Lisa Gade reviews the 2019 edition of the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s that features a redesign and CPU refresh to Intel 8th gen Whiskey Lake. This is a very slim and light 14” Ultrabook that sits in between the ThinkPad T490 we reviewed earlier ( and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th gen in terms of weight and price. It has Intel quad core 15 watt Core i5 and Core i7 processor options, a matte full HD IPS display (low power 400 nit is available). Though it’s very thin and light, it doesn’t compromise on keyboard or ports, and it has a Microsoft Precision trackpad. Thunderbolt 3, a white backlit keyboard, MIL spec rating for ruggedness are all standard.
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43 thoughts on “Lenovo ThinkPad T490s Review

  1. Will there be a review for the T495 with AMD Ryzen 5?
    Would be very interested in this one 🙈
    I wonder, whether the saving of about 300€ compared to the i7 with 16gb ram and 512GB SSD will be worth the less powerful Ryzen 5 with 16gb 512ssd 🧐

  2. HORRIBLE. Who tf cares about thinness and lightness? T Series were known as robust upgradeable battery swappable machines. If you can't handle a few extra grams that's sad.

  3. DONT BUY LENOVO. I just bought a Think Pad extreme. They canceled the order for "security reasons" and when reordered price magically was increased $150 and they refuse to refund. Fine, but I will be sure to tell everybody about their business practices. Computer is ok, it pisses me off when I touch it but ………

  4. How's the heating? My X1 Carbon 6th Gen gets so hot I can fry eggs on it, and I haven't had it for more than 6 months.

  5. Lenovo seriously needs to adapt on its thinkpad design for the next coming generations… The screen bezels are horrible and also they finally need to build in a better trackpads
    Also it would be nice to be able to open the T-series laptops at least with one hand only
    On these little things Lenovo just does do too many compromises

  6. If you're looking to purchase this device in the US/CA and have any type of inquiry, feel free to reach out to me at: rcolby@lenovo.com to make sure you get the right device for your needs, or any device from Lenovo. 🙂

  7. It's surprising for me, since I bought a T480s and I could modify it with 24GB of RAM, added dGPU MX150 and a WQHD display… indeed it was expensive, but now with this t490s I see they went a little back and couldn't feel more happy with my previous purchase.

  8. I think every laptop you review, you should test the game Warframe. Its free on steam and has a massive following.

  9. When are you going to review the HP Spectre x360 with OLED screen? I believe it is already in HP website couple of weeks ago. I see nobody made a review on hand yet since it was unveiled on 2019 CES.

  10. Lisa solid review as usual. I say this every time but it's so true, you understand the target audience of all the laptops you review and tailor the review & benchmarks to that market segment. eg there's zero point in doing some gaming benchmarks on this laptop but a battery life test is super important. Would have been interesting to see the thinness of the T490S to a X1 they must be very close now. Soldered on RAM only is very annoying, don't see what Lenovo was thinking there. In a super thin X1 Carbon I'd accept that but not the Ts range. I won't be replacing my T460s with a T490s. I'll go back to the regular T series then when I'm due for refresh. Plus as a network engineer I still want my LAN port integrated and not a dongle.

  11. Roll over image to zoom in

    Apple MacBook Pro MD102LL/A – 13" – Core i7 2.9GHz, 8GB, 1TB HDD (Renewed)
    @t
    only 19 left in the stock
    so hurry up

  12. Lenovo has been a follower of Apple, totally forget the great features Thinkpad once possessed, such as external battery, upgrade-able RAM, many ports etc…

  13. I hate that the power button is shiny. That looks doesn’t go along with the rest of the laptop. They need to go back to matte power buttons.

    I’m looking forward to the X1 Carbon Gen 7 review.

  14. Nah……I think I've found my niche….the T450 / T460 / T470 / T480 series is thin, light, fast, fundtional and powerful enough for me. I don't want laptops that are so thin and light that they become useless and have to be treated like porcelain glass dishes from the 1800's…..at some point these manufacturers have GOT to know where to "draw the line"!……LoL!

  15. I still have the T440s, good machines. The only problem I've had is the Wifi, it tends to drop connection in combination with my phone

  16. Why are they soldering in RAM?

    If you add 16GB RAM in other port, is it a total of 32GB? It seems like it may be a different type of memory. I think their website calls the extra RAM slot, “selectable” memory.

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