[Bauer Systems]/$500/Refurb X1 Carbon *3rd* Gen/14" TOUCH 2560x1440/i5-5300U/8GBRAM/128SSD/Win 10 Pro/Updated w/ Review!
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- Bauer Systems
There is a better one now from bauer systems as the CPU is 1 generation newer (5300U vs. 4300U), meaning, the machine is 1.5~2 years newer (13Q2 vs 15Q1)
Link to price sheet, see row 169ish (list is constantly updated) of the google doc page below:
Shipping varies but if you are in Ontario, you can do free pick up.ULTRABOOK REFURB X1 CARBON 20BTS3Y502 Core i5/5300U 2.3 8 128SSD NA 14 W8P WEBCAM/TOUCH/2560x1440 $500 immediate
Purchase/ contact information is on top of the google doc page above, but if you want more details about this store (Bauer Systems), visit my previous thread from the ongoing deals section:
I pulled the trigger and posted a review, if you are worried about battery life, don't, the wear is around 10% according to several RFD buyers on here who pulled the trigger (mine was 9% after self-calibration). At the end of the day, these are corporate machines used by white-collar employees (accountants, consultants, analysts, actuaries), it makes sense that they are in good condition.
Glancealot wrote: ↑Jan 7th, 2019 7:54 pmI am here to provide a review of the unit I received:
First of all, shipping was quick, I ordered Thursday and it was delivered this morning by FedEx. I think rule of thumb is, if you order before Thursday and they ship it via FedEx before Thursday, you likely receive it before Friday.
Well-packaged in a brown cardboard box:
The machine's physical condition is pristine (confirmed by another RFD poster, the actual usage of this laptop is only 800 hours, more on this later). The keys are barely used (because corporate employees usually use USB keyboards).
Installation of windows 10 is straightforward, all I needed to do was create a windows 10 installation media (any USB>= 8 GB would do) on MS's website, plug the installation media into the left USB (that one is USB 2.0 I suppose?) and boot it up and choose "I don't have key", then choose "windows 10 pro" and the installer will pick up the BIOS key automatically.
The battery wear is 17%
The SSD is in good health. The machine has been turned on 1557 times by the previous user, which basically means daily usage for 4 years (corporate machines often go through 3 or 4-year leases) as 4*365 = 1,460. However, the actual usage is only 800 hours, i.e., 100 work days. My guess would be that the previous owner only used this laptop on business trips over the past 4 years, but it was subject to mandatory daily restarts for potential security updates. (likely a company policy).
The hardware is as advertised, i5-5300U, 8GB RAM:
The resolution is also as advertised, 2560*1440 is indeed stunning. Also it is touch screen.
Here are some additional pictures of the laptop viewing from the side:
All in all, I am very happy with my purchase, for $500+shipping, this is an ultra-book with amazing physical build and resolution, decent specs and battery with very low wear. Probably the best $500 ultra-book you can get!