The ThinkPad T series is one of ThinkPad's most venerable lineup and much like the X series has been in production through the years. This holiday season, you can pick up all ThinkPad T480 and ThinkPad T480s for 35% off thanks to the long-running, non-public Lenovo Cyber Monday coupon (just use code THINKBLCKFRI during checkout). This is a still valid code from Lenovo's Black Friday weekend sale and is a signfiicantly better discount than what is currently offered on Lenovo's website at a nominal 10% off.
As of writing, this 35% off discount code works on 12 different ThinkPad T480s and T480 configuration. You can get the base model T480s with Core i5-8250U and a 128GB SSD for as low as $824, or pick up a base model T480 as low as $649. In fact, for the T480, Lenovo is offering two models with older generation 7th Gen Intel processors and while we've listed the deal below, we highly suggest simply splurging for the models with the latest 8th Gen Intel processors.
For those unaware, the T480 is essentially the larger brother of the two compared to the T480s, which has a slightly smaller footprint and a thinner chassis paired with slightly nicer specifications in their base models. While the T480 is a bit bigger in both size and weight. For a good comparison, check out this video.
In terms of configuration to go with. We think the best balance for price and performance for a T480s is the middle-of-the-road model with a Core i5-8250U and 256GB SSD for $928.85 after using code THINKBLCKFRI at checkout. For the T480, we would suggest the similarly configured for $883.35 (using the same code). Note that while the T480 base model at $681 may seem attractive, the slower HDD will impact performance and the lower resolution non-HD display will make you feel like you're back in the early 2010s. For a work machine, we think you'll need at least a 1080p Full HD display.
ThinkPad T480s Deals for Black Friday
Use coupon: THINKBLCKFRI
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $824.85 (list $1,269)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Customizable Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $845.65 (list $1,301)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $928.85 (list $1,429)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Core i7-8650U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,344.85 (list $2,069)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Core i7-8650U, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 1440p IPS - $1,591.85 (list $2,449)
ThinkPad T480 Black Friday Deals
Use coupon: THINKBLCKFRI
...with Intel 8th Gen CPUs
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $681.85 (list $1,049)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $883.35 (list $1,359)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $922.35 (list $1,419)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Core i7-8650U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,279.85 (list $1,969)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Core i7-8650U, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 1440p IPS - $1,546.35 (list $2,379)
...with Intel 7th Gen CPUs
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $649.35 (list $999)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $876.85 (list $1,349)
While Lenovo is also offering select "doorbuster" deals on the older ThinkPad T470, we believe you should avoid these models given their outdated specification isn't really worth the money savings. After all, if you've been waiting to pick up a ThinkPad T480s (or T480) through the entire year until this Black Friday - you should at least aim for configurations with modern hardware.
The 35% off coupon will run through this weekend and Cyber Monday until December 5th, 2018. While we didn't explicitly mention it, the same coupon will work on the T580 lineup of ThinkPad as well.
Update 11/25/18: Verified the coupon still works for Cyber Monday sale.