Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop Review

8.8

Value for Money Score

8.8/10

Reliability Score

8.8/10

Performance Score

8.9/10

Specifications and Features Score

8.7/10

Design Score

8.8/10

Pros

  • This laptop comes with a great battery which offers a healthy battery life.
  • It has got a strong build quality.
  • This laptop offers promising satisfactory performance.
  • The quality of the keyboard and the click pad is also great.
  • Plenty of updated ports are present in this system.

Cons

  • The battery which is used in this product is not swappable.
  • If the laptop runs for a long time, then it gets heated.
  • The quality of the speakers of this product is not up to the mark.
  • Optical drive is missing in it.
  • The PC doesn’t come with the quick charging feature.

Verdict

The processing ability of this laptop is pretty good. It comes with many updated features which are very useful to the users. This classy, lightweight laptop is available at a reasonable price range. Most of the casual and moderate users prefer this laptop.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop & Variants Price

Introduction

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 is the successor of the successful Lenovo ThinkPad X200 laptops.

To cope with the current scenario the company has accordingly increased the specification and the display size from 12.5 to 13.3-inch. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X390 has strong build quality and is able to offer quality performance to the users.

This productive travel laptop has all the features that one good portable laptop should possess. This product comes with plenty of updated unique features which are very useful for everyday works.

Buy For: Plenty of unique, useful features are offered by this laptop. It comes with a fingerprint reader, SD card reader, inbuilt wifi and webcam, etc.

Beware Of: The cooling ability of this Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop is not too good and it is not made for the gamers.

Design & Build

This Lenovo ThinkPad has got a very compact design.

It is very useful for personal as well as small commercial places like the education sectors or any small business sectors.

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Having a very compact design, slim outfit and being light weighted this laptop can be carried easily.

The PC has got a display of 13.3 inches. The display has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

The weight of this laptop is near about 4.4 pounds and its dimensions are 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches; so it can easily be fitted in a backpack and can easily be carried from place to place.

Having a slim and slick design, the laptop has a very attractive outfit.

The quality of the 6-row backlit keyboard and click pad is quite good.

But while playing games and performing any type of typing jobs, the users are recommended to use an external mouse or keyboard.

For casual users the quality of these two input sections are quite promising; they can also get a satisfactory tactile feeling, while using them.

Performance

The processing ability of this laptop of Lenovo is truly very promising.

The company has tried its best to offer plenty of features in this power pack laptop at a reasonable price.

This laptop is equipped with Intel Core i5-8265U processor. It is a quad-core processor.

The base clock frequency of it is 1.6 GHz and it has 6 MB cache memory.

The processor is good for casual computing but it is not able to run high end games.

This processor has a processor count of 4. Any casual users can be satisfied by using this laptop.

For enhancing its graphical ability, the company has attached Intel UHD 620 as its GPU.

It also offers decent performance. But it is unable to handle 4K contents.

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit is the OS on which this PC runs and it is preinstalled in this product.

The performing ability of this laptop is moderate. Some programmers of basic level can also get satisfactory performance.

But high level users have to avoid this one, as it is not made for them.

Benchmarks

CPU

1. We all know that Geekbench 5 is a very trustworthy and popular benchmarking scale. From the scores of this scale, we can easily get a clear picture of various processors’ performing capabilities.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 is equipped with Intel Core i5-8265U. The single core score of this processor as of 9th September 2022, is 720. And the multi-core score of this quad-core chip is 2272.

Based on the single core scores, we can conclude that the Intel Core i5 8265U is a better option than the Intel Core i5 8365U and it is not as powerful as the Intel Core i7-8665U.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop

When it comes to multi-core score, then we can see that the Intel Core i5-8265U has a higher score than the Intel Core i3 38145U (i.e. 1598) and lower than that of the Intel core i7 8565U (its score is 2327).

So we can conclude that performance-wise the Intel Core i5-8265U doesn’t come in the high-end processor segment. But it can process various casual tasks with great speed and accuracy. For a basic or moderate-level laptop, this chip is a great option.

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2. According to CPU Benchmarks, the Intel core i5 8365U has an average CPU mark of 6081 ( as of 9th September 2022 ). Its single thread rating is 2114. After analyzing a total of 2319 samples, the experts have found that the margin of error in the quad-core intel processor is low.

The overall rank of this processor is 1111. Based on these data we can say this is not a very powerful processor to tackle the huge workloads of this era. But it is better than the Intel Core i7 7700HQ (which has an average thread rating of 2075).

The Intel core i5 8365U has a good CPU value i.e. 12.16. So we can consider this processor as a good value for money product.

3. On the UserBenchmark, The Intel Core i5 8265U has an average bench score of 63.2% as of 9th September 2022. Among 1358 processors of the similar category, this one has taken the 487th position.

The processor has got a benchmark score of 63% as a gaming processor. When it is used on a normal desktop, then this score is 69 and it is 50% for workstations. So this is a moderate processor; good for regular casual computing.

GPU

The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 comes with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 chip. The average G3D mark of this integrated graphics card is 1034. The average G2D mark GPU is 246.

And the experts of this website have tested a total of 14041 samples of this graphics chip and then they have given it an overall rank of 850. This is a very basic level graphics card which is capable of processing only various types of HD videos.

The gamers should not rely on this integrated GPU. The video editors will not also be happy with the performance of this GPU.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop gpu benchmark

Storage & RAM

Before choosing any laptop to buy, users usually search for the capacity and type of storage and RAM.

These two aspects of any PC is a major consideration to everyone.

This laptop from Lenovo comes with 256 GB SSD storage.

Being equipped with an SSD, the laptop has faster processing ability and the users of it can easily transfer data from the PC to other devices or within the various drives of the PC internally.

The rotational speed of this hard disk is 7200 RPM. But its capacity is too less for these modern day users.

The users have to spend extra money from their pocket to buy external storages.

The capacity of the installed storage is a major drawback of this laptop.

This unique, light weighted, classy laptop of Lenovo comes with 8 GB RAM which is able to handle any casual software and default applications every efficiently and quickly.

Ports & Connectivity

Lenovo has attached updated ports and many updated connectivity features in this laptop.

Fingerprint reader is present in this Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop. 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports are attached with this system.

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The laptop is also equipped with a USB type C port. Updated Bluetooth connectivity of 5.0 versions is also available in this PC.

Wireless wifi connectivity of Intel 9560ac is also present in it. The users can hardly face any regular connectivity problem in this laptop.

Battery Life

This laptop from Lenovo comes with a 6 cell li-polymer battery of 48Wh. The average battery backup of this laptop is around 4 to 5 hours.

It requires 240 Volt AC power supply to get charged. Some users complain about the battery drainage issue, but the overall battery performance of it is quite decent.

While running full HD content, the laptop gets heated and the battery drains too quickly.

Additional Features

This system is equipped with an HD webcam which has a resolution of 720 pixels. The quality of the camera is pretty good. T

he quality of the keyboard of the laptop is also promising. One can also find the fingerprint reader besides the click pad.

Optical drive is not present in this laptop. The Company has offered a limited conditional warranty of 3 years with it.

Specs:

What Do Users Think about Lenovo ThinkPad X390?

The moderate users are pretty happy with the overall package of the product.

Being pocket friendly, this laptop is one of the first choices of the students.

Its promising processing ability attacks the users towards it. Check out Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Manual.

The users have got a satisfactory performance from it, by using updated moderate software.

But they have faced heating issues while running FHD content on it for a long time.

Other Expert Views

According to the PCworld, moderate users preferred this laptop a lot. Being light weighted, and slim product, this PC is an easy-to-carry, which helps the students and businessmen a lot.

According to the Notebook check, this Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Laptop is a perfect successor of Lenovo’s X200 product. This updated X390 model provides quality performance to the users at an affordable cost. This is the main reason behind its great success.

PCMag, a widely appreciated gadget review site, says that this laptop is not as updated as its rivals, but it has great performing ability which creates its separate fan base. It is still one of the best selling laptops of Lenovo.

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