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Lenovo IdeaPad S540 13", AMD Ryzen 7 4800U (8C/16T), QHD (2560*1600) IPS, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $1097.10 @ Lenovo Education Store

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Specifications:

Processor
AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800U (8C / 16T, 1.8 / 4.2GHz, 4MB L2 / 8MB L3)

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

Memory
16GB Soldered DDR4-3200

Hard Drive
512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe

Battery
Integrated 56Wh (Up to 14hrs battery life)

Camera
720p + IR + ToF

Keyboard
Backlit, English

Wireless
11ax, 2x2 + BT5.0

Ports
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (always-on)
2 x USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 1 (power delivery + Display Port)
1 x Combo audio/mic jack

Weight
Approx 1.25kg

Chassis build material:
Aluminum

Delivery time is currently 6-7 weeks, however other posters on this forum have advised that they have received theirs earlier.

Another benefit of this laptop is that you can change the TDP in BIOS or Lenovo Vantage between Battery Saver (12.5W), Intelligent Cooling (15W) and Extreme Performance (25W).

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        Didn't realise usb-c could do that.

  • -2 votes

    What's the reasoning behind the students only deals for samsung and lenovo?

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    Anyone know when deal ends?

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    Still room for more price drops, can get similar with 3 years NBD from commercial contracts with Lenovo… For now, considering the AMD shortage, this is pretty good though

    • +1 vote

      Not sure why this is negged… It's just stating facts. If they can afford to sell it elsewhere for <$1,000 when supply is good, it's very likely that's the price one should expect in the future for general consumers.

      Historically that's always been the case - general consumers get similar pricing a few months after enterprise, supply permitting.

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    What if I don't have. Edu email address

    • +6 votes

      get in to tafe

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        Or enroll in uni and quit or defer before the fees due ( just before the 2-3 months cut off date ) and open the edu account in whatever edu accounts required / advertised in ozbargain ASAP and AMAP.

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    Hmm I'm after a portable laptop and budget is around 1600. Not sure if I should wait for a x1 carbon deal for an i5 with 16gb ram or go for this one.

    Mainly just for Web browsing and office software

    • +2 votes

      Unless you're going for purely form factor and build quality, I don't see why you'd go for something lesser spec'ed - especially for the price point

    • +2 votes

      Unfortunately you would only go for the carbon for form factor. The specification in this laptop, other than build, blow past the carbon. The 15w R7 4800u is faster than a 45w Intel i7 10750H in a lot of circumstances.

      https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+7+4800U&i...

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        Thank you for your help I just purchased now. Had wanted carbon for its light weight but 1.25 is still pretty light anyway. The superior performance of this one has convinced me. To be fair I had been seeing a lot of ryzen lenovo deals lately that I was interested in but everytime I got put off by all the comments about display being horrible. The comments about this ones screen being half decent has finally persuaded me to buy.

  • +2 votes

    i'm just noticed the extended warranty has 3 year onsite for $99 seems worth it. Cheaper than 3 year depot support.

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      $89.10 after coupon

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    Tempting but I'm just really hoping the Lenovo Flex 5 will come back in stock at Amazon instead.

    Don't need a QHD screen, would rather it be touch and FHD.

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      It’s had been on and off at least 2 times everyday thru camel3x email alert.

  • +1 vote

    Starting an IT course this year. Would this be suitable for strictly uni work for the next 3-4 years?

    Also does anyone know what the checkbox that says "Add for $35 $24.50" under the Add to Cart button is for?

    • +2 votes

      This laptop is overpowered for most people. It just depends on your needs. At the current time the R7 4800U CPU is one the fastest processors you can get. The i5 and i7 are no match.

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      Depending on the area of IT study with so many cores and 16GB of RAM, running OS in containers should be no problem, 2k screen good for plenty of IDE real estate.
      Kali Linux running in Virtualbox without issues following one of the Ozbargain Udemy courses the other day.

      The only issue with such new hardware is Linux support may not be 100% yet.

      That link appears to add GX40Q17231- the 15.6 toploader case to the cart.
      https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/accessories-and-monitors/cases-...

      Could be a bit oversized for a 13 inch laptop

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    Damn, this would literally be the perfect laptop for me had it been a convertible.

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    A good deal and they've fixed the sleep issues with the latest BIOS update too.

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    Any chance i will get it by 28th Jan? I need it for my daughter and her school starts that day.

    • +1 vote

      Depending on what she's needing it for, probably overkill.
      8gb ram and an i5 should be all you need unless she's planning on running some intense programs or never closing a chrome tab.

      For school, I'd rather have a touchscreen and convertible which can be had for the same price if you look for a Ryzen 5 or so.

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    What's the best way to access this deal via the education store - I don't have an edu email address :(

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      The usual reply to that question is enrol in a free TAFE course. I would love to see one of these free TAFE courses that get you an edu.au email address. Link?

      Are you sure that TAFE students get edu.au addresses? Because as far as I can see you don't, you supply your own to TAFE.

      https://my.tafensw.edu.au/web/students

      • +1 vote

        I looked into that option a while back. IIRC NSW Tafe can give you an edu address, but QLD Tafe does not. Varies between states, and I'm in QLD

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    Just for anyone that expects this laptop to deliver fast, I bought this laptop December 23rd and it still has yet to be shipped, the shipping date keeps getting pushed further back. Right now its expected to deliver January 29th, which will probably be pushed back even more. Great deal, just don't expect it to deliver any time soon.

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      Had enough dealing with Lenovo , my order went thru for flex 5 thru edu store , waited for 5 weeks and then cancelled by them caused they could not process payment , no email nothing and then 3 weeks later they sent me a courier to pickup the laptop that I never received !! Well done Lenovo for sending me to Asus !

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        Damn, that sucks. Luckily I'm in no rush because my current laptop still functions fine, but I'll definitely try calling them to see what's taking so long.

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      Ordered mine on the December 25th and just received confirmation that it shipped yesterday (Jan 18th).

      You might be in the same boat as I understand they're shipped in batches.

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        Yeah, my order status hasn't updated yet but I called them yesterday and they said it would ship in the following couple of days so you're probably right

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    Is this worth upgrading to from the e495 ?

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      Assuming you're talking about which to buy, or if to switch an order. Probably around 30% more powerful processing vs 3700U and better battery life. Not sure which screen, ram and ssd you have to compare value.

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        I have the e495 already 256gb 16gb 1080p , it only gets around 4 hours and the edges hurt my hand

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          I guess it's up to you if you think it's worth replacing already for those reasons. Not sure what you'd get for it used but there might be completed sold listings on ebay for the same which might give you an idea of changeover.

          Edit: good feedback on the form factor too. I had wondered if the sharp edge case style may be uncomfortable. Maybe a warning for others considering that machine

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    Quick question, can anyone who bought the laptop confirm if the keyboard keys have a white highlight around them like it shows in the picture? (or is that the backlight - its unclear from the pictures on their website :/ )

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    How's video editing on this laptop? e.g. using Premiere Pro

    • +2 votes

      Multiple cores and official Adobe support so pretty good. Not going to perform as well as a discrete GPU particularly vs GeForce NVENC but about the best you'll find in a laptop at this price

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        Thanks for the tip!

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    Anyone know how long this deal is on for and what's the regular student price?

    • +3 votes

      Sales rep said the BACK2SCHOOL code expires tonight, and that there are only a few units left because (understandably) it's been very popular at this price. Use Cashrewards (instructions to get it tracked is on the 1st page of comments) and brings it down to $1047 which is an unreal deal.

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        Thanks

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          Also standard student pricing is $1210 I believe

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        Thanks for the heads up, just got my order in

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        I just got off the chat with a sales rep and was told that the code expires on the 4th of February at 11:59PM. They don't seem to have a universal answer…

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          seems like the deal is still on, just made an order and code worked

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    This or used 2015 i7 16GB 15" Mac Pro? Purpose: Programming

    I have always been disappointed with a windows laptop (had Dell Inspiron N5110 i7 and felt like garbage compared to my 2013 retina MacBook pro). Will this Lenovo give similar quality feeling like a mac?

    Things I loved about mac: Display, trackpad, keyboard, UX responsiveness, and build quality.
    Things I Disliked about mac: Heats up like an oven and fans spins like a jet engine.

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    So I purchased one for my gf. The only thing I wish is that it wasn't soldered in memory.. have looked high and low if anyone has de soldered the modules and managed to up it to 32gb (I have the equipment to do this). No cigar.. otherwise I'd buy one myself. I want a laptop I can run VM's on before anyone wonders why I want at least 32gb..

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      Bold move to make that kind of mod for sure. I wouldn't be that brave to void warranty on a new machine nor back myself on memory compatibility and BIOS hacks. Have you done one before?

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        I've done similar a few times. I wouldn't do it on this unless someone out there has done it before. Which doesn't seem like it.. :(.

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          I'm curious now so will research a bit. Also churning memory, but may just use a cheap laptop and connect to hosted VM's or RDP to desktop.

          If you want 4800u specifically the Lenovo T14 and MSI modern both use sodimm. Could be an option at the right price

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            @TheLurker: If you find anything please let me know. This is the only thing I hate about this laptop and that is it's only able to support 16gb (At least officially).

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              @overkillxx: Can do. It's the bios I see more challenge with so you'd need a very similar Renoir machine that supports higher ram than this (yoga doesn't support 32gb and not sure any others would work), rip its image, then risk bricking your brand new machine by not having easy flash roll back features. It's more complex than a pc motherboard or AIB would be too as the bios has to also control networks, many port types, all input devices, battery and power states, display, and more and its all been tailored by lenovo. If you can get another bios image to work you may well break other components in the process. I'll reckon I'll just spend the money on a better machine, or run my VM's elsewhere

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    Between this and the $1300 Legion 5 (4600H, 15 inch FHD, GTX 1650Ti, 16gb ram and 512gb hd) which is a better buy?
    I understand the main difference would be better cpu, screen and portiability for this, whereas Legion offering a dedicated gpu with less cpu, screen and heavier.
    I will be using the unit mainly for browsing, youtube, netflix and play some games most likely Dota 2, emulator and NBA2K, don't think I will be playing any AAA games current gen.

    Thanks in advance!!

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      I don't think you can really compare to be honest.

      Personally to justify the legion I would need to jump up to $1500 for the 1660Ti model, however the question would be portability vs the ability to play some better games.

      I think this would be fine for games like Dota 2 and emulators, however the screen size is much smaller and always struggled to play Dota on a smaller screen personally.

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        Thanks for your reply. Guess I will wait for the release of new Legion in March and get them from China, rrp there is cheaper than the price we got in education store =(

    • +2 votes

      There is a legion 5 model with the Ryzen7 4800U CPU. Its circa $1600.

      As mentioned below, if you want something for gaming, get at least a 1660ti or even 2060. Either of those CPU's will match well with those graphics cards.

      Better yet - if you want something for gaming, consider a desktop PC instead - more bang for your buck.

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    Can I replace the battery on this?

    It says integrated, does that just mean I need to take off the bottom cover and replace it via a few screws? Or is it like a Surface Laptop and glued in, never to be released again?

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    I can not log into the student beans account even after successfully changing the password twice via a password reset link to me email

    Any workaround to place an order at the same price ?

    • +2 votes

      Don't log in via student beans, just via the normal login if you have an edu address. Worked fine for me, I avoided student beans because it looked new and I'm afraid of change.

  • +2 votes

    For anyone who purchased the laptop at the $1219 price in December, there is a clause in Lenovo's terms and conditions that says:

    3.5) If the price of a Lenovo Product or Service as advertised by Lenovo (excluding items on clearance) is reduced after purchase, you may contact Lenovo on 13 LENOVO / 13 536686 (option 3) to request for a refund of the reduction within 7 calendar days of delivery of the Product or Service.

    I have just called up Lenovo and I get a refund of $33.24 (somehow I don't get the full amount due to GST differences - I don't understand but at least I get something back).


    FYI for the people who are buying and hesitant on the 6-7 week wait time, mine is expected to ship this week and arrive by late next week. So it will be an approximate 4-5 week turnaround time for me.

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    What to do, if I don't have a .edu login?

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    I am locked out of my University Alumini

    Is is possible to get this deal by calling Lenovo 13 536686.

    • +1 vote

      Yes Lenovo sales give the deal if you provide them an edu email address needed for the educational discount.

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    I was going to jump on this but the 6-7 week shipping time is a killer.
    I need a new laptop for personal/business/study use- I do consultations over Zoom, uni/assignments, and currently have a HP notebook that is so slow that it's driving me nuts….like sometimes takes me 20 minutes to boot up, create a Zoom link, and email it.

    I see everyone's comments that this is probably overpowered. I don't know much about laptops really. Is this worth waiting for? Or is there something else on an awesome deal that I would likely be very happy with?

    Appreciate any guidance here.

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      I was a bit put off by the shipping time too but read a few comments noting it shipped well within the quoted period, usually ~3 weeks.

      Ended up ordering on December 25th and it shipped yesterday, January 18th.

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    A reviewer made this comment and wondering if someone can explain. Are these going to be an issue for an everyday user? Thanks

    Modest I/O selection with no Thunderbolt support

    • +2 votes

      Thunderbolt ports are rare on AMD laptops. I don't know if there are any. If that's important to you don't get one.

      The I/O selection is modest - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (always-on)
      2 x USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 1 (power delivery + Display Port). Up to you if it's enough or not.

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      If you buy a USB-C hub all your port problems will be solved. This'll give you access to more USB-A slots, HDMI, Power Delivery…LAN or card reader if you want it, whatever.

      It just means carrying around a dongle with the laptop, which Mac users have doing for quite a while now.

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      I had thunderbolt laptop but never used it, the thunderbolt docks is bloody expensive and only useful if you want to use 10GBE NIC or external GPUs.

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    Thanks OP

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    Tip to place order and To get access without student account.

    Add to cart
    Save quote and get quote no sent via email
    Check with sales agent chat and give quote no
    Update your personal details via chat to finalise order
    Ask them to call you via mobile to collect payment via CC
    Ensure CC international transaction is enabled

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    Does anyone know if the ram is dual channel?

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      I own one and yes it is. General rule is that it is very unlikely for 16Gb to ever be single channel.

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        Since you own one, would you mind giving us a quick impressions/review of the laptop? Do you have the same spec as this deal? Interesting in doing some video editing alongside uni and hence wanted something with a bit more power and a nice screen.

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    Is this still available on stock?

    I logged into via student beans and it shows are out of stock.

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    This seems to be missing a HDMI port. How would you connect to an external monitor

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      Spend $30 on a USB-C dongle with HDMI & some more USB-A ports. Pretty common for these ultrabooks to exclude a dedicated HDMI port in recent years.

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        Can you post some links to docks like this please? Are they Lenovo branded or generic?

        The only one I've found on Lenovo's site is the 'USB-C mini dock AU' - https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/education/accessories-and-monit...

        But it shows as a 45w output power, whereas the S540 has a 65w USB-C power adaptor.. So I'm not sure its compatible.

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          just use one port for charging and the other for the dock , many USB C docks on here

  • +2 votes

    "The product you are looking for is no longer available"

    Probably not a bad thing, as was just going to purchase this (unnecessarily!)

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      I had your exact experience when it was on sale in December. I didn't stop wishing I'd bought one, so when this deal came up I did..
      See you at the next sale :)

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    Got notification it's estimated to arrive on the 3rd of Feb, much sooner than expected.

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      Same here, got tracking information.

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        Oh nice! When did you make your order?

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      Just arrived today, cheering!

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        When did you order it? I can't wait for mine but my expected arrival date is the 3rd of March and uni is starting on the 15th of Feb.

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          23rd of Jan, few days later after the original post funnily enough.

          • +1 vote

            @Emphasise: Oh damn! I ordered on the 19th of Jan, so jealous!!

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    new bios available for download today. Apparently created 20210121

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    Would this set up be suitable to run an external monitor like Dell S3220DFG or Dell U3219Q ? via USB-C or HDMI connection ?