Lenovo has quietly posted on its website the specs of its laptops, the ThinkPad E485 and ThinkPad E585, which use AMD’s Ryzen Mobile processors. The new notebooks are the first Ryzen Mobile-powered PCs made for the SMB market. They have classic black bodies and ergonomic keyboards. The new ThinkPads have a dTPM 2.0 chip and come with a number of services from Lenovo that aren’t available on consumer computers.
Lenovo ThinkPad E485 and ThinkPad E585 laptops will be available in a number of different configurations and price points. AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700U with the Radeon Vega 10, Ryzen 5 2500U with the Radeon Vega 8, or Ryzen 3 2200U with the Radeon Vega 3 APUs will be used in different configurations. Two SO-DIMMs that run at 2400 MT/s can be used to add up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory to the laptops. For storage, the systems may have a 512 GB PCIe/NVMe M.2 SSD, a 500 GB HDD, a 1 TB HDD, or a combination of an SSD and a hard drive.
The new AMD Ryzen Mobile-based ThinkPads are mostly the same, but the model E485 has a 14-inch screen and the model E585 has a 15.6-inch screen, which is what their model numbers suggest. When it comes to screens, the ThinkPad E485 and E585 laptops will have two antiglare LCD options: one with a 1366768 resolution and the other with a 19201080 resolution. Other than the screens, the laptops have different keyboards. The 15.6-inch models have a full-sized keyboard with a number pad, while the 14-inch models have a keyboard that looks like a typical notebook keyboard. The new ThinkPad models E485 and E585 have ergonomic keyboards with trackpoints and trackpads, just like the other ThinkPads.
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Moving on to how the Lenovo ThinkPad E485 and E585 notebooks connect to the outside world. The notebooks have an 11 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 controller, a GbE port, a USB 3.1 Type-C header (used for data, power, display, and docking), two USB Type-A (3.0 and 2.0) headers, an HDMI output, a micro SD card reader, a 720p webcam, a TRRS audio jack for headsets, Dolby Advanced Audio-badged speakers, a microphone array, and so on. The systems have a separate TPM 2.0 chip that lets them work with different security applications. Fingerprint readers will be available on some ThinkPad E485/E585 SKUs, but not all of them. This means that biometric security will not be built into all of these laptops.
Lenovo says that both laptops with AMD Ryzen Mobile have a 45 Wh battery that can last for 9 hours. I would think that the E585, with its bigger screen, would use more power than the E485, and therefore have a shorter battery life. However, Lenovo says that both last 9 hours. The good news is that the E585 can fit a bigger battery pack, which means the battery will last longer.
The next part is the size and weight. With a z-height of 21.9 mm, the 14-inch ThinkPad E485 looks a little bit thicker than the 15.6-inch ThinkPad E585, which has a z-height of 19.95 mm. The smaller E485 weighs 1.75 kg, which is a lot less than the E585, which weighs 2.1 kg. None of the Ryzen Mobile-based ThinkPads can be called thin and light. However, these systems have metal frames and thick plastic bodies, so they are pretty durable (not ThinkPad X1 kind of rugged though).