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Lenovo ThinkPad T490s (14-inch, 2019)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad T490s (14-inch, 2019). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the durability and performance. The battery and screen also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the usability, while the design and portability get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s (14-inch, 2019) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew Elliott (

Lenovo ThinkPad T490s


Among Lenovo's 14-inch ThinkPads, the slim T490s is a better bet than the bulkier T490 model, but the premiere X1 Carbon remains tempting, if not for the reason you might expect.

Chassis is thin yet durable. Stellar keyboard. Quiet operation. Useful selection of ports including Thunderbolt 3.

Dim display. High-resolution screen no longer available.

Bottom Line: Among Lenovo's 14-inch ThinkPads, the slim T490s is a better bet than the bulkier T490 model, but the premiere X1 Carbon remains tempting, if not for the reason you might expect.

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : Brittany A. Roston (

Lenovo ThinkPad T490s Review: Slimmer than ever, X1 Carbon aesthetic


Lenovo's T-Series is back with a new update: the ThinkPad T490s. This model brings the classic ThinkPad design that has proven so popular over the years, combining it with an aesthetic similar to the older X1 Carbon models. The new T-Series offering...

Excellent display and keyboard ; Slimmest and lightest T-Series model ; Rapid charging ; Wide array of ports ; Battery gets through full workday

Gets a bit warm on the bottom with heavy use

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (

Lenovo ThinkPad T490s (i5, Low Power FHD) Laptop Review


We review the new ThinkPad T490s with a slimmer chassis and the efficient Low Power 1080p screen.

sturdy and high-quality chassis;very good 1080p screen (matte, bright, almost full sRGB gamut);long battery runtime;excellent keyboard;quiet operation;very good system performance;WWAN-ready;3-year warranty

worse maintenance options (RAM, Wi-Fi, keyboard);cooling worse compared to T480s;no more dedicated GPU;worse CPU performance compared to predecessor;slow response times of the panel;only microSD reader with awkward position;fan quickly reacts to load,...

May, 2019

Expert review by : Thomas Newton (

Lenovo ThinkPad T490s Review | Trusted Reviews


Can the retro-looking Lenovo ThinkPad T490s Windows 10 laptop, with its old-school pointing stick and three-button trackpad, cut it in 2019?

Solid construction;High-quality display;Good battery life;Built-in security features;The classic design hasn’t changed

Extension required for Ethernet connection;The classic design hasn’t changed...

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Tim Danton (

Lenovo ThinkPad T490S review: The best value ThinkPad laptop


A brilliant lightweight computer with a superb screen and excellent battery life. The only thing it lacks is a discrete graphics chip

Spacious keyboard ; Superb colour accuracy ; Broad choice of spec configurations

Sub-par webcam quality

Whichever you choose, though, you will be buying a superbly engineered computer. Considered as a three-year purchase, the T490s is arguably the best value laptop in the comprehensive ThinkPad lineup.

Nov, 2019

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