Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen 1 Laptop Review: Foiled by lack of AMD option

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The Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen 1 is the only 2020-generation ThinkPad that cannot be equipped with AMD’s Ryzen 4000-series CPU. Accordingly, we are having a very hard time recommending this particular model considering that the more affordable ThinkPad E15 and ThinkPad L15 with AMD Renoir perform so much better.

True, the ThinkPad T15 features excellent input devices and a wide variety of ports, but so do its more affordable siblings. Except for of course Thunderbolt 3, which is not available on those models. Another T15 exclusive is the 4K/UHD display, a high-end panel in almost every single way.

Its only downside, if you will, is its high power consumption resulting in below average battery life. In addition, temperatures were fairly high on this particular SKU but the fan was very quiet in return. Wi-Fi 6 support is foiled by high DPC latencies. Otherwise, the T15’s strengths and weaknesses are identical to the ThinkPad T590.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen 1 is somewhat lost in the undefined space between price-performance ratio and quality. The lack of AMD option will make this a much less desirable alternative.

In and itself the T15 is a great business laptop, no doubt about it. However, more affordable laptops equipped with Ryzen 4000 will offer a much higher level of performance. If you insist on a 4K/UHD panel and Thunderbolt 3 you may want to take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 instead.

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