Today we are gonna take a look at a 15-inch laptop from Lenovo, Thinkpad T560 20FJS53W00. While it’s relatively pricey for your standard 15-inch notebook at £1000 it boasts not one but two days of standard usage due to the dual battery scheme.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Dual-Core (6th Gen), 2.4 GHz
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics 520
- Memory – 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4, extendable upto 32 GB
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It is equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB of SSHD (HDD actually, but a bit faster than a standard HDD due to the integrated flash storage). While it’s generously equipped for your everyday stuff and even slightly demanding tasks like light photo editing the specification felt somewhat low for the price point.
- Battery – Thinkpad T560 comes with a 3-cell 44 Wh internal battery and a 3-cell 23 Wh external battery. As a result, it was able to keep the device alive for a staggering 11 hours under standard workflow. That’s much more than the 7-hour category average of 15-inch notebooks.
- Display – The 15.6 inch IPS display is a mixed bag of outcomes. While the contrast ratio (900:1) and the viewing angle are good for a mid ranged budget laptop the brightness level and colour coverage are on the other side are pretty average at only 225 nits and 70% (sRGB coverage) respectively.
- Price – The price tag seemed a bit steep for a general-purpose notebook. For what the Thinkpad is asking you can comfortably get a 15 inch XPS with Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM and an NVMe SSD. That’s not a good news at all.
- No Thunderbolt 3 – Thinkpad T560 is slightly dated. It neither does ship with a USB type-C port and, as a result, nor does it support Thunderbolt 3 technology. It isn’t really future proof if you ask me.
- Hardware – As told earlier it’s not really the latest notebook in the market. For touting a thousand pound price tag it is configured slightly inadequately according to me. I would have preferred a Core i7 processor and 16 gigs of RAM at the very least rather than the equipped Core i5 and 8 GB RAM.
It’s a tricky choice. While it has got a sturdy finish and brilliant battery backup the display is just so-so. There are some better choices for your standard business laptop out there like the Razor Blade Stealth, Apple MacBook and HP Elitebook. But even then Lenovo Thinkpad T560 20FJS53W00 is a good choice for the price-sensitive consumers.