This was posted 2 years 4 months 6 days ago, and might be an out-dated deal.

  • out of stock

ThinkPad E495 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 3500U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / $733 Shipped @ Lenovo


Back again by popular demand. These units are local stock and will therefore ship within two business days. Customisation is not available on existing hardware config, so adding RAM etc can only be done after purchase. Apply eCoupon TA-E495CR 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 Ends 11:59pm AEST Sept 24, unless sold out or withdrawn prior.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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  • +13

    Great price! This is what I'd be buying were I in the market for a new laptop!

    • +15

      Up-voted your comment, great grammar!

      • There are too many exclamation marks for my agreeance.

  • +1

    No one would want to pay the exorbitant markups that these dealers charge for RAM and upgrades anyhow. Great deal. Can you confirm this comes with a single DIMM though?

    • Memory
      Up to 32GB (2 DIMM) DDR4

      • +2

        Think what is being asked is if it comes with 8GB as one stick so it's easier and and cheaper to add a second… Or alternatively is that 8GB currently dual or single channel.

    • +1

      Single DIMM.

  • -1

    Request please mention the ports when posting they are important thanks

    • They're on the tech specs page of the deal link

    • +5

      1 x USB-C (USB 3 .1/DP/PD)
      2 x USB 3.1
      1 x USB 2.0
      1 x HDMI 1.4b
      1 x RJ45
      1 x MicroSD card slot
      1 x Combo mic/audio

  • +3

    Bought one last time and build quality is top notch. Had concerns about battery life but was non-issue.

    • Can you please comment on the clarity of the screen?

      • +3

        matte screen and screen clarity was good.

        • +1

          Thank you - thats the only thing that held me back last time - ive seen some pretty ordinary screens on laptops of this price range so your confirmation sealed the deal :)

          • +1

            @rxjb: I have this, matte screen is fairly disappointing. If you are interested in looking at photos of videos, brightness is poor and colour are a bit sad. Fine for the price and standard use, but don't go expecting a MacBook Pro Style screen.

          • +1

            @rxjb: Matte screens might seem a bit dull at first but if you state at the screen all day your eyes will thank you.

      • +1

        Great screen. Peak brightness not good enough for a really bright day.

        • +1

          95% would be indoor use, so not really an issue?

          • @rxjb: Indoors not an issue at all…

    • Hey, could you tell me how long your battery lasts for this model?

  • +1

    I want to play Dota 2 a lot in the next couple of weeks. I've never played before (former LoL player).

    Will this work?

    • Yes

    • +1

      Laptop will work - have checked and this gets roughly 60fps on 1080p high in LoL so probably comparable to dota2 frames.

      Somewhat off topic: Good luck transitioning to dota2, im a LoL player and have tried moving to dota2 a couple of times… I just can't do it, things just dont work how you expect them too, so similar yet so different.. However according to ive spent 1961 hours on LoL so i maybe too far gone to change :D

      • haha sorry, is 60fps good or bad?

        Haha I haven't played LoL in 2-3 years, had to cleanse you know haha.

        • +2

          60fps is where you want it to be, on the footage i watched it would go higher and not much lower. 60fps is smooth, any higher would be wasted anyway as the refresh rate of the screen is only 60hz.
          When your getting <30fps you will notice its getting a bit laggy, animations arn't smooth etc etc

        • As for not playing LoL for 3 years, i suggest you give it another go.. A lot of new champs, graphics updates etc etc over the last 2 years

          • @garvani: But what if I make 4M from Dota 2? :P

            Thanks for all the info btw! :)

            • @damster: Dota? LoL? Dimm?

              I think your mailing stuff up to confuse me :)

    • +1

      yes but buy a PC if you have the space. much less stutter!

  • How would this compare to the Lenovo C340?

    • +1

      The C340 has a backlit keyboard and a touchscreen which this doesn't have

      • +4

        Also 1366x768 and worse graphics for more $$

        • +3

          1366x768 = ewwwww

  • Local stock is great. Took mine about a fortnight to arrive from Hong Kong last time. Pretty sexy little machine for the price.

  • thanks TA for these deals! i'll sit patiently and wait on another i7 deal + gfx deal.

  • How's the battery life for the E series? Would it last a whole school day? Approximately 6 to 7 hours?

    • +2


    • My Intel + Nvidia one lasts about 7 hours

    • +1

      A nice thing about these is you can charge them from USB C PD powerbanks.

      my 18W will not charge it faster than it drains, but will do reasonable whilst the laptop sleeps, my 45W powerbank handles it fine.

  • -1

    The link states the CPU is Ryzen 7 3700U. Good deal nonetheless!

    • +4

      It's definitely a Ryzen 5 3500U. Link says "Up to AMD Ryzen 7 3700U Processor" if it was configurable, which this isn't.

      • +1

        Ah! Thanks for the clarification.

  • Is there any difference between the E495 and the previous E495s deal from a form factor perspective? are they the same size?

  • +1

    No backlit kb?

  • Took a month for mine to arrive from the last deal. So I had to cancel - a month’s wait is insane (Gen Y).

    • +3

      This one is two days. Local stock.

      • It said that when I ordered the 14in model. Took 3 weeks.

        • +1

          If yours was configurable, then it wasn't local stock. I can only go by the information provided to me by Lenovo, and they claim two days on this one. They've not claimed that before in any of my recent posts.

          • +4

            @tightarse: Don't remember if if was configurable, but I didn't change anything. It did say 2 days as it does now. Emailed them but they just ignored it. Good thing I wasn't in a rush to get it. Can't say for sure but very likely it was from on of your posts.

            Just commenting as a warning for others that it might not arrive in 2 business days as indicated.

            • @ozhunter: Lenovo and build/shipping delays, name a more iconic duo

              Wish they'd underpromise but they probably prefer higher sales, surely they'd be on the ACCC radar as I've heard so many complaints about delays. I say this as someone who's experienced the same, yet find myself in the market for another of theirs.

      • That's great. Kudos to whoever buys this.

  • Is this the model that featured on the Apple Event last week?
    I would definitely go for this if I wasn't trapped in the ecosystem!

  • Does keyboard have backlight?

  • what about discount for Lenovo Legion Y740?

  • Is there a Lenovo dock that would work for this model in regards to connecting it to 2 more monitors?

    Also anyways of connecting via dvi?

  • Recently discovered the wonders of salary sacrificing. Brings this down to about $370 with cashback, making it VERY tempting for an upgrade.

    • How does it work? I earn about 70k salary, would I still get the same benefit?

      • +1

        Example: if you have a 70k salary and buy a 1k laptop for work. You would still earn your usual income but it will only be taxed for 69k as you salary sacrificed 1k to purchase a laptop for work. Resulting in you saving hundreds for your laptop. In addition you won't need to pay GST for the laptop. The calculated tax deductions will be added to your pay cheque.

        • Ok thanks. So I see the saving that week in my pay cheque? No need to wait till tax return is filed?

          • +1

            @scottySK: Depends on how your employer does it. My employer does it through Smartsalary and they offer the choice of receiving it in one lump payment in the next pay cheque or receiving it gradually over a period of time. Personally I prefer to take it all at once.

            • @oblivianz: I believe my employer uses smartsalary too.. we've had a rep come out to promote it once but didn't really sell it very well.. a simple "you can buy this laptop for $370" would have been much better tag line. Thanks for your replies!

        • Did I miss something? Big jump from salary sacrificing 1k to saving hundreds on a laptop without much clarification…

          • @bOngOCaT: In the example, if you earn $70k you take home $55703 after tax. Buy a $1k laptop leaves you $54703

            Salary sacrifice that $1k laptop instead it's now a $910 laptop (no GST). Income is now $69090, take home pay is $55089. You have an extra $386 in your pocket so the real cost of the laptop to you was $614. Not sure about FBT though….

            • @enzso: is this difference from buying a laptop with after tax money and then claiming a deduction for it as a work computer in the current financial year?

              • @bOngOCaT: Yes it is. Unless you're self employed or run your own business you can't claim the full cost of a work computer as a deduction - you can only claim depreciation based on a lifespan of 4 years. You'd have to discuss it with your accountant, but that's the gist of it.

  • +1

    I wonder if Lenovo have a serious reason for that fat bottom bezel.

    • +1

      to differentiate their more premium range of thinkpads.

  • +1

    Any chance of a deal on Thinkpad T490? Those things are balla

  • +1

    Laptop is ok, battery life is terrible.

  • Will this seamlessly run 5-10 leagues, large database in Football Manager 2019?

    • +2

      Ryzen is great for getting things done like this. Not knowing what software you use to run the leagues it's hard to be definitive though. Ryzen does run better with dual channel memory though so buying a second stock of ram and installing it very 16gb total is a good idea.

      • Thanks for the suggestion

        • +1

          My 2700U Ryzen runs exactly what you want easy peasy. This has a higher passmark so won't be an issue.

  • How would this go with running Illustator? (Linked to an external monitor).

    • Fantastic but you'd want to get another stick of 8gb memory.

      • Thanks bunnybash I’ll take a closer look then!

  • +4

    Bought one last time this deal was on.. Amazing performance for the money and the screen isn't terrible.. not great but not bad either…

    That said, the only big downside is the rubbish Realtek wifi module. It is complete and utter garbage. I dunno if it's because of the included driver or what, but in the first 10 mins of using it, it had dropped out twice. I replaced it with an Intel module and it's been absolutely rock solid.

    The other drawback is the back is a one piece plastic, so it as simple as undoing a couple of screws to add ram/HD etc..

    Also, it has a 256gb NVMe drive, so there's a spare 2.5" slot for another drive.

    I added 8gb to mine, and my score in Timespy went from 622 to 860 or thereabouts.. Good for some very lightweight games..

    Here's what I bought and no probs with compatibility.

    • I bought one of these and have done a similar thing (RAM and Wifi upgrade)
      For anyone that is interested here is a good guide here for disassembling the laptop (I think someone originally posted on another thread):
      Note that the single 8gb stick was not soldered on.
      I’ve have had minimal chance to test yet, but first impressions are:
      - keyboard is good
      - screen brightness is not as bad as some reviewers had made out
      - I did not test the built in wifi but there are enough comments to warrant upgrading to the intel 9260 given its only a few dollars and you’ll be opening up the laptop anyway for the ram upgrade
      - bezel is large, not going to lie…

    • I wonder if TA could ask Lenovo to charge maybe $10 more for the Intel WiFi module.

      Right now the Realtek is basically e-waste.

      I have the e495 as well and the Realtek was unusable until I replaced it with an Intel 9260.

  • Almost bought this during the last Cashback deal but hoping for a deal on the 15in version with number pad. Any chance of that happening soon, TA?

  • +2

    the AMD 3500u is our first AMD x86 processor since my 1999 childhood days of having a AMD K6-2 PC, and it has been Intel PC's ever since.

    that's 20 years apart! in a nutshell, AMD is BACK and amazing.

  • patiently waiting for the e490s :)

  • Great deal TA. A little on the heavier side for me otherwise i'd have pulled the trigger. Any chance we could get a deal on the x390? I need to buy a laptop in the next 15 days and I've been waiting for a deal on the x390 which probably isn't coming i guess.

  • How is the Ryzen 5? Any issues/tradeoffs with this laptop?

  • Any deals on X1 carbon 7th Gen?

  • Good price for the preformance, should be same as the 8350U / 8550U

    Question, does this laptop accept another hard disk other than the NVME? I remember the E490 does.

    Also is any of the USB 3.1 port is Gen2 10Gb speed?

    • AMD 3500U sits below 8350U in single core tests, and outperforms it easily in multicore tests.

  • +1

    If the keyboard has backlit I shall pull the trigger

  • this would have been a great deal but I think Lenovo cheaped out on a few things here:
    - lack of full size SD card slot
    - 240nit screen is rather dim (I would call 300nit a golden standard)
    - no HDMI 2.0 even though the SoC is capable to deliver it

    at this price though.. could be overlooked pretty much.

  • What are your opinions? Buy the ThinkPad E495 now or wait for the ThinkPad E595? Or other?

    • For me, number pad and larger screen is essential in the office. I would wait.

  • I have no idea where to use the code?

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