When you think of the classics in notebooks, you must think of the ThinkPad. As the leader in business notebooks, ThinkPad has always been known for its high quality. When thinness and thinness occupy the mainstream market of notebooks, how will ThinkPad, as the big brother, follow suit? The recently experienced ThinkPad Wing 480 is a good interpretation, it retains all the classic design of the ThinkPad, but also combines the latest technology, so that it combines the three elements of lightness, high performance and classic.
The first impression of the ThinkPad wing 480 is still a relatively familiar taste, and the all-black color scheme looks very calm and atmospheric, highlighting the business atmosphere. The familiar ThinkPad LOGO can be seen on the A side, and the entire A side is very simple, without excessive fancy embellishments, giving a very good first impression.
As can be seen from the side of the fuselage, the thickness of the ThinkPad wing 480 is equally well controlled, and the thinnest point in the official data is only 19.9 mm. In addition, its use of lines is very good, so it will look very slim from the side. At the same time, there is a rich interface design on the right side of it, which is very practical in some daily use. For example, Micro SD card slot, USB 2.0 interface, network cable interface, security lock, these are our usual use frequency is very high.
Of course, there are also rich interfaces on the left side of the fuselage. From left to right, there are Type-C interface, HDMI interface, two USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio interface, with these rich interfaces, we do not need to add additional docking stations when we use them daily. For users who often run with their laptops, the rich interface is more convenient to use. Its biggest highlight in the interface is this full-featured Type-C interface, for ordinary users, its biggest benefit is to support fast charging function. For professional users, its benefits are even more, and it can be expanded by connecting to the docking station, and the wing 480 can also be directly connected to the ThinkVision display. So whether you are a regular user or a professional user, the wing 480 can make you more comfortable to use.
The B side of the ThinkPad Wing 480 is a 14-inch 1080P display, which is a very good choice given the unfriendly nature of Windows systems for high-resolution screens. The 14-inch 1920*1080 resolution screen displays delicately and does not make the font display faint. At the same time, its screen has a good performance in viewing angle, color reproduction, and maximum brightness. Placed in the notebook camp, it is indeed a strong player. In the image below, we can see that its screen display is still clear and detailed when shot from the side.
In the lower right corner of the B-side, the ThinkPad has the model label “Wing 480.” Its B-side design is relatively stable, and the frame is still narrowed to a certain extent, although it does not have the strong impact of the extremely narrow border, but the visual effect is still excellent. At the same time, a camera can be seen on the top of it, and the 720P HD camera can meet our daily video call needs. In actual experience, its picture quality is still relatively high, and there is no problem at all for social communication.
The C-side space of the ThinkPad wing 480 is still relatively sufficient, so the keyboard size is also relatively large, and the feel when typing is very good. With the touchpad and the little red dot, you can feel great convenience in daily use, compared to other Windows laptops, I think its efficiency belongs to a relatively high category. I believe that you, like me, can no longer do without the little red dot after getting used to it. At the same time, the little red dot is also the classic iconic design of the ThinkPad series, allowing people to understand this product for the first time.
The power button of the wing 480 is designed in the upper right corner of the C surface, and there will be a white light in the center as an indication after booting. At the same time, it is thoughtfully designed with indicator lights on the capital keys, so that users can more conveniently understand the current input status. In the middle of the three letters of GHB is the familiar little red dot, which is very operable and very comfortable to use. This is also a design that the Windows platform can play a great role in assisting when the touchpad support is not sufficient.
From the label pasted in the lower left corner of the C surface, we can understand that the ThinkPad wing 480 is equipped with the eighth generation Intel Core i5 processor, from the parameters of the official website, we know that its specific model is i5-8250U, the base frequency is 1.6GHz, and the turbo frequency can reach 3.4GHz. From the parameter point of view, the performance of this processor is indeed relatively strong. The upper wing of the graphics card 480 chose AMD RX550 2GB GDDR5 memory discrete graphics card, this graphics card performance is also excellent enough, gameplay is relatively strong. At the same time, this computer is not only pre-installed with genuine win10 system, but also pre-installed with genuine Office home and student version 2016 office software, and the blessing of genuine software greatly improves its office efficiency.
My first impression of the D-side of the ThinkPad wing 480 is that there are a lot of heat vents, and near the upper left corner, it is designed with seven grid-like heat vents. Through these heat dissipation holes, the heat inside the fuselage can be quickly discharged, ensuring the stability of use under high load. In order to make the wing 480 more stable on the desktop, it also added rubber non-slip feet, which in actual use makes it very stable on the desktop of any material. As you can see from every detail, the workmanship of the ThinkPad is indeed very meticulous.
I think the screen display is a very important part of a laptop. As mentioned earlier, the ThinkPad wing 480 uses a 14-inch 1080P screen, and it is also roughly mentioned that its display effect is quite good. As can be seen from the real picture, the color of this screen is still relatively bright. Not only that, but it is also relatively pure on the black display, and the contrast is very good.
As you can see from a closer look, the display of this screen is also detailed enough. Even after zooming in, it is difficult to see the pixel arrangement points. And the resolution of 1080P is also very good for daily use, you can see the font clearly without scaling, and the font display effect is better, and there will be no faintness. This can be seen in the figure below.
There are many use cases of laptops, so I think display brightness is an important indicator. From the actual test situation, the brightness of the ThinkPad Wing 480 in most scenarios is sufficient. Even when used outdoors, its brightness can still meet the demand.
【Performance & battery life test】
The ThinkPad Wing 480 is powered by an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, equipped with 8GB of running memory, 128GB SSD and 500GB 7200rpm HDD, and uses AMD RX550 2GB discrete graphics card. In Master Lu’s running score test, the wing 480 scored a high score of 141093, in which the disk performance beat 99% of users nationwide. It can be seen from the data that the running speed of the wing 480 must be relatively fast, especially in terms of booting and program opening, which is also consistent with the actual experience during this period.
In order to understand the gaming performance of this laptop, I deliberately tested its gaming performance using a computer butler. A total of two games were tested, King of Kings 3 and Operation Wild. The test results show that running both games on the Wing 480 can achieve a very smooth level. If you’re still worried about its gaming performance, you don’t have to. During my use, I also tested PUBG. As we all know, this game still has relatively high performance requirements. However, the Wing 480 still does a good job, and it can still run relatively smoothly in the case of low special effects. In fact, this is also thanks to the AMD RX550 graphics card it uses, and from the actual situation, its performance is comparable to many general gaming books. Of course, the reason why the wing 480 can run these large games smoothly is inseparable from the dual-channel memory it uses. The dual-channel blessing can increase its bandwidth, allowing it to greatly reduce the chance of frame drops when running large games. The wing 480 tells you with strength that thin and light books can also eat chicken.
For laptops that need to be taken out, battery life is also a point that cannot be ignored. In actual use, through the intelligent analysis of the battery manager. When the Wing 480 has 92% of the battery left, it can continue to use for four and a half hours, and the data is indeed beautiful. In actual use, I tested opening Word codewords and checking information through a browser, and the total power consumption of an hour was about 23%. This also means that in this state, the wing 480 can survive at least four hours, which is also relatively excellent.
During this time, I used the ThinkPad Wing 480 as my main computer – after all, it was still for its business business. First of all, I think that when dealing with documents and negotiation sessions, its keyboard is very comfortable to use, in fact, after getting used to using mechanical keyboards, I am personally more picky about laptop keyboards. But the Wing 480’s keyboard is well designed, with a key travel of 1.8mm and clear feedback. At the same time, the keycaps are also designed with a special curve to further enhance the feel.
When I need to go out or go on a business trip, I am happy to take the wing 480 with me, its size and weight are OK, and the important thing is to take it out and share the content with colleagues or partners enough calmly, not to lose share, and more simple. With a weight of only 1.75 kg, it is very convenient for even girls to hold in their hands. At the same time, it supports a maximum of 180° screen opening and closing, which is very convenient to use in any situation. In some cases, having a 180° opening and closing will take your experience to the next level.
In daily use, the configuration of the ThinkPad wing 480 is not a problem for office and watching videos. In actual use, PS, LR, PR and other Adobe family software are also handy. So, in terms of office performance, I think the Wing 480 is perfectly competent. Of course, you also need entertainment after work, and its game performance has been preliminarily verified in the previous running score. During the time of the experience, I tested NetEase’s Wilderness Action. The various operations during the game are relatively smooth, and the picture does not freeze. In more complex scenarios, the Wing 480 also handles it better. After a long period of play, it can basically maintain a frame rate of about 60 frames.
Speaking of excellence, you have to mention heat dissipation, and the wing 480 adopts Black Cool heat dissipation technology. The heat inside the fuselage can be quickly discharged through the heat dissipation hole through the combination of the heat pipe and the fan. During the game, the temperature of the body is always well controlled, which means that it can be equally stable under high loads. In the process of use, the sound of the wing 480’s fan is very small, and if you don’t listen carefully, you basically can’t feel it.
The ThinkPad wing 480 has a tough exterior design, and the design of the A-side metal body makes the whole machine full of texture. And has achieved a good balance between performance and thickness, strong performance while ensuring the slimness of the fuselage, and the heat dissipation ability has not become a shortcoming. It can be said that it is a well-balanced product, which is still very attractive to ordinary consumers.
The 480 is also doing relatively well on the interface, and the addition of Type-C interface makes it keep up with the pace of the times and makes it more convenient for consumers to use. The retention of the traditional interface can make it more convenient for users to use, and they do not need to carry a variety of docking stations like some ultra-thin books. ThinkPad is a classic series, and the Wing 480 continues its usual high quality.