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Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Laptop: Ryzen 5 4500U, 15.6" 1080p, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD EXPIRED

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Office Depot and OfficeMax has Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15.6" Laptop (81YQ000JUS) for $499.99. Shipping is free. Thanks lionjts

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  • Ryzen 5 4500U Processor
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • AMD Radeon Graphics
    • 2x USB 3.1
    • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C w/ DP/Power Delivery
    • 1x HDMI
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 57WHr Battery
  • Windows 10
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I'm not sure if you wrote that as a joke but try below link.
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/re...-less-ram/

I agree with you that chrome and other internet browsers are memory hog.
Most of the times, each tab opened and extension you have will grab more resource.
Disable ones you don't need, like most of google extensions and you can also try to disable prefetch. https://developers.google.com/web...e-prefetch

On my PC, I was running chrome with 4 tabs, firefox with 4 tabs (I use multiple browser for development testing), one being youtube with running video, and playing overwatch in windowed mode all under 7.2GB of RAM. Granted, I am running desktop with dedicated GPU, which was using about 2GB of VRAM but still.

On normal day to day use, 8GB of RAM should be plenty for 90% of people.
If your computer is using more than 8GB RAM with basic web browsing and media consumption, you should consider re-installing windows. Don't use manufacturer's recover as those usually include bloatware. Just download windows 10 from microsoft.
8gb RAM seriously is fine for most people, even if you do light gaming or multitasking. Seriously. Just don't keep 27 tabs open in Chrome or do video editing and you'll be fine.
There's no ram upgrade.

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There's no ram upgrade.
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There's no ram upgrade.
I know. It is pretty sad that most manufacturers are soldering RAMs to cut costs.
Reviews on the laptop are great, especially with AMD Ryzen 4500U model with 300 nit IPS panel.
As an IT professional, I really thought about lack of RAM expandability, but you can't beat the price for quality and performance you get if you are just looking for basic media and light office use.
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How much worse is this cpu compared to 4800H?
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is there a 16GB model available ?
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How much worse is this cpu compared to 4800H?
198fourHow much worse is this cpu compared to 4800H?
4800H is in different league.
I wouldn't recommend buying a laptop with 4800H without dedicated GPU because any workload that requires a lot of CPU threads, will probably benefit much more with GPU acceleration.
There might be few exceptions but most will run much better with dedicated GPU.

Here is the review of Ryzen 4500U: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfkvZc-8ZU8

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I know. It is pretty sad that most manufacturers are soldering RAMs to cut costs.
Reviews on the laptop are great, especially with AMD Ryzen 4500U model with 300 nit IPS panel.
As an IT professional, I really thought about lack of RAM expandability, but you can't beat the price for quality and performance you get if you are just looking for basic media and light office use.
So is this a misprint in the description?

"8GB of memory is available to run your powerful programs and games. Memory is expandable by up to 16GB. Additional memory is sold separately."
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So is this a misprint in the description?

"8GB of memory is available to run your powerful programs and games. Memory is expandable by up to 16GB. Additional memory is sold separately."
Yes. I ordered last time around. Cancelled after confirmation there is no slot for upgrade. RAM is soldered. FAIL!!
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So is this a misprint in the description?

"8GB of memory is available to run your powerful programs and games. Memory is expandable by up to 16GB. Additional memory is sold separately."
Unfortunately, you are correct. In the Lenovo Spec Site it says "8GB Soldered DDR4-3200" I was hoping this was the typo.... lol.
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Saw 300 nits and felt excited until I read 8gb RAM soldered.
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So is this a misprint in the description?

"8GB of memory is available to run your powerful programs and games. Memory is expandable by up to 16GB. Additional memory is sold separately."
That is misleading print.
All the reviews I have seem, both slots are solder only.
You will need to buy 16GB RAM model to have 16GB RAM.

All the budget 4000 series Ryzen models I have seen, either you get crappy LCD panel or you will have to pay $100 extra to have 16GB of RAM or RAM expansion slot.

I bought this as a gift for someone who spends most of their time surfing web, online shopping, banking, media consumption, and light office work like excel, word, powerpoint, and basic adobe lightroom.


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8gb RAM seriously is fine for most people, even if you do light gaming or multitasking. Seriously. Just don't keep 27 tabs open in Chrome or do video editing and you'll be fine.
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8gb RAM seriously is fine for most people, even if you do light gaming or multitasking. Seriously. Just don't keep 27 tabs open in Chrome or do video editing and you'll be fine.
That's basically it. I had to upgrade to 32GB on my desktop PC because I have over 100 tabs open in Chrome (about 40 in Firefox too) and over time that completely ruins your computer. Chrome is really a crap browser. Any power users can confirm this. Once you start multitasking like a pro, Chrome's memory efficiency is horrendous. It will gobble up 7GB+ of memory easily AND it has this problem where it slows your entire computer down. I still haven't figured out how to prevent this from happening. The only solution is to restart your computer eventually. This happens over a span of many hours and it happens literally every time.

Exiting Chrome and restarting the browser doesn't work, everything remains slow. I might have to look into some sort of memory refreshing program. Because there are times where my 32GBs of memory is almost completely gobbled up by Chrome and Firefox. Chrome is culprit though. Terrible programming for memory efficiency. It's been like that for many many years. You'd probably ask: "So why even use Chrome?". Because there are extensions that only work with their browser.
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Anybody know when the T14 comes out? I only see "June" online but no specific date.
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