Lenovo Thinkpad E480 (I5-8250U, Full HD) 14 Inch Laptop Review

Lenovo offers another great deal with their Thinkpad E480. For only around 800 dollars, you should get a premium device which equipped with 8th generation processor, comfortable keyboard and long last battery life. In comparable with its other models that cost you more here, this seems to be more ideal pick for budget users. Keep in mind, not all of users wanting of high performance level coming from I7 processor and discrete graphic card. For light and medium usages, Core I5 processor and 8GB RAM are more than enough. As long as you have of full HD display, then any multimedia and entertainment purposes should be taken very easily.

The biggest deal is noticeable due its low price point is located on storage. No SSD, but they only put of 500GB HDD. Yeah, this is the main reason why the price dropped significantly because they completely remove the 256GB SSD. Thankfully, users can just add their own SSD because there is an empty slot inside that can just be upgraded pretty easily. Lenovo also provides similar option with SSD, but it’s far from ideal since it only has an HD display all along. I guess its worth for us to take look inside and see how it goes on satisfying our needs.

Case and Looks

The overall impression found on design is great and it looks very similar to its higher end version without any difference at all for except the connectivity that we would talk later. Here, you will get a black design chassis which built from plastic and aluminum material. The base and all around are created from coated black chassis while the lid area covered with some kind of aluminum finishing. You also notice a quite difference design direction found here in comparable with its last generation version. I notice the edges area surrounded the chassis are more rounded. I do not find it as big and worth upgrade, but worth mentioning.

The build quality is never being my concerned in Thinkpad series, but for some reasons the display is really unstable here. I just feel the material is pretty weak and offers a bad impression since its wobbling really much. The similar case is noticeable even on its expensive version which considered as very sad news here. In term of connectivity, they also make some adjustment for the price. The Thunderbolt 3 port is gone and swapped with USB 2.0. Thankfully, we still have of USB type-C port first generation, Ethernet, HDMI, micro SD card slot, and two USB 3.0 ports. I guess the quality dropped seen here is worth for its price tag.

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Display and Maintenance

Lenovo Thinkpad E480 8250U 2 There are two versions of display available right now to pick by users. The one with 1366 X 768 and the second one with 1920 x 1080 resolution. I really recommend you to take of the full HD one because premium laptops with HD resolution is far from being an ideal since you won’t just use it for working, but also for enjoying entertainment like streaming movies and editing photo. Photo editing is important matter as the hardware configuration is powerful enough to do this case and like I said before those activities are never called as an ideal in HD resolution.

Plenty of upgrade options are provided by Lenovo as soon as you get inside. You have to get inside manually by opening the entire back cover since the maintenance hatch is unavailable here. When you get inside, you should find of M.2 SSD slot which I always recommend to add here. 128GB SSD is more than enough for installing dozen of apps here. The memory is also upgradable here, but for me 8GB RAM is sufficient enough at this case. Interestingly, the keyboard is easily fixed and swapped with new one without needed anything.

Lenovo Thinkpad E480Main Specs
CPU Intel Quad Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14-inch IPS
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 500GB 5400 RPM HDD (SSD Slot Available)

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Performance and Battery

Both of CPU and memory are just okay, but there is one big thing users should add here, the SSD storage. The performance dropped significantly here because 500GB 5400 RPM HDD is very slow and even the booting times takes couple of minutes for all apps to load. Adding SSD will turn the performance to 360 degree much better. All of apps run very quickly and booting processor takes in matter of less than a minute. The I5 8250U is a really great quad core processor and will take better consistent performance with faster and more reliable storage. Buying an SSD separately will cost for around 60 dollars for 128GB and seems considered as affordable enough.

For the battery, the 3 cell battery can last for maximum 8 hours usage in real life usage. It outstands most of its competitors in term of productivity, but its more expensive version comes with better battery at this case. 8 hours is not a bad result for students or business purposes considering how cheap the price. You probably see of worst scenario where the battery lasts for only 5 to 6 hours here. Just take everything you want here and see how it works on satisfying your needs.

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Final Thought

Buying an almost nearly barbone laptop could be good consideration for getting a cheaper price machine, but coming with high end specification. The good example is shown on Thinkpad E480 where the default hardware setting especially on storage is bad, but completely upgradable with better specification. Keep in mind, not all of laptops will take similar case as there are so many laptops comes with un-upgradable hardware like Dell XPS 13 or premium Zenbook series from ASUS. Feel free to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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