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Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000EMC


Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000EMC
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000EMC (ThinkPad T490s Series)
Intel Core i7-8565U 4 x 1.8 - 4.6 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
16 GB 
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, glossy: no
512 GB SSD
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Card Reader: microSD
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/)
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 329 x 226 ( = 0.63 x 12.95 x 8.9 in)
57 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
1.35 kg ( = 47.62 oz / 2.98 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 3 reviews)

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000EMC

80% Lenovo ThinkPad T490s Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English version
In case the ThinkPad pedigree isn’t speaking for itself, reasons for buying a new Lenovo T490s are as follows: it’s an un-flashy but versatile laptop that’s a pleasure to use, and it comes with sufficient security features included to keep your IT department happy. The Lenovo ThinkPad T490s means business. Look beyond the defiantly anachronistic stylings and you’ll find a solid, reliable machine that offers a level of security beyond what most other consumer-grade devices can offer. A capable, powerful, and smart – if retro-looking – Windows 10 laptop.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/04/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

RECENZE: Lenovo ThinkPad T490s - hi-end 14'' ve ztenčené verzi, s odolným tělem a výbornou výdrží
Source: CZ→EN version
Positive: Excellent display; long battery life; good silent system. Negative: Uncomfortable keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/11/2019
Test notebooku Thinkpad T490s: zvenku jako dřív, uvnitř se ale vše změnilo
Source: Zive CZ→EN version
Positive: Nice display; fast fingerprint sensor; good cameras. sign; slim size; light weight; nice gaming performance; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/11/2019


Model: The Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000EMC is a lightweight laptop with heavyweight performance. It has a redesigned bezel, yields a sleek, larger display area – and an amazing array of screen options includes WQHD with Dolby Vision. Plus, it has enhanced security and privacy features, up to 20 hours of battery life, and an aluminum cover for the Silver option. Like all ThinkPads, the T490s is tested against 12 military-grade requirements and more than 200 quality checks to ensure they run in extreme conditions. From arctic wilderness to desert dust storms, from zero gravity to spills and drops, user can trust this laptop to handle whatever life throws. At 1.35 kg, it is a very lightweight laptop that is typical on an ultrabook or a tablet. Compared to the previous generation T480s, users will find the following two main differences from the outside: the RJ45 LAN connector (the one next to the USB-C for the docking station) has disappeared and an IR camera has been added above the display for easier sign-up.

Another difference is the expansion of display options. Users can also choose a touch-sensitive, anti-sneaker, or 2,560 x 1,440 high-resolution panel and HDR support. Even the basic matte Full HD display offered in this laptop boasts low power consumption. For confidential data, which needs to remain secure from roaming eyes, the T490s offers an FHD panel with PrivacyGuard, which is an exclusive technology that narrows the field of view of the screen info from all angles other than head-on. The Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000EMC features an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics adapter, 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD. With this specification, the laptop is capable of delivering great performance for multitasking or resource demanding applications. Still, the ThinkPad keyboard is one of the best. The layout is all old. Another thing from the past is still the pointstick in the middle of the keyboard, which includes the three buttons above the touchpad. The T490s delivers up to 20 hours of battery life. And if users are running low, Rapid Charge technology provides 80 % capacity in just an hour. So a 60-minute lunch break or a layover can easily boost battery up to almost 16 hours. As a conclusion, the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NX000EMC offers reliability and a robust yet thin and lightweight design. It is suitable for working professionals who are always on the go thanks to its fast drive storage and high performance processor.

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.

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.  

i7-8565U: 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 1.8 and 4.6 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

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

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.

80%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2019-06-28 (Update: 2019-06-28)