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Lenovo Thinkpad E495: 14'' FHD IPS, Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD, Win10 Pro 64 @ $500 + F/S

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  • Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
  • 14" 1080P IPS Anti-Glare Display
  • Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo, 6MB Cache)
  • AMD RX VEGA 8 Graphics
  • 8GBx1 DDR4L 2400 MHz Ram (32GB max)
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD + Emty 2.5" Bay
  • 720P WebCam
  • Intel 9260 WiFI AC (2x2) + Bluetooth 5.0 + Giigabit Ethernet
  • PORTS:
    • 2x USB 3.0 (1 always On)
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 (Display, Power, Data)
    • 1x HDMII 1.4b
    • 1x Micro SDXC Card Reader
    • 1x Audio Combo Jack
  • 3 Cell 45 WHr Battery
  • 65W Type-C Power Adapter
  • 3.87 lbs
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You can get close to the same specs for cheaper, but those laptops don't have the same expandability and warranty as this model. Plus USB-C charging is a huge selling point for me.
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You can get close to the same specs for cheaper, but those laptops don't have the same expandability and warranty as this model. Plus USB-C charging is a huge selling point for me.
All you can get at this price is Lenovo S340 and HP Pavilion. None of them have build quality and flexibility like this one and you're correct about that.
The below features are the one which should be highlighted: -
  1. Build Quality: The Build quality is better than any consumer Laptops available at this price. Being a Thinkpad, even the cheaper models, it still has Military grade certifications like Dust, Shock and Drop.
  2. Upgrade: This Laptop is literally the dream machine for IT department. It can be upgraded very easily and it has the below options:
    • RAM: Both the Ram modules can be upgraded up to 32GB. It has 8GBx1. So, you can easily spend 30 bucks for another 8GB and have 16GB in dual channel which significantly improves VEGA 8 performance.
    • STORAGE: along with the M.2 NVMe SSD, it has another 2.5" drive bay for SATA III HDD or SSD.
    • WiFi: This has a pretty solid Gigabit WiFi but that too, can be updated.
  3. Performance: 14" E495and its bigger brother 15.6" E595, have one of the best implementation for Ryzen APU and it performs far better and a lot of reviews (including Notebookcheck.net) have proven that. This Ryzen 3500U, in single threaded benchmark, almost equal to i5-8265U and in multi-threaded benchmarks, it actually beats i7-8565U in lots of benchmarks, because Lenovo allows the increase TDP of 25W for longer period.
  4. Security: Standard Thinkpad Security with Fingerprint Reader and Think Shutter.
  5. PORTS: This Laptop has all the necessary ports for Business uses, including full spec USB 3.1 Type-C (Data, DisplayPort and Charging), Gigabit Ethernet port, Micro SD Slot and 3 USB Type-A
  6. Type-C Charging: A feature that is missing in some costlier model.
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Good deal. Anyone know the max nits for brightness of the screen?
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No illuminated keyboard?
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I won't touch Lenovo due to poor screen quality

Lenovo also uses panels from various suppliers (Innolux, BOE and AU-Optronics) in the production of the ThinkPad E495. The manufacturer claims a brightness of 250 nits for our 1080p panel from Innolux (N140HCA-NCE), which we can confirm only at two measurement points. On average, there are only 230 nits.Sep 19, 2019
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Good deal. Anyone know the max nits for brightness of the screen?
Everything I could find said around 230, too.
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Was looking at a T440p and going the upgrade route via: https://octoperf.com/blog/2018/11...ers-guide/

Just came across this listing but a deal breaker for me is being able to run Linux (still dual booting).

edit: I'm still doing research to see if this is viable for my dual boot: the laptop has two dimm slots (no soldered ram) source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdZbOOU6LeA
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I won't touch Lenovo due to poor screen quality

Lenovo also uses panels from various suppliers (Innolux, BOE and AU-Optronics) in the production of the ThinkPad E495. The manufacturer claims a brightness of 250 nits for our 1080p panel from Innolux (N140HCA-NCE), which we can confirm only at two measurement points. On average, there are only 230 nits.Sep 19, 2019
Below is the review:
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Len...811.0.html

As per them, The 1080P IPS model has 250 nits brightness. But as per the above review, the brightness is around 270 nits and combined with Matte IPS panel and high contract ratio, the display is good enough for outdoor use. However,k it is not suitable for any kind of editing work due to poor color gamut coverage but that is expected as it is not targeted for that.
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It's not a thinkpad unless it has trackpoint.
There were few other budget ones, but now they began adding it in cheaper ones, which is really nice.
However, I can't comment on this processor. Is it in line with i5 9th gen?
You are confused about the Intel Processors. Intel has two completely different breed of Processors for Laptops. One is called ULV which ends with U with a TDP of 15 Watt and used in small and thin Notebooks. Examples are i5-8265U. This AMD processor is also that same U series 15 W Processor and it performs similarly with core i5 but provides more than twice Graphics power than the Intel UHD 620 Graphics.
The other series of Processors are high power (45W TDP) variants and they end with H. They use different architecture and the latest one called Coffee Lake. i7-8750H and i7-9750H belong to that group and they used in high performance gaming and productivity machines. They are not comparable with U series Processors.
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So this CPU, is comparable to which from Intel?
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So this CPU, is comparable to which from Intel?
i5-8265U in single threaded and in multi-threaded benchmark, it is almost on par with i7-8565U.
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You are confused about the Intel Processors. Intel has two completely different breed of Processors for Laptops. One is called ULV which ends with U with a TDP of 15 Watt and used in small and thin Notebooks. Examples are i5-8265U. This AMD processor is also that same U series 15 W Processor and it performs similarly with core i5 but provides more than twice Graphics power than the Intel UHD 620 Graphics.
The other series of Processors are high power (45W TDP) variants and they end with H. They use different architecture and the latest one called Coffee Lake. i7-8750H and i7-9750H belong to that group and they used in high performance gaming and productivity machines. They are not comparable with U series Processors.
Thanks, I wasn't really confused and I know about U (not a big fan especially when they slap those on mini desktops), but Intel really screwed up with the numbering and when they started introducing more cores and threads, it's almost impossible for normal person to look at a spec and tell which one is better because one i5 could actually be worse than i3 or i7 could be worse than i5 depending on the rest of the numbering scheme.. It's even worse when comparable laptop has AMD processor.

Why can't they just list speed in ghz and how many cores and just be done with it, or give people some constant number like how long does it take to unzip a 1gb zip file or how long it takes to encode 10 minute HD video file, etc.. Like there has to be a constant.
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I will never buy another Lenovo product... last one had a 1 year warranty, started blue screening 1 month before warranty ended. I sent it in for service, a month later after not getting it back I called them to figure out what was up and I was told that they were "ordering the parts." 3 weeks later, still nothing I call again, was told the exact same thing and that it was now out of warranty and that I would need to pay. Basically blew up at the idiots on the phone and told them it was in their possession for almost 2 months already and since before the warranty expired, they made me send them proof it was sent in before then etc. Ended up having to submit a claim with the BBB. After that they finally ordered the parts and "fixed" it, it was sent back to me about 2.5 months after I had sent it to them, sent back with the entire screen shattered, packed ridiculously ineffectively. Called them again, was told I needed to send them proof that when I sent it to them the first time it wasnt like that. SERIOUSLY LENOVO? Sent them a photo I had fortunately taken of it before shipping it. They agreed, shipped it back to them, they sent me another one. That one was clearly used and not even "refurbished" well enough to be able to tell. Parts were scratched, screen was dirty, and pieces were not even snapped together well (ie there were gaps along the edge of the screen). Furious at this point I called them and demanded a refund, they refused and said they would send me another one after they received that one back.. About 5.5 months after the saga began I finally got a functional computer again but due to the delay I had to buy another one for the kids in the meantime for their schoolwork. Screw Lenovo. Stay away from them.
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