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ThinkBook 15 Gen 4 Intel (15") laptop configurable deal starting at $630; then 12% Rakuten

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[Lenovo Canada] ThinkBook 15 Gen 4 Intel (15") laptop configurable deal starting at $630; then 12% Rakuten

Read the rest of the thread for some very useful information. For example, about a comparable 14" model, other routes to discounts, must-have options, etc.

The price is quite confusing.

I seem to qualify for $581 for some reason -- probably "Lenovo Pro" that gets applied automatically somehow. I don't remember the process of joining Lenovo Pro but it was free and probably easy. You might have to claim you are a business (which anyone can be). On the other hand, this might prevent collecting Rakuten (I don't know).

The normal price is $969 but there is a 35% off coupon THINKWKNDDEAL that should bring it down to $629.85. (I haven't worked through the purchase process to be sure).

The device has no PSREF entry that I can find. This might be close: https://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/ThinkBo ... 21DJ000UCA

This is a worthy choice as an inexpensive 15" notebook:
  • no feature is bad enough to be a veto
  • it has a 12th generation Intel Core processor (only an i3, but that's OK)
  • it is customizable in a bunch of ways that lets you eliminate pain points for a reasonable price
  • it seems to come with an empty SODIMM socket so you aren't stuck at 8G of RAM
  • with Rakuten, it seems like a steal.
  • ThinkBook is seems to be a reasonable line, if well below good ThinkPads

Many available options seem worth consideration (I hope they get a 35% discount):
  • better processor (I actually think that that option is too expensive)
  • Win 11 Pro
  • extra 8G of RAM (cheaper if you do that yourself)
  • larger SSD (I'd do it myself but if discounted might be a good choice)
  • two better screens; I'd at least pick the first better screen and might pick the best
  • camera upgrade from 720p to 1080p (seems cheap enough to be a no-brainer)
  • backlighting on keyboard (I don't care but many folks seem to demand this)
  • Wi-Fi upgrade from AC to 6E (another no-brainer)
The only trouble is that the cost of all these nice upgrades adds up.
Last edited by Hugh on Jul 3rd, 2022 1:09 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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use code "EXTRATHINKJULY" and "BFIJTHINKOFFER" instead (YES they work together)
Confirmed to be working on Thinkbook 14 and 15 build your own
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$10 Wi-Fi upgrade from AC to 6E is definitely an option to buy.
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Wish I could find benchmarks on 2P+4E.
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I don't really want the laptop, but I wonder if I'll get another $50 voucher Face With Tears Of Joy

The 14" is also available for a similar price. That one has option of touchscreen.
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$556 through Perkopolis.

Word of warning, the base 250 nit option is a TN panel. Obviously, don't choose that unless you like washed out colors. I'd strongly recommend the 100% sRGB option for +$56. Your money will be well spend here.

The platform specs for the 15- and 14-inch models are listed below.
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkB ... _15_G4_IAP
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkB ... _14_G4_IAP

The 14-inch model gets aluminum top and bottom, while the 15-inch gets aluminum top and ABS bottom.

Great to see TB4 and HDMI 2.0/2.1 on these models. Some people have been asking for HDMI to output 4K and it's finally here on these cheap workhorses.
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Anyone else having trouble getting the coupon THINKWKNDDEAL to work?
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Hmm, can't get that code working.
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rugerty100 wrote: $10 Wi-Fi upgrade from AC to 6E is definitely an option to buy.
Agreed, it also guarantees you an Intel module. AC could be Realtek or Intel according to Lenovo’s FRU parts list.
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Spinner wrote: $556 through Perkopolis.

Word of warning, the base 250 nit option is a TN panel. Obviously, don't choose that unless you like washed out colors. I'd strongly recommend the 100% sRGB option for +$56. Your money will be well spend here.

The platform specs for the 15- and 14-inch models are listed below.
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkB ... _15_G4_IAP
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkB ... _14_G4_IAP

The 14-inch model gets aluminum top and bottom, while the 15-inch gets aluminum top and ABS bottom.

Great to see TB4 and HDMI 2.0/2.1 on these models. Some people have been asking for HDMI to output 4K and it's finally here on these cheap workhorses.
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RavenSherbert wrote: Anyone else having trouble getting the coupon THINKWKNDDEAL to work?
Does not work for me either .., will try Perkopolis
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Up to 6 hours battery only?

No touchscreen option but at least you have the option to get the 100% sRGB coverage.
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82 wrote: Up to 6 hours battery only?
from ThinkBook 15 G4 IAP Platform Specifications

Model with 45Wh battery:
MobileMark® 2018: up to 6 hr
Local video (1080p) [email protected]: up to 8 hr

"All battery life claims are approximate maximum and based on results using the MobileMark 2014, MobileMark 2018, JEITA 2.0, continuous 1080p video playback (with 150nits brightness and default volume level) or Google Power Load Test (PLT) battery-life benchmark tests. Actual battery life will vary and depends on many factors such as product configuration and usage, software use, wireless functionality, power management settings, and screen brightness"
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nambit wrote: Hmm, can't get that code working.
Code "EXTRATHINKJULY" gets you 40% off.
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My question is if the $50 voucher from the cancellation of this deal will stack with the $50 one from the detachable deal cancellations earlier.

May be they will not cancel my third purchase with those two vouchers lol.
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Kingaling wrote: This no longer seems to work?
The codes only seem to work on some configs. I managed to get EXTRATHINKJULY to work on the 14 inch “Build Your PC” model with almost maxed out specs.
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dxxalf wrote: The codes only seem to work on some configs. I managed to get EXTRATHINKJULY to work on the 14 inch “Build Your PC” model with almost maxed out specs.
Ah that works for me. I think my mistake was trying to combine my corp perks with the coupon.

That said, this deal doesn't seem as good as the Dell Inspiron 3525 deal from Canada Day. For about $100 more + tax you could get a ryzen 7 and 16gb ram*, but it looks like Dell ended it's 12% Rakuten deal.
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Kingaling wrote: That said, this deal doesn't seem as good as the Dell Inspiron 3525 deal from Canada Day. For about $100 more + tax you could get a ryzen 7 and 16gb ram*, but it looks like Dell ended it's 12% Rakuten deal.
Don't look at only the major components like CPU and memory. The Inspiron 3525 is more like an Ideapad 3. Thinkbook build quality and supporting component specs (stuff like mentioned here) are noticeably higher.
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rugerty100 wrote: I don't really want the laptop, but I wonder if I'll get another $50 voucher Face With Tears Of Joy

The 14" is also available for a similar price. That one has option of touchscreen.
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