The Lenovo ThinkPad L15 combines the old winning concept with an AMD performance boost
The ThinkPad L15 Gen 1 AMD is the direct successor to last year's ThinkPad L590. The affordable office laptop is not an all-rounder but a laptop that focuses on the essentials instead. We were particularly impressed by the high-quality workmanship, the great keyboard, and the display that is second to none - at least in comparison to similar business laptops. The display doesn't rely on pulse width modulation to regulate brightness and achieves a high contrast thanks to its excellent black level. The keyboard convinces with its clear pressure point and feels almost as precise as the keyboards on some high-end business laptops.
The Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U provides a substantial boost in system and graphics performance compared to the Intel competition. Since the Pro version of the Ryzen processor not only offers some hardware security features but can also handle multiple threads per core simultaneously, the ThinkPad L15 can also beat most Ryzen 7 4700U competitors in multi-thread benchmarks. The built-in Western Digital SSD delivered good results in the test too.
A disadvantage of our test configuration was the single-channel memory that was used. The free RAM slot inside the case could have been used to fully exploit the potential system performance and to optimally utilize the performance capabilities of the integrated Radeon Vega RX 7. This is noticeable in terms of battery life: Although the 45 Wh battery is not exactly large, other laptops with the same battery capacity sometimes last much longer.
More information about the Lenovo ThinkPad L15 AMD and detailed test results can be found in our extensive review.