Lenovo ThinkPad L450 review – Broadwell in a rugged package


  1. John Stalkot

    April 15, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Hi guys, can anyone recommend a windows laptop for music production? No games at all. As far as my understanding goes, CPU and RAM are most important, with a decently sized SSD being convenient. Right now I’m looking at the XPS 13, Asus UX303, UX305. It doesn’t have to be a super slim laptop with long lasting battery but these look like the best so far anyway. Anyone have any other recommendations?

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      I’d stay away from the UX305, that’s a low-performance laptop. The XPS 13 2015, the Asus UX303, the Acer Aspire S7-393, those are solid options. If budget is not an issue, the Zenbook UX301LA with Broadwell hardware should be on the list as well, it’s the fastest 13 inch Windows ultrabook available right now. Of course, the Macbooks are also an option if you don’t necessarily require a Windows laptop

  2. Dmitry

    July 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Hi! Thank you for interesting review! Is it possible to replace 16 Gb m2.SSD with SSD of more capacity, so to have a configuration (500 GB HDD + 256 SSD)?

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

      The SSD is used for caching and not as a stand-alone drive here. However, with most laptops it is possible to use it for caching, so it might be the same here. Can’t guarantee though. Just keep in mind the size of that SSD. a Regular 60 or 80 mm drive won’t fit.

      I think it would be much simpler and probably cheaper to just replace the HDD with a 2.5″ SSD

  3. Alessio M

    January 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Mike, thanks for this interesting review.

    What do you think are the main differences between the Lenovo ThinkPad L450 and the Lenovo ThinkPad E560 (or E460)? What if we compare a similar configuration, for example with Intel Core i5, Full HD display, 4 gb RAM, 500 HHD?
    In Italy (from where I’m writing), the price difference is just about 100€ (= 100$) in favor of the E-type, even with dedicated graphics and hybrid SSHD (while the L-type without these).

    Is the extra-ruggedness of the more expensive L-type really worth it?
    Can it ‘guarantee’ you a couples of years more in terms of durability?


    • Andrei Girbea

      January 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      You should go through these two reviews: notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-L450-Notebook-Review.140748.0.html and notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-E460-Core-i5-Radeon-R7-M360-Notebook-Review.154657.0.html

      Personally, I’d get the E460 out of the two. The build quality is decent to good with both of them and there’s little to justify paying more for an older configuration with more limited features.

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