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Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KN001QGE


Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KN001QGE
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KN001QGE (ThinkPad E480 Series)
Intel Core i5-8250U 4 x 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, Kaby Lake Refresh
Graphics adapter
8 GB 
, DDR4-2400
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
256 GB NVMe, 256 GB 
Conexant CX11852
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth .1
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 329 x 242 ( = 0.78 x 12.95 x 9.53 in)
45 Wh, 3980 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: 1.5 W stereo speakers, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet keyboard, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
1.78 kg ( = 62.79 oz / 3.92 pounds), Power Supply: 358 g ( = 12.63 oz / 0.79 pounds)
750 Euro


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Average Score: 71% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KN001QGE

71% Lenovo ThinkPad E480 Review
Source: Think Digit English version
The Lenovo ThinkPad E480 not only continues to wear the E series badge with pride but also returns to its roots by displaying some traditional ThinkPad traits. This new model is definitely a job well done.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 71%


Model: The Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KN001QGE is a business ready laptop. It is designed to maximize productivity while ensuring the best value. Although it packs some extra weight and can run noisy, it delivers a durable metal chassis and competitive performance for a mainstream laptop. The rounded corners and edges give way to a more angular, rectangular design with clean lines, which looks much more sophisticated than the somewhat clumsy predecessor. With the case materials, Lenovo is changing from a coated plastic lid to a black-finished aluminum display cover. The base unit is made of black plastic with a smooth coating in the palm rest area. The display frame and the underside are made of brushed plastic. the E480 is also available in a silver color. As for the display, it is a Full HD IPS screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. pixels. The display built into the E480 is matte and without touch-options. The E480 achieves at least a maximum brightness of 251 cd/m² in the middle segment of the display. The matte display surface in combination with sufficient brightness allows outdoor use, but one should definitely avoid the sun. In the shadows or in cloudy weather, a user can use the E480 outside without problems.

The hardware specifications featured is the Intel Core i5-8250U processors. The processor is a quad-core processor. The four cores clocked with 1.6 GHz (basic clock) or 3.4 GHz running in turbo. The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is always available, paired with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. The E480 is not a gaming notebook, but PC games are possible. Newer titles are playable, but details and resolution have to be reduced. Although the E480 is a business notebook, Lenovo says it will be best for smaller companies. Therefore, the E480 does not have all the security features found in the Enterprise ThinkPads of the T or L series. For example, a smart card slot is missing. However, there is a basic set of security features. In addition to TPM 2.0, this also includes a touch-based fingerprint reader placed between the keyboard and the ThinkPad logo in the wrist-rest. This fingerprint reader works just as well as with the other ThinkPads. The E480 was built to last and tested for durability. It packs the renowned ThinkPad reliability and is backed by a one- or two-year base warranty, with up to three years total available. Lenovo's E480 incorporates an internal lithium-polymer battery with exactly the same battery capacity as its predecessor. In fact, the battery has a capacity of 45 watt-hours. E480 is one of the first models of the E-series with an optional illuminated keyboard (white backlit, two-stage). Not only that, the keys of our Chicony keyboard have a smooth feel, a sufficiently large stroke (about 1.8 mm) and a crisp pressure point. As a conclusion, the ThinkPad E480 is a tempting notebook with powerful components for an affordable price. It is essentially aimed at business users who are looking to get the benefits of ThinkPad laptops at a more affordable price tag.

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Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

i5-8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.

In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.

In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.

71%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-09-27 (Update: 2019-04-30)