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Lenovo 14" U410 IdeaPad, 3rd Gen i7-3537U, 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD + 24GB SSD, 1GB Graphics, Win 8 - $699 after $100 off, Costco.com only from 1/31-2/24.
Saw this in the monthly mailer that came yesterday.
The coupon does not list the specs on the screen, but I'm guessing it's only 1366x768 like the current/previous U410 that was released last Fall.
I'm guessing this is essentially the same laptop as the current/prior U410, with some beefed-up specs for Costco customers. The prior U410 that can be found on Amazon has a 1.7GHz chip, 6GB RAM, and a 750GB HD and smaller SSD. So each of these 3 areas have increased in this Costco (only?) model.
This is available only on Costco.com from 1/31-2/24. Returns can be made in-store if necessary however.
May not be slick, but seems to be at least a very good deal. 14" laptops are pretty rare, despite many feeling it's the optimal size. Costco doubles the warranty too.
At this point, I'm going to assume that Lenovo tries to gain all their profit margin in their laptops through craptastic screens. If enough people don't settle for that trash maybe one day manufacturers will get a clue.
Note to Lenovo, et al....Apple is also the most profitable PC maker in the world. They didn't get there by putting trashing screens in 95% of their products.
Hmmm...no profits from Macbooks or iPads? You may want to check your source.
Also, Lenovo manufacturers everything Apple does. PCs, laptops, tablets, phones.
I'll guarantee that Apple makes more profit on any of those categories. ps. each category has a sort of reputation for the screens Apple uses
Lenovo (used to be IBM) has hardly any mobile phones on the market in the U.S. For all purposes, they are primarily a PC/Laptop manufacturer. I think they have 1 current tablet on the market, maybe not even that. Either way it's not really a fair comparison in the first place.
Statistics for you (Apple's mobile division):
Apple currently only has ~25% of the cell phone market with it's iPhone.
Apple currently has ~50% market share with it's iPad. (These numbers above are the only reason why they are still around)
OSX is currently only being run on 7% of computers worldwide. <--- That's nothing. But they can still turn a profit, since they price gouge every person who buys one.
I find it funny when reading these mobile computing statistics that Apple is only included WHEN they include iPad sales. iPads are not computers, and shouldn't be compared to laptops.
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