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Lenovo C940 15.6" FHD Touchscreen, Intel Core i7-9750h, 12GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX1650 4GB, 256GB PCIe $1,199.99. Extra $80 off for military/ $60 off for student. $1199.99

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Processor: 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H (2.60GHz, up to 4.50GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12MB Cache)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64
Display Type: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 500 nits
Memory: 12GB DDR4 2666MHz (Soldered)
Hard Drive: 256GB SSD PCIe
Warranty: 1 Year Depot or Carry-in
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB
Camera: 720p HD
Pen: Lenovo Active Pen (Garaged)
Fingerprint Reader: Fingerprint Reader
Keyboard: Backlit - US English
Wireless: 802.11AX (2 x 2) WiFi 6 & Bluetooth® 5.0

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/lapt...0oQAvD_BwE

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/lapt...81TE0004US
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I'm typing on this exact laptop right now. Best I've ever owned. My company had me expense it at $1600, so this seems like a solid deal! Screen, keyboard, sound bar, and build quality are all top notch. Even when gaming the fans are acceptable. It's basically silent otherwise. Battery life is good, but not astounding. Safely get 3+ hours at full brightness while doing real work, significantly more if dimmer.

PS It plays Battlefield 5 at a solid framerate on medium/high settings. Same with Battlefront 2 and Doom.
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we only buy dell/hp in the higher end with addon graphics, etc. How is the longevity of these Lenovo's? I know when they were IBM they were rock solid but after they got bought out I've been avoiding them for a long time.
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Can I add more ram? It is thunderbolt 3, right.

Edit: I got back home and searched for the answer:

RAM:

The maximum RAM for this model is 16GB / 2666MHz DDR4, soldered to systemboard, no sockets. You can find detailed platform specifications through this link https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/...250531.pdf

Thunderbolt:

It has 2 thunderbolt 3 at 40 gp/s. More info here: https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/...C940_15IRH

It seems like you could easily eGPU this one, but stuck at 12gb without being able to upgrade kills it for me Frown
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we only buy dell/hp in the higher end with addon graphics, etc. How is the longevity of these Lenovo's? I know when they were IBM they were rock solid but after they got bought out I've been avoiding them for a long time.
I've had several Lenovo machines in a row, both before and after IBM divested the Thinkpad line, going back to 2002 or so. They've all been rock solid. I've never had to send one back in for service. Their QC is certainly on par with Dell and HP IMHO.

As for this particular deal, the price isn't great. This is not a current processor (9th Gen i7), and there have been some notable upgrades in the 10th Gen i7's. The recently expired Best Buy deal for a C940 at $899 was far better than this one, as the device was similarly spec'd to this one but had the better processor. I wouldn't buy a 9th gen i7 machine unless it came at a significant discount as compared to 10th gen machines which this one isn't.

EDIT: This is a 15.6" machine, and the Best Buy deal I mentioned was a 14" machine, so not apples / apples, but still $899 for a 14" version with better processor vs. $1200 for 15" with older processor isn't worth it IMHO. Here's that deal for comparison: https://slickdeals.net/f/14060195-lenovo-yoga-c940-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-512gb-solid-state-drive-iron-gray-900?v=1&src=SiteSearch
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This is too rich for me. I got the c940 but it won't ship for another week. I am eyeing something cheaper. I like the bigger 15.6 screen. I am bit worried about soldered ram. It's like a disease with all lenovo laptops. If ram fails, will need new mobo. I have a chaper Thinkpad more than 4 years, and I have heard nothing but good about lenovo.
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I've had several Lenovo machines in a row, both before and after IBM divested the Thinkpad line, going back to 2002 or so. They've all been rock solid. I've never had to send one back in for service. Their QC is certainly on par with Dell and HP IMHO.

As for this particular deal, the price isn't great. This is not a current processor (9th Gen i7), and there have been some notable upgrades in the 10th Gen i7's. The recently expired Best Buy deal for a C940 at $899 was far better than this one, as the device was similarly spec'd to this one but had the better processor. I wouldn't buy a 9th gen i7 machine unless it came at a significant discount as compared to 10th gen machines which this one isn't.

EDIT: This is a 15.6" machine, and the Best Buy deal I mentioned was a 14" machine, so not apples / apples, but still $899 for a 14" version with better processor vs. $1200 for 15" with older processor isn't worth it IMHO. Here's that deal for comparison: https://slickdeals.net/f/14060195-lenovo-yoga-c940-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-512gb-solid-state-drive-iron-gray-900?v=1&src=SiteSearch
Yeah the 14" doesn't have a discrete graphics card. I picked on up, seems like it's a solid deal on a brand new 2-in-1. Especially after 8% cb on Rakuten covering the tax.

As for the processor, from what I've read recent generational improvements on intel processors have been lackluster, I don't think you're missing much on the gen 9. I'm in no way an expert on processing power though so take that with a grain of salt
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I've had several Lenovo machines in a row, both before and after IBM divested the Thinkpad line, going back to 2002 or so. They've all been rock solid. I've never had to send one back in for service. Their QC is certainly on par with Dell and HP IMHO.

As for this particular deal, the price isn't great. This is not a current processor (9th Gen i7), and there have been some notable upgrades in the 10th Gen i7's. The recently expired Best Buy deal for a C940 at $899 was far better than this one, as the device was similarly spec'd to this one but had the better processor. I wouldn't buy a 9th gen i7 machine unless it came at a significant discount as compared to 10th gen machines which this one isn't.

EDIT: This is a 15.6" machine, and the Best Buy deal I mentioned was a 14" machine, so not apples / apples, but still $899 for a 14" version with better processor vs. $1200 for 15" with older processor isn't worth it IMHO. Here's that deal for comparison: https://slickdeals.net/f/14060195-lenovo-yoga-c940-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-512gb-solid-state-drive-iron-gray-900?v=1&src=SiteSearch
thanks for sharing your experience with lenovo. I'll have to try it out. So many people ask me for my recommendation for laptops and i've been shying away from Lenovo but now I'll have to consider them as an equal competitor.
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It seems like you could easily eGPU this one, but stuck at 12gb without being able to upgrade kills it for me Frown
Agreed. 12 isn't enough. And 16 is ok but if I can squeeze some more life out of it in a couple years by going to 24 or 32 that's a massive plus.

Plus upgrading means you bought a 4 gb that's gonna sit in a box. I'd rather have that cost shift to a single 16.

But 12?? Or max 16?? I don't get it. Sure, most ppl might not want to. But a new machine that's begging to be obsolete too soon is silly.
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Wish had 16GB RAM. That is the reason I did't click on the best buy deal from couple of days ago. Want to use for light LR/PS use.
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I am the OP. I was able to get it down to $950. It was through military discount, additional discount by lenovo rep over the phone, and one other mean that I am not allowed to talk about here. I am really bothered with the fact that the ram is soldered. Do you guys think it is worth it at $950?
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Shows $1539 for me(??)
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