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Lenovo ThinkPad T520 i5/4GB/320GB for $599 after $600 Cashback @ Centrecom (sold out)

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hi all,

was browsing centercom website and come close to this deal

as title explains
Processor
Intel Core i5-2410M (2.30Ghz, 3MB L3)
Memory
4GB (4GB x1) DDR3 1333MHz
Chipset
Mobile Intel QM67 Express Chipset
Hard Drive
320GB / 7200rpm Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Multi-Burner
Display
15.6" 1366x768 HD LED
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor graphics with dynamic frequency
Audio
Dual Digital HD MICs
Camera
720p HD Camera
Communication
Intel 802.11agn Wireless, Bluetooth, Modem
Ports
VGA, 4 X USB (2 X STANDARD, 1 USB 2.0-Always On, 1 USB/eSATA Combo)
Card Reader
4 in 1
Battery
6 Cell Li-Ion
OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Weight
Starting at 2.52kg
Dimensions
373mm x 245mm x 31.8mm ~35.6mm
Warranty
3 Years
Extra
Finger print reader, Secure Chip, UltraNav

best price i have seen so far for T series in AUS tho,

first post, go easy on me please Cheers!

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    Too expensive for not having HDMI in my opinion.

  • +8 votes

    i laugh at the thought that anyone would pay 1199 for this

    • +8 votes

      For a business grade ThinkPad, $1200 isn't unreasonable. These have a much better build quality than your run of the mill consumer laptop.

      For $600, this is amazing.

      • -1 vote

        E520 is better for value it? Identical specs except for 500GB HDD, and dedicated graphics?
        I got it for $600..
        EDIT: Oh.. apparently the T520 is a full-business laptop, apparently has a rollcage in it… ah well, I'm not going to drop my laptop around so I wouldn't need that x)

      • -5 votes

        Lenovo have great build quality? I beg to differ. Few years back I was previously working in a bank where they used lenovos. Out of every 10 laptops that i deployed (i did a few hundred) probably 1 had issues with it. They may have changed now… but it still left me wary about their QC.

  • +1 vote

    I5, 4G, 320gb hdd, intel graphics… $1199 price before cash back?

    Seems a lot for those specs but on checking… found it for ""$1860"" at Mwave… http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-31060927-Lenovo_ThinkPad_T520_No...

    Diamond studded keyboard apparently. :-)

    Seems to be high quality product thus the high price.. Staticice shows lots of retailers selling this for $2000+.

  • +10 votes

    Essentially free if you can apply 50% Education Tax Refund for secondary students.

    • +1 vote

      True, too bad it's the begining of the finance year… so 3 months wait for case back (at lease…) and a year from tax refund.

  • +3 votes

    Guys, its a T series Thinkpad and . this is a crazy price. I have never seen second gen i5 thinkpad at this price. I was about to purchase one from lenovo for more than a 1000 dollars. Only shame is, These ones do not have USB3. I am not sure about HDMI .

    • +8 votes

      Please dont compare a normal notebook with Thinkpad T series. T series is so sleek with roll cage magnesium body.

    • +7 votes

      The difference is in the build quality, hardware optimisation etc.

      These things are built to last (complies with military specs), not like other mainstream notebooks.

      • +1 vote

        plus 3 years international warranty.

      • -2 votes

        you should see the amount of laptops that go back for repair coz of the shotty hard drives

        • +1 vote

          I'm basing my comments on years of experience with IBM Think Pads and Lenovo Think Pads.

          You only need to speak to someone who works in corporate to understand the T series are overrated.

        • -1 vote

          Meetspin

          I worked with lenovos befofe as well. Overrated and problematic. I don't know why people still think it has the iBM build quality. The moment IBM sold their laptop division away, everything went downhill.

  • +6 votes

    Very good price for a enterprise level notebook. Lenovo sells the basic level T520 for over $1.8k and that's only with 2GB RAM and slower drive.

  • +1 vote

    … so in that case a damn good buy!

  • +3 votes

    This is a very good buy at even $1199.
    Every business should jump at this deal.

    For home use, look elsewhere (as poiboy03 mentioned), much better specs for same price.

  • +1 vote

    Don't forget its an understated business laptop - designed to be carried around / abused every day. Recognised to have the best keyboards around, and possibly the most solid windows based laptops.You can't compare it to a the specs of a plasticky dell/acer etc. Until you use one, you won't understand why they charge a premium. 3 year warranty is a plus.

    I could be wrong, but I thought the T520 came standard with Displayport

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-Thinkpad-T520-Not...
    Its a review of a higher speced one, but it gives you a good idea.

  • +2 votes

    I think lenovo is having a caskback on various other laptops too:
    http://moneytree.lenovoincentives.com/?product&s=au-moneytre...

    Better give a look at other series too :)
    But I dont know, if it is through a retailer bought item only or on a laptop purchased online too.

  •  

    if only they took the cash back off the price…

  • +1 vote

    I have a T500 and paid a bit less nearly 2.5 years ago . Paid a lot more for a t30 about 8 years ago . Both running windows 7 with no problems . Crappy $1700 Asus I bought 4 years ago lasted 3 years . If you can get a proper thinkpad ie:T series for this kind of money it is indeed a Bargain IMHO . The are just better built although overpriced .

  • +2 votes

    good deal´╝îit is a thinkpad,a lot better than a dell or HP

    • +1 vote

      Dell has Latitude , which is their business series.
      HP as HP Probook.

      They all compete in their respective features

      thinkpad is known to be on Top.

      • +3 votes

        Hp is Elitebook.

        HP Probook competes with Dell Vostro (cant remember the Lenovo offering)

        • +2 votes

          yes. but I think HP Elitebook are like Dell Precision.

        •  

          HP Probook - Dell Vostro
          HP Elitebook - Dell Latitude - Lenovo Thinkpad T and X Series
          HP Elitebook Mobile Workstation - Dell Precision - Lenovo Thinkpad W Series

  • +1 vote

    very good deal especially with 3 years international warranty, that alone is worth over $200+
    would have buy this one if i havent brought the lenovo deal on ebay

  • +1 vote

    Intel Graphics. Gamers stay away. :0 But I think it's great for business.

  •  

    Just bought one.Thanks!
    That's really a good deal!

  • +1 vote

    NOTE: The "Cashback" is in the form of a Visa cash card, whilst you could convert this to cash by kiting it you will incur fees.

    Technically this isn't a $600 cashback, it's a $600 pre-paid visa.

    http://moneytree.lenovoincentives.com/?faq&s=au-moneytree

  • +1 vote

    Unless you are really rough and tumble with your laptop, does the average user really need such a durable build?
    Despite being a plain looking business laptop it has many extra features and design considerations that you get from only a Lenovo.

  • +1 vote

    If you've ever used a Thinkpad you'll know the difference.

    Hey the spec isn't the best but it its pretty good. If you want the best for the cheapest price buy an Acer. Watch it break on you a year later.

    My Thinkpad is still going strong I reckon they have the best build.

  • +1 vote

    Intel 3000 is comparable to quite a lot of discrete cards in the market now.

    Even the base model Macbook pros have them in I don't see the issue.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Intel-HD-Graphics-3000-g...

  •  

    wondering if this will get any cheaper by chrissie ? i m broke atm :(

  • +10 votes

    Be warned ! If you are going to get a T series laptop you will have it for a very very very long time. It will well outlast it's usability. My T42 still runs light a dream and looks like it was only purchased last week. You are best of buying a HP / Acer laptop that will break in 2 years so you have an excuse to buy a fresh fast one. I will not be buying this one since I still can not bring myself to get rid of my T42.

    • +1 vote

      how long u had it for ?

      • +2 votes

        I think 6 years… Battery still last 40 minutes too.

        •  

          Lol. I'm still running a pair of T42's. The buggers just refuse to die which is why I have never upgraded!
          But they aren't very snappy compared to modern laptops so I might consider jumping on this deal. If only the cashback was a cheque :(

    • +3 votes

      One of the reasons I am hesitant to buy one! My laptop turnover rate is about 1.5 per year!

      • +1 vote

        Well, as least the Lenovo Txx will worth more 2nd hand after 1.5 year than other laptops.

  •  

    I wonder how many they have in stock.

  •  

    Can I claim the GST if I leave the country within 30 days? Coz its over 1000 bucks so are there any additional requirements?

    • +1 vote

      for GST claim its above 300$, not 1000$.

    • +1 vote

      If you are registered for GST, you can claim it anytime. (when lodging BAS)

      •  

        No I'm just gonna buy it for my personal use. Coz when I had a look on the Internet some said that to claim gst for stuff over 1000 you must supplement more information, like name and address must be similar to the ones on the receipt. Last time I claimed gst for my netbook (350 bucks) they did not ask anything like that?

        • +1 vote

          Get a mate who can claim GST to buy one for his business.

          maybe you can "fix him up later" for it and then just "borrow it from him" till he needs it back :)

      •  

        So I cannot claim if its for personal use?

        • +2 votes

          Lol I think the other posters have good ideas but are confusing you.. To answer your question, for items over $1000 name and address are required on the receipt, and assuming this will be delivered to you, then I'm sure the invoice will already have those details on it. If buying in store, just get them to note those details on the invoice. If claiming GST while traveling, you can use it for whatever purpose you want, but if claiming it via the business method mentioned by other users, then technically it should not be for solely personal use.

        • +2 votes

          Thanks heaps for your kind explanation. I'm an accounting student, majoring in Taxation law but just know the theory so cannot be sure about anything in real life lol. What a gap between uni and real life…

        • +1 vote

          No worries, glad to help. Good luck with your degree, lots of good career paths. My mate did the same thing as you and is very happy with the coin he makes :) And you are absolutely right, big gap between the theory of uni and practical application of real life - always more to learn!

        •  

          Correct that TRS require name and address on the receipt for items over $1,000.

          But that is not your only issue.

          When you return you will be importing item(s) worth >$1000 for which GST has not been paid. You will likely have no problem with this, so long as you (a) declare the new netbook on your customs declaration and (b) are not also bringing in other items that are significantly going to boost your duty-free import total over $1,000. (NB the value of the booze you buy up to your 2.25litre allowance remains free and is not included in this calculation!)

          With your $1,090 notebook (= $1,199 - $109 GST) customs will apply a rough depreciation of between 10-30% depending how long you have been out of the country (i.e. how long it has been used for.) They will be more generous in applying this to people who are very up-front in specifically declaring everything. Note that if total imports after depreciation is assessed by them to be greater than $1,000 then you are liable to pay duty (i.e. GST of 10%) on the whole amount - not just on the portion that exceeds $1,000.

          My experience is also that they like as much detail as possible on the written declaration - even though the form doesn't have specific space for this. So I tick the "yes" box but then circle the words "medicine" in the text and then next to that write "6 x 30mg pseudofed tablets" (or tick the "yes", circle "food" and write "chocolates" etc). My experience is that these tips serve to keep them onside for when they need to apply discretion.

      •  

        Duplicate post.

    • +1 vote

      He might be but from what I recall, any purchases over $1000 has to have your Name and Address on it.

  •  

    Thinkpads have been very good in terms of security. If stolen you can't simply remove the Bios battery for 24 hours to clear the password. I know some previous models the motherboard and HD where basically useless if stolen as long as a boot password was enabled. I am guessing IBM have kept on the same pathway with this model.

  •  

    Nice deal thx op~
    I wonder since this is such a good deal how come centrecoom rep didn't post this…

  • +2 votes

    Please Please Please if there's anyone from Centrecom here, can you please release an X series?? :)

  •  

    This deal is killing me…… nearly a FREE laptop with rebates , cashback.

    I will just have to buy one…. Resist…Resist the bargain here.

  •  

    6-cell battery, so you can go up to 10hrs if you're not doing anything too intensive.

  •  

    there's only the HD different between these 2 but $1000 in price different.

    http://www.crazysales.com.au/lenovo-thinkpad-t520-laptop-not...

    http://www.crazysales.com.au/lenovo-thinkpad-t520-laptop-not...

    this is the same thing?

  • +2 votes

    Just got back from Centrecom Sunshine and they said they had 'plenty' in stock. Make of that what you will.

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