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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3: 15.6" 300nits FHD, i7-10750H, 1650Ti Max-Q, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVME Laptop for $1257.11 + Free Shipping

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For $1257.11+tax after coupon you get the following build
You can easily add your own ram/hd for cheaper on this unit.

I'm debating between this or the BB Asus G14 deal. so hard to decide, what do you guys think?laugh out loud

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https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/epp_...2TP2X1X1E3

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H Processor (2.60 GHz, up to 5.00 GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 12 MB Cache)
Windows 10 Home 64
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits <----non touchscreen
8 GB DDR4 2933MHz <--------2 upgradable slots
256 GB PCIe SSD <---------2 HD slot
1 year Depot or Carry-in
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4GB
720p HD
Fingerprint Reader
Backlit - US English
Intel® Wi-Fi 6™ AX201 802.11AX (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.1
Battery 4Cell/80Wh <---I estimate at least 6 hours of battery life
14.24" x 9.67" x 0.72"
1.7kg / 3.75lbs
Black, not carbon fiber weave

There is this review from Reddit user with an 10850 Processor with RTX2080 gpu and 4k display, and the thermal issues seems to have been corrected on this gen, so I'm assuming the 10750 and 1650 Ti Max would have even better thermals. He also said 4k display using 2~3hour, battery life have 50% remaining, so I estimate a FHD version would have at least 6 hours on battery lite. https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad...rspective/
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1158.13 if using perks at work
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Can you share the perk with me?
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1158.13 if using perks at work
Interested on the perks as well. Please advise.
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https://www.perksatwork.com/login😄
I just bought the one with OLED. See the order details below.
Will add 32G*2 RAM myself.
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this or microcenter's mbp as a development machine?
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Hope they come out with a Ryzen version of the x1 extreme..
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This or XPS 15 ?
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Really tempted.. I wish I had perks at work, that's an insta-buy. Great deal regardless! Love my X1C but I want to be able to do some light gaming.
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So I really hate to say that I really liked this this post. I thought I had talked myself out of upgrading my old ThinkPad laptop. With that said thanks a lot for the post. My Perks At Work affiliation did not have Lenovo but a cash back site that used to start with an E and rhyme with rebates (sorry SD is blocking both old and new names) had 10% cash back which pushed the deal over the edge for me.

When I buy a new ThinkPad I buy it for 5 years of primary use, planned expandability, and ThinkPad service. Not sure I have ever not had Lenovo service called out for something minor during my prior 4 yr. warranty periods. I always recommend onsite service, years ago some people I knew with depot service got caught without their machines during a parts shortage where their functional machines ended up unavailable to them until the parts got caught up. With onsite service when the parts came in the tech met me at work and did the fix in the cafeteria can't beat that.

If anyone is interested my sweat spot was i7-10850H w/ vPro, 32G RAM (one chip), 1TB SSD, and 15.6" 4K UHD OLED. The i9 price jump was too much for me. I do development so the OLED gave me lots of resolution and all the extras that I will only really need if I don't get them now - touch screen and pen support.

You can likely save money going with 8G RAM and if there was an option for a small SSD. Yes it is often cheaper to get RAM and SSD as aftermarket upgrades. However I do rely on service, 5yr Premier with all the add ons except CRU and the last thing I want to do is be traveling internationally (post Covid) and need to carry the original RAM and SSD just to reproduce an issue with the Lenovo original equipment. I may pay a little more up front but my focus is 5yr TCO.
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Hi Guys, I am really interested in this. Can you please help me with a few:

1) I dont need any gaming, only regular browsing and MS office work. I see this has a graphics card (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4GB). Am I paying in $'s and added weight for this graphics card and should I instead look for a PC without a graphics card?..or is this kind of graphics always there in these kind of higher end PC's?

2) What is the user difference in the below 3 options (apart from the nits). What is the difference between anti-glare and anti-reflective? I will not watch any movies, do I need 4K? I definitely need at least 300nits tho.
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits
15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, anti-glare, HDR400 with Dolby Vision™, 600 nits
15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED, anti-reflective, anti-smudge, touchscreen HDR500 with Dolby Vision™, True Black, 400 nits

3) Is the enabled TPM a pain in the ass? Will it be hard to do some custom stuff live data recovery, etc?
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Hi Guys, I am really interested in this. Can you please help me with a few:

1) I dont need any gaming, only regular browsing and MS office work. I see this has a graphics card (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4GB). Am I paying in $'s and added weight for this graphics card and should I instead look for a PC without a graphics card?..or is this kind of graphics always there in these kind of higher end PC's?

2) What is the user difference in the below 3 options (apart from the nits). What is the difference between anti-glare and anti-reflective? I will not watch any movies, do I need 4K? I definitely need at least 300nits tho.
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits
15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, anti-glare, HDR400 with Dolby Vision™, 600 nits
15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED, anti-reflective, anti-smudge, touchscreen HDR500 with Dolby Vision™, True Black, 400 nits

3) Is the enabled TPM a pain in the ass? Will it be hard to do some custom stuff live data recovery, etc?
1) If you will be doing nothing that uses the GPU, get a Gen 8 X1 Carbon or the X1 yoga. Either would be better because they're substantially more portable and the Yoga is obviously a convertible which is nice. Only major downside is no GPU which doesn't matter in your case.

2) No media consumption/design work, skip the 4k. It's nice but not worth the extra $$$ and major hit to battery life unless you're going to be taking advantage of it. I would absolutely get the 400nit upgrade though. I didn't see you list it but I know I saw it on the page. Anti reflective is fancy way of saying it's glossy but maybe slightly less reflective that competing glossy displays. I've seen one in person, it was disappointing in anything but low light indoors. In that situation, one of the most beautiful displays I've ever seen. But outside/bright rooms and it took a major hit due to reflections.

3) No idea, someone will chime in.
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1) If you will be doing nothing that uses the GPU, get a Gen 8 X1 Carbon or the X1 yoga. Either would be better because they're substantially more portable and the Yoga is obviously a convertible which is nice. Only major downside is no GPU which doesn't matter in your case.

2) No media consumption/design work, skip the 4k. It's nice but not worth the extra $$$ and major hit to battery life unless you're going to be taking advantage of it. I would absolutely get the 400nit upgrade though. I didn't see you list it but I know I saw it on the page. Anti reflective is fancy way of saying it's glossy but maybe slightly less reflective that competing glossy displays. I've seen one in person, it was disappointing in anything but low light indoors. In that situation, one of the most beautiful displays I've ever seen. But outside/bright rooms and it took a major hit due to reflections.

3) No idea, someone will chime in.
Hi Matthew, Thanks for the detailed reply. repped.
For #1) Gen8 X1 will not work since I need 15.6 inch screen. Yoga I dont like since I dont want the extra weight (or maybe even $) of a convertible. Also convertible screens tend to be glossy/glassy. I dont even need a touchscreen. Just browsing and MS office.

#2) Do you think practically 400nits is better than 300nits? I have not seen in person but I dont like the old school low brightness screens and can pay the $'s if it makes a difference.

--Also..so you mean anti-glare is better than anti-reflective then..for my purposes? I do want daylight performance and hate the reflection.
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the struggle is real!! LMAOBig Grin

X1E or G14 or XPS15 or MBP

I actually got the G14 for $1200 over the weekend....it is in fact really nice, but really don't need the Ryzen 9/RTX2060 and I like black and having a webcam...
would've gone with the $800 version, but saw someone had issues with the black paint peeling.

This X1E looks like exactly what I need....and the better quality of thinkpads...
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Got the g14 for $1200, other than the keyboard and webcams, I think I made the better decision.
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