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Lenovo ThinkPad L590 Laptop Review: A business laptop with good input devices

Sebastian Bade, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Alex Alderson), 10/28/2019

With the handbrake on. Lenovo's L-series is well-known for being a budget range of the company's ThinkPad offering, while also being excellent value for money. The focus for this review is the L590, a new 15.6-inch business laptop that has stellar input devices just like its predecessor.

The Lenovo ThinkPad L Series offers well-equipped business laptops for those who operate on a budget. The L590 is the company's latest 15.6-inch device and one which it has based on the L580. While the L590 has a newer Whiskey Lake CPU, it shares its chassis with its predecessor. Hence, the two laptops offer broadly the same advantages and disadvantages as each other.

Lenovo sells the ThinkPad L590 in numerous configurations, including versions for students and teachers. Our review unit is the 20Q70019GE, which costs 900 Euros (~$998) and comes with an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. The device has a 15.6-inch IPS display too that resolves at 1920x1080 and has a matte finish.

We shall compare the L590 not only with the L580 but also with the Acer TravelMate X3410, Lenovo ThinkPad E590, Schenker Slim 15 RED and the Tuxedo Book BU1307. We have included an overview of all the devices in the table below.

Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, 1/2 slots occupied, max. 64 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, N156HCE-EAA, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G, 512 GB 
, M.2 2280 SSD, NVMe, 420 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
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
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 376.5 x 254.5 ( = 0.91 x 14.82 x 10.02 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p HD
Primary Camera: camera with ThinkShutter
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65 W power supply, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.019 kg ( = 71.22 oz / 4.45 pounds), Power Supply: 358 g ( = 12.63 oz / 0.79 pounds)
Price
999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
83%10/2019Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620
2 kg23 mm15.6"1920x1080
84%10/2019Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
2 kg23 mm15.6"1920x1080
83%03/2019Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg19.9 mm15.6"2x1
83%03/2019Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
8565U, UHD Graphics 620
1.9 kg19.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
84%02/2019Tuxedo Book BU1307
8550U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg21 mm13.3"1920x1080
84%01/2019Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
8550U, GeForce MX130
1.7 kg19.9 mm14"1920x1080

Case

The L590 shares its chassis, ports and connectivity with its predecessor, the L580. Hence, please see our ThinkPad L580 review for our thoughts on these areas.

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Lenovo ThinkPad L590
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Lenovo ThinkPad L590
Lenovo ThinkPad L590
Lenovo ThinkPad L590
Lenovo ThinkPad L590
Lenovo ThinkPad L590
Lenovo ThinkPad L590
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Lenovo ThinkPad L590
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Lenovo ThinkPad L590

Size Comparison

376.5 mm / 14.8 inch 254.5 mm / 10 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2 kg4.45 lbs376.5 mm / 14.8 inch 254.5 mm / 10 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2 kg4.5 lbs369 mm / 14.5 inch 252.5 mm / 9.94 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.24 lbs360.4 mm / 14.2 inch 244.5 mm / 9.63 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs328 mm / 12.9 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.7 kg3.73 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs
Left-hand side: USB Type-C Gen2, side-dock connector (USB Type-C Gen1 & networking), USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI 1.4b, nano-SIM card slot, microSD card reader, RJ45 LAN, Smart Card reader
Left-hand side: USB Type-C Gen2, side-dock connector (USB Type-C Gen1 & networking), USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI 1.4b, nano-SIM card slot, microSD card reader, RJ45 LAN, Smart Card reader
Right-hand side: 3.5 mm jack, USB 3.1 Type-A port, security lock connector
Right-hand side: 3.5 mm jack, USB 3.1 Type-A port, security lock connector
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% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
76.3 MB/s ∼98% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
72.9 MB/s ∼94%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
67.7 MB/s ∼87% -7%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=280)
62.6 MB/s ∼81% -14%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
51.9 MB/s ∼67% -29%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20.9 MB/s ∼27% -71%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
86.1 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.2 MB/s ∼99% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
84.4 MB/s ∼98%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.5 MB/s ∼95% -3%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=255)
78.9 MB/s ∼92% -7%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25 MB/s ∼29% -70%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
604 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
594 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
592 (min: 552, max: 637) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
580 (min: 528, max: 648) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
551 (min: 441, max: 572) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 1334, n=226)
476 MBit/s ∼79% -21%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
683 (min: 667, max: 691) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
650 (min: 520, max: 667) MBit/s ∼95% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
638 MBit/s ∼93%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
565 (min: 533, max: 587) MBit/s ∼83% -11%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 1176, n=226)
452 MBit/s ∼66% -29%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
359 MBit/s ∼53% -44%

Display - A dim IPS panel with a matte finish

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array
Our review unit suffers from visible backlight bleeding in the upper corners of its display
Our review unit suffers from visible backlight bleeding in the upper corners of its display

Lenovo currently offers the L590 with two displays. The cheaper of the two is a TN panel, which operates at 720p. The more expensive version is an IPS panel that not only runs at a higher resolution but also has better colour accuracy and viewing angles. The 1080p panel is not that bright though, with the one in our review unit averaging 2228 cd/m² at peak luminosity. Only the centre of the display gets close to Lenovo's claim of 250 cd/m².

Subjectively, the Innolux panel looks good. Images look sharp despite the matte finish, while the comparatively low black level ensures an excellent contrast ratio. It is only 81% evenly lit though, which is mediocre even by the standards of our comparison devices.

PWM and backlight bleed are issues too. We measure the former at 24,510 Hz, which is high enough to not cause most people headaches or eyestrain. Our review unit suffers from backlight bleeding in the top corners of the display, which we have tried to reproduce in the photo to the right. This did not bother us in daily use, though.

236
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
N156HCE-EAA
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 247 cd/m² Average: 228.3 cd/m² Minimum: 3.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 245 cd/m²
Contrast: 1372:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 4.7
ΔE Greyscale 5.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
64.1% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 41.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.21
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
N156HCE-EAA, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
N156HCE-EAA, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Chi Mei CMN15E8, IPS, 2x1, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
LP156WFC-SPDB, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Tuxedo Book BU1307
AUO272D, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
N140HCA-EAC, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
11%
13%
9%
-15%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42.8 (22.8, 20)
33.6 (15.6, 18)
21%
37 (18, 19)
14%
40 (21.2, 18.8)
7%
34 (17, 17)
21%
42 (22, 20)
2%
Response Time Black / White *
30.8 (18, 12.8)
27.6 (15.2, 12.4)
10%
24 (14, 10)
22%
27.6 (16.8, 10.8)
10%
21 (11, 10)
32%
30 (17, 13)
3%
PWM Frequency
24510 (40)
24750 (40)
1%
25000 (20)
2%
400 (10)
-98%
24500 (20)
0%
Screen
13%
11%
5%
-9%
24%
Brightness middle
247
269
9%
289
17%
254
3%
333
35%
255
3%
Brightness
228
237
4%
280
23%
251
10%
319
40%
218
-4%
Brightness Distribution
81
80
-1%
87
7%
90
11%
83
2%
72
-11%
Black Level *
0.18
0.21
-17%
0.36
-100%
0.2
-11%
0.3
-67%
0.08
56%
Contrast
1372
1281
-7%
803
-41%
1270
-7%
1110
-19%
3188
132%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.9
3.9
34%
3.93
33%
5.6
5%
5.01
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
22.9
16.3
29%
6.98
70%
15.4
33%
17.44
24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.7
3.7
21%
4.9
-4%
4.06
14%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.1
1.5
71%
3.73
27%
3.1
39%
7.35
-44%
3
41%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.21 100%
2.42 91%
2.22 99%
2.35 94%
2.26 97%
CCT
6398 102%
6332 103%
6802 96%
6450 101%
7156 91%
6185 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41.2
40.8
-1%
57
38%
36.3
-12%
40
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
64.1
64.3
0%
87
36%
57.1
-11%
63
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
12% / 12%
12% / 11%
7% / 6%
-12% / -11%
13% / 19%

* ... smaller is better

64.1% sRGB colour-space coverage
64.1% sRGB colour-space coverage
41.2% AdobeRGB colour-space coverage
41.2% AdobeRGB colour-space coverage

The display in our review unit is less colour-accurate out of the box than the one in its predecessor L580, significantly so in some cases. Calibrating the panel reduced DeltaE deviations, though. While the L590 and L580 have the same display, no two panels are identical. Hence, it is no surprise that their black level, peak brightness and contrast ratio differ. The two displays have subtly different colour space coverages too, but neither is accurate enough for professional image-editing. You could always use an external monitor for colour critical work, as the L590 offers no other restrictions in this regard.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Colour saturation
CalMAN: Colour saturation
CalMAN: Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN: Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN: ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN: ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour saturation - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour saturation - calibrated

The L590 has stable viewing angles too, which is typical of devices with IPS panels. The matte finish proved useful when using our review unit outdoors, but the display still looks washed-out in bright sunshine. Hence, we would recommend finding a shady spot on a sunny day, if possible.

Using the Lenovo ThinkPad L590 outdoors in the sunshine...
Using the Lenovo ThinkPad L590 outdoors in the sunshine...
and in the shade
and in the shade
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

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
30.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 12.8 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. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.5 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 24510 Hz ≤ 40 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 24510 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 40 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 24510 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 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance - An everyday ThinkPad

The L590 delivers enough performance for everyday office work. However, the L580 offers better multi-core performance, which we will cover in the next section of this review. 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD help the L590 achieve decent system performance, though. It is a shame that the device cannot get the most from its Core i5-8265U processor, which appears to be a cooling issue. While Lenovo sells a Core i7-8565U version that theoretically should provide better performance than its Core i5 counterpart, it will likely also suffer from the same performance issues. Expanding the RAM up to 64 GB may yield some performance improvements too, though.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC-Latenzen
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (Benchmark)
 

Processor

The Core i5-8265U has a 15 W TDP, which it can briefly increase to 25 W when required. As we mentioned in the preceding section, the L590 falls short of the L580 in synthetic benchmarks despite being equipped with a nominally more powerful CPU. While the L590 scores slightly above average in single-threaded benchmarks like Cinebench R15 Single 64Bit, it can only manage 13% less in the corresponding multi-core benchmark. Please see our CPU benchmarks page for more information about the Core i5-8265U and how it compares against other processors.

Overall, the L590 has comparatively poor CPU performance for a Core i5-8265U-equipped laptop. Not only does it fall short of our comparison devices, but it also throttles under sustained load. As our CB R15 Multi 64Bit loop graph below demonstrates, the L590 throttles almost as heavily as many of our comparison devices, despite its lowly multi-core performance.

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Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø492 (488.36-508.63)
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø556 (551.19-589.21)
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19 Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø495 (488.96-585.22)
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø503 (498-544)
Tuxedo Book BU1307 Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø516 (512.05-548.48)
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø501 (497-532)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
178 Points ∼82% +11%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
Intel Core i7-8550U
167 Points ∼77% +4%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Intel Core i5-8265U
163 Points ∼75% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
160 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (111 - 164, n=31)
155 Points ∼71% -3%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
Intel Core i7-8550U
142 Points ∼65% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
141 Points ∼65% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (457 - 750, n=34)
594 Points ∼14% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
589 Points ∼13% +13%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Intel Core i5-8265U
585.2 Points ∼13% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
553 Points ∼13% +6%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
Intel Core i7-8550U
548 Points ∼13% +5%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
Intel Core i7-8550U
540 Points ∼12% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
521 (min: 471.69, max: 492.04) Points ∼12%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
400 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (325 - 403, n=11)
390 Points ∼76% -2%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (1103 - 1564, n=11)
1338 Points ∼19% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
1162 Points ∼17%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Intel Core i5-8265U
6459 Points ∼33% +55%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (4154 - 8443, n=31)
6366 Points ∼33% +53%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
6032 Points ∼31% +45%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
Intel Core i7-8550U
6027 Points ∼31% +45%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
Intel Core i7-8550U
5190 Points ∼27% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
4753 Points ∼24% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
4154 Points ∼21%
Blender 2.79 - ---
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
959 Seconds * ∼10%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (769 - 959, n=10)
845 Seconds * ∼9% +12%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (7144 - 16249, n=16)
13553 Points ∼24% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
11601 Points ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
7144 Points ∼12% -38%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (2106 - 4830, n=16)
4357 Points ∼69% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
4191 Points ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
2106 Points ∼33% -50%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (14779 - 18802, n=10)
16847 MIPS ∼16% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
14779 MIPS ∼14%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (3780 - 4195, n=10)
4073 MIPS ∼59% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
3780 MIPS ∼55%

* ... smaller is better

Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20
 
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
521 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.29 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
160 Points
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System Performance

The device's limited CPU performance also affects its system performance, which PCMark demonstrates. In short, our comparison devices leave the L590 in their wake, with it cemented in last place. The L590 even falls behind the E590, which we also criticised for having comparatively poor system performance.

However, we did not notice any performance issues in daily use. We encountered no crashes or stutters too.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3071 Points ∼100% +49%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
2992 Points ∼97% +45%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2067 - 3210, n=25)
2929 Points ∼95% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2758 Points ∼90% +33%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
2758 Points ∼90% +33%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3884, n=155)
2658 Points ∼87% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
2264 Points ∼74% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2067 Points ∼67%
Productivity
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
6202 Points ∼100% +111%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2941 - 6556, n=25)
6048 Points ∼98% +106%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
5952 Points ∼96% +102%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5830 Points ∼94% +98%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 7964, n=155)
5490 Points ∼89% +87%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5437 Points ∼88% +85%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
3381 Points ∼55% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2941 Points ∼47%
Essentials
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7963 Points ∼100% +57%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5073 - 8689, n=25)
7796 Points ∼98% +54%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
7368 Points ∼93% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7358 Points ∼92% +45%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
7133 Points ∼90% +41%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9790, n=155)
6983 Points ∼88% +38%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
5450 Points ∼68% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
5073 Points ∼64%
Score
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
3790 Points ∼100% +69%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2247 - 3985, n=25)
3702 Points ∼98% +65%
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3565 Points ∼94% +59%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3519 Points ∼93% +57%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
3507 Points ∼93% +56%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4597, n=156)
3276 Points ∼86% +46%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
2486 Points ∼66% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2247 Points ∼59%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5030 Points ∼100% +61%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3132 - 4927, n=21)
4665 Points ∼93% +49%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4653 Points ∼93% +49%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5428, n=350)
4024 Points ∼80% +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
3596 Points ∼71% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
3132 Points ∼62%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3578 Points ∼100% +30%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
3499 Points ∼98% +27%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
3449 Points ∼96% +26%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2747 - 4244, n=22)
3444 Points ∼96% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3211 Points ∼90% +17%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=410)
3058 Points ∼85% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2747 Points ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
2577 Points ∼72% -6%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2747 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3504 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3132 points
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Storage Devices

Lenovo has equipped our review unit with a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD that should offer enough storage for most people. The Toshiba XG6 that Lenovo included in the device is about as fast as competing Samsung drives, one of which it used in the L580 that we reviewed. Both SSDs have comparatively good 4K write speeds, with the Toshiba averaging around 45 MB/s in our tests.

Please see our HDD/SSD page for more benchmarks and comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 3
CDM 3
CDM 5
CDM 5
CDM 6
CDM 6
CDI
CDI
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Tuxedo Book BU1307
Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Average Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-0%
45%
-45%
16%
-58%
0%
Write 4K
115.3
116.99
1%
187.2
62%
53.43
-54%
158.2
37%
85.44
-26%
115
0%
Read 4K
43.34
41.47
-4%
51.76
19%
33.03
-24%
38.78
-11%
26.4
-39%
43.3
0%
Write Seq
1014
791.49
-22%
1438
42%
624.3
-38%
1487
47%
402.5
-60%
1014
0%
Read Seq
1481
1390.06
-6%
1347
-9%
835.3
-44%
912.7
-38%
461.2
-69%
1481
0%
Write 4K Q32T1
495.4
651.12
31%
396.7
-20%
87.41
-82%
330.5
-33%
175.8
-65%
495
0%
Read 4K Q32T1
332.6
408.86
23%
534.4
61%
135.9
-59%
423.8
27%
228.8
-31%
333
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
1653.8
1227.1
-26%
3280
98%
783.5
-53%
1540
-7%
442.9
-73%
1654
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
1746.1
1779.2
2%
3556
104%
1623
-7%
3556
104%
522.1
-70%
1746
0%
Write 4K Q8T8
1033.2
309
-70%
1033
0%
Read 4K Q8T8
891.8
247.1
-72%
892
0%
AS SSD
-10%
52%
-58%
-723%
-50%
0%
Copy Game MB/s
928.25
599.06
-35%
522.51
-44%
928
0%
Copy Program MB/s
419.84
209.68
-50%
453.56
8%
420
0%
Copy ISO MB/s
1147.33
876.47
-24%
922.54
-20%
1147
0%
Score Total
3420
2689
-21%
4379
28%
2139
-37%
1780
-48%
922
-73%
3420
0%
Score Write
1132
650
-43%
1902
68%
649
-43%
191
-83%
444
-61%
1132
0%
Score Read
1528
1363
-11%
1639
7%
999
-35%
1108
-27%
310
-80%
1528
0%
Access Time Write *
0.036
0.029
19%
0.023
36%
0.188
-422%
2.784
-7633%
0.056
-56%
0.036
-0%
Access Time Read *
0.063
0.043
32%
0.046
27%
0.081
-29%
0.047
25%
0.063
-0%
4K-64 Write
926.34
456.34
-51%
1493.75
61%
488.05
-47%
145.56
-84%
312.84
-66%
926
0%
4K-64 Read
1343.59
1186.49
-12%
1314.05
-2%
825.47
-39%
817.59
-39%
234.16
-83%
1344
0%
4K Write
120.22
119.86
0%
166.01
38%
81.78
-32%
1.45
-99%
85.06
-29%
120
0%
4K Read
45.72
45.28
-1%
59.02
29%
38.82
-15%
50.18
10%
26.89
-41%
45.7
0%
Seq Write
852
741
-13%
2425.85
185%
789.42
-7%
435.06
-49%
462.23
-46%
852
0%
Seq Read
1383
1315
-5%
2660.99
92%
1348.01
-3%
2405.95
74%
492.92
-64%
1383
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-5% / -6%
49% / 49%
-52% / -54%
-354% / -412%
-54% / -53%
0% / 0%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
Sequential Read: 1495 MB/s
Sequential Write: 978 MB/s
512K Read: 1081 MB/s
512K Write: 710.7 MB/s
4K Read: 35.82 MB/s
4K Write: 105.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 245.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 535.9 MB/s

Graphics Card

The L590 relies on the UHD Graphics 620 for graphics output, which Intel integrates within the Core i5-8265U. While the GPU is powerful enough for general office tasks and even high-resolution video streaming, it is overwhelmed by most modern games. Only older titles like BioShock Infinite and Dota 2 Reborn run smoothly, but only at low resolutions and graphics levels.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i7-8550U
3203 Points ∼100% +86%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1844 Points ∼58% +7%
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1835 Points ∼57% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1722 Points ∼54%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=174)
1716 Points ∼54% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1680 Points ∼52% -2%
Tuxedo Book BU1307
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1672 Points ∼52% -3%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5332, n=662)
1323 Points ∼41% -23%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Office
  (76 - 1158, n=56)
481 Points ∼100% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
363 Points ∼75%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 431, n=34)
359 Points ∼75% -1%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i7-8550U
2495 Points ∼100% +118%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1183 Points ∼47% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1143 Points ∼46%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1401, n=144)
1128 Points ∼45% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1037 Points ∼42% -9%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=481)
1017 Points ∼41% -11%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i7-8550U
14880 Points ∼100% +67%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
9446 Points ∼63% +6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=162)
9146 Points ∼61% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8935 Points ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
8406 Points ∼56% -6%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=527)
7057 Points ∼47% -21%
3DMark 11 Performance
1846 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
41848 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6555 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1043 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
501 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
412 points
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low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 56 31 24 8 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 60.4 36.7 18 16.2 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 16.6 12.3 6.5 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 17.6 12.8 11.1 fps

Emissions

Fan Noise

The ThinkPad L590 generally operates silently during undemanding tasks, although its fan occasionally ramps up to 29 dB(A). The device remains comparatively quiet under load though, with it peaking at 33.8 dB(A) during our tests. Only the E590 stayed quieter than the L590 of our comparison devices, for reference.

As the table below demonstrates, the L590 runs more quietly than its predecessor. However, this is probably why the L590 performs worse under load too. It seems that Lenovo has changed the fan curve a bit between generations that results in CPU core temperatures increasing more quickly than they previously did.

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 29 dB(A)
Load
29 / 33.8 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 dB(A)
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Tuxedo Book BU1307
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Noise
-7%
-19%
-0%
-7%
-9%
off / environment *
29
29.9
-3%
30.4
-5%
29.3
-1%
30.5
-5%
30.2
-4%
Idle Minimum *
29
29.9
-3%
30.4
-5%
29.3
-1%
30.5
-5%
30.2
-4%
Idle Average *
29
29.9
-3%
30.4
-5%
29.3
-1%
30.8
-6%
30.2
-4%
Idle Maximum *
29
31.6
-9%
31.6
-9%
29.3
-1%
30.8
-6%
30.2
-4%
Load Average *
29
33.1
-14%
44.8
-54%
30.6
-6%
34.3
-18%
36.8
-27%
Load Maximum *
33.8
36
-7%
44.8
-33%
30.6
9%
34.3
-1%
36.8
-9%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.936.22526.326.93129.529.14031.530.85023.726.46323.124.48023.622.910025.524.712523.722.916023.324.320022.323.725022.623.331520.821.940019.921.750019.621.163018.421.980017.822.6100017.522.912501723.1160016.322.6200016.220.5250015.919.9315015.722.5400015.725.5500015.721630015.616.5800015.7161000015.415.71250015.315.31600015.115.2SPL2933.8N1.22median 17median 21.9Delta2.31.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE

Temperature

3DMark 11 scores after a stress test
3DMark 11 scores after a stress test

The reduced fan speed has also caused surface temperatures to rise, with the L590 getting noticeably hotter than its predecessor does. Four areas on the bottom case of the former exceeded 49 °C under sustained load, which will feel hot to the touch. Hence, using the L590 on your lap will feel uncomfortable if you are pushing the system hard. The palm rest always remains at around 25 °C though, so you should never feel the device getting hot if you are using it on a desk, for example.

CPU core temperatures quickly reached 75 °C during our stress tests, which caused it to throttle back to 15 W. The chip did not downclock below 2 GHz though, which is 400 MHz above its base clock speed. Our stress test did not have a lasting effect on 3D performance, either.

System information during a Prime95 stress test
System information during a Prime95 stress test
System information during a FurMark stress test
System information during a FurMark stress test
System information during a FurMark & Prime95 combined stress test
System information during a FurMark & Prime95 combined stress test
Max. Load
 42.4 °C
108 F
42.7 °C
109 F
41.7 °C
107 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
38.7 °C
102 F
39.4 °C
103 F
 
 24.3 °C
76 F
25.2 °C
77 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
51 °C
124 F
49.3 °C
121 F
49.1 °C
120 F
45.1 °C
113 F
49.4 °C
121 F
40.5 °C
105 F
25.2 °C
77 F
26.3 °C
79 F
25.6 °C
78 F
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 40.2 °C = 104 F
Power Supply (max.)  33.2 °C = 92 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35 °C / 95 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 42.7 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.8 °C / 77 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 25.2 °C / 77.4 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 (+2.9 °C / 5.2 F).
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Tuxedo Book BU1307
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Heat
7%
6%
5%
10%
-1%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.7
43
-1%
40.3
6%
43.8
-3%
35.9
16%
48.4
-13%
Maximum Bottom *
51
46.2
9%
47.1
8%
43.9
14%
39.2
23%
45
12%
Idle Upper Side *
25.9
24.1
7%
25
3%
25.5
2%
25.6
1%
27.2
-5%
Idle Bottom *
28.3
25.3
11%
26.4
7%
27
5%
28.7
-1%
27.2
4%

* ... smaller is better

Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load

Speakers

You should not expect too much from laptop speakers, but the stereo drivers in the ThinkPad L590 deliver acceptable audio quality. Music and videos sound tinny and thin to our ears, so we would recommend using external audio equipment like headphones and speakers where possible. You can use the 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth for connecting headphones or speakers, but the built-in ones are good enough for conference calls, for example. The onboard microphone is also decent and forgoes the need to buy an external microphone.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.933.72526.327.23129.530.44031.531.65023.722.76323.122.98023.623.210025.523.212523.723.816023.331.620022.340.125022.64431520.848.240019.951.350019.652.463018.456.180017.863.4100017.562.412501755.5160016.356.6200016.254.9250015.950.7315015.754.7400015.749.2500015.746630015.651.1800015.748.91000015.448.41250015.344.11600015.135.9SPL2968N1.221.7median 17median 49.2Delta2.36.938.337.238.337.23637.234.531.234.534.628.534.636.232.236.236.728.736.73628.63636.727.536.737.725.137.739.325.539.342.323.642.345234552.422.152.454.22154.255.620.255.659.82059.86518.76559.817.959.857.41857.455.117.355.152.117.352.153.917.353.950.917.250.952.11752.152.31752.35117.15154.717.154.750.417.350.447.917.347.946.917.546.968.630.268.621.81.221.8median 52.1median 17.9median 52.14.12.74.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GEAcer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 72% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (64.99 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 14% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 16% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

Lenovo includes a 65 W power supply in the box
Lenovo includes a 65 W power supply in the box
Lenovo includes a 65 W power supply in the box

The L590 performed just as well as the L580 did in our power consumption tests. Our review unit peaked at 45.4 W under sustained load but can only maintain this for a few seconds before settling at around 30 W. Hence, the 65 W charger that Lenovo includes in the box is powerful enough to keep the L590 charging even under sustained load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.47 / 0.74 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.96 / 6.9 / 9.8 Watt
Load midlight 31.4 / 45.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB, IPS, 2x1, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Tuxedo Book BU1307
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
8550U, GeForce MX130, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-2%
3%
-1%
-15%
-25%
0%
-43%
Idle Minimum *
3.96
4.4
-11%
3.2
19%
3.72
6%
5.5
-39%
4.6
-16%
3.85 (1 - 12.4, n=183)
3%
7.56 (2.34 - 32, n=973)
-91%
Idle Average *
6.9
7.2
-4%
6.5
6%
7.8
-13%
8.9
-29%
6.5
6%
7.06 (3.8 - 15.5, n=183)
-2%
11.4 (4.2 - 42, n=973)
-65%
Idle Maximum *
9.8
8.3
15%
11.3
-15%
10.32
-5%
11.5
-17%
8.5
13%
8.85 (4.7 - 16.6, n=183)
10%
13.8 (5 - 67, n=973)
-41%
Load Average *
31.4
36.4
-16%
32
-2%
30.24
4%
34.6
-10%
56
-78%
35.2 (8.1 - 51.6, n=183)
-12%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=958)
-18%
Load Maximum *
45.4
42.5
6%
42.2
7%
44
3%
36.6
19%
67
-48%
44.8 (22 - 79, n=183)
1%
46 (12.2 - 129, n=960)
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

3DMark 11 scores running on battery
3DMark 11 scores running on battery
Cinebench R15 scores running on battery
Cinebench R15 scores running on battery

The L590 is slightly thirstier than the L580, a fact that its runtimes reflect. Our review unit has a 45 Wh battery like its predecessor, a capacity that will not deliver stellar battery life in any laptop form factor, let alone a 15.6-inch device. Nonetheless, the L590 achieved a respectable 5:57 hours in our practical Wi-Fi battery life test, putting it only a few minutes ahead of the class average.

Battery life at idle
Battery life at idle
Battery life under load
Battery life under load
Battery life on Wi-Fi
Battery life on Wi-Fi
Battery life while playing a looped H.264 video
Battery life while playing a looped H.264 video
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
17h 24min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44.18362.387.0)
7h 9min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge 44.18362.387.0)
5h 57min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 48min
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Schenker Slim 15-RE-E19
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 36 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Tuxedo Book BU1307
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 66 Wh
Acer TravelMate X3410-M-50DD
8550U, GeForce MX130, 57 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
6%
-38%
-13%
29%
15%
-27%
Reader / Idle
1044
1098
5%
1041
0%
572 (101 - 1857, n=800)
-45%
H.264
542
506
-7%
695
28%
437 (139 - 862, n=184)
-19%
WiFi v1.3
429
455
6%
268
-38%
383
-11%
553
29%
651
52%
417 (105 - 1104, n=356)
-3%
Load
168
105
-37%
131
-22%
101 (37 - 259, n=755)
-40%

Pros

+ IPS display
+ excellent keyboard
+ USB Type-C
+ Side Dock connector
+ good security features
+ fast Wi-Fi
+ 16 GB of RAM
+ up to 64 GB of RAM
+ quiet even under load

Cons

- only 12 months' warranty
- microSD card reader, rather than a full-sized equivalent
- no maintenance cover
- poor CPU Turbo Boost utilisation

Verdict - Good connectivity & input devices for under 1,000 Euros

The Lenovo ThinkPad L590 laptop review. Test device courtesy of Campuspoint.
The Lenovo ThinkPad L590 laptop review. Test device courtesy of Campuspoint.

The ThinkPad L590 is a simple office laptop that impressed us with its first-rate input devices above all else. The device has few other unique selling points though, as many OEMs have now caught up with Lenovo in other areas. The L590 has its downsides too, including its dim display that also has unacceptably small colour space coverages. The competition is not much better on this point, either.

The L590, like its predecessor, cannot take advantage of the potential performance of its quad-core processor. The cause of this weak performance seems to be a weak cooling system, so it would be prudent of Lenovo to invest in a more efficient one for subsequent L-series devices. We have no complaints about the selection of ports that the L590 offers, though. All the ones that most people would need are here, and the speakers did not disappoint during our tests, either.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced office laptop, then you will not go far wrong with the Lenovo ThinkPad L590. The device is worth a look for its connectivity and input devices alone at less than 1,000 Euros (~$1,108), but you must put up with some shortcomings too.

Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE - 10/25/2019 v7
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
91%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
70 / 80 → 87%
Weight
63 / 20-75 → 78%
Battery
77%
Display
79%
Games Performance
45 / 78 → 58%
Application Performance
73 / 95 → 77%
Temperature
90%
Noise
99%
Audio
53%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
72%
83%
Office - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Lenovo ThinkPad L590 Laptop Review: A business laptop with good input devices
Sebastian Bade, 2019-10-28 (Update: 2019-10-29)
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