12 GB Ryzen laptop - 50k?

elbin.p

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1) What is your budget? (INR or USD)
50k INR

2) What size & weight consideration (if any) would you prefer?

  • Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen


3) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook?
I will be running Ubuntu. Watching movies or listening to music in one of the players or in Netflix/Youtube. Gaming is not a requirement, but if some light gaming can be done occasionally within this budget, why not?


5) Any typical configuration in your mind you're eying for ?
Ryzen 5 laptops seem to be suitable in this budget. But since I think there will only be two RAM slots, can I get a laptop with 12GB instead of swapping one 4GB stick for an 8GB one later? I probably would be using this for 5 or 6 years and I don't want to be hunting for RAM when its no longer available.

Also I don't intend to run Windows on this, so can I get a laptop not bundled with Windows and shave some price off it?

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
a. Like: Any brands known for good service and long term reliability.
b. Dislike:


6) Anything else you would like to say?

  • Screen resolution ( 1080p (Full HD) )
  • Battery back up ( normal (3-4hrs) )
  • Purchase place ( Online (eg - flipkart, infibeam) / Local ) Are there any local places open now and offering the same price as online stores? I am in Kerala, btw.
 
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elbin.p

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I don't see them giving option for 12GB. Do these have two RAM slots with 8GB distributed between them. What are my options in getting them with 12 or 16GB RAM?

I might once in a while use Eclipse on this, hence the ask.
 

ico

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Asus VivoBook 15 X512: Soldered RAM + 1 RAM slot.

Asus VivBook 15 M509: I don't know.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-43: Two RAM Slots OR Soldered RAM + 1 RAM slot (depends on the country).

ASUS Tuf Gaming FX505: Two RAM slots.

Generally I'd say, expect a budget laptop to have soldered RAM + 1 RAM slot empty. Unless, you are buying the really expensive ultra portables like Dell XPS 13.
 

maheshn

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I recently (< 1 year) bought an Orange ASUS X512DA EJ-504T with SSD and Windows 10, and I can assure you it is very quick and responsive for everything I've thrown at it so far.

The exact model is Buy ASUS VivoBook 15 X512DA-EJ504T AMD Quad Core Ryzen 5-3500U 15.6-inch FHD Thin and Light Laptop (8GB RAM/512GB NVMe SSD/Windows 10/Integrated Graphics/FP Reader/Backlit KB/1.60 Kg), Coral Crush Online at Low Prices in India - Amazon.in

It is made out clearly it comes with 8GB RAM, and you can upgrade it to 12GB with 1 expansion slot.

Hope this helps.
 

dissel

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From the post no 2 - Looks like Acer Model comes with 8GB RAM in Single slot and another slot is empty - So user can upgrade one more 8 GB stick as total 16GB - Right ?

At least one buyer posted picture indicate this...The rest of Vivo books comes 4 GB (Fixed) + 4 GB (Installed) config.
 

whitestar_999

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From the post no 2 - Looks like Acer Model comes with 8GB RAM in Single slot and another slot is empty - So user can upgrade one more 8 GB stick as total 16GB - Right ?

At least one buyer posted picture indicate this...The rest of Vivo books comes 4 GB (Fixed) + 4 GB (Installed) config.
No upgrading anything on acer on your own, even opening a screw will void warranty because acer put stickers everywhere(even below screws & inside laptop). As far as I know only cheapest/lowest end vivobooks come with both ram slots occupied else most common config is 1 ram soldered & other ram slot empty.
 

whitestar_999

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I suggest you to avoid buying laptops from unknown/new sellers/anyone other than appario retail. Check asus site to see which is the nearest service centre & contact them to know how much charge & time they will take to install additional 8gb ram if you take the laptop there.
 

ico

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Usually to access the RAM slots there is no seal.

The decision to buy is yours. Do look at the seller's reviews.
 
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elbin.p

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So if there is no Asus seal that voids warranty can I order them independently and install myself?
 

whitestar_999

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So if there is no Asus seal that voids warranty can I order them independently and install myself?
Yes but make sure about it because I unless you are skilled in opening & putting back together a laptop(at least the entire back panel along with keyboard & touchpad) there are good chances you may break something. Of course if there is a separate ram panel in base panel which can be opened to just add ram then it is the ideal option.
 
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elbin.p

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ico

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^ Congrats!

But don't use Passmark to compare.

Cinebench single+multithreaded and 7-zip multithreaded are decent benchmarks.
 

dissel

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I just got this one delivered Buy Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-43 15.6-inch Laptop (AMD Ryzen 5 3500U qual-core processor/8GB/512GB SSD/Window 10, Home 64-Bit/MSO/AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile Graphics), Silver Online at Low Prices in India - Amazon.in There's a free RAM slot, figure I will add an 8GB from the service center once the Covid situation clears.

PassMark Software - Display Baseline ID# 1257691 Benchmark seems to be similar to other laptops with similar specs.
Congrats.....Can you confirm this
(1) that there are temper proof sticker (which will void the warranty if broken) at the back of the laptop where the screws are located,
(2) This model got any SATA bay for additional HDD / SDD space - SATA Port and Cage provided or you need to buy one ?
(3) 8GB RAM fixed on the Board but there is Empty slot for another 8 GB RAM module.
(4) How big is the AC Charger Brick?
(5) Keyboard is not backlit - Right ?
 
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elbin.p

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(1) that there are temper proof sticker (which will void the warranty if broken) at the back of the laptop where the screws are located,
See the attached pic, I can only see a sticker at the center
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(2) This model got any SATA bay for additional HDD / SDD space - SATA Port and Cage provided or you need to buy one ?
Don't know.

(3) 8GB RAM fixed on the Board but there is Empty slot for another 8 GB RAM module.
CPUID shows only 1 slot occupied and 1 slot free.

(4) How big is the AC Charger Brick?
See attached pic
charger_brick.jpg

(5) Keyboard is not backlit - Right ?
Not backlit.
 

whitestar_999

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(1) that there are temper proof sticker (which will void the warranty if broken) at the back of the laptop where the screws are located,
If it is acer then don't even try to open a single screw, they put stickers in locations you won't even know until you break them.

@elbin.p How is the ips screen.
 
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