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ThinkPad E495 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 3500U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / $727 Shipped @ Lenovo

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TA-HOTT495

The popular E495 is back. Feel free to customise as the code gets you a fixed $622 off the final price. Also note that 3 year on-site warranty is 50% off for this promo ($135 extra). Apply eCoupon TA-HOTT495 at checkout for the discount. Call Lenovo's telesales number on 1300 557 073 (until 5:30pm weekdays) with any questions. Ends 11:59pm AEDT Nov 12, unless sold out or withdrawn prior.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)

Don't forget the E595 for $745 here.

Use Cashrewards for 3% 11% cashback on this deal. Ensure last click before purchase is from this link.

TA codes are exclusive to Cashrewards and will not commission elsewhere. 11% is for Nov 11 only.

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    beauty wish I could send my e490s back!

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    Any deals on T420's :P hehehe..

  • +4 votes

    Is memory upgradeable in this laptop…?

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    Thanks TA, was waiting for this. Ordered one through cashrewards. Much appreciated.

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    Isn't the Dell a better buy for $150 more?

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    This or E595

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      Yes, I would also appreciate some pros and cons…

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        Basically its bigger. Build quality and performance would be pretty similar

      • +3 votes

        Lenovo warranty is "return to base" vs DELL "next business day in-home". I recommend DELL to all my clients for this very reason.

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          I'm very wary of Dell. A friend of mine had a nightmare with an Inspiron bought at JB Hi Fi. Many hours on the phone. Sent back and forth and in the end demanded and got a full refund and bought an MSI laptop that has had no issues.

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            @syousef: Yes, a friend of mine had lots of problems with his Mercedes, therefore I would never buy one. 😉

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            @syousef: Also, this should never happen with DELL gear. If the laptop was DOA then JB should have replaced or refunded on the spot, otherwise DELL should have resolved the issue onsite. There should have been no sending back and forth, that's not how the DELL warranty works.

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              @aldroid: I helped this friend try to trouble shoot it. Dell and JB did not do the right thing.

              I also see issues with crashes and stutters on their gaming desktops are a common issue. See reviews and Linus Tech Tios mystery buying.

              Warning people about issues here is always met with ridicule. Welcome to Ozbarrgain. R U okay?

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                @syousef: All good mate. I'm all for warning people about issues. I've done it plenty of times on here and copped the backlash so I know what you're getting at. My experience with DELL comes from the last 20+ years in the corporate IT industry where I've supported DELL desktops, servers, SANs, switches. The quality of the hardware is top notch and their warranty and after sales support is second to none. It may be different for the consumer market so I can't really comment on their low end Inspirons and gaming systems. The other thing about DELL is they have a huge range of products and they are often first to market when new processors are released. Because of this they often launch with bugs which are later addressed with BIOS/firmware updates so, as with everything, it pays to do some research before your buy.

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                  @aldroid: In terms of support, if you're giving advice, you should understand that your corporate experience where the contracts are often 7 or more figures don't translate directly to the experiences of individuals buying laptops. Not to mention that most businesses do not buy computers with powerful graphics cards desirable for the home market.

                  As for their products being top notch this kind of strangeness is very familiar to Dell gamers.
                  https://youtu.be/VRFEr3rAizY?t=1296

                  Or how about the underpowered power supply causing stability issues with the desktop machines like the one in the incredibly priced recent Dell special.
                  https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/493353
                  Complaints here with over 100 one and two star reviews
                  https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/gaming-and-games/inspiron-ga...

                  Personally I stopped buying laptops from Dell around 2008. I did have issues but they were eventually resolved after much wrangling for one of the machines (which eventually ended up with a motherboard replacement). Overall I use to like them back then but I stopped buying when they moved all support including premium support overseas and severely limited customization options.

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      That's like asking should I buy a 4seater or 6seater dining table. Just get whatever meets your requirements. Then again this is the internet where ppl want randoms to tell them what they need

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    $48.79 more than historical $658.38 https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/475417

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    Thanks TA! we asked for a smaller version and you delivered straight away. it doesn't get better than that. ordered one.

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    Wonder if there's any performance difference between the AMD Ryzen and the Intel processors

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      Not really. But the Ryzen parts have significantly faster graphics than 8/9th gen Intel.

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      I agree with Ark94. I have one of these laptops with the Ryzen 3500 and I've had multiple i5 laptops before that. I honestly cannot notice the difference in speed for every day stuff. But graphics speed is a lot better on the Ryzen vs i5 with stock graphics. Overall I find the Ryzen better than the comparable Intel.

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      I know 2000 series Ryzen Us had poor battery life, not sure about these, I think Intel should still be better until 7nm apus come out

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    Anyone ordered from Lenovo recently in Perth? How long does delivery really take? Wondering if it will get here before the 22nd since I'll be heading overseas and can get the GST back.

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      I bought one of these a few months back on the previous deal. I'm not in Perth, but it did take about 4 weeks for it to be delivered IF you customise even one thing. This triggers it to be manufactured fresh in the Chinese factory and it takes forever to be built and delivered. But if you buy one of the pre-configured stock models it should come much quicker.

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        My experience couldn't be more different, I ordered a ThinkPad X395 during their 35th anniversary promotion. Upgraded CPU, RAM, display and added fingerprint & keyboard backlight. Laptop arrived 1 week to the hour after I placed the order to my place in Perth.

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    I may wait for the next generation to fix that screen and monitor chin,but am on the lookout for a new laptop just not yet.

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    Bought this laptop earlier in the year and there was an issue with backlight bleed. Had it replaced but second one was not perfect either. Lenovo quality is not as good as it used to be.

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      Lenovo quality has never been good. ThinkPad under IBM was the glorious day

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      my e490s that just arrived has backlight bleed :(

      how was the experience with getting it replaced? really wish someone could come and do it on site but i'm sure that's never happening.

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      Had an E480 for around 2 years and E490s for nearly a month, never had a problem with backlight bleed in either. Got base spec models for both and added 8gigs of ram in each myself (much cheaper than lenovo cusomise option). Both have been faultless running Ubuntu 18.04 and 19.10. There are a few things I prefer in one over the other, e.g 480 keyboard, 490s build (size weight). Overall though Lenovo quality is excellent and value for money unsurpassed IMO.

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    I can't find a way to add it to my cart???

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    Also, not very up to date with windows laptops as I have had a macbook pro since 2012. Is this generally a good deal, or would it
    be better to wait till Black friday/Boxing day etc.

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      would it be better to wait till Black friday/Boxing day etc.

      tell me too

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      Black Friday/Cyber Monday is just around the bend.. so if you don't need a new machine now, wait. Come Thanks Giving, if the deals aren't what you want then go for the next TA deal on here. I wouldn't wait til Boxing day though.. you really want to be on your rusting macbook pro over the holidays? :)

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        Yeah you have a point, this is the best deal I have seen so far, but thats coming from a guy who doesnt know what the prices are.
        Also no backlit keyboard so this model could be a bit tedious because of that, I will have a think about it overnight so lets see. Tomorrow is the last day.

        Is it standard 1 year warranty with these?

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          Total here after cash back is $647.03! That's crazy value for money. You may save a few $$ next deal but if you want it now the wait isn't worth the potentially small savings.. and remember some of the historic deals never get beat.

          If you want backlit keyboard wait for (or request) the next E490s deal? Yes, standard 1 year warranty. I never upgrade warranties (definitely not on a $650 item) and have never had an issue.. touch wood.

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    Any deals with a Touch screen going??
    Thanks

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    Got mine from the last deal, unfortunately a bit disappointed due to build quality as others have said. Got dead bright pixel which isnt covered by warranty (needs more than 3 to qualify) and a annoying mark on the touchpad which can be felt when using.

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    I'm currently looking for a reliable home PC for general purposes and bit of playing (just sims 4). So far, my options are:
    1) Buy a refurbished dell optiplex + 1x screen = ~$350 (however, I'm unsure of reliability, how long will it last + not portable, takes much space)
    2) Wait for a bit til I book a flight (though I'm unsure when I will fly out of AU) for TRS and buy Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (with keyboard and pen) = ~$1,100 (good as it's portable)
    3) Get the E495/E595 deal now for $655-$670 after 11% cashback. However, I'm unsure how is the reliability of this laptop later on down the track?

    Any thoughts? I've sold my PC and suffering from using iPad. Lol

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      1 for basic computing only + saving (is it more than enough for sims 4?)
      2 for paying a bit more than alternatives but you enjoy the benefit of Microsoft 'premium' + portability
      3 for overall value purchase - i'm sure most laptops are fine but you want to make sure you're ready for any issues that might arise.
      e.g. poor wireless functionality for the levono laptop deal a while back.

      I was in similar situation but ended up getting a NUC - overall happy minus the ambient fan noise which is a bit more than my liking.
      If I need/want portability, I'll just get a laptop.

      If Dell optiplex is sufficient, then why pay extra? However, do your own research and decide and never regret!

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        Thanks Tesse. I currently got an iPad which is sufficient for normal tasks, however, looking to study again online soon. I'm worried about the Lenovo as per reading the problems on other posts. For ~$800 on Lenovo E595 (incl cashback and three years on site warranty) seems reasonable. Never heard of the NUC. I'll definitely look into it. Thank you.

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    Thanks TA!
    i just walked my auntie through buying an E495 and a friend of mine is currently tossing up between the E495 and E595 :)

    cheers!

  • +2 votes

    What is the best option for equivalent specs but with backlit keyboard?

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      E490s - https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/482608.. was $1066 here but with better base cpu, having the Intel i7. Also E490s has finger print reader and is smaller and lighter with same screen size.. which also results in a smaller chin. Perhaps TA will do an i5 (or Ryzen 5??) E490s deal at some point (Black Friday / Cyber Monday) if that's your price point. Either way, at these prices, they are the best value laptops out there imo.

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        8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U (4C, 1.8 / 4.6GHz, 8MB)
        AMD Radeon RX 540X 2GB GDDR5

        Whoo babeh that is a juicy combo. The screen sounds fancy too. I wonder if it can benefit from the freesync GPU? I probably wouldn't be able to resist that for less than a grand after cashback

        (and I also hadn't just bought an e495 with this deal)

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      Yeah I was about to buy this until I realised there was no backlit keyboard as well, and it can't be selected.

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    Stupid question, is it $727 + 11% cashrewards?

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    Bought this ~36 hours ago and still isn't showing up in CashRewards, despite the clicks being tracked.

    Anyone else got theirs being tracked yet?

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