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ThinkPad T15 review shows that Lenovo should be offering all of its ThinkPad laptop with AMD Ryzen 4000

ThinkPad T15 review shows: Lenovo should offer all ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen 4000 option
ThinkPad T15 review shows: Lenovo should offer all ThinkPads with AMD Ryzen 4000 option
The ThinkPad T15 Gen 1 did very well overall in our review, even in regard to CPU performance. However, given that Lenovo decided not to offer the T15 with a Ryzen 4000 option it remains slower than it otherwise could have been.
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This stronghold, the iron law that business-class ThinkPads are always feature an Intel processor, fell apart but a year later with Lenovo’s new ThinkPAd A-series and the ThinkPad A275 and ThinkPad A475 in particular. For the first time, T and X-series ThinkPads were available with AMD SoCs even though they were still outsourced into their own separate series at first.

Things have changed dramatically since. AMD’s brand-new Ryzen CPUs were introduced, and while at first mobile Ryzen CPUs were able to keep up with Intel’s offerings, they very quickly surpassed their competition and took the lead. And Lenovo reacted accordingly and continued to introduce more AMD-based ThinkPads. Come 2020, a total of seven AMD Renoir-based ThinkPads are available: ThinkPad T14s Gen 1, ThinkPad T14 Gen 1, ThinkPad X13 Gen 1, ThinkPad L14 Gen 1, ThinkPad L15 Gen 1, ThinkPad E14 Gen 2, and ThinkPad E15 Gen 2.

However, one model is suspiciously missing from that list: The ThinkPad T15 Gen 1, Lenovo’s only T-series laptop with a 15-inch display. A shame, really, considering that our extensive review showed that the T15 is a great business laptop that would have benefitted immensely from an AMD Ryzen 4000-series processor. Conversely, it is incapable of fully utilizing its potential and is easily outperformed by the more affordable ThinkPad E-series and L-series laptops both in regard to performance and efficiency.

AMD’s Ryzen 4000 is a game changer, and Lenovo’s product and market strategies are not working any longer. Customers should be offered the choice between Intel and AMD on all ThinkPad models. By restricting their choice you ultimately end up only hurting yourself.

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Benjamin Herzig
Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 903 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
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Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 422 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-07-21 (Update: 2020-07-21)