LENOVO ThinkPad T14 (Gen 2) Review

In this article, I give you my Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (Gen 2) review with specs included. The ThinkPad T-line 14-inch is also available as a 15-inch ultrabook for business users, at least that’s who they target.

It’s a bit of a confusing line too. There is also the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, that you might be familiar with, which is a bit more premium, it starts at $150 more. This one starts at $1307 MSRP for a Core i5 with eight GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (Gen 2) is also a little bit heavier of course than the carbon which is super light. This is 3.23 pounds, which is around one and a half kilograms so it’s still a pretty easy carry.

But, there’s also, in addition to the Intel version that I have, an AMD version that they released. That one costs more, it starts around $2200 in part because it comes with more ram and more SSD. So a little bit higher-end configuration. and that’s with the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 Pro, the 5000 series CPUs.

But, there’s still more. There’s that Thinkpad T14s which has not been updated to Gen 2 and that one’s just a little bit thinner and lighter. So, this is the confusing spot in Lenovo’s lines is what I’m trying to say.

But, if you’re looking for a 14-inch business ultra-portable for working at home or well, working at work then this might be the right choice.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (Gen 2) laptop is available in the usual ThinkPad matte black and there’s also a Storm Gray option. That sounds a little bit like something of a romance novel but it looks pretty chill so it’s up to you for those who don’t like that matte black look.

Because this ultrabook has Intel 11th generation U-series CPUs onboard we have Thunderbolt 4. In fact, we have two Thunderbolt 4 ports. One of them you’re going to use with the included 65-watt fast charger.

And, we have a lot of other ports onboard. This is where you make some compromises. With the Carbon model, you get even more ports, here you have two USB-A 3.2 and you’ve got those Thunderbolt 4 ports. Also, you have HDMI and you can have an Ethernet port, something you hardly see on a thin-and-lite ultrabook these days.

There is an optional smart card reader well because it is for business. Headphone jack of course, and besides the fact that we have Wi-Fi 6E on board (that’s an intel AX210 card) you have optional 4G LTE. It’s Cat 12 so not the fastest 4G we’ve ever seen but well at least it’s there. So if you opt for that you’ll also have a nano sim card slot.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (Gen 2) has Intel Iris Xe graphics which is pretty good for integrated graphics. Now, there is an option for the Nvidia MX450 dedicated graphics card which I don’t have.

That’s an interesting card because it’s using the same chip as you would see on a GTX 1650 but with a smaller memory bus, downclocked, all that sort of thing.

So, this is not a gaming machine though. It’s funny that on Lenovo’s website they actually mention gaming. But, if you’re playing older games or something like CSGO or something like that it’ll give it an extra kick so you can do at least your 30 frames per second on high settings.

For display options well let’s first mention the bezels. I know that big bezel is supposed to be a thing of the past but this is a bit like 2005 is coming back with its big bezels. Not only that, it’s a kind of a plasticky bezel.

Otherwise, it’s really a nicely built machine that seems to catch lint and pet hairs and everything on the edges. The Carbon version is going to look a lot classier when it comes to that sort of thing.

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