ThinkPad laptop has received good reputation for its good quality and classic appearance design in the market. Now, ThinkPad has launched its all-new laptop – the ThinkPad E480. The E480 is powered by eighth-generation Core i5-8250U processor and adopts arrow bezel design.
|Screen||14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS screen|
|Processor||Intel Kaby Lake-R Core i5-8250U (up to 3.40GHz)|
|Video||AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB + Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Storage||256GB PCIe SSD (Samsung PM961)|
|Connectivity||802.11b/g/n/ac + BT4.0|
|Ports||1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C gen 1, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 3.5mm Headphone/mic jack|
|Weight||Starting at 1.8 kg|
|Extras||720p HD Camera|
At present, the ThinkPad E480 for test is priced at CNY 5,999 (approximately $910). This variant features a 14-inch 1080p IPS screen and is powered by Core i5-8250U processor. It comes with 8GB DDR4 2400 and 256GB PM961 SSD.
The ThinkPad E480 keeps ThinkPad series’ classic appearance design in the meantime adopts currently popular narrow bezel design. The screen’s bezels on the left and right only measure 6.9mm.
The whole fuselage uses black engineering plastics. The ThinkPad’s logo is placed at the left top corner of the top cover.
The ThinkPad E480 continues to adopt ThinkPad’s classic keyboard design which has received good comments among users. To provide better feel of the keyboard, the ThinkPad E480 adopts 1.8mm long key travel. The keyboard design of the ThinkPad E480 reaches top level.
After removing the back cover, we can see its internal structure. The ThinkPad E480 comes with a fan and dual heat pipe for heat dissipation. The laptop provides two DIMM slots. We can see a PCI-E M.2 SSD port and a place for a 2.5-inch hard drive. The E480 for test doesn’t install hard drive.
The laptop features a 14-inch IPS screen with the resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels. After using Datacolor Spyder 5 Elite to test the screen, we find its NTSC color gamut only covers 47%, which shows that the screen only reaches common color level.
CPU Performance Test
According to the result on the CinBench R15, the ThinkPad E480’multi-core performance reaches 525cb and its single-core performance reaches 140cb. The processor’s performance reaches the seventh-generation i5-7300HQ processor which means that the processor that the ThinkPad E480 is powered by has quiet good performance.
GPU Performance Test
SSD Performance Test
The ThinkPad E480 comes with a 256GB PM961 M.2 PCIe SSD from Samsung. From the test result, we can see that SSD’s sequential read speed is 1500MB/s and it sequential write speed reaches 1290MB/s. These data shows that the SSD has excellent performance. More Lenovo laptop with a M.2 slot, please checkout our M.2 SSD compatibility list.
Heat Dissipation Test
After testing the laptop for 3 minutes, we find that the ThinkPad E480 has poor performance on heat dissipation. However, as far as an office laptop is concerned, the ThinkPad E480’s heat dissipation performance can be accepted.
In general, the ThinkPad E480 for approximately $910 has good cost performance. The laptop has high screen ratio with the narrow bezel design. Besides, the ThinkPad E480 boosts of good workmanship and excellent feel of the keyboard as well as comprehensive port design. If you are looking for a laptop for daily office work, the ThinkPad E480 will be a good choice for you.