expired Lenovo ThinkPad E460 $829 w/ 14" FHD, i7-6500U, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, R7 M360

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Lenovo ThinkPad E460 $829 w/ 14" FHD, i7-6500U, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, R7 M360Affiliate
OZ460

Here's another deal Lenovo sent to me. ThinkPad E460 is in run out mode and they are discounting the following model to $829 delivered after applying the coupon code OZ460:

  • Intel Core i7-6500U
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 14" Full HD (1920x1080)
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB HDD 5400RPM
  • AMD Radeon R7 M360 2GB

Note that E460 with Skylake has been replaced with E470 with Kaby Lake (like this deal here). Kaby Lake doesn't improve much on the per-clock-cycle performance but i7-7500U does run at a higher frequency. Another issue with this deal is the inclusion of 1TB spinning rust — no one should be buying them any more for your business laptop in 2017. However ThinkPad's are quite user-serviceable so you can always install your own 2.5" SSD (past deals here) & re-install Windows at the same time to get rid of unnecessary Lenovo-ware.

E460 does have an advantage of having OneLink docking capability, which E470 doesn't. Seeing how Lenovo added USB C / Thunderbolt 3 support to all the latest gen X & T-series, I sort of understand why Lenovo removed that port from E470, as the world might be unified on USB Type-C for docking needs. The problem is — E470 does not have USB Type-C either. OneLink docks are cheap on eBay though — so buy E460 from Lenovo & OneLink from eBay if you need a business laptop with a docking station.

Finally, Lenovo told me that you can also ring up their telesales or online chat to get the deal. Moreover, for $199 more you get LI2264d 21.5" FHD IPS Monitor (RRP $179) + 3 year onsite warranty for E460 (RRP $269.50). You might have to call up & ask that.

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    3.5" SSD
    should this be 2.5" or do they have super large SSDs for larger capacity?

  • +1 vote

    I'm going to recommend this to a friend, but a noob question, what would be a better config for better performance for 8GB RAM … 1x 8GB, or 2x 4GB RAM? They are having the same price for both options. My friend would use this for mixing/creating music.

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      No difference at all in performance, however youll have to check if the different configurations have different slots- i.e if the 1x8gb only has 1 ram slot on the mainboard. If that is the case upgrading in future may be more difficult.

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        That's incorrect, a dual channel allows better efficiency, so if you're not upgrading, just stick with 8gb ram.

    • +13 votes

      Theoretically 2x4Gb but the difference won't be perceptible.

      Recommend getting 1x8Gb so he can get another stick of 8Gb later if an upgrade is warranted.

  • +3 votes

    Don't forget 7% cashback via cashrewards ($58.03)

  • +4 votes

    SO got one of the thinkpad a year ago, they do have a design flaw to do with the keyboard and the cable attachment. Mine unfortunately suffered from some keys simulating f4-f9 keys upon press, with at some point the key spazzing and rendering the laptop practically unusable. Definitely not a software error, as if you press down the area where the keyboard is attached to the motherboard, it simulates random keys (some people says its shorting against the mobo, or possibly the cable is damaged.

    Lenovo forums date back these issues from 2013, with people still reporting them today. Even with warranty, after 2-3 months later, people reported the same issue - legitimately a design flaw how the keyboard connects to the laptop mobo. Can't find all the forums that I read (trying to resolve this issue) - but easiest way is to unplug the keyboard and use a USB keyboard.

    https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/v3_1/forumtopicpage/boar...

    The forum reports it from different thinkpad models.

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      Currently having this issue on my very old X220 - fantastic laptop in every other regard, rugged, fast and great battery life - but unusable because of random key presses.

      :(

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    Interesting offer. Thanks for the detailed info.

    The E470 with Kaby Lake deal you mention looks like the better deal.

  • +5 votes

    & beware that the Fn key is at where the Ctrl key would normally be. Tried typing on someone else's Thinkpad. Kept hitting the wrong key when I wanna cut & paste for example. It's frustrating as hell (& I'd imagine it's not something that you can just get use to if you also use proper keyboards at work / school / etc).

    • +1 vote

      There is an option in the bios to swap the Fn and Ctrl keys. Easy to do this and fixed the issue for me!

      • +2 votes

        Yes you can do that but you can't physically swap the two keys (since they're different in size)

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          I'm investigating buying custom replacement keycaps for my ThinkPad at the moment but even then the leftmost key is still smaller than the next one. So really there is no perfect solution. The control key should be the leftmost key and be larger than function… ;-)

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          @robertm:

          It's as if the person who designed the keyboard can't / don't actually type properly.

  • +1 vote

    I wonder if prices like this will ever be coming back?

    Lenovo ThinkPad E460 i7-6500U, 14" FHD, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 2GB Radeon $710.40 Shipped @ Lenovo eBay

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/276574

  •  

    Damn, all these tempting deals when I'm not ready to buy yet. :(

  • +2 votes

    Just picked ordered one from Lenovo on e-bay with IPS and SSD for $888. Claim ebay cashrewards too.
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Lenovo-ThinkPad-E460-Intel-Co...

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    Will this be good enough for gaming? Not looking to be able to run every game at max settings, but wondering if the Radeon here will be good enough for most games.

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      NotebookCheck.net on R7 M360. Most games from last 2-3 years are actually unplayable. Forget about it for gaming unless you are only playing Dota2 or LoL.

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        Thanks, I'll give it a complete pass then.

        • +1 vote

          If you're looking to do some light gaming, this is a much better option: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/286422.

          The GTX 950M will run relatively modern games but at low settings 720p / 1080p. I have the previous gen 850M and I'm able to play killing floor 2 (released Nov 16) at 1080p medium settings 60fps. Witcher 3 and fallout 4 also run OK at 720p. It should run any esports title at high settings and 1080p above 60fps.

          It's $200 more expensive but you're getting 7th gen i7 (even tho it's only slightly better), 16gb ram, 256 SSD (mandatory, and most important feature on a laptop IMO) and bigger 15.6" screen (depending if that is what you want).

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    Thanks OP!
    Great price!

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    Can you ask for a offer along those lines for the NZ site?

  • +1 vote

    weight? that's a deciding factor carrying this around uni Starting from 1.9kg hmm

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    I found this product (link below) on ali express, sort of similar yet nearly half the price. does anyone know if theyre any good?

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/15-6-In-tel-Core-I7-8GB-1TB-...

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      your link is only $150 cheaper. For that difference I wouldn't get anywhere near a clone or AliE for that matter.

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      A lot of it just does not make sense.

      • 15.6" 1366x768 screen, optical drive and only 1.65kg?
      • Time to market: 2015 but using an Ivy Bridge CPU from 2012?
      • 2 hour battery life?
      • The photo under "Language" has a MacBook Air-like keyboard for 12-13" laptop, which is completely different from the one in the listing?
      • Windows 7 / 8? 100Mbps ethernet (no gbit) and 802.11n (no AC wireless)
      • Under I/O connection it says "VGA* HDMI port (not ensure it work fine all of time)".
      • Yet they call it "game laptop"

      Hardly "sort of similar".

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