Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 R7-8845HS, 16GB DDR5, 512GB SSD, R780M, 14" WUXGA OLED 400nits HDR $1124.10 Delivered @ Lenovo EDU Store

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New Zen 4 8845HS with lower power usage and upgraded AI NPU compared to the 7840HS
Quality OLED display, RDNA 3 Radeon 780M graphics for light gaming (equivalent to desktop GTX 1650) and full aluminium chassis
To get the deal specs/price, tick the following option in the builder:

In Step 1 Configuration: Add 14" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), OLED, Glare, Non-Touch, HDR 500, 100%DCI-P3, 400 nits, 60Hz, Narrow Bezel, Low Blue Light +$120

In Step 2 Services: Remove "1Y Onsite upgrade from 1Y Courier/Carry-in" from "Your Add-Ons" -$16.94

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AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS (8C / 16T, 3.8 / 5.1GHz, 8MB L2 / 16MB L3)
16GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz (Soldered), dual-channel, not upgradable
Integrated AMD Radeon 780M Graphics
512GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe 4.0x4 NVMe TLC,
14" WUXGA (1920x1200) OLED 400nits Glossy, 60Hz, 100% DCI-P3, DisplayHDR True Black 500
2x USB-C (USB 5Gbps / USB 3.2 Gen 1), with USB PD 3.0 and DisplayPort™ 1.4, 1x USB-A (USB 5Gbps / USB 3.2 Gen 1), Always On, 1x USB-A (USB 5Gbps / USB 3.2 Gen 1), 1x HDMI 1.4b, 1x Headphone / microphone combo jack (3.5mm), 1x microSD card reader
Wi-Fi 6E, 11ax 2x2 + BT5.2
FHD 1080p + IR with Privacy Shutter, ToF Sensor camera
57Wh battery
65W USB-C 90% PCC 3pin AC adapter
Backlit, Storm Grey - English (US) keyboard
Buttonless Mylar surface multi-touch touchpad
Aluminium (Top), Aluminium (Bottom) case
312 x 221 x 16.9 mm
1.46 kg
Windows 11 Home 64
1 Year Courier or Carry-in warranty

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Comments

  • +3

    Good one, But few Things to keep in mind
    Ram is not Upgradeable
    Screen still stuck at 60hz
    No USB 4 or Usb 3.2 gen 2 10gbps one

    • Do YouTube clips or Netflix look noticeably different on a 60hz screen compared to a 120hz screen?

      • +1

        video will look exactly the same

        scrolling and gaming is a lot smoother though, but if it's just for an office/light workload laptop, it's fine

      • Only on slow panning shots you may notice some 24p judder. I'm not sure if the laptop's OLED panel can detect and switch to 48hz internally for 24p content like TVs do.

    • +2

      Don't forget the plastic build quality (it's not good).

      • Full aluminium chassis?

      • Lenovo is notorious for low-temperature soldering in their laptops. When used under sustained workloads with high temperature, the soldering joints on the CPU will be affected by non-wetting defects, because the temperature softens the soldering tin. This issue seems to render an increased failure rate in multiple laptop series

      • +1

        Also keep in mind Lenovo is probably gimping the CPU. It looks good, but worth checking to see if Lenovo have disabled some features of the CPU:

        https://github.com/amd/RyzenAI-SW/issues/18

        They have been disabling CPU/GPU/AI features in the non-ThinkPad lines. They did it with this CPU on gen 8 of this model.

  • 780M is powerful but is more of a 60w 1650 mobile competitor, especially at games that require VRAM bandwidth. Would do fine for esports but probably not for AAA titles at native 1080p or higher.

  • +1

    why is it 1.5kgs lol holy crap some fully fledged gaming laptops start at 1.55-1.7kg

  • Excellent price for 780M, I think this would be the ATL for a laptop with that iGPU. Plus the 8845HS appears to blow the common 7000U series Ryzen 7 laptop CPUs out of the water.

    Having said that, this CPU is a 45W part rather than a 15W part, so I expect battery drain to be a bit higher.

  • Any idea how much the 16" Slim Pro costs at the EDU site? TIA
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/834737

    • $1,258

      • So a saving of $11. Thanks.

  • +10

    You've made it all the way up to $1124..
    Why not add $126 to get (16", 120hz, OLED, 500nits:)
    That totals $1250.10 (don't forget to - $17)

    With all the add ons (fingerprint, backlit keyboard, 76wh battery up from 57wh, 100w slim adapter)
    Total reaches $1313.10 (pulled the trigger on this, arriving soon)

    Don't wanna flood the home page with lenovo ideapad but if you think this can make a successful L plate post, upvote:) best of luck with your choices

    • how to add $126 to get 16" OLED ?
      can't find that option?

      • +1

        Think he meant by choosing IdeaPad 5 2-in-1 16" Gen 9 AMD
        Screen definitely OLED but not 120hz and also 400nits, think he misread the HDR 500 as 500nits.

        I configured with WiFi 6E 2x2 AX & Bluetooth 5.1 (+10) then removed the onsite services down to $1250.10

  • 780m with 16gb non-upgradable ram kills the deal

    780m requires 32gb ram to reach its full potential

    • Would you explain this? Is it to do with having to share the ram with the igpu?

      • +4

        I can confirm this the igpu reserve the Ram from the system. For example mine 16gb came with 14gb mem as 2 was permanently locked to the igpu. You can reduce this to 1gb but will cause some app to crash.

        And you can't go further than 2gb. Games are choppy. With 32gb you can allocate 4gb to the igpu.

        • +1

          Thank you! This is extremely helpful info for other 780m options I was considering (although the gaming test videos for other 780m systems seem to run ok..)

      • +1

        Yes, games like Warzone can take up to 8gb VRAM

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUyLZJBBAtU

        So if 8gb ram is used for IGPU, that leaves only 8gb for the system which won't be enough

    • The 780m will be bottlenecked by the 6400mhz ram moreso than the 16gb. 32gb will help but it's not that big of a difference in most games, we're talking about 5% difference at most.

      https://youtu.be/QWLuuvZyoug?si=CiOE67xS2k_p8Deb

      • Why would 6400mhz be a bottleneck? It even runs fine at 5600mhz

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBvIbyJHzCA

        • At the current moment, all ram is still not fast enough to utilise the 780m to 100%, there's a bandwidth limitation. With each iteration of ram we get, we get higher utilisation of the 780m.

          • @Wonderfool: Thats crazy if true

            5600mhz is almost close to 1650 gtx performance. I wonder how would 7200 mhz perform? 3050 rtx?

            • @Homr: Lol it's not that crazy.

              8840u platform with 7500mt is around 10%- 15% faster than the 6400mhz at 35watts.

              The biggest problem with the igpus are bandwidth and timing. Short of putting a dgpu into the laptop so that we can use ddr6 memory, ram will be our biggest bottleneck for a long time, same way how ddr 4 capped vega graphics progression.

  • I have some gift cards. Would officeworks have this and match the price.
    Looking for a laptop for basic office work and graphic designing.

    • Hey brother, why don't you just call Officeworks and ask them?

  • 780m is under 1650 laptop performance, so its not an equivalent to desktop

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14rGduqxp48

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