Chromebook 315 keeps things simple while being an effective work machine. At its heart is an Intel Celeron N4000 processor along with 4GB of memory. As is customary for Chromebooks, storage is limited to 32GB of eMMC, but that’s because you’re meant to use Chrome’s cloud storage instead of physical hard drive space. There’s still a bit of room here for saving files locally, though.

Alongside that hardware, you get a 15-inch HD display, which is better when it comes to screen size than 11-inch Chromebooks that typically populate this price bracket. There’s also an HD webcam for taking video calls while out of the office or classroom. While none of these specs sound particularly exceptional, this Chromebook is designed to be practical above all.

It boots up quickly and has a battery that lasts all day so it’s always ready for action. A slim chassis is useful for carrying it around, but that’s not at the expense of features. You still get USB-A and USB-C ports along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Other features include dual stereo speakers and a nice overall design. Throw in the built-in security that comes from using ChromeOS instead of Windows, and this Chromebook is an ideal starter system for kids or for yourself if you prefer to keep things simple.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go — $350, was $400

Gaming on the Surface Laptop Go 2.

Why Buy:

  • Cheap but efficient
  • Nice display for the price
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Touchscreen

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is easily one of the best cheap laptops out there, as it’s low on price without compromising quality. It has an Intel Core i5 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. While that might not be anything impressive for power users, it’s exactly what you need for everyday tasks such as writing up documents or creating presentations. Alongside that, you also get 64GB of flash storage so there’s enough room for you to store your most valuable files without having to over-rely on cloud storage.

One of the standout features of the Surface Laptop Go is its display. It has a 12.4-inch Full HD touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. That means more vertical screen real estate and less eyestrain during those long computing sessions. It also has suitably narrow borders so it takes up less space and is easy to look at. That’s the best thing about the Surface Laptop Go — while simple, it’s intelligently designed.

The laptop also offers a nice keyboard for its size, plus a spacious touchpad that makes it easier to get things done. The display’s flush-fit hinge adds durability and a streamlined look, and the built-in speakers feature Dolby Audio for better stereo sound. It also features an integrated webcam and microphone for video calls and online classes. Thoughtfully designed right down to its environmentally friendly and sustainable materials, the Surface Laptop Go offers a lot of laptop for the price.

Lenovo Yoga 6 13 2-in-1 — $500, was $750

The Lenovo Yoga 6 13 2-in-1 laptop in dark teal.

Why Buy:

  • Two-in-one design
  • Sturdy build
  • Classy look
  • Great sound

The Lenovo Yoga 6 13 convertible is ideal if you simply can’t decide if you need a laptop or tablet. That’s because it’s a 2-in-1, so you can easily switch between using it as a laptop or as a tablet depending on what you need from it. It has a 13-inch 16:10 1200p display that is multitouch-enabled so you can get hands-on with it. It looks good, too, with color-accurate IPS panel technology and suitably slim bezels.

Under the hood, you get a Ryzen 5 5500U CPU along with 8GB of RAM. Combined, that’s sufficient processing power to ensure you can multitask reasonably well, switching between applications in Windows 11 as needed. You also get a 256GB SSD, which is plenty of space to store all your most valuable files and software. It’s possible to use the Yoga 6 2-in-1 in four different modes so you can get just the right interface for your needs. The laptop also has dual speakers with Dolby Atmos audio so it sounds great, too.

Well-designed, the Lenovo Yoga 6 13 offers fast-charging so you can get back on the move more quickly. It’s also designed with the style in mind and features a nice-looking and nice-feeling fabric cover on the lid. Looking super smart while offering a bunch of features for its price, this 2-in-1 is a great all-rounder for anyone eager to be more productive on the move. The convenience of being able to use it as both a tablet or laptop is one you’ll wonder how you lived without. Want to up the specs? for $700 ($250 off).

Asus VivoBook Pro 14 OLED Laptop — $500, was $550

Asus Vivobook S 14X front angled view showing display and keyboard deck.
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Why Buy:

  • Speedy performance for the price
  • Nice appearance
  • Vibrant 16:10 OLED display
  • Good battery life

The best laptop brands are always a good place to start looking for deals, and there are a number of reasons to appreciate the Asus VivoBook Pro. Somewhat unusual for this price bracket, you get the benefits of a gorgeous OLED display while also enjoying some good hardware. The 14-inch 16:10 screen features an 1800p resolution along with that OLED technology. In conjunction with that, you get a Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. That’s everything you need to be able to work and multitask reasonably well without suffering slowdown.

In addition, this laptop has a 256GB SSD which is plenty of space for storing your most important apps and files. You get a free upgrade to Windows 11, too, so you’re good to go with the latest operating system. There’s a built-in web camera with noise reduction for taking video calls. Also, you have an integrated digital microphone at your disposal so others can hear you clearly.

Sleek and stylish thanks to its steel gray color, this laptop is an ideal system for work. Battery life is long enough for a day’s work before needing a recharge, which is useful for anyone who is on the move frequently. Other useful features include a nice keyboard and a touchpad with simulated number pad that lets you enjoy more fluid typing for a variety of tasks. It’s an ideal device for taking to work or class that offers a lovely QHD+ display without being too heavy and awkward.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 RTX 3050 Laptop — $640, was $940

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 Laptop on a white background.

Why Buy:

  • Cheap gaming on the move
  • Includes dedicated graphics card
  • Good keyboard
  • Reliable performance

While just shy of making our list of the best gaming laptops, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 still offers plenty of reasons to love it if you’re eager to game but don’t want to spend a fortune. It offers all the core components you need for gaming, providing you don’t mind tweaking some settings to lower quality levels on more demanding games.

At its heart is a Core i5 CPU paired with 8GB of RAM. Ideal for multitasking if a little basic for gaming at high settings, it’ll still keep you on track to play on the move. In addition, you get 256GB of SSD storage which is enough for installing a few of your favorite games at a time. The highlight here is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card which, combined with its 15.6-inch full HD display, is capable of ensuring that games look good. You also get a refresh rate of 120Hz so it’s able to keep up with a higher framerate without the risk of motion blur or other annoyances that detract from the quality of the game you’re playing.

One of the main advantages of the IdeaPad Gaming 3 is that it uses some of the technology you’d see on the higher-end Legion laptops without the high price tag. It has a pretty good thermal system that utilizes dual fans to dissipate heat, so your hardware stays cool enough during long gaming sessions. The backlit keyboard is nice to type on and even includes a numeric keypad, as well. Overall, this thing is very well-designed for such an affordable gaming laptop, even if it lacks some of the bells and whistles of more premium gaming laptops.

Asus Zenbook Flip 15 2-in-1 — $800, was $1,200

The ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 Q528EH.

Why Buy:

  • Slick 2-in-1 design
  • Powerful performance
  • Discrete GPU
  • Lightweight

The Zenbook 15 2-in-1 is easily one of the best laptops Asus makes, and this version offers a fold-flat touchscreen to make it even more appealing. It has an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor along with 16GB of memory and 512GB of solid-state storage. That’s all you need for being able to work without having to rely too heavily on cloud storage or without suffering from poor multitasking performance. Best of all, though, is its 15.6-inch 1080p touch display. It features suitably slim bezels that make the whole package more slender and lightweight, so you can see the screen without being distracted by a thick frame. And, of course, it’s a fold-back touchscreen so you can get more hands-on with your work rather than having to solely rely on the keyboard or trackpad.

You even get a discrete GPU in the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, allowing for some basic gaming. Impressively, this 2-in-1 crams all that hardware into a slight and travel-friendly form factor. That means you get all the benefits of a 15-inch screen while enjoying a lighter laptop that’s easy to carry around. The display doesn’t miss out on quality because of this, either, with IPS technology and 100%  sRGB for a color-accurate picture that always looks great, plus wide viewing angles so you’ll never miss a thing.

The useful features keep on coming with this 2-in-1 offering a high-definition webcam so you get sharp image along with noise reduction to Boost video and voice quality. That even goes for viewing in dim lighting conditions. This laptop is also surprisingly durable despite its compact size, and Asus builds things well so it’s sure to last you a good while. It’s a truly delightful laptop to own and use for working hard wherever you are.

Apple MacBook Air — $850, was $1,000

Apple MacBook Air on a white background.

Why Buy:

  • MacOS works well
  • Lightweight design
  • Fast performance
  • Ideal for Apple users

The Apple MacBook Air M1 is a delight to use, particularly if you also own other Apple devices. Connecting well with your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and other Apple gadgets, the Apple MacBook Air might seem expensive on the surface but it’s impressively powerful. That’s thanks to Apple’s own M1 chip, which offers phenomenal performance alongside exceptional battery life. The processor has eight cores and is up to 3.5 times faster than the previous-gen Intel CPUs. Despite having so much power, it still has a battery life of up to 18 hours so you can bring it along on a long day and it’ll keep going.

In addition, 8GB of memory means it’s capable of multitasking at speed, and everything is designed to work well with MacOS. It also has a gorgeous looking 13.3-inch Retina display. Text is sharp and clear, while colors are bright and vibrant. A totally fanless design means that you don’t even have to worry about a constant fan noise, as the MacBook Air’s M1 CPU stays cool and silent at all times.

Additional features include a 256GB SSD, which is plenty of room to store your most important files. It also has a FaceTime HD camera for video conferencing and taking FaceTime calls. Touch ID support lets you use your finger to log in rather than constantly having to type passwords. The backlit keyboard also looks great, and particularly useful when working in the evening. Simply put, the MacBook Air is a true delight to use and a great choice for Apple fans. With many productivity apps ready to use right out of the box, it’s ideal for students an professionals alike.

How to choose a laptop

The first step of choosing a laptop, after setting your budget, is determining what you need it for. Most people just need a standard laptop that will perform well and that won’t feel outdated within one or two years, and for that, you’ve got plenty of very affordable options available to you. Those with more specific needs — artists, graphic designers, video editors, and gamers, to name some examples — may want extra features like touchscreens, fold-flat displays, and dedicated graphics cards. Keep size in mind as well. Laptops commonly range from 13 to 17 inches (which refers to screen size measured diagonally), and also pay attention to overall dimensions and weight if you’re going to be moving and carrying yours around fairly often.

As far as hardware goes, the three basic components to consider are CPU, RAM, and storage. The CPU, or central processing unit, is the “brain” of any PC. It’s what actually does the computing: memorizing data, running programs (and other processes), and so on. The two biggest CPU makers are Intel and AMD, and unless you’re on the tightest of budgets, we typically recommend sticking with 11th or 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processors, AMD Ryzen 5 processors, and above (Core i7, Ryzen 7, etc.). If the specific generation of Intel CPU isn’t stated explicitly, it will be indicated in the first two digits of the processor’s model number. For example, a Core i5-11400 is an 11th-gen model, while the Core i5-12400 is 12th-gen.

RAM, or random access memory, is a bit more straightforward. In simple terms, if the CPU is your PC’s brain, then RAM could be described as its short-term memory. It supports your CPU’s performance by storing data and tasks for quick recall when needed. The more the better. We suggest a minimum of 8GB for good performance by modern standards, and like Core i5 and Ryzen 5 CPUs, you can find this even on affordable laptops — you really aren’t saving much money by skimping on RAM, but you will definitely feel your computer stumbling when under load.

Storage needs are personal to the user, but today, solid-state drives (SSDs) have largely replaced older platter-based hard disk drives (HDDs) owing to their superior read/write speeds and reliability due to the lack of moving parts. However, SSDs are typically smaller (or at least cheaper per gigabyte) than traditional HDDs, which is something to bear in mind if you do need a lot of storage space for things like games or large project files. We recommend sticking with SSDs as a rule, but some laptops come with a smaller solid-state system drive paired with a larger HDD for overflow, so you’ve got options.

Finally, depending on your needs, a discrete video card may be worth the extra money. A GPU, or graphics processing unit, is essentially a second processor dedicated solely to demanding graphical tasks like rendering videos and playing 3D video games. Mobile laptop GPUs are a bit different than their desktop counterparts and Nvidia GeForce cards are by far the most common. The current-gen models are the 16-series and 30-series cards. AMD has also rolled out its own line of laptop graphics cards, the 5000M series, as mobile counterparts to its desktop GPUs. These are a fine option as well, especially if you prefer AMD hardware.

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Killexams : Deals on AMD Ryzen powered laptops during the Independence Day sale on Amazon and Flipkart

If you have been meaning to upgrade your laptop, now is a perfect time. Independence Day Sales have begun on Amazon and Flipkart and they present a perfect opportunity to save on that new laptop purchase. 

In the ongoing Independence day sales, impressive deals are expected to be available on AMD Ryzen powered laptops across different price segments. AMD Ryzen processors have progressed leaps and bounds over the last few years and are quite tough to beat when it comes to performance, battery life and value. 

Why you should go with AMD Ryzen powered laptops?

What really makes the AMD Ryzen processors stand out is that they offer cutting-edge technology at amazingly competitive prices. AMD Ryzen processors have constantly impressed in key technological areas like speed, reliability, security, battery life, and graphics performance. Processors in the AMD Ryzen 5000 series are manufactured on a 7nm process and are admired for making productivity and gaming fast and efficient. 

Gaming laptops powered by AMD Ryzen processors offer great multi-thread performance and can also make short work of creative workloads without obliterating battery life. We have included gaming laptops with Ryzen 5000 series processors that include up to 8 Zen 3 architecture-based cores and 16 threads to efficiently handle demanding multi-core workloads. The clock speeds can boost up to 4.6 GHz and these processors have TDPs of up to 45W. 

Having a high number of capable cores also enables manufacturers to pack amazing power in rather compact form factors. This is one reason why versatile mainstream Notebooks with AMD processors are quite portable. They offer reliable integrated Radeon graphics performance along with long-lasting battery life. 

Independence Day Sale Discounts 

Apart from the attractive deal prices on different laptops, you can avail of additional card discounts during Flipkart and Amazon sales that will continue from August 6 to August 10, 2022.

You can get 10% off on all laptop purchases made via SBI Credit Cards during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale. 

As for Flipkart’s Big Saving Days, you can get an additional 10% discount for purchases made using ICICI bank and Kotak Bank debit and credit cards. You will further get an additional discount of INR 1000 and INR 2500 for purchases made above INR 25,000 and INR 50,000, respectively. 

Best Independence Day Deals on AMD Ryzen-powered laptops! 

We have rounded up some of the best AMD Ryzen-powered gaming and non-gaming laptops from different brands including HP, Asus, Lenovo, MSI and Acer. These are the laptops that you should keep an eye on during the independence day sales. 

Best Gaming Laptops to keep an eye on for great deals during the Independence sale!

Gaming laptops are about pushing performance to its limits. These laptops not only need to perform at their full potential but also need capable thermals to maintain the performance for extended gaming bouts. AMD Ryzen 5000 series chipsets with up to 8 power-efficient Zen 3 cores can handle all such demanding workloads without breaking a sweat.

The performance you get can also sustain creator workloads like video encoding, encrypting, Adobe Premiere Pro and other creative software efficiently. So, here are some of the best options to consider.

ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2022)

Asus ROG Strix G17 (2022) has a large 17.3-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate and is powered by a very capable AMD Ryzen 7-6800H processor. The processor has 8 cores, 16 threads, 20MB cache and up to 4.7 GHz max boost. The 16GB DDR5 RAM and 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD storage are both expandable. There is also the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6) to take care of all your graphics requirements. 

Needless to say, this beast of a laptop should comfortably handle all your gaming and creator needs. Other notable features include Windows 11, Wi-Fi 6E, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, and a 56WHrs battery. 

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Lenovo Legion 5

Lenovo Legion 5 is available at a competitive price and is a very appealing option for gamers and creators. It’s driven by the powerful AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor paired with the very capable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6) graphics card. 

The laptop further has 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD. The 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD display supports165Hz refresh rate.  The 80Whr battery assures up to 9 hours of backup. Other features include 3D audio for gamers, Legion Coldfront 3.0 thermal solution and Legion TrueStrike keyboard that has soft-landing switches with 1.5mm key travel. 

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HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (15-ec2004AX)

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is an entry-grade gaming laptop powered by Hexa-core (12 threads) AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor with up to 4.2 GHz max boost clock. The processor is paired with 8 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) graphics card. The laptop has dual speakers with B&O tuned audio and a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display that supports a 144Hz refresh rate. 

The laptop weighs 1.98Kgs and has a 3-cell, 52.5 Wh Li-ion polymer battery. Connectivity options include USB Type-C, USB Type-A (5Gbps), USB 2.0 Type-A (HP Sleep and Charge), HDMI 2.0, RJ-45, multi-format SD card reader, and headphone/microphone combo. 

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Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 offers a powerful AMD Ryzen 5 5600H series processor with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6) for a competitive price. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor is paired with 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM and 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD. Lenovo claims a 21% larger thermal area as compared to the last gen and a maximum TGP of 85W. 

The 15.6-inch IPS LCD display has a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Other highlights include two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, USB-C 3.2 Gen port, Ethernet (RJ-45) port, HDMI 2.0 port, Headphone/microphone combo jack (3.5mm) and a 3 cell, 45Wh battery that is rated to last for up to 5 hours. Currently, the Ideapad Gaming 3 comes with 3 months of Xbox Game Pass subscription. 

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HP Victus Gaming Laptop (16-e0162AX)

HP Victus is a rather portable entry-grade gaming laptop that is powered by a hexa-core AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor paired with a dedicated AMD Radeon RX 5500M Graphics (4 GB GDDR6). The laptop further includes 8 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM, and 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. 

The Victus has a neat, distinctive design and a large 16.1-inch Full HD (1920 X 1080) display and a sizeable 4-cell, 70 Wh battery. It also includes a decent assortment of connectivity options including Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, HDMI 2.1, and a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C port. 

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Asus ROG TUF Gaming 15

Powered by the high-end octa-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, this TUF Gaming 15 laptop is a great option for serious gamers. It flaunts a brushed metal finish and includes a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6) graphics card paired with 8GB DDR5-4800MHz RAM and 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD. This should be enough power for all your gaming and creator needs. 

The 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD display supports a 144Hz refresh rate. The laptop makes room for a 90 WHrs battery, has dual speakers, and promises military-grade durability. 

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MSI Alpha 15

MSI Alpha 15 is an AMD Advantage laptop that combines the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processors and Radeon RX 6600M graphics. Since this is an AMD Advantage laptop, it also benefits from AMD technologies like Smart Shift and Smart Acess Memory that allow the CPU and GPU to take full advantage of available resources to optimize gaming performance. 

The laptop has a 15.6-inch, 144Hz display for a sharp and smooth gaming experience. The laptop has 16GB DDR4-3200, 1TB SSD and also includes MSI’s Cooler Boost 5 thermal solution. 

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Dell G15 5515 Gaming

Dell G15 is a competitively priced gaming laptop that’s powered by AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor paired with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. It also employs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card to smoothly handle your gaming needs. 

The laptop has a 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display with 120Hz refresh rate and a 56WHr battery. Other highlights include HDMI 2.1 port, USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi 6, and an orange backlit keyboard. 

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Acer Aspire 7

The Acer Aspire 7 is an entry-level gaming laptop that is also a good option for users who need to occasionally dabble with creative workloads. It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 Hexa Core 5500U processor paired with 8 GB of DDR4 system memory and 512 GB NVMe PCIe Gen3 SSD. There is also the entry-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR6) graphics card for basic gamers. 

Other highlights include a 15.6-Inch FHD IPS LCD display, USB Type-C port, HDMI port, 720p webcam and a 48 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery. 

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Best premium thin & light AMD Ryzen powered laptops to keep an eye on during the Independence day sale 

AMD Ryzen processors have been designed to handle modern workflow needs for life-stage tech adopters. They facilitate seamless multitasking and portability. A high number of power-efficient cores mean these laptops can handle demanding tasks without overheating or loud fan noise, and without compromising on battery life. Here are some of the best premium thin & light options to pick from.

ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED

This thin and light laptop offers a high-contrast OLED display and is powered by the dependable AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor with Radeon graphics, paired with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. 

The 16:10 display also has Vesa TrueBlack 600 certification and supports a 90Hz refresh rate. The display also claims 100% DCI-P3 coverage and thus should appeal to users who need to engage with colour-critical work on their laptops. The laptop runs Windows 11 out of the box and has a 50Whr battery that’s rated to last for up to 8 hours. 

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HP Pavilion 14

HP Pavillion 14 is a sleek laptop apt for both work and play. It employs the hexa-core AMD Ryzen 5-5625U processor with AMD Radeon graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable), and 512GB SSD storage. It has a 14-Inch IPS LCD display with FullHD resolution and narrow bezels on three sides. There are also dual speakers tuned by B&O to refine your multimedia experience. 

HP claims that the 43-hour battery will last for up to 10 hours and 15 minutes of video playback. HP Pavilion 14 ships with Windows 11 Home, has a 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C port (10Gbps), and an HDMI 2.1 port. 

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Lenovo Yoga 6 

Lenovo Yoga 6 is a thin and light 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a 13.3-inch Full HD (1920x1080) touchscreen display. It is powered by an octa-core AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor assisted by 16GB RAM DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD storage. This is a powerful configuration that should be appealing to demanding working professionals. 

Lenovo has housed a 60Wh battery inside and thanks to the power-efficient processor, the company claims up to 12 hours of battery life. The Yoga 6 has an inviting fabric exterior and ships with Windows 11 Home and 3 months subscription for Xbox GamePass Ultimate. Other highlights include a fingerprint reader, Dolby Atmos audio, and a 720p HD webcam. 

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Dell New Inspiron 7425

This is a stylish 2-in-1 laptop that should handle all your modern productivity needs and should also be appealing to digital artists. It’s powered by AMD Ryzen 7 5825U processor that is paired with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD storage. 

The 14-inch Full HD display supports touch input and is surrounded by narrow bezels on three sides. The laptop has a fingerprint reader for secure access and ships with Dell Active Pen stylus. It ships with Windows 11 and makes room for a 54WHr battery. 

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HP 14s 

HP 14s is a decent laptop for students and office workers. It ships with AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor with AMD Radeon graphics paired with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD storage. It also comes with Windows 11 Home pre-installed. 

The laptop has a 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD display with narrow bezels and makes room for a full-sized backlit keyboard. It’s 17.9 mm thick and weighs 1.46 Kg. HP claims that its 41Wh battery will last for up to 9 hours and 15 minutes of video playback. 

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Lenovo Ideapad 3

The Lenovo Ideapad 3 is powered by a capable Hexa-core AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor and ships with Windows 11 Home with Lifetime Validity. The laptop has  8GB DDR4 RAM which is upgradable up to 12GB and 512 GB SSD storage. 

The 15.6-inch Full HD display witH FHD resolution has narrow bezels on all four sides and has an eye care feature that reduces blue-light emission. Other notable features include Dolby audio, a backlit keyboard, and a 45Wh battery with fast-charging support (80% in one hour). 

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ASUS Vivobook 15

Asus Vivobook 15 is a popular thin and light laptop that employs AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor paired with 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage. It has a 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display with 83% screen-to-body ratio. The laptop comes pre-loaded with Windows 11 and has a 37WHrs Li-ion battery that according to Asus can last for up to 6 hours. 

Other features include a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, dual-band Wi-Fi 5 and a chicklet keyboard with 1.4 mm key travel. 

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HP 15s 

HP 15s is a decent option for students limited by a budget. It is powered by Ryzen 3 Dual Core 3250U processor paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage. The 15.6-inch display has HD resolution (1366 x 768) and the laptop houses a 41 Wh Li-ion battery. 

It runs Windows 11 OS out of the box and includes a decent assortment of ports including one SuperSpeed USB Type-C, two SuperSpeed USB Type-A ports, an HDMI 1.4b port, and a multi-format SD media card reader. 

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Dell Inspiron 3515 Laptop

Dell Inspiron 3515 laptop is another great option for students. It is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 3450U processor paired with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD. The laptop has a 15.6-inch FHD display and runs Windows 11 out of the box.  

The laptop also features Express Charge capability that enables 80% charging in 60 minutes. It further includes an HD webcam, Wi-Fi 5, two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.4b port, SD Card reader, and Audio jack. 

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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1 is another entry-grade laptop for students that offers dependable performance. The laptop is quite portable and is powered by a dual-core Ryzen 3 3250U processor paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. 

The laptop has a minimalistic design and weighs 1.5 kg. Other features include a 15.6-inch Full HD display, 42Wh battery, HD webcam, Wi-Fi 5, HDMI, USB Type A and USB Type C ports. 

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