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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen. 2, i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, 4K screen $1372

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Follow the link and use the password: LIFEMART*GOLD

Find the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen. 2. and customize it. If it tell you it is no longer available you probably selected the Gen 1 not Gen 2.

The upgrades will appear expensive, but when you add them you will see that the actual purchase price only goes up a fraction of the cost it says.

I selected the:
-9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
-16GB DDR4 2666MHz (this seems cheaper than just upgrading the ram yourself)
-15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160)IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Vision™ HDR 400 with IR & 720p HD Camera, 500 nits

The price came out to $1371.60.

Notes:
-The computer has 2 M2 slots for SSD drives, so I just ordered the 256 GB drive and will add a larger drive in the second slot for storage. This is much cheaper than upgrading the drive through Lenovo.
-From what I read the 4K display apparently really hurts battery life, so you may actually want to consider sticking with an FHD display.
-Shipping is "more than 5 weeks"
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I did the exact same configuration and got $1864.20 US.
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I did the exact same configuration and got $1864.20 US.
I am still able to replicate the deal, even with an incognito window. You do need to follow the link and use the password.
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Do you see any port info on these laptops... How many thunderbolt 3 etc.
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Do you see any port info on these laptops... How many thunderbolt 3 etc.
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1** (one always on)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
SD card reader
HDMI 2.0
Smart card reader (optional)
Headphone / mic combo
RJ45 via Ethernet Extension adapter (sold separately)
Kensington® lock slot
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Just returned mine to Lenovo. The Gen 2 has some issues that have prompted Lenovo to discount it like this. People report the keyboard occasionally ignores a keystroke (it's 2020, how that is an issue is beyond me), and this has been my experience as well. Battery life is indeed lousy, 2-3h on the dedicated GPU doing light tasks. You must have the hybrid graphics disabled (so Nvidia GPU is used instead of Intel) to fix a severe lag issue when using external displays.

If you plan on using this on your lap, know that your legs block the intake vents.. I've had it shut off suddenly from overheating on at least two occasions.

Shit laptop overall. I hate spending more money than I have to but I think a MacBook is justified in this case.
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Like the other post stated, cooling is on the bottom so you will want to use a laptop pad to keep anything from directly touching the air vents.

Also recommend a 2nd battery charger. Cheaper on eBay. I have a charger upstairs and down. It is an inconvenience to carry around a charger even in my own house.

I only use the Gen 1, 4k of this in my house. I can't comment on the ruggedness of traveling with this. I think it is a decent laptop and I did a lot of research. I waited for a few years for Apple to make a decent laptop and they didn't have one when I bought about a year ago. The Honey extension will sometimes locate discounts on this that are not apparent also there is sometimes cash back with Honey.

The one thing I f'in hate about this laptop on the Gen 1 anyway, is that sometime the TouchPad just stops working completely. I have to close the we page and reload it to get it to work again. It has done this since new.
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Love mine.
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Is any of the ram soldered or completely user upgradable?
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I was able to order 1, I chose 4K OLED touch screen but with only 8GB and 256GB. There are 2 ram slots and 2 M.2 slots so the upgrade is easy and much cheaper, no need to overpay.
Teardown link: https://laptopmedia.com/highlight...e-options/
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Is any of the ram soldered or completely user upgradable?
it is upgradable. I would upgrade corsair 16gb*2 = 32gb. It's $150 on amazon
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I'm thinking OLED too, but not sure if it justifies the $100 over IPS one. Odd to me the IPS is even brighter...
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I was able to order 1, I chose 4K OLED touch screen but with only 8GB and 256GB. There are 2 ram slots and 2 M.2 slots so the upgrade is easy and much cheaper, no need to overpay.
Teardown link: https://laptopmedia.com/highlight...e-options/
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I'm thinking OLED too, but not sure if it justifies the $100 over IPS one. Odd to me the IPS is even brighter...
If you need longer usage time, 1080P is better since the 4k screen eats too much power. 4K IPS is good enough, but upgrade to OLED would only cost about $40 more.
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Is any of the ram soldered or completely user upgradable?
There are 2 ram slots. RAMs are cheap on Newegg. ~60 for 2*8 2666Mhz and ~110 for 2*16 2666Mhz
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Decided to see how far it discounts:

$2,422.80

i9 9880H
64Gig
1TB
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