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Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 / 15.6" FHD / AMD Ryzen 7 4700U / 512GB SSD / 16GB RAM / Backlit Keyboard / $1055 @ Lenovo

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TA-E15-1055

An awesome negotiated deal for you guys at just $1055 shipped and includes free 1-year onsite warranty. This is the big brother of the E14. Apply code TA-E15-1055 at checkout for discount. Call Lenovo's telesales number on 1300 557 073 (until 5pm daily) with any questions. Ends Sunday 6 Dec, unless sold out or withdrawn prior. ETA is 2 weeks (confirmed by Lenovo). Please stay safe, and enjoy :)

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU
  • 15.6" FHD (1920x1080)
  • 512GB SSD M.2 PCIe
  • 16GB RAM DDR4-3200
  • Backlit Keyboard with Number Pad
  • 365mm x 240mm x 18.9mm (1.7kg)

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  • +5 votes

    Thank TA - look a good deal !

    Would like to see the Nits a bit higher (250nits)

    • +3 votes

      For 1k at 15 inch, 250 Nits is the standard sadly.

      If you're lucky maybe you'll find 300 nits for this price but fairly rare also usually the downside is an inferior CPU or 8gb ram

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      Thanks TA.

      Get us a deal on T series. Need one which is dockable.

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        This works fine with my Type-C dock.

  • +4 votes

    good spec except for the dim and poor color accuracy display?

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      Yes, the screen is really awful. Great computers apart from that though. The new 11th gen E series has better display options though.

      • -4 votes

        Macbook screen is 500 nits. Cop that young spencer!

        • +2 votes

          Macbook also starts at $1600, with half the storage. Half the ram. I/O on a mac? Good one. You get 2 usb 4 ports.

          Plus you have to deal with Mac OS.

  • +1 vote

    ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 (AMD) Platform Specifications (PDF) if you're thinking about upgrading any internal components.

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      Very easy to upgrade too after removing the back cover. RAM, M.2 and 2.5" SATA slot are accessible.

      • +1 vote

        I don't think SATA is supported. Check the previous E15 generation specification - it has the following text for storage:

        Up to two drives (one M.2 SSD and one HDD)
        * HDD / SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm high,Active Protection System
        * M.2 2280 SSD / SATA 6.0Gb/s
        * M.2 2242 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 2 or PCIe 3.0 x 4
        * M.2 2280 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4
        * Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 4

        Whereas E15 Gen 2 says:

        Up to two drives
        * M.2 2242 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4
        * M.2 2280 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4

        So given that the update specifically no longer mentions SATA …

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          Looks like you're right. I watched a disassembly video and it seems the usual spot for a 2.5" drive has been replaced with more battery.

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            @Clear: Deleting: disregard, slightly different specs on the deal laptop, ultimately voiding my ssd comment.

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    How does the Lenovo compare to this:
    https://www.harveynorman.com.au/acer-nitro-5-15-6-inch-i5-10...

    • Intel Core i5-10300H Processor
    • 15.6" FHD IPS 144Hz slim bezel LCD (300 Nits)
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti with 4GB
    • 8GB RAM, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD

    I know the RAM is half, but easily expandable, but the Nitro also has a much better GPU and a 300 nits 144hz display for $998?

    • +10 votes

      One main reason is we are looking at AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPU, not those Intel crap.

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        whats so much better about this Ryzen, than the "Intel Crap"

        A GTX 1650 Ti is also much better than…i guess nothing?

        • +1 vote

          Benchmarks, slightly better single core performance and higher turbo boost. Supports more RAM, but I doubt the motherboard in the Acer laptop is going to support more than 64GB. GTX 1650 Ti is significantly better than the Radeon.

          The difference is that the Acer you linked is intended to be a gaming laptop, while the Lenovo ThinkPad is more business/general usage. The Lenovo weighs less, more portable, more battery life etc.

        • +5 votes

          So the issue with Intel CPU is they are still in 14nm whereas AMD already in TSMC 7nm which is a generation ahead. Note the Acer CPU has H at the end it runs at 45W* by default it's not the low voltage one you would normally see from Intel/AMD laptops (the lenovo one is U). Even then the 4700U performs better whilst consuming less energy (15W*) which results better battery life.

    • +3 votes

      2.5kg (Acer) vs 1.7kg if weight is important.

    • +1 vote

      Hard to compare a gaming laptop with a business/general usage laptop. If you want to leave it on a desk plugged in to play games, the Nitro is obviously the better choice. But if you want to take it to school/work/uni every day, it makes little sense to buy a gaming laptop. You'll struggle to get through the day on a single charge of the battery, for starters.

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      1. You are comparing a gaming laptop with a 45w TDP CPU, to a business grade laptop with a 15w TDP CPU.

      2. Despite the TDP difference the AMD Ryzen 4700U with 8 cores will be faster than the Intel i5 in multi core work loads. The 4700U is faster than an i7 10750h. Please refer to Passmark benchmark:

      https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+7+4700U&i...

      1. The battery life in the Lenovo will be better due to the R7 4700u being much more power efficient.

      2. The Acer is a desktop replacement due to it's weight and not really something to walk around with every day with in your backpack.

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      Forget about any Intel junk

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      I just wanna let you know that my partner and I settled on this one for her to replace her older laptop (mainly for LoL). We bought it from Harvey Norman on Sunday but she didn't get around to actually playing something til Wednesday. Everything was fine EXCEPT for the keyboard, which has serious precision issues. You need to hit the keys in the center for them to register - slightly to the side or on the bottom won't work. Caused her a lot of frustration while playing. When the timing of when you want to press a key counts, and the key not registering a tap because you happen to hit slightly off center, is a pretty huge flaw.

      Thus we are currently in battle with HN to get a refund.

      It's not a software issue either - it's a mechanical flaw in these models. Other people online have had the same issue.

      So as far as we're concerned the product does not work as intended, and had we known what it'd be like we wouldn't have bought it.

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        A little confused what Laptop did you buy from Harvey Norman?

        • +1 vote

          The Acer Nitro 5.

          It's a shame because everything else about it was sweet.

          First and last time buying something from HN too, btw. I feel for everyone that goes to buy something there not knowing better, and being sold all the extra shit they try to sell. They're your best friend when selling you something but as soon as you try to get your money back you see the true, scummy salesperson side.

          Sorry for rant.

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            @DragonautDruid: Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch i7-10750H/16GB/512GB SSD/RTX 2060 6GB ?

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              @Sins: No, the one we got was the lower tiered model: Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch i5-10300H/8GB/512GB SSD/GTX 1650Ti 4GB.

              The store we went into didn't have that model we bought set up on display, but they did have the one you just mentioned. I'd recommend going in and trying the laptop out and doing some typing. It may not be an issue for you (a lot of people in forums said they ended up just plugging an external keybaord in, which is fine I guess if you use a desk. But imo you shouldn't have to settle for a work-around), and I'm not sure if that model has the same issue but likely does. It'd just be the internals that are different.

              Interestingly the model we got has just lowered in price another $100 so I wonder if they're having a lot of returns? Because otherwise the initial discount was a really good price for the specs.

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    Very nice

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    Can this be used in conjunction with the unidays discount?

  • +1 vote

    Is this good for gaming?

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      It can run Rocket League on low settings

      Edit

      Actually this video indicates high settings gets 50fps https://youtu.be/RMqP6TBF5r4

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        Correct. I have the S540 with 4600u which has a bit faster than the 4700u here, but plays rocket league pretty well. Also plays lowest settings at 720p for red dead 2.

    • +1 vote

      I bought one in Jan and fully specc'd up everything available. Unfortunately the graphics cards wasn't an upgradeable option.

      It's really bad on most games that have movement.

  • +1 vote

    But if I spend $1,299 on my amex, I get 120 back. Is there a monitor I can get with it?

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      Great dock that works well for me both at home and at work. I got one refurbished on eBay for $120.

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    Should I buy this for BYOD year 7 in high school? A bit overkill for the usage I guess.

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      and too heavy

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        any recommendation?

        • +2 votes

          Something like this could work.
          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/587233

          • +2 votes

            @KevinYuhhhh: I'd agree that's definitely a better choice.

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            @KevinYuhhhh: Personally I think that's too heavy. I would be looking for something less than 1.5 kg and closer to 1.2 kg.

            • +1 vote

              @Rodo: You don't want to go too light. They get flimsy.

            • +1 vote

              @Rodo: Agree. I got an Acer spin 5 for $900 on Black Friday, 1.2kg and it’s a 2 in 1 with higher res screen so can be used as a tablet, I think my daughter will be rapt with it.

    • +10 votes

      I would go for a 13.3" or 14" rather than a behemoth like this. I went through the process for my son for BYOD last week. I ended up with a Dell Vostro 14" 5490 from the Dell outlet store for under $900. It's grunty enough with a 10th gen i7 and dedicated graphics ram, so he can play a few light games on weekends, and some light content creation/media editing (this is becoming a requirement in high school now). It has 8gb of RAM but is upgradable cheaply down the track if need be. Only 256gb storage but a second SSD or SATA drive can be added later cheaply and easily.

      I looked around for ages, and I'm a secondary IT teacher myself, so these are my recommendations:
      - Get something that will last a few years, that means a grunty processor. I wouldn't go less than a 10th gen i5, or a Ryzen 5 4xxx. It also means at least 16GB of ram, or the ability to add that later. Many laptops have soldered, non-upgradable RAM. Beware.
      - Something robust. I went with a Dell business laptop because I've used them myself for years and they are tanks. No matter how careful your kid is, it will cop a flogging.
      - Battery life is important. The smaller (13.3" or 14") screen helps with that. But you need something that lasts at least 6 hours without have to dim the screen etc. The Ryzen 5/7 4xxx processors are better on battery life than the intel i5/7 equivalents. So go that way if you can.
      - Personally I think some dedicated graphics RAM is worth having, but not a full on gaming card. One of the Nvidia MX cards with 2 or 3 GB or RAM is a good choice, IMO, or a similar Radeon card.

      Check out the Dell outlet store. That have some good deals on refurbs and new machines.

      Hope that helps.

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        I got the same model (gen i5) for my daughter sometime back. Decent performance but she finds that keyboard gets warm which Dell tried to fix by replacing some components. Used Latitude earlier but no issues.

        Any feedback if this is normal or particular to Vostro.

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          Haven't got ours yet. I'll let you know. I've only used Latitudes at work.

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        That one looks nice.. I'll keep an eye on Dell Vostro. Thanks..

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      I'm looking for a laptop for a year 7 student as well. I think 15 inch is too big. The additional size and weight might result in damage to the laptop.

      13-14 inch would be ideal

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    Sorry if out of topic, my order from last week before Black friday hasnt even been processed/charged, if thats expected than im happy to wait, no rush though just thinking if everyone has the same experience

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      I received my Ideapad in a couple days.

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      Same here. I bought an extension of warranty and they called to say it is not compatible (even though it was offered as an option) they said that they would send a link to the appropriate one within 1 day. It's now 4 days and I am still waiting for it even though I contacted them twice in the mean time! Slow and frustrating!

  •  

    Which CPU would be better for audio production and photoshop editing?

    1 - Ryzen 4700U with 8 cores and 8 threads (thats in this laptop)
    or
    2 - Ryzen 4600U with 6 cores and 12 threads (in the ideapad S540 thats currently $1149)

    I realise the latter has half the ram, which is important for my tasks, but I would upgrade that to 16gb. Just wanting to compare the CPU's based on my task requirements.

    • +1 vote

      S540 does not have upgradeable RAM, only soldiered 8gb and 16gb configurations. In terms of performance it depends on the application. If an application can use 12 threads, the 4600u will be slightly faster. If it can't use 12 threads the 4700u will be faster.

    • +1 vote

      https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/AMD-Ryzen-7-4700U-vs-AM...

      4700U has the better single core performance, would be my choice. However the results are so close it's not really relevant, unless everything else is already identical

      Boost is affected by cpu temperature, and an 8 core would run hotter than a 6 core. In practice they are probably the same

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    Pair it with Lenovo M14 portable display

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      That thing is cute.

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    we bought an Lenvo E485 (ryzen 5 2500u) just under 2 years ago, as a stand high school student PC, minimal gaming, stand assignment work + internet surfing etc.
    i've got to say, the battery in the unit, 3-cell (45 Wh), barely lasts 3 hrs now a days… just me with bad luck or Lenovo is not renowned for battery life?

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    Will this run Dota2 well?

    • +1 vote

      The 4700U can play DOTA 2. It can play at 60fps 1080p, depending on your configuration.

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    Would love a deal on E14 Gen2 like the previous one!

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/579387

  • +2 votes

    Hi TA anyway you can negotiate a good deal on S540 with Ryzen 7 4800U 16GB RAM 512GB SSD? Thanks

  • +1 vote

    No card reader on this computer. I understand on gaming rigs but on a computer like this it's weird.

    • +2 votes

      Why would anyone want or really need a card reader these days? Everything is wirelessly synced. Next you'll be asking for a 3.5" floppy disk drive too.

      • +1 vote

        I've got a 5.25" floppy

      • +1 vote

        My camera, drone and phone use a microSD card.

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        I've got 4 cameras. Wireless transfer is painfully slow even on new ones. Modern cameras are 40mp sensors pushing 8+ frames a second and shooting raw each image is 40mb (so 320mb per second). Yeah I could wait an hour to wireless transfer photos and totally drain the camera battery or I can transfer the same photos is a couple of minutes with a card reader. Same story with the 2 GoPros and the Drone I have. The drone will not transfer some video formats so using higher codecs the only way get them on the computer is via a card reader but really was having a card reader an issue? The Vivobooks by ASUS and the new Dell Insipirons have Micro SD card readers. It can't be a space issue.

    • +1 vote

      agreed, I was going to go for E14 Gen 2, but ended up with T14 as it has the card reader.

  • +1 vote

    Hi TA, waiting for a higher spec’d laptop ;)
    Like Legion 7i

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    Be extremely careful with Lenovo ETAs. It doesn’t matter what they say in chat.

    They’re well known to advertise one date and even have it in stock with no other alterations, but extend the shipping date a month later, with a month to “deliver”.

    Ordered a laptop on Nov 23 with shipping date Dec 12. It jumped to Dec 31 a few days ago and an expected Jan 19 arrival.

    This is fine as long as you expect it and don’t need it urgently. I read about this beforehand so took my chances.

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    Great specs and value.
    As usual though, shame about the crappy screen that lets it all down…
    It's like putting cheap tyres on a sports car.

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    Items must be shipped by 1 Jan to qualify for the amex deal.

    • +3 votes

      Great, want to link some Australian made computers?

      I'll wait.

  • -1 vote

    I got the E-14 last time around the same price. The difference being 14” vs this bigger screen. I found something weird it only showed 470gb of usable storage with 20+ Gb taken up by included software and bloatware after first starting up.

    Is this the norm or have they shortchanged me on the storage department?

    Where is the full 512GB?

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    Missed it :( Bought this Inspiron 15 3000 (15.6" FHD, Intel i7-1165G7, 8GB Ram, 512GB NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX330) Laptop $899 Delivered @ Dell
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/584136 earlier today

    Should I cancel and buy this instead?

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      I would also like to hear the answer to your question.

    • +1 vote

      If you plan on doing any gaming you may as well keep the Intel.

      Otherwise, this has better CPU, double the ram, tiny bit bigger battery, better wifi (2x2 instead of 1x1), screens are probably both equally poor. Dell doesn't give any info beyond ”1080p".

      The 4700u is more than capable of playing esports titles are decent frame rate.

    • +1 vote

      $836 is really good price for this dell model.
      I doubt this lenovo model will be worth for the extra 25% cost, and Intel cpu has better compatibility after all.

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        Great, thank you.

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    I wonder when nits was first mentioned in a laptop post at OzBargain?

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    if you want e14 with intel, there is this one for $1079:
    https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/...

  • +1 vote

    Anyone not buying this due to boycott China goods? I wonder….

    I already got an Asus I know its Taiwanese I'm good for now……

    Recently also bought Taiwan made stuff such as pope brand water hose etc. Just coincidence really…

    • +1 vote

      Isn't Taiwan China anyway? 🤣

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        No it isn't but China wants to claim it.

        • +1 vote

          Agreed.

          No, Taiwan is NOT China

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            @X3: Hongkong said the same thing. Once China is done dealing with Hongkong. Taiwan is likely next.

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        n

      • -1 vote

        Republic of China = Taiwan province
        People republic of China = mainland China

        Short answer, yes

        • +1 vote

          Thats like saying North Korea and South Korea are the same country.

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            @Shacktool: Tecnically yes. In practice. No.

    • +2 votes

      Good to know, that Asus comes out Taiwan.

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      China goods…what the hell…STFU…the real Australian say