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ThinkPad E490 / 14" FHD / i5-8265U / 512GB SSD / 8GB RAM / Backlit / Fingerprint / $999 Shipped @ Lenovo


And another great Lenovo deal. This i5 version with integrated graphics saves $200 on yesterday's i7. Apply coupon TA-BUY490 at checkout for the discount. Call Lenovo's telesales number on 1300 557 073 (until 5:30pm weekdays) with any questions. Ends 11:59pm June 30, unless sold out or withdrawn prior. Enjoy :)

  • 8th Gen Intel i5-8265U 4 Core CPU
  • 14" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
  • 512GB SSD M.2 PCIe
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 8GB DDR4 SODIMM 2400MHz
  • 329mm x 242mm x 19.9mm (1.7kg)

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  • +10 votes

    I didn't realise before but they're actually using USB-C Gen 2 unlike most others who have Gen 1 so that'll make the Samsung T5 portable SSD extra fast. Also supports 65W USB-PD and [email protected] :)

    Should also have a free SATA slot.

  • Thanks TA, what I was waiting for!

  • I am lost on these mega-whozits and cyber gizmos. My wife wants me to source a higher end PC that she will use for Adobe products such as Illustrator, InDesign and the like. My question is - with all these recent posts that spruke various specs - any good deal recently that would be possibly fit for purpose? Thanks in advance.

    • This laptop will work fine, especially if she doesn't do super heavy rendering that require GPU accelerations (generally more for video). However, if she does colour critical work, it is recommended to DIY upgrade the screen to a more colour accurate one.

  • I have the E490 with fingerprint reader and highly recommend the machine, fast, stable although mine had a $100 off via ebay so was just under $900

  • Do you have any deals on the IdeaPad or Gaming series?

  • Not sure if this will apply to this deal but I ordered a 595 from the deal on the 12th. Still hasn't shipped. Shipping date has been pushed back 4 times now. Lenovo couldn't tell me why there were delays. Just cancelled my order

    • Generally expect at least 2-4 weeks for delivery, and can be up to 6 weeks for high volume times such as sales/promo. While if coincide with Chinese public holiday period, it isn't impossible to jump to 8 weeks.

      That's the observation I get from comments of previous deals.

  • -2 votes

    8gb ram lol

  • How does TA get these deals? Does he ring them up and ask for them? Why do they listen to him more than they do the regular fool?

  • Nooooo…. Ordered the E595 yesterday evening. Can I cancel and order this one instead?

    Edit: @tightarse, are you sourcing the E490s for around this price as well? Thanks :-)

  • @tightarse, Any chance we could get any deals on the T series?

  • How do you think this would go for photo editing in Lightroom/Photoshop, and video editing in Premier Pro?

    And is it thin and light enough that you won't mind carrying it around in camera bag?

    • Photo editing will be fine, but video editing will be limited to light usage loads.
      You'll need to DIY upgrade the screen also if you are going to do colour critical work.

      Weight and dimension, it is under 2kg, so i guess to stimulate you can try a piece of cardboard of similar dimension, and put 2L of water into your camera bag. Good luck.

  • Looking for something under $500 for uni any suggestions?

    • Don't.

      In my opinion it's not possible to get a machine with reasonable performance and durability at that price point.
      A refurbished desktop PC might be better, KNN have some great Ebay deals that are posted here from time to time for around ~$300 leaving $200 for keyboard, mouse monitor.

      Never did uni myself, but have worked on the machines of several people who have and not a single one was happy with their cheap machine long term.

      Also don't just compare performance / $, it's difficult to do online, but compare durability as well.

      Avoid Acer at any cost.
      Stick to the 'business' class models of Lenovo, HP and Dell for best results.

      Ignore CPU (unless it's an older AMD) all the core i series 8th gen an newer are fine, CPU's are limited in performance by the restrictive thermal envelop that the CPU has to operate in. Same gen CPUs with same core counts will give similar results.
      SSD is essential in 2019 and 8GB ram minimum.

      These $1000 E series machines when well specced that pop up here from time t time are brilliant vale for money.
      They generally perform well, have good battery life and are relatively durable.

    • I'd recommend you to save extra $200 and go for:

      Other active TA Lenovo deals:

      As they'll be superior (if not vastly superior) to laptops that you'll be able to get in $500 range.

      If you have to go with $500 budget, then you'll want to look at second hands/refurbished.

  • Silly question but is 490 like upgrade to 495 and 595

    Is higher number mean better? / Later upgrade

    For example - 595 best

    • 490 is for interl, 495 uses AMD Ryzen

      They are the new models from the 480 and 485

    • +2 votes

      Agreeing with sydboy007's comment above, for the ThinkPad E series model numbers so far:

      The first digit is generally an indication for the screen size, 4 for 14", 5 for 15.6"
      The second digit is the generation/iteration, so 9 will be newer than 8
      The third digit is used for distinguishing which hardware platform it runs on, 0 for intel, 5 for AMD

      E.g. 490 is 14" screen size, 9th(?) iteration (at the very least newer than 8), and it has intel hardware platform inside (so intel CPU)

  • How is the battery life on these if it was only to be used for web browsing and running MS Office?

  • @tightarse any chance for a deal for T580?

  • Any deals for 15.6" version of this deal? I'm after a 15.6" with backlit keyboard.

    • Specifically 15.6"? Or just the backlit keyboard?

      Can't really see a reason to just want a bigger screen size on a laptop you'd be lugging around..?

  • I have exact the same model. No complaints. Really fast machine. All you have to do is to re-paste CPU + undervolt + thinkpad fan controller (tpfancontrol) and you're good to go - no more fan issues.

    • What fan issues does it have? Is it just noisy? Also, would you mind sharing your exact settings for this?

      • We've had the E590 since start of the year. No fan issues. That's the good bit about not having a GPU(assuming you don't need one),you do not get the over heating problems that many have.

      • It's not as bad as Dell Inspiron previously posted here (I also had that one but returned due to the fan being too noisy like a jet engine and spinning for no reason). Thinkpad E490 is not as bad but still having heating issues. I've re-pasted CPU with Noctua NT-H1. Mine setting for undervolting are as follow: Core Voltage Offset @ -0.115V (settled gradually starting from -0.050V). Same for Cache and Graphic @ -0.045V. Also 'tpfancontrol' is active @ 'smart' settings. Laptop is very stable. No issues at all.

  • Thanks TA. Looking to buy this for the wife, but wondering whether the base MS Surface Laptop 2 deal at Harvey Norman ($1198) would be better? She's about to start an online University course which will involve a little bit of travel by plane between home and the campus in Sydney. So I'd like something powerful but portable as well.

    I also need to consider that she may kill me for spending over $1k on her. So the Lenovo being under a grand might just save my life.

    • I think Surface Pros are crap laptops (limited i/o options, poor battery life, keyboard) and crap tablets (weight, interface).

  • For those subscribed to this thread, the E480 i5 for $819 now posted…


  • For those subscribed, not going to post this as a separate deal (others can if they wish). I've been able to get the E490s down to $999 with code TA-HEX490s. Link is here. There's also a Cashrewards link in the regular place if interested. All the best :)

    • trying to get my head around what is so different from 490 and 490s other than:
      - SSD size - 490 has bigger
      - a few gm's of weight
      - windows pro - 490s is beter

    • Isn't that same price as before

      I'm holding out for the yoga gen 4 or carbon

  • where can i Apply eCoupon?

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