Lenovo ThinkPad 25th anniversary review: a tribute to the classics

Lenovo

Tuesday 30 January 2018

With the rise of countless of tech products revealed, Lenovo is going for more advanced options for their devices. Whether we are talking about the use of Intel i7 processor, the Windows 10, or the Thunderbolt 3 port, we tend to forget the older designs that once serve our everyday productivities. This is probably why Lenovo decided to unveil their Lenovo ThinkPad 25th Anniversary edition.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 25 is a take on the standard ThinkPad T470 that was released in 2017, however, they replaced its high-tech keyboard with the classic 7-row ThinkPad keyboard. It is now out in limited quantities in honour of the Lenovo 25th anniversary.

Definitely a classy move from Lenovo, but it is time to figure out whether this ThinkPad is all for show or whether it is actually made for business.

What to expect

The ThinkPad 25 uses the same chassis as the T470 released recently, so it is basically a T470 with the keyboards swapped for a more traditional version. It also comes with the Intel Core i7-7500U and the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, powered by the Intel Kalby Lake. It weighs in at 1.73kg and has a power supply of 365gr. In terms of specs, it is one that seems to be more advanced in comparison to the T470.

The T470 comes with an Intel Core i5-7200U and an Intel HD Graphics 620. Also powered by the Kalby Lake, weighing in at 1.67kg with a power supply of 279gr. So in comparison, yes, the ThinkPad 25 is more advanced though its old-school physique, however, we would like to find out whether the ThinkPad 25 is actually capable in comparison to its previous counterpart.

Performance

Firstly, in terms of connectivity, it definitely works as a powerful contender. Its side panels seem to match those of the ThinkPad T470. Its side comes with a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port for SSDs or 4K monitors and then you have your traditional USB 3.0 port, the other side then has an HDMI jack, SD card reader, and a headset jack. The convenience of the multiple ports and inserts make it so much easier in terms of communication.

With the power of the i7-7500U CPU and 16GB of RAM, this is a rather powerful laptop in terms of performance. The Lenovo ThinkPad 25 works above average, making it very comfortable to do business and get work done.

Battery life

The battery life worked well, lasting around 12 hours, however, if we compare this with the T470, it does not compare – providing much better battery life in terms of productivity. In terms of its power though, battery life is quite acceptable when compared to performance.

Graphics

With the Nvidia GeForce 940MX discrete graphics, the ThinkPad 25 plays a great role, especially when you are looking to play games. This laptop can endure heavy power and is definitely one to look out for. For multimedia usage, this laptop does a pretty decent job when faced with video editing software and Photoshop, it, however, does not compare to the MacBook though – still the designated multimedia laptop.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Lenovo ThinkPad 25th anniversary edition is a nostalgic and enjoyable laptop to have. It provides strong performances with a vintage throwback feel to it, however, if you want a powerful laptop that can achieve most performance as the ThinkPad 25 at a cheaper price, it may be best to stick to the T470. The ThinkPad 25 currently sells at USD 1,899 while the T470 goes for USD 784. So it is time to think about your needs and your pocket; both work as great business laptops, it just depends on the intensity of your needs.

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