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Lenovo IdeaPad S540 13" QHD IPS, Ryzen 4600U (6C/12T), 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM $1049 Delivered @ Lenovo

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BLACKFRIDAY

Using the code BLACKFRIDAY the price comes down $1049

The current 13% cashback promotion at Cashrewards, confirmed to work by store rep, will bring the price down to approximately $927

Please refer to: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/582590

Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 4600U (6C / 12T, 2.1 / 4.0GHz, 3MB L2 / 8MB L3)

Operating System

Windows 10 Home 64
Display Type

13.3" QHD (2560x1600) WVA 300nits Glossy, 100% sRGB

Memory

8GB Soldered DDR4-3200

Hard Drive

512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe

Warranty

1 Year Depot

AC Adapter

65W USB-C

Graphics

Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics

Battery

Integrated 56Wh

Camera

720p + IR + ToF

Keyboard

Backlit, English

Wireless

11ax, 2x2 + BT5.0

Chassis

Aluminium

This is part of Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for 2020

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  • +5

    13.3" QHD (2560x1600)

    Dat pixel density

    • +3

      Nah, doesn't say 'retina' so it mustn't be any good. /s

  • +10

    Shame no deal on the 16GB RAM version.

    • The new Apple MacBook with M1 CPU says 8 to 16GB RAM is plenty, so Lenovo thinks their laptop running Windows should be OK with 8GB RAM too…

      • +2

        They can say whatever they like but when one start using memory hungry apps. 16GB ram will be way better than only 8GB.

        • -1

          I meant it as a joke :p

    • I just got a deal on the 16 Gig Version!

      Current Price:
      IdeaPad S540 (13", AMD) Iron Grey
      Part Number: 82DL0032AU

      Web Price:
      $1,799.00
      inc. GST & delivery

      My Deal Price :: $1200 including shipping!

      Here's how:

      1) Jump on Lenovo Chat

      2) Start an online conversation with the rep - I got "Simon" (I have his email address if you wish!)

      3) I explained (very politely!) how I missed out a previous deal (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/578125) and was hoping he would be kind enough to offer me a deal. I explained politely that I would place the order there and then.

      4) Was asked for a number and presented $1,142.10 (last deal price). He couldn't match but could do $1,200.

      5) He set up the order in my newly created Lenovo account.

      6) Follow the steps and patiently wait till its built.

      Enjoy!!

      • +1

        Thanks for the tip worked a treat

  • This would be pretty good for on the go productivity. That screen res and sRGB coverage as well as AMDs iGPU would be a decent combo for some light image editing.

    • +3

      I wish they had same thing in 15.6" size.

      too small for creative work. at this resolution and screen size plus colour space coverage it's amazing for content consumption, but too small for editing

      bigger battery would be welcome, too

      also 8gb

      but I probably want too much

    • +1

      Ain't nobody being productive or editing images with 8GB of memory.

      If I was told I could only edit images on a PC with 8GB of RAM, I just wouldn't bother. Find me a new hobby.

      • -1

        For professional photographers , perhaps. Works fine for me editing RAW images from Olympus EM-10 mk iii + em-5 mk ii, in DxO Photolab

        • +1

          I didn't like using 8gb a decade ago (laptop) and used the desktop that had 16. I don't know how large your images are I guess, or what you do to edit, just my experience for preference.

          I did do, and still do, a lot of panoramas which can get fairly large though

          • +1

            @teereb: Working with 16mp and yes panoramas make sense for such large resolution. For light editing , it's fine. I wasn't left wanting and export times for images wasn't too bad either.

            Each to their own

            • +1

              @adrianhughes1998: Of course, sorry I just reread my comment, came off really uppity, wasn't intended.

              100% you can edit photos with 8gb, and this was a decade ago with slower ram, and windows 7.

              Sorry mate, cheers.

              • +1

                @teereb: No dramas mate no offence and it's all good, no need to say sorry.

                I totally get it , I had 8GB ram ago in 2013 and went back to 4gb with my next laptop after that and sorely missed it.

                Either way it's a decent lappy no matter which config you get

  • +1

    In terms of performance of the CPU, the Passmark website is reputable for those that need such information

    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+5+4600U&i...

  • Good price at $912.63 with the cashback.
    Edit: The Ryzen 7 16gb version would be better value when on sale.

  • +1

    Cashback is on 90% of the listed value, excluding 10%Gst.

    1049*0.9 = 944
    944 * 0.13 = 122
    1049 - 122 = 927 approx.

    • +1

      Thanks will adjust

      • No worries. You are welcome.
        Still waiting for your response on charging cable recommendation though for this laptop with 65w and 5gbps as per USB C 3.2 Gen 1 specs.

        • +1

          I can't specifically recommend one for you, without testing it myself, because I have a discontinued Thinkpad docking station from a previous laptop.

    • +1

      You are right - But $2 off with your GST calculation.

      1049 / 11 = $95 GST
      1049 - 95 = $954 Ex GST

      954 * 13% = $124
      1049 - 124 = $925.

      In summary: Divide by 11 to calculate GST amount on a 'inc GST' figure.
      … And yes, we have all spent too long doing the math here.

      • This 11 always puzzles me 😁

  • +7

    Cmon Lenovo, at least match your last deal if you're going to call it a "Black Friday" special… https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/575393

  • +6

    8gb soldered ram kills the deal.

    • I ordered the 4800u version from the previous deal but to be honest, if I were shopping for a new portable/light laptop on a budget I'd still consider it. The price differential post cashback is reasonable for the tradeoff here IMO.
      After all, with cash-back it's $912 (yes you can never trust cashback) which is around the lowest this has ever been. You'd be hard pressed to find anything similar at this price. I've seen the recent Dell inspiron laptops with inferior 250 nit screens, similar 8gb RAM and inferior Intel 10th gen processors for around this price or more.

      I think if you're shopping at sub $1000 portable laptop you have to make a compromise and this laptop would tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people
      - aluminium construction
      - decent 1440p screen w 300nits
      - 4600u

      • +1

        but the thing is there is no upgradability for the future. So if you save up an extra $33.86 to upgrade the ram, you can't cos its soldered

        https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/582676

        • +1

          Yeah I definitely see what you mean and it's certainly a valid point.
          But at the end of the day, these trade-offs are part of the reason why it's a quasi-ultraportable small form factor laptop at 1.25kg and for some users it definitely won't be a suitable laptop but for people who do web-browsing, word processing, school students it will work well and maybe do some more intensive stuff occasionally but I can see how it might be annoying to be trying to do it all the time and run out of memory.

          I guess everyone has to consider their use cases and potential use cases because no laptop will be perfect - for $900ish with this laptop you get above average portability, above average screen, good battery life and semi-premium build quality - if you're willing to sacrifice ever being able to upgrade RAM. IMO I wouldn't pick a laptop that sacrificed those 4 benefits for RAM upgradeability alone but for someone who would - yeah waiting for the 4800u version to be on sale for $200 more is fair, or another laptop from another brand.

  • +2

    Have this laptop performs pretty well. Sleep issues still and mine won't hibernate, just something to be wary of cos of the AMD chippy.

    Before anyone jumps on me, it has happened to other brand laptops of Dell, HP, Asus etc with the 4xxxu series. Your mileage may vary.

    • +2

      Maybe you were the unlucky one. I don't have this issue with my 4800u version of the same laptop.

      • Lots of reports and some YouTubers also reported the issue with their brands.

        • Just stating my own experience like the person who commented below, where I haven't had any issues. I have colleagues with HP Pro Books for work with the R7 4700U CPU. No sleep issues on their end.

    • +1

      It can hibernate. You just need to enable it.

      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-client...

      My S540 4800U hibernates after doing the above, and it is very fast.

      • thanks mate, hibernation is on but still have issues with sleep. when i close the lid, it goes to sleep and indicator light breathes. but after a minute, it stays solid. if i peek in between the gap between the screen and the keyboard, the backlighting has come on and the display too - so it has woken itself up :/

        seems to be lots of sleep issues reported with the 4500u/4700u, where folks can't wake it from sleep, on Dell/ASUS/Lenovo/HP forums. doesn't seem to be a fix yet.

      • semi-fixed the sleep issues and WiFi issues by rolling back the Intel drivers, then uninstalling the devices completely, then installing the Lenovo Wifi drivers again. It took the latest Intel drivers from Intel support assistant instead, but can't roll them back now.

        Anyways Wifi works instantly from sleep/hibernate/complete-power-off again, so that's good. the first time i close the lid, the laptop remains awake, but if i do it again, then it will go to sleep. and remain asleep without waking itself up.

        • +1

          are you able to fix sleep issue ? i recently got mine and noticed same issue … if I close the lid, it don't go to sleep or maybe wakes itself up … bit frustrating … I am forced to hibernate now.

    • +1

      Hmm there was an undocumented recall on the Ryzen 4000 series, I only found out due to production delays and did some digging talking to manufacturers. They didn't do a recall on retail units, only stuff that was in production was pulled and the chips replaced, but no one would talk (even within these companies) about it, it was all very hush hush, so I never found out what the actual issue was. If there's a problem with the power controller that would certainly do it!

      • As is sadly the way some Chinese companys choose to take. Basically the fkn same as how China has handled coronavirus lol

      • Thanks mate that would make sense! Mine was built in July 2020, so if it was an early batch it would make sense

  • No issues with the 4800u version here either
    (as well as the 4800u Yoga 7 and the 4500u Ideapad 5).

  • +1

    16GB of RAM and 1080p display would have been a more sensible distribution of cost.

    8GB is not enough.

    • -4

      There's too many low res laptops already .. I like this option. However be aware the USB type C on this is gimped to only 5GB/s not 10 or 20. So no [email protected] screen capability/docking on this machine.

      • +3

        1080p is good enough for 13".
        If this were a more expensive laptop, I'd say, sure, give it more pixels.

        But this is a laptop which has to make compromises. 8GB is a far bigger compromise than 1080p on a 13" display.

      • But the User Guide says it can do [email protected]

        3. USB-C connector (USB 3.2
        Gen 1) • Charge your computer.
        • Charge USB-C compatible devices with the output voltage of 5 V and output
        current of 3 A if only one USB-C connector (USB 3.2 Gen 1) is in use.
        • If both the USB-C connectors (USB 3.2 Gen 1) are used to charge USB-C
        compatible devices:
        – The first connector provides output voltage of 5 V and output current of 3 A.
        – The second connector provides output voltage of 5 V and output current of
        0.9 A.
        • Transfer data at USB 3.2 Gen 1 speed, up to 5 Gbps.
        • Connect to an external display:
        – USB-C to VGA: 1900 x 1200 pixels, 60 Hz
        – USB-C to DP: 3840 x 2160 pixels, 60 Hz
        • Connect to USB-C accessories to help expand your computer functionality. To
        purchase USB-C accessories, go to https://www.lenovo.com/accessories.
        Note: When the battery power is below 10%, the connected USB-C accessories
        might not work correctly.

      • Both USB-C ports apparently support 4k60 according to these comments.
        https://www.reddit.com/r/Lenovo/comments/ilcw5n/lenovo_ideap...

    • I have this one and 8gb is enough. Depends on your workload I guess.

      • +4

        If 8GB RAM is enough for what you do, six cores is too much for what you do.
        This is not a well balanced machine.

        • Does it matter? There's a 16gb option. Yoga slim 7 has a 1080p screen 14inch if someone wants to go down that route.

          • @adrianhughes1998: To the general population who don't know any better and will probably just use the computer to browse Facebook, I suppose it doesn't matter.

            Lenovo could have specced this better, that is all.

  • QHD

    QuadHD?

    • +1

      QHD (Quad High Definition) is a resolution standard for high-end monitors, televisions and mobile devices. QHD is specified as 2560x1440 pixels at a16x9 aspect ratio, four times that of 720p standard high definition. Ultra wide QHD boosts the horizontal pixels to 3440 for a 21x9 aspect ratio.

      • Is this Qhd an industry wide standard? Or is this something you just cherry picked? 🍒

        • +1

          QHD is an industry wide standard

          QHD

          QHD (Quad HD), WQHD (Wide Quad HD),[8] or 1440p,[9] is a display resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The name QHD reflects the fact that it has four times as many pixels as HD (720p). It is also commonly called WQHD, to emphasize it being a wide resolution, although that is technically unnecessary, since the HD resolutions are all wide. One advantage of using "WQHD" is avoiding confusion with qHD with a small q (960 × 540).

          • @xoom: I did not know. Thank you. 🙏
            Sorry I was sanctimonious. Mea culpa.

  • How would this laptop go for a high school student? Is it durable enough and is battery life good. Have been thinking about this one or the Thinkpad X1 Carbon but that one would be about $500 more than this one. Hoping that the laptop I buy can last at least for the next 4 years.

    • Perfect for hs kids I think. I'm hoping they have a 16gb on sale cyber Monday else I'll get this for my kid

      • Yes I'm very tempted but not sure what to do. If you want the cashback then you will need to order today as the 13 % off with cashrewards ends today.

    • +2

      The processor in this laptop a lot faster than the one in the carbon. From experience with the 8 core, R7 4800U version, the full aluminium chassis is quite durable. It's one of the rare laptops you can adust the TDP to three different settings via the BIOS or the Lenovo Vantage software. Depending on the workload, battery life can be up to 10hrs of office use for the 8 core version, with the same size battery, on the mid tier setting, at 60% brightness.

      • Thanks for the info. Just trying to read up about both. Seems like the X1 Carbon is a very durable machine and has great battery life. Although now from what you have said the Ideapad might be good too. Was hoping thought to get 16gb ram for it to last longer. Any thoughts on that? The current one has only 4gb ram and that's ridiculously slow.

        • +1

          I have the 16gb version. It just depends on the workload. If it's just basic office,web browsing and entry level gaming for example, 8gb is enough.

      • Do you keep switching TDP manually ??? Is there a way to set TFD profile for certain apps ?

  • Is the ram upgradeable?

  • 8GB of soldered ram, nice!

  • Says it is sold out on the lenovo site.

  • Two months ago, paid $1179. Feel mega shafted.

    That's the price for being an early adopter I guess. But it's a solid laptop.

  • +1

    Back in stock if someone wondering.

  • Its back in stock.

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