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Lenovo ThinkPad L490 20Q6S08600

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad L490 20Q6S08600
Lenovo ThinkPad L490 20Q6S08600
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1x 8 GB PC4 21300 DDR4 2666
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Lenovo LEN40A9, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L, 512 GB 
, , 451 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.5 x 335 x 235 ( = 0.89 x 13.19 x 9.25 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD, with ThinkShutter
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: precision keyboard (island style), Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.681 kg ( = 59.3 oz / 3.71 pounds), Power Supply: 368 g ( = 12.98 oz / 0.81 pounds)
Price
699 Euro

 

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Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 66%, features: 62%, display: 81% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 20Q6S08600

85% Lenovo ThinkPad L490 laptop review: Whiskey Lake disappoints in office laptop | Notebookcheck
We reviewed the ThinkPad L480 (87%) about a year ago, and we actually only criticized the dim display. Lenovo has now changed the display with the successor and also updated the processor. Nonetheless, "new" does not always mean "better", as our current review for the L490 shows.
Lenovo ThinkPad L490 review – it’s all about security and durability
Source: Laptop Media English
As we mentioned at the start of this review, the ThinkPad L490 is all about security and durability. While it’s designed is outdated and looks kind of clunky when placed against a modern 14-inch laptop, we have to note that the plastics used for the build of this machine is very thick. What is weird about it, is that it throttles without any logic. Instead of boosting the fan, it turns it off and relies on mostly passive cooling.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/10/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad L490 review – it’s all about security and durability
Source: Laptop Media English
As we mentioned at the start of this review, the ThinkPad L490 is all about security and durability. While it’s designed is outdated and looks kind of clunky when placed against a modern 14-inch laptop, we have to note that the plastics used for the build of this machine is very thick. What is weird about it, is that it throttles without any logic. Instead of boosting the fan, it turns it off and relies on mostly passive cooling.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/24/2019

Comment

Series: The Lenovo ThinkPad L490 is a solitary laptop unit built for business and designed for success. Unlike its other ThinkPad siblings, which had long graced the scene, the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 model in particular has what it takes to go all the way while sharing similar widely-acclaimed qualities drawn from the other existing ThinkPads. The Lenovo ThinkPad L490 shares a rather similar look with all the other ThinkPads in the market hailing from the very same company brand itself. It has a matte 14-inch FHD display, which caps at a native resolution up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. This is considered as the common standardization for laptops these days. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 comes equipped with the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8665U as its processor of choice, which makes light of even the most heavy and strenuous of workload. The Intel Core i7-8665U is a power efficient quad-core processor. It offers higher clock speeds due to the fact it is produced in a further improved 14 nanometer process. This method of improvement enables the Intel Core i7-8665U to achieve up to 4.8 GHz upon the activation of the Turbo Boost mode and thus furnishes this particular processor to outperform a lot of the existing processors in the scene.

On top of that, the Intel Core i7-8665U comes with a vPro technology. Hence, personnel from IT departments can remotely manage, diagnose and update the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 without having the personnel in question to be present at the same location. This means that should the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 require immediate care and solution, vPro can be utilized to establish a secure connection with an IT department and enable them to diagnose the operating system through accessing the vPro internal systems. In addition to concerns regarding security, the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 pretty much covered all the required bases. For instance, the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 features a ThinkShutter mechanism, which is a common found piece of equipment on the latest releases from the Lenovo brand, functions as a physical slide-over cover to shield the front webcam from virtual prying eyes from the other end of the connection. Apart from that, the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 also comes with optional security features in the form of a touch fingerprint reader and also infrared camera. This biometric login technology is made possible thanks to the Windows Hello facial software. It can be readily implemented into the Lenovo ThinkPad L490 should the user decides to opt for extra security measures on their laptop.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

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.

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.

14":

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

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

1.681 kg:

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


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.


85%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2019-12- 9 (Update: 2019-12- 9)