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[Lenovo Canada] X1 & T Series Laptops 30% off

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Can someone please critique my configuration? I don't care much about the display, and I'm planning on getting a secondary SSD after, and also upgrade RAM to 32 GB by myself. The price shown is before the 30% off.

The reason I went with this processor is to be able to select the dedicated graphics card.

Anything else worth upgrading? Should I be getting a different configuration for my needs?

I use my laptop for coding. 90% of the time it's hooked up to two monitors, and used as a desktop.

Thanks a lot.
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mawzi wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 2:54 pm
Can someone please critique my configuration?
1. The display is fine regardless.
2. Make sure that none of that RAM is soldered to the mobo. I don't think it is, but double check. At least one DIMM is soldered on some ThinkPads.
3. Consider upgrading to backlit keyboard. It's only $20 IIRC. Better to have it and not need it than to need it but not have it.

Re Lenovo upgrades vs. DIY upgrades, remember that their upgrade prices are also subject to that 30% discount. Sometimes after that 30% Lenovo's prices are quite reasonable. Play around with the numbers. You may want a 1TB SSD. But if the price of upgrading from 128GB to 256GB or 500GB is small enough it may be worth doing that even if you also buy that 1TB SSD separately. Few people want a 128GB SSD these days. But you may be able to get back more than the cost of a 256GB or 500GB upgrade by selling those sizes privately. Or you may want to keep the 256/500GB SSD, put it in an external USB enclosure and use it as a backup drive or with an NVIDIA Shield, etc.
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Confirming point #2: T580 notebooks have two empty dimm slots:
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_T580

On point #3: In my experience the keys on the backlit keyboards feel lighter and less tactile than the standard keyboard. Both are great and the back light does come in handy sometimes - but I personally prefer the standard offering.
When given enough time, all threads on RFD can and will go off on a tangent.
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thank89you wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 9:09 am
yuk. lenovo is a slimy company.
pass.
thanks for posting anyway op.
You're still posting this on every Lenovo thread because they cancelled your order due to a pricing issue?
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puckhead wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 4:27 pm
You're still posting this on every Lenovo thread because they cancelled your order due to a pricing issue?
And almost a decade ago..... talking about holding a grudge.
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aeba7 wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 4:10 pm
On point #3: In my experience the keys on the backlit keyboards feel lighter and less tactile than the standard keyboard. Both are great and the back light does come in handy sometimes - but I personally prefer the standard offering.
This is highly subjective. Lenovo gets keyboards, BL and non-BL, from at least three different manufacturers (Liteon, Chicony, Shenzhen SRX...) Each make has slightly different feel. Some people can't perceive the differences and other people swear by one make over the others. So how important these distinctions are depends on the fingers of the user.
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bylo wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 3:57 pm
1. The display is fine regardless.
2. Make sure that none of that RAM is soldered to the mobo. I don't think it is, but double check. At least one DIMM is soldered on some ThinkPads.
3. Consider upgrading to backlit keyboard. It's only $20 IIRC. Better to have it and not need it than to need it but not have it.

Re Lenovo upgrades vs. DIY upgrades, remember that their upgrade prices are also subject to that 30% discount. Sometimes after that 30% Lenovo's prices are quite reasonable. Play around with the numbers. You may want a 1TB SSD. But if the price of upgrading from 128GB to 256GB or 500GB is small enough it may be worth doing that even if you also buy that 1TB SSD separately. Few people want a 128GB SSD these days. But you may be able to get back more than the cost of a 256GB or 500GB upgrade by selling those sizes privately. Or you may want to keep the 256/500GB SSD, put it in an external USB enclosure and use it as a backup drive or with an NVIDIA Shield, etc.
Thank you. I'll opt for the backlit keyboard. I thought it was a standard option.

Upgrading the memory to 32 GB costs $338 (with the discount)
Upgrading the ssd from 128 to 512 costs $291 (with the discount)

Are these reasonable prices for 2 x 16GB ddr4 2400MHz memory sticks, and 512 GB SSD?
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mawzi wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 5:17 pm
Thank you. I'll opt for the backlit keyboard. I thought it was a standard option.
If they offer the upgrade then BL isn't standard.
Upgrading the memory to 32 GB costs $338 (with the discount)
Upgrading the ssd from 128 to 512 costs $291 (with the discount)

Are these reasonable prices for 2 x 16GB ddr4 2400MHz memory sticks, and 512 GB SSD?
In this case no. But when I bought an E470 [deal on RFD from a year or so ago] it was reasonable to get a 16GB upgrade compared to the base 8GB. That's why I suggested running the numbers.
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mawzi wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 2:54 pm
Can someone please critique my configuration? I don't care much about the display, and I'm planning on getting a secondary SSD after, and also upgrade RAM to 32 GB by myself. The price shown is before the 30% off.

The reason I went with this processor is to be able to select the dedicated graphics card.

Anything else worth upgrading? Should I be getting a different configuration for my needs?

I use my laptop for coding. 90% of the time it's hooked up to two monitors, and used as a desktop.

Thanks a lot.
I'd recommend getting the bigger 72wh battery, because you won't be able to after. I have this same laptop (but the p52s platform). Throw in a hard drive if you'd like from Lenovo (recommend the 1tb, best value) and get a Toshiba RC100 SSD to put into the WANN slot for an SSD, better value. Getting 32gbs of ram from the factory might be cheaper then doing it aftermarket. I went for the 4k display, but the 1080 should yield better performance, especially with 2 monitors hooked up to it.
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CrispyFactor wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 5:37 pm
I'd recommend getting the bigger 72wh battery, because you won't be able to after. I have this same laptop (but the p52s platform). Throw in a hard drive if you'd like from Lenovo (recommend the 1tb, best value) and get a Toshiba RC100 SSD to put into the WANN slot for an SSD, better value. Getting 32gbs of ram from the factory might be cheaper then doing it aftermarket. I went for the 4k display, but the 1080 should yield better performance, especially with 2 monitors hooked up to it.
Thanks. The battery upgrade makes sense.

For the hard drive, 1TB from Lenovo costs an extra $500 (including the discount).

I'm seeing hard drives with the same specs on amazon.ca for less than $200. Is the Lenovo one that much better?

https://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-1TB-NAND- ... d+m.2+nvme
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mawzi wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 5:56 pm
Thanks. The battery upgrade makes sense.

For the hard drive, 1TB from Lenovo costs an extra $500 (including the discount).

I'm seeing hard drives with the same specs on amazon.ca for less than $200. Is the Lenovo one that much better?

https://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-1TB-NAND- ... d+m.2+nvme
I mean the 1tb HDD - the Toshiba rc100 pairs well for a good SSD/HDD combo. I'm not sure what availability is like on those SSD's now but if you can pick one up it makes for a good pair.
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kebnroo wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 9:00 am
Lenovo is having a crazy sale on X1/T series laptops right now. At checkout, use code THINKJANSALE for up to 30% off. Not as good as the 40% off last November for the X1 Extreme, but a decent deal if you missed out on the last sale, or are in the market for a new Lenovo laptop.

Dont forget about Ebates for an additional 3% cashback!


Edit: the 30% off code seems to work for all X1 or T series laptops


In my opinion, Lenovo Thinkpad laptops have some of the best keyboards on the market, are built like a tank, have a spill-proof keyboard, have very affordable warranty/accidental damage coverage, and even provide on-site repair if needed. Get it while it's hot!!

X1 Extreme-specific info below:

Notebookcheck gave the X1 Extreme a 91% review, which is exceptional.

Sale Pricing as follows:
1. 4-core i5 2.5ghz / 1080p screen / 8gb RAM / 256gb SATA SSD / 1050Ti | $1,693.30 (-$725.70 off $2419.00)
2. 6-core i7 2.2ghz / 1080p screen / 16gb RAM / 512gb M.2 SSD/ 1050Ti | $1,917.30 (-$821.70 off $2,739.00)
3. 6-core i7 2.6ghz / 4K touchscreen / 16gb RAM / 512gb M.2 SSD / 1050Ti | $2,575.30 (-$1103.70 off $3,679.00)
4. 6-core i7 2.6ghz / 4K touchscreen / 32gb RAM / 1TB M.2 SSD / 1050Ti | $2,911.30 (-$1,247.70 off $4,159.00)

The X1E line is aimed at business & creative professionals who need high end CPU's and mid-tier GPU's for additional gaming/additional rendering power, all in a 1.8kg (4lb) chassis. Closest competitors would be the Apple Macbook Pro 15, Dell XPS 15, and Razer Blade 15. While other gaming-focused laptops come with faster GPU's, they are usually built in a larger chassis and aren't as portable/slim as the X1E, or suited for office use.
Like really 30 percent off, or Lenovo's regular msrps are the highest of any brand and nobody in their right mind would ever spend that much and are just there to drop the prices by 30 percent and pretend it's a sale - 30 percent off?
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kebnroo wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 9:00 am
Lenovo is having a crazy sale on X1/T series laptops right now. At checkout, use code THINKJANSALE for up to 30% off. Not as good as the 40% off last November for the X1 Extreme, but a decent deal if you missed out on the last sale, or are in the market for a new Lenovo laptop.

Dont forget about Ebates for an additional 3% cashback!


Edit: the 30% off code seems to work for all X1 or T series laptops


In my opinion, Lenovo Thinkpad laptops have some of the best keyboards on the market, are built like a tank, have a spill-proof keyboard, have very affordable warranty/accidental damage coverage, and even provide on-site repair if needed. Get it while it's hot!!

X1 Extreme-specific info below:

Notebookcheck gave the X1 Extreme a 91% review, which is exceptional.

Sale Pricing as follows:
1. 4-core i5 2.5ghz / 1080p screen / 8gb RAM / 256gb SATA SSD / 1050Ti | $1,693.30 (-$725.70 off $2419.00)
2. 6-core i7 2.2ghz / 1080p screen / 16gb RAM / 512gb M.2 SSD/ 1050Ti | $1,917.30 (-$821.70 off $2,739.00)
3. 6-core i7 2.6ghz / 4K touchscreen / 16gb RAM / 512gb M.2 SSD / 1050Ti | $2,575.30 (-$1103.70 off $3,679.00)
4. 6-core i7 2.6ghz / 4K touchscreen / 32gb RAM / 1TB M.2 SSD / 1050Ti | $2,911.30 (-$1,247.70 off $4,159.00)

The X1E line is aimed at business & creative professionals who need high end CPU's and mid-tier GPU's for additional gaming/additional rendering power, all in a 1.8kg (4lb) chassis. Closest competitors would be the Apple Macbook Pro 15, Dell XPS 15, and Razer Blade 15. While other gaming-focused laptops come with faster GPU's, they are usually built in a larger chassis and aren't as portable/slim as the X1E, or suited for office use.
I've decided to sell my laptop if anyone is interested. It is really too big and "business like" for me. I think I'll be keeping one of my Surface Books instead and upgrading to the newest one when the 3 comes out.

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bylo wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2019 3:57 pm
Re Lenovo upgrades vs. DIY upgrades, remember that their upgrade prices are also subject to that 30% discount.
I wasn't thinking about the discount at all. Definitely cheaper/on-par to have gone with the upgrade through Lenovo. Ah well. Coming in a couple of days.
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this may have been answered, but is this sale better or is using the EPP thread code a better deal?

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