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Ideapad 720s vs Thinkpad x280

I am thinking of buying either an Ideapad 720s (13", core i7 8th Gen, 8GB Ram, 256 GB SSD) or a Thinkpad x280 (12", core i7 8th Gen, 8GB Ram, 512 GB SSD), and I believe they both have Thunderbolt 3. So I was wondering if there are significant differences between them. Where I am, the Ideapad is around the $1,000 mark, while the Thinkpad is about $400 more expensive. Is the Thinkpad really that much better, and if so, how?

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I see two items that increase cost.

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1. The SSD size.
2. The size of the machine. Smaller costs more.

Check reviews about what SSD is used. If the usual M.2 then you can shop for more storage later.

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Well eventhough the

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processors are both core i7 8th gen the Ideapad comes with the Up to 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor (1.80GHz 8MB) (max) and the Thinkpad Up to 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8650U with vPro® (1.9GHz, up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache) Max.

the SSD difference is usually about 200 dollars difference. The Thinkpad comes with 1 more USB port and is marketed as 1 hour more battery life. The Thinkpad has more security options.

Both laptops are configurable from Lenovo so you can get an Ideapad with a 512 GB SSD limit but the Thinkpad has a 1 TB SSD limit.

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