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[Bauer Systems] [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]/$500/Refurb X1 Carbon *3rd* Gen/14" TOUCH 2560x1440/i5-5300U/8GBRAM/128SSD/Win 10 Pro/Updated w/ Review!

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The best X1 Carbon deal posted on RFD so far that I know (being a long time user) is this one posted 8 months ago:

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/ca-refurb-io-lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-2nd-gen-i5-4300u-1-9-ghz-8gb-ram-240gb-ssd-touch-2560x1440-14-laptop-479-2184431/

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:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-hKAmQahPcEV_h5mwflWGLWCQtqkKOBDbsakv4ee2u0

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-hKAmQahPcEV_h5mwflWGLWCQtqkKOBDbsakv4ee2u0
ULTRABOOK REFURB X1 CARBON 20BTS3Y502 Core i5/5300U 2.3 8 128SSD NA 14 W8P WEBCAM/TOUCH/2560x1440 $500 immediate
Shipping varies but if you are in Ontario, you can do free pick up.

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:

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/bauer-systems-refurb-new-laptops-desktops-monitors-ssd-tablets-phone-mini-buying-guide-2167072/
andjules wrote:
Dec 25th, 2018 11:25 pm
Worth noting: you can make this a hackintosh, excellent guide here.
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 pm
I 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:

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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).

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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%

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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).

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The hardware is as advertised, i5-5300U, 8GB RAM:

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The resolution is also as advertised, 2560*1440 is indeed stunning. Also it is touch screen.

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Here are some additional pictures of the laptop viewing from the side:

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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!
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I don't think it is a super hot deal, warmish at best.
I have been looking for X1 for a month now, you can definitely find better deals from private sellers.
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Glancealot wrote:
Dec 25th, 2018 1:11 pm
The best X1 Carbon deal posted on RFD so far that I know (being a long time user) is this one posted 4 months ago:

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/ca-refu ... 9-2184431/

There is a better one now from bauer systems as the GPU 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 153ish (list is constantly updated) of the google doc page below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sakv4ee2u0

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sakv4ee2u0



Shipping varies but if you are in Ontario, you can do free pick up.

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:

bauer-systems-refurb-new-laptops-deskto ... e-2167072/

Just do a fresh install with the newly created win 10 installation media (64 bit), it will pick up the bios win 8 pro key!
Know how old this exact model is?
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OongaLoonga wrote:
Dec 25th, 2018 2:04 pm
Know how old this exact model is?
review article I quoted above came out on 04/22/2015, so I would say 15Q2~15Q3.
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How much battery life should we expect since it's a refurbished machine? They don't give it a new battery during the process do they?
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No, they do not. I read the list once, and they have some details stating that "factory refurbished battery may last at least 45 mins, whereas Bauer refurbs will last at least 15 mins". Batteries are probably the biggest outliers in these machines.
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sujat wrote:
Dec 25th, 2018 3:28 pm
No, they do not. I read the list once, and they have some details stating that "factory refurbished battery may last at least 45 mins, whereas Bauer refurbs will last at least 15 mins". Batteries are probably the biggest outliers in these machines.
slightly over 3 years old would mean the battery is at least 80% based on my experience.

plus these are corporate machines that come off likely a 3-year lease so the physical condition should be pristine.

a company that can afford to get their employee the newest x1 carbon (i.e., the 3rd gen was selling over 1.5k back in 2015) is likely a S&P 500 from the USA.
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Glancealot wrote:
Dec 25th, 2018 4:58 pm
slightly over 3 years old would mean the battery is at least 80% based on my experience.

plus these are corporate machines that come off likely a 3-year lease so the physical condition should be pristine.

a company that can afford to get their employee the newest x1 carbon (i.e., the 3rd gen was selling over 1.5k back in 2015) is likely a S&P 500 from the USA.
Probably. I was just quoting the disclaimer they have along with their disclaimers. We get yogas at work and they are amazing machines - no doubt.
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Funny I didn't see your older thread until 3 weeks ago,since then I'm thinking about this X1 laptop,just waiting for boxing day to pass,if I find nothing ,I will go for it.
But sorry I still don't understand how to order from them? are they in Toronto or Burlington? there are 3 names at the top of list,which guy to call? I pay when I pick up the machine?
Thank Glancelot alot.
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No offense but Christmas night is hotter than this.
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immortal_kssss wrote:
Dec 25th, 2018 6:46 pm
Can you show me a alittle less cold deal?
Well, that's just my opinion on laptops. Go ahead and buy if you think it's a good deal. I'd rather spend a little more ($500-600) on the regular consumer laptop with 8th gen U CPU than a refurbished 5th gen "business" laptop.

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