Lenovo Thinkpad T480 Review – Portability and Usability in Business Laptop

Lenovo Thinkpad T480 is the true successor of the T470 that was released last year. I got the chance to review it last year and made me so impressed with both performance and battery life. Now, Lenovo is releasing the new version of it with not slightly changed in design, but having an upgrade in hardware component. For under 1500 dollars, you would be welcomed by a laptop that powered by Intel Core I7 8550U processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. The price itself could be cheaper if you follow the Lenovo’s Campus Program that targets the students and researcher as the main target for the program.

In 2018, I think this probably the most balance device that offer of portability and productivity at the same time. The 14 inch screen is big and coming with high quality keyboard that becoming the typical of Thinkpad for many years. Let’s find out how Lenovo manages to satisfy the consumers by its performance upgrade. That is what we are going to talk about here. We are going to talk about it further on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Build Quality

The T480 features a very standard black lid design from Lenovo. The entire chassis is created from metal that later finished in black finishing. I am not seeing the company offers different types of colors and means you are stuck with single choice here. One thing that I love here is the dimension and weight. The system is measuring at 13.25 x 9.15 x 0.78 inches and weight for 3.58 pounds. In my opinion, 3 pounds of weight is very impressive and making it considered as the lightest 14 inch laptop available right now. The HP Elitebook 1040 G4 is still slightly heavier and thicker here with 3.4 pounds and 0.62 inches thickness. Surprisingly, the battery is removable and users can just swap it back to their needs.

All of Thinkpad products have passed MIL-STD durability tests and it’s included here. The build quality is the biggest selling point here and it should handle of extreme temperature, bump, shock, and even drops during our days. As for the connectivity, we get of two USB 3.0 ports single USB type-C that usable for charging the battery and transferring the data. Charging over the Thunderbolt 3 port does not require bringing its charger anymore and it works pretty well on freeing my bag space.

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Keyboard and Display

Lenovo Thinkpad T480 2 The keyboard features a 1.7 mm travel key and requires you to force of 72 grams of punctuation force and making of strong feedback and tactile experience on your every pressure. The keys are somehow stronger and deeper than most of systems, but feels incredibly solid in our test. I manage to type for 103 words per minute with 3 percent error rate. Yeah, the error rate is quite hard here and takes lot of time to get used with it. Similarly like its predecessor, the pointing stick is back again and pretty much useful for users who do not want to use the touch pad for navigating through the system.

As for the display, I am not having any complaint beside than its brightness that quite low here. The screen itself produces of 77 percent of SRGB color which at least not so bad in comparable with its competitors. Unfortunately, the 269 nits brightness is low and I just hope they adds brighter display because outdoor usage is being a problem here and might force you to get around for the brightness setting couple of times. The thing will be perfect with brighter level here.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:53:24

Lenovo Thinkpad T480Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8550U ULV 8th Gen 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD 620 Graphic Card
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB PCI SSD

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Performance and Battery

The Intel Core I7 8550U is a very mainstream processor that has used in many different laptops. The CPU has 1.8 GHz default clock and 4 GHz for maximum clock. In real life result, the clock rate will go fluctuate from 1.8 to 4 GHz and providing a solid and dependable performance for any type of works. The Intel UHD 620 is powerful, but keep in mind it would never let you to run any games at least for newer games. I tried to run of CS Go and the framerate is playable, but not so stable around 40 FPS. There is a better variant that comes with NVIDIA 150MX id you looking for more performance here.

And for battery life, be ready to expect of full day usage here because the battery easily run for 13 to 14 hours of usage. For this review, I get the version with 6 cell battery packs. 13 or 14 hours usage is reachable if you have this version. However, the lower version is not going to give you the same battery level here as it only has 3 cell battery and likely to run only for 9 hours. I leave the link below for you to check the higher version if you want to check it.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:53:24
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Final Thought

Lenovo T480 is easily being my top recommendation for 14 inch notebook thanks to its performance, portability, and strong battery life. There are ton of works available to do here although the multimedia aspect is not so appealing here. My biggest complaint is located on display quality that looks bad for the price. I guess they do it intentionally for cutting the price, but at least giving higher brightness is must have feature here. If you do not mind with it, then this is a perfect choice for you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. I just hope the information is useful for anyone on making of consideration. Feel free to leave comment for further assistance here.

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