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ThinkPad E495 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 3500U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / $707 Shipped @ Lenovo


The ever popular E495 is back. Great user experience & summary here by member ShipShapeRC for those interested. Feel free to customise at an additional cost. Apply eCoupon TA-EPIC495 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 Ends 11:59PM AEDT Jan 30 Feb 6 (extended), unless sold out or withdrawn prior.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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  • +1

    damnnnn sooo cheap!

    • But is it any good ?

  • Is the ssd replaceable?

    • +4

      Check the summary TA linked above.
      Sounds replaceable to me

      • +3

        Lenovo E series is a quasi SME business laptop so it is extremely modular… it has a m2 nvme slot, a 2.5 sata slot, two dimm slots.

        Everything is documented:

        2nd gen ryzen with a true powered type c port… there is no better for the money.

        Downsides is that its an old style laptop AND power reserve isnt great.

        But again, there is no better for $700 unless you come across a HN $498 deal like over xmas.

  • +5

    The only downside to this laptop is that the damn bottom bezel is thicker than a PS4 slim!

    • -2

      lol ctrl and fn keys are also swapped around. And battery life is below average.

      • +3

        Can be swapped in software though still doesn't explain why!

        Same on my carbon x1

      • +9

        Don't know why you were downvoted. Lenobo's insistence on putting Fn in the far left is so annoying.

        • +1

          Whats funny is that control key is to the far left on their Yoga laptops.

          Its a special "design feature" for the thinkpads.

        • You should be able to swap them in the BIOS. I can do it on my e570.

  • +5

    Have got the previous generation. I'm very impressed with the quality of these laptops - we run much more expensive HP's at work and in my opinion these are competitive at a third of the price. The battery life isn't great and it does get slightly noisy under load but honestly most laptops I've used recently seem to do that.

    I really hope Lenovo continue with this option with the 4000 series (and not go down the E14 path).

    I also wish you could option a touchscreen.

  • Whats the external build of these thinkpads? Plastic?

    • Plastic as they all are. I have dropped mine from small distances with no cracks. Pretty much like other laptops I've had.

  • +2

    backlit keyboard?

    • Lol, you must have posted when I was typing! Ditto!

    • +1

      Not backlit unfortunately and it really bums me out sometimes.

      I'm still looking into installing one after market.

    • +3

      I have the E590 and it has a backlit keyboard. Build quality is good. Linux runs fine.

  • +6

    Can you do a deal for one with a backlit keyboard please?

  • Does it come with Windows 10?

    • Yes -

      Windows 10 Home x64

      Upgradable to Win 10 Pro for an additional $113.99

  • +3

    I upgraded from an Aspire 13.3" 6th Gen i5 and for the price you pay there is plenty of bang per buck.
    I added a 2nd Stick of RAM as this provides a nice graphical performance boost plus as the GPU uses 2GB of RAM Windows has a little more breathing room.
    There is also a 2.5" Drive Bay Free so you could add a 2nd Hard Drive if you wanted to.

    There is plenty of chat in other posts about this laptop but I've been pleasantly surprised.

    Every person that has used it gets a bit of nostalgia once they start typing on the Thinkpad Keyboard. As soon as they start with Pentium MMX and blah blah MB of RAM I proceed to take the laptop away from their grasp. :)

    • now you've reminded me of my nostalgic moment.. i used to use dad's work thinkpad every evening.
      it was a brand new 486 DX100.. dont remember the other specs

      • Omg! Thats vintage my man.

  • Also the Legion 530 is for $999. Is this one better or Legion??

    • Legion is better if you are a gamer.

  • Without digging through old posts I remember seeing the e595 pop up a lot also as a popular laptop. Can anybody chime in on whether either of these would be suitable or which is better if it were to be used as a laptop for uni.

    • +3

      they are very similar. i would go for this one as its smaller so would be lighter if you're going to be lugging it everyday
      if just for uni and not to take to uni, then go for the 595 of course :)

      • Thanks, asking for friend who is in the market for a laptop around the $1k mark and I know these are always popular.

        I'd imagine the 495 with its smaller screen would yield a marginally longer battery life. If not, then the bigger screen real estate would be a preference although probably too big for a uni chair-table.

        Is there anything else in the market to reference off? I haven't personally had to buy a laptop for years, so not overly sure on where the market sits at the moment and what is good as far as bang for buck.

        • +1

          I'm impressed by the features/quality at the pricepoint.

          I own 4 lenovos now, 2x e5xx from 2018, 1x older e570 and my x1 carbon.
          other e5xx series are used by my staff and going well after a handful of years.

    • +2

      Other than size/weight, number pad on e595 was really the only other major difference for me when choosing which one to buy. If you're studying that involves typing lots of numbers, would recommend e595!

    • I have both, the guts are the same. Screen size, numberpad and slightly less batt life on the bigger screen.

  • +3

    TA, any codes for the 595 or anything to come about in the near future. As per my above comments, pretty sure they'd prefer the screen real estate and also the numpad.

  • +2

    what's the average amount of hours you can get on this laptop?

    • +1

      They say upto 8 hours. I run my e595 with the bigger screen at full brightness, bluetooth on, wifi on, running 2 drives internally and I get about 4 hours. Never run it on batt saver to see how long it goes. 4 hours is enough for me, so I don't slow it down. My son's E495 with 14" screen and only 1 drive may get another 15 -30 minutes with everything on. He is a kid, so always run everything on flat out - just like the heater or cooler in the house!

  • +4

    Oh please need a deal on 595 !!

    • +6

      Working on it. Hopefully across the weekend.

      • how abt y540?

      • That would be great TA!!!! Thank you

      • Thanks mate!

      • +1

        Would love to see a deal on the 595 this weekend, otherwise will need to pick this one up as I need it fairly soon. Awesome deal

  • +1

    Could you please get us a good deal on 490 mate ?

  • +2

    How would you compare this laptop to the similarily priced HP -
    The primary differences I can see are that the lenovo has a brighter screen and USB-C charging.
    The HP has a metal case, 400 grams lighter and a slightly better intel CPU

    For reference, this is for my father who will use it for web browsing, emails, simple excel/word processing and media.

    • +1

      I have not timed it, but I know the lenovo charges faster than any laptop I have ever had which is a specified feature. The screen is smaller on the HP by a bit. Might want to see if TA gets the 595 on sale as the bigger screen is better for aging eyes. It's why I got mine in that size. It will romp in all those features you mention he will use. I edit video on mine and it's fine.

    • Ryzen GPU is way better than Intel one unless you are getting a 10th Gen intel

  • Rather wait for Ryzen 7 4800U

  • Is the 1080 panel better than the one on the chromebook deal at JB Hifi that was recently posted?

  • +2

    Hi TA, Can you please do a special lunar New Year deal for e595 and increased cashback please????

    • Lunar New year specials, lucky 8, everything $888 :)

      • -1

        downvoted sorry!

        • Unlucky $4,444 for you!

          • @hardya: Gong Hey Fatt Choy to you! Sorry I don't care about political correctness as I just assumed you celebrate Lunar New Year.

            • @shoelover: Celebrate anything with a beer, Just here for a laugh and the odd bargain lol

  • +1

    I bit the bullet and got one. After cash rewards it comee to $685.79. Which is about $300 more than the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 I was looking at.

    • +3

      One of my kids has a dell 11 3000. You made the right choice going for this. Massive step up for the extra $$. And easily upgradable in RAM and m.2 + sata drive slots.

  • Thanks TA! Really solid laptop with USB C charging for $700? Yes please! The 10-14 day shipping is a bit lame however haha :P

  • +2

    Good on for people who bought this. Great deal by TA!! Hope he comes up with a good deal for e595 soon.

  • Which one is better from the following two options, which are both free. (included)?

    Second Hard Drive

    • 256GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe (default)
    • 256GB Solid State Drive, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, TLC

    Is 2280 better because it is longer, therefore, heat dissipation is better?

    • yeah I too went with 2280

  • I do not see a place to enter the discount code. Is it before or after or on the same screen where credit card details are asked?

  • I've just ordered one, pretty happy with the pricepoint.

  • Has anyone received a deliver confirmation? I put in an order on 24 Jan. I called them today and was told that due to the Chinese New Year the factory was closed on the 2nd of Feb. Then you have to wait 10 business day for the order to complete and then a further 5 - 7 days for delivery.

    Way too long as my kid needs it for school, so had to cancel the order. Picked up the HP Pavilion 13 + 1 year Accidental Damage Protection (Valued at $199) which will arrive by Weds.

    • +2

      Based on the location of at least one of their factories, further protracted coronavirus-related delays might be expected..

      "Lenovo owns one of the world’s largest and most advanced factories in Wuhan. Additionally, the company has been one of the biggest import and export enterprises in the Hubei region for three consecutive years"

  • For those subscribed to this post, the E595 is now available for $722 plus cashback on top…

    • Anything possible for the legion or do they not get the same attention?

  • Thanks TA, Ordered today.
    Order scheduled date: 26/02/2020 if anyone interested.

  • Just bought one through Qantas FF website. They are offering 4x points per $1

  • I've got an E595 from the Nov '19 deal. Was thinking of getting this E495, but probably not with the 3-year warranty as it's not on sale. Has anybody ever owned this product for a while and have not experienced any faults?

  • Does anyone have any idea where the Lenovo factory is? Since there are large disruptions going on in China at the moment I'm wondering how long this will delay shipping

    • Read above

      • Didn't see that one, guessing it will be an extended delay in that case

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