Should I return the ThinkPad T470 and wait for T480 instead?

A ThinkPad T470 I ordered has been delayed a couple of times and will be reaching on Monday. Luckily, a friend is leaving on Friday and could bring the laptop to me.

There are plenty of posts about how efficient the 8th generation i5 processors would be.. Being so close to the T480 release, bothers me. If it was the same situation six months ago, I wouldn't have bothered obviously.

Lenovo's return policy is designed to make people hold onto their laptops.. 😐 (15% restocking fee and return shipping is on the buyer)

And intend to upgrade the HDD with a Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB and memory with a Crucial 16 GB dual rank memory stick.

If anything, the laptop will be delivered on Monday and I could start using it in a week's time and but don't have any idea when I would receive the T480 in my hands!

Any thoughts would be awesome. Thank you, as always.
Kavit GunasAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can play that game forever - the wheel never stops

If the T470 is basically yours now, it is a decent machine (you did not post the exact specifications) and it should work for you.

If you can turn off the order (this is not clear) and wish to wait, then do that (only if you do not have to pay 15% restocking).

If you can do the latter, specify what you want and have it made that way. Don't pay for a hard drive and then upgrade to SSD. Get it with the memory you need.

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Kavit GunasAuthor Commented:
As always, thank you for your instant response, John Hurst.  :)

Here's the configuration, as mentioned above:

While I'd love to order with an SSD and the memory that I want directly from Lenovo, they charge a premium and I'm wary of them using components bought with huge volume discounts.

I know for sure that my Samsung 860 EVO (has a 5 year warranty) and the Crucial memory is the best that money could buy. And I could sell the 500 GB HDD and 4 GB stick. (Or keep the drive in an enclosure)

But yes, it is easier to get everything in one shot even though it would cost at least $200 to $300 more.. :(
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
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When I purchased my X1 Carbon, the 1 TB Samsung 960 NVM-e drive was the same price from Lenovo as from Intel and other sources at the time. So there was not much of a premium. The machine has a 4 year warranty, so the parts are very likely good parts.

We have good success with hundreds of Lenovo machines purchased for clients.

But all the above has little to do with the first question. If you can turn off the T470 and wish to wait, then that may be the best approach for you.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That machine above is perfectly fine. I have a lesser X230 (but with 16 GB of memory) running an advanced (Insider) version of Windows 10 Pro just fine.

The only thing this machine above needs is more memory. The SSD is optional and speeds startup time but general operation from a fast hard drive is fine).

So if you are committed (by Lenovo shipping) to this machine, it is fine. Add some memory.  The price is good which is a definite plus.
consider what's the price difference from T470 + upgrade to a T480 ?
also - it mentions a PCIe  SSD - that would even be faster than a normal SSD
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