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Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE


Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE (ThinkPad E490 Series)
Intel Core i5-8265U 4 x 1.6 - 3.9 GHz, Whiskey Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 1100 MHz, single channel,
8 GB 
, DDR4-2666, single channel, two storage slots (both occupied)
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Lenovo NV140FHM-N49, IPS, glossy: no
Intel Cannon Lake Z390 (Cannon Lake-H)
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG, 213 GB free
Conexant CX11880 @ Intel Cannon Point-LP PCH - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
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: audio combo port, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 329 x 242 ( = 0.78 x 12.95 x 9.53 in)
45 Wh, 4050 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.1 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
1.8 kg ( = 63.49 oz / 3.97 pounds), Power Supply: 358 g ( = 12.63 oz / 0.79 pounds)
730 Euro



Average Score: 75.23% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 64%, features: 65%, display: 85% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 88%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE

85.9% Lenovo ThinkPad E490 (i5-8265U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
The ThinkPad E490 scores with a quiet or silent operation, very good input devices, simple maintenance options, and a long battery life. In addition, the device stands out with a good price-performance ratio. The test unit that was made available to us can be purchased for slightly more than 700 Euros (~$780; currently $678 in the US for a similar model).
60% Lenovo ThinkPad E490 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English version
Lenovo's ThinkPad E490 is a good choice if you're looking for a great keyboard, decent performance and workday-long battery life. But be wary of its dull display, tiny speakers and unreliable touchpad.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad E490
Source: PC Mag English version
The ThinkPad E490 is a more budget-conscious alternative to Lenovo's 14-inch, business-mainstream ThinkPad T490. It's available with Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 power and a 768p or 1080p display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/08/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Lenovo ThinkPad E490 review: The bare minimum for a ThinkPad
Source: Neowin English version
The Lenovo ThinkPad E490 is perfectly average, packing in the core features that make a ThinkPad a ThinkPad and shedding anything else. It has the all-black body, the solid build quality, a good keyboard, and of course, a TrackPoint.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/22/2019
Rating: Total score: 75%


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.

i5-8265U: Whiskey Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Kaby Lake but produced in a further improved 14nm++ process). The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.9 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.» 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.

75.23%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2019-08-11 (Update: 2019-08-11)