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Lenovo Thinkpad E490

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Han-Kwang Nienhuys

Introduction

This 14-inch laptop was introduced in 2019 and can run Mint 19.1 (based on Ubuntu 18.10) out of the box. Like many other Thinkpads, it is sold in many different configurations.

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Specifications

NameLenovo Thinkpad E490
ProcessorIntel i3-8145 (i5 and i7 optional)
Screen14 inch 1920×1080
RAM8 -32 GB
SSD128 - 512 GB (additonal HDD optional)
Optical Driven/a
GraphicsIntegrated UHD620
Network Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless (Intel AC 9260), Bluetooth 5.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
SSDYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Card ReaderNot tested
CameraYes

Notes

To select a boot device or enter BIOS setup: press ENTER immediately when the red Lenovo logo appears. You only have a fraction of a second.

It is possible to control the battery charging to extend the lifetime of the built-in battery (stop charging at 80%, start charging below 75%). See Thinkpad battery management.

This Thinkpad will sometimes emit a continuous beep during booting (stops when the OS is loaded). It seems to be related to a disabled SecureBoot.

I installed Linux on two E490 laptops. On one of them, the touchpad and trackpoint were dead in the factory-installed Windows 10 (even after driver updates), but they were working flawlessly in Linux.

lenovo_thinkpad_e490.txt · Last modified: 2019/05/12 15:14 by hankwang