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[Staples] Staples Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with Ryzen 5 4500u $699.99

Staples now has Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Laptop with Ryzen 5 4500u CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, 15 inch FHD Screen in-stock for online delivery for $699.99. While it is not a high end laptop, it's pretty good price for a 6-core Ryzen CPU Laptop at this time.

https://www.staples.ca/products/2974876 ... ws-10-home

The main advantage is the 6 core Ryzen 5 4500u CPU, as it pretty much outperforms all 15 w Intel CPUs, 10th Gen i5/i7 included, especially with multi-threaded applications.

The potential shortcoming are the 220 nits TN screen (Staples website indicates IPS, but Lenovo website shows TN for the particular model), which means narrower viewing angle and dimmer brightness than an IPS screen, and the use of English/French keyboard that some may not like. They are not uncommon for laptop in this price range, however.

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Warm deal but good to see new Ryzen laptops popping up nonetheless.
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what's the diff between this and the ideapad 5? I can see that the bezel is a lot slimmer on the 5, that's what jumps out at me immediately.

I bought the 14" ideapad 5, loving it. only one gripe that i mentioned in the other thread was that the storage is hard to upgrade.
it's easy to access, but the type of storage is the really small internal ssd form factor, M2 2242 (the shortest form factor for M2 cards).
Basically there aren't a lot of great options for upgrading the storage on these from 256GB to 512GB or 1TB.
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Nikhilvoid wrote: relevant username.

Non-touchscreen, French/English non-backlit keyboard. 4.8lbs,
Super dim (220 nits) TN panel too.
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hermitian wrote: Is ryzen 4500u like 10th gen i5? or better?
Depends on the Intel 10th gen chip: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/AM ... 3582vs3542

There's a lot of them, but this cheap 4500U is faster than most of them, including the Intel CPU in very expensive laptops: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/laptop.html

You may not notice the difference though, and that's why I got a deal on an 8th gen Intel laptop.
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PerrierWater wrote: Super dim (220 nits) TN panel too.
Staples list says:

15.6-inch FHD IPS display with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
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Free SODIMM slot is a go, folks. Upgrading to 32GB SODIMM because this is a free country.

I just need confirmation on that screen, how bad, exactly.
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Hm, I'm thinking of cancelling my order for this laptop - https://www.thesource.ca/en-ca/computer ... /108082705.

Same price, however I'd have to wait about 3 weeks for this ASUS VivoBook, where as Staples is much quicker.

How would these two laptops compare for everyday use as an engineering student (AutoCAD) and light gaming (Civ VI and Cities Skylines)?

Also, is the RAM expandable?

Thanks!
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I got the new ideapad 5 15", 300 nit screen, touch. I have had about 50 bluescreens already so going to return.
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8GB of RAM in 2020, imagine if that wasn't expandable.

Fortunately, we're good here.

My standard maneuver:
- 32GB SODIMM
- Intel AX200NGW WiFi 6 Card
- 2TB NVMe SSD

There's no better life for that all-in price.
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If you are doing 3D rendering and gaming, the Lenovo one should be much faster, as Ryzen 5 4500u is much faster in both CPU and GPU compared to i5-8250u in ASUS VivoBook.

There is a SODIMM socket, so yes, you can expand the RAM with higher capacity memory module (up-to 32GB SODIMM). You will need to replace the existing 4GB SODIMM module in the socket, however. So maximum of 36GB RAM, should be plenty for pretty much anything.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: 8GB of RAM in 2020, imagine if that wasn't expandable.

Fortunately, we're good here.

My standard maneuver:
- 32GB SODIMM
- Intel AX200NGW WiFi 6 Card
- 2GB NVMe SSD

There's no better life for that all-in price.
Thanks for your help. Can you speculate on how much it would roughly cost to add the 32GB SODIMM and 2GB SSD?
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monny1 wrote: Thanks for your help. Can you speculate on how much it would roughly cost to add the 32GB SODIMM and 2GB SSD?
32GB SODIMM - $165
2TB NVMe - $250 to $350
Intel AX200NGW - $35

Not cheap, but way cheaper than a pre-built.
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monny1 wrote: Thanks!
Don't kill yourself on the 2TB NVMe SSD if you don't need at least 1TB of storage.

A 1TB NVMe is very cost effective nowadays.

The 32GB SODIMM is because I run workstation tasks on my laptop, and don't close applications. These powerhouse mobile CPUs are now good enough to support such work.

For you, a 16GB SODIMM might cover almost every eventuality, unless you're doing heavier tasks or running multiple applications and browsers.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: Free SODIMM slot is a go, folks. Upgrading to 32GB SODIMM because this is a free country.

I just need confirmation on that screen, how bad, exactly.
It's a non-touch TN panel, so, pretty bad colour reproduction and viewing angles. And 4GB is soldered, so 12GB max.

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