Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Lenovo has announced a new model in the range of affordable series ThinkPad E – Lenovo ThinkPad E490s laptop. This 14-inch business notebook can be called a budget, especially compared to other solutions in this market segment.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s is designed mainly for business people and consumers and is not completely independent in its design. It is very similar in many aspects of the design to the ThinkPad E490. For example, both laptops are the same size, except for the thickness.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Compared with the ThinkPad E490, the manufacturer has reduced the thickness of the Lenovo ThinkPad E490s from 20 to 17.9 mm. Also, the ThinkPad E490s lost a 2.5-inch hard drive slot but received a fingerprint scanner in all versions. The remaining characteristics correspond to those of the Lenovo ThinkPad E.Business Notebook ThinkPad E490s received a 14-inch display with a narrow frame. 8 generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor, dual slot up to 32GB memory, up to 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD solid state drive, and AMD Radeon RX 540 discrete graphics hardware architecture. In addition, the Lenovo ThinkPad E490s also uses a lithium battery that supports fast charging.  It is a very powerful business notebook.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s: Specifications

CPUIntel Core i5-8265U Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.90GHz)
GPUAMD Ryzen RX 540
OSWindows 10 Pro
Display14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080), TN, Anti-Glare, 220nits
Memory8GB DDR4 2400MHz SoDIMM
Storage256GB Solid State Drive M.2 2280
CameraHD 720P Camera with Mic
AudioDolby Advanced Audio
SecuritydTPM 2.0
Optional: Match-on-Host fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
ThinkShutter privacy cover
Kensington lock slot
KeyboardThinkPad Precision Backlit Keyboard Black English with Fingerprint Reader
Battery3 Cell Li-Polymer 42Wh
WirelessIntel Wireless-AC 9260 2x2 AC, Bluetooth 5.0
Dimensions329mm x 242mm x 19.9mm
Weight1.63kg 
ColorsBlack and Silver

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s: Design

The Lenovo ThinkPad E490s is made of an all-metal body. The calm black color matching with the same metal texture of the ThinkPad logo continues the classic design of the small red dot. The small red dot on the ThinkPad has lighting effects.

The ThinkPad E490s’s notebook weight is 1.63 Kg after the actual measurement, and the thickest part of the notebook is 18.25 mm. Although it is not as thin as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, it is a good counterweight performance.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

I/O terminals on the left and right sides of the notebook, including a set of USB-C (supports power transmission, and can be used as DisplayPort), two sets of USB 3.1, one set of USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4b, RJ-45 wired network plug Hole, MicroSD card reader, and 3.5mm composite audio jack.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

The bottom of the notebook is designed as a one-piece bottom cover, and there are three long air inlet holes.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

The ThinkPad E490s features a 14-” IPS display screen with an anti-glare coating and a full-screen resolution of the standard resolution. It has a double-sided bezel design that makes the overall view look wider. Above the display screen is an HD 720p video camera with a Skype-certified dual array microphone.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

The keyboard is a six-column keyboard configuration that Lenovo has adopted in recent years. The island keyboard design has excellent tapping feedback and a white keyboard backlight with adjustable brightness.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

As for the small red dot device on the keyboard, the left and right mechanical left and right touch panels are the classic device design of the ThinkPad series.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebookFor added security, Lenovo added a fingerprint identification device to the right of the E490s touchpad, but it allows consumers to purchase it in an optional way.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

The ThinkPad E490s also has a built-in Lenovo Vantage management application. Users can directly perform computer-related function settings, system updates, scans and warranty information, etc., which can be directly completed in this application, providing users with a convenient integration interface.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s: Performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad E490s, which is based on the series, is a series of high-end models with built-in Intel Core i7-8565U 1.80GHz processor, a quad-core eight-thread architecture with 8MB L3 cache memory. The graphics card includes Intel UHD Graphics internal graphics and AMD Ryzen RX 540 discrete graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 display memory.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

In the CPU-Z test software, the single-thread performance test result is 423.7 points, the multi-thread performance test result is 1753.6 points, the CINEBENCH R15 single-thread performance test result is 162 points, and the multi-thread performance test result is 493 points, OpenGL performance show there 63.11fps, as for the X264 were given on audio and video file conversion efficiency of 17.4FPS effectiveness of performance.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

In the memory performance part, the performance test results in the main memory are 17715 / 17656 / 16905 MB / s (read/write/ copy), the delay timing is 87.1 ns, as for the L3 cache memory. The performance is 170.67 GB/s / 101959 / 86745 MB / s (read / write / copy), and the delay timing is 13.1ns.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

The built-in hard disk is 512GB storage capacity, and the SSD solid state drive with PCIe 3.0 x2 transmission interface has a sequential read/write performance of 1612 / 1046  MB/s in CrystalDiskMark. In the TxBench performance test, in the sequential Max QD32 performance test, Get 1658.027 / 1052.203 MB / s performance. As for the actual measurement of the boot speed, the best boot time measured is 25.165 seconds.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Since the AMD Ryzen RX 540 is not a too high-end discrete graphics card, in the graphics performance test, the small series is also selected in a lower-load mode, and in the 3DMark Cloud Gate mode, the performance score of 11,753 points, 3DMark Sky Diver. In the mode, the performance score of 7,560 points, the performance level ranking, are better than the general notebook, can handle low-load graphics processing applications.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

In the computer comprehensive performance test section, we used PCMark 10 to test and obtain 4,251 points of performance, and the performance level ranking was higher than the performance average of the computer.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s: Battery

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s built-in 42Whr support fast charging the lithium battery, we himself tested, when the remaining 5% of the pen battery charge, the full charging time is about 1 hour and 1 minute, the charging speed is really fast.

We are in the balanced power management mode, set the screen brightness to 50%, turn off the Bluetooth connection, GPS positioning, and open the Wi-Fi wireless network connection, and maintain the endurance test in the network connection state. In PCMark 8 three test mode of the formula were obtained 3 hours 18 minutes / 4 hours and 35 minutes / 5 hours 19 minutes of battery life performance.

Although the battery life of the actual test has not been provided by the official website for a maximum of 11.5 hours, the endurance performance of up to 5 hours is quite good. With the lithium battery that supports fast charging, it can make up for the difference in endurance.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s review: 14-inch affordable business notebookLenovo ThinkPad E490s: Conclusions

In the Lenovo ThinkPad series, the E-series, which has always been positioned to be more advanced, also maintains a fairly good price/performance ratio for the new E490s. The hardware configuration and specifications are quite suitable for business people who are always on the move. The suitable model, in terms of the weight and thickness of the fuselage, is also a light and portable pen motor. The narrow frame design brings a large field of the view display screen, plus Dolby advanced sound technology, whether for general work or audio and video. The entertainment experience is quite good.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490s: Price

Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad E490s can be bought for less than 1000$, with a complete I / O configuration, classic small red dot design plus entry-level hardware specifications, for mobile business people, true It can be regarded as an economical and affordable notebook product.

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