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Lenovo ThinkPad E14 GEN 3 14" AMD Laptop (2021)

MSRP 618 USDNEX score 81%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 GEN 3 is the most affordable 14-inch business laptop in the 2021 ThinkPad lineup. It has a sleeker design than the corporate-oriented L14 GEN 2, though compromises in I/O options and connectivity make the E14 GEN 3 closer to a consumer-grade device with some ThinkPad-exclusive features.
The E14 GEN 3 is powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 U-series APUs with integrated graphics. Up to 8 cores can be configured, which is paired with up to 24GB of DDR4 memory. As is the case with other AMD laptops this year, there is no Thunderbolt or PCIe Gen 4 support. In the particular case of the E14 GEN 3, WWAN is also unavailable; neither are smart card reader, SD card reader, or NFC.
On the positive side, the E14 GEN 3 has the design and dimensions of the T14 GEN 2. It also comes with two material options. This makes the E14 GEN 3 more appealing to small businesses that wish to convey the professionalism of owning a ThinkPad.
The 15.6-inch alternative to the E14 GEN 3 is the E15 GEN 3. One should note that the E-series ThinkPads, being the first to adopt Lenovo's new naming scheme, is nominally one "generation" ahead of other ThinkPads.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Matte IPS screen with 100% sRGB coverage
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless broadband
  • No Thunderbolt

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good keyboard
  • Good speakers
  • Great price-performance ratio
  • Long battery runtime
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
IPS
TN

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 GEN1 + 1x USB 3.2 GEN1 + 1x USB 2.0 + 1x HDMI 1.4b + 1x RJ45 + 1x Audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 5.0 or WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
45 or 57 Wh
Camera | Front
HD or HD IR hybrid camera with webcam privacy shutter
Colors
Black or Mineral Metallic
Material
Black: Plastic / Mineral Metallic: Aluminum
Microphone
Dual-array microphone
Speakers
2x 2W stereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
220.7 mm / 8.69 inch
Size | Height
17.9 mm / 0.7 inch Aluminum | 20.9 mm / 0.82 inch Plastic
Size | Width
324 mm / 12.76 inch
Weight
1.64 kg / 3.62 lbs Aluminum | 1.69 kg / 3.73 lbs Plastic

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
IPSBrightness
250 or 300 nits
TNBrightness
250 nits
IPSContrast Ratio
700:1 or 1200:1
TNContrast Ratio
500:1
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
TN or IPS anti-glare
IPSGamut
45% NTSC or 100% sRGB
TNGamut
45% NTSC
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)
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 or Windows 11
Processor
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U, Ryzen 5 5500U, Ryzen 5 5600U, Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Ryzen 7 5700U, or Ryzen 7 5800U Cezanne
Security
dTPM 2.0 chip, Match on Chip Touch Fingerprint Reader
Touch Screen
No

Performance

Battery Life
45Wh: Up to 12.8 hours / 57Wh: Up to 15.8 hours
Durability
MIL-STD-810H
Memory | Capacity
Up to 24 GB (8GB soldered + 1x SO-DIMM)
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
65 W USB-C
Storage
Up to 1TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD (1x M.2 2242 + 1x M.2 2280)

Production

Debut
2021-10

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The ThinkPad E14 G3 is once again a good office laptop with a great price-performance ratio. You do not get the most high-end specs or best materials, but the notebook does not disappoint in the important sections. Lenovo increased the battery capacity to 57 Wh and this obviously has a positive effect on the battery runtime. You can notice the low price at some points, starting with the one-year warranty.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great price-performance ratio
  • Good keyboard
  • Long battery runtime
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3 AMD Laptop Review - Affordable Business Notebook with Ryzen Power. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-E14-G3-AMD-Laptop-Review-Affordable-Business-Notebook-with-Ryzen-Power.551070.0.html. 2021-07-15. Retrieved 2021-10-07.

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