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Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Review: A Self-Looking Laptop

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Can a simple black laptop look likeunusual and stand out from the crowd? If this is the good old classic lineup ThinkPad. Lenovo ThinkPad laptops are considered among the best in class, offering excellent performance and reliable build quality. I recently tested a new Lenovo ThinkPad T480s.

The main character of this review is equipped with 4 nuclear8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB solid-state PCIe hard drive and 14-inch touch screen. This configuration is offered for $ 1,700 ($ 113,800), but there are versions of the T480s which cost a whopping $ 2665 ($ 178,500).

Yes, ThinkPad T480s is not cheap, rather big and not the easiest laptop in the world. His closest competitor is considered a brother - X1 Carbon. I found out what the new T480s offers.

  • Design ThinkPad T480s
  • Ports and connectors
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Screen and sound
  • Performance and SSD
  • Integrated graphics
  • Battery life
  • Are there alternatives?
  • Should I buy?
  • Design Lenovo ThinkPad T480s

    Machines of this line have long been famous for their angular design and the Lenovo T480s is no exception. It has the same look and feel as other ThinkPad notebooks.

    Opening the lid, we will see the familiar keyboard,among the lower keys of which flaunts joystick red flaunts. However, the days are gone when ThinkPad was considered the only laptop with a great look. There are many devices with unique looks, including Microsoft Surface Book 2, Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Pro.

    The material from which the laptop is made pleasantit feels confident in the ability of the equipment to withstand minor damage. However, the lid when pressed is not as durable as we would like.

    Compared to ThinkPad X1 Carbon, LenovoThe ThinkPad T480s are rather stocky (1.85 cm versus 1.57 cm) and heavier (1.32 kg versus 1.13 kg). It is also slightly larger than the XPS 13, and thicker, the MateBook X Pro.

    Ports and connectors

    One of the advantages of the large size is that the ThinkPad T480s is equipped with multiple ports for connections.

    These include USB-C Gen 1, two USB-A 3 ports.0, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, full-size HDMI, gigabit Ethernet, card reader, 3.5-mm combined audio jack, and 2 × 2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. Such a kit eliminates the need to purchase various adapters.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    Keyboard Lenovo ThinkPad T480s has a backlightwith two levels of brightness. The key mechanism provides deep press and instant feedback, which is especially useful when typing. However, for some, the T480s keyboard may seem tougher than the Dell XPS 13 or ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

    Touchpad ThinkPad T480s has a nice size, even though there are additional buttons. As is the case with other laptops of the series, the T480s touchpad is responsive and supports Windows 10 gestures.

    Fingerprint scanner is located inoutside the touchpad on the right side. It works well, and for added security, Match-on-Sensor technology stores fingerprint data on a separate chip. At the same time, the TrackPoint (strain gauge joystick) located in the center of the keyboard is an excellent alternative to the touchpad for quickly moving the mouse.

    It also has a touchscreen display, which is a bit less sensitive to pressure, but it’s more convenient to use it to scroll through web pages and quickly tap a desired area of ​​the screen.

    Screen and sound

    Reviewed by me Lenovo ThinkPad T480sComes with a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen display (1920 × 1080) with anti-reflective coating. However, its brightness in the colorimeter tests reaches only 240 nits, which is very low.

    The screen color is fine, but the contrast andthe color scheme is also a little disappointing. My subjective opinion - the ThinkPad T480s display, except as an opportunity to reduce glare, does not have anything outstanding.

    The sound from the T480s speakers is not bad. There are no drawbacks in mid and low frequencies, whether watching a movie or listening to music. But, at the maximum volume level, a slight distortion of the sound is noticeable, and for more comfortable listening, I advise you to use headphones or external acoustics.

    Performance and SSD

    The Lenovo ThinkPad T480s reviewed by me is equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor. This is the latest quad-core processor, which is great for everyday tasks.

    In the Geekbench synthetic test, the T480s indicatoralmost matches competitors, including the Dell XPS 13 and Huawei Matebook X Pro. In the Handbrake test, which encodes a 420 MB video file in H.265, this ThinkPad is also at par with rivals.

    This Lenovo laptop is equipped with a solid-statedrive Samsung PM961 PCIe SSD, thanks to which the loading and opening of applications is very fast. However, in this area it is slightly inferior to other similar machines.

    Overall, the performance of the T480s is good, but not impressive. The laptop easily copes with all simple tasks. Although this is not the fastest device in its price category.

    Integrated graphics

    My review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s wasequipped with an integrated graphics card Intel HD 620, which in the tests shows mediocre results. In the simple game Rocket League with a resolution of 1080p, the frame rate reached 49 fps, and dropped to 22 fps with higher quality enabled.

    In short, do not buy this laptop orat least this configuration if you intend to use it only for games. You'd better choose a version of the T480s with an MX150 graphics processor, or buy a real gaming laptop.

    Battery life

    Lenovo has equipped the ThinkPad T480s with battery capacity57 W / h The autonomy of the laptop is not bad, but not outstanding. In the Basemark battery test, the gadget lasted almost 4 hours. This is the lowest result among all competitive machines, with the exception of the Dell XPS 13 which is equipped with a 4K display.

    In the test, browsing the web pages T480s worked a little less than 9 hours, and when viewing the looped video charge, the battery lasted almost 11 hours.

    With moderate use, the ThinkPad T480s can last a whole day without recharging. Most competitors show the same results, although they are thinner, lighter and more portable.

    Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Alternatives

    If you're a ThinkPad fan, you can look atX1 Carbon. For $ 1,754 ($ 117,500), it offers the same Core i7-8550U, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, and a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen display. And for an extra $ 100 (6,700 p.) You can buy a configuration with a faster Core i7-8650U, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD and a WQHD-display Dolby Vision. These versions will provide you with an equally reliable build, which is thinner, lighter, has a comfortable keyboard and display with HDR support.

    You can look in the direction of the Dell XPS 13 for $ 1,450 (£ 97,100), which offers the same configurations, the same battery life, a much smaller body, but a mediocre build quality.

    Huawei Matebook X Pro for $ 1500 (100 500 p.) equipped with 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, display with a resolution of 3000 × 2000 pixels, uses an Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics processor, has a thinner and lighter body, provides excellent performance.


    Lenovo ThinkPad T480s is not as impressive as its predecessors. It is not as thin and light as the X1 Carbon, like its performance, not better when comparing processor configurations.

    In addition to reliable assembly and classic design ThinkPad - this laptop is no different from other, cheaper cars.

    Should I buy it?

    Not. The brand alone does not make the T480s anything special. For the money you can buy workstations better and cheaper.

    Benefits of Lenovo ThinkPad T480s

    • Reliable build quality.
    • Good battery life.
    • Many interfaces.
    • Good touchpad and keyboard.

    ThinkPad T480s Disadvantages

    • Mediocre display.
    • Thicker and heavier than competitors.
    • Unreasonably expensive.

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