Lenovo's ThinkPad E15 AMD has a powerful Ryzen 7 CPU and a great keyboard
The E15 is Lenovo's entry-level ThinkPad model and is primarily designed for customers looking for a reliable office laptop with very good input devices in the lower price segment. The new G3 model now gets updates AMD Ryzen 5000 processors as well as brighter displays. Our review unit managed more than 300 cd/m², which should be completely sufficient for many usage scenarios. Lenovo therefore successfully fixed one problem we always had with the previous models.
The Ryzen 5000 CPUs offer a big performance boost and the performance is very high, especially in multi-core applications. Contrary to current Intel models, which benefit from high initial power limits and then usually slow down, the performance of the ThinkPad E15 G3 AMD is stable for quite a long time. However, this can also result in pretty high surface temperatures when you really stress the system.
Lenovo still uses AMD processor with Zen2 cores; the faster Zen3 chips are reserved for the ThinkPad L15. The latter looks pretty identical on paper and you will not notice a big difference between the two models at first, but the L15 is closer to the more expensive T-series in terms of business features. You get more security features, the previously mentioned Zen3 CPUs and even Ryzen Pro models with enhanced security options (comparable to Intel's vPro technology), and the L15 offers more modern ports. The ThinkPad E15 G3 on the other hand only offers the bare minimum including a slow USB 2.0 port.
The keyboard did not change from the previous model, which is good news. Compared to some more expensive ThinkPads, where key travel was sacrificed for a slimmer chassis, you still get 1.8 mm travel and a very rich typing experience. We can only hope Lenovo does not sacrifice the keyboard here as well for the next upcoming model.
All in all, we can recommend the ThinkPad E15 G3 and the price-performance ratio is great. Please see our comprehensive review for more information: