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ThinkPad E495 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 3500U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / $755 Shipped @ Lenovo

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TA-HOT495

The smaller brother to yesteday's hot offer. After receiving a lot of requests, bugged Lenovo all morning and they finally conceded. Apply coupon TA-HOT495 at checkout for the discount. Call Lenovo's telesales number on 1300 557 073 (until 5:30pm weekdays) with any questions. Ends 11:59pm AEST Sunday, unless sold out or withdrawn prior. Enjoy :)

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU
  • 14" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
  • 256GB SSD M.2 PCIe
  • 8.0GB DDR4 SODIMM 2400MHz
  • 329mm x 242mm x 19.9mm (1.75kg)

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  • +16

    Effectively $679.50 after cashback.

    Great deal TA!


    Just read this

    After receiving a lot of requests, bugged Lenovo all morning and they finally conceded.

    ….I see, they couldn't resist and have succumbed to the Tight….(sorry if too lame 😂)

    • My calcs put it at $671.95 after cashback

      11% of $755

      am I missing something?

      • +4

        Cashback excludes GST of the purchase price =)

        • +5

          Ok, I didn't neg you btw

          T&C's state:

          You may not earn Cashback on GST, freight, delivery fees and taxes.

          Perhaps it's hit and miss

      • +9

        Cashback is calculated ex GST for Lenovo:

        • $755 ÷ 1.1 = $686.36
        • 11% of $686.36 = $75.50
        • $755 - $75.50 = $679.50
        • +1

          /r/theydidthemath

          • +6

            @starbearer: ….They did the monster math

            • @sharkfan12: god this is weird seeing it on ozbargain instead of reddit… i’m not gonna say the third sub.

  • Sounds like a great deal. Is this the same guts as the 15" model just in a smaller form factor?

  • +3

    Btw TA, the E495 should be

    14" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)

    =)

    • Thanks, fixed :)

      • Thanks TA!
        Any deal for desktop?

  • +1

    Are ThinkPad's as solid of a laptop as they used to be? I haven't used one in years but I remember them being very popular.

    • +3

      E series is their budget line. I had to return mine and get Latitude.

      • Thanks. I wasn't aware there are different lines in the ThinkPad range.

        • +2

          T series is the solid one if you are after the good old days but it's priced for the business segment

          E series I have had some dead pixels on arrival previously but they refused to swap it saying it's below their warranty requirement. Apparently it's okay for their screens to have dead pixels as a brand new product. I was so pissed off at them.

  • How does the Ryzen 5 3500U compare to an i5 8250U?

    Considering moving to AMD with all the Intel vulnerabilities that seem to pop up every year now…

    • +6

      straight upgrade according to notebookcheck

      https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-strikes-back-Ryzen-5-3500U...

      • The comment in the last paragraph of the review matters significantly. "It is interesting that the performance of the 3500U is steady, while the ThinkPad E485 still suffered from a slight drop after a few iterations." Looks like the i5 based Thinkpads throttle more under load vs the 3500u.

    • +3

      it's about to get even better with the 1903 windows update and AMD chipset update.

  • is this comparable to i5-8xxx, i used to have bad experience with A9-942x series - high cpu usage for smaller application like office, will the Ryzen much better?

    • Night and day difference compared to the A9. As for Intel offerings, the 8500U does fair better overall.

    • This is a new line of processor. What ever old notion of AMD CPU being bad in the past. Ryzen is much stronger. IPC comparable without overclock to i9 9900k and much better in multi thread applications.

      • +1

        Ryzen APUs are a generation behind on CPU architecture - the 3500U actually uses Zen+ (Ryzen 2000 series architecture), not Zen 2.

        This means its IPC is still slightly behind an equivalent Intel chip. Based on these benchmarks the 3500U is a little bit slower than recent Intel mobile chips.

        At this price (especially with the cashback) it's very hard to beat though.

        • +1

          Yeah I know. The next mobile 4000 series Ryzen APU with Navi should end Intel dominance in the laptop segment.

        • +1

          https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-strikes-back-Ryzen-5-3500U...

          In sustained load the 3700U is much faster than the competing i5.

          The IPC of Zen+ is roughly the same as recent intel chips, maybe 5% less. It's just the clockspeeds usually have been lower. Zen 2 has better IPC than intel (but still lower clocks).

  • Great deal TA. I am trying to get the Lenovo Yoga 930. This is the best deal I've seen. Worth going for?

    https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/lenovo-yoga-c930-139-inches-c...

  • What are these like For traveling weight wise?

    • They are sturdy, so not overly lightweight. I walk around all day with one in the backpack & is fine.

  • lol damn literally just bought this a week ago…

    • Speak to a rep, maybe you can get the difference refunded? A week is a really short time.

    • I managed to get them to refund the difference in the past.
      Their policy is apparently "at the moment the global Lenovo policy is that if you advise us within 7 business days from when you receive your order we will price match to current promotion".
      Definitely call them and see how you go.

      • Thanks guys will definitely give them a ring tomorrow

  • +4

    short post on notebookcheck comparing the 3500U in this laptop to the i5 in the 490 for those asking about how it compares and it seems AMD made a winner here

    https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-strikes-back-Ryzen-5-3500U...

  • Multi-Touch: None

  • Can anyone comment on Lenovo screens across their different lines? we got a E470 about 4yrs ago and its screen is so washed out in terms of colours. I used to have a T500 many moons ago and that screen was miles ahead in terms of colour. Do all Lenovo models suffer from this problem or is it only the E series?

    T500 screen was TFT Active Matrix with 1 CCFL backlight
    E470 screen is LED backlit

    • +1

      For me this is possibly a deal-breaker. The E595 only has 54% sRGB colour gamut. I can't find the E495's gamut. Can anyone else find it for us? (please post the source link)

  • +2

    Inb4 5 year old trash tier amd

  • +2

    In May there was a deal on the E495 and E595. This current price is lower but note that the previous deal included a 512GB SSD, while this current deal only includes a 256GB SSD.

    With an upgrade to 512GB SSD this current deal comes to $905, which is more expensive than the $881 in the previous deal, although final price on both deals would vary depending on which cash back service you used and if you count the temporary 14% shopback cash back from the last deal.

    • +3

      You can buy a 256gb ssd for like $50. It's got a free 2.5inch bay

      • Do you know if we void the warranty if we added our own hard drive? Thanks.

        • It won't if you add a drive to the empty 2.5" SATA SSD bay (you can also add RAM to the spare slot, which is a good idea). Not sure about replacing the M.2 drive.

      • Yep but M.2 drive + 2.5 inch SSD would likely draw more power and add more weight than a 512GB SSD.

        It's still a good deal. I posted because the drive size difference is easy to miss if you quickly click through past deals.

  • +1

    would really like to check out this in person befroe buying. Any idea which stores display this or similar E series thinkpads in Sydney?

  • Backlight keyboard ?

    • ah damn, i definitely need that youtubing at night before bed. will give this a miss then

  • Whilst this is a good deal I will be giving it a pass due to:

    • lack of battery benchmarks. The 2500U suffered from high idle power draw
    • lack of support on linux (though it is improving via AMD)

    In saying that, this would suit a student or heavy users quite well even with a potential hit on battery compared to Intel. In all other aspects it wins for normal usage.

  • +3

    Can you order this without windows?

  • Would there be any POST-EOFY sale? I want to buy another laptop but I've already bought one for the year for tax.

  • +1

    Just got one of the 15.7" from other deal, thanks TA!
    With the cashback it came to $691 which is a great deal.

  • How does this compare performance-wise to the recent Dell Latitude 7390 deal for $900?
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/459605

    • The Dell was a better buy, but the deal has now expired.

  • purchased :)!

  • This or the Vostro 15 5000 @$989? Thought gents?

  • +2

    we're in almost year 2020 and they're still trying to sell non-backlit keyboards. Even worse, they're not letting you to upgrade to backlit keyboard.

    • +2

      Plus the bezel on this looks huge.

  • +1

    Great! Thanks a bunch for your effort TA 👍

  • +1

    I'm in the market for a new laptop but am very out of date with the current technology.

    Would this be one of the best deals around for an every day use laptop? Essentially to browse the net, work on Microsoft Office software, and watch movies on.

    Thanks in advance.

    • +2

      Its more than good enough.

      • Thanks cheapbloke.

  • Price Not much different with yesterday's laptop. Which is the better deal?

    • 14" vs 15" , same specs otherwise, 15" model has a numpad but obviously is bigger and heavier. So it's just up to what you need

      • Thanks.

        I would have thought bigger screen trumps all but I guess some people value portability and weight. It's the previous deal for me then.

        By the way I'm a noob, is it okay to play civ 6 in this?

        • +2

          It'll be able to play Civ 6 comfortably, as long as you buy an extra stick of RAM to have it in dual channel memory configuration (the device only comes with 1 stick of 8GB RAM). See here.

        • If you want a bigger screen then get an external monitor for your desk. Better to have a laptop that you can carry around (IMO).

  • is his done and dusted?
    "Coupon code is not valid for the current cart. Please input a valid one."
    Any chance of organising a T series deal :)

  • +2

    My parents got one. Thank you.

  • anyone know if Lenovo have fixed the Linux compatibility issues from the E48x/E58x series? Hard to find info about this online…

  • +2

    Thanks TA. Just bit the bullet and bought the E495 for $755

  • +1

    Geez, delivery date of 17/7. That sucks.

  • Oh man! Why didn't I order one yesterday.

  • +1

    kicking myself for missing this. Any chance of a redo of this deal before end of financial year OP?

  • Has anyone received their confirmation of cashback yet?

    • You should well and truly have received this by now. If you haven’t, please lodge a claim via the ‘contact us’ form on CR. Thanks.

      • +1

        Thanks TA.
        I just went through the form on the contact us page.

        • Any issues at all, please let me know :)

          • @tightarse: Would cashback show even though the payment has only just been taken? Looking to see if I should wait a week or if I should escalate aswell.

            • @Ethire: If you followed the procedure correctly (last click etc) then the cashback amount should be in your account as pending within 24 hours of ordering.

              • @tightarse: Thanks for clarifying for me! I’ll send a claim through from the click history.

  • The Lenovo Sale is still active but this OzB deal is not.
    @tightarse - Perhaps you can do your magic and keep it going!

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