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Ideapad 3 Ryzen 5 4500u 8GB 256GB SSD (Students) - £431.99 @ Lenovo
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Ideapad 3 Ryzen 5 4500u 8GB 256GB SSD (Students) - £431.99 @ Lenovo

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Seems like a very good deal latest amd ryzen 5 processor. You can change storage for £40 extra to give 512GB

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good price but not for everyone
Soldered ram. And 4gb at that.
Wow here come the Ryzen 5 4500U deals... thanks OP... if nothing else this should cause the 3500U prices to plunge! Been some expensive deals voted hot recently on 3500U machines that imo do not justify such high prices.
How are these specs different to the hp 4500u. Seems same processort and specs but huge difference in price...

store.hp.com/UKS…NTB
Symnz01/06/2020 10:27

Soldered ram. And 4gb at that.


It’s dual channel total 8gb which is ideal for this processor and sufficient for pretty much all purposes afaik
rd3d201/06/2020 10:31

It is 8GB


Yeah 4gb is soldered on. So you can only replace one dimm.
spurs14201/06/2020 10:33

Yeah 4gb is soldered on. So you can only replace one dimm.


Thanks, yes - you are correct - So 8GB total

(but then If I was thinking 16GB RAM I would also be thinking the latest i7 and probably a GPU - and maybe tripling my budget?)
spurs14201/06/2020 10:33

Yeah 4gb is soldered on. So you can only replace one dimm.


doing so would make single channel, which in gaming would significantly reduce rather than increase performance
VinuGeorge-09ae0.0846401/06/2020 10:30

How are these specs different to the hp 4500u. Seems same processort and …How are these specs different to the hp 4500u. Seems same processort and specs but huge difference in price...https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=2S897EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB


They are different types of system. If this were a convertible 2 in 1 then I am sure the price would be quite similar.
rd3d201/06/2020 10:37

Thanks, yes - you are correct - So 8GB total (but then If I was thinking …Thanks, yes - you are correct - So 8GB total (but then If I was thinking 16GB RAM I would also be thinking the latest i7 and probably a GPU - and maybe tripling my budget?)


Pretty certain that this processor is equivalent to current gen i7 or slightly behind it.
thehitman01/06/2020 10:38

They are different types of system. If this were a convertible 2 in 1 …They are different types of system. If this were a convertible 2 in 1 then I am sure the price would be quite similar.


Thanks. It has a different in screen too so you have a point. I just didnt expect those two features to increase costs to double.
rd3d201/06/2020 10:31

It is 8GB


The soldered ram is 4GB. it has a 4gb stick as well. IT would be better to have 8 soldered and an empty slot imo.
majorwedgy8401/06/2020 10:38

doing so would make single channel, which in gaming would significantly …doing so would make single channel, which in gaming would significantly reduce rather than increase performance


Afaik you'd still have some memory running in dual channel. Eg with 12gb ram in slot 2 you'd have 8gb running in dual channel (4gb from slot 1 + 4gb from the 12gb stick in slot 2). I'm pretty sure that's the case for intel. I don't know if AMD is any different.

Edit:. Intel and AMD have flex memory mode where you can run different ram sizes in dual channel mode.
Edited by: "Namrofni10" 1st Jun
Good price, but terribly dim display
that TN screen is HORRID, 220nit is too low.

watch this below video before you buy your next laptop. and give him a subscribe

youtube.com/wat…7nY
VinuGeorge-09ae0.0846401/06/2020 10:30

How are these specs different to the hp 4500u. Seems same processort and …How are these specs different to the hp 4500u. Seems same processort and specs but huge difference in price...https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=2S897EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB


Hp is 2 in 1, usually have to pay a premium for functionality
Recommendation for 14 inch budget laptop with half decent screen?
TN screen, crap!

For normal people these are available:

Ideapad 3, Ryzen 3 4300U CPU, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, IPS screen, 35Wh battery = £429.99 or £387 with 10% first purchase discount. Options for 128/512GB SSD and 45Wh battery.

Ideapad 3, Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, IPS screen, 35Wh battery = £489.99 or £441.09 with 10% first purchase discount. Options for 512GB SSD and 45Wh battery.

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Delivery 7-8 weeks?
Symnz01/06/2020 10:27

Soldered ram. And 4gb at that.


Is it not 4+4? Seems to indicate on the listing it's 4GB onboard + 4GB Sodimm.
Nobull01/06/2020 11:39

Is it not 4+4? Seems to indicate on the listing it's 4GB onboard + 4GB …Is it not 4+4? Seems to indicate on the listing it's 4GB onboard + 4GB Sodimm.


but 4gb is soldered.
Solder 8gb or solder none.
Nobull01/06/2020 11:39

Is it not 4+4? Seems to indicate on the listing it's 4GB onboard + 4GB …Is it not 4+4? Seems to indicate on the listing it's 4GB onboard + 4GB Sodimm.


It is but someone was asking if it can be increased
Nujol01/06/2020 10:29

Wow here come the Ryzen 5 4500U deals... thanks OP... if nothing else this …Wow here come the Ryzen 5 4500U deals... thanks OP... if nothing else this should cause the 3500U prices to plunge! Been some expensive deals voted hot recently on 3500U machines that imo do not justify such high prices.


This is rip off Britain.

I doubt that prices will plunge that much.

But I would love to see a 3500U 8GB RAM laptop deal...
VinuGeorge-09ae0.0846401/06/2020 10:30

How are these specs different to the hp 4500u. Seems same processort and …How are these specs different to the hp 4500u. Seems same processort and specs but huge difference in price...https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=2S897EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB


The HP is much higher end device in terms of display and build quality. The specs are almost identical the big difference being in how the 8gb of ram is configured. Also you get the 360 hinge which is important to some. Differences in battery and physical dimensions too worth considering.
Any reasonable priced laptop with 4500U and IPS screen? Looking at Ideapad 5 but its not avalible yet
Edited by: "sion22" 1st Jun
amiga.matt01/06/2020 11:05

TN screen, crap!For normal people these are available:Ideapad 3, Ryzen 3 …TN screen, crap!For normal people these are available:Ideapad 3, Ryzen 3 4300U CPU, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, IPS screen, 35Wh battery = £429.99 or £387 with 10% first purchase discount. Options for 128/512GB SSD and 45Wh battery.Ideapad 3, Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, IPS screen, 35Wh battery = £489.99 or £441.09 with 10% first purchase discount. Options for 512GB SSD and 45Wh battery.[Image]


How do you get the 10% first purchase discount please?
zanemansha01/06/2020 12:25

The HP is much higher end device in terms of display and build quality. …The HP is much higher end device in terms of display and build quality. The specs are almost identical the big difference being in how the 8gb of ram is configured. Also you get the 360 hinge which is important to some. Differences in battery and physical dimensions too worth considering.


Much like when people say
"Why does an HP Pavilion cost half as much as an HP Elitebook when they're both the same spec"

I'd buy the Elitebook every day of the week over a Pavilion or an Acer Aspire.
This is what i dont get, i posted EXACT deal with the 14" 15" and 17" hotukdeals.com/dea…d=7 3 days ago and got voted cold by -54 maybe people got to scared with all the options

not saying OP has done anything wrong, good on him for getting this deal out, will be great for those going to uni in august, imn glad its getting out there for those who are in need of a cheap laptop for their degrees! just some people on this site confuse me.

OP feel free to take the photos of the Platform Spec (should be easier than going to lenovos site for it as it can be a tad slow sometimes), should give people a good idea of the customisations they can do before going to the site Also add the 10% newsletter discount to your post, will make it that much of a deal
Edited by: "Altirix" 1st Jun
andywa1k3r01/06/2020 13:58

How do you get the 10% first purchase discount please?



at the bottom of the page
Namrofni1001/06/2020 12:07

It is but someone was asking if it can be increased



yes it should be 4GB soldered with a SODIMM Slot, this should be able to take anything up to 16GB (maybe 32GB) it would be best to contact lenovo for a QVL of all DIMMs the board supports however before buying your own, but most should work no problem as long as you get the same speed ram as 4GB soldered and lower or equal CAS Latency
Altirix01/06/2020 15:02

yes it should be 4GB soldered with a SODIMM Slot, this should be able to …yes it should be 4GB soldered with a SODIMM Slot, this should be able to take anything up to 16GB (maybe 32GB) it would be best to contact lenovo for a QVL of all DIMMs the board supports however before buying your own, but most should work no problem as long as you get the same speed ram as 4GB soldered and lower or equal CAS Latency


Ram speed and cas latency don't matter as long as flex memory is supported. They just drop down to the weakest link.

The only issue is if windows memory management uses the DDR part for the graphics or other intensive task
Edited by: "Namrofni10" 1st Jun
When is the AMD HP Omen getting released?
Edited by: "capa" 1st Jun
Namrofni1001/06/2020 15:11

Ram speed and cas latency don't matter as long as flex memory is …Ram speed and cas latency don't matter as long as flex memory is supported. They just drop down to the weakest link.The only issue is if windows memory management uses the DDR part for the graphics or other intensive task



i dont have the laptop but its quite common for them to just default to whatever is in the first channel so dont assume the best case scenario, its shouldnt be to hard to find something that is better quality than what is used for the A channel, 2666 Cl17/16 would be my guess. quite literally anything should work but there is going to be someone that tries to save a £ buying 2666 Cl22 or something and it will fail post
Edited by: "Altirix" 1st Jun
zanemansha01/06/2020 12:25

The HP is much higher end device in terms of display and build quality. …The HP is much higher end device in terms of display and build quality. The specs are almost identical the big difference being in how the 8gb of ram is configured. Also you get the 360 hinge which is important to some. Differences in battery and physical dimensions too worth considering.


Thank you. That makes sense. Ordered the HP and was wondering if i missed a trick or two.
Saqib_Mahmood01/06/2020 11:02

Hp is 2 in 1, usually have to pay a premium for functionality


Thanks.Guess tablet mode is premium. Not sure i will use it on windows as much..
VinuGeorge-09ae0.0846401/06/2020 16:00

Thank you. That makes sense. Ordered the HP and was wondering if i missed …Thank you. That makes sense. Ordered the HP and was wondering if i missed a trick or two.


No you definitely didn't get ripped off or anything, I personally find the HP deal more attractive than this one. I'm waiting to see if any higher spec 2k screens will come out under £1000 with the 4000 series chips and good battery life before I push the button on one.
Anyone know the delivery time on these. I have £550 to spend on one for my daughters birthday in 4 weeks time for uni . Was thinking the MagicBook, anyone help?
amiga.matt01/06/2020 11:05

TN screen, crap!For normal people these are available:Ideapad 3, Ryzen 3 …TN screen, crap!For normal people these are available:Ideapad 3, Ryzen 3 4300U CPU, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, IPS screen, 35Wh battery = £429.99 or £387 with 10% first purchase discount. Options for 128/512GB SSD and 45Wh battery.Ideapad 3, Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, IPS screen, 35Wh battery = £489.99 or £441.09 with 10% first purchase discount. Options for 512GB SSD and 45Wh battery.[Image]


Can I get some thoughts on my purchase...I've bought (being delivered tomorrow) the HP 14-dk0011na Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GD ram, 256GB SSD (via Discounts For Teachers) for £419 but after amiga.matt has commented I could get the Ideapad 3 15, Ryzen 5 4500U but with the upgraded options of 512GB SSD, 45Wh battery, finger print reader, IPS screen for £503.99 after the 10% first purchase discount.
Can anybody comment on the build qualities or pros and cons on either? Is the £80ish price difference justified here for the 4500U processor, and double SSD (I could even downgrade to 256GB to save £40 unless that's a decent price?) Just don't know about the ideapad, I have HP laptops at work.
Basically my question would be is the processor upgrade a no-brainer but lose USB-C (might not use anyway) and ethernet port by the looks of it (again might not use lol)? Plus wait 6 weeks (as a minimum from other Lenovo deals people have commented on!!).
Thanks in advance for any advice. Laptop is to be used for general multitasking/work and light gaming.
nokiafusion01/06/2020 17:04

Anyone know the delivery time on these. I have £550 to spend on one for my …Anyone know the delivery time on these. I have £550 to spend on one for my daughters birthday in 4 weeks time for uni . Was thinking the MagicBook, anyone help?


Just got the MagicBook delivered today. Have to say I'm very impressed with the build quality of it (full metal) and it runs perfectly fast for my work needs (data analyses on a program called Igor Pro 8). The 256Gb SSD is a bit of a downside, but the SSD is partitioned for you into C and D drives which is handy. The gimmicks such as backlit keyboard and fingerprint scanner are cool, but not absolutely game changing.

Downside with the Lenovo is smaller battery (I think?) and a full plastic chassis, plus no fingerprint scanner or backlit keyboard. I do alot of cycling and will never get a plastic laptop again after my own cracked following an accident. However, the processor upgrade is definitely advantageous, but it all depends on her course; if she is doing data heavy work or visual processing then the Lenovo edges it, but if not then the MagicBook will be perfectly viable
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