Lenovo ThinkPad E490 or ThinkPad L590, which one is better for me going into 2020?

Lenovo ThinkPad E490 or ThinkPad L590, which one is better for me going into 2020?

Lenovo's ThinkPad line is intended for business users, but it is also a good choice for anyone who needs a powerful and fast PC for work and play. Within this range, the Lenovo ThinkPad E490 and ThinkPad L590 arrive with the eighth generation of processors up to Intel Core i7 and a RAM memory of up to 32 or 64 GB. Of the two models, the ThinkPad E490 stands out for its 14-inch panel and lightness, characteristics that make it very comfortable to transport. It also has dual storage drive options, or a battery for up to nearly 14 hours with fast charging.

The Lenovo ThinkPad L590, meanwhile, works perfectly whether you're in the office, at a coffee shop, or on the road during a trip. It is a device with different security options to protect data , a 15.6-inch screen, as well as a battery for up to 12 hours, also with fast charging. Both start at the same price: 650 euros. However, they present notable differences that possibly make you end up opting for one or the other. We see them below.

Comparative sheet

Lenovo ThinkPad E490Lenovo ThinkPad L590
screen14-inch IPS and Full HD or HD resolution15.6-inch IPS and Full HD or HD resolution
ProcessorUp to 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565UUp to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 with vPro
RAMUp to 32GB (2 DIMMs)Up to 64GB
  • SSD with PCIe M.2 up to 512GB
  • Up to 500GB (7200rpm)
  • SATA HDD up to 6.35 cm (2.5 ″)
  • Optional: Dual Drive Storage
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD drive
  • HDD up to 2TB
Graphic T.
  • Intel integrated graphics card
  • 2GB standalone AMD Radeon RX 550X
Intel integrated graphics card
Connections and ports
  • USB-C (media power supply can be used as DisplayPort)
  • 2 USB 3.1 ports
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI 1.4b
  • RJ45
  • MicroSD card reader
  • Headphone / microphone combo port
  • Up to Intel 2x2 11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2 USB Type-C (1 Gen 2 with Power Delivery)
  • 2 USB 3.1 (1st generation)
  • HDMI
  • MicroSD card reader
  • RJ45
  • Combined audio jack
  • Network extension for Ethernet
  • Wifi (2 x 2 AC)
  • Optional: Wifi 6 (2 X 2 AX)
  • Bluetooth® 5.0
  • Optional: LTE-A
  • NFC
  • Compatible with mechanical coupling and cable
BatteryUp to 13.6 hours with fast chargeUp to 12 hours with fast charge
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Metal cap: 329mm x 242mm x 19.9mm
  • Plastic cap: 329mm x 242mm x 21.9mm
376.5mm x 254.5mm x 22.95mm, 2.03kg
SWUp to Windows 10 ProUp to Windows 10 Pro
Release dateAvailableAvailable
PriceFrom 650 eurosFrom 650 euros

Design and display

Both the Lenovo ThinkPad E490 and the ThinkPad L590 follow the same design line as the rest of their older brothers. They feature a sturdy chassis, shockproof or drop-proof. In fact, they have been tested to 12 military-grade specifications and have undergone more than 200 quality tests to ensure they function properly under extreme conditions. Therefore, you can trust that either of these two models will withstand all kinds of situations, from desert storms, extreme climates, or liquid spills, without anything happening to them.

Both are built with a hard plastic cover, although the ThinkPad E490 can also be purchased with a metallic cover, it depends on whether you are looking for a more classic or modern laptop. In addition, the model with a metal cover is somewhat less thick than the one with a plastic cover: 19.9 mm vs 21.9 mm. For its part, the ThinkPad L590 outperforms both versions with a thickness of 22.95mm. In any case, it is not a very heavy laptop, since it only weighs 2 kilos. Nor should we forget its keyboard with comfortable and wide keys for writing, capable of being backlit with white LED light so that we do not get overwhelmed in the dark.

In terms of colors, both are available in black, but the E490 can also be purchased in silver. Of course, the cover still features the ThinkPad seal in one of the corners. It is the only element that shines, otherwise the appearance of both is quite discreet and minimalist.


Lenovo ThinkPad E490

When it comes to screen size, the Lenovo ThinkPad E490 may be a good option for you if you are looking for a computer with a panel below 15 inches, which is usually the current standard. Specifically, it has a 14-inch IPS screen and a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels or HD (1,366 x 768 pixels). This is anti-reflective, which means that you can see any type of content outdoors without the image being too dark. The ThinkPad L590 panel is somewhat larger, at 15.6 inches, also with Full HD (250 nits) or HD (220 nits) resolution.


Lenovo ThinkPad L590

Processor and memory

The Lenovo ThinkPad E490 and L590 house the eighth generation of processors up to Intel Core i7, so performance is assured. Additionally, the L590 features Intel vPro technology for increased security and manageability. These SoCs are in turn accompanied by a RAM memory that is not bad at all. The E490 includes one of up to 32 GB, while the ThinkPad L590 can be purchased with one of up to 64 GB, which will always help the team to be more fluid when it comes to using tools and different services that consume a lot of memory.

In terms of storage options, the E490 is available with:

  • SSD with PCIe M.2 up to 512GB
  • Up to 500GB (7200rpm)
  • SATA HDD up to 6.35 cm (2.5 ″)
  • Dual drive storage (optional)

The L590 can be purchased with up to a 1TB PCIe SSD or up to 2TB HDD. Everything will depend on the needs or demands of the user . In any case, we must not forget that whatever option is chosen, you can always use a cloud storage service to expand capacity.


Lenovo ThinkPad E490

Battery and connections

If the battery is one of the characteristics that you most often look at when choosing a new device, pay attention because in this case neither of the two models will leave you indifferent. On the one hand, the Lenovo ThinkPad E490 equips one with a capacity for up to 13.6 hours. The L590, according to the company, does not exceed 12 hours of autonomy. In any case, both models have fast charging, which will recharge the battery by 80% in just one hour. In this way, if you are traveling and stop for a moment to have a coffee, you can charge your equipment for a few minutes so that it can hold you for a long time during the journey.

At the level of connections and ports, both offer a wide range of options. The Lenovo ThinkPad E490 includes a USB-C port (the power supply from the stands can be used as a DisplayPort), 2 USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4b, RJ45, microSD card reader, a combo port for headphones and microphone, as well as WiFi connection up to Intel 2 × 2 11ac and bluetooth 4.1.

For its part, the Lenovo ThinkPad L590 offers two USB Type-C ports (1 Gen 2 with power supply), two USB 3.1 ports (1st Gen), HDMI, microSD card reader, RJ45, audio jack combined, network extension for Ethernet, Wifi (2 x 2 AC), Wifi 6 (2 X 2 AX) optional, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE-A (optional) and NFC.


Lenovo ThinkPad L590


Security is important at the user level, but especially in companies and autonomous companies that handle a large volume of data and information. In this regard, the Lenovo ThinkPad L590 more than delivers. This model has different security options among which are fingerprint reader and facial recognition for a faster and more secure login . But in addition, the L590 includes the ThinkShutter system. This is a cover for the webcam, which closes it automatically when it is not in use. In this way, we will always make sure that no one is watching behind her.

The Lenovo ThinkPad E490 only has a fingerprint reader in some versions. The most basic, which starts at 650 euros, does not have this feature. However, there is no lack of a separate Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which encrypts data at the hardware level to keep it more secure . Also, do not forget that the two computers are governed by Windows 10, a more secure platform than previous versions with outstanding functions. Among some of them we can mention the Microsoft Edge browser or the Cortana assistant, which will help you find everything you want in a matter of seconds. For example, you can ask him to tell you the traffic situation, the weather forecast or the latest sports results.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E490

Prices and versions

The Lenovo ThinkPad E490 and L590 are available to buy in Spain. Let's see the different prices and versions.

Lenovo ThinkPad E490

  • With 2.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-8145U processor, 8 GB of RAM without fingerprint reader: 650 euros
  • With Intel Core i5-8265U quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM with fingerprint reader: 800 euros
  • With Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, 16 GB of RAM with fingerprint reader: 1,125 euros

Lenovo ThinkPad L590

  • With 1.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB 5,400 rpm mechanical drive: 650 euros
  • With 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD solid disk: 810 euros
  • Powered by 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Solid State Drive: $ 1,110