Lenovo Thinkpad T480 (8650U, 16GB RAM) Business Laptop Review

The Lenovo Thinkpad T480 is received another minor upgrade in term of hardware. For you who no satisfied with its I7 8550U processor then you should take a look into this version. I have reviewed the similar T480 version months ago with that processor and overall runs pretty great. Yet, I heard that many users complaint about its performance and now we would see its higher end version. As comparison, I cannot find any difference in rest of things beside than its hardware. The design still looks great and fitting of big battery capacity. They basically only swap the processor with more powerful one and leave everything similar. Interestingly, they drop the 150MX graphic card and leave of Intel HD 620 one.

For just under 1500 dollars, they put a nice deal here without giving much drawback. The 16GB and 512GB SSD are rarely seen here as its competitors will only give you 8GB and 256GB one. I just hope the performance is significantly improved as that is what we are looking for here. Today, we are going to take a look into it further and see how it goes. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Build

As the starter, let’s talk about its design. Firstly, the design itself is what you expect from a Thinkpad laptop. The chassis is overall built from rough plastic instead of aluminum and then covered in black finishing. There are two reasons Lenovo pick of plastic here. The first one is to reduce the price and the second one is making it lighter. Yet, the durability is remaining good without making any weird noise when pressing the chassis with some amount of power. My only complaint is found on its lid area. The lid is too thin in my opinion. Yeah, it looks great and cool, but the rigidity is being a problem here. I really hope the chassis quality could be slightly better here.

Moving into the inside, you soon find a full size keyboard with fully backlit support. The keys are well spaced and offering decent travel distant. The display on the top of it is slightly thick in bezel, but considerably as thin enough for 2018 standard. Just never imagine it would be similar like what Razer does with their blade series because you are going to be disappoint. For making the security slightly tighter, they add of fingerprint scanner for letting you to instantly open the access into the system with single pressure.

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Display and Maintenance Support

Lenovo Thinkpad T480 8650U Previously, I was quite disappointed for its display quality and Lenovo once again puts the similar panel here. The 14 Inch FHD TFT panel is still being used and produces of poor color coverage and brightness range. You might be surprised to find it only covers of 61 % SRGB color and getting of 272 nits brightness. The competitors like ASUS TF 431 series should offer better coverage display even nearly 90 %. I guess Lenovo really have to do something with this case or they will start losing their major consumers. As long as you are okay with standard display, this will be never being a problem for you.

As for upgradability support, the system does not offer any maintenance hatch but it comes with lot of upgrade options. Opening the back cover needs you to remove its six screws and then just remove the back cover. Keep in mind, just does it carefully because there is a huge chance you can break its battery. As soon as you get inside, you find of 2.5 inch HDD slot, two M.2 SSD and RAM slots which one of them easily accessible for adding upgrade.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:46:43

Lenovo Thinkpad T480 20L50010USMain Specs
CPU Intel Quad Core I7-8650U 1.9 GHz
Graphics Intel HD 620 Integrated Card
Display Size14 Inch FHD
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD

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Performance and Battery

I really hope for something good from I7 8650U, but in the end the performance itself is remaining similar for some reasons. It even scores for similar result in Cinebench although it runs slightly faster in real life test. Updating it BIOS won’t give any difference at all and I guess further support is needed here because the money we already spend is quite expensive. In term of GPU, the performance is totally dropped as the Intel HD 620 is less powerful than 150MX. Playing games almost impossible and even Fortnite is not so playable at 720p with lowest setting. As for now, I do not really recommend you take this model as we wait for further support from Lenovo.

The battery life offers similar result through my battery test for couple of times. It basically runs 7 to 8 hours for editing document and doing light browsing. Keep in mind, Lenovo puts of different battery configuration and the result might be varied depending on what kind of model you have. For this review, I get the 72 Wh and that is the result I always get here. Just make sure to double check everything before you decide to take it as your laptop replacement.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:46:43
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Final Thought

The latest version of Thinkpad T480 overall never really satisfy me in performance matter considering it has lower score than its predecessor. I hope this just a software issue and Lenovo can fix it as soon as possible. For now, I recommend you to check its I7-8550U and 150MX version since it offers better things in all of aspects. And for alternative, the HP Probook 450 series is going to be my other recommendation here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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