Review of Lenovo ThinkBook 15 - Intel 11th Gen Core i5
For someone looking to get an inexpensive laptop that doesn’t look or feel cheap, the ThinkBook 15 by Lenovo will definitely fit the bill. While it doesn’t offer all of the bells and whistles of higher-end systems, this laptop will suit many users’ needs without breaking the bank. Find out how we liked this machine in our review below!
A review of Lenovo ThinkBook
- Let’s begin with specifications. The Lenovo ThinkBook (15.6-inch) is equipped with an Intel® Pentium® Gold processor, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM, a 2TB 5400RPM hard drive.
- It’s dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card.
- It’s quite an upgrade from my Macbook Air in terms of speed and I love it.
- What I love most about it is that everything happens pretty fast! No more waiting for programs to load, it seems like all my devices are connected together through some kind of connectivity magic and things happen very quickly in succession.
- It’s such a pleasure to use, especially after having struggled so much with my old computer for months!
Lenovo finally has a solid business laptop that we can recommend. The Lenovo ThinkBook 15 (what a mouthful!) features all-day battery life, solid performance and great audio for your listening pleasure on flights and conference calls.
Battery life is superb! We were easily able to reach more than 10 hours on a single charge. Even when it did run out, charging back up to 50% takes only an hour or so — far less time than it takes to boot Windows from a cold start.
If you’re looking for a new laptop for work but don’t want something that weighs you down, we think Lenovo has built an excellent choice in the Lenovo ThinkBook 15.
Design and Build Quality
- The Lenovo ThinkBook 15 laptop boasts a design that is both professional and sleek. It’s slim, light, and has rounded edges and corners which makes it easy to carry around.
- There are 2 main ports on one side: USB-C port (for charging) with full Thunderbolt 3 support, which allows you to connect multiple peripherals at once.
- On other side there is HDMI port and two standard USB ports.
- The trackpad isn’t as responsive as I would like it to be but that might be something that can easily be fixed by changing settings on Windows or MacOS.
The display is a anti-glare LED LCD. There is a good variety of resolutions and aspect ratios to choose from. The display offers great visibility in all lighting conditions, even if there isn’t much direct light on it (like when you’re outdoors).
The only negative thing I have to say about its screen is that it’s quite glossy and some people don’t like that.
Keyboard, TrackPad, Fingerprint Scanner
The keyboard has a great feel to it. The travel distance and crispness is ideal for touch typing quickly.
The layout takes a bit to get used to, with both FN and CTRL sharing keys, but after about a week of use I barely notice anymore.
Being that it’s a laptop meant for students, there is little need for an numpad on either side of your primary keyboard. Instead, these numpads are replaced by trackpads meant primarily for use while you’re in tablet mode (more on that later).
It might take some getting used to, but they work well enough while in their tablet mode (or in laptop mode when on their sides) with just your fingers or even if you have a small wireless mouse like myself.
Connectivity & I/O Ports
Ports and Ports and More Ports! What is a Laptop without them! You will love having multiple ports to work with.
The Lenovo ThinkBook 15 has 2 USB ports, 2 USB C (Thunderbolt 3) ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 Headphone Jack and an SD card reader for you to choose from when connecting devices.
The USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port doubles as a charging port which is great because you can leave your power cable at home while you are on the go!
Speakers & Sound Quality
These speakers are decent enough, allowing you to watch your favorite shows and movies without any problems.
You’ll also find them loud enough to fill a small room with sound. If you need better quality than that, use an external sound system.
Nothing special there, though they don’t distort even at maximum volume – though that probably is because they aren’t too loud to begin with.
For a laptop, these speakers are well above average for sure.
- A large number of laptops offer up webcams nowadays. If a camera is important to you, take note of it when you’re researching your purchase.
The webcam should be positioned in such a way that allows you to make video calls with ease.
It shouldn’t be low-quality, either. Aim for 720p if possible.
The power you need when you need it. Whether you’re creating a spreadsheet, editing photos, or browsing social media, with up to 10 hours of battery life*, your laptop will last long enough to keep going even after your full day’s work is done.
And if your job demands more from you—video conferencing and 4K video editing, for example—the ThinkBook can handle those tasks too.
Just be sure to keep a charger nearby. * Battery life based on independent testing by BAPCo MobileMark 2014.
Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.
Heat & Noise Management
A laptop computer usually has a lot of parts inside, which can get hot under heavy workload.
Also, every part generates heat in some way. Thus, to ensure long term durability and stability, it is necessary to get a cooling system which could effectively solve these problems when having high CPU or GPU load.
The lid comes with dual ventilation holes that allow heat dissipation efficiently. Meanwhile, it also adds one extra air outlet on its rear to increase airflow by 10% compared with its predecessor model.
And there are two intake vents on both sides for exhaust purpose; users will feel less hot after using ThinkBook for about 20 minutes .
Battery Life & Charging Time
The battery life, in my opinion, is better than average. The quick charge time is really a game changer for me personally.
I can bring along my charger and be at 100% in just a few minutes! My work day is all about being out and about and getting from meeting to meeting and so I’m on my laptop all day long.
One thing that has always frustrated me with laptops is that it takes forever to charge your device when you are sitting around doing nothing at work.
The battery life is great but what really blows me away here is that fact that I can have 65% of my battery charged up within 30 minutes! Really nice when you need a quick boost but you aren’t anywhere near an outlet or just don’t have the time to sit there and wait.
General Software Experience (Software bundle)
The software bundle offered is mostly basic and standard but does include some useful additions.
You get McAfee (for a year) for your anti-virus and Windows 10 Software Defender, which is a great addition if you want to check on how much time you are spending on your PC/laptop.
The laptop also comes with Microsoft Office 365 for free for one year which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more.
The laptop also has some useful third party apps such as Spotify (the service will be disabled after 30 days unless you upgrade it), Netflix and Adblock Plus.
A one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud suite is available via redemption code though the product page doesn’t mention that it is only limited to new customers only.