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Lenovo ThinkPad E490 Series

Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90006GBProcessor: Intel Core i5 i5-8265U, Intel Core i7 i7-8565U
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14 inch
Weight: 1.75kg, 1.8kg, 1.864kg
Price: 730, 1120 euro
Average Score: 75.06% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 8 reviews)
: - %, performance: 69%, features: 65%, display: 84%
mobility: 72%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 90%

 

Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GENotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Processor: Intel Core i7 i7-8565U
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop) 2048 MB
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.864kg
Price: 1120 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage

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84.6% Lenovo ThinkPad E490 Office Laptop in review: The Radeon GPU is too much for the cooling solution | Notebookcheck
The ThinkPad E490 is available with an optional dedicated GPU. Similar to the predecessor, however, the cooling solution struggles with the additional heat, and even multiple BIOS updates did not change that.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGENotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
Processor: Intel Core i5 i5-8265U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.8kg
Price: 730 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Average Score: 71.67% - average

Average of 6 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

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
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%
60% Lenovo ThinkPad E490 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
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
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%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad E490
Source: PC Mag English
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
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%
75% Lenovo ThinkPad E490 review: The bare minimum for a ThinkPad
Source: Neowin English
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%

 

Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90006GB

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90006GBNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90006GB
Processor: Intel Core i5 i5-8265U
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop) 2048 MB
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.75kg
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Lenovo ThinkPad E490 review – rigid business notebook
Source: Laptop Media English
Frankly, the ThinkPad E490 is a controversial device. Which is weird, because it is an exact copy of its predecessor, so one would think that the only way is up and ahead. No, our dear readers, that’s absolutely not the case here. As you may know, if you’ve read the review of ThinkPad E480, it had mediocre battery life and budget IPS panel. Well, this year, Lenovo has definitely upped their game with the battery life and now it reaches more than 10 hours of web browsing and around 9 hours of video playback.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/22/2019

 

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Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.

In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.

From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.


With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop): Polaris based entry level dedicated graphics card with 512 shaders (8 CUs) and 4 GB GDDR5 graphics memory (128 bit memory bus).

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

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.

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


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

i7-8565U: 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 1.8 and 4.6 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.

Intel Core i5:

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.


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


1.75 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.

1.864 kg:


75.06%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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

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Stefan Hinum, 2019-05-28 (Update: 2019-05-28)