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Lenovo ThinkPad E595 (15.6" FHD IPS/AMD Ryzen 5 3500U/8GB DDR4/256GB NVMe) $849.50 Shipped @ Lenovo AU / Lenovo AU eBay

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Lenovo Thinkpad E595: https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/...
15.6" IPS FHD (250nits), Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GBx1 2400 MHz DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, 802.11ac 2x2 + BT4.2
$849.50 (Increased Cashback offer has ended, now back down to 3%)

See previous deals for some FAQs and discussions about ThinkPad E series with Ryzen Mobile.


EDIT 07/05/2020: Base configuration now sold out on both Lenovo AU's official webpage and eBay store front. Customise option units are still able to be ordered, but at least 4 weeks waiting time before shipping.

EDIT 06/05/2020 1:38PM: As of 12:37PM, the eBay store has sold out its listing. But funnily enough, it is back to available to order on Lenovo AU's own webpage (linked here or as above)

EDIT 11:55PM: The standard $849.50 config is now out of stock on Lenovo's website, however, it still appears as available on Lenovo AU's eBay storefront (1.5% cashback via CR): https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/401933745600 (showing 10 units available). Although I'm not sure if they draw from the same inventory, which means it might also be out of stock once their system refreshes inventory levels.


Notes on memory upgrades and maximising performance:

  • For best performance (i.e. if you plan on gaming/GPU intensive, or anything CPU/memory intensive), you'll need the memory in dual channel configurations (most often that means two sticks of RAM).
  • That means DIY. Buy the extra 8GB RAM stick and upgrade the memory yourself. StaticIce price search (just go for the cheapest 2400MHz one will be fine): http://staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=8gb+DDR4+sodimm...
  • Plenty of vids on youtube on how to access the parts and DIY upgrade: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=thinkpad+e595+m...
  • If you are only using for office/browsing/light media consumption. You can consider not upgrading the memory yet until later

Notes on software updates:

It is recommended that chipsets and graphics drivers (pretty much all really) are updated to the latest versions to iron out some earlier software, driver and stability/incompatibility issues. See link below to Lenovo's official product support page.

Also, you may consider updating graphics drivers directly from AMD as it is often more up to date. Regarding the Chipset drivers, go with whichever is more up to date (AMD or OEM). AMD has taken over the responsibility of updating and releasing the graphics drivers from the OEMs since end of Feb 2019.

Chipset: https://www.amd.com/en/support/chipsets/socket-fp5-mobile/am...
Graphics: https://www.amd.com/en/support/apu/amd-ryzen-processors/amd-...


Thinkpad E595 Spec (Official product support webpage for drivers and guides/manuals etc: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/au/en/products/laptops-and-netb...):

  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500U Quad-Core (4 Cores 8 Threads, 2.1 GHz base frequency, 3.7 GHz boost, 2MB L2 Cache, 4MB L3 Cache)
  • Integrated AMD Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics
  • 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) IPS 250nits Anti-glare
  • 8GBx1 DDR4-2400 Memory
  • 256 SSD M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe (occupies internal 2.5" SATA bay)
  • Internal SATA 2.5" bay (7mm) available for storage expansion (Plenty of vids on youtube on how to access the parts and DIY upgrade: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=thinkpad+e595+m...)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (DP/PD), 2 x USB 3.1 (1 x AlwaysOn), 1 x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI 1.4b, Ethernet (RJ45), MicroSD, Combo audio/mic jack
  • External display output: USB-C: Up to 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz ; HDMI: Up to 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz
  • Integrated 3-cell 45Wh battery; 65W 3-pin USB Type-C AC Power Adaptor, supports Rapid Charge
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) 369 x 252 x 19.9 mm
  • Starting at 2.1 kg

Having been available for ~a year now and showing up on OzBargain every now and then, I think the E595 needs no introduction. Quite amazing how it still remains one of the best value laptop for under $900 mark.

Currently at $849.50 , what makes it a deal is Cashreward's increased cashback to 8% of the E series during 2-4pm today, which will make it $787.72 after cashback. (the increased cashback has ended, and now back to 3%. While not as enticing, but still a good laptop at the <$900 price point as mentioned above.)

I'm aware that the laptop has been lower before, but I think many people in the world currently would wish there is a way to turn back time. I'm also aware that the 4000 series is just around the corner (the reviews so far for the limited devices look good, although OEMs are often still quite dragging the new AMD APUs behind with inadequate design decisions). However, the better devices e.g. the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 will be priced at ~US$850, with some guestimation of +10 GST +currency conversion, it'll put it at ~AU$1500 mark which will be a different price category. Also if the new APUs do come to the ThinkPad E series, it'll likely be at the $1000 mark again just like when the E-95 series got released. There's also the concern of whether Lenovo will follow the current intel E chasis to do soldered RAM only for the upcoming gen, which will butcher the Ryzen APU performances if only single memory channel. Overall, I think this is still a good buy for those who need a good solid budget laptop, even at current price point.

The $849.50 config allows no customisation and is quoted to "Ships in 2 business days". The only thing that's worth upgrading is the extra $50 for 512GB NVMe SSD, if that's your preference (so $899.50, thus $834.08 after cashback) but it'll require at least 4 weeks waiting time before shipping ("Ships in more than 4 weeks", i.e. forget about it for most people).

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  • cheers, been waiting for this .

  • Currently looking a budget laptop (under $1,000 the lower the better) for my wife for doing some work at home.
    Her wants is only 'thin and nice looking'
    My requirement would be cheap and minimum 8GB of RAM, since she always has lots of tabs open.
    Won't be using for games, only work related and probably movies
    SSD would be a plus

    The thinkpad does not suit her because of the looks.
    What would you guys recommend?

    • +9 votes

      'thin and nice looking'

      Yup this e595 is instantly out the window 😂😂😂 (I remember my wife's horrid face and "that looks so ugly" when I showed her this laptop). Personally I think it is just industrial look but yeah nah lol.

      • Yeah, most of the 'nice' ones are so expensive.
        I don't want to spend so much on high end laptop and only being used for spreadsheets and browsing.
        Maybe have to look for refurb ones.

        • if she doesn't mind the "while industrial but still okay: designs of Dell, I'd actually recommend you to check out the Dell Outlet refurbished laptops: https://www.dell.com/en-au/outlet

          Actually nvm, didn't realise they've increased prices quite a bit compared to before (wondering if related to low AUD).

    • acer has announced ryzen 4000 APUs in new Swift 3/5 series, which look reasonable imo and are acer's budget line, judging by past generation prices it should be well under $1000.

      just gotta wait for it to reach aus…

      • +2 votes

        Hmm, I thought I previously saw the Acer Swift lines at >$1000 when they reach here. At least if you want higher than Ryzen 3. E.g. https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/acer-swift-3-14-inches-ryzen-...

        It'd be good if they can be had for under $1000 though, just saw a review for a Chinese unit (with Ryzen 7 4700U, ~$12xx after currency conversion) recently. Again very poor thermal solutions, which limits the APU to throttle at 18W. Although by using thermal pad to connect the heatpipe to the chasis (to use chasis as a heat sink) helped to keep the APU to perform at 25W for longer.

        • my bad… think i got the Swift and Aspire lines mixed up. Aspire should be the budget line but I haven't heard anything about Ryzen 4000 yet.

          please ignore my comment :p

        • I got Swift 3 for $620 during Black Friday. This one - https://www.acer.com/ac/en/AU/content/model/NX.H3YSA.001

          I've been chasing something similar ever since.

        • Goodguys etc is pretty expensive. Gotta look at other shops

          https://www.binglee.com.au/acer-nx-h4csa-006-swift-3-noteboo...

          this is <$1000, not ryzen 4000 ofc but more or less equivalent to ryzen 3000 and intel 10th gen

          These i5/r5 models have been like ~$750 on sale before

        • How do you find out if the CPU is throttling? HW monitor would show? or something else you recommend?
          I have an E485 and I have a feeling it's being throttled heavily…sketchup and autocad just lag intermittently! And I have 2x8gb ram sticks. I suggested the upgrade (from E420) to my wife and now she gives me these looks when it lags!

          • @alterego13: Not very familiar with SketchUp/autocad type workload here, but according to this (https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems...) it seems like any 3D rendering in it will just depend on the GPU component. While the article might be dated, but it may still be true that workstation grade graphics (or costing an arm and leg) will help the most.

            When does your wife's e485 lag the most? Is it when she uses it during 3d rendering?

            The ThinkPad E series is often reported to just be hard locked to a 18W thermal limit on the BIOS level (I guess it is related to the fact it's thermal solutions to dissipate the heat is only rated or validated to 18W. Or they just don't want to set it anything higher even if it costs performance). There are some steps that I've read others do to increase performance limit, but I'm not sure how much tinkering you want to do with it.

            • Re-pasting: replace the thermal paste of the heatsink on the processor to achieve better thermals. This allows cooler processor temperature, which can allow the processor to boost its running speed for longer

            • Adjusting power limits the processor can run at. The Ryzen APUs in the E series are often reported to be able to run sustain at 22W while bursting at 25W (or higher). You may try using software written by the community to modify the thermal limits (see here: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/471113). This will be better after you have re-pasted the heatsink, as adjusting to higher power limit generally means the processor will generate more heat and you'll want to improve the device's heat handling and dissipation ability first.

            Now how much this will help depends on when/what work type your wife's E485 lags at. The above will likely make the laptop faster nonetheless, but if it is due to 3D rendering that the laptop lags, then it is likely the issue still lies with, AutoCad is hungry for a more powerful GPU (sorry for the chunky reply, on phone atm).

            • @zrmx: Thanks for a detailed the reply zrmx,

              We don't do much rendering intensive work, more of a model creation and documentation. And it doesn't lag much while using the softwares, it mostly lags when opening/saving progress. I do have the data on a HDD connected to the Asus RT-AC68U router but the laptop and Router both are in the same room, I have a feeling this may be a factor. I will try to move files on board the Laptop and check. And she also likes to have about 30-40 tabs open in 3-4 windows(makes me cringe every time!!). But I've tested this without any other programs open and same lag when opening/saving files and files aren't that big either (XX MBs).

              There are some steps that I've read others do to increase performance limit, but I'm not sure how much tinkering you want to do with it.

              Not comfortable with this although I have re-pasted processors in a desktop build.
              I have added an additional module of RAM which could be causing some compatibility issues? https://www.newegg.com/global/au-en/g-skill-8gb-260-pin-ddr4... this is the RAM. Have also added a second hard drive https://www.newegg.com/global/au-en/seagate-barracuda-1tb-st... (I know, I know..its only 5400 RPM…ordered in a rush and confusion due to thickness compatibility)

              It's just frustrating that my previous laptop E420 could handle this without issues.

              Thanks again for your detailed reply.

              • @alterego13: The RAM would be fine and shouldn't cause any compatibility issues. And lol, I don't generally work with files larger than 20MB, so I don't know if the XX MB reaches to XXX or not. Also not familiar with the what's the average size of cad files.

                Now the lag with opening/saving progress, do you mean lagging as in just the opening/saving progress is slow while you can do other things in windows without lag, OR that when it opens/saves it is slow and you CAN'T do much other things in windows? (Trying to determine whether it is system lag, or only the application lags).

                If it is only the application that lags, considering it the files are accessed via WiFi router on a HDD, it could be:
                - the HDD is bottle necking
                - the file transfer is bottle necking
                - the CPU is bottle necking in terms of processing/access type load not as good as intel
                - the WiFi card on the laptop is bottle necking
                - a combination of various above

                The easiest to troubleshoot would be the first two point, try open/saving progress to a file on a fast USB drive and see if it still lags. Also, HDD at 5400rpm is painfully slow especially after one has experienced the snappiness of a SSD (lol), for big amount of small read/write of data, editing/saving type of workload sounds like that to me. So any chance to move the work/projects in use to the SSD part of the system, while keeping less write type data to the HDD (eg media files to HDD, while work stay on SSD)?

                Although as you mentioned your ThinkPad E420 had no issue doing exactly the same workload, I'm more inclined to think it might be the third and fourth point. Now the E485 did have a much loathed Qualcomm/Realtek 1x1 WiFi card (the E-95 did get an 'upgrade' to 2x2 Realtek card but still nothing to write home about), and considering the Ryzen 2500U/2700U just cannot be worse than an intel second gen Core part, I suspect the WiFi card more than the CPU. Nonetheless, as mentioned the first two points are easy to test so just give that a go.

                Good luck.

                • @zrmx: Thanks again for a the detailed reply.

                  Yeah the file sizes in AutoCAD are fine..within the XX MB, but sketchup goes in to XXX MB sometimes depending on the textures and external models imported.

                  Pretty sure the lag with opening/saving progress is application specific, but I will have to confirm that. Good point, thanks.
                  I will follow these troubleshooting tips (very time poor and most times the laptop is being used or has those millions of tabs open so I can't shut it down and do the troubleshoot)

                  Also, HDD at 5400rpm is painfully slow especially after one has experienced the snappiness of a SSD (lol)

                  I think I phrased it wrong…the 5400RPM HDD is the laptop internal which has hardly any data. The one connected to router is a Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM, but yea a SSD there (I missed the WD SSD deal from OW yesterday!) would be tremendous I imagine. The OS/Programs on laptop are on the M2 SSD that came default with it.

                  Although as you mentioned your ThinkPad E420 had no issue doing exactly the same workload, I'm more inclined to think it might be the third and fourth point.

                  To address the wifi bottleneck, I can try hooking it up direct to the router via CAT 6 cable.
                  I've had these troubleshoot tips written down but felt like a headless chook running around trying to find the culprit!

                  Thanks again for the detailed and much helpful reply, much appreciated.
                  Here's hoping I can figure out the culprit and potentially fix it.

    • My requirement would be cheap and minimum 8GB of RAM, since she always has lots of tabs open.
      Won't be using for games, only work related and probably movies
      SSD would be a plus
      The thinkpad does not suit her because of the looks.
      What would you guys recommend?

      Macbook Air, it's a sure think your wife will love it. You can see the occasional deals for around 1200 for the current model. Worths the extra if it's something you intend keep for a while and have to look at everyday, plus it have good resale value when you want to upgrade later. Or get a grade A refurb model for under $1K.

      • Personally I find it hard to recommend any of the older gens with the infamous butterfly keyboard.

        The new current gen starts at $1439 with education pricing, with a dual core 10th gen i3 (Ice Lake).

        • I have a 2016 model that is still working/looking as good as day 1, running the latest Catalina OS. P.S. I have over 20 tabs open on 8GB RAM.

      • She do love the looks of it, but her workplace using windows and she already used to it.
        Tried a friend's macbook before and quite difficult for her to get used to it.
        Although since I'm not an Apple fan myself, I didn't really showed her how to properly use it.
        She gets a bit frustrated because everything is different from Windows and can't bother to learn it anymore.

        So back to standard laptop

        • Microsoft surface book. Not that cheap but it's far and away the beat looking Windows laptop in my opinion. Just don't get the cheapest one, not enough ram.

    • Thin and nice looking, thought you were bragging about your wife.

      But if you want to stretch the budget to $1200, get the huawei matebook 13

      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/528851

    • New MacBook Air is $1600, it finally has an IPS display. I bet per year of usage she'll get better value out of that in the long run.

    • Mate if looks are important. You can’t beat this for the price. Even has thunderbolt 3 - https://www.binglee.com.au/acer-nx-hjfsa-003-swift-3-noteboo...

    • I'm not sure if they're quite under $1000, but you could maybe try to find a used Surface Laptop 2

  • you'll need the memory in dual channel configurations (most often that means two sticks of RAM)

    Are you saying two sticks of 8GB RAM is better than 1 stick of 16GB?

    Good deal, and a better post.

    • +6 votes

      Yes for Ryzen architecture, the dual channel, so two sticks of DDR4 memory is better as it allows higher bandwidth for the processor to use. So yea 2x8GB is better than 1x16GB.

      • Thanks OP, I didn't realise that was a thing.

        Was planning on getting 1X 16GB and upgrading to 2x16GB if needed. Not sure how useful 32GB would be in this laptop with CPU spec??

        • I'd say most often one doesn't need more than 16GB. Although I don't know your workload and usage type.

          I am not familiar (as in I lack the knowledge) to professional uses that'll require more than 16GB other than video editing (very long full HD, or 4K vids). Maybe some heavy data crunching and server uses? Although I assume if you have uses that'll need >16GB, you'd know already.

          Also regarding doing video editing that'll require 32GB RAM, unless you're heavily budget constrained, I'd recommend buying something more expensive but more capable.

          • @zrmx: Hi zrmx, I ordered this exact thinkpad a short time ago, requested 16gb ram instead of the included 8gb. I don’t think it’s been configured yet, should I change my order to 2 x 8gb ram? How much of a difference does it make?
            Will be doing a little video editing and general internet usage etc.
            Thanks heaps

            • @AleishaBee: You could request only 8gb and add an additional 8gb yourself. This is generally the cheaper option. If they won't let you, then you can add 16gb yourself.

              Example

              https://www.amazon.com.au/Crucial-Single-PC4-19200-Unbuffere...

              You will get more performance in CPU intensive tasks such as video encoding.

              If you wait until you receive the machine, you can check the exact specifications of the included ram and buy another that is identical. It doesn't have to be the same brand, but ideally it matches in clockspeed and timing (the CL or CAS number)

              • @Superannuation: Thank you
                They wouldn’t let me change my order, so I have cancelled it and will reorder with 8gb.
                They promised a full refund as they hadn’t made up my order yet, but I haven’t yet received their confirmation email showing a refund will be processed or they even received my cancellation request.
                I hope they comply, as I am about to order again linking it to cashrewards this time
                Thanks for your advice

            • @AleishaBee: Agree with above. If you can contact Lenovo and if they are happy to swap the 1x16GB to 2x8GB for you, then go for it.

  • +4 votes

    Excellent write-up OP!

  • Great price great lappie, thunderbolt would’ve been absolute icing.

  • Any deals for a 14"?

  • What's the difference between this and e14 and e15 series?

  • How does it compare to this, aside from screen size
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/534212

    • +3 votes

      Comparing to the Thinkpad after upgrading the Thinkpad to dual channel memory configuration, the Dell with the intel likely will have:

      • Slightly better battery life
      • Similar (?) or worse wifi performance (due to Dell cheaping out on a 1x1 wifi card, even though the Realtek in the ThinkPad isn't anything to write home about)
      • Slightly better CPU performance
      • Similar GPU performance Much worse GPU performance (just realised the cpu on the Dell 3000 is -G1 designated, ie still the anaemic variant of intel graphics)
      • Lesser keyboard (the ThinkPad keyboard is hard to beat)
      • Lesser Screen
      • Lighter in weight
      • You can add RAM to the E485/E495 - we bought the E485 (2500U) with 8Gb RAM, added another stick and made a very nice budget lappie indeed.

        From this deal -> https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/442849

        Notes on memory upgrades (see previous deal for more detailed comments)

        If 8GB is sufficient for you —> get 4GBx2 config (included in price)
        But if you want/will use more —> get 8GBx1 config (included in price), then buy a RAM stick separately (Lenovo's prices are exorbitant)
        If 8GB is sufficient at the moment, but want to upgrade later/when needed, and happy with lower performance in the meanwhile (enough for general office, browsing and media usage, but not gaming) —> get 8GBx1 config and get RAM when you need it.
        Newegg's 8GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM RAM single stick prices: https://www.newegg.com/global/au-en/Product/ProductList.aspx... (remember to sort by Lowest Price)

        • we bought the E485 (2500U) with 8Gb RAM, added another stick and made a very nice budget lappie indeed.

          This is exactly what I did year and a bit ago. Also added a 1TB hdd.
          Did you notice performance throttling?

          Newegg's 8GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM RAM

          Bought the ram from here too! haha

  • hmm, tempting :).

    very interested in getting the Ryzen Chipset, looks like the first time in a while Intel have had decent competition. still given my current devices, my usecase would be a gaming laptop (i.e. expandable across at least Mem+(CPU or GPU) would this fit? the others ive been looking at are the Asus Tuf which is certainly more expensive.

    this however does not have a GPU so not an option for me. good find though and i do like the lenovos, generally pretty good on reliability

    • If gaming will be your main use, yea I don't recommend this either, unless you are a very casual gamer.

      While the integrated Vega graphics will be sufficient for casual gaming (at lower resolution and lower detail settings), it'll struggle with newer titles at higher settings. But if $850 is the hard budget one has and wants to buy new, then I'd say this can be a constrained choice.

      • 1K is my line really

        what I want to be able to do is upgrade CPU/ram/ssd/gpu and give myself options. have enough NAS storage at home so thats not the issue and happy to get my hands into the innards.

        • 1K for a decent gaming laptop is almost impossible for buying new, considering the current AUD/USD rate it'll be ~US$650.

          Desktop is very doable though.

          • @zrmx: HAHA yeah in know, but this is ozbargain right ;)

            been looking at auctions, refurbs as well saw a Legion 520 go for 900AUD, which was very tempting, but the first i saw so held back

  • Bought for $670 last year after cashback

    • which is very good, and impossible in the current market. you go to any GG and you will see every laptop under 1K is gone, most up to 15K, and even display stock is being sold. so many people and kids working from home, and AUD rates, we will see higher prices for a while.

      • Bought it last year with the same price. It should be more expensive now thanks to the weak dollar.

        • AUD has returned to pre-COVID forex rate with the USD though. Still shouldn't be a copout. This isn't due to forex, this is due to supply/demand.

          • @OzCheapo: yes, it's just a combo of events. I'm sure supply is blocked at the ports for stuff in transit. however, we know the supply chain for pretty much any manufacturing product is massively constrained. I read that Microsoft believe that if they had not had supply chain issues they could have sold up to 20% more surface products.

  • is it worth adding the 1tb hard drive? or better to just use external drive?

    • Depends on your usage case. If you need larger storage often, then adding it straight in will be a lot more convenient in accessing it. External would be preferred if you need to transfer/access the storage between 2 or more computers.

      And of course, when I say adding in, I mean DIY rather than paying Lenovo.

  • 4 weeks shipping hurts bad when you do any sort of customisation and a single stick of 8gb won't do it. That sucks but i'll pass. If I could get it within say 1-2 weeks with 32gb of ram then nice, all's fine and dandy. Stunning deal, great write up and fantastic double deal with cashback but I'd have to pass just because of the shipping time.

  • Grabbed one, thanks OP.

    Should be a nice upgrade from my 2014 Dell Inspiron 15 refurb ha ha.

    How easy will it be to upgrade the RAM on this? Do I just buy the stick, undo a few screws and plug it in?

    • See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9LNq2MV__0 (the vid's background music is a bit loud, so you might want to turn the volume down)

      Basically you'll need to undo a few screws, then use a prying tool (any plastic cards will do, or just use finger nails) to remove the back cover. Then voila, you'll have access.

      • Seems fairly straight forward.

        What is your opinion on this gentleman saying it's a good idea to replace the wireless card?

        https://www.productreview.com.au/listings/lenovo-thinkpad-e5...

        Thinking I might grab an Intel 9260 when I grab the RAM.

        • If you are using your laptop in a more stationary setting of stable wifi (e.g. good wifi reception in most, if not all, corners of home), then likely the Realtek WiFi that comes with it will be sufficient. However, if your usage case is quite the road-warrior - using it for work, transporting from one to another location quite often where wifi reception isn't always guaranteed to be great (e.g. moving between different libraries/lecture hall/tutorial rooms/work desk at school/uni, different offices between work locations etc), then yea upgrading to an intel WiFi 5+ option will make things better.

        • Former T400 and current T530 owner here - The Wifi is the weakest aspect of these laptops.

          Everything else is built like Robocop.

    • Don't forget to do a 'complete' shut down of the battery from BIOS…since the battery is not removable.

  • Cheers got the $1049 on with faster processor and more ram. Upgrade from my asus n61j from 2010

    • No worries. Although considering the long wait of shipping times ("Ships in more than 4 weeks"), and the insignificant performance uplift of processor upgrade, I'd recommend you to just keep the Ryzen 5 processor (same core and thread counts as the Ryzen 7), and buy the extra RAM and DIY the upgrade. It'll work out to be ~$185 less.

      However, if you find you're okay with the current purchase options, then sure =)

      • cheers , not too fussed about the weight time, my current laptop is 10 years so just need a new one before it blows up

      • "considering the long wait of shipping times ("Ships in more than 4 weeks")"

        Where exactly did you read this?

        • For the customisable configs (i.e. the ones starting at $899.50 and $1049.50 currently), two lines further down below the price and above the purchase extra option "Add 3Y Onsite upgrade from 1Y Depot/CCI for $269.50".

          Hope that helps.

  • Be prepared for a wait.
    I ordered this 2 weeks ago and still no sign of actual shipping. "Estimated" shipping is late May for early June arrival.

  • Thanks OP, bought one!
    Unfortunately it comes with a 512gb SSD by default for 899.50 and estimated ship date of 19-20May.

    The immediate shipping ones must have been ozbargained?

    • I think Lenovo AU only has the 256GB/standard config ones in stock in Australia (even before today). All other customising options will have to be shipped from overseas, hence the long wait times currently.

  • How long does cash rewards usually take to track etc, i just ordered and its in my click history, got the 16gb ram 512gb ssd seemed like a steal with cashback

  • I've been looking at the base model E15 as a business laptop ~$1000. Can anyone give a recommendation as to how this model compares, or whether there are any better options elsewhere? Cheers.

    • The E15 doesn't have dual channel RAM (since it is only 1 slot). The E595 and E590 does, so it will allow more RAM to be installed and be faster too.

  • Great deal. Any upgrades seem to also be discounted at 50% also.

  • Note also that the cheapest version $849 does not have bluetooth and this can't be added without going to the $899 version.

    • It didn't get listed as the other columns on the webpage, but it should be included as the standard, as the RTL8822BE chip is a PCIe WLan with integrated Bluetooth single chip controller.

  • How does this compare to my trusty OZB ThinkPad E570p? I can't see a newer equivalent model with dedicated graphics.

  • I am still waiting for E595 ordered 9 April. I have two shipping dates (23 and 28 April) and two separate tracking numbers for a single item. Neither have any tracking events. Lenovo claiming all the weirdness is due to it being a "custom build" (despite it being stock standard) and are guaranteeing delivery by May 13 - originally April 23. To be honest I don't mind the timeframe but it's concerning they don't know where it is.

    They somehow have misinterpreted my emails asking about the inconsistencies (2 tracking numbers and 2 shipping dates) as a request, by me, to place a SECOND order of the same item. Luckily I got onto them before cc was charged.

  • My tracking came through about an hour ago

  • where can i get the silver color?

  • this or with 8265u?

  • The standard $849.50 config is now out of stock on Lenovo's website, however, it still appears as available on Lenovo AU's eBay storefront: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/401933745600

    Although I'm not sure if they draw from the same inventory, which means it might also be out of stock once their system refreshes inventory levels.

    • It does say ships from NSW on eBay. I am waiting for my E595 purchased directly from Lenovo website on 9 April. I was given two dispatch dates of 22 April, 28 April (not estimates- as in we sent it this date AND this date for a single item).
      Three consignment numbers (two with no info, one saying it was delivered to NSW 27 April [I'm in QLD]). It's certainly a leaky ship at Lenovo at the moment.

      They just admitted on the phone that the item hasn't even been built yet (it's stock standard E595- yet they keep insisting for some reason it's "custom"). The new estimate is May 12 (although they were umming & ahhing about whether that's dispatch or delivery). If I don't have it, will just initiate a chargeback on ccard via purchase protection. I hope the eBay stock is truly sitting in NSW.

  • I bought the specced up one for $1049 after the deal reappeared (thanks OP for the regular updates!). Seemed like an awesome deal, was looking for a laptop anyway, hopefully it arrives soon.