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Lenovo ThinkPad T480s

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad T480s. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and energy efficiency. The battery and durability also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed views about the size. Some have doubts about the image quality and screen.

performance, durability, battery, energy, keyboard

screen, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Mark Coppock (digitaltrends.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s review

 

Robust build quality ; Decent battery life ; Excellent connectivity ; Good touchpad and keyboard

Subpar display ; Thicker and heavier than alternatives ; Expensive

The ThinkPad T480s doesn’t make as much sense as its predecessors. It’s not as thin and light as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and its performance likely isn’t any better when comparing the same processor configurations. While its build is robust, and the...

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480

 

Lenovo's ThinkPad T480 is the very definition of a workhorse business laptop, with a killer keyboard and a nifty hot-swappable battery. (Just spend the extra bucks for the bigger power pack.)

Swoon-worthy keyboard. Strong performance. Hot-swappable battery. Attractive 1080p touch screen.

A little heavier than rivals. Standard battery lacks stamina.

Bottom Line: Lenovo's ThinkPad T480 is the very definition of a workhorse business laptop, with a killer keyboard and a nifty hot-swappable battery. (Just spend the extra bucks for the bigger power pack.)

2018-07

Expert review by : Matthew Elliott (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s

 

The 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T480s is well-rounded workhorse laptop, but it can't escape the shadow of its superslim sibling, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Durable carbon-fiber chassis. Stellar keyboard. Quiet operation. Useful selection of ports, including Thunderbolt.

Dim display. X1 Carbon is thinner, lighter, and only slightly pricier.

Bottom Line: The 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T480s is a well-rounded workhorse laptop, but it can't escape the shadow of its superslim X1 Carbon sibling.

2018-06

Expert review by : Avram Piltch (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480

 

Whether you're writing a quarterly report for the board of directors or banging away on your senior thesis, you want a laptop that is not only fast but also makes you faster. With its 17+ hours of battery life, snappy keyboard and plethora of ports,...

Epic battery life (with extended battery); Snappy keyboard; Good performance

Dull screen; Heavier than competitors

The Lenovo ThinkPad T480 makes you more productive with its industry-leading endurance and strong performance.

2018-03

Expert review by : Andrew E. Freedman (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Review

 

The ThinkPad T480s ($1,429 to start and as tested) offers strong performance and over 11 hours of battery life in a durable, business-friendly, 3-pound package. It has an 8th Gen Intel Core processor that provides solid performance, and a ThinkShutter...

Fast performance; Long-lasting battery life; Built-in camera cover

Dim display

The ThinkPad T480s is a speedy and long-lasting business laptop with a camera cover for the privacy conscious, but its display could be better.

2018-03

Expert review by : Christian Hintze (notebookcheck.net)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (i7-8550U, MX150, FHD) Laptop Review

 

Not only for students. The new 14-inch ThinkPad T480 is being offered right now at a large discount through Lenovo's Campus Program. The business laptop is set to follow in the footsteps of its successful predecessor T470 (91%). Our review device comes...

Thunderbolt 3 ; webcam cover (ThinkShutter) ; WWAN-ready, SmartCard reader, fingerprint scanner, NFC, TPM, Computrace ; good keyboard (with a backlight) & good touchpad ; display is bright and contrasty ; strong CPU & GPU, hardly any loss of power ;...

display is too sensitive to pressure ; screen-bleeding ; poor color-space coverage ; fragile bottom cover (maintenance) ; throttling on battery power ; SSD is handicapped through a slow connection ; underside can get really hot

The Lenovo ThinkPad T480 does a lot right and has no real flaws.The display that is very sensitive to pressure as well as the slowed-down but still mighty fast SSD are the main points of criticism that we have for the ThinkPad T480. As a matter of...

2018-03

Expert review by : Benjamin Herzig (notebookcheck.net)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s (i7-8550U, MX150 Max-Q) Laptop Review

 

Even more versatile thanks to GeForce. We just recently tested the ThinkPad T480s, the latest model in a long series of high-quality 14 inch T series ThinkPads. Now we're testing the same model – this time with a stronger CPU and the GeForce MX150...

high-quality chassis ; excellent peripherals ; long battery life ; very good matte WQHD panel ; combination of modern and established ports ; WWAN ready ; 3 years warranty ; well performing hardware ; lightning fast PCIe-SSD ; many security features ;...

i7 slower than i5 under continuous load ; unrefined CPU performance management (fixed with BIOS 1.11) ; CPU throttling in battery mode ; high surface temperatures ; bad speakers ; ThinkShutter camera cover only included with bad HD webcam

The T480s is a very balanced and high-quality business notebook. The dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 (regardless of being a Max-Q version) does make it more versatile, by making it suitable for casual gamers. Though the execution is not quite perfect....

2018-03

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s (i5, WQHD) Laptop Review

 

New revision. Lenovo equips the ThinkPad T480s with a new chassis and closes the gap towards its own ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Intel's latest quad-core processors are obviously included as well. We checked the SKU with the high-resolution WQHD IPS panel.

high quality chassis ; excellent input devices ; long battery runtime ; very good matte WQHD panel ; combination of modern and familiar ports ; WWAN-ready ; 3-year warranty ; good performance utilization ; fast PCIe-SSD ; many security features

high surface temperatures ; drivers not perfectly optimized yet ; bad speakers ; ThinkShutter camera cover only with the bad HD webcam

The ThinkPad T480s is a very interesting device and probably the most complete 14-inch business laptop from Lenovo right now. The previous model still suffered from some drawbacks, and most of them have been fixed for the 2018 edition.Back to old...

2018-02

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (techaeris.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480 review: A powerful, efficient workhorse notebook with USB-C Thunderbolt 3

 

Our Lenovo ThinkPad T480 review takes a look at another of the company's workhorse notebook offerings. Read our full review to see how it performs!

Durable design ; Plenty of customization options ; 1080p touchscreen ; Fantastic performance ; ThinkShutter privacy slider ; Optional IR camera for Windows Hello ; Fingerprint scanner ; Dual batteries, one swappable

Pretty standard design that's changed only slightly over the years ; Price may be an issue for some

2018-07

Expert review by (zdnet.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s review: A solid business workhorse with all-day battery life

 

Lenovo's ThinkPad T-series laptops are designed to deliver the performance and durability required by demanding business users. They are not the most portable devices in the ThinkPad lineup, but with 14-inch and 15-inch screens they offer plenty of...

All-day battery life ; Solid build ; ThinkShutter for webcam security ; LTE and touch-screen options

Moderate storage and screen resolution on entry-level models

2018-05

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3287
Audio Decoders:Dolby Audio Premium
Audio system:Dolby Audio Premium
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:N
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:1 / 2
Speaker power:1 / 2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):24 / 48 / 57 / 96
Battery life (max):13.6 / 13.9 / 14.4 / 15.6 / 19.8 / 21.8 / 30.3 / 7.2
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 3+3 / 3+6
Quick Charge:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:N
Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Front camera signal format:720p
Infrared (IR) camera:N / Y

Certificates

Certification:MIL-STD-810G
Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:Y

Design

Colour name:Black
Colour of product:Black / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Glass fiber, Magnesium / Magnesium
Market positioning:Business
Product Type:Netbook / Notebook

Display

3D:N
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):400:1 / 700:1
Display brightness:220 / 250 / 300
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available / NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel UHD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 0x5917
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel UHD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:N / Y
Keyboard language:Swiss / UK English / US English
Numeric keypad:N / Y
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav
Spill resistant keyboard:Y
Windows keys:Y

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:20 / 24 / 32 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):24 / 32
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400
Memory form factor:On-board / On-board + SO-DIMM / SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 16 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:N / Y
3G standards:DC-HSDPA,HSPA,HSUPA,UMTS / WCDMA
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC):N
SIM card support:N / Y
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac
WLAN controller model:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
WWAN:N / Y

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:DVD-RW DL
LightScribe:N
Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

GPS (satellite):Y

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4b
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N
SmartCard slot:N / Y
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Processor

Bus type:OPI
Configurable TDP-down:10
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.10 / 3.4 / 3.40 / 3.50 / 3.6 / 3.60 / 4 / 4.00 / 4.20
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Kaby Lake R
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.60 / 1.7 / 1.70 / 1.8 / 1.80 / 1.90 / 2.50 / 2.60
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-7200U / i5-7300U / i5-8250U / i5-8350U / i7-8550U / i7-8650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-7300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:H0 / Y0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready:Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:122589 / 124967 / 124968 / 124969 / 95443 / 97472
Processor code:SR2ZU / SR340 / SR3L8 / SR3L9 / SR3LA
Processor package size:42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:N / Y
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Software

Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:N / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC / MMC,SD,SDIO,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 128 / 180 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / NVMe 3.0,PCI Express / NVMe 3.0,PCI Express 3.0
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 128 / 180 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 516 / 628

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:226.8 / 232.5
Height :18.4 / 19.9
Weight:1.32 / 1.52 / 1.58 / 1.63 / 1.65 / 1.67
Width:331 / 336.6