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[REFURB] Lenovo Flex 5 Ryzen 4700U +16GB + 512GB SSD ~$525

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[eBay.ca] [REFURB] Lenovo Flex 5 Ryzen 4700U +16GB + 512GB SSD ~$525

I think this is a good deal, I've purchased a few items from this seller and two of these Lenovo's and items are basically LNIB, price seems to change by a few dollars daily.

UPS lost one of my packages but the seller was easy to deal with, otherwise I wouldn't post this deal coz eBay.

This is a refurbished product so if your looking for new click away, no Lenovo warranty.

This has a FRENCH keyboard layout but keyboard is in English.

Use these to stress test:
Heaven for GPU
Cinebench r23 for CPU
Memtest86 for memory
Any online keyboard/mouse testing site.
Test all I/O and screen
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Refurbished unit with no real substantive warranty (as you say), but it's a reasonable value in a COVID inflationary environment.

Thank you, OP.

P.S. I recognize the seller now, consistency is a known issue with this seller. Product quality and condition can be hit and miss, and post-sale support regarding issues, isn't always the best. Just FYI.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: Refurbished unit with no real substantive warranty (as you say), but it's a reasonable value in a COVID inflationary environment.

Thank you, OP.
Seller offers 90 day warranty for whatever that is worth, stress test the system and it should be good enough.
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Folks, do with this as you please, but this is a fair bit of coin to drop for a unit that isn't that much cheaper than an OEM sale for a new unit.

Furthermore, the new unit will come with proper manufacturer support, and even the prospect for discounted warranty upgrades with purchase.

Consider the total value proposition, I'm not saying this is strictly good or bad.
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rugerty100 wrote: Looks like the same model that was at Costco last year. Might be returns from there? lenovo-ideapad-flex-5-81x20067cf-2-1-la ... 9-2471355/
It's very likely returns from big box and/or Amazon, yes. This is why I warn folks that the rate of problems will be higher, and the support will be worse. Some of these issues are intrinsic hardware faults from mass production, and cannot be easily repaired.

The OP price is reasonable, but it's not gangbusters cheap given the risk-reward trade-off, in my opinion.
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I paid about this much for an HP 5500u / 8GB / 1TB *if* Rakuten pays out. I paid another $120 for a Lenovo Chrome tablet.
It's awfully tempting to return them both in favour of this.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: Not a good benchmark, I've seen this unit for between $600 and $700 brand new, though it may not be on sale right now. PC Canada is not an authoritative price benchmark.
PC-Canada link was just for the easy viewing of the specs and the manual. $799 seemed like the going rate for this at Costco last year. Right now there are very few options in the sub $600 range.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: It's very likely returns from big box and/or Amazon, yes. This is why I warn folks that the rate of problems will be higher, and the support will be worse. Some of these issues are intrinsic hardware faults from mass production, and cannot be easily repaired.

The OP price is reasonable, but it's not gangbusters cheap given the risk-reward trade-off, in my opinion.
You are correct, that's why I added the bit on what to use to stress test the system. If you stress test it for a few hours and it shows no faults then its likely just a return with no manufacturing defects at least in my experience.

If the SSD is bad, its an easy repair but yes other faults like RAM/CPU cannot be fixed.
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SomeGuyGG wrote: PC-Canada link was just for the easy viewing of the specs and the manual. $799 seemed like the going rate for this at Costco last year. Right now there are very few options in the sub $600 range.
As I say, risk-reward trade off.

People have been messaging me with recommendation requests, and I've been reluctantly steering them to more warranty friendly options.

All hardware has failure risk, and mission critical failures on a work computer is a time sensitive issue. OEM and Costco warranties have proven fairly generous as of late, grey market third party resellers, not so much.

Again, to each their own.
JonSnow wrote: You are correct, that's why I added the bit on what to use to stress test the system. If you stress test it for a few hours and it shows no faults then its likely just a return with no manufacturing defects at least in my experience.

If the SSD is bad, its an easy repair but yes other faults like RAM/CPU cannot be fixed.
That may be, but if faulty, the return / replacement situation isn't always easy with these third party sellers.
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JonSnow wrote: You are correct, that's why I added the bit on what to use to stress test the system. If you stress test it for a few hours and it shows no faults then its likely just a return with no manufacturing defects at least in my experience.

If the SSD is bad, its an easy repair but yes other faults like RAM/CPU cannot be fixed.
Also add Prime95 which runs various tests and you can run it for 24 hours. If the laptop doesn't crash/reboot in 24 hours of non-stop tests, I'd say it's a solid system.
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