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T490 First Look

Q: T490 First Look

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 a KXG6AZNV512G TOSHIBA SSD

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.

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! 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 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.

Overall I really like the laptop. Its fast, quiet and cool running. Its also light weight. Spec sheet shows weight starting at 3.23lbs

Anyone wanting a laptop that has a great keyboard, screen and quiet will like this laptop.

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

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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

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

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Probably it is not a right place to write a feedback for laptop specs, but I want my voice to be heard. I own T460s laptop and was willing to upgrade to t490s or next year model. What I value most in my t460s is full-size ethernet port, plenty of USB ports, full-size SD card reader. The only thing that I do really miss is high quality FullHD display with good enough brightness - when I take my laptop to vacation, I can't work even inside in a shadow if sun is shining through a window in my room - I can barely see anything on a screen. But with recent "upgrade" of T490[s] design, I see I no longer have a laptop that would suit me:t490s - not an option anymore, as it lacks full-size ethernet port and SD card reader.t490 - it also lacks SD card reader (probably I can live with it), but it doesn;t have an option of 400 nits screen that is available for 490s. So, to sum up, t490 could become an alternative for former t4X0s users, but this model is still considered as a "cheaper" variant and doesn't have an option for good screen (QuadHD is not needed on 14'' and would only draw more processing power). SD cards are also very convenient - all DSLR cameras using SD cards, and it is very inconvenient to force users to get a lot of adapters. There are a lot of other laptops with slim design that could be preferred over thinkpads. But thinkpads strength is availability of ports that are needed for business needs. Very disappointed...

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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 I have a Dell Precision T490 with the GU083 motherboard. I have upgraded to dual x5355 and 32gb of ram. Upon my upgrade I found that the workstation was running hot with the ideal temp of the cpu at 50 degrees Celsius. So I installed dual 80mm fans blowing hot air out through the back. Even with these the temp of the CPU under load is still around 80 degrees. So i kept it under low load and was able to run without issues for about a week.
After a few days I started to get ram issues whereby only 16gb of the installed 32gb is usable. The situation got really bad yesterday with system restarts under low loads. I'm lost to find the cause. Could my power supply be going out? or is the motherboard otw out too? Your help would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you

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