should i pull the trigger now? specs inside

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  1. iphetamine

    iphetamine Notebook Evangelist

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    Thinkpad e485

    $945 CAD after taxes.

    • Processor : AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U quad-core (2.20GHz, up to 3.80GHz Max Boost, 4MB Cache)

    • Operating System : Windows 10 Home 64

    • Operating System Language : Windows 10 Home 64 English

    • Display : 14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare

    • Memory : 8GB DDR4 2400MHz

    • Graphics : Integrated AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 10 mobile graphics

    • Keyboard : Keyboard - English

    • Pointing Device : No Fingerprint Reader, GS Black, PC/ABS/Texture

    • Display Panel : 14"FHD (1920 x 1080) LED, IPS, Anti-glare, Black

    • TPM Setting : Hardware dTPM2.0 Enabled

    • Camera : 720p HD Camera with integrated microphone

    • First Hard Drive : 500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, SATA3, 2.5"

    • Battery : 3 Cell Li-Polymer 45Wh

    • Power Cord : 65W AC Adapter (2pin) - USB Type C

    • Wireless : 802.11AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 4.1

    • Language Pack : Publication - English

    • Warranty : 1 Year Depot or Carry-in
    Items included:

    3Y Onsite upgrade from 1Y Depot/CCI



    Uses: MS Office, MS VS, sql, Civ 6

    Extras: spare 500gb Crucial ssd. Will add a 16gb ram stick later on.
     
  2. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    How coincident... I also stumbled on a deal for E485 in Lenovo web store, except I've already pulled the trigger. Mine's specs are pretty much the same except:
    • Processor: Ryzen 5 2500U
    • Memory: 1 x 4GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
    • HDD: 1TB 2.5" 5400rpm HDD
    • Warranty: 1 year
    In total I paid HK$4232 (about CA$710 or US$540), note that HK doesn't have sales tax like in Canada. I opted for 2500U as it's just a little bit slower than 2700U (and $600 less in my case), given its relatively thin profile I doubt it can properly handle 2700U running at full load for hours anyway.

    Okay back to your deal, CA$945 is about US$720 and at that rate, you may be able to snag an Intel-based laptop with MX150 or even GTX 1050 in US, though not too sure about Canada with its rather steep sales tax. Nevertheless it's a deal worth considering, you gotta know it's a ThinkPad (even if it's really just a rebranded IdeaPad) with some nice features (e.g. TrackPoint, nice keyboard, powerful iGPU, dual drive capable etc.)
     
  3. Grant B Gibson

    Grant B Gibson Notebook Deity

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    Decent deal, but Ryzen on single channel isn't too swell, and neither is that HDD.
    Hopefully you can find a cheap SSD+dual channel kit of RAM
     
  4. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    I know, but then you know how much of a cheapskate I can be, buying such upgrades from Lenovo at a premium doesn't sit well to me, when I can get the same thing (or even better) for less, and I've heard Lenovo tend to use slower OEM parts for SSD options.

    Right now I'm hunting for a 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD (or SATA SSD) and cheap DDR4 RAM pulled from workers, budget is $1500 which isn't high considering both NVMe drive and DDR4 RAM are expensive, but I'll see how much I can get within the limit.
     
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  5. Blacky

    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    Hi,

    I think that's the actual recommended price by Lenovo: https://noteb.com/?model/model.php?conf=9808605924978999296_1855&ex=USD
    It's a good machine the Thinkpad E485. Not as good as the T series, definitely. You get what you pay for, but it's definitely better than most consumer grade laptops in this price range, plus you get to use a ThinkPad keyboard.

    For a budget machine, I am not sure you can get any better unless you buy some low-quality consumer laptop.
     
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