expired Lenovo ThinkPad E585 - Ryzen 5/8GB/256GB/15.6" FHD - $809 Delivered @ Lenovo

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Previous best was $841 for the Ryzen 7 variant. Battery life may not be as good as the Intel version (E580) but a lot of machine for just over $800.

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  • +1 vote

    Don't forget 4% cash back

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    Any feednack on this laptop?

  • +21 votes

    $765.00 for those who want the 14" form factor, E485 (https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/...)

    • +4 votes

      The real bargain is always in the comments?

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      Love you x

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      Is it a better price and overall value compared to other deals on E480 and E485 i5/ i7? I am looking to buy one today so I will appreciate your feedback. Compared to this deal (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/392977), the price is ~$30 higher considering the cashback but it was for 128GB SSD.

      Also, worth buying on Lenovo website vs eBay (where I can use my gift cards and get 10% off)? Somehow I'm not finding too many local listings for E485 on eBay. What could be the reason?

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        It is good value in general but going bit deeper/specific will depend on what is important for most. I see E485 as a jack of all trade (good value all rounder), but also master of none (but very hard to expect one can find a master at this price point lol).

        The E480/intel offerings do generally have better WiFi performance than the non-intel config. Although I haven't used the QualComm WiFi in the E485/585 machines, they'll still be more than sufficient for most usage scenarios at home/office where the WiFi network stable. If you are on the road a lot and/or deal with challenging WiFi network often, and it is an important criteria for you, then you might want to go intel (but if that is the case, I'd expect the person would just go with a pocket wifi).

        CPU performance has been mentioned in previous posts many times, in short, for most people and general office/media consumption usage case. AMD and Intel are practically on par.

        Graphics card performance AMD has a massive lead, again mentioned already in previous posts.

        Battery life is not as good as intel configs, but is it important for your usage case? A few E485 owners here report ~3-6/7 hours of battery life depending on usage scenarios (similar to some comments on the internet after some searches on google). Intel config seem to offer ~1-2 hours longer battery life (again depending on usage case).

        Intel config can video output 4k 60Hz via the usb c port, while AMD config isn't clear.

        Overall, for me personally, I see the AMD as very good value because none of the above points are deal breaker for me nor massively and negatively affect my usage experiences. While the graphics advantage over intel definitely enables me to play more games and widen my usages. Of course there are other laptops which can be better, but not at this price point. However if any of the above points matter to you, then you should look for devices that can meet your requirements.

        Personally I see the E485/585 as very suitable devices for students or anyone without special computer requirements (eg non design/engineering related), don't need full gaming capability, more general/media consumption usage.

        I hope you'll find this helpful.

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          Thanks so much. It definitely helps a lot. I ordered one. :)

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          IMHO, it's a little bit bulky / not great battery life if you're just using it for university. A similar priced ultrabook might be a better use case in that instance. For me I've found the Ryzen 7 quite phenomenal in terms of power and have been able to smash whatever I need quickly and consistently (rendering, VMs, compiling). Still a great laptop and the keyboard is definitely worth it :)

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            @Dikaiarchos: Thanks for sharing on the rendering/VM/compiling type workload experience =) (not something that I'd know as they aren't my usage areas).

            Agree that ultrabook is best for portability, although everyone has different criteria (for me I'm good with most laptops <2cm thickness and <2kg). I still remember back in my undergrad days everyone is just lugging the 15" thick laptops and think uni students just make do with whatever budget has to offer lol.

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      Is there any extra slot for RAM? How easy is it to change/ upgrade the RAM?

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        See the comment here https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/6192773/redir for a YouTube video, which shows you how to open the base cover to upgrade the components. There are two RAM slots, and fairly easy to upgrade once you can access them after opening the cover. Opening the cover isn't exactly hard, but it'll requiring "prying" it open and may feel scary at first but the laptop would be fine. It is more a hassle/hard than skill-difficult/hard.

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    I am in the market for a X1 Extreme, and just wondering if it is worth hanging out to Lenovo's black friday deals. Has black friday been any better than generally Lenovo's ongoing deals?

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    Well aren't I glad I held off buying for a week :D

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    add 16 gb ram instead of 8 for $25 extra only. Sweet!

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    Would anyone be able to tell me if this can be charged via a USB C PD powerbank? I have the Cygnett 20,000 PD powerbank

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    Can this play new graphic intense games?

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      Yes it could

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      Depends what you call graphics intensive games.
      Review of the 2500u playing fortnite.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwObtlHEwbs

      Question would be around the thermals and whether this reduces the performance of the 2500u for this particular notebook. I'm struggling to find reviews on this laptop.

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      2500U uses Vega 8 integrated graphics. Quote from Notebookcheck:

      AMD's reference design GPU is sitting between the GeForce 940MX / Radeon Pro 450 and GeForce MX150 / Radeon Pro 555. It can handle smooth gameplay in simple titles like League of Legends (med), Dota 2 (low), Overwatch (low), CS:GO (med), and Quake Champions (high) in 720p up to 1080p according to AMD.

      Refer to the benchmarks and see whether it fits your needs.

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    No backlit keyboard? :(

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    Anyone know how this would be for editing photos and HD video?

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    Looking at upgrading from a dead screen E480 (othwrwise working fine connected to external display/TV)
    Tried replacing the screen but no good (Seems to be a cable or some chip on the board)
    Looking at options..
    1. Dell Inspiron 15" (refurb) from Dell DFO ~ $629 i5 8th Gen with SSD, HDD, AMD graphics
    2. This Lenovo E485 ~ $765
    3. Can you suggest something?

    Mobility is not a big factor as it will mostly be on a desk, with occasional use at client premises for a short period.
    Use: Autocad, Photoshop, sketchup (with some occassional simple rendering), ArchiCAD, (possibly Revit in future) all for simple stuff nothing too complicated.

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      If you're serious about using those apps a whole lot you'll get an i7 8750h and minimum 16GB RAM.

      But in general the i5 8250u will beat the Ryzen 7 2700u and anything below it in most multi-core rendering style things.

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        Thanks for the response. See the thing is, my current i5 2520M can handle most (99%) tasks i throw at it. So I dont see much point in spending more and getting an i7…plus it costs a lot more! Trying to remain under $700 mark.
        i5 8250 does make sense but it's the 'inspiron' range thats making me hold back…and it being 15.6" although not a huge deal is still a compromise.
        Buying tech is very exciting but a procrastinator's (and a tightarse's)worst nightmare haha!!

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          I feel ya.

          I just pulled the trigger on a refurbished Yoga 520 for $592 after a 20% discount and added a 2TB storage for $84 (stripped it out of the enclosure and installed it internally).

          It's a good unit. It's incredible value. I am already experiencing buyers remorse even though it does everything I want it to.

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            @DonWilson: That sounds like a pretty good deal! How are you finding it?

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              @draistlin: It's good. Screen is nice and bright. Battery usage isn't quite as good as I hoped but still good. Honestly I'd prefer it didn't have touchscreen and the bend backwards option but hey, it had those and they work.

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            @DonWilson: That's a bloody good price!! I actually have the same listing in my watchlist!!(go figure!)
            Not convinced with the whole 'Yoga' range! A friend bought one last year from JB and it's already busted!! Could be a bad piece or could be a user problem, but it's not instilling confidence. After using the E420 for 6 years and the way it still works, just makes me want to buy another one!

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      That dell seems like a hell of a deal. What're the "AMD graphics"?

  • +4 votes

    Hey Guys. Heads up. Was about to pull the trigger on this last night but glad I waited. Lenovo cash rewards is now 12% so takes this deal down to $712 after cashback!

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    Is there only a slot for another hard drive or can we put another ssd instead?

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    Anyone know that’s the return policy on this if it’s unopened?

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    Has anyone received their order?

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