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ThinkPad E495 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 3500U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / $711 Shipped @ Lenovo

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Another hot Lenovo deal for Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 3 year on-site warranty is 50% off for this promo ($135 extra), and the cashback increase to 11% is the sweetener. Apply eCoupon TA-BLK495 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 Ends 11:59pm AEDT Dec 5, unless sold out or withdrawn prior.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 $727 is also available.

Use Cashrewards for 11% cashback at Lenovo. Ensure last click before purchase is from this link.

TA codes are exclusive to Cashrewards and will not commission elsewhere. 11% cashback ends 11:59PM AEDT Dec 2.

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  • +2 votes

    For a child going into year 7, would this or the Intel based E490 be the preferred option? i.e. I believe the Ryzen has a better graphics chip but has one got better battery life or whatever such that it makes it a standout or would it just be down to price and preference?

    • +5 votes

      I got this one for my year 7 at the start of the year or late last year, although I can't compare the two, she's been happy with it and the IT Dept at her school were happy with the choice also. Hasn't missed a beat for almost a full year in a school bag.

    • +1 vote

      The laptops have the same 45 watt hour battery. There is a notebook check review which says the e495 is faster than the e490.https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-strikes-back-Ryzen-5-3500U-in-the-ThinkPad-E495-much-faster-than-the-Core-i5-8265U-in-the-ThinkPad-E490.423829.0.html

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      so nice that ur school doesnt force macbooks on their students. this has better specs except for screen than the 256gb macbook pro lmao, and thats $2299 education discount is still $2149.

  • +1 vote

    So what is this laptop good at/for and what will it struggle with?
    Will it suffice for the average non gaming house hold?
    The most I’d probably do would be some basic video editing of the kids (not 4K).
    Looking to upgrade a 9 year old MacBook Air which is starting to struggle a bit.

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      Would be interested to know..same situation here!

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      It is perfectly suffice for normal day to day usage like browsing, e-mailing, word processing as well as normal multimedia application, including streaming high-definition videos. Not suitable for gaming since it has slow response rates. Also if you want to lock full potential of its build-in GPU, another RAM module should be purchased. Lenovo give default single 8GB RAM, but you can upgrade to 16GB to become dual-channel RAM. It makes your GPU operates 20-30% faster. I bought this machine for my year 7 son and so far he has no problem with it. Another drawback is the battery. Since it only uses 45Wh battery, it won't last that long but good enough for school or everyday use with that price tag.

      • +1 vote

        Response rates? What are you talking about?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCp8DGLD56s

        It will be fine for light gaming OP. And absolutely be fine for office/browsing.

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          Yes, ok for light gaming. For high end gaming it will lag.

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          Response rates are the speed that the LCD changes the colour of each pixel, to form a different image.
          bluray must know the specs of the screen and that is has a slow response rate, something over 8 ms or so.

          • +1 vote

            @StuBalls: Yes, sorry my mistake. I'm not a tech person. I mean frame rate.
            Basically just want to say that the unit is good for normal day to day usage and light game that's all.
            Thanks for correcting me :)

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              @bluray: The screen is 60hz, so it will be max 60fps in games.
              The GPU won't run games at Ultra, but if you have an itching to play Age of Empires 2 DE it will do just fine

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        Thanks Bluray.
        Have you train any video editing on it?
        I’m only looking at basic cropping of home videos of the kids.

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    So it’s $711 less 11% cash back = 632.79 ?

  • +1 vote

    any gaming laptop deals?

  • +1 vote

    Hi TA, any chance for a deal on the Legion Y7540 or similar? Thanks!

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    The size of that bottom bezel..

  • +2 votes

    Hey TA, any chance for deals on the x1 carbon for Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Thank you!

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    Just purchased the E595 for $727 yesterday… 😟

    • +4 votes

      the 5xx series are still excellent, and they have a numpad on the keyboard which is supremely handy if you're doing any kind of work with numbers, you've never known pain until you've had to do a spreadsheet of financial crap with no numpad :P

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      Lenovo will let you cancel it. I did that not long ago when the cash back increased.

  • +2 votes

    I actually tried this code on this laptop yesterday, Guessed right but was a bit too early!

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    Maybe I'm a bit dense, but when I try this, it comes up at $1,349 as the price… ?
    However, if I just search for the ThinkPad E495 on the lenovo website, it comes up as $828.20… I'm confused.

    I'd like to grab one for my daughter for Year 7 next year… I'm not sure how to go about it. Help ?

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    @TA Any Yoga S730 deals?

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    The requirement for my kids school says it needs 802.11n Wi-Fi with 5Ghz capability. Will this model support this? If anyone knows…

    • +1 vote

      I purchased this machine last time this deal was on (am typing on it).

      It shipped with "Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8822BE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi adapter""

      Joins my 5Ghz wifi network without any issues.

    • +2 votes

      Yes it should be fine

    • +2 votes

      Just be warned this Realtek wifi is pretty crap. You may get occasional disconnects or speed drops. It's horrible in Linux at the moment but will likely improve.

      Highly recommend spending ~$20 bucks and getting an Intel 9260 wifi chip. Doesn't take long to install and is pretty easy.

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    Bought one. Thanks TA

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    Looks like they don't offer accidental damage insurance on this which my daughters' school is strongly recommending, are there any reasonable aftermarket insurance options, maybe that include theft as well? Or are they just not really worth the money?

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    Did this sell out? The link is not working.

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    Do I need Cashrewards to be able to use this coupon? Or is this just to get the extra 11% cashback?

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    Purchased, thanks. Cash Rewards tracking notification came through an hour after purchase ($78.21). Travelling abroad soon and hoping to claim the TRS too!

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    Bought this for my parents. Laptop is fast and light enough for home use. Screen is sharp enough for day to day activities. I find the display to be at its best when at 100%. Battery on 100% lasts 3-4 hours. At 50% its very dark. For $650 with cashback its a great machine.

  • +1 vote

    I just got one of these and beefed it up with another 8GB RAM and now it's an absolute beast.

    Some fair warning/info:

    The build quality on this is great. Aluminium top shell and the rest is hard plastic (one caveat though is that all surfaces pick up grubby finger marks very easily). Very little flexing and the bottom shell is quite easy to crack open, giving easy access to all the components (bonus: the screws are the type that unthread but don't come out. No risk of losing those little bastards!).

    The trackpad is very hard and smooth but not glossy and is…just okay, I guess. Sometimes it does this annyoing little dance where I can't quite hit the thing that I need to.

    2GB of RAM will be consumed by the AMD integrated GPU (I can't believe this model ships in other countries with just one 4GB RAM chip, leaving the system to cope with 2GB).

    The bottom screen bezel is indeed THICC but I don't notice it any more after a couple days of use.

    The screen could be a lot brighter and if you are going to be using this outside/on commute a lot, I would recommend something else with a brighter screen. As for colours and sharpness etc, it is a great screen.

    The default keyboard is not backlit and there is no option for this (why, Lenovo? This is so dumb). I am currently looking into installing one after the fact but I think I've only been able to find backlit keyboards in UK layouts. Digging through part numbers for this is dicey and I won't risk buying anything unless I'm certain it's a US keyboard layout and that it will work with this model. Any help here is very welcome.

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      Have you looked inside BIOS for graphics memory preallocation? My x395 allows it to be set as low as 128MB.

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        I can see no such setting. I would expect it to be configurable in the Display section but it is not.

        There is a very recent bios update (published 23rd October I think) that I have not yet installed which may have this setting.

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      Say if I increase the RAM to 16, can the memory allocated to the integrated GPU be increased to 4 GB? 4GB is the minimum required for GPU hardware acceleration in the Adobe CS suite, hence.

  • +2 votes

    Looks like most of the commenters are either buying this for their kids, or their parents.

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    Which drive option is best. Both same price. 256GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe or 256GB Solid State Drive, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, TLC?

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      I ordered the 2280 as my brief research told me that they have much higher potential transfer speeds. A quick google of 2242 vs 2280 NVMe should give you some good comparison articles.

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        Unfortunately it doesn't state what type of NAND flash the 2242 has. TLC or something better…

        • +1 vote

          My understanding of the 2242 vs 2280 largely linked to the physical dimension of the drive.

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            @rxjb: Yes it is exactly that, the newer 2280 standard is longer than the 2242 (theoretically to accommodate for more advanced technology).

            Some older model mobos will only support 2242. The e495 supports both.

            Given that the price is the same, I suspect the form factor is the only difference in this case.

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              @BargainTeebone: Cheers guys, to prevent potential delays by making changes (and hence dramas with future owner!!) I stuck with the default config seeing as there was no empirical advantage I could find.

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    Upgraded to 512 GB SSD and 16 GB Ram. Bought with BFSALE code instead. Worked out to be $897 before 11% cash rewards and TRS Claim.

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    Is this CPU 4c/4t or 4c/8t

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    I've been looking for a 14" laptop for use next year for uni, mostly in studying at a medical clinic. At this price this feels like a decent go (especially with the cashback). Is there anything that would be better quality in a the 14" form factor but closer to the $1000 mark? The T series look nice, but a similar spec'd laptop seems to be $1400+, which is twice the price.

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    Bought one for my year 7 boy.

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    Any chance of an X1 Extreme deal for Cyber Monday? :)

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    This Lenovo or the Asus Vivobook, near the same pricing?

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/501319

    Is the RAM/M.2 upgrade-able in the Asus?

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    Is the USB-C port 3.1 Gen 2? I can't figure out if it's 10Gbps or 5.

    In the Tech Specs down the bottom on the E495 page it has:
    Ports: 1 x USB-C (USB 3 .1/DP/PD)

    So does that mean it has Display Port Alt mode and Power Delivery, and 10Gbps?

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    anyone Not get the cashrewards confirmation yet? I've got plenty of other ones but this one i haven't received anything for this purchase

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      Bought on 29 Nov and received the laptop 2 days ago but the transaction still hasn't showing on my Cashrewards!\
      Does anyone else have the same problme?

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    Has anyone received theirs yet? According to the tracking mine arrived yesterday but it looks like that was just the consignment from Shanghai to Lenovo's office in Melbourne (the tracking info said the consignment has 69 units on it and weighs over 200kg).

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