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Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Series

Lenovo Thinkpad T480-20L50000SP

The Lenovo ThinkPad T480 is a business laptop that is robust yet light enough to accompany users everywhere. Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptop offers a lot of customization when it comes to hardware components. This means that a user can customize the business notebook to fit their personal needs. The secondary battery, which can be added to the main internal battery, is a special feature here. As a genuine business notebook, the T480 has several security features to offer: Besides the almost-obligatory TPM-2.0 module and Kensington lock, the T480 also has many other features, such as NFC, an optional SmartCard reader, and the always-included fingerprint reader. The fingerprint scanner works flawlessly with Windows Hello. The manufacturer relies on a black case with a seemingly rubberized surface. This is why the device is very easy to hold, though it does make the laptop very susceptible to smudges. The chassis is made of tough plastic and is therefore very rigid. The hinges have no problem holding the display lid in a set position and have an opening angle of 180 degrees. When it comes to the dimensions, the ThinkPad T480 is almost identical to its predecessor, the T470. However, the additional battery has quite an impact on the overall weight of the device - the relatively high overall weight of 1.8 kg (3.96 lb) can be attributed to the 48-Wh ancillary battery.

The T480 comes with an Intel Core i5-8350U CPU, an Nvidia MX150 GPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD. This is why the business notebook can be used not only for simple office work but also for image and video editing and, to a very limited extent, for gaming. Besides that, the 720p lens on the ThinkPad T480 captures images with solid colors and brightness for a built-in webcam. In terms of the ports, only slight changes were made when compared to the Lenovo T470: On the left-hand side, a previously-available USB Type-A port has been replaced by a Docking port, which used to be located on the underside. Many extras from Lenovo can be connected through this port. This is why the number of normal USB-3.0 Type-A ports has been reduced to only two. That being said, the Docking port is connected via Thunderbolt 3. The power jack has also been removed. The ThinkPad T480 is now charged via a USB Type-C port. The ThinkPad T480 is the battery-life king: With its six-cell, 72-watt-hour battery attached, the T480 lasted 17 hours, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi. Because the ThinkPad T480 uses Lenovo's hot-swappable Power Bridge battery system, users can even carry extra batteries with them and swap them in without shutting the laptop down.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Processor: Intel Core i5 8250U, Intel Core i5 8350U, Intel Core i7 8550U, Intel Core i7 8650U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14 inch
Weight: 1.63kg, 1.65kg, 1.78kg
Price: 1300 euro
Average Score: 85.32% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 85%, features: 62%, display: 89%
mobility: 87%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 92%, emissions: 92%

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L5000AMC

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L5000AMCNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L5000AMC
Processor: Intel Core i7 8550U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.65kg
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Test notebooku ThinkPad T480: modla pracantů vyšla v nové generaci, věří USB-C
Source: Zive CZ→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; premium design; nice ergonomy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/27/2018

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L50011US

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L50011USNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L50011US
Processor: Intel Core i5 8350U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.78kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Average Score: 83.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Review: Best-in-class performance?
Source: The Mobile Indian English
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 is probably one of the best laptop available at this price. It comes with a compact design, top-of-the-line performance, host of security options and killer keyboard. So, if you are looking for a rugged and durable laptop and price is not a constraint then T480 can be considered.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/16/2018
90% Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Review : Perfect Business Laptop ?
Source: Gadget Diary English
The Lenovo ThinkPad T480 is a well-balanced laptop, but only if you are buying it for your business needs. The ThinkPad series is a go-to laptop choice for many businesses since it provides everything including the power and balance to make it an efficient business machine.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 84% performance: 86% display: 88% mobility: 93% workmanship: 94% ergonomy: 92%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Review: Looks familiar, works better
Source: India Today English
Apart from the price benefit, Lenovo ThinkPad T480 offers better battery life than most of its slim cousins, the X1 Carbon included, and a soul-drenching soft yet sturdy keyboard that you can tirelessly type on. Its security features and rugged build is something you would find mostly in more expensive business laptops right now.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Lenovo ThinkPad T480 makes you more productive with its industry-leading endurance and strong performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L50010US

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L50010USNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L50010US
Processor: Intel Core i7 8650U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.63kg
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Average Score: 86.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

88.9% Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (Core i7-8650U, FHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Think again. Today, we take a look at our second T480 configuration, this time with a Core i7-8650U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and an FHD embedded touchscreen—at a lower price than before: a little over $1,700. Can this revised configuration take care of business?
80% Lenovo ThinkPad T480
Source: PC Mag English
Lenovo's ThinkPad T480 is the very definition of a workhorse business laptop, with a killer keyboard and a nifty hot-swappable battery. (Just spend the extra bucks for the bigger power pack.)
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
93% Lenovo ThinkPad T480 review: A powerful, efficient workhorse notebook with USB-C Thunderbolt 3
Source: Techaeris English
If you’re looking for an efficient, powerful, business-focused laptop to take on the go, the Lenovo ThinkPad T480 is an excellent choice given its performance, specifications, customization options, and price point.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 95% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 90% workmanship: 95%

 

Lenovo Thinkpad T480-20L50000SP

Specifications

Lenovo Thinkpad T480-20L50000SPNotebook: Lenovo Thinkpad T480-20L50000SP
Processor: Intel Core i5 8250U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.65kg
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Portátil profesional 15,6": Lenovo Thinkpad T480 [20L50000SP]
Source: Putoinformatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Large screen; nice display; good hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/22/2018
ThinkPad T480傲腾版评测:工作效率飚极值
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Positive: Light and thin design; good connectivity; powerful configuration.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/15/2018

 

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

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

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


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

Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

8550U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.8650U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.9 and 4.2 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. Intel Core i5:

8350U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.7 and 3.6 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. 8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.63 kg:

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

1.78 kg:


85.32%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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Stefan Hinum, 2018-04-18 (Update: 2019-04-30)