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[Amazon.ca] $1200 - ASUS ZenBook 14” FHD, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Processor, GeForce MX350 2GB, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD,

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[Amazon.ca] $1200 - ASUS ZenBook 14” FHD, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Processor, GeForce MX350 2GB, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD,

Decent price for a crazy 8-core powerhouse CPU and Zenbooks are high end and very attractive.

Yes, it's regular price but better than anything in the price range.

Review: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/37680-a ... c-um433iq/

https://www.ultrabookreview.com/38004-a ... enchmarks/
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Wait why does it have the mx350? I thought the 4700u already had onboard graphics that was extremely good
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HailHydra wrote: Wait why does it have the mx350? I thought the 4700u already had onboard graphics that was extremely good
Probably some sort of agreement between ASUS and NVidia. You're right, I don't think there's enough diff between the iGPU here and the MX350 to justify the inc. in weight and dec. battery
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Nicely spec'ed laptop. Looking forward to sales on these in the coming year. Zenbook 14 at $799 would be amazing.
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Good specs, pricing is still a little rich for the Corona era.

Walmart killed all their hot electronics deals when it became clear folks weren't scared about C19.

Lines are starting to diminsh from some Walmarts as staff are softening on occupancy guidelines.

Good laptop, OP, but not quite there value-wise.
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16gb. 512gb, dedicated graphics, and 14 inch form factor at $1200 is very good. It's easy to get big bulky 15.6" machines with the same power, but they are not nearly as enjoyable to travel with.
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thegraduate112 wrote: 16gb. 512gb, dedicated graphics, and 14 inch form factor at $1200 is very good. It's easy to get big bulky 15.6" machines with the same power, but they are not nearly as enjoyable to travel with.
That's everything I need in a travel laptop except for one key feature for me - a screen with 95% or higher sRGB gamut coverage - to support my photography hobby. Otherwise it meets my minimums.

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https://www.ultrabookreview.com/37505-a ... iq-review/

82% sRGB Disappointed Face

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Love what AMD is doing these days, I watched Dave 2D's video on YouTube today about the new AMD Ryzen 4700U Swift 3 coming out, that thing is a good buy at MSRP(assuming CAD markup isn't something crazy) and would be an even bigger steal if it goes on sale eventually. I wish these type of options were around when I was still in school a couple of years ago.
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RCPilot wrote: Seems like Charging and video over USB C are missing, as compared to the Acer Swift 3 with Ryzen 4700u.

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/m ... .HSEAA.003

Hopefully the Acer US price translates well to C$.

Fun times.
Good one! Display-port over usb c is key, else your stuck with hdmi out. With display port, you can daisychain display-port monitors to have a multi-monitor setup. Without it you're stuck with what is often a single HDMI out. I have to use a usb video adaptor on my laptop to display to 2 external monitors
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nucker wrote: Love what AMD is doing these days, I watched Dave 2D's video on YouTube today about the new AMD Ryzen 4700U Swift 3 coming out, that thing is a good buy at MSRP(assuming CAD markup isn't something crazy) and would be an even bigger steal if it goes on sale eventually. I wish these type of options were around when I was still in school a couple of years ago.
RCPilot wrote: Seems like Charging and video over USB C are missing, as compared to the Acer Swift 3 with Ryzen 4700u.

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/m ... .HSEAA.003

Hopefully the Acer US price translates well to C$.

Fun times.
Apart from the great CPU, it looks like Acer cheaped out with the Swift 3, and it's non-touch:

https://www.anandtech.com/show/15762/th ... ryzen-4000

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ac ... -amd-ryzen

Could still be a great utility laptop with that crazy CPU.
The Acer Swift 3 feels like someone took an average budget laptop and modded it to be a sleeper powerhouse. With its AMD Ryzen 4700U processor, it’s easily among the most powerful in its category, but everything else about it is clearly indicative of its budget roots. If that doesn’t bother you, it’s a great way to get more performance while paying less, but don’t expect a premium feel or, more importantly, a particularly great display.
I got a i5 8th gen Thinkpad for the time being, and will sell it when premium 4000 laptops go on sale.
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I'd prefer the IGP but one benefit of the dedicated GPU is the power and thermal headroom is roughly doubled.
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The Swift 3 is listed at $800 CAD at walmart, no stock yet. https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/acer-swift ... 0201549666
I agree though that the screen of the Swift is pretty awful.

After thinking a bit more, I may actually pick the Zenbook up. Better screen, more premium looks, faster processor and graphics card, double the ram for $400 more. The Swift is good for a budget laptop, but the Zenbook is better for something more serious.
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dancom96 wrote: The Swift 3 is listed at $800 CAD at walmart, no stock yet. https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/acer-swift ... 0201549666
I agree though that the screen of the Swift is pretty awful.

After thinking a bit more, I may actually pick the Zenbook up. Better screen, more premium looks, faster processor and graphics card for $400 more. The Swift is good for a budget laptop, but the Zenbook is better for something more serious.
Nice find. It's the 6 core 4500U version, not the 8 core 4700U, and you'll only have 6GB of RAM because the RAM is not upgradeable.
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Nikhilvoid wrote: Nice find. It's the 6 core 4500U version, not the 8 core 4700U, and you'll only have 6GB of RAM because the RAM is not upgradeable.
Yeah that was one of my big concerns. I think 8GB is cutting it very close for 2020 and is even more restricted in gaming. Acer is quite generous with the SSD storage at the price, but there doesn't seem to be any hints of a 16GB RAM version (even for the 4700U version) which would push more more towards an Acer.
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Even the 4700u version has only 8gb and a non-touch screen.
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This is out of stock already.

Too bad they don't have 4k screens

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