Inside Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 4 – disassembly and upgrade options
The ThinkPad E15 Gen 4 is once more one of the most popular business notebooks out there. It’s good to see that Lenovo hasn’t neglected the upgradeability.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 4
- Intel Core i5-1235U
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 16GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside this device, you need to undo 8 captive Phillips-head screws. After that, simply pry the bottom panel, and take it out of your way.
Here, you see a 57Wh battery pack. It lasts for 11 hours of Web browsing, or 7 hours and 30 minutes of video playback. To take it out, you need to undo 5 Phillips-head screws. After that, unplug the connector from the motherboard.
3. Memory and storage
This notebook has 8GB of DDR4 memory soldered to the motherboard. They can be expanded by up to 32GB thanks to the single SODIMM slot. Storage-wise, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots. The one on the right supports Gen 4 drives, while the one on the left is limited to Gen 3 SSDs.
4. Cooling system
The cooling features two heat pipes, a heat sink, and a fan. The VRMs are also being cooled, which is good.
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- Great spill-resistant keyboard
- Good performance
- No PWM (BOE NV156FHM-N4S (BOE08E2))
- 1x SODIMM slot + 2x M.2 PCIe x4 (one supports Gen 4 drives)
- Optional IR face recognition and fingerprint reader
- Covers only 52% of sRGB (BOE NV156FHM-N4S (BOE08E2))
- Only two USB Type-A ports, one of which runs at 2.0 speeds
- No SD card reader