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T490 & T590 - First Look

Q: T490 & T590 - First Look

This review in regards to the next Generation T series from Lenovo.

The machine I tested is based on a Intel i7-8565U 8th Generation Whiskey Lake 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. It came with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and a bright 14? QHD(2560 x 1440) with Dolby Vision 500 nit IPS screen. The screen I got according to HWiNFO64 is Model LEN40AE with a Monitor name of B14QAN02.0. It looks to my naked eye as the same as my X1 Yoga 3 screen with Dolby Vision. It?s a very nice screen. This screen does not support touch. The side bezels have shrunk(see pictures below).

As for graphics. It came with a Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 memory.

For connectivity it came with 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, 1 USB Type-C, 1 HDMI 1.4, 1 Thunderbolt 3, a MicroSD Card reader and 1 Audio Jack. An interesting feature on this laptop that I personally have not seen before is the left side USB C port can charge other USB C devices. It can output 5V at 1.5A. I personally have not been able to try this. The Thunderbolt 3 USB C port can also output 5V at 1.5A PLUS it can charge another laptop using P to P 2.0 charging function. I was not able to test this feature either.

For Networking the T490 came with a Intel AC 9560 and mine came with a Fibocom L850-GL and Bluetooth 5.0. It also included a Full size ethernet port.

For Docking it supports Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Side Mechanical Dock and USB 3.0 Dock.

For Storage Lenovo equipped this machine with a KXG6AZNV512G TOSHIBA SSD. There is no more 2.5 inch storage option.

Rounding it out my T490 came with a normal Webcam and a IR camera that supports Windows Hello. It logs me in much easier than the fingerprint reader on my X1 Y3. It also came with a dual array far-field microphone, NFC, smart card reader as well.

Battery size is 50Wh. I have not had a chance to test battery life yet. With the included Type-C 65W charger it supports RapidCharge.

My initial impression of this machine is extremely positive. It feels very well built. Trackpoint works great/better than on my X1Y3. The default trackpoint settings right out of the box worked fine. The top cover does not seem to get smudged as easily as on my Yoga. I feel on my Yoga i have to keep wiping it down. I set up Windows Hello easily with the IR camera. It also comes with the Think Shutter camera cover. No more tape for me! Unlike before you can get IR camera and ThinkShutter at the same time. I turn on laptop and it logs me in quickly and without fuss unlike using the fingerprint reader on my Yoga. Sorry for all the references to my Yoga. It's been my daily driver since i got it last year.

I really like the screen on this laptop. There were no dead pixels and the screen was uniform to my naked eye. Its very bright and with great colors. Not washed out like on my TP25. In my office I typically have it set to 50% brightness. Based on screen resolution and the size of the screen I set it at 150% scaling. According to the spec sheet there are 6! Screen options. Mine came with the WQHD IPS display with Dolby Vision 500nit screen. Other options will be 14? HD screen (250 nit), 14? FHD IPS(300 nit), 14? FHD IPS Touch (300nit), 14? FHD IPS with PrivacyGuard(400 nit), 14? Low Power FHD IPS (400 nit) and finally the one I got 14? WQHD IPS with Dolby Vision (500 nit).

Keyboard feels good like all the Thinkpads I have had in the past. Anytime I use another company's laptop it just reminds me of how great Thinkpad keyboards are.

It has up to 16 GB memory soldered and you can add up to 32GB DDR4 SODIMM in the available socket for a total of 48 GB. Mine came with 8GB soldered and 8GB in the slot

Below are some Benchmarks I ran along with pictures of the laptop.

While I am typing this review the fan never comes on. Stays around 39 degrees Celsius to 41 degrees Celsius.






During the running of the benchmarks the fan spun up but went back to off within 2 minutes of ending the benchmarks except for Furmark which took about 5 minutes for fan to turn off. The machine never felt hot even on the bottom unlike on the X1 Y3.

On a side note during the short time I have had the laptop when I turn off the laptop I lost no power over 3 days and only 2% the next 4 days. This for me is a huge improvement over the X1Y3 where I lose 1-3% daily even when shutdown.
Overall I really like the laptop. Its fast, quiet and cool running. Its also light weight. Spec sheet shows weight starting at 3.23lbs/1.46kg. I weighed mine and the laptop came in at 1496g based on my configuration and the charger came in at 313g.

Anyone wanting a laptop that has a great keyboard, screen and quiet will like this laptop. From what I understand it will be available for sale in June of 2019.

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask. I will do my best to answer.

Mod edit: A post with the T590 information and photos is on the 2nd page

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A: T490 & T590 - First Look

Thank you for your review. The T490 seems to be a really good laptop.

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When installing our new T490 and T590 through SCCM - and using the lenovo sccm driver pack, the touchpad is not responsive to gestures only button clicks - The Trackpoint works fine... Installing Lenovo drivers for mouse and touchpad after the installation does not help.If I look at the driver in Device Manager, everything seems fine - There is a Synaptics Pointing Device present - but also some Microsoft HID Compatible touchpad drivers. If I remove the HID Compatible touchpad drivers - the touchpad starts working - but after a few restarts they are installed again and the touchpad is dead again.Trying to manually install the Synaptics drivers for the HID Compatible touchpad - does not help.Installing on Windows 10 1809 

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This review in regards to the next Generation T series from Lenovo.  
 
The machine I tested is based on a Intel i7-8565U 8th Generation Whiskey Lake 1.8GHz quad-core CPU.  It came with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and a bright 14? QHD(2560 x 1440) with Dolby Vision 500 nit IPS screen.  The screen I got according to HWiNFO64 is Model LEN40AE with a Monitor name of B14QAN02.0. It looks to my naked eye as the same as my X1 Yoga 3 screen with Dolby Vision.  It?s a very nice screen. This screen does not support touch.  The side bezels have shrunk(see pictures below).
 
As for graphics.  It came with a Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 memory.
 
For connectivity it came with 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, 1 USB Type-C, 1 HDMI 1.4, 1 Thunderbolt 3, a MicroSD Card reader and 1 Audio Jack.  An interesting feature on this laptop that I personally have not seen before is the left side USB C port can charge other USB C devices.  It can output 5V at 1.5A. I personally have not been able to try this. The Thunderbolt 3 USB C port can also output 5V at 1.5A PLUS it can charge another laptop using P to P 2.0 charging function.  I was not able to test this feature either.
 
For Networking the T490 came with a Intel AC 9560 and mine came with a Fibocom L850-GL and Bluetooth 5.0.  It also included a Full size ethernet port.
 
For Docking it supports Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Side Mechanical Dock and USB 3.0 Doc... Read more

A:T490 & T590 - First Look (review, benchmarks)

Thank you for your review. The T490 seems to be a really good laptop.

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Hi there guys, Hope this reaches the official team in charge of developing the UEFI for this two laptops. I would like to see an option in the graphic settings to allow me to disable the dedicated GPU (Nvidia MX250 in my case) and run only the laptop with the integrated Intel GPU and another option to run in normal "hybrid" mode. I have observe too, that when I select the option to give the integrated Intel GPU 512MB of video memory it does not retain the option after reboot and sometimes it doesn't even allow me to choose that option.Maybe a bug, I don't know, but I would like to have that fixed too.I'm using the latest UEFI/BIOS (1.52) by the way. Thanks for any feedback in advance. Best Regards,

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Hi I have searched on Lenovo's pages and cannot find any documentation that confirms that "Thinkpad Ultra Dock" docking station (in my case 40AJ0135EU) is compatible with the latests T490(s)/T590(s) series. Does anyone know? ThanksKind regards

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Hi,I am wondering whether the Thinkpad T590's UHD 4K display makes use of PWM, accross all or any levels of brightness.I read that the FHD version had no PWM, so I'm hoping the same goes for the UHD.

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Hi,I am wondering whether the Thinkpad T590's UHD 4K display makes use of PWM, accross all or any levels of brightness.I read that the FHD version had no PWM, so I'm hoping the same goes for the UHD.

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 Need some affirmation from the experts (assuming you all are....) that the system will perform phenominally, or I do need to cancel the order and go for the bigger power of P52?My knowledge of hardware - 3.5 out of 10. I know the parts, but not how they all specifically work.  Ordered the T590 after making concessions that I didn't "need" to get the P52 becuase I don't run engineering or 3D programs. My mom is a software engineer, who works remotely, and is currently travelling the US and Mexico, moving many times per year. Two years ago, her company gave her a T480 to work with and she's still using it. As my only computer - I assume the T series will be good enough?  My usage:Heavy internet browser use - searching through the realtor MLS system, dotloop, docusign, Adobe Pro, etc... Need several websites up and running at once.Uploading and downloadng documents onto my computer and regularly into different websites. Emailing files several times a day. Light stock trading using TD Ameritrade software. Personal and business financal Excel use.Document and PDF creation/editing.  Need bigger (15.6) screen to have 2 documents/sites displayed at the same timeWeight is a small factor, but I've got no problem with 5-6lbs.Price - $2,500-ish is comfortable for me because my entire financial life is through the laptop. I don't like to go too cheap on tools.Gaming: Spider Solitaire  Goals:Fast performa... Read more

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Hi all,I have a T590 with mx250 GPU, and 65W power adapter. i 'm planning to buy a 90W or a 135w power adapter. So, I'm worried if it is compatible with my T590 or it will affect my laptop gradually and if the battery will get damaged gradually. Thanks

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Is there a WinPE driver pack available for the T590?Checking the list here, there only seems to be the sccm driver pack. https://support.lenovo.com/ca/en/solutions/ht074984

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Hi all,I have a T590 with mx250 GPU, and 65W power adapter. i 'm planning to buy a larger capacity charger,  should i go for a 90W or a 135w power adapter ?i don't mind the extra weight Thanks

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I just got a T590 and started using it last week. I have two pairs of speakers, one (Harman Kardon) a little nicer than the other (Alans). When I first started using the laptop, I could play music using the Harman Kardon speakers just fine. A couple days in, I played music from the Alans speakers. After that, I tried to play music again from the HKs, but it won't work. It's almost like the laptop thinks the HK speakers are a microphone. When I connected them, a little microphone icon appeared on the screen. Under the sound settings in the control panel, it showed both external speakers and an external microphone, and when I tried to play music, it would show that the volume of the external microphone was very high, and the volume of the external speakers on but very low. The sound coming though the speakers was soft, garbled, and mixed with a lot of noise. I got the same results with a pair of headphones. The Alans speakers still work. In the Device Manager, my sound controller is "Realtek High Definition Audio(SST)". I have tried both disabling and re-enabling it, and uninstalling it and letting the computer reinstall, and downloading the driver from Lenovo and manually reinstalling. This did not fix the problem. It is the latest version (6.0.1.8673). I saw in this post something about using a driver called "High Definition Audio Device" (the generic one from Windows?), but I didn't see that as an option when I tried to update the driver using available driver... Read more

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Hello everybody.!I would appreciate any help.Started getting BSOD(Attempted_Switch_From_DPC) almost every other day and I've paid attention that this usually happens when laptop is idle.My laptop is a month and a half old and it shipped with 8GB DDR4 ram soldered in MB(  base ram speed is 2666mhz but the real working speed that shown in Task Manager is 2400 because of CPU).So I decided put extra RAM and it turned out that my laptop supports up 48GB RAM so I bought 32GB DDR4 2666 module from Samsung and got 40GB in total. I'm not sure maybe it's coincidence but I started getting these BSODs after these things: installing RAM, updating BIOS, updating Windows system (Cumulative update), using USB type-C adapter with 3-USB and 1-LAN output.  I don't know who the culprit is.Here is the link to the DUMP file, data from Msinfo and Speccy -  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AjF0Y2tXlq21hAVSSnCL8_95zho4?e=rt8xuIMy laptop is Lenovo ThinkPad T590Records from Event Viewer:Log Name:      SystemSource:        Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PowerDate:          11-Sep-19 11:43:42Event ID:      41Task Category: (63)Level:         CriticalKeywords:      (70368744177664),(2)User:          SYSTEMComputer:      LAPTOP-1NK0CFUHDescription:Th... Read more

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We got a new Lenovo T590 and when i went to Image it, it went through the normal process and everything was fine until it boots into windows 10 for the first time. It disconnects from ethernet even though its plugged in, and the trackpad doesnt work. It seems as though the driver for Ethernet adapter is being uninstalled when it first boots into windows because its missing completely from the network connections screen in the control panel. Any ideas on what could be causing this? Thanks

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Hi, I am considering to buy the 4K version of one of these laptops. I have used the X1E but I am bothered by the fan noise even under BIOS 1.19. Do these laptops have noisy fan issues? Are they fully compatible with Linux right out of the box? I mean do all functions work right after installation of Linux without further work from the user? How is the battery life? Thanks. 

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Hi All I have a T590 with mx250 GPU, and 65W power adapter. i 'm planning to buy a larger capacity charger, however the 135W power adapter is a slim tip adapter and the t590 does not have a slim tip port. is there an alternative ? thanks

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My needs can be satisfied with T590/P53s and they have num keypad. P1/X1 Extreme on the other hand have powerful CPU (45W, 6 cores) and powerful GPU (good for 3D rendering, GIS explorations). Gaming is not a big consideration. Rational for GPU is really from a GIS perspective (in case there is some 3D modeling). T590/P53s - adequate, does not get hot, relatively quiet. Soldered RAM -- if a problem then that is not easily rectified. Is this ever an issue? I mean, RAM going bad (I have had this once only in business laptops). If soldered RAM goes bad, can the add-on still work? Or have to replace MoBo. P1/X1 Extreme -- more future proof, Carbon bodies, two DIMM slots. Powerful GPU - great for gaming and 4K displays. No soldered RAM issue. But seems that we are still discovering issues with cooling, fan noise, and battery life is limiting (hard to get advertised battery life without much tweaking).  Price diff b/w two, on sale, is about $250. Very tempting to go with P1/Xtreme but battery life/cooling issues are becoming a drag.  Appreciate any guidance.

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This review in regards to the next Generation T series from Lenovo.  
 
The machine I tested is based a Intel i7-8565U 8th Generation Whiskey Lake 1.8GHz quad-core CPU.  It came with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and a bright 14? QHD(2560 x 1440) with Dolby Vision 500 nit IPS screen.  The screen I got according to HWiNFO64 is Model LEN40AE with a Monitor name of B14QAN02.0. It looks to my naked eye as the same as my X1 Yoga 3 screen with Dolby Vision.  It?s a very nice screen. This screen does not support touch.
 
As for graphics.  It came with a Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 memory.
 
For connectivity it came with 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, 1 USB Type-C, 1 HDMI 1.4, 1 Thunderbolt 3, a MicroSD Card reader and 1 Audio Jack.  An interesting feature on this laptop that I personally have not seen before is the left side USB C port can charge other USB C devices.  It can output 5V at 1.5A. I personally have not been able to try this. The Thunderbolt 3 USB C port can also output 5V at 1.5A PLUS it can charge another laptop using P to P 2.0 charging function.  I was not able to test this feature either.
 
For Networking the T490 came with a Intel AC 9560 and mine came with a Fibocom L850-GL and Bluetooth 5.0.  It also included a Full size ethernet port.
 
For Docking it supports Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Side Mechanical Dock and USB 3.0 Dock.
 
For Storage Lenovo equipped this machine with &n... Read more

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Currently I use an x201 with a T61 as backup. Notebook is getting a bit dated and have started to shop for a new ThinkPad. I think I am going to go back to the T series. Is the config below overkill? BTW I do research work, which entails writing reports, Internet research, watching conferences online etc. Nothing heavy duty but I also want better than average tech. What can I dumb down to save money or should I stick to the current config? Will probably extend the warranty and expect the T490 to last 10 years like my other TPs. I plan to put the SSD in an enclosure and buy a 500GB model on my own rather than overpay Lenovo. OR may just keep the 256GB in and wait for prices to drop on the 1TB then make the switch. 16GB of RAM to be added later but want to have 16GB soldered. Anyway to order it with Windows Home and use my old Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (have two licenses laying around) to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro? Should I go with integrated graphics and dumb down the screen? One more question, I read some complaints about the heat vent being on the right side. I use a mouse 100% of the time and the track point has never been used by me nor do intend to use it. Is heat going to be a real problem? Configuration DetailsProcessor : Intel® Core? i7-8565U (1.80GHz, up to 4.60GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 8MB Cache)Operating System : Windows 10 Pro 64Operating System Language : Windows 10 Pro 64 EnglishMicrosoft Productivity Software : Microsoft Office 3... Read more

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On my X250 when I open the lid after the machine has been in hibernation it wakes up. On my new T490 I have to press the power button to bring it out of hibernation. How do I get the T490 to work like the X250? This is Win10 Pro at the latest service level.

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I see these questions all over the place and I am hoping someone with links can post them here. We have a bunch of available screens:14.0" HD (1366 x 768, 220 nits) anti-glare14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080, 250 nits) IPS anti-glare14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080, 300 nits) IPS anti-glare multi-touch14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080, 400 nits) IPS Low-powerT490 adds:14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080, 400 nits) IPS with PrivacyGuard (Coming Soon)14.0" WQHD (2560 x 1440, 500 nits) IPS glossy with Dolby Vision HDR, 100% Adobe color gamut What is missing is:1) Power draw.  (I thought I found it somewhere, but lost it.  Does anyone know of info?)2) Responsiveness (I have been told to avoid the 400-nit low power model, for example; I hate ghosting.)  I cannot find a single comparison anywhere! Can anyone help w/ links, reveiews, info...?

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I am reading many reviews which are pushing an undervolted i5 as functionally faster in the t490 than an i7, as the normal cooling system can't keep up w/ the i7.  But I also see that the T490 ships with a single-heatpipe cooling system unless you have the add-on video card (which obviously adds a lot of heat on its own.) I found a thread suggesting the t495 has better cooling--it supposedly gets the two-heatpipe system which is only available on the 490 w/ graphics card.  (See t495 part list at https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-... ) I'm a Win10Pro power user (lots of tabs, lots of office apps, some database stuff) w/ no gaming or serious graphics needs.  Would this be a good firt to upgrade my old T510?   I don't need super-heavy graphics (no video card) but I occasionally do some photo editing and such, so the 3700 w/ Radeon 10 seems promising as there seem to be somewhat smallish thread tradeoffs and large graphics gains. I would love to know if the extra heatpipe and lack of a graphics card will let the processor work as it should.

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I have a brand new T490.  It seems great so far.... other than the fan.  The fan is definitely not quiet, and it is whirring away even though I'm not really doing anything in the background. Sure, I can see how it might turn on as I download and install acrobat pro. But it doesn't turn OFF!!  I'm using HWMonitor (I feel like there's something better, but I don't know what it is) and i can see my cpu cores: of all 8, only three are at 15% and the rest are 0.  Why is my fan running? If this can't get fixed I'm going to have to return the machine, any input welcome!  

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I am planning to immediately update the SSD in my new laptop.  Ideally I would like to download the Lenovo drive image somewhere (or buy them from Support, if it comes to that) and install the new drive without ever registering the built-in drive with MS or anything else.  Have people done that successfully?  Or are folks obliged to boot up, set up, update BIOS / Windows / Lenovo software, and *then* clone/swap?

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i imaginne the gfx is but i wonder about the cpu. can i buy a 82xx cpu and replace it with an 8550 post sale?

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I am having a problem after the recent BIOS update. The machine is unable to hit 4+ GHZ in performance mode. The MX250 now performs horribly, worse than the integrated graphics. The laptop runs more than 30% slower than it did. The fan never kicks into high mode as well now. I can run any benchmark (Passmark, Userbench, ...) and they're all getting horrible results. This laptop is now slower than my T440 with an i7-4600U. Diagnostics show everything is fine. Can you guys please fix the ridiculous thermal settings you changed in the BIOS? If you can't get this issue fixed, I want a refund. My sons Ideapad 730S runs circles around this thing now.  

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I recently ordered a T490 with 8 GB on board. There's an open slot I was hoping to install 16 GB of RAM into. Does Lenovo support oddly paired meory? 8 GB + 16 GB ? I installed the RAM last night and I get no BIOS screen or POST beeps. The power light comes on and nothing. When removing the RAM it boots fine. BIOS firmware has been updated to the latest version as of 8/22

A:T490 Memory configurations - 8 GB + 16 GB?

Hello and welcome,
 
I'd _guess_ mis-matched RAM sizes are supported based on the platform spec's statement - since you'd get to 48GB with 16 soldered and a 32 added:
 
48GB max / 2400MHz DDR4, dual-channel capable,8GB or 16GB memory soldered to systemboard, one DDR4 SO-DIMM socket
 
http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20T490/ThinkPad_T490_Platform_Specificatio...
 
As to the no BIOS screen issue: give it several (many) minutes to POST and boot.  The first boot with new RAM added (especially high-capacity RAM) can take quite a long time.  Later boots should be normal.  Not saying that this is the issue, but it could be...
 
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Hi guys, im trying my first steps with the update receiver and thininstaller tools. I downloaded both tools from: https://support.lenovo.com/za/de/solutions/ht037099 I created a repository with the Update Receiver on local drive C:\temp. I used the product numbers 20N2 and 20N3. The update receiver shows me the downloaded packages:  The folder looks like:  Now im trying to install the packages on the system. Im logged in on a T490 as Administrator and try to use the ThinInstaller with different ways to start. I was trying to use: ThinInstaller.exe -repository "C:\Temp" The applications runs and shows me that its using the correct path:  The logfiles shows nothing helpful or I dont understand it. I put the logfile here: https://paste.ee/p/sNust I also tried to start with the following commands: C:\Program Files (x86)\ThinInstaller>ThinInstaller.exe -search A -repository "C:\temp" -action INSTALL -noicon -includerebootpackages 3 -noreboot No logfile will created. I also tried to use the administration guide: https://download.lenovo.com//pccbbs/thinkvantage_en/tvsu5_mst_de.pdf But this wont help too. Can someone assist? Thanks in advanced! regards 

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I've been buying thinkpads for years. This is my third thinkpad that I've ordered personally (asides from the ones we've received for our teams at work), and I also have a Yoga. I've been disappointed with it so far, and was wondering if anyone else has noticed a serious drop in Lenovo's product quality? I ordered a custom build T490 with the 500nits QHD screen. It took 3 weeks to arrive, after several different delivery dates which left me staying back at the office late on 3 different days unnecessarily to receive it. When it finally arrived it had the following problems:1. Touchpad randomly registers right clicks when left clicking - even with all gesture modes disabled, this still happens. The only solution is to roll back to a very basic microsoft driver, but then two fingered scroll doesn't work. Seems a hardware problem. 2. Small line of dead pixels in the centre of the screen. It looks like a small hair trapped under the glass surface. How did quality control not spot this?3. Overall build quality seems shoddy. The screen isn't even fully sealed at the top, so on one side I can see light from the display leaking out between the cracks. Again, how did this pass quality control? So disappointed after spending 1500 USD and waiting weeks for a custom build thinkpad only to have several problems and expect it to be taken away again.I have premiere support so have opened a ticket, but really I just want to send the thing back.My old T410 is still running like a ta... Read more

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Currently, the BIOS item in the download list of T490 is available on July 9th and is available soonHowever, I have not heard from this page for nearly two weeksWhen is the BIOS update for the T490 available?

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I'm considering both the X1C7 and T490 and leaning towards the X1 but I've read the new keyboard is a disgression. Can anyone chime in with personal experience on how different they feel?

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Hi all, I've had my T490 for about 3 weeks now, and unfortunately since my refund period expired (and I've been travelling with the laptop more) I've started noticing bad grease marks left on the screen/bezel from the keyboard, trackpoint and palm rests after transporting the laptop in a padded messenger bag. The screen flexes much more than I would expect from a £1k laptop, and would be enough for me to get a refund if I was able. I can deal with how easily the machine picks up fingerprints (though still very annoying), but having to clean the screen 3 or 4 times a day is not feasible. Has anyone else experienced this, or is my unit somehow structurally compromised?

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Ok, instead of ordering the T490 with a larger SSD, I decided to save some money by ordering a larger SSD on amazon. Then the tought occured to me whether I can use the existing SSD as well, and move it to the WWAN port, since that's an M2 port as well. According to some other forum threads, the problem is that the WWAN port only accepts PCIe SSDs for some other laptops. Great. The small 128GB SSD is PCIe.So I opened up the laptop (I was going to open it anyway, to install the larger SSD), and I installed the small 2242 one in the WWAN port.It doesn't work. It is not recognized by the system. Why? I have no idea. I'm posting here hoping someone more knowledgeable can shed some light into the matter.Here's an album I made in the process: https://imgur.com/a/vOullkg    

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My T490 is experiencing speaker noise as soon as I receive the productThere is no speaker noise when sound can not be played, but speaker noise is generated while sound is playingIs there anybody else's T490 that has this speaker noise?I wonder if the same problem exists even if the product is repaired or replaced due to such a problem.

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Hi, I just downloaded and installed a new BIOS Update 1.49 on T490.During the flash it looks like some error occured and a black screen with a line "Self-Healing BIOS backup progressing ...". After that the PC booted and when I checked BIOS, it said it was updated succesfully.But after the update the realtek audio device disappeared from device manager and nothing can be done about it, restarts don't help. No sound comes from speakers anymore. It also screwed up some of the keyboard hotkeys. Mute and Microphone off LED indicators are on 24/7 no matter what. I don't recommend this update unless you want to break your Thinkpad.

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Hey,I was wondering if anyone has experience with the battery life of the T490 under Linux, especially Arch.In reviews I'm reading something between 8 and 10 hours, but I guess that's when using Windows.Is this true? I recently bought a T490, and while using TLP, and measuring between 8-10W usage in powertop, I only get around 5-6 hours out of my unit, with light use.When using more demanding apps like Firefox (especially Youtube), battery life drops to 3-4 hours.TLP is in use, Nvidia kernel modules are disabled (the MX250 is unused) and I just want to know if this is normal?

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Something I don't see a lot of is an individual KEY replacement on the X1 Carbon. My question is, can this be done, or like my T440s the entire keyboard needs to be replaced?If this is the case, wouldn't it be better to just get the T490? Are its individual keys and overall keyboard easier to replace than the Carbon X1? And at what, .55mm more thickness? 

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My laptop is a T490 model. I upgraded the BIOS to version 1.49 yesterday. After that, the CPU usage becomes 100%. I am trying to downgrade to 1.09 BIOS but I can not see the following message. BIOS image file does not match this system.The utility process has not completed. How to bios downgrade?

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I have several thousand T490s to be deployed and we cannot update the bios in a automated manner.   After the ECP issues silent udpates ahve been disabled when is this feature going to be restored?   It looks to be a delibarate change to winuptp.exe to block this.  I have  a solution for the 1.09 ECP issues but the inability to apply the ---/1.12 and the 1.49/1.12 firmware packages automaticly is a deal breaker.

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Hello, I just got Lenovo Thinkpad T490  laptop it comes with Windows 10,The windows contains an application for the warranty, So my questions as follows 1- I am a linux user If I replaced the original Windows  with linux will I gonna lose this warranty ?2- Is the support available for linux ? ( I use Centos distributions and may use Ubuntu as a second option)3- Is Lenovo softwares Like Vantage available for linux ? Knowing that I bought that model as I found it supportes Redhat & ubuntu as followshttps://support.lenovo.com/eg/en/solutions/pd031426 thanks in advance   

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I think there is an error on the T490 page showing usb C port?  I think the port is the docking connector?  The user guide (2nd link) shows it as a docking station connector.  User guide shows 2 usb c ports but the sales page shows 3?
 
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-t-series/T490/p/22TP2TT4900
 
https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-...
 

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I recently got a Thinkpad T490 (brand new) from my work. At first i didn't have any issues with the sound, however i usually keep the speakers muted while I'm at work or use a Bluetooth headset. At some point after upgrading Windows and drivers from Lenovo Vantage my internal sound device is no longer detected. Audio through Bluetooth still works but nothing from the internal speakers, 3.5 mm or HDMI. There are no disabled sound devices and in device manager i can only see my Bluetooth headset (if connected). Running dxdiag shows no sound device detected (if my headset is not connected). It's as if the sound card is not even there.Any ideas?

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Hi! I just received T490 with MX250 model few days ago. I tried to play some games and the performance was super bad with MX250. I disabled MX250 in Device Manager and I tried UHD620 only then actually UHD620 is better performance than MX250. I don't know what's happened with my T490. If someone had same issue and solved this issue, please advice me.  I tried these actions but not solved yet. 1. Configure NVIDIA Control Panel to choose MX250 intensively2. Power management setting to "Performance"-> Not solved  3. Recovery -> Reset the PC for clean install-> After recovery I did No1 and No2 but Not solved  4. Install latest driver from NVIDIA-> After 3, I tried new driver from NVIDIA but Not solved Also I did hardware scan but no error at all with my T490. These are the benchmark score with UHD 620 and MX250 3D MARK Firestrike- UHD620 970- MX250 516 Cinebench R15 OpenCL- UHD 620 45.72fps- MX250 43.52fps 

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