expired ThinkPad E485 (14"FHD/Ryzen 5/8GB/256GB) $799; E585 (15.6"FHD/Ryzen 5/8GB/256GB) $849 (Stacks With 12% CB ShopBack) @ Lenovo AU

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Similar to previous deals (e.g. here and many more), but this is a slightly more expensive config due to slightly higher storage capacity.

What makes it a deal is ShopBack AU's increased cashback rate of 15% (ends 19 Feb 11.59PM AEDT, according to received email), on top of the routine 5% off (ends 21 Feb) from "AMD5" code by Lenovo. (Tracking speed: 2 DAYS. Claim time: 75 DAYS) (Messaged ShopBack AU rep to confirm if the cashback applies to the AMD5 code deal, pending response. Will update.)
EDIT(19/02): confirmed with ShopBack AU that the code and deal qualifies for the increased 15% cashback, and the code is now listed on ShopBack AU too. Go to this link: https://www.shopback.com.au/lenovo , to ShopBack AU's Lenovo AU landing page, which you'll can access the Thinkpad webpages by accessing via "Get Deal"
EDIT(20/02): Cashback rate is now "lower" but still at 12%. Prices updated.

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TL;DR

Thinkpad E485 (https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/...)
14" IPS FHD, Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4, 256GB NVMe.

$799, 15% of GST-excluded price is $108.95, so:
$690.05 after ShopBack AU 15% cashback no longer available
$711.84 after ShopBack AU 12% cashback

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Thinkpad E585 (https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/...)
15.6" IPS FHD, Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4, 256GB NVMe.

$849, 15% of GST-excluded price is $115.77, so:
$733.23 after ShopBack AU 15% cashback no longer available
$756.39 after ShopBack AU 12% cashback


Storage upgrades/expansion

256GB is generally sufficient for most people as the system main drive, and the device comes with an internal 2.5" 7mm SATA bay. So for better value, install your own SATA SSD or HDD.

Memory upgrades (see previous deal for more detailed comments)

  • If 8GB is sufficient for you —> get 4GBx2 config (included in price)
  • But if you want/will use more —> get 8GBx1 config (included in price), then buy a RAM stick separately (Lenovo's prices are exorbitant)
  • If 8GB is sufficient at the moment, but want to upgrade later/when needed, and happy with lower performance in the meanwhile (enough for general office, browsing and media usage, but not gaming) —> get 8GBx1 config and get RAM when you need it.

Newegg's 8GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM RAM single stick prices: https://www.newegg.com/global/au-en/Product/ProductList.aspx... (remember to sort by Lowest Price)

Other upgrades

For the Thinkpad E585 (https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/...), some may find the $100 upgrade to Ryzen 7 worthwhile, due to slightly the larger 15" form factor (compared to smaller 14"). The Ryzen 7 may have slightly better headroom to not be throttled as much in the 15" (than the 14" chasis) and may provide better overall performance.

Taking up the $100 upgrade will bump the price to $949, so after 15% 12% cashback it'll be $819.60 $845.48 for 15.6" IPS FHD, Ryzen 7 2700U, 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4, 256GB NVMe.


Brief Specs:

Thinkpad E485

  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 2500U Quad-Core (4 Cores 8 Threads, 2 GHz base frequency, 3.6 GHz boost)
  • Integrated AMD Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics
  • 14.0" FHD IPS (1920x1080) AntiGlare Display
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive PCIe OPAL2.0 M.2 2242
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • WiFi Qualcomm QCNFA435AC, 1x1 + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Internal 2.5" bay (7mm) available for storage expansion. (See this comment here for a video link that shows how to access the internal 2.5 SATA3 bay)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 (1 x AlwaysOn), 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x HDMI, Ethernet (RJ45), MicroSD, Combo audio/mic jack
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) 329 x 242 x 21.9 mm
  • Starting at 1.75 kg
  • 45W 3-pin USB-C AC Power Adaptor

Thinkpad E585 shares same basic spec as above, except for:

  • ($100 upgrade to Ryzen™ 7 2700U, 4 Cores 8 Threads, 2.2 GHz base frequency, 3.8 GHz boost)
  • (Integrated AMD Radeon™ Vega 10 for Ryzen 7 2700U)
  • 15.6" FHD IPS (1920x1080) AntiGlare Display
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) 369 x 252 x 19.95 mm
  • Starting at 2.1 kg

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  • +2 votes

    Hopefully we get the usual Amex cash back deal around EOFY that we can stack with their EOFY sale plus a cash back bonus. Got the X1 Carbon only 4 weeks after release down to $1600 from $2400 last year for work. After salary sacrifice (which was based on a $2000 as it's pre cash backs I got it cheap enough to sell it for a profit a year later. Best laptop I've ever had and I've had a lot.

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    Is the keyboard backlit ?

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      Nope (and don't think it can be replaced with a backlit one. well the keyboard will still work but not the back-lighting).

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    Been looking at the e485 the last few days as a work laptop.

    The 15 percent cashback will have me pull the trigger
    ..just bear in mind that AMD have released the 2nd gen mobile chip which should start showing up soon.

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    Just making sure, but I can install Linux on these right? Looking it up, a few Lenovo models have trouble doing so.

    • +1 vote

      From comments of the previous deal posts, yes you can, but you will need to modify kernel parameters for it to boot. I don't use linux personally, so Google may help you with further documentations and instructions.

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      You'll want to do something like this: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-11e-Windows-13-E-and/T...

      I don't think I even booted into Windows on this machine before chucking Linux on it and that was when they had just come out. A lot of the little niggles have been mostly fixed for now and have been running it daily for work for the last couple of months.

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    This or E480?

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    Is CPU upgrade on the 14 inch not worth it?

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      I don't recommend it personally.

      Due to the thermal limitations of that the E485 chasis and factory settings have, the gain in performance is likely insignificant (both CPUs have limit of 15W as set by Lenovo). The 2700U may more likely to run into throttling situations in heavier loads (which in some circumstances may actually result in lower performance than the 2500U config).

      EDIT: it seems like the CPU TDP limit varies depending on workload and temperature, I've read on Lenovo support forums that it may go to 25W but only for short period of time and under certain temperatures. So still the same comment, personally I don't recommend the 2700U in E485.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah, everything that I have read indicates the 2500u is a better buy.

        If anyone is interested, one of the guys over on notebook review has been having some fun with his. I've pulled the trigger on one and ordered 32gb of RAM from Newegg - will see how things go!

        http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/thinkpad-e485-underr...

        It's actually a shame that the manufacturers don't seem to be putting these in better laptop chassis and making a better attempt at managing thermals.

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          That's an interesting and fun project indeed! (and hopefully the performances will get better as AMD will be taking care of driver updates instead of vendors this year)

          All the best! =)

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    Any recommend this for light video editing? (YouTube videos) using Corel video studio. Thanks!

    • +1 vote

      It'll depend on how heavy/light your workload is, your budget, which I guess relates to how "serious" the work is, and then your preference on form factor.

      If it is for something long term/semi-serious workload, with a higher budget of $1k-$1.5k, and doesn't mind the more desk-bound form factor (>2kg) then I would recommend the higher power systems with intel 8th gen H-class CPUs.

      Currently Dell eBay is actually doing pretty good deals on G3 3579 (a entry-mid level gaming laptop too), after the eBay discount code "PSAVEIT":

      https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/323648518402
      Core i5-8300H (4-Core), 15.6" IPS FHD, 8GBx1 DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 128GB SSD+1TB HDD, GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5)
      $1284 (this config has been cheaper before at $1087.20)

      https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/323648528336
      Core i7-8750H (6-Core), 15.6" IPS FHD, 8GBx1 DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5)
      $1354 (cheapest on OzBargain for this config? but lol, just realised that's almost double the price of the E485)

      Height: 0.89" (22.7mm) x Width: 14.96" (380mm) x Depth: 10.16" (258mm)
      Weight: 5.57lbs (2.53Kg)

      If you prefer a more portable form factor (<2kg), and want to spend as little as possible and still get very reasonable performance and value, I think the E485 is quite a good option. However, depending on the resolution/quality setting and size of your video edits, you might want to purchase more RAM for the system and go 16GB.

      The refurbished Lenovo Yoga 520 posted here is also a good consideration, if on an even tighter budget. (Although I personally prefer the E485 over the Yoga 520 due to better graphics of the E485).

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    Not sure if I overlooked your post or a comment, but the Thinkpad E585 should have the larger keypad with the calculator style buttons on the rights hand side, as with almost any 15.6 inch laptop. Could be a pro or a con depending on the buyer

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    thanks picked up the E585 ryzen 7 upgrade for $949, hoping shopback will honor the 15% for reduced price of $819.6, excellent price for a well spec machine

  • +2 votes

    If you plan to upgrade ram, don't forget to select 1xDIMM (or contact customer support) otherwise if you get 2xDIMM one may come soldered to the board so your upgrade-ability may be limited.
    I bought this last year and asked to put only 1x8gb ram. Bought another 8gb stick from newegg along with a hard drive(slim version).

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    I'm new to shopback. If I use it on this laptop how long before I can withdraw the money, and will it always go through?

    • +1 vote

      According to ShopBack AU, the tracking time for Lenovo AU is up to 2 days, while claim time is 75 days (that is, you'll have to wait 75 days before you can cash out). Minimum cashout/withdraw amount is $10 (excluding sign-up bonuses).

      My experience so far is good/on-par with CashRewards, all my eligible transactions have tracked (as long as they were done in browser with all adblockers and tracking-blockers disabled in non-private browsing mode) and I haven't had troubles cashing out for all four past withdrawals (non-eligible transactions that although tracked, but due to unauthorised codes used, were rejected). They do require mobile numbers for SMS confirmation for security, although more likely for anti-fraud purposes and to deter people from abusing sign-up referral or other promo bonuses.

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    I suppose the screen of E485 doesn't rotate 360 deg? Asking because I saw the screenshot where the screen lay flat 180 deg. Thanks.

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    Is this an appropriate ram stick to add to 1x8gb config in the E485? (Noticed the seller is in china so wont buy from them, question still stands tho.)

    Or this? realised this is not the correct speed
    Best out of these? 1 2

    Does the voltage matter? ECC/Non-ECC? Unbuffered? I'm not familiar with notebook ram. If anyone has examples of what they have purchased I'd greatly appreciate it!

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    Anyone got shopback tracked yet? Mines still listed under click activity.

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      Sometimes the tracking emails can get blocked by junk mail filters, have you tried checking it?

      And I've had longer tracking time than usual at times if it is during a large traffic volume period e.g. sales.

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        I checked junk mail. I realised the names are slightly different (Toby & Tobias) so I sent through a 'missing cashback' form from here with the order details. Has yours gone through?

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          I didn't buy anything in this deal. Although all my previous purchase through ShopBack has been tracked without issues (even the ones that I used unlisted codes and ineligible for cashbacks, which got rejected obviously).

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          Let me know how it goes

    • +1 vote

      I haven't got it either, and have it listed too as click activity

  • +1 vote

    no shopback either for me, anybody had a response yet?

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