Lenovo Thinkpad E480 Review – The Entry Level Business Laptop

The Thinkpad E series is specifically designed by Lenovo to mainly target low to mid end budget users. The thing is quite similar in term of design, but different in term of hardware in comparable with the X1 model. The system features of Intel Core I5 or I7 processor depending on your budget. The I5 version is much cheaper, but I recommend you to take the I7 version as the device will last longer than you imagine. This specs then combined with 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 500GB SSD. The only place where the price is talking is located on the storage itself. Yeah, HDD is pretty old in the 2018 especially for mid-range business device.

Beside than that is problem, I have not found any bad thing to say from it. This is might be a good chance for us to swap of our system with something worth. I think its worth for us to take look inside and see how worth it is for the price. That is what we are going to talk about here. We are going to talk about it further on this article. To make it easier for you to understand, let’s we jump into the article.

Design Impression

The design is not getting any huge different than their last version that released in the 2017. It comes with black finishing that features of rounded corners and edges that look impressive. The rectangular design for me is more sophisticated on its predecessor that looks old and clumsy. For adding better build quality here, they decide to swap the coated plastic construction and put back the aluminum construction. The thing itself is shown on its lid that feels solid and rugged. The build quality is very impressive and I have to give them my big compliment for this case.

Compared to its predecessor, the E480 is slimmer and lighter. The system is now weight for around 3.86 pounds with dimension at 12.9 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches. Carrying it around on smaller bag is easier now. One worth thing mentioning here is the port connectivity. The USB type-C port now is not only usable for transferring data, but also for charging. This modern is 3 times faster than USB 3.0 ports. The USB-C is basically a standard for now and even the cheaper laptop from ASUS and Lenovo already have it.

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Display and Input Devices

Lenovo Thinkpad E480 2 The 14 inch display is packed with 1920 x 1080p resolution. There is another version with 1366 X 768 resolution that I do not really recommend you to take it. Better to stick with the full HD version as the HD version looks bad. The full HD version itself could produce of 65 percent of SRGB color which is not bad for the price. The images qualities are crisp and sharp although the brightness is not that bright. I need to put the brightness setting for couple of times on outdoor usage. The matte display surface itself is not helping that much on helping its brightness.

As for the input devices, I think this is the biggest selling point here. Although with its cheap price point, the device is still equipped with solid keyboard. The 1.8 mm travel key feels excellent and comfortable for typing. The keyboard really gives great pressure point and this is far the best keyboard to find at this price range. I have tested some similar products with the same price range, but none of them better than this one. If the productivity is what you are looking for, then the system is basically designed for you.

Last price update: 2019-02-01 19:05:52

Lenovo Thinkpad E480Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8550U 8th Gen 1.8 GHZ
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage500GB HDD

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Performance and Battery Life

I do not think the Intel Core I7 8550U processor would give you a bad performance. This is brand new processor from Intel’s 8th gen processor. The processor has four cores with each of them has 1.8 GHz clock rate. The performance itself is really wise here and for me more impressive than the 7th generation version. The big difference is shown on multitasking work like video rendering where it renders my 1080p video in only 8 minutes in comparable with last gen version that needs me to wait for 20 minutes to finish.

Although the performance is wise, the battery consumption is seems to be pretty low here. With brightness around 60 percent I manage to get for 8 to 9 hours of battery life. For most all of time i only have to charge it for once a day and it never last shorter than I want. Any basic usage like editing document and browsing should make it last for a day and the battery is not a problem here. Lenovo manage to improve its battery life although it uses the same capacity battery.

Last price update: 2019-02-01 19:05:52
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Final Thought

The Thinkpad E480 is might be the answer for anyone looking for fast and reliable machine in affordable price range. The HDD storage is slower than SSD, but keep in mind that you have an SSD free slot and means you just need to a SSD and this problem is solved. The other parts like performance, display, and keyboard are pretty good and finding similar case here will be tough. As long as you do not put much high expectation on it, I think this could be the best choice for you to afford right now. Well, the choice is yours, so take your chance on considering it. At last, thank you for reading the article and see you again next time.

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