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ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin & Light Laptop, 15.6” FHD Display, R7-3700U CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, AMD Radeon Vega 10 for $549.99

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Amazon is a little better to buy from than BestBuy, this is good if you were considering the other deal.
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This is a pretty good deal, but I'd recommend getting one of the newer Ryzen 4000 Series laptops. They're pretty close to these in price, but much more capable
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This is a pretty good deal, but I'd recommend getting one of the newer Ryzen 4000 Series laptops. They're pretty close to these in price, but much more capable
Could you provide a link?
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Does the backlit keyboard still only work in Windows?
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This is a pretty good deal, but I'd recommend getting one of the newer Ryzen 4000 Series laptops. They're pretty close to these in price, but much more capable
Eh. I have yet to find a 4500u with upgradeable ram and ips display for this price and weight class. 3.5 lbs for 15" is hard to find.
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I personally would not get this and here are my reasons.
1) If you can look at the pictures in the reviews section on Amazon with the bottom cover removed, you can see the CPU heatpipe is not even connected to the fan, which I think is a pretty bad design. I suspect this will get fairly hot, or the CPU is throttled a lot, or both.
2) Though there's room for a SATA secondary drive, it seems there's no bracket or connector provided. If you want to add a secondary drive, you will have to order those parts, which I suspect would cost $30+.
3) Saw reviews that the display is a cheap IPS display with low color gamut.

I have seen better deals in recent days.
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I personally would not get this and here are my reasons.
1) If you can look at the pictures in the reviews section on Amazon with the bottom cover removed, you can see the CPU heatpipe is not even connected to the fan, which I think is a pretty bad design. I suspect this will get fairly hot, or the CPU is throttled a lot, or both.
2) Though there's room for a SATA secondary drive, it seems there's no bracket or connector provided. If you want to add a secondary drive, you will have to order those parts, which I suspect would cost $30+.
3) Saw reviews that the display is a cheap IPS display with low color gamut.

I have seen better deals in recent days.
Compared to the HP envy x360 from Costco?
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Compared to the HP envy x360 from Costco?
That one is pretty good and it's decently a much better value than this. E.g. 2-in-1, touchscreen, better build quality, much better heat dissapation, Costco warranty, etc.
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That one is pretty good and it's decently a much better value than this. E.g. 2-in-1, touchscreen, better build quality, much better heat dissapation, Costco warranty, etc.
The CPU is throttled in the x360 due to heat issues.
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This is not a good deal. Compare this Lenovo IdeaPad 5 with Ryzen 4000 (https://www.officedepot.com/a/pro...-Screen/), which gets you:

- IPS display instead of TN
- Much faster 6-core CPU (Passmark around 11000) vs this previous-gen 4-core (Passmark 7400)
- 7nm runs cooler, better battery life
- Way bigger battery - 57 Whr vs 37 Whr; with the Ryzen 4000's better efficiency, you'll easily get double the battery life
- Better construction - aluminum lid instead of all plastic on the Asus
- Intel 802.11ax (Wifi 6)

Downsides:
- Half the SSD capacity (but easy and cheap upgrade)
- RAM is not upgradable (but note that the Asus only has one slot, it's 4GB soldered + 4GB in the slot, so you need to remove the 4GB to upgrade and you can never have more than 8GB running in dual-channel mode)
- Heavier by a tiny bit (3.66 lbs vs 3.5)

I would easily pay $200 more for the Lenovo, but it's actually $30 less!
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Guys it's only physics. All these ultra slim laptops will suffer with heat or throttling. Google MacBook overheating. when you cram all that in super thin designs the heat has nowhere to go and a fan is so thin that it barely moves air. A heat sink can only do so much too.

These types of laptops are great for light usage etc. if you plan on doing anything that's cpu or gpu intensive you'll suffer with heat or throttling
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Guys it's only physics. All these ultra slim laptops will suffer with heat or throttling. Google MacBook overheating. when you cram all that in super thin designs the heat has nowhere to go and a fan is so thin that it barely moves air. A heat sink can only do so much too.

These types of laptops are great for light usage etc. if you plan on doing anything that's cpu or gpu intensive you'll suffer with heat or throttling
Yeah I agree, what I did not take into account is the heat seems to also contribute to battery swell. My hp laptop's case started to lift out of place recently.
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This is not a good deal. Compare this Lenovo IdeaPad 5 with Ryzen 4000 (https://www.officedepot.com/a/pro...-Screen/), which gets you:

- IPS display instead of TN
- Much faster 6-core CPU (Passmark around 11000) vs this previous-gen 4-core (Passmark 7400)
- 7nm runs cooler, better battery life
- Way bigger battery - 57 Whr vs 37 Whr; with the Ryzen 4000's better efficiency, you'll easily get double the battery life
- Better construction - aluminum lid instead of all plastic on the Asus
- Intel 802.11ax (Wifi 6)

Downsides:
- Half the SSD capacity (but easy and cheap upgrade)
- RAM is not upgradable (but note that the Asus only has 4GB soldered + 4GB installed in a slot, so you need to remove the 4GB to upgrade and you can never have more than 8GB running in dual-channel mode)

I would easily pay $200 more for the Lenovo, but it's actually $30 less!
Thanks for the recommendation! The description on the Office Depot website says that's RAM is upgradable up to 16gb
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Thanks for the recommendation! The description on the Office Depot website says that's RAM is upgradable up to 16gb
That description is wrong, soldered RAM only. I have it and confirmed (I knew this when purchasing so it was fine). BTW the weight in that description is also wrong, the IdeaPad is 3.66 lbs (very light for a 15-incher).
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