90% - A complete package: With the ThinkPad X390, Lenovo does more things right than wrong – but there are strong competitors in-house.
Review date: May 1, 2019 | Model: Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
When the Lenovo ThinkPad X280 was released last year, we asked if such a classical 12.5-inch subnotebook was obsolete or not. This question is answered now with the release of the ThinkPad X390 – apparently, buyers just prefer larger screens these days. But there are still some doubts about the viability of the ThinkPad X390... All of those are valid complaints, but they are a little bit akin to nitpicks – there are no big problems with this ThinkPad. That is why it of course gets our recommendation. Despite this positive verdict, we have to ask the question if the ThinkPad T490s is the better choice. This ThinkPad laptop is slightly bigger, more expensive and it does not have an easily removable keyboard, but it has a bigger battery, a bigger screen with an optionally higher resolution and a wider keyboard. Aside from those things, both ThinkPads are nearly identical. In the end, it is a matter of taste if one chooses the bigger or the smaller ThinkPad. Maybe, Lenovo should consider merging both lines, as the T490s and the X390 are just too similar in many ways.Reviewed by: Benjamin Herzig | Read full review...