expired ThinkPad E495 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 3500U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / $739 Shipped @ Lenovo

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TA-HOT495

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  • 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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  • +2 votes

    Thanks TA for the awesome deal! :) You're my hero….

  • +4 votes

    Amazing price for this laptop. Thanks TA, going to order one for a cousin.

  • +4 votes

    Nice deal. Any deal on 15 inch?

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    Tech specs says ryzen 7 3700u? Which is it

    Nvm… that's the top spec

  • +2 votes

    Any chance on a deal on the ThinkPad X395, TA? Really want to get something with integrated 4G WWAN.

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    Wish I could find decent laptops under 1.3kg …

  • +5 votes

    Deals on gaming laptops like the Legion Y540 15" would be good. Thanks TA

  • +1 vote

    Is it possible to connect this laptop to 2 x monitors? I see the USB-C might be capable but then is this also the charging port?

    • +3 votes

      I was driving two monitors using a Lenovo dock with my T-series laptop over USB 3.0.

      Then MS made some architectural changes to the driver subsystem in Win 10 and DisplayLink performance took a nose dive. Good enough for productivity tasks, but would struggle with video sometimes. They did improve the driver, which brought CPU usage for DisplayLink from ~30% to ~7=15% on my i5 system.

    • +1 vote

      Best to look for something with Thunderbolt3.

      On this model, you could use USB-C DisplayPort (via a dongle so you can still charge) and HDMI at the same time but that will be a lot of plugging and unplugging. But if it's going to be a desk queen you might not mind too much.

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        Will this be able to connect to my Type C dock (currently using thinkpad yoga 370)? I run 2 monitors, mouse and audio out of it at the moment with one type C cable.

        This is the model.
        https://support.lenovo.com/au/en/solutions/acc100348

        • +1 vote

          Should work fine. I don't recommend those DisplayLink docks but obviously you already have one and are happy with it?

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            @coxymla: Hey coxymla, you seem to know these things,. Could you suggest me some cheaper dock option for my Lenovo Yoga 520. This laptop has 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x HDMI.

            I would like to drive 2 x monitors while still be able to charge the laptop. The laptop charges through a normal pin charger but I am happy to buy a USB C PD charger if that can make my setup seamless.

            • +1 vote

              @batrarobin: Dell WD15 dock is about $200 on Amazon. There might be cheaper options. (Dell D3100 is $160 but it's USB-A so won't charge with one cable.)

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              @batrarobin: Probably not cheaper but a Dell WD19 should do the job. I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work as long as Lenovo support DisplayPort on the type-c port but given that they are different vendors it would be best to do some checking yourself. This has the advantage that the monitors are connected directly to the GPU rather than the software DispkayLink drivers and thus no CPU overhead but resolutions of the monitors are probably more limited than the DisplayLink docks.

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      I did exactly that with a display port/usb charger I got off Amazon for My E480. Works great.

  • +4 votes

    How does this compare to HP Omen?

    =P

  • +7 votes

    Any deals on the X1 Yoga or Carbon?

    How come it's the Thinkpad E's that are on special a lot, is it because people aren't buying them.

    • +1 vote

      Nothing could be further from the truth. The 495 & 595 sell like hotcakes.

      • +13 votes

        They're the inferior quality Thinkpads though aren't they? I was looking at buying a few weeks back and the general consensus on /r/Thinkpads etc is avoid the E series

        • +5 votes

          The ThinkPad hierarchy in terms of quality and features is like P/X -> T/A -> everything else.
          You won't get the best durability and/or light-weightness or features like backlit keyboard, dual battery, ThinkShutter etc.
          Basically you get what you pay for. As a ThinkPad fan, I wouldn't go to E series because it becomes a generic laptop just like every other brand. IMO, if you want true ThinkPad experience, stick to at least T series or its AMD variance A series.
          EDIT: This is by no means a bad deal though. It's a great buy with discount and cashback.

        • +3 votes

          I own a T series and an E series. T series is clearly better build quality, but I think the E series build quality is decent compared to it's competitors. They also seem reasonably well designed from a maintenance perspective (while either laptops nowdays are a complete nightmare if you need to get to the insides or replace parts).

          • +1 vote

            @kapone: Same, although T is better but E is good enough to throw around for work. Id rather pay E myself and let work pay for T.

      • +1 vote

        Is there any chance of bringing this deal back in the imminent future?

        Many thanks

    • +4 votes

      Yeah I'm hoping for a deal on the x1 carbon gen 7

  • +4 votes

    TA are you doing any more deals before I make the jump

  • +2 votes

    is the Cashrewards cashback after the $739 or does the $739 factor in the cashback?

  • +3 votes

    $610 in savings, can't go wrong. Just bought one.

    Here's what you get.

    ● AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (4C, 2.1 / 3.7GHz, 2MB L2 / 4MB L3)
    ● Windows 10 Home 64 English
    ● 8GBx1 DDR4-2400 DIMM
    ● 256GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe
    ● 14" FHD (1920x1080) IPS 250nits Anti-glare
    ● Integrated AMD Radeon Vega Graphics
    ● Non-backlit (English)
    ● 720p webcam
    ● dTPM 2.0
    ● Integrated 45Wh Battery
    ● 65W USB-C Charger
    ● RTL8822BE ac, 2x2 + BT4.2
    ● Display 14.0" FHD (1920x1080), IPS, Anti-glare, GS Black, Aluminum
    ● AMD Radeon Vega8 Graphics
    ● Warranty 1 Year Depot

    (mod: Edited / cleaned up specs)

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    $658.38 after cashback, great price. Great deal TA!

  • +1 vote

    I've got the previous 480 and I've been really impressed with it. It's a perfect workhorse and I actually prefer using it to my higher end work ultrabooks.
    Keyboard is pretty good for the price.

  • +3 votes

    Static Ice for 8gb SODIMM memory for those needed, cheapest for those who can pick up:
    2400 MHz: http://staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=sodimm+8gb+2400...
    2666 MHz: http://staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=sodimm+8gb+2666...
    (both spec will work fine in dual channel)

    Newegg, cheapest ($60.50 delivered) for those who need delivery:
    https://www.newegg.com/global/au-en/p/pl?N=100203070%20600213066%20601204086%20601204087&Order=PRICE
    Nevermind, somehow Newegg's free international shipping isn't working for me

  • +2 votes

    Can you still cook eggs on an AMD CPU or have times changed?

  • -1 vote

    Purchased 15 mins ago and still waiting for my cashrewards tracking notification…

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    Can this be purchased at the same price without a cashback account (i.e. do you just use the code at checkout)?

    Also, anybody extended the warranty on these before?

    • +4 votes

      100%. Just apply the code for final price of $739. Although I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to pocket an additional 12% for the sake of an extra click. Your call.

    • +1 vote

      cash rewards is free

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    How is this for light-medium gaming? RTS etc.

    Also, if i wanted to increase HDD to min 0.5tb, what am i looking at?

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      Keen to know too, interested in CSGO

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      I've got a E595. IIRC there is a second hard drive bay in both the 495 and 595 but please check. I added 8gb of ram to min and it's pretty easy to get inside

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      It runs AoE 2, Red Alert 3 both at max settings. I don't play other RTS.

      Back cover is easy to remove. Just remove screws on the back and you can add in a 2.5" HDD and RAM without issue.

  • +1 vote

    These deals are great. I'm a 15 inch man myself.

    Serious question: is 14 inches as good as 15 inches?

    I feel like that extra inch makes a big difference!

    • +19 votes

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      Depends what you need.

      You'll find 14" to be smaller and lighter but I also prefer 15" because it seems to be the smallest form factor you can get for a full sized keyboard with numpad and a proper video card.

      Personally if I need portability over power then I would go to a 13" so either 13" or 15".

      edit: in saying that my main laptop is a 17" which I now consider too big and probably would never use again, and a surface as my more portable alternative.

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    Is this ryzern 5 or 7. Post says 5, link is 7

  • +2 votes

    Wonder if the 3500U are as nerfed for light gaming as the 2500U thinkpads (I bought one). The TDP they run at bottlenecks the GPU so much I cant even play CS:GO at 60FPS.

    What I'm trying to say is - if you plan on using this for lightweight gaming and its anything like the E485… you're gonna have a bad time.

    • -1 vote

      Vega8 graphics is ample for lightweight gaming on ultra-low/low graphics settings.

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        They are…. if they are allowed to draw a decent amount of power. The problem is Lenovo capped the 2500U TDP on the E485 (i guess to keep heat down) which in turn nerfs the GPU.

        When I first purchased the E485 I thought yeah ok, she's ok…. but in reality it should be able to hit 1080p low on most basic games. The E485 barely hits 30fps in 720p..

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