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Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 Intel & AMD Laptop

MSRP 695 USDNEX score 68%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is the second iteration of the company's mid-range business laptop. Despite its entry-level price, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 offers the latest mobile processors from both Intel (ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 i) and AMD, WiFi 6, and up to 40GB dual-channel 3200MHz DDR4 support.
Debuted together with the ThinkBook 15 Gen 2, it features sleek design and flexible storage options: The elegant device is cover by anodized aluminum, while the top cover has a dual-tone finish like the ThinkBook 15 Gen 2. Bezels as thin as 5mm surrounds the display, contributing to the 85% screen-to-body ratio.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Good system performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons
  • Low-contrast display
  • Only one M.2 2280 slot

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good keyboard
  • Good battery life
  • Very good CPU performance
  • Very quiet under load
  • Matte IPS display
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Only one M.2 2280 slot
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
AMD
Intel

Connectivity

AMDPorts
2x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 2x USB 3.2 + 1x HDMI + 4-in-1 card reader + audio jack + RJ45
IntelPorts
1x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 2x USB 3.2 + 1x HDMI + 4-in-1 card reader + audio jack + RJ45
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5 + WiFi 5 or WiFi 6

Construction

Battery | Capacity
45 or 60 Wh
Camera | Front
HD camera with ThinkShutter
Colors
Mineral Gray
Form Factor
180-hinge lay-flat
Material
Anodized aluminum top and bottom covers
Microphone
Dual-array mic
Speakers
Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio

Dimensions

Size | Depth
218 mm
Size | Height
17.9 mm
Size | Width
323 mm
Weight
1.4 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
14 inch, 85% screen-to-body ratio
Display Type
TN or IPS, anti-glare
Gamut
Up to 100% sRGB
Resolution
FHD (1920 x 1080)

Function

Fast Charging
45 Wh: Rapid Charge Pro / 60 Wh: Rapid Charge
AMDGraphics
Integrated AMD RadeonTM graphics card
IntelGraphics
Integrated Intel Iris Xe or UHD graphics / Optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 discrete graphics with 2GB GDDR6 VRAM
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
AMDProcessor
AMD RyzenTM 4000 series mobile processors
IntelProcessor
Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor
Security
Smart Power Button with Fingerprint Reader / ThinkShutter Camera Cover / TPM 2.0
Touch Screen
Optional, with IPS display

Performance

AMDBattery Life
Up to 7.5 hours (45 Wh) / 10 hours (60 Wh)
IntelBattery Life
Up to 6 hours (45 Wh) / 8 hours (60 Wh)
Durability
Spill-resistant keyboard
Memory | Capacity
Up to 40 GB
Memory | Type
Dual-channel DDR4, 3200MHz
Power Supply
USB-C, 65W
AMDStorage
Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen3 SSD / Up to 1TB 7200rpm HDD / Up to 2TB 5400rpm HDD
IntelStorage
Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 SSD / Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen3 SSD / Up to 1TB 7200rpm HDD / Up to 2TB 5400rpm HDD

Production

Availability
2020-10
Debut
2020-09-29

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Intel Core i5-1135G7 is a CPU with four cores (eight threads with Hyper-Threading) from the "Tiger Lake" series. It has a typical consumption of 12 to 28 watts with clock rates of 2.4 to 4.2 GHz. Even at minimum idle usage, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 consumes more power. In line with the high consumption, the battery life of the internal 45 Wh battery is poor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • Only one M.2 2280 slot

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Despite its low contrast ratio, the ThinkBook 14’s display offered a decent image quality in day-to-day situations. Outdoor usability is limited at best due to its poor display brightness, which is too low to overpower sunlight. Viewing angles were also not as wide as expected. When looked at from all four corners we noticed some minor color tint.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good CPU performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Very quiet under load
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 Tiger Lake review: Office laptop with poor endurance. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkBook-14-Gen-2-Tiger-Lake-review-Office-laptop-with-poor-endurance.531427.0.html. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Review: Business Laptop with Great Connectivity. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkBook-14-Review-Business-Laptop-with-Great-Connectivity.455201.0.html. 2020-03-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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