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Lenovo 720S Laptop: 13" 1080p, Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD EXPIRED

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Lenovo.com has Lenovo 720S Laptop w/ Ryzen 5 2500U (81BR003PUS) for $649.99 when you apply eCoupon code SLICKDEALS during checkout. Shipping is free. Thanks reckdaman

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 2500U 2GHz (3.6GHz Boost) Quad-Core Processor
  • 13.3" 1920x1080 IPS Display w/ Camera
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory (2133Mhz)
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • AMD Radeon Vega 8 Integrated Graphics
    • 2 x USB 3.0
    • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C (DP & Power Delivery)
    • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C (DP)
    • Audio jack
  • Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell 48 WHr Li-Polymer Battery
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
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Configuration Details
● Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 2500U Processor (2.00GHz 6MB)
● Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64
● Display Type: 13.3" FHD IPS AntiGlare (1920x1080) with integrated camera
● Memory: 8.0GB DDR4 2133MHz
● Hard Drive: 512GB PCIe SSD
● Warranty: One year
● AC Adapter: 45 watt AC
● Graphics: AMD Integrated Graphics
● Battery: 4 Cell 48 Watt Hour Li-Polymer
● Bluetooth: Bluetooth Version 4.1
● Fingerprint Reader: Fingerprint Reader
● Keyboard: Backlit English Keyboard
● Wireless: 802.11AC (1x1)
● Weight: 2.4 lbs (1.14 kg)



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Fair warning, folks...I highly advise against buying this laptop. I've owned four (yes, four) of these laptops, because I really love the form factor, thin-and-light style, matte display and the smooth trackpad. I kept trying to make it work, thinking maybe it was just my specific unit, but the problems kept coming. I eventually gave up and went over to Acer's Swift line instead.

Long story short, there are two big, glaring issues with this machine: the CPU's thermal profile and the WiFi card. The former is a much more severe problem than some reviews let on. Not only did I catch it idling at 55-60C more than once in a cold room, but thermal throttling kicks in just a few degrees above this idle temperature, and a thermal protection shutdown kicks in a few degrees past that. Since the unit only vents out the bottom, if it's on any surface that isn't perfectly flat (like a couch cushion or bed) it will very rapidly suffocate itself and lock up completely due to the heat.

The second issue, the WiFi card, is more inexplicable. I had a number of instances where I was just putting along in Windows, doing basic web browsing, and the WiFi card would shut off entirely. Sometimes it would snap back on its own, but in a few cases, rebooting was the only solution to bring it back. Every driver was up-to-date and I was often within 20 feet of my AP in the same room. Out of curiosity, I also dual-booted Ubuntu for development work and found that the WiFi card is completely undetected there; attempts to hack around this suggested by forum searches yielded no dice.

I *want* to like this little laptop so much, it's just exactly the size and shape of laptop I need, but either Lenovo must've cut corners in weird ways (or, as one review said, tried to take an Intel-ready machine and haphazardly slap a Ryzen APU in it), or AMD is just not ready to occupy this thin-and-light 15W TDP space yet.
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One of the best laptop deals here in a long time. This is seriously a steal.
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the ryzen chip itself is an awesome value, but in this specific computer it is downright awful. Intel version is ok, but strongly recommend against this version as you will definitely notice it's flaws during normal use.

ryzen is typically faster than Intel HD graphics, here it is about half as fast due to no option for dual channel memory and clock throttling to reduce the thermal envelope.

1x1 wifi antenna is awful and should never be put on a computer in this price range.

again, thermal throttling is a huge issue on daily performance. not the chips fault, but the chassis was not properly adapted for AMD.

a few small engineering changes and this computer would be a steal with the ryzen chip. as is, you've been warned.
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Good deal IMO considering it is an 13" Ultrabook. 512GB SSD is nice to have for price too.

Anyone know if SSD is NVMe? Says PCIe SSD so I assume so?
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Good deal IMO considering it is an 13" Ultrabook. 512GB SSD is nice to have for price too.

Anyone know if SSD is NVMe? Says PCIe SSD so I assume so?
Yep, it is Samsung PM961 NVMe

More details able to be checked here [notebookcheck.net]. Please
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Weight?
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● Weight: 2.4 lbs (1.14 kg)
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Single channel soldered ram?
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One of the best laptop deals here in a long time. This is seriously a steal.
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i need one like this with a MX150-level gpu for this price. any ideas what model/brand i should look for?
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For comparison purposes, I bought 730 13 inch 8 gb / 256 gb for $650 from BB with education discount last month. Not sure what better 720 with 512 gb or 730 with 255 gb.
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Yo 2x check that the memory isn't single channel before you buy, the AMD RYZEN mobile has significantly worse performance than 8th gen Intel without dual channel mem
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My wife has this with the 256GB SSD and loves it. The keyboard looks great, backlight has 2 settings, and everything feels premium. I just got a 7th gen 14" HP and it feels like crap compared to this one. I'm waiting for the Intel version to pop up and I'll pull the trigger for myself.

She gets around 6-7 hours of battery doing mostly powerpoint and other office apps.

ETA: I don't think my wife's copy has that fast Samsung SSD. Hers is 256GB and gets 450MB/s write and 1030MB/s read or so.
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Yo 2x check that the memory isn't single channel before you buy, the AMD RYZEN mobile has significantly worse performance than 8th gen Intel without dual channel mem
It's single channel. Doesn't really matter unless you're gaming, as only the GPU suffers.
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Is there much of a difference between model ... 720s vs 730?
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