expired Lenovo ThinkPad E480 14” FHD, i7-8550u, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, RX-550 $1099 Delivered @ Lenovo


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Edit:back to 4% now
Specs as follow for whoever’s lazy to click through the link like

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Intel Core i7-8550U (4C, 1.8 / 4.0GHz, 8MB)
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64
Display Type
14" FHD (1920x1080) IPS
Hard Drive
256GB SSD PCIe NVMe Opal2
1 Year Depot
AC Adapter
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB GDDR5
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Realtek L8822BE 11ac, 2x2

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    This or a dell xps?

  • +8 votes

    Can't believe, no backlit keyboard even for a $1000 laptop.

    • +1 vote

      Agree but why is it so important? If you touch type should be fine 99% of the time and you can see the rest with the LCD backlight anyway.


    You can grab a refurb e580 for $760 on eBay

    • +1 vote

      Refurbs often have terrible battery life though - are at least thats the case with the last 3 units i've bought.

  • +1 vote

    Just out of curiosity, how is this a better machine than the Lenovo Legion Y530 that sold out yesterday for $1135.20 (just $36.20 more) with far better specs.



      I suppose it's partly because this is a 14" as opposed to the 15.6"?


        You're most likely correct. May also be due to the ThinkPad logo and the little LED.

        • +4 votes

          The E480 is meant to be a business laptop (even if it's targeted at home users as well). So they target things like

          • longer battery life
          • relatively lightweight
          • more rugged chassis
          • better keyboard, with trackpoint (nipple)
          • better (business) port connectivity
          • possibly some other business features I'm unfamiliar with

          Now, whether some of the items on this list actually add value are debatable, but that's what they market it as.

          The biggest reason I would get the E480 over Y530 would be the lower weight, longer battery life, and smaller physical size.

          • +2 votes

            @drojf: Battery is something I would agree on. Considering E480 is 14" and Y530 is 15.6" the weight and dimensions difference is pretty much understandable. I have included comparison for E580 which is 15" in the same series:

            E480: 1.75KG
            Y530: 2.3KG
            E580: 2.1KG

            E480: 329.3 x 242 x 21.9
            Y530: 360.0 x 267 x 24.9
            E580: 369.0 x 252 x 19.95

            From what I read online, design and keyboard are quite good on the Y530. The graphics chip in yesterday's post was a bit underwhelming but still far better than E480.

            Again, the internet suggests that the T-series is a better option for business machines compared to the E-series but more expensive.

            I would rather go with the Y530 due to a faster processor, double the memory and comparatively better GPU, I would assume it to be a better productivity machine.


              @bigbadboogieman: Fair enough about the weight/size aspect, the 15 inch E series is very similar in that respect. I would agree then, that you should almost always get the Y530 if you're not concerned about battery life/and you don't need some specific business thing.

              I go on the Lenovo website to check some things and they've (just?) released the E490, E490s, and E590…Interestingly, due to the discount, the 490s is now priced below the 490, even though it's lighter, and has some sort of discrete graphics…

              The T and E series have been getting closer over time, and are so similar now that I'm questioning the differences. The only things I can notice are

              • the E series can't dock with the 'lock in' type USB-C docks, although it can use the 'plug in' USB-C type dock
              • E series doesn't have thunderbolt

    I have this laptop, absolute work horse, multiple tabs and windows and best feeling laptop keyboard. I got the high Power charger for quick charge and backlit keyboard, very happy with those decisions.

    The design is very boxy, which I like, but it's certainly no Ultrabook.

    Only complaint, which is a big one, is that it advertises a 10 hr battery life. Mine seems to clonk out at 4. Disappointing for an i5 with 16gb of ram. Still love it though, great io.

    • +1 vote

      Someone above said this laptop does not have backlit keyboard? Also this is an I7 and 8gb of ram?


        I bought the same model (e489) directly from Lenovo. On their website you have given the chance of components upgrade. I upgraded to 16 GB ram. Backlit cost extra 50 bucks.
        The battery life is not good enough for what I spent ($1300)… Only 4 hours max at 75 percent screen brightness.

  • +2 votes

    I bought this laptop as a present for my younger brother for uni. Great 14" form laptop, thin bezels make it look smaller and quite portable, very fast charging (something like 1,5hr to full charge) to make up for adequate battery life (5hrs with mixed usage), good processing power and enough graphic performance for his games (Xplane, Battlefield, Fornite, ect.). Note that there are some complaints about the heat issue, which i think is abit exaggerated. The laptop does get warm (like any laptop) after like 2hours of playing Battlefield but nothing dangerously hot.

    I was very happy with the purchase, and the overall value of the laptop so i bought myself an exact model but refurbished for ~650 on Ebay. Mine has been running like new.

    Highly recommended laptop for buyers with limited budget.


    Hi, what would be the difference between this laptop and the E580 here? https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/ThinkPad-E580/p/22TP2TEE580?clickid=XfoX8LxmpxyJUrK0GIyI522MUkgVbaxs9wjtV80&cid=au:affiliate:239209|1248473&acid=ww:affiliate:xpv9kh
    I can see that the E580 has a larger display and is cheaper at $1079. I am not familiar with computing and specs so if someone can weigh in on this then that would be great. Thank you!

    • +1 vote

      The only difference is that the E560 is 15.6" and is 350g heavier. Spec wise they are identical.

      Being a larger screen with the same resolution mean the 580 screen will be slightly worst than the 480 screen.


    E480/E580 are powerful laptops but cooling on these slim laptops is poor also a lot of fan noise complains on lower loads


    Is the I5 deal also pretty good or is the I7 the one to go for?

  • +1 vote

    I do not think the throttling/overheating issues are exaggerated.

    I have had the E480 (i5, RX550) for about a year now. If you intend to use the RX550, have second thoughts. It throttles very hard (I have tried flashing back to an older BIOS that doesn't throttles as hard, using a cooling pad, undervolting and maxing the fan speed to no avail). I don't really play graphically intensive games (LoL and CS:GO) and I have to play CS:GO on the lowest resolution and settings and still get about 80 FPS that drops to 50 FPS. This is not ideal at all as I believe the RX550 is capable of hitting 120 FPS minimum with no throttling. So bear in mind your graphics card will be performing around 50% of its stated capability.

    Just bear this in mind if you intend to game with this laptop, if I had known this, I would not have bought this laptop.


    Is this still available? I don’t see an E480 with i7 anywhere near this price.