I am looking to replace my old T430s with a new machine. I was leaning heavily to the T490 but then the E490 caught my eye. It's so much cheaper! I don't really care about the CPU or graphics card- what matters to me are:
* The excellent Thinkpad keyboard (which I should get in the E490, I think).
* 32GB of RAM, at least. Both machines have it.
* A 1920x1080 screen with better quality than my barely-passable T430s screen. I don't care if it's super bright; the brighter settings hurt my eyes anyway. But color, contrast, and reasonable off-axis viewing are important.
If I can get all that in the E490, I don't see the need to pay the Thinkpad premium. Has anyone seen the two machines side-by-side, and especially compared the displays? I'm thinking about the low-power T490 display. Would the IPS panel on the E490 be decent, or does it really suck?
I have a few terminals open with old-school green-on-black displays.
If you're going to leave it on a desktop and use it as that or take it to the living room while watching TV I'd say go for the E series.
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Essentially, E series = consumer product; L series = entry level business product; T series = mainstream business product.
When I took over a handful of client accounts I was having my teams buying E series (E550, E560, E570...) but we were seeing lots of "stupid" quality issues. E.g. video and video output issues on an entire series. So we've been deploying L and T series now - T/L480 and T/L490s so far mostly. Granted we haven't had as many out there for as long as the Es, but no such issues have cropped up so far.
The L series has a price break of usually a couple hundred bucks over a similarly configured T series. The E is usually another couple hundred less than the L. Considering my perceived quality steppings, the L series is a pretty good bang for the buck. I say skip E series and focus on L or T.
The el cheapo HD+ TN screens are just that... basic. If you spend a lot of time in front of it, you'll appreciate having the better screen - truly. If it was me and I could afford a T series but only with the basic screen option, or an L series with an IPS FHD... I'd get the L series.
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