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Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 14", AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, 8GB DDR4 3200, 256GB SSD $869.00 @ Lenovo Education Store (EDU Email Required)

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This looks like a really good deal for the latest gen Ryzen on a ThinkPad. The E14 and E15 seem to be replacing the popular E495 and E595. This is my first post, please let me know if I'm missing anything.

Note: Screen only covers 45% of sRGB.

ThinkPad E15 15" $859.00 https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/education/laptops/thinkpad/thin...

Both can be upgraded to the 4700U and/or additional memory, storage etc.

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  • +17 votes

    Is it just me or is this an absolutely amazing price

    • +2 votes

      ripper price for a 4500U

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        ah its still has the crappy screen though

        Edit: actually has a decent screen according to this post, 72% NTSC

        https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/548461

        • +2 votes

          Screen brightness sucks though. :(

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          I think the Lenovo rep might be saying porkies, because according the the Notebook Check review of the Intel version of the E14 gen 2, it only achieved 59.6% sRGB (45% NTSC) for the 250 nits screen.

          https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-E14-Laptop-Rev...

          • +1 vote

            @shellshocked: That review laptop has the Intel CPU so it wouldn't be the gen 2.

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              @G5: I'm replying to the link by In28909 which has the below comment. I am aware that the Intel version is called E14/15 and AMD version is called gen 2.

              "Display: *72% NTSC gamut - this info is not found on any public accessible sources, but obtained from Lenovo AU's online rep (via online chat function). At the moment, there are no "shareable references" according to the rep. The rep also said the intel based E14/E15 share the same panel as the E14g2/E15g2. Hopefully this is accurate enough and will be consistent for the actual units shipped. In the sense that they won't change to lower gamut panels to reduce cost or other supply chain matters, so it won't be a lottery."

              Its not at 72% NTSC panel. That is all that I am saying, for people needing colour accuracy based on the Notebook Check review.

        • +3 votes

          Eh. Last year's model had the same shitty screen and no one complained. So does the Intel models and no one complains.

          I've got the E485 and it's a totally adequate screen. Looks punchy and was a good step up from my old MacBook Airs screen. It is colour accurate, no, but not like I'm doing any professional photo or video editing on it.

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            @Ark94: Yea should be fine for general use. Not everyone's a content creator lol, even then you probably should buy this laptop if you are in the first place.

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        ripppper of a deal!!!

        I upgraded to 4700U for an extra $200 - sure the screen is so-so and max RAM is 24Gb?

        But this is a great laptop for the price… in Thinkpad-land you really have to step up to a T14 at about 2.5k to get a better screen with this CPU (actually you get a better CPU too - but not much faster).

        thank you OP!

        • +1 vote

          Just FYI - the 4700U upgrade is only $120 if you start off with the 4700U config (rather than upgrading from the 4500U config).

    • +1 vote

      $1,699 on their website it seems. Great deal OP.

  • +3 votes

    I have a Lenovo Edu account but getting an access denied error. Anyone else having issues?

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      From the deal link? I bought one as I posted the deal and can still access the link; it might be a specific link to me though.

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        I thought maybe that was it but seems to be any link. May need to fix my account. Thanks OP

        • +2 votes

          Also getting an access denied message. Tried a few different browsers/IPs. Nada.

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      I had the same issue, try incognito/different browser

    • +1 vote

      I'm trying to register and got

      Access Denied
      You don't have permission to access "http://www.lenovo.com/au/en/education/registration/register" on this server.
      Reference #18.1e15da8b.1593604391.115eb01a

    • +5 votes

      Turn off any adblockers you have. That made it work for me.

      • +1 vote

        I managed to reproduce this issue using my phone, disabling ad blocking & enabling cookies fixed it.

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    FYI, China has a variant with 100% SRGB and dual channel ram, called the Air 14, about the same price as this before shipping on TB.

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      https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-E14-Gen-2-AMD-...

      I'm ambivalent about this. I'm on an e485 and if this is the replacement for the e495 i might be going elsewhere.

      The big difference is it seems to have one slot but its still dual channel as it as 4 or 8gb soldered.

      No more 2.5 ssd, just two m2 slots but it adds optional lit kbd (this is mandatory on a laptop IMO).

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        Lenovo are doing this on most of their laptop with AMD, including the T series, which is highly annoying.

    • +1 vote

      I thought that one was more closely related to the IdeaPad series =S

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        could be, they're likely recycling chassis, in the end i'm more concerned about specs, price, and cooling.

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      Got a link? can't find it…

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        I think these are the same, just from different sellers.
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        • +1 vote

          All I see is asian (Chinese?) text I do not understand.

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    on chinese site its $850 for 512G ssd and 16G ddr4. Would be cheaper if you buy from U.S
    I always ask my friend in States order for me if I want to upgrade, only extend global warranty or buy charging cables from Lenovo AU :)

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      Do you have the link?

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      Link us up, can't seem to find it

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      How do I buy the one on Chinese site with 512GB SSD and 16GB ddr4 for $850?

      I desperately want to purchase one with 512GB SSD ad 16 GB RAM around the $850 price point

      • +1 vote

        Just download an app called taobao to your phone and type this model then you will get it.
        I would buy from US though, use perks at work, I had my thinkpad x1 gen 7 with 4k screen + 1tb ssd and 16g ram for $2600 or so.

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          Thank you.

          Is there a way to set the language in Taobao app to English or to get an English Translation

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            @utsc: i dont know mate my version just turn into english by itself after i click in
            why dont you order from us though just curious

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              @Rogerrra: What about the warranty if you buy from China? And how you're gonna ship here?

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      The shame of it, why don't you just twist the pins the right way??
      Contributing to e waste as well as wasting money.

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        us use 110v

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      Shipping options please from China?

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    Keep getting an error when i get to checkout. Damn it.

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    Managed to pay $964 for this model with the extra 8gigs of ram making a total of 16gig. I think that's a decent price for what you get. Been looking for a smallish laptop to use out in the lounge room. This one should do well i'd say.

  • +1 vote

    This is an amazing deal! I got myself one with a 4700U and 16GB RAM.

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      How much did you pay for it.

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        $1231 with upgraded webcam, fingerprint reader, and Intel wifi

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    I have a 2500U version (the E485) and its a great laptop. Really not happy with the direction they've gone in soldering the RAM onboard, limits the upgradability.
    I've ordered a T14 for work to get similar specs as my previous E485 (with the upgraded 4xxx CPU, obviously) and it cost just over 2k. Obviously a better laptop, but these E series are pretty good for what they are.

    Ripper deal.

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      This has one soldered and one SO-DIMM slot

  • +8 votes

    Also worth considering these upgrades:
    Intel wireless AX +$10
    Fingerprint reader +$22
    720p + IR camera +$35

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    Thoughts on this vs the Ideapad 5??

    • +2 votes

      This. ThinkPad > Ideapad, even the E series

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    Can we get CR or SB from this deal?

    • +7 votes

      CashRewards:

      Purchases made through Lenovo's student store, staff discounts, corporate deals, and negotiated offers (phone/email/chat) are ineligible for cashback.

      Shopback:

      Purchases through Lenovo Education store page are ineligible for cashback

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    I am unable to load the site. Is this touch screen?

    • +1 vote

      "14.0" FHD(1920x1080) IPS AntiGlare 250nits Non-Touch 45%CG Narrow Bezel, IR and HD Camera with Shutter and Mic, AL, Black" Non touch screen

    • -2 votes

      option to upgrade to a 10-point touchscreen for $100

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    • +2 votes

      E14 or E15. The E595 and E495 are last years models and have significantly slower cpus.

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        Cheers Phetreck

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    What's with all the rubbish <<100sRGB screens? 100% is the baseline: most TV's and pc monitors have this. Fancy devices are 130% or more.

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      You really can't call an $869 14" laptop with a 4500u, "trash".

      At least they managed to chuck a FHD screen into this laptop… If you really want good colour accuracy, you'll have to bump up your price budget, lower your CPU power, or lower your expectations :)

      • -1 vote

        Never said anything about colour accuracy. Simply having a decent amount of colour, rather than being halfway to greyscale.

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          The sRGB rating is usually looked at for colour accuracy and how well the display produces these colours… If saturation is purely what you are searching for, a simple increase in saturation in Intel HD Graphics will fix that

          • +1 vote

            @Zackeroo: Nope. Two totally different things. Colour accuracy is the accuracy of the colors displayed, however few of them there may be. Colour gamut is the range of the colours displayed. You can have screens with >100% sRGB gamut yet terrible accuracy, and <100% sRGB yet decent accuracy.

  • +2 votes

    This $869 laptop has the same CPU power as a Macbook Pro 15 inch with the i7-8750H

    This is insane value

  • -1 vote

    Truly garbage screen, but a good CPU

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    I don't get why the E15 15" is cheaper than the E14 14" with the same specs - what's the catch?

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      I believe the 15" screens are produced at a cheaper price. Economy of scale I guess.

  • +2 votes

    E14 is Aluminium body (top&Bottom)
    E15 is Aluminium top & ABS plastic bottom

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    Soldered ram?

    • +1 vote

      Plus one extra DIMM slot so there's still limited upgradability.

  • +2 votes

    Just bought an E14 with 4700U/16GB RAM/512GB SSD, fingerprint reader and Intel wireless AX add-ons for $1226 - absolute cracker of a deal. As someone who only does light gaming, this basically replaces my laptop and (aging) desktop in one - seemed unthinkable not all that long ago.

  • +1 vote

    I really want this but don't have an EDU email address. Are there any hacks to get one? Cheers.

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      I don't know of any ways to get one for yourself. Social engineering might be your best bet; asking friends/family etc.

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      If you've been to uni in Australia, your previous edu emails are generally still accessible to you. If you've gone to TAFE, maybe the same?

      Otherwise if you've got kids of high school age, then theirs? Otherwise, friends family cousins etc.

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        My mum retired as a school teacher in 2012. Would she have one?

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          Not likely one that's still active, but she probably has friends who still teach so you could ask her to ask them.

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          i have an edu address and in vic

  • -2 votes

    Should I get this or a MacBook?

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    How would this laptop go for gaming?

    • +1 vote

      This is a new model, so the specific thermal properties aren't well known. It's safe to assume that performance will be similar to that of this video https://youtu.be/H2OgKwIPMes . Light games such as CSGO or DOTA 2 will be fine but you might be dissatisfied with it's performance in recent AAA titles. The screen is slow for competitive FPS, which might be relevant to you.

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        Thank you :) The video card is generic though. Would this do well with Age of Empires 4?

        • +1 vote

          Doesn't have a dedicated video card, just built in. But for a game like AoE 4, yes it would do fine.

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            @Zazer: Thanks I'm outdated with PC hardware but according to speculations, the min video card would be - AMD Radeon R7 360X, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti. For Recommended video cards would be either AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. Not sure how these will square up against inbuilt card??

            • +1 vote

              @modify: Hey mate, just realised I didn't reply!

              When I heard the AOE name I assumed it was the 3rd one, skimmed over that 4 - I had no idea there was a fourth coming out this year!

              I've had a look and it does seem like AOE4 will be significantly more demanding than the previous ones (makes sense considering it's being released 15 years after the last one) so unfortunately it doesn't seem like you'd have a great experience playing this one on a laptop with these specs.

              Again, sorry this is so late - did you end up purchasing this laptop or another one?