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Lenovo ThinkPad E595 laptop review: AMD laptop better than its Intel counterpart?

Christian Hintze, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 07/11/2019

Well-rounded package Lenovo currently has two variants of the ThinkPad E590 in its product range; both use Intel CPUs, but one has a dedicated AMD graphics card, while the other comes with integrated Intel UHD graphics. With the E595, Lenovo has now completely opted for AMD for the CPU and GPU. In addition, the manufacturer has improved on some points of criticism. Will the E595 become the best ThinkPad E?

We reviewed the ThinkPad E590 with an Intel processor a few months ago, and we did this twice: Once for the version with integrated UHD graphics and a second time for the one with the AMD RX 550X. Lenovo now follows up with the E595 with an AMD CPU and integrated Vega 10 graphics. We are particularly interested in the comparison between the Intel and the AMD processor. Or does the combination of Intel CPU and AMD GPU result in the best device?

Alongside the E590 with Intel UHD graphics and the E590 with the RX 550X, we will also add the HP14 since it features almost the same configuration and the Acer TravelMate P2510 (i5-8250U, MX130) to our comparison.

Since this is a review update to the E590, we will skip the sections relating to the case, the connectivity, the input devices and the speakers. These have remained almost identical since the "real" E580 predecessor and can be found in our thorough review of the ThinkPad E580 pre-predecessor. The only difference: Our model does not have a fingerprint scanner.

Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 25.20.14122.8001
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 2666, single-channel, 1/2 slots in use, up to 64 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, NV156FHM-N49, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, 512 GB 
, 448 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
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: Headphone/Mic combo, Card Reader: MicroSD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 369 x 252 ( = 0.78 x 14.53 x 9.92 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p HD camera with microphone
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.94 kg ( = 68.43 oz / 4.28 pounds), Power Supply: 352 g ( = 12.42 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
830 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Size comparison

379.5 mm / 14.9 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 22.1 mm / 0.87 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs369 mm / 14.5 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.28 lbs369 mm / 14.5 inch 252.5 mm / 9.94 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.24 lbs369 mm / 14.5 inch 253 mm / 9.96 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.27 lbs335 mm / 13.2 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs

Connectivity - Lenovo laptop with fast Wi-Fi


Left: USB-C, HDMI 1.4b, 2x USB 3.0, headphones/mic
Left: USB-C, HDMI 1.4b, 2x USB 3.0, headphones/mic
Right: microSD, USB 2.0, RJ45, Kensington
Right: microSD, USB 2.0, RJ45, Kensington
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
77.6 MB/s ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
77.1 MB/s ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
73.9 MB/s ∼95% -4%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=277)
62.4 MB/s ∼80% -19%
HP 14-dk0008ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.2 MB/s ∼45% -54%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32.6 MB/s ∼42% -58%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
87.6 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
85.8 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.2 MB/s ∼97% -3%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=252)
78.9 MB/s ∼90% -10%
HP 14-dk0008ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
38 MB/s ∼43% -57%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.2 MB/s ∼28% -72%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
640 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
592 (min: 552, max: 637) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
559 MBit/s ∼87% -13%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
513 MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 688, n=223)
469 MBit/s ∼73% -27%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
271 (min: 234, max: 285) MBit/s ∼42% -58%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
684 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
683 (min: 667, max: 691) MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
620 MBit/s ∼91% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
613 MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 688, n=223)
445 MBit/s ∼65% -27%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
309 (min: 212, max: 410) MBit/s ∼45% -50%

Display - Contrast-rich Lenovo ThinkPad

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Lenovo is using their in-house matte Full HD IPS panel, which is different from the displays of the E590 that have been reviewed so far. The panel lottery from Lenovo appears to be taking place here too, and there is no way to read the ID in advance. The average brightness is approximately 300 nits; the brightness distribution is also good at 89 percent. All competitors are a bit darker in this regard.

Also positive: We were not able to identify screen bleeding or pronounced halos. However, the display flickers at a brightness of 99 percent and lower (PWM). The frequency of 1220 Hz should be high enough though, in order to avoid bothering sensitive users.

An E595 model with the low resolution of 1366x768 pixels is sold in the USA, but this is not listed in the German Lenovo website; only models with a Full HD display are available.

299
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
NV156FHM-N49
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 318 cd/m² Average: 297.1 cd/m² Minimum: 3.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 319 cd/m²
Contrast: 1871:1 (Black: 0.17 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.5 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 5.1
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
58.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.12
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
NV156FHM-N49, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
LP156WFC-SPDB, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Lenovo B156HAN02.1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 14-dk0008ng
AU Optronics AUO403D, , 1920x1080, 14
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Chi Mei CMN15D3, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
10%
-8%
13%
651%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.2 (22, 19.2)
40 (21.2, 18.8)
3%
47.2 (23.6, 23.6)
-15%
38 (18, 20)
8%
40 (23, 17)
3%
Response Time Black / White *
32.8 (18, 14.8)
27.6 (16.8, 10.8)
16%
32.8 (19.6, 13.2)
-0%
27 (15, 12)
18%
32 (13, 10)
2%
PWM Frequency
1220 (99)
25000 (10)
1949%
Screen
-12%
-10%
3%
8%
Brightness middle
318
254
-20%
284
-11%
269
-15%
259
-19%
Brightness
297
251
-15%
272
-8%
257
-13%
230
-23%
Brightness Distribution
89
90
1%
92
3%
89
0%
82
-8%
Black Level *
0.17
0.2
-18%
0.21
-24%
0.2
-18%
0.19
-12%
Contrast
1871
1270
-32%
1352
-28%
1345
-28%
1363
-27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.5
5.6
-2%
5.3
4%
3.68
33%
3.13
43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
21
15.4
27%
18.9
10%
7.36
65%
7.81
63%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
5.1
4.9
4%
4.4
14%
4.8
6%
3.09
39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.8
3.1
-72%
3.2
-78%
1.69
6%
1.42
21%
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.22 99%
2.41 91%
2.49 88%
2.36 93%
CCT
6257 104%
6450 101%
6736 96%
6406 101%
6391 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37.6
36.3
-3%
37.9
1%
38
1%
40
6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58.2
57.1
-2%
59.7
3%
59
1%
63
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / -9%
-9% / -10%
8% / 5%
330% / 146%

* ... smaller is better

The good black level as well as the very good contrast of 1871:1 should also be praised; the panel of the E595 comes out on top with both values. Only the color deviations are extremely high at 21. After a calibration, the value can be decreased to a still sub-optimal value of 5.

The color-space coverage is not above average; around 58 percent of sRGB and 37.6 percent of AdobeRGB will not entice any professional photographer to purchase.

However, the display can be satisfactory on the whole. Good color-space coverage barely plays any role for most buyers, and the Lenovo display scores points in terms of brightness, black value and contrast in return.

sRGB: 58.2 percent
sRGB: 58.2 percent
AdobeRGB: 37.6 percent
AdobeRGB: 37.6 percent
Well suited for outdoor use too
Well suited for outdoor use too

Thanks to its good brightness and strong contrast, the ThinkPad can be used outdoors without issues to the greatest possible extent. Subjectively, the display could still be a little brighter though.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
32.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 19.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1220 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1220 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1220 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9365 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

There is hardly anything to complain about in regard to the stability of the viewing angles due to the built-in IPS panel. Especially when being viewed from the sides, content on the display is still quite readable. The view from above and below is naturally somewhat more associated with brightness variations, but that is hardly worth mentioning when it comes to the display in the ThinkPad.

Performance - E595 with fast CPU and so-so GPU

On paper, the ThinkPad E595 is equipped with fast hardware: A Ryzen 7 3700U powers the computer and integrates Vega 10 graphics, which are currently among the strongest integrated GPUs. This is joined by 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD as the storage device. With this configuration, the ThinkPad should theoretically be able to tackle any office or Internet task without effort and therefore targets all office customers, who do not always need to have Intel hardware installed. We say "theoretically" because in previous reviews of laptops with AMD hardware we detected in part extreme throttling by the manufacturer. Whether this is also the case with the E595, we will clarify below.

Unfortunately, the LatencyMon tool detected several drivers that slow down the system in the first run. However, after a few updates and a new run, the problem appeared to have been solved, and the ThinkPad seemed largely latency-free.

Initial latency
Initial latency
Everything ok after updates
Everything ok after updates

The Vega 10 graphics would incidentally be benefited from dual-channel RAM. Unfortunately, the 16 GB in the E595 is configured as single channel.

Processor

The processor used here is the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, which has 4 Zen+ cores that potentially clocks between 2.3 and 4 GHz.

In our thirty-minute loop of the Cinebench R15 (multi-CPU), the ThinkPad exhibited a very a constant and also very high CPU performance. The performance drop observed with the competing models after the first one to three runs is virtually nonexistent with the E595. In addition, performance is consistently higher than with the competition, which is partly equipped in a similar way. For example, the ThinkPad is 27 percent faster than the evidently throttled HP 14, which uses the same processor. Very good, the E595 seems to finally be an AMD laptop without extreme throttling.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø684 (680.39-687.17)
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø503 (498-544)
HP 14-dk0008ng AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø447 (422.06-536.95)

In Cinebench R15's multi-core test, it can also outperform both E590 models with Intel CPUs (Intel Core i7-8565U) by strong 24 to 30 percent. On the other hand, these are 24 to 26 percent above in the single-core measurements. The Ryzen 7 3700U behaves more like an Intel Core i5-8250U in this case.

The high (multi-core) output only goes away when unplugging the ThinkPad. It loses around 38 percent of CPU performance in the multi-core test.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 on battery power
Cinebench R15 on battery power
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
181 Points ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
178 Points ∼98% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
144 Points ∼80%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Intel Core i5-8250U
142 Points ∼78% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (127 - 146, n=6)
139 Points ∼77% -3%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
127 Points ∼70% -12%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 199, n=534)
112 Points ∼62% -22%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
683 (min: 680.39, max: 687.17) Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (537 - 683, n=6)
649 Points ∼95% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
553 Points ∼81% -19%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
537 Points ∼79% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
527 Points ∼77% -23%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Intel Core i5-8250U
504.475 (min: 432.57, max: 532.94) Points ∼74% -26%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=541)
344 Points ∼50% -50%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1.66 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (1.23 - 1.67, n=4)
1.52 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Office
  (0.23 - 2.07, n=427)
1.134 Points ∼68% -32%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
7.71 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (5.02 - 7.71, n=4)
6.98 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Office
  (0.26 - 11.6, n=599)
2.78 Points ∼36% -64%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (7765 - 7769, n=2)
7767 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
7765 Points ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (0.4 - 9160, n=436)
4279 Points ∼55% -45%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (27166 - 27244, n=2)
27205 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
27166 Points ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (1.51 - 29780, n=433)
9825 Points ∼36% -64%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
27166 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7765 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7938 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.71 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
32.16 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.66 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
41.3 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
683 Points
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System performance

Our measurements of overall system performance using PCMark 8 and 10 result in an insightful picture. The E590 with RX-550X graphics clearly takes the lead here (around 20 - 40 percent). The Acer TravelMate is also above the E595 due to its dedicated card but only marginally at around 4 percent. Consequently, our review model with Vega 10 almost reaches the performance of the TravelMate with the GeForce MX130. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad E590 with Intel UHD graphics does not stand a chance; the E595 is in the PCMark tests about 30 to 50 percent faster! Everything works very smoothly in everyday use, and we did not identify any noticeable stutters or delays.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
3884 Points ∼100% +19%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3082 - 3581, n=6)
3311 Points ∼85% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3258 Points ∼84%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3082 Points ∼79% -5%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3884, n=151)
2650 Points ∼68% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
2264 Points ∼58% -31%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
7964 Points ∼100% +41%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (5459 - 5952, n=6)
5732 Points ∼72% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
5637 Points ∼71%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 7964, n=151)
5468 Points ∼69% -3%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
5459 Points ∼69% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
3381 Points ∼42% -40%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
8523 Points ∼100% +23%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (6927 - 7692, n=6)
7243 Points ∼85% +5%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
7050 Points ∼83% +2%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9790, n=151)
6954 Points ∼82% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
6927 Points ∼81%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
5450 Points ∼64% -21%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
4597 Points ∼100% +28%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3522 - 3903, n=6)
3699 Points ∼80% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3605 Points ∼78%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3522 Points ∼77% -2%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4597, n=152)
3262 Points ∼71% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
2486 Points ∼54% -31%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
5389 Points ∼100% +17%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4769 Points ∼88% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (4418 - 4869, n=5)
4630 Points ∼86% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
4593 Points ∼85%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
4418 Points ∼82% -4%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5428, n=349)
4024 Points ∼75% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
3596 Points ∼67% -22%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
4770 Points ∼100% +43%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3325 - 3993, n=6)
3632 Points ∼76% +9%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3461 Points ∼73% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3342 Points ∼70%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3325 Points ∼70% -1%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=408)
3058 Points ∼64% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
2577 Points ∼54% -23%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3342 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4593 points
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Storage

Lenovo has used a 512 GB SSD as storage device, which can be found in the 74th place of our laptop HDD and SSD benchmarks list. Therefore, it is not the fastest model, but the SSD reaches very decent transfer speeds, the best even, when directly compared to the competition. It certainly contributes to the good system performance.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3
CrystalDiskMark 3
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 5
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
HP 14-dk0008ng
Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Average SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-36%
-43%
-8%
-52%
-9%
Write 4K
129.5
53.43
-59%
90.6
-30%
111.2
-14%
71.76
-45%
108 (88.3 - 130, n=5)
-17%
Read 4K
41.23
33.03
-20%
33.17
-20%
49.01
19%
21.23
-49%
38.8 (34.8 - 41.2, n=5)
-6%
Write Seq
810.7
624.3
-23%
483
-40%
585.8
-28%
257.1
-68%
722 (654 - 811, n=5)
-11%
Read Seq
1145
835.3
-27%
511.4
-55%
783.1
-32%
476.3
-58%
990 (642 - 1145, n=5)
-14%
Write 4K Q32T1
314.1
87.41
-72%
170.7
-46%
263
-16%
202.6
-35%
317 (306 - 332, n=5)
1%
Read 4K Q32T1
356.2
135.9
-62%
235
-34%
481.5
35%
282
-21%
312 (243 - 356, n=5)
-12%
Write Seq Q32T1
838.5
783.5
-7%
496.5
-41%
784.2
-6%
265.6
-68%
861 (839 - 879, n=5)
3%
Read Seq Q32T1
2042
1623
-21%
533.8
-74%
1602
-22%
559.4
-73%
1757 (1639 - 2042, n=5)
-14%
AS SSD
-54%
-72%
-90%
-103%
-6%
Copy Game MB/s
599.06
140.6
404.95
458 (282 - 700, n=3)
Copy Program MB/s
209.68
93.24
165.41
275 (244 - 327, n=3)
Copy ISO MB/s
876.47
171.09
532.41
779 (521 - 955, n=3)
Score Total
2261
2139
-5%
753
-67%
1706
-25%
980
-57%
2149 (1913 - 2384, n=5)
-5%
Score Write
831
649
-22%
260
-69%
478
-42%
299
-64%
863 (829 - 932, n=5)
4%
Score Read
973
999
3%
320
-67%
822
-16%
452
-54%
863 (698 - 977, n=5)
-11%
Access Time Write *
0.036
0.188
-422%
0.062
-72%
0.228
-533%
0.233
-547%
0.0374 (0.033 - 0.048, n=5)
-4%
Access Time Read *
0.04
0.081
-103%
0.119
-198%
0.162
-305%
0.08
-100%
0.0488 (0.04 - 0.061, n=4)
-22%
4K-64 Write
668.81
488.05
-27%
154.95
-77%
314.07
-53%
202.12
-70%
698 (669 - 737, n=5)
4%
4K-64 Read
763.82
825.47
8%
244.3
-68%
642.76
-16%
375.85
-51%
701 (567 - 788, n=5)
-8%
4K Write
87.71
81.78
-7%
57.83
-34%
90.27
3%
72.07
-18%
98.8 (74.7 - 125, n=5)
13%
4K Read
39.18
38.82
-1%
26.82
-32%
47.61
22%
27.61
-30%
38.7 (32.2 - 44.3, n=5)
-1%
Seq Write
740.1
789.42
7%
473.92
-36%
735.36
-1%
250.59
-66%
666 (540 - 740, n=5)
-10%
Seq Read
1697.5
1348.01
-21%
491.65
-71%
1316
-22%
487.3
-71%
1235 (494 - 1698, n=5)
-27%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-45% / -46%
-58% / -60%
-49% / -55%
-78% / -81%
-8% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Sequential Read: 1119 MB/s
Sequential Write: 823.2 MB/s
512K Read: 1140 MB/s
512K Write: 767.5 MB/s
4K Read: 43.12 MB/s
4K Write: 101.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 326.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 266 MB/s

Graphics card

The Ryzen 7 is also joined by the integrated Vega 10 graphics unit. It is currently probably one of the most powerful integrated models and can even compete with weaker dedicated cards (GeForce MX150GeForce 940MX) to some extent. This depends on the clock speeds allowed by the manufacturer and the cooling system in use. 

The E595 is a bit disappointing in the synthetic 3DMark tests. The HP 14, which is configured with the same CPU and GPU, is for the first time considerably faster here (around 20 - 30 percent). Lenovo is apparently slightly weakening the biggest advantage of AMD hardware with the E595, namely the theoretically more powerful graphics unit. Nonetheless, it is still able to beat the TravelMate with the GeForce MX130 depending on the test. The UHD graphics from Intel sit defeated in the last place.

If we conduct one of the 3DMark tests in battery mode, there is barely a decrease in performance to be perceived, contrary to what was observed with the Cinebench test. However, 3DMark 11 always crashed so that our comparison refers to 3DMark 2003 Fire Strike.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 2003 Cloud Gate
3DMark 2003 Cloud Gate
3DMark 2003 Fire Strike
3DMark 2003 Fire Strike
3DMark 2003 Fire Strike on battery power
3DMark 2003 Fire Strike on battery power
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
5332 Points ∼100% +62%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
4056 Points ∼76% +23%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2688 - 4165, n=14)
3460 Points ∼65% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3287 Points ∼62%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
2786 Points ∼52% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1844 Points ∼35% -44%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5332, n=658)
1315 Points ∼25% -60%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
1051 Points ∼100%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
779 Points ∼74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (578 - 852, n=5)
725 Points ∼69%
Average of class Office
  (76 - 1158, n=53)
474 Points ∼45%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
3678 Points ∼100% +82%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2581 Points ∼70% +27%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
2311 Points ∼63% +14%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (1567 - 2999, n=13)
2148 Points ∼58% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2025 Points ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1183 Points ∼32% -42%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=476)
1010 Points ∼27% -50%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
19931 Points ∼100% +43%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
18378 Points ∼92% +32%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (9364 - 20784, n=13)
14343 Points ∼72% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
13891 Points ∼70%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
13246 Points ∼66% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
9446 Points ∼47% -32%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=522)
7003 Points ∼35% -50%
3DMark 11 Performance
3310 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7625 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1784 points
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Gaming performance

The ThinkPad is fundamentally not geared towards games, yet gaming is possible, even above the absolute bottom of the performance scale. The classic gaming tests confirm what was unfortunately already evident with the synthetic tests: The E595 is unable to utilize the Vega 10 graphics unit to its full potential. The comparison to the HP 14 with the same processor is still interesting here.

For example, this showed with "The Witcher 3", depending on the graphics settings, a lead of 19 to 44 percent! And it is precisely with "The Witcher 3" where this makes the difference between the game being playable and unplayable since the ThinkPad barely reaches 30 FPS even at the lowest resolution and graphic details; this is too little for more demanding scenes. The HP 14 reaches here a more comfortable 39 FPS.

The differences are similarly big with the somewhat older title "BioShock Infinite", but the game is at least playable with the ThinkPad at medium settings. Intel's UHD graphics lag about 30 to 45 percent behind in all games.

The ThinkPad is naturally rather aimed at office tasks so that the graphics throttling will be acceptable for most customers; after all, the throttling of the processor is not noticeable. Nonetheless, this throttling is a bit of a shame since the AMD processor has through its theoretical performance the potential to be considerably more all-rounder than the manufacturers allow it to be. A dual-channel RAM configuration would be helpful here too.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
20 fps ∼100% +138%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (8.4 - 18.8, n=7)
12.6 fps ∼63% +50%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
12.1 fps ∼61% +44%
Average of class Office
  (3.1 - 31.7, n=48)
11 fps ∼55% +31%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
8.4 fps ∼42%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
39.4 fps ∼100% +93%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
24.2 fps ∼61% +19%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (20.4 - 24.2, n=4)
22.5 fps ∼57% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
20.4 fps ∼52%
Average of class Office
  (5.8 - 50.3, n=57)
18.2 fps ∼46% -11%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
62.7 fps ∼100% +110%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
37.8 fps ∼60% +26%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (29.7 - 53.8, n=7)
37.7 fps ∼60% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
29.9 fps ∼48%
Average of class Office
  (8.3 - 81.7, n=89)
24 fps ∼38% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
16.6 fps ∼26% -44%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
79.2 fps ∼100% +103%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
51.3 fps ∼65% +31%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (25.4 - 64.1, n=5)
46.9 fps ∼59% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
39.1 fps ∼49%
Average of class Office
  (4.43 - 128, n=344)
27.2 fps ∼34% -30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
26.3 fps ∼33% -33%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
99.3 fps ∼100% +87%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
64.7 fps ∼65% +22%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (42.2 - 89.1, n=5)
63 fps ∼63% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
53.2 fps ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
32.4 fps ∼33% -39%
Average of class Office
  (5.6 - 145, n=365)
31.5 fps ∼32% -41%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
171.5 fps ∼100% +97%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
100.2 fps ∼58% +15%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (65.7 - 124, n=13)
96.5 fps ∼56% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
86.9 fps ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
62.5 fps ∼36% -28%
Average of class Office
  (12.2 - 208, n=370)
56.1 fps ∼33% -35%
Sims 4
1920x1080 High Preset
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
32 fps ∼100% +45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (22 - 32, n=2)
27 fps ∼84% +23%
Average of class Office
  (6.9 - 41.4, n=28)
24 fps ∼75% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
22 fps ∼69%
1366x768 Medium Preset
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
47.5 fps ∼100% +8%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (44 - 47.5, n=2)
45.8 fps ∼96% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
44 fps ∼93%
Average of class Office
  (7.6 - 81.2, n=44)
39.6 fps ∼83% -10%
1024x768 Low Preset
Average of class Office
  (37 - 186, n=43)
129 fps ∼100% +44%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
114.4 fps ∼89% +28%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (89.7 - 114, n=2)
102 fps ∼79% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
89.7 fps ∼70%

In order to determine how constant the ThinkPad's gaming performance is, we let "The Witcher 3" run for an hour at ultra settings. This shows that the E595 has a very constant performance despite it not being able to use the Vega 10 to its full potential. The graph does not show dips over time due to rising temperatures and subsequently lowered clock speeds - very good.

051015Tooltip
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG; The Witcher 3: Ø7.74 (4-9)
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 86.953.239.114.2fps
Sims 4 (2014) 89.74422fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 29.920.48.48fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 6655.229.727.6fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 2317.716.3fps

Emissions - Quiet Lenovo E595

Noise emissions

The new ThinkPad is fairly unobtrusive in terms of noise emissions. In a cold state, the fans are fairly silent. Otherwise, the volume level is moderate. The fans do not turn up disproportionately even under heavy load. The E590 with Intel UHD graphics largely remains equally loud under all load conditions, but it performs significantly worse. Only under maximum load is the E595 a bit louder; there is barely any difference in average though.

Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Noise
3%
-1%
-3%
-6%
off / environment *
29.3
29.3
-0%
29.4
-0%
30.6
-4%
30.3
-3%
Idle Minimum *
29.3
29.3
-0%
29.4
-0%
31.4
-7%
30.3
-3%
Idle Average *
29.3
29.3
-0%
29.4
-0%
31.4
-7%
30.3
-3%
Idle Maximum *
30.1
29.3
3%
29.4
2%
31.4
-4%
31
-3%
Load Average *
30.9
30.6
1%
33.9
-10%
32.5
-5%
35.6
-15%
Load Maximum *
35.2
30.6
13%
33.9
4%
32.5
8%
38.6
-10%
Witcher 3 ultra *
33.9

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.3 / 29.3 / 30.1 dB(A)
Load
30.9 / 35.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.833.1273029.82526.727.424.727.426.73127.327.324.929.327.3402628.425.628.6265024.327.325.125.224.36323.422.723.224.723.48023.722.422.323.123.710021.823.821.923.121.812522.523.223.323.622.516021.921.122.122.721.920021.321.921.921.921.325021.521.121.121.321.531520.920.920.821.620.94002020.621.423.52050019.520.520.723.919.563019.420.420.624.619.48001919.520.823.619100017.918.820.122.617.9125017.818.719.923.617.8160017.218.719.823.617.2200016.717.818.323.316.7250016.617.317.922.216.6315015.916.917.922.715.9400015.816.818.523.515.8500015.716.318.326.115.7630015.715.816.222.615.7800015.715.615.618.115.71000015.515.515.516.815.51250015.215.315.315.715.21600015.115.115.715.215.1SPL29.330.130.935.229.3N1.21.31.52.21.2median 17.8median 18.7median 19.9median 22.7median 17.8Delta2.32.11.81.52.332.532.835.633.832.533.733.736.634.333.732.834.740.937.332.830.232.336.433.430.230.931.534.833.230.92929.729.929.82929.129.529.427.729.129.328.628.525.729.325.526.225.725.525.524.925.724.824.924.923.623.823.724.223.62322.822.923.32322.822.22422.222.823.722.120.921.223.721.220.520.72021.220.720.119.719.520.722.321.521.118.722.323.223.12118.323.220.920.819.51820.920.719.718.717.420.719.820.118.717.619.820.921.618.417.620.918.718.918.117.918.718.218.518.117.918.218.318.31818.218.318.31918.218.218.318.219.118.318.118.218.320.118.418.218.318.219.218.218.218.218.319.318.218.218.332.532.531.430.632.51.61.61.41.31.6median 20.9median 20.5median 19.5median 18.2median 20.92.61.82.722.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GEHP 14-dk0008ng

Temperature

The ThinkPad is a bit less moderate when it comes to temperatures, but it still remains within the limits. The top and the bottom can reach up to 48 °C (~118 °F) under heavy load. Most competitors do it considerably better; even the HP 14 with the same hardware and higher gaming performance manages to remain around 10 °C (~18 °F) colder under load! However, considering that the office laptop will probably face these kinds of load scenarios rather infrequently, this should not pose any problems. After all, the cooling system is fairly quiet. We find this to be the better compromise, and the TravelMate gets equally hot with its MX130.

Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Heat
11%
0%
18%
6%
Maximum Upper Side *
48.8
43.8
10%
56.7
-16%
39.6
19%
49
-0%
Maximum Bottom *
48.4
43.9
9%
58.1
-20%
37.1
23%
47.4
2%
Idle Upper Side *
29.1
25.5
12%
23.4
20%
25.8
11%
26.6
9%
Idle Bottom *
31
27
13%
25.9
16%
25.3
18%
26.7
14%

* ... smaller is better

The E595 gets warmer indeed, but the palm rests remain quite cool. The surface heat develops further in the middle and in the back on the keyboard; the left side is particularly affected.

Max. Load
 48.8 °C
120 F
44.7 °C
112 F
43.7 °C
111 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
39.9 °C
104 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 25.7 °C
78 F
26.1 °C
79 F
25 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 48.8 °C = 120 F
Average: 36.5 °C = 98 F
40.2 °C
104 F
46.3 °C
115 F
45.1 °C
113 F
35.3 °C
96 F
43.1 °C
110 F
48.4 °C
119 F
23.9 °C
75 F
26.1 °C
79 F
26 °C
79 F
Maximum: 48.4 °C = 119 F
Average: 37.2 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.4 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.8 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.4 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.1 °C / 79 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+2 °C / 3.6 F).

The stress test shows once again the comfortably constant performance achieved by the CPU/GPU team. Even after an hour, the base speed of the CPU is not undercut permanently; it sits at about 2.6 GHz. The same goes for the speed of the graphics unit, which has a lower base level than necessary but remains quite constant.

Clock speeds at the beginning of the stress test
Clock speeds at the beginning of the stress test
Clock speeds after 40 minutes of the stress test
Clock speeds after 40 minutes of the stress test
Clock speeds after 1 hour and 40 minutes of the stress test
Clock speeds after 1 hour and 40 minutes of the stress test

Immediately after that, we started the 3DMark 11 test again in order to determine the performance differences due to the previous strong load. And as expected, performance in the 3DMark test drops to only about 60 percent of the output observed in a cold state.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11 after stress test
3DMark 11 after stress test
Stress test top
Stress test top
Stress test bottom
Stress test bottom

Speakers

We are still waiting for a business laptop with outstanding sound properties. This does not change with the ThinkPad. We have heard worse speakers before, but for what is typically expected in this class, the volume is a bit too low, and there is clearly too little bass. Users looking for more sound range should use headphones or an external system with the E595. In addition to the HDMI, there is only one combined headphone/microphone port available.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.528.22524.928.23128.430.34026.4305022.926.56323.527.48022.322.910023.424.312523.524.916021.631.420020.839.225021.247.631520.757.240019.666.750019.568.163019.367.880018.568.9100017.965.6125017.463.816001762.9200016.763.3250016.756.2315015.960.5400015.863.5500015.956.163001656.8800016.455.81000015.357.11250015.256.3160001556.9SPL29.375.3N1.236median 17.4median 57.1Delta2.18.333.435.224.927.727.928.827.327.523.924.223.623.123.522.72322.422.122.821.727.522.53722.145.221.251.920.455.419.952.519.651.919.158.817.96017.661.21759.316.559.616.251.915.757.915.555.815.449.515.454.215.461.515.358.715.157.914.952.329.3701.225.8median 17.6median 54.22.66.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GELenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (14.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 54% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy consumption - Frugal office ThinkPad

Energy requirement

The AMD ThinkPad is surprisingly economical when it comes to energy consumption. It requires around the same amount as the E590 with an Intel processor and significantly weaker UHD graphics and considerably less than the TravelMate with the MX130. On the other hand, the consumption is equal to the one of the HP 14, which offers more graphics performance but gets more throttled on the processor side in return. Overall, we are surprised with the requirement results in comparison to the Intel hardware. In the past, AMD was clearly lagging behind here; it seems like a lot has been done in this regard.

The maximum consumption under heavy load is about 42 watts, but it is normally only 29 watts in average load scenarios. The 65-watt power adapter with a USB-C port is more than enough and should be able to deliver sufficient energy to the ThinkPad in every situation.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.41 / 0.71 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 7.92 / 8.16 Watt
Load midlight 29 / 42.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
3700U, Vega 10, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
8565U, Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Toshiba KBG30ZMT256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 14-dk0008ng
3700U, Vega 10, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
8250U, GeForce MX130, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-4%
-32%
-3%
-16%
-8%
-46%
Idle Minimum *
4.2
3.72
11%
3.48
17%
4.8
-14%
3.3
21%
4.64 (3.2 - 5.9, n=14)
-10%
7.57 (2.34 - 32, n=969)
-80%
Idle Average *
7.92
7.8
2%
7.2
9%
7.1
10%
5.6
29%
7.54 (2.8 - 10.6, n=14)
5%
11.4 (4.2 - 42, n=969)
-44%
Idle Maximum *
8.16
10.32
-26%
10.2
-25%
7.3
11%
7.8
4%
9.54 (7 - 12.9, n=14)
-17%
13.8 (5 - 67, n=969)
-69%
Load Average *
29
30.24
-4%
59.6
-106%
34
-17%
54
-86%
33.2 (24.2 - 40.6, n=14)
-14%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=954)
-28%
Load Maximum *
42.2
44
-4%
65.1
-54%
45
-7%
63
-49%
44.8 (38.5 - 55.5, n=14)
-6%
46 (12.2 - 129, n=956)
-9%
Witcher 3 ultra *
49

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

If you put almost no load on the Lenovo laptop, it can last for a maximum of 15 hours and 41 minutes with every energy saving option activated. Under very heavy load and with all energy guzzlers activated, the E595 shuts down after around 1.5 hours.

Battery discharge when watching a movie
Battery discharge when watching a movie

So much for extremes. Our Wi-Fi test and Movie test are clearly more relevant in practice and therefore more meaningful. For the former we reduce the brightness to 150 nits, we set the Windows performance regulator to three fourths and surf the web with an automated script. The laptop lasts a bit beyond 7.5 hours on battery power. In the video test we run a movie in a loop with all radio modules turned off; the performance level is minimized to a smooth reproduction. You can schedule your video evening for around 8.5 hours.

In comparison to both sister models with the E590 model designation, battery life has almost remained the same. The different devices are separated by only a few percentage points despite having different hardware and equally large batteries. That is definitely a positive trend since battery life was quite a big weakness in AMD laptops in the past. The HP 14 achieves about 25 percent shorter run times with its slightly smaller battery; the TravelMate is marginally better.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 41min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 40min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 32min
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
3700U, Vega 10, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NB0012GE
8565U, Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 45 Wh
HP 14-dk0008ng
3700U, Vega 10, 41.04 Wh
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
8250U, GeForce MX130, 48 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
3%
8%
-24%
13%
-13%
Reader / Idle
941
1098
17%
1133
20%
705
-25%
571 (101 - 1857, n=797)
-39%
H.264
514
506
-2%
541
5%
415
-19%
516
0%
437 (139 - 862, n=183)
-15%
WiFi v1.3
460
383
-17%
423
-8%
432
-6%
505
10%
417 (105 - 1104, n=352)
-9%
Load
92
105
14%
105
14%
50
-46%
118
28%
101 (37 - 259, n=752)
10%

Pros

+ very good input devices
+ contrast-rich, bright IPS display
+ good CPU performance
+ fairly quiet
+ good SSD
+ GPU a lot faster than Intel UHD graphics
+ very constant performance without drops

Cons

- only microSD reader
- GPU performance throttled (no dual-channel RAM)
- 1x USB 2.0
- weak color-space coverage

Verdict - Decent ThinkPad laptop

The ThinkPad E595, provided by
The ThinkPad E595, provided by

With the ThinkPad E595, Lenovo appears to have responded to some of the criticism given to the E590 models and slightly improved the model. Overall, it would actually seem like our review device results in a more well-rounded package. It offers more performance than the E590 with an Intel CPU and integrated UHD graphics both in terms of CPU and GPU performance. It does not quite reach the complete gaming performance found in the E590 with the AMD RX 550X, but it remains considerably more constant in its performance and also noticeably cooler than the hotter sister model. Furthermore, the CPU performance is significantly higher since the Ryzen being used here does not get throttled, in absolute contrast to the Intel CPU in the E590 with RX 550X.

Lenovo also dealt with the problem regarding the slow SSD in the E590 models. Finally a model is built which can at least keep up with the competition and that does not slow down the laptop any longer. Whether this same model is also used in all variants (the E595 is also available with 256 or 128 GB) is not guaranteed though.

Since Lenovo uses in addition a nice, contrast-rich and also bright IPS display, and it also provides very good input devices, only minimal points of criticism actually remain : That there is no full-fledged SD card reader but only a microSD reader instead is one of these; the old USB 2.0 slot on the right side should soon be replaced with a current USB 3 port. Otherwise, the E595 is convincing, even if the GPU should be a little less throttled. The price for the smaller model with the Ryzen 5 and 128 GB SSD starts at around 600 Euros (~$677).

Overall, Lenovo has raised the entry-level ThinkPad to an even higher level with the E595, leaving little to be desired in this price class in terms of improvements.

Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE - 07/11/2019 v6(old)
Christian Hintze

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 82%
Weight
64 / 20-67 → 93%
Battery
90%
Display
88%
Games Performance
64 / 68 → 94%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 96%
Temperature
89%
Noise
97%
Audio
61%
Camera
43 / 85 → 50%
Average
78%
88%
Office - Weighted Average

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Christian Hintze, 2019-07-11 (Update: 2019-07-16)