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Lenovo ThinkPad L14 GEN 2 14" AMD Laptop (2021)

MSRP 629 USDNEX score 69%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 GEN 2 is a mid-range 14-inch business laptop powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 U-series APUs with integrated graphics. It is a more affordable alternative to the T14 GEN 2 designed primarily for large businesses.
Like the T14 GEN 2, the L14 GEN 2 has access to AMD Ryzen 7 APUs with 8 cores. What differs here is that two SO-DIMM slots are available for even higher amount of memory. The laptop's chassis, however, is made of ABS plastic, which contributes the device's larger size and higher weight.
FHD IPS displays are available, though the standard is an obsolete HD TN panel with poor graphics. I/O-wise, the L14 GEN 2 has most ports that business users need. It also supports optional smart card reader and 4G or LTE WWAN, though there is no NFC support.
An even more affordable business laptop in the 2021 ThinkPad lineup is the E14 GEN 3. There is also an Intel-powered L14 GEN 2 i with the usual AMD-Intel tradeoffs.
The 15.6-inch variant of the L14 GEN 2 is the L15 GEN 2, which comes with most of the same feature set and design elements, with the larger keyboard being one of the distinguishing factors.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Matte display options
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • Only one USB-C port is USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • No Thunderbolt

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good connectivity
  • Good input devices
  • Long battery life
  • High-quality case
Cons
  • Weak speakers
  • Weak display
  • Low-end CPU performance
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
IPS
TN

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 GEN2 + 1x USB-C 3.2 GEN1 + 2x USB 3.2 GEN1 + 1x HDMI 2.0 + 1x RJ45 + 1x Audio combo + 1x micro SD card reader + 1x optional Smart Card reader
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2 + optional 4G / LTE WWAN

Construction

Battery | Capacity
45 Wh
Camera | Front
HD or HD IR hybrid camera with webcam privacy shutter
Colors
Black
Material
Plastic
Microphone
Dual-array microphone
Speakers
2x 2W stereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
235 mm / 9.25 inch
Size | Height
20.4 mm / 0.8 inch
Size | Width
331 mm / 13.03 inch
Weight
1.59 kg / 3.49 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
IPSBrightness
250, 300, or 400 nits
TNBrightness
220 nits
IPSContrast Ratio
700:1 or 800:1
TNContrast Ratio
400:1
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
TN or IPS anti-glare
IPSGamut
45 or 75% NTSC
TNGamut
45% NTSC
IPSResolution
FHD (1920x1080)
TNResolution
HD (1366x768)
IPSViewing Angle
170°
TNViewing Angle
90°

Function

Audio
Realtek ALC3287 codec
Fast Charging
65W
Graphics
Integrated AMD Radeon graphics
Keyboard Backlight
Optional
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 5450U, Ryzen 5 5600U, Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, or Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U Cezanne
Security
dTPM 2.0 chip, Match on Chip Touch Fingerprint Reader
Touch Screen
Available in FHD

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 11.8 hours
Durability
MIL-STD-810H
Memory | Capacity
Up to 64 GB (2x SO-DIMMs)
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
45 or 65 W USB-C
Storage
Up to 1TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD

Production

Debut
2021

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The average performance of the RX Vega 8 is 14% to 19% higher in the 3DMark tests. The internal battery is the one with the lowest capacity among the current 14-inch ThinkPads. The ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 isn't as suitable for mobile use as the more expensive ThinkPad T series or the ThinkPad E14 Gen 3.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Good input devices
  • Long battery life
  • Good connectivity
Cons
  • Weak display
  • Low-end CPU performance
  • Weak speakers

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD laptop review: Upgradeability meets AMD Ryzen 5000. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-L14-Gen-2-AMD-laptop-review-Upgradeability-meets-AMD-Ryzen-5000.552960.0.html. 2021-08-02. Retrieved 2021-10-07.

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