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This HP laptop for $450 would make a great Cyber Monday gift for a non-gamer

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Most of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals we've seen so far are pushing top-end hardware, but what if you don't care about gaming and just want a solid laptop? If that's you, this HP's Pavilion 15z Touch is worth considering. It's on sale for $450, making it one of the cheapest laptops around.

For the price, you can't expect to get graphics processing that makes sense for someone who plays a lot of games, but it'll be fine for low-spec 2D games like Slay the Spire or Hearthstone, or playing older 3D games.

The core of this laptop is an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with 4 cores and 8 threads clocked at 2.1GHz to 3.7GHz, and Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics. Even though this is an integrated GPU, the Vega 8 is much better than the Intel variants at this price point. For comparison, the Vega 8 is about twice as fast as UHD 630.

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HP Pavilion 15z touch laptop | Ryzen 5 3500U | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $450 (save $850)
The list price is not very interesting, but with HP's Cyber Monday discount in effect, this would make a serviceable option for in need of an entry-level laptop.

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The Pavilion 15z touch sports a 15.6-inch display, and as you can probably guess from the name, also is a touch screen. The HD (1366x768) resolution sucks, though for $50 more, you can bump that up to a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panel. That's pretty much required in our book.

The bad news ends there, though. This laptop also has a generous 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD (which you can also upgrade). By no means a Cyber Monday deal for the ages, but this is a good deal on a cheap laptop nonetheless.

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Steven Messner

With over 7 years of experience with in-depth feature reporting, Steven's mission is to chronicle the fascinating ways that games intersect our lives. Whether it's colossal in-game wars in an MMO, or long-haul truckers who turn to games to protect them from the loneliness of the open road, Steven tries to unearth PC gaming's greatest untold stories. His love of PC gaming started extremely early. Without money to spend, he spent an entire day watching the progress bar on a 25mb download of the Heroes of Might and Magic 2 demo that he then played for at least a hundred hours. It was a good demo.