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Lenovo ThinkPad X390 13'' FHD Laptop (i5-8265U 8GB 256GB Win10Pro) $629

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They also have the X395 (AMD Ryzen 5 processor) for $620 [lenovo.com], including these options you'd normally have to pay extra for if you did a customized laptop:
- 512GB PCIe SSD
- 300 nit 1920 x 1080 IPS display
- backlit keyboard
- fingerprint reader
- Win 10 Professional

I'd be all about that laptop if they offered it with 16GB RAM for the regular cost of upgrading, but unfortunately that's not the case (it's close to $1100 with the otherwise same config, $925 if you opt for 256GB SSD, no fingerprint reader, and Win 10 Home, and ships in 3 to 4 weeks). If you don't need 16GB RAM though, this is a great deal, and IMO better than the Intel version (with Intel's ongoing processor security issues).

In either case, don't forget 10% cash back through a popular cash back website.
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They also have the X395 (AMD Ryzen 5 processor) for $620 [lenovo.com], including these options you'd normally have to pay extra for if you did a customized laptop:
- 512GB PCIe SSD
- 300 nit 1920 x 1080 IPS display
- backlit keyboard
- fingerprint reader
- Win 10 Professional

I'd be all about that laptop if they offered it with 16GB RAM for the regular cost of upgrading, but unfortunately that's not the case (it's close to $1100 with the otherwise same config, $925 if you opt for 256GB SSD, no fingerprint reader, and Win 10 Home, and ships in 3 to 4 weeks). If you don't need 16GB RAM though, this is a great deal, and IMO better than the Intel version (with Intel's ongoing processor security issues).

In either case, don't forget 10% cash back through a popular cash back website.

Be careful with any of the lower end Lenovos - The one above is 300 nits brightness, which is barely tolerable but if you step "up" one level (above $700) the included screen is only 250 nits. I shopped many display models, cranking up the screen brightness and the only bearable ones were the higher end Yoga & Thinkpad models.
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Be careful with any of the lower end Lenovos - The one above is 300 nits brightness, which is barely tolerable but if you step "up" one level (above $700) the included screen is only 250 nits. I shopped many display models, cranking up the screen brightness and the only bearable ones were the higher end Yoga & Thinkpad models.
In very bright office/ near window, you might need 300-500.

For indoor, night time, if you dim the light, you really only need around 60nits.

This is ideal for IPS, because ips have terrible contrast ratio, and are missing dark colors.
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Be careful with any of the lower end Lenovos - The one above is 300 nits brightness, which is barely tolerable but if you step "up" one level (above $700) the included screen is only 250 nits. I shopped many display models, cranking up the screen brightness and the only bearable ones were the higher end Yoga & Thinkpad models.
X3xx series is not lower end.
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Does this have rear battery, aka hotswap battery?
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Does this have rear battery, aka hotswap battery?
No. Lenovo went Full R*t**d and soldered pretty much every component in, the memory, the battery, the WiFi card. The only thing that's user replaceable is the NVME SSD.

The last X-series ThinkPad with a removable rear battery is the X270/A275 with the Power Bridge system.

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It's okay to say Rakuten
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No. Lenovo went Full R*t**d and soldered pretty much every component in, the memory, the battery, the WiFi card. The only thing that's user replaceable is the NVME SSD.

The last X-series ThinkPad with a removable rear battery is the X270/A275 with the Power Bridge system.

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In pursuit of thinness, they ditched a lot of user replaceable parts in favor of soldered ones... Which also benefits them in a way that if a part breaks, it's hard for the user to get it fixed. Sadly it's not just Lenovo, it's the same for all brands.
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No. Lenovo went Full R*t**d and soldered pretty much every component in, the memory, the battery, the WiFi card. The only thing that's user replaceable is the NVME SSD.

The last X-series ThinkPad with a removable rear battery is the X270/A275 with the Power Bridge system.

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I hate when they go full R*T**D on a good machine !

God that made me laugh!

Thanks for that!
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No. Lenovo went Full R*t**d and soldered pretty much every component in, the memory, the battery, the WiFi card. The only thing that's user replaceable is the NVME SSD.

The last X-series ThinkPad with a removable rear battery is the X270/A275 with the Power Bridge system.

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I don't know about the X390, but the X395's Wi-Fi card appears to be user-replaceable, not soldered, in this pic [com.sg] (left of the SSD). Possibly another reason to go with the X395 over the X390.

I haven't heard of any Thinkpad having a soldered battery. Perhaps you mean adhesive, which is a lot different from it being soldered in. Sure you can't swap them out like old Thinkpads, but replacing them after a few years is just a matter of unscrewing some screws and prying the battery out.
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I don't know about the X390, but the X395's Wi-Fi card appears to be user-replaceable, not soldered, in this pic [com.sg] (left of the SSD). Possibly another reason to go with the X395 over the X390.

I haven't heard of any Thinkpad having a soldered battery. Perhaps you mean adhesive, which is a lot different from it being soldered in. Sure you can't swap them out like old Thinkpads, but replacing them after a few years is just a matter of unscrewing some screws and prying the battery out.
I have t450s, it has both internal and hot swappable battery. You can swap batteries even if you are not plugged in. To think that a computer company that came with this now making it worse for users makes nonsense. Lenovo is just messing with thinkpads left and right.
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Shame I missed out on the X1 Extreme Gen2 deals. I'd really like a 14-15" touchscreen with a 9th gen i5-i9 and discrete Quadro GPU for $1.2k or so. At least one I could PM at BestBuy as a TopSeller model.
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just confirming, but this x390 doesn't have a backlit keyboard, right?
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just confirming, but this x390 doesn't have a backlit keyboard, right?
Correct, not backlit.
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