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Lenovo ThinkPad T495: Just Bought It!

I am a Software Developer

I am a developer. I work on Java projects. These include web applications and web services. I also do front-end development using Angular and make use of Docker containers for microservices. I am building things in my free time!

About the Purchase

Today I bought a Lenovo ThinkPad T495 online. I kept looking at this product for several weeks but could not make up my mind. I wanted an AMD Rayzen 7 Pro 3700U but could only get a maximum of 8GB onboard memory plus a 16GB selectable memory. That is just only 24GB of RAM, all in all. It may be enough but I wanted a future-proof and durable laptop that could last and remain usable for a decade. I had a Dell Vostro 2200

AMD Rayzen 5 Pro 3500U

I chose AMD Rayzen 5 Pro 3500U because the maximum onboard memory I could have is 16GB. I also chose a 16GB selectable memory to have a total of 32 GB of RAM.

Other Configuration Details

Here is the other configuration of my T495.

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64

Although this is my personal laptop, I chose this because I will use it for product development

Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State Drive, M.2 2280, NVMe, Opal

I think this is good enough. The company laptop I have, which is T460, only has 237 GB. I still manage to work on 3 Java projects at the same time and still have 50GB free space.

Display: 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, Anti-Glare, 250nits

This is good enough for me. I don’t do games. I try to avoid them at all costs.

Microsoft Productivity Software: Microsoft Office 365 Personal

It is a little cheaper to have it bundled with the machine than purchased separately.

Graphics Card: Integrated Graphics

I am not doing games!

Security Software: McAfee Internet Security-15 Month

I actually prefer ESET because my wife also uses ESET on her machine. But this is fine for me for now.

Warranty and Protection

I chose the following

  • 3Y Accident Damage Protection Add On
  • 3Y Depot/CCI upgrade from 1Y Depot/CCI

I should receive it in 2 weeks and make another post until then.

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3 Comments

  1. 1

    I am looking for the same model too. How about its battery life. Is it possible to get 6 hours if only do coding with vscode

  2. 2

    Hi Chanyut!

    Those are good questions. I have not tried using it on battery for extended period of time. When the notebook is plugged in, the battery is not used (thus, battery power is conserved and no unnecessary charging). It won’t be charged until below a certain battery level threshold (this depends on how you configured it).

    I will try this week and let you know. I also want to test my notebook that way.

    Thanks,
    Karl

  3. 3

    Here’s the result. I started with 96% battery life and ended up with 38% after 3.5 hours. Nothing else is connected to the notebook except an external keyboard and a mouse. I was just doing Youtube and Udemy . Intellij IDE was running. No bitlocker configured. I have Docker for Windows and MaCAfee Internet Security running. I think it can still last up to 4.5 hours but I am off to bed now. Time to sleep! 🙂

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