Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000APB
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000APB
Source: PC Perspective
I used a number of laptops in 2019, and this ended up being my overall favorite. No, it’s not a big gaming beast with a mechanical keyboard and desktop GPU inside, nor is it an impossibly slim aluminum lifestyle accessory with zero connectivity. The ThinkPad T490s exists in this happy medium of professional machines where at least some of the I/O we used to take for granted is still built in to the device itself, and doesn’t exist only in one’s imagination (aka a series of dongles).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/02/2020
Source: India Today Archive.org version
The ThinkPad T490 is the only model in the Thinkpad series that offers the essential computing experience without the bells and whistles. And for what it promises, it manages to fulfil it easily. The T490 is a great computer to work on, especially with is stellar keyboard and trackpad, a reliable battery life, a good display and, a tank-like build quality. Surely, At Rs 1 lakh, you can find slimmer ultrabooks with more features and interesting designs. However, after using a couple of ultrabooks for work, I can say that no laptop comes close to the comfort, versatility and reliability a ThinkPad offers. And the new T490 is the best proof of that. It's a smartly designed laptop for the smarter breed of intellectuals.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
Among Lenovo's 14-inch ThinkPads, the slim T490s is a better bet than the bulkier T490 model, but the premiere X1 Carbon remains tempting, if not for the reason you might expect.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Media Archive.org version
Apart from being one of the hottest ThinkPads on the market (literally) the ThinkPad T490s proved to be a very stable device. It has all of the security features that a ThinkPad owner might need. Additionally, it is thin and light (just 1.35 kg), which makes it perfect for business people and moreover supervisors and managers that need to check different values and results on the go.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/24/2019
Source: Neowin Archive.org version
The Lenovo ThinkPad T490s is a pretty great laptop, and particularly so because I can't think of any real drawbacks to buying one. Perhaps the biggest con is the display, which is somewhat mediocre. Also, if the Dolby Vision option is like the T490 that I reviewed, it's not as good as other Dolby Vision screens that I've seen on Lenovo PCs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Slashgear Archive.org version
If you’re a fan of Lenovo’s T-Series, you’ll love the new T490s. The company boasts that this may be its best business laptop in the series to date, and that’s a fair assessment. The new ThinkPad model offers a variety of features and packs them into a slim, lightweight shell, bringing the best of ultraportables and business notebooks combined.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/04/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
The Lenovo ThinkPad T490s is a laptop with redesigned bezels, which yields a sleek, larger display area and an amazing array of screen options including WQHD with Dolby Vision. With lightweight portability and heavyweight performance, the ThinkPad T490s might just be their best T-Series model ever. Plus, enhanced security and privacy features, up to 20 hours of battery life, and an aluminum cover for the Silver option. Buyers of the ThinkPad T490s have a low-power FHD option for ultimate battery life, or they could go with the FHD touchscreen. For refined details, increased brightness, and amazingly accurate colors, dramatic Dolby Vision® high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology is available on the WQHD panel. The display is framed by a new, narrow bezel design that results in a larger display area. The T490s also offers a FHD panel with PrivacyGuard - an exclusive technology that narrows the field of view of the screen from all angles other than head-on. Like all ThinkPads, the T490s is tested against 12 military-grade requirements and more than 200 quality checks to ensure it runs in extreme conditions. From the Arctic wilderness to desert dust storms, from zero gravity to spills and drops, users can trust this laptop to handle whatever life throws their way.
Additionally, the T490s features a ThinkShutter, a physical cover that users can slide open when they want to use the camera and close when they are finished; it is now available on all camera options. Users can also add an optional IR (infrared) camera and optional touch fingerprint reader for biometric login. As for performance, the T490s is powered by up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5/i7 vPro™, up to 32 GB of RAM, up to a 1TB PCIe SSD and Intel UHD 620 graphics. It definitely delivers decent performance, ideal for business and work purpose. The T490s keeps users connected. The optional LTE-A card keeps users up and running worldwide. With the ThinkPad Pro Dock (sold separately), a USB-C side mechanical docking station easily connects with two male Type-C ports that snap into and automatically level the user’s devices. Once docked, the ThinkPad stays securely in place and connects to all of their peripherals. The T490s delivers up to 20 hours of battery life. And if the battery is running low, Rapid Charge technology provides 80% of the capacity in just an hour. So, a 60-minute lunch break or a layover can easily boost the battery up to almost 16 hours. In conclusion, the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s is a great business laptop. The lightweight design, redesigned bezel and high performance hardware make it stand out from competitors. This model certainly lives up to its ThinkPad branding, which is designed especially for work.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
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Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
85%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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