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Lenovo IdeaPad S540 13.3" QHD, AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $1199.20 ($1169.22 eBay Plus) Delivered @ Lenovo eBay

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Part of ebay's current 20% / 22% discount.

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

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64

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

Memory
16 GB Soldered DDR4-3200

Hard Drive
512 GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe

Optical Drive
None

Warranty
1 Year Depot

AC Adapter
65W USB-C

Graphics
Integrated AMD Radeon™ Graphics

Second Hard Drive
N/A

Battery
Integrated 56Wh

Camera
720p + IR + ToF

Fingerprint Reader
No Fingerprint Reader

Keyboard
Backlit, English

Wireless
802.11AX (2x2) & Bluetooth® 5.0

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  • +2

    This or the Macbook Air M1?

    • +6

      If you don't have a problem with Mac OS grab the M1.

    • It really depends on your usage. Considering the MacBook Air M1 doesn't have a fan, it's clear that it's a device which isn't aimed towards people wanting to do high-performance tasks for a medium/long period of time.

      On the other hand, the M1 chip is VERY capable and would actually require quite a bit of work to get the temps up high, justifying the fanless design.

      I'd go for the M1 over this, but personally, I'm happy with my Zephyrus G14

      • +5

        Considering the MacBook Air M1 doesn't have a fan, it's clear that it's a device which isn't aimed towards people wanting to do high-performance tasks for a medium/long period of time.

        This isn't true. I have an M1 MBA and it's by far the closest in performance to a full desktop I've seen in that form factor. There are areas where it could be improved, e.g. its GPU, but again, it smokes all competition at the price point. It scores similar on Cinebench to my full fat Ryzen 5600X…

        I got the 256GB SSD / 16GB RAM option for ~$1550 with EPP from my employer. I can't find any Windows laptop for a similar price that's even close to that sort of price / performance. E.g. a Dell XPS 13 is more expensive.

        I've always been value oriented, never owned an Apple computer before, but this M1 MBA is literally the best value in its class for sure!

        • How was the transition to your first Apple computer? Genuinely curious as the talks about M1 has been mostly positive and I'm really considering getting an Apple computer instead of my usual xps go to.

          • @ven041: My M1 was the first Apple product I've ever used or owned and I've used computers for over 35 years.

            The first 2 weeks were rough, trying to figure out "middle click" and some settings etc took some time, but now… for work, I'm hooked. It's amazing now. The M1 with 8core GPU is freaking amazing - I put them thermal pad into my laptop too, which means that when I'm exporting videos etc from Davinci Resolve that it cools down so quickly.

            My gaming PC is a windows 10 Ryzen 5 3600 and RTX 3070ti with 16GB memory what I've found is that video editing and exporting videos is actually smoother and quicker on my Macbook Air M1.

            My HTPC is still Windows, but that's more of a Plex server these days than anything else.

        • Fair enough. This is what I was implying when I said that the M1 chip is very capable and requires a lot of demanding work to get the temps up. The M1 Chip is also in the iPad, and the iPad has no fan too. It's an excellent chip and the Cinebench scores are up there.

          On the topic of Cinebench scores tho, your MacBook Air weighs 1.3KG and gets 7500 on multi-core. That's a very good score, but if I bring my G14 into this, you'll see why I'd pick my Zephyrus over your MacBook air. My G14 gets ~11,000 on Cinebench. I understand that it's not the same form factor, but it's not far-off. My G14 weighs 1.6KG which is 300g more than your MBA.

          Additionally, while the M1 MBA lacks GPU performance, the G14 can be specced up to an RTX 3060, however, I have the 1660Ti variant. When comparing Geekbench compute scores, my 1660Ti gets 64,489 while your MBA gets ~18,000.

          Imo, this alone is what made me chose the G14 over the M1 MBA. Funny enough, the integrated graphics on the IdeaPad S540 actually manages ~13,000 which is more than I expected but still a clear sign to pick the MBA over the IdeaPad here in this deal.

          When discussing price, I got my G14 for $1,200 however I was just lucky with this deal. There was 1 remaining in stock and I honestly thought it was a price error or smth. Ended up picking up the device and couldn't be happier.

          I'm glad you got the 16GB RAM variant on the MBA. 8GB feels a bit low in this day and age, however, I've heard that the M1 MBA manages RAM better than usual laptops, so 8GB isn't all that bad.

          Additionally, I got a couple friends who own M1 MBA's and MBP's, and funny enough, they still rely on their Windows PCs for any gaming/intensive work. This is one area where the G14 differentiates itself, as I've done the opposite and have completely replaced my current PC with this laptop :D

          So essentially, to each their own when making this choice. I personally just found myself picking the G14 over it but I've always admitted that the M1 Chip is legendary and has a lot of capability. The lack of a fan is a bold move by Apple but seems to have paid off pretty well considering you're a happy owner of the M1 MBA hahah

        • Considering the MacBook Air M1 doesn't have a fan, it's clear that it's a device which isn't aimed towards people wanting to do high-performance tasks for a medium/long period of time.

          This isn't true. I have an M1 MBA and it's by far the closest in performance to a full desktop I've seen in that form factor. There are areas where it could be improved, e.g. its GPU, but again, it smokes all competition at the price point. It scores similar on Cinebench to my full fat Ryzen 5600X…

          For what he actually said, seems true to me. My M1 MBA is happy to climb past 90C if I leave it rendering for an hour, makes sense it doesn't have a fan and passive cooling only goes so far when the heatspreader is entombed in a metal case and isolated from airflow. Single core wise it matches my 5600X, but multi-core wise its about 17% slower despite having more cores - M1 only has 4 performance cores + 4 efficiency cores so it checks out.

          I got mine for $1254 (8GB/256GB - edu pricing) and at that price point, agreed its very hard to beat by any new laptop. That being said macOS on ARM still feels like a beta experience, polished beta, but not a perfect solution. Apps built for ARM like many Adobe CC apps work amazing, but when it comes to Rosetta sometimes it can't run certain x86 apps well without periodic crashing, if the apps open at all. And no bootcamp for windows only apps, Parallels for M1 iirc only works for the useless Windows ARM version with limited ARM apps so not quite the same.

          I've been using Mac laptops for a decade now, and the M1 MacBooks are the only devices I wouldn't be comfortable using as the sole computer, which is a shame because they are amazing for the price in the environment Apple intends them to be in.

          • @brosk1s:

            I got mine for $1254 (8GB/256GB - edu pricing) and at that price point, agreed its very hard to beat by any new laptop. That being said macOS on ARM still feels like a beta experience, polished beta, but not a perfect solution. Apps built for ARM like many Adobe CC apps work amazing, but when it comes to Rosetta sometimes it can't run certain x86 apps well without periodic crashing, if the apps open at all. And no bootcamp for windows only apps, Parallels for M1 iirc only works for the useless Windows ARM version with limited ARM apps so not quite the same.

            I agree with there being some teething issues, but I think "beta" is probably a bit unfair. The vast majority of people just use their laptops for general business (Word / Excel / emails…etc.) which the M1 is perfect for (snappiness + battery life + silent). I don't discount those who need to use proprietary software, but that's a small percentage and other options exist for them.

            The fact that this thing runs 95%+ of what you can run on an Intel Macbook and running on what is essentially an iPhone/iPad derived chip is pretty nuts.

            FWIW, it's a first generation product and I think it's very polished for what it is. The PPC to Intel transition was nowhere near as smooth as this back in the day.

    • M1 MacBook Air

      Just look at the battery life on that thing 16 hours!!
      and it's so bloody fast.

    • +1

      If MacOS is viable then the Air.

    • M1 is a no brainer decision for me. The insane battery life is all it takes to sway my decision. Also from my personal experience, Macbooks just last way longer than windows laptops before they start "slowing down". Could just be my personal experience but I've had a few gaming laptops in the past and I will never go back to windows laptops.

  • +1

    How does this compare to the ideapad pro which looks to be newer technology?

  • Is that cpu any good. Not too familiar with amd

    • +4

      It has 8 cores and 16 threads. A pretty good CPU compared to intel counterparts at this price range.

    • +4

      You should get familiar with AMD - they've been smoking Intel on desktop for at least the past 5 years, and mobile for maybe 2 - 3.

      • -1

        AMD mobile? Never knew that was a thing…

        • I suspect laptop was referenced as opposed to smartphone

      • +1

        Now, I'm as much of a fan of what AMD have brought to the market with Zen so far, but let's not get too carried away.

        5 years ago, the best AMD had to offer you on desktop was probably an FX-8370 or FX-9590. I pity anyone who thought either of those was a good purchase.

        AMD arguably started squaring up with Intel across the board in 2019 with Zen 2. Their mobile parts at the time were a generation behind, so while Raven Ridge and Picasso were a good step forward for AMD in mobile, it was probably with the release of Renoir last year where things started to come together.

        • +1

          Maybe he means 4.5 years and not 5.
          Depending on what you were after when launched the 1st gen ryzen was superior to Intel, I think gaming was the only thing Intel still held the crown for.

          • @Torzz:

            Depending on what you were after when launched the 1st gen ryzen was superior to Intel

            Mostly to those who needed lots of cores - I was one, I opted for a Ryzen 7 1700 when they launched as a way of getting close to Broadwell-E performance for way, way less.

        • Yes, I keep forgetting first generation Ryzen was in 2017 rather than 2016.

          I actually think Raven Ridge / Picasso were quite huge steps forward for AMD based purely on the fact that Intel were still releasing 2C/4T U-series chips back in the Kaby Lake (7th gen) days. It was really AMD's competition that pushed Intel towards 4C/8T chips in Coffee Lake (8th gen) onwards. Intel hasn't been competitive for a while - it's just that manufacturers have hid Intel's flaws well.

          Comet Lake ran very, very hot and most thinner notebooks couldn't sustain boost clocks for very long. Ice Lake was a stop-gap, slower than Comet Lake. Tiger Lake is good, but still power hungry, hot and only 4C/8T.

          Supply and adoption rather than speed have always been the issues with Ryzen on mobile IMO.

          • @p1 ama: I'm pretty sure that Raven Ridge mobile was announced/came out after Kaby Lake Refresh (Q4 vs Q3 from memory), though correct me if I'm wrong. If so, by the time Ryzen mobile hit the market, Intel and their partners were already well into the process of updating their lines with KBL-R products.

            The big thing for me with Raven and Picasso mobile is the platform and ecosystem around them isn't the greatest - buying a laptop, you're at the mercy of what the manufacturers make, and there was understandably some hesitancy around committing resources to AMD-based products. Renoir did a lot to improve in that regard. You're also very right in that supply and adoption are still issues with Ryzen mobile, though Cezanne-H seemed like a pretty solid step forward in that regard.

      • I really should!

    • +2

      This is an excellent CPU. It's 15w and smokes the other 15w Intel CPUs you'll find at this price point.

      The 4000 series of Ryzen was a major step up in laptops and this CPU is a perfect example of it.

  • +2

    Anyone know a good deal for a comparable laptop with a touchscreen?

    • +1

      If you can get onto the EDU store (and there is someone on OzB who has been providing access), you can nab the IdeaPad Flex 5 14" with AMD 7 57400U/14" touchscreen/16GB ram/512 SSD for $1219

  • How's the igpu? Any good for gaming?

    • It's decent but you should look elsewhere if you're buying this laptop primarily for gaming

  • Insane how this CPU can compete with Intel H type Laptop CPUs.

    • That's true. For a 15w CPU, this manages 5900 on Geekbench. My 35w 4800HS gets 8029 so I'm really impressed with the efficiency of this 4800U

  • This vs the dell xps13?

    • +1

      Isn't that $2k+? Also this has a much better CPU (8 cores vs 4 cores on intel) and has pretty decent build quality.

    • I'd love to get the XPS 13 but honestly AMD just absolutely smokes Intel right now.

  • +1

    I have been using one of these since late last year.
    It pretty much stays on my desk since lockdown in July, currently using it with dual 1440p screens and a 13 inch pen tablet , running multiple VM in Virtualbox as well as office, teams, onenote and pycharm - it does not seem to break a sweat.

    • How do you connect the many monitors? I have this model and whenever I connect it to a USB-C dock, I can't get any display out via the dock.. i.e, the only way to connect an external display is via the HDMI port.

      • How do you connect via HDMI? Via adapter? This laptop has no HDMI port, only 2 USB-C ports

        • +1

          I have the VAVA USB-c hub with dual HDMI from this deal which connects to the first USB-C port of the laptop.
          This hub connects 2 HDMI cables to the two 1440p monitors.
          The pen display is a Huion Kamvas 13 which is connected to the other USB-C port.
          Note - this laptop does not have an HDMI port on its own.

          I noticed the VAVA hub is not on amazon any more, but this hub looks very similar, and seems to be on special at the moment for $56. Although no feedback and the brand "FAKEME" may not inspire confidence

  • These Lenovo ass wipes jacked the price from 1249 to 1499 last week, was 15mins away from pulling the trigger. I even messaged them through eBay calling it unprofessional they didn't respond. Came to $1083 after discount before they jacked it.

    • +1

      I am currently reporting them to Consumer Affairs for a similar instance of misleading pricing and deals. The more people that report them, the more likely it is that they will be punished. The spokesperson from their London office basically just told me I had no evidence of their misleading deals, aven though the idiot admitted in his email that they had changed the price within 5 days of my purchase- their own terms guarantee 7 days. They are a disgrace as a company. Sad thing is that this was my first Lenovo as I had heard bad things previously but changed my mind due to the number of people on OzBargain buying them…. Won't make that mistake again.

    • -2

      That's so insanely entitled.

      Many stores don't allow stacking of discounts.

      Why should a seller on eBay be any different?

      Grow up.

        • +2

          It is not true. I had a store on eBay, and they offered me to be a part of the discount promotion feature. They cover partially, a small amount. Like if it is a 10% discount for the consumer, eBay will cover 3%, and I need to cover 7%. Following the same rule, I can't increase the price of my items in store a few days before the promotion begins. But once again, the discount is NOT covered by eBay in full. Yes, they will cover the express postage if the seller and the user are part of the eBay+ program, but not the price discount.

  • +1

    Have had this for about a year now, the 8GB/4600u version. Been solid.

    Problem is that it's not a 5th gen Ryzen processor, if you're into that kind of thing.

    This year though Lenovo and other brands will be getting into the 90Hz screen territory with Dolby Vision, OLED etc. If you're into that, hold off for a while.

  • This model appears to be two years old now, is there a refresh coming soon that's worth waiting for?

  • +3

    Got this one 3 months ago by 1119 in edu. Love it.
    My last AMD wass K6ll-350, overclocked to 500.

  • If you don't game M1 MacBook is the way to go I think.

    But then again who can game properly on integrated graphics processor?

    If all you do is word processing and web browsing M1 smokes everything in the market.

    • +4

      Why is everyone comparing the M1 to this when it's another $800? Don't really understand the comparison.

      https://www.apple.com/au/shop/buy-mac/macbook-air/space-grey...
      (+16GB and 512GB stoage takes the price to $2,000~)

      • +1

        i think that shows the value of this $1200 laptop to be compared to the $2000 MBA

      • You don’t need 16Gb on MacBook
        It’s a waste

        8gb performed almost identical to 16gb in tests

  • It shows out of stock on eBay ?

  • Thanks OP, found the below for 1279 because of this deal as I am pretty set on 15inch. Whilst the specs arent the same, seems like a good deal to me.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/234186958117?hash=item3686a16525...

  • is this touch screen? any recommendation on touch screen version around same price range?

  • OOS. Back in Nov according to chat.

  • I got a free email from Tafe for joining one of their free courses and I brought from the edu store. It takes a few days.

  • @shellshocked can you turn on your PM. Urgent advice required please. Thanks.