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Lenovo Thinkpad T14 Gen 3 - Ryzen 5 6650U, 16GB DDR5, 512GB SSD, 14" FHD IPS 300 Nits screen - $1071.81 + 6% CB

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[Lenovo Canada] Lenovo Thinkpad T14 Gen 3 - Ryzen 5 6650U, 16GB DDR5, 512GB SSD, 14" FHD IPS 300 Nits screen - $1071.81 + 6% CB

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Laptop specs:

Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 PRO 6650U Processor (2.90 GHz, up to 4.50 GHz Max Boost, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 16 MB Cache)
Operating System: Windows 11 Pro 64
Graphics: Integrated AMD Radeon™ 660M Graphics
Memory: 16 GB LPDDR5 6400MHz (Soldered)
Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD Gen 4
Display: 14.0" WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits
Camera: 1080p FHD
Fingerprint Reader: Fingerprint Reader
Keyboard: Backlit - US English
WLAN: 802.11AX (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.2
Warranty: 1 Year Onsite

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+ ID.ME for 10% discount

and 6% cashback from Rakuten (YMMV)

Weekend Deal only, will expire Sunday 8/14 11:59PM
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Looks like a great deal compare to its original price...

Thx OP! Bought 10 😂
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ThinkPad T14 Gen 3 (AMD) Platform Specifications
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkP ... D?tab=spec

Max Memory
  • 8GB soldered memory, not upgradable
  • 16GB soldered memory, not upgradable
  • 32GB soldered memory, not upgradable
Memory Slots
Memory soldered to systemboard, no slots, dual-channel
Memory Type
LPDDR5-6400
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DDR5 is nice.

But I could use more RAM over faster RAM, and soldered rules that out.
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Thanks @maritrunks for the info. This looks like a solid deal with the student discount!

Note that the site says "ships within 2 weeks". Not sure what to believe here given all the shipping changes and pushed out dates with the Thinkbook 14/15 CTOs and this is a standard SKU.

A little surprised that battery life figures were buried within the PSREF doc with only "all day battery life" mentioned on the main T series webpage with SKUs - thanks @Dhanushan for the URL


Battery**
Integrated Li-Polymer 39.3Wh battery, supports Rapid Charge (charge up to 80% in 1hr) with 65W AC adapter
Integrated Li-Polymer 52.5Wh battery, supports Rapid Charge (charge up to 80% in 1hr) with 65W AC adapter
Battery Life[1]
Configuration 1 (max battery life)
MobileMark® 2018: up to 14.6 hr with 595 performance score @200nits
MobileMark 25: up to 13.5 hr with 513 performance score @250nits
JEITA 2.0: up to 21.1 hr @150nits
Local video playback: up to 18.1 hr @150nits

Alternate configuration 2
MobileMark 2018: up to 13.3 hr with 694 performance score @200nits
MobileMark 25: up to 12.6 hr with 548 performance score @250nits
JEITA 2.0: up to 16.5 hr @150nits
Local video playback: up to 14.8 hr @150nits

Alternate configuration 3
MobileMark 2018: up to 10.1 hr with 662 performance score @200nits
MobileMark 25: up to 6.0 hr with 541 performance score @250nits
JEITA 2.0: up to 13.2 hr @150nits
Local video playback: up to 10.4 hr @150nits
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Dhanushan wrote: ThinkPad T14 Gen 3 (AMD) Platform Specifications
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkP ... D?tab=spec

Max Memory
  • 8GB soldered memory, not upgradable
  • 16GB soldered memory, not upgradable
  • 32GB soldered memory, not upgradable
Memory Slots
Memory soldered to systemboard, no slots, dual-channel
Memory Type
LPDDR5-6400
.... soldered memory. ah shyt here we go again.
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Looks like the 300 nits display is 45% sRGB per PSREF
displays T14.jpg


And case construction:

Case Material**
Thunder black models: PC 50% GF + PC 20% CF (top), PPS (bottom)
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Fksdom wrote: .... soldered memory. ah shyt here we go again.
LOL! *facepalm*

Why aren't more people complaining about their cell phones (many $1300+) having soldered SoC's, memory and glued down batteries? Yet so much bellyaching over soldered memory in thin/light laptop designs. Even the new Macbook Air laptops have soldered everything - memory and storage and I bet most won't care. At least this T14 has a single M.2 slot and the SSD drives support OPAL

Storage
Storage Support[1]
One drive, up to 2TB M.2 2280 SSD
Storage Slot
One M.2 2280 PCIe® Gen 4x4 slot, supports M.2 2280 SSD
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monkimajikalle wrote: LOL! *facepalm*

Why aren't more people complaining about their cell phones (many $1300+) having soldered SoC's, memory and glued down batteries? Yet so much bellyaching over soldered memory in thin/light laptop designs. Even the new Macbook Air laptops have soldered everything - memory and storage and I bet most won't care. At least this T14 has a single M.2 slot and the SSD drives support OPAL

Storage
Storage Support[1]
One drive, up to 2TB M.2 2280 SSD
Storage Slot
One M.2 2280 PCIe® Gen 4x4 slot, supports M.2 2280 SSD
Why compare smartphone with laptop especially business laptop?
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monkimajikalle wrote: Looks like the 300 nits display is 45% sRGB per PSREF
displays T14.jpg


And case construction:

Case Material**
Thunder black models: PC 50% GF + PC 20% CF (top), PPS (bottom)
Ahhh, this laptop is tempting, but I think I would regret that 45% rgb screen. Thanks for pointing that out.

Edit: wait, that image says 45% ntsc and 100% RGB for the two screen configurations. Doesn't that mean they're both 100% RGB?
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watchoutforgeese wrote: Ahhh, this laptop is tempting, but I think I would regret that 45% rgb screen. Thanks for pointing that out.

Edit: wait, that image says 45% ntsc and 100% RGB for the two screen configurations. Doesn't that mean they're both 100% RGB?
Look more closely...the 400 nit panel is 100% sRGB. This config comes with the 300 nit panel which is 45%. There are two different non-touch 1920x1200 panels.
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Used almost this config exactly, battery is not good. Would not spend this much on these.
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Millenniunn wrote: Looks like a great deal compare to its original price...
Keep in mind Lenovo is notorious for absurd "MSRP" prices that they then discount by significant margins to look like a compelling saving. They are overpriced to begin with, never pay the standard price for a Lenovo laptop.
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The screen really makes this deal not great. Would be good if they made it $100 more expensive but with a decent screen.
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jase wrote: The screen really makes this deal not great. Would be good if they made it $100 more expensive but with a decent screen.
Totally. I've lost track of how many Lenovo deals that look so tempting, to find out the screen is the main source of cost-cutting.

I've learned my lesson from the past not to compromise on the screen quality.
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Got excited that this had a 16:10 display, saw 300 nits and assumed it was full gamut but not so!

Soldered RAM is also a deal breaker. Thinkpads have traditionally had shitty screens, but really disappointing to see the T series go towards soldered RAM with no expansion options.

monkimajikalle wrote: LOL! *facepalm*

Why aren't more people complaining about their cell phones (many $1300+) having soldered SoC's, memory and glued down batteries? Yet so much bellyaching over soldered memory in thin/light laptop designs. Even the new Macbook Air laptops have soldered everything - memory and storage and I bet most won't care. At least this T14 has a single M.2 slot and the SSD drives support OPAL

Storage
Storage Support[1]
One drive, up to 2TB M.2 2280 SSD
Storage Slot
One M.2 2280 PCIe® Gen 4x4 slot, supports M.2 2280 SSD
Phones have much shorter usable lifecycles (planned OS obsolescence/battery degradation/damage), while if previous T-series quality still holds true you can expect these to last 10 years. 16GB is decent and fine for most of today's use cases, but it is nice to have the option to upgrade down the road. These are also not razor thin ultrabooks, this is purely a financially motivated move to upsell upgrades. At least the SSD is still removable, for now...
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I'm also disappointed to see soldered ram, but it seems this is the direction lenovo wants to go to save every penny on manufacturing costs. This is why I still like the Dell Inspiron laptops, they come with 2 DIMM slots still and I hope dell keeps it this way in the next gen line up. I also prefer Dell screens over lenovo screens any day, as I have several Lenovo laptops with backlight bleeding, and Dell screens have always been pretty good for me. Dell's 250 nit screens, feel like 300 nits for me, and Lenovo's 250nit screen feels like 200 nits, but maybe that's just me.
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The Thinkbook 13s is looking like a better value, I think. The same price (a little less, even) would get you a 6800U, a better battery, 100% sRGB, and USB 4.
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monkimajikalle wrote: Look more closely...the 400 nit panel is 100% sRGB. This config comes with the 300 nit panel which is 45%. There are two different non-touch 1920x1200 panels.
Sorry if I wasn't clear. In the image you posted, the color gamut ratings use two different gamuts for each panel. The 400 nit panel is 100% sRGB, but the 300 nit panel is listed as 45% NTSC.

I couldn't remember how NTSC compares to sRGB, so that's why I was confused. I think 45% NTSC is actually equivalent to approximately 60% sRGB, so it's still poor color accuracy.

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