Lenovo ThinkPad E485 or Lenovo V330 (AMD)?

I am currently for a laptop for school and I found these which have good specs and are at good prices currrently (until midnight tonight).

However, I don't know how good they are.

I saw mixed reviews on the E485, but saw nothing on the V330 (only saw some for the intel version).

Are any of them good?

Which one would be better for me to get?

Are there any other 14 inch (or less) laptops that have similar or better specs for around the same price?

Any help will be appreciated :)


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    School as in high school or uni? And if uni, what kind of coursework?

    Personally I'd go the E485 over the V330, just for the Thinkpad reliability, but you've linked to a range of models "starting from" that price, its actual performance/suitability would depend on the specifications of the actual model you get.


      School as in High School.

      For the E485, I was thinking of getting the $799 model, which has the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U.
      For the V330, I was thinking of getting the $899 model, which has the same CPU as the E485.

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    The V330 is for mainstream users, the E series is a budget business notebook.

    Main difference

    • E series has a trackpoint
    • Bigger battery on the E480/485.
    • V330 has no USB Type C. The E series can charge using a 45 watt Type C connection.
    • E series has 1080p FHD IPS display while the V330 uses FHD Tn display
    • The V330 only has 1 free DIMM slot, with 4GB of DDR4 already soldered directly onto the board (you can't remove the soldered RAM). The E480/485 has two free DIMM slots.
    • V330 is slightly slimmer and lighter compared to the E485

      So I would assume that the E Series would be the better one?

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      The V330 model shown also has a 512gb SSD. Just something to note.

      But yeah, generally would go for the e485. Thinkpads would be better for schools (personal experience…e485 can take a beating…needed for schools!)

      That screen's a big one though. Both because you won't have to have people on your shoulder if they need to look at your laptop, but also because IMO ips just looks better in general.


    What do you guys think of the L330 yoga as an all rounder for university?

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    So, I've decided that I should try to get the ThinkPad E485.
    However, I am going to wait until the price drops.
    Right now it's $849, so I'll see what the price is next week.

  • +1 vote

    To me, Lenovo ThinkPad E485 is the best one.

    Portable - light, and compact
    IPS display
    Excellent touchpad and backlit keyboard
    Security options - fingerprint sensor and discrete TPM

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