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    Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Expected to be available from Q2. 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors will be an option too.
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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Thinkpad build quality with added Ryzen Zen2 goodness should make for some nice devices.

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Just a warning. I bought my mum an exceptionally bargainous Lenovo flippy over laptop model like shown above. It was probably the worst tech purchase I've made in the last 20 years. The build is terrible with screws falling out at random and the keyboard has intermittent faults where it fails to register presses on some keys occasionally. The case occasionally parts and needs clipping back together (PCB visible) from the stress of opening and closing due to the awful hinge mechanism. The system itself is very slow for the specification and I've often considered ending the misery but it's not worth potentially scratching the window frame if it doesn't sail cleanly through.

    Maybe the Thinkpad range will be better but the hinge mechanism looks almost identical. That the screws don't have a tiny bit of Locktite on like the HPs I've taken apart (last HP laptop I opened up was beautiful inside, amazingly) is just daft and really, I would have rejected that laptop and taken it back but my mum insists on keeping it. Frustratingly, it has a touchscreen which she has got used to and I can't find anything in her kind of budget for a touchscreen laptop with an SSD.

    EDIT: It was bargainous due to being end of line methinks, rather than it being a cheapo model.

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    The build is terrible with screws falling out at random and the keyboard has intermittent faults where it fails to register presses on some keys occasionally.
    Surprised to hear this - the ThinkPads I've had over the years (as work devices) have all been really solid, with really excellent keyboards - both when they were made by IBM and after the brand/tech was sold on to Lenovo.

    Perhaps some corners have been cut in recent times, on certain model ranges?

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    The X1 ranges had some dubious design choices that were a strong departure from the rugged toughness of the T4xx range and the X2xx range but the more recent Thinkpads seem to have returned to the high build quality levels.

    Interested in seeing this new range in action!

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Quote Originally Posted by KultiVator View Post
    Surprised to hear this - the ThinkPads I've had over the years (as work devices) have all been really solid, with really excellent keyboards - both when they were made by IBM and after the brand/tech was sold on to Lenovo.

    Perhaps some corners have been cut in recent times, on certain model ranges?
    The one I got her was not a Thinkpad, but the design is very similar to what is in those pictures. I kind of hope that hers was some kind of experimental thing which was released to gather data and has been refined before using the same kind of screen design on the Thinkpad range.

    I have been told, although not confirmed myself, that the Thinkpads of new are nothing like the Thinkpads of old and are of substantially poorer construction. I was very tempted to get an old Amazon refurbished Thinkpad but was put off by this.

    The problem is, whilst I'd love a rugged, functional laptop, I really do like the usability of my old MacBook Air. It's a 2011 model and still works just fine, despite being obsolete. The issue is Apple treated me like something scraped off their shoe when I had a PSU issue and I had to buy a replacement (third party, obviously) even though I had their extended warranty. That makes spending a grand on one of their laptops a huge risk as they simply do not comply with their consumer rights obligations.

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Hope they are built to last, I miss the resilience of the old bricks.

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    I have been told, although not confirmed myself, that the Thinkpads of new are nothing like the Thinkpads of old and are of substantially poorer construction. I was very tempted to get an old Amazon refurbished Thinkpad but was put off by this.

    So why didn't you return this laptop for a refund ?

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Quote Originally Posted by KultiVator View Post
    Surprised to hear this - the ThinkPads I've had over the years (as work devices) have all been really solid, with really excellent keyboards - both when they were made by IBM and after the brand/tech was sold on to Lenovo.
    I have a 2 month old Lenovo laptop at work, and I am starting to have trouble with the keyboard already. A couple of keys need to be pressed much harder than usual to get them to register. I am not sure which model it is, but given the spec it must be a high end one. (4k screen, 32Gb Ram, i7 CPU).

    The previous work laptop I had was also a Lenovo and was 4 years old when it was replaced, and the keyboard worked fine. I think Lenovo might have been cutting corners recently.

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    I got the X395 (Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U 16GB / 1TB+ and every hardware upgrade) from the last gen. Was waiting for the privacy guard screen which was promised at launch but always delayed. in the end i got on sale (called upgrade and save) at 978 euros (840 GBP) from the Spanish lenovo.es without the guard filter. Arrived from hong kong in about 10 working days.
    Im very happy, the build quality is the best of any laptop i ever owned, but just wished they had stuck to the original launch spec statement, becuase i delayed buying for quite a while.
    If anyone out there is still buying apple products over thinkpads, it's based on fasion and aesthetics only imho. I think im only uying thinkpads from here on in, until further notice.

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    Re: Lenovo updates ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile APUs

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    EDIT: It was bargainous due to being end of line methinks, rather than it being a cheapo model.
    I got the X395, in the last decade I have owned the following laptop brands, rated out of 10, Xiaomi (2/10), Lenovo (ideaPad) (4/10), Asus (7/10), GPD (5/10), HP(6/10), Samsung (5/10) and MSI (5/10).. My current thinkPad is worlds apart from anything else, they are nothing like the consumer IdeaPads. From my own expericence i would rate my thinkpad 10/10.

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