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Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 Tiger Lake review: Office laptop with poor endurance

Silver laptop for SMEs. Black laptops are out - at least in some segments. Lenovo tries to attract such customers in the business sector as well and offers an alternative to ThinkPads with the ThinkBook series. Apart from the design, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 doesn't differ that much from the ThinkPad E14 Gen 2.
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Lenovo has been targeting customers with its ThinkBooks since 2019. As you can easily recognize from the "Think" in the name, Lenovo is targeting the office market. Unlike ThinkPads, however, ThinkBooks are not intended for large corporate customers but for freelancers or small/mid-size businesses, i.e. SME customers. The market positioning is similar to the ThinkPad E series, which is why we will also compare our test device, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2, with the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2.

In the configuration that we tested with an i5 processor, a 512 GB SSD, and 16 GB of RAM, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 costs approximately 800 Euros (~$953). Participants of Lenovo's Campus program can get it for about 10% less at around 720 Euros (~$858).

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Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE (ThinkBook 14 G2 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 x 2.4 - 4.2 GHz, 42 W PL2 / Short Burst, 28 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-3200, 1x SO-DIMM, 8 GB on-board, dual-channel
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, B140HAN04.0, a-Si IPS LED, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU, 512 GB 
, M.2 2242, NVMe PCIe 3, 423 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: 4-in-1 SD card, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 323 x 218 ( = 0.7 x 12.72 x 8.58 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with ThinkShutter
Additional features
Speakers: 2-watt stereo, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-watt USB-C charger, Lenovo Vantage, Lenovo System Update, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.491 kg ( = 52.59 oz / 3.29 pounds), Power Supply: 354 g ( = 12.49 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
800 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparisons

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83.9 %
04/2021
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.5 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
82 %
03/2020
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
85.1 %
01/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
82.1 %
01/2021
Dell Vostro 14 5490
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
1.5 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
85.6 %
12/2020
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.4 kg15.9 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case and connectivity: Lenovo laptop with new design

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2

Lenovo replaces the ThinkPad black with silver-gray on the ThinkBook series. This was also the case with the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 1 predecessor, but Lenovo has changed the design a bit. For instance, the lid is now two-tone with two different shades of gray. In contrast to the predecessor, Lenovo has also dropped the brushed look in the area of the palm rest. The ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is made of aluminum on the outside, and we can only detect a plastic surface in the area of the monitor bezel. Needless to say, Lenovo doesn't use a "unibody" construction in a laptop of this price range; the ThinkBook's inner frame is made of plastic.

Nevertheless, the case's stability is good, the palm rest can't be pressed in anywhere, and the base unit can hardly be twisted in general. The LCD cover can be twisted comparatively easily, and pressure applied to the cover is transmitted almost immediately to the LCD panel. There's nothing to criticize in terms of workmanship, and the LCD, which can be opened to 180 degrees, barely wobbles.

The bottom cover can be detached by removing several Phillips screws and releasing clips. RAM is partially soldered, but at least there's an SO-DIMM slot. The SSD and Wi-Fi cards aren't soldered, and there's even a second M.2-2280 slot available. There's plenty of room inside, and there are configurations with a larger battery or a 2.5-inch HDD as well.

Compared with the ThinkBook 14 Gen 1 predecessor, the Kensington lock slot and Thunderbolt 4 are new, and the proprietary charging port has been dropped. The full-size SD card reader is a very nice feature - an advantage compared to the competition, which only has microSD card readers, if at all.

Size comparison

326 mm / 12.8 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.6 kg3.46 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.6 kg3.52 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 218 mm / 8.58 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.29 lbs321.8 mm / 12.7 inch 227.7 mm / 8.96 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.27 lbs322.5 mm / 12.7 inch 214.8 mm / 8.46 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs
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Port configuration

Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0, USB-A 3.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0, USB-A 3.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Right: SD card, USB-A 3.0, RJ45 Ethernet, Kensington lock
Right: SD card, USB-A 3.0, RJ45 Ethernet, Kensington lock
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
  (AV Pro V60)
80.3 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78.2 MB/s ∼97% -3%
Average of class Office
  (17.7 - 194, n=85, last 2 years)
68.8 MB/s ∼86% -14%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
20.7 MB/s ∼26% -74%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.5 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
  (AV Pro V60)
85.1 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (17.2 - 201, n=84, last 2 years)
79.1 MB/s ∼93% -7%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
26.6 MB/s ∼31% -69%
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1481 (784min - 1552max) MBit/s ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1400 (675min - 1528max) MBit/s ∼95%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=287)
1155 MBit/s ∼78% -17%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
652 (343min - 741max) MBit/s ∼44% -53%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
649 (595min - 707max) MBit/s ∼44% -54%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Wireless AC 9462
365 (184min - 371max) MBit/s ∼25% -74%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1535 (780min - 1601max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1466 (702min - 1533max) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (136 - 1743, n=287)
1252 MBit/s ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
645 (481min - 695max) MBit/s ∼42% -58%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
637 (613min - 660max) MBit/s ∼41% -59%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Wireless AC 9462
322 (163min - 420max) MBit/s ∼21% -79%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1509 (780-1601)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1378 (675-1528)
ColorChecker
13.4 ∆E
19.1 ∆E
17 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
19.4 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
24.8 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE: 13.52 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 24.79 ∆E

Input devices: Good keyboard in the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2

Unlike the predecessor, this variant of the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 laptop is equipped with a backlit keyboard, but the option is not completely new. Although the keyboard itself isn't based on ThinkPads but rather on the consumer laptops of the IdeaPad series, we still like it a lot. The keyboard frame doesn't yield, and the keys have an estimated travel of 1.5 mm as well as a pleasant resistance - neither too hard nor too soft. While we would still prefer the ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 in this respect, the ThinkBook is also comfortable to type on.

You'll look in vain for the distinctive red TrackPoint of the ThinkPad series in ThinkBooks. Instead, Lenovo installs a spacious touchpad with a plastic surface. This is not as high-quality as a glass surface, and the ClickPad's mechanics also feel rather cheap. Overall, however, the touchpad works well, in part because the surface is pleasantly smooth. Unfortunately, the software implementation is not perfect. The mouse cursor jumped around unintentionally at times.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2: Keyboard area
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2: Keyboard area

Lenovo cuts corners when it comes to the display of the ThinkBook 14

We find similarities to the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 Intel in terms of the monitor options: These are absolutely identical. That means: Four different matte 16:9 LCDs with a 14-inch diagonal and Full HD resolution (1920x1080). The four panels differ in the rest of theirs specs (marked in bold = installed in our model):

  • 250 cd/m² brightness, 45% NTSC, TN
  • 250 cd/m² brightness, 45% NTSC, IPS
  • 300 cd/m² brightness, 45% NTSC, IPS, multitouch
  • 300 cd/m² brightness, 72% NTSC, IPS

The display exceeds the advertised 250 cd/m² at its peak, but the average brightness of 226 cd/m² is lower. This makes the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2's display the dimmest in our comparison. Furthermore, the brightness distribution of 69% is poor, but we were unable to detect any shadows in everyday use.

201
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B140HAN04.0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 266 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 226.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 69 %
Center on Battery: 238 cd/m²
Contrast: 1043:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 4.8
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
55.8% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
35.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
38.47% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
55.94% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
37.23% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.37
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
B140HAN04.0, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Chi Mei, CMN14D4, N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
LP140WFA-SPD2, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Vostro 14 5490
B140HAN, LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Chi Mei CMN1404, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Display
15%
3%
3%
21%
Display P3 Coverage
37.23
42.93
15%
38.26
3%
38.4
3%
45.1
21%
sRGB Coverage
55.94
63.98
14%
57.17
2%
57.41
3%
67.78
21%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
38.47
44.43
15%
39.57
3%
39.68
3%
46.59
21%
Response Times
16%
24%
9%
12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
51.6 ?(27.2, 24.4)
40.8 ?(21.2, 19.6)
21%
38.4 ?(19.6, 18.8)
26%
48 ?(23.6, 24.4)
7%
44 ?(23.6, 20.4)
15%
Response Time Black / White *
31.6 ?(17.2, 14.4)
28 ?(15.6, 12.4)
11%
24.8 ?(14.8, 10)
22%
28.4 ?(15.6, 12.8)
10%
28.8 ?(16.4, 12.4)
9%
PWM Frequency
25000 ?(60)
25000 ?(40)
Screen
-45%
-1%
-7%
10%
Brightness middle
240
256
7%
286
19%
240
0%
271
13%
Brightness
226
232
3%
292
29%
228
1%
252
12%
Brightness Distribution
69
86
25%
85
23%
84
22%
84
22%
Black Level *
0.23
0.96
-317%
0.17
26%
0.15
35%
0.18
22%
Contrast
1043
267
-74%
1682
61%
1600
53%
1506
44%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.4
6.5
-20%
7.2
-33%
6.8
-26%
5.6
-4%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
21.9
21.5
2%
22.1
-1%
24.3
-11%
18.9
14%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
4.8
4.8
-0%
5.4
-13%
5.3
-10%
3.8
21%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.3
5.7
-148%
5.2
-126%
5.6
-143%
4.1
-78%
Gamma
2.37 93%
1.9 116%
2.52 87%
2.34 94%
2.03 108%
CCT
6706 97%
6282 103%
7086 92%
6108 106%
7253 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35.4
40.9
16%
36.3
3%
36.4
3%
43
21%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
55.8
63.7
14%
56.9
2%
57
2%
67.7
21%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-5% / -26%
9% / 3%
2% / -3%
14% / 12%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 14.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 80 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
51.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27.2 ms rise
↘ 24.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 84 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21090 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Colors
Colors
Grayscales
Grayscales
Saturation
Saturation
Colors (calibrated)
Colors (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)

The contrast is much better compared to the predecessor, which is due to the lower black level. Unfortunately, we can't say the same about color-space coverage - only about 56% of sRGB is still a very low value. Colors are displayed incorrectly, and image-editing is not possible.

Due to the low brightness, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 can't be used outdoors despite its matte surface. The display is suitable for office environments. At least the viewing-angle stability is very good thanks to the IPS technology.

sRGB: 55.8%
sRGB: 55.8%
AdobeRGB: 35.4%
AdobeRGB: 35.4%
Outdoors (sunny)
Outdoors (sunny)

Tiger Lake provides higher performance in the Lenovo laptop

The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is available with various Intel Tiger Lake CPUs that range from the Core i3-1115G4 to the i7-1165G7. Currently, only the i7 as well as the i5-1135G7 are available; both the i3 and the i5-1145G7 vPro CPU are unavailable. This also applies to the Nvidia GeForce MX450, and the models available on the market each come with an integrated Intel GPU. Besides Intel CPUs, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 can also sport AMD Ryzen 4000 chips.

Between 4 and 8 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM are soldered onto the motherboard, and there's also an additional SO-DIMM slot for a maximum of 36 to 40 GB. All configurations of the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 offer room for two storage devices - either two M.2 2280 SSDs or a 2.5-inch HDD and an M.2 2280 SSD. 

CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z SPD
CPU-Z SPD
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
 

Processor

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. Our CPU list can be used for comparisons with other processors.

For a few seconds, the processor of the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 can consume 42 watts, after which the consumption is limited to 28 watts. This value is maintained over a longer period of time, so that the Lenovo laptop achieves a good result overall. Compared to the ThinkBook 14 Gen 1, it's about 20% faster on average in both multi-core and single-core performance. However, the ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is a little better; the same goes for the Honor MagicBook 14 with AMD Renoir.

Full performance was available on battery power.

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Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø818 (811.51-869.07)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø669 (556.65-743.36)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø943 (873.9-1006.9)
Dell Vostro 14 5490 Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø642 (613.58-702.8)
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø906 (894.39-958.29)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2411 Points ∼100% +17%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2389 Points ∼99% +16%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
2064 Points ∼86%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (979 - 2382, n=41)
1795 Points ∼74% -13%
Average of class Office
  (159 - 3672, n=126, last 2 years)
1719 Points ∼71% -17%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1652 Points ∼69% -20%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
1393 Points ∼58% -33%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
582 Points ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
527 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (442 - 527, n=41)
506 Points ∼87% -4%
Average of class Office
  (191 - 606, n=125, last 2 years)
452 Points ∼78% -14%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
443 Points ∼76% -16%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
431 Points ∼74% -18%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼72% -20%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1007 (873.9min - 1006.9max) Points ∼100% +16%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
958 Points ∼95% +10%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
869 (811.51min - 869.07max) Points ∼86%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (431 - 925, n=45)
792 Points ∼79% -9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
743 (625.37min - 699.41max) Points ∼74% -14%
Average of class Office
  (134 - 1614, n=129, last 2 years)
743 Points ∼74% -14%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
690 (613.58min - 702.8max) Points ∼69% -21%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
226 Points ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
204 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (172 - 205, n=42)
196 Points ∼87% -4%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
193 Points ∼85% -5%
Average of class Office
  (75 - 230, n=125, last 2 years)
177 Points ∼78% -13%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
172 Points ∼76% -16%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
168 Points ∼74% -18%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Office
  (302 - 3319, n=118, last 2 years)
808 Seconds * ∼100% -39%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
705 Seconds * ∼87% -22%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (499 - 1044, n=39)
671 Seconds * ∼83% -16%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
651 Seconds * ∼81% -12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
580 Seconds * ∼72%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
547 Seconds * ∼68% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
495 Seconds * ∼61% +15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5387 MIPS ∼100% +12%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
4848 MIPS ∼90% +1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4800 MIPS ∼89%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3924 - 4867, n=41)
4659 MIPS ∼86% -3%
Average of class Office
  (2389 - 5565, n=118, last 2 years)
4463 MIPS ∼83% -7%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4237 MIPS ∼79% -12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4176 MIPS ∼78% -13%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
26885 MIPS ∼100% +14%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
25812 MIPS ∼96% +10%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
23561 MIPS ∼88%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (14745 - 24873, n=41)
21272 MIPS ∼79% -10%
Average of class Office
  (4963 - 43914, n=118, last 2 years)
20679 MIPS ∼77% -12%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
19700 MIPS ∼73% -16%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
19026 MIPS ∼71% -19%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1556 Points ∼100% +9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1426 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1304 - 1428, n=38)
1386 Points ∼89% -3%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=113, last 2 years)
1180 Points ∼76% -17%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1096 Points ∼70% -23%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1092 Points ∼70% -23%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4969 Points ∼100% +6%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4732 Points ∼95% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3475 - 5472, n=38)
4721 Points ∼95% +1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4686 Points ∼94%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=113, last 2 years)
3961 Points ∼80% -15%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
3324 Points ∼67% -29%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
7.34 fps ∼100% +10%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
7.28 fps ∼99% +9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.7 fps ∼91%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3.57 - 7.6, n=38)
5.86 fps ∼80% -13%
Average of class Office
  (1.15 - 11.1, n=117, last 2 years)
5.51 fps ∼75% -18%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
5.26 fps ∼72% -21%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.98 fps ∼68% -26%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
61.2 s * ∼100% -15%
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 180, n=109, last 2 years)
60.3 s * ∼99% -14%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
53 s * ∼87%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (44.2 - 58.8, n=40)
52 s * ∼85% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
50.9 s * ∼83% +4%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.708 sec * ∼100% -11%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.708 sec * ∼100% -11%
Average of class Office
  (0.542 - 1.578, n=114, last 2 years)
0.691 sec * ∼98% -9%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.644 sec * ∼91% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (0.619 - 0.727, n=39)
0.642 sec * ∼91% -1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.635 sec * ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.565 sec * ∼80% +11%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
869 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
87.6 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
204 Points
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System performance

There is nothing to complain about in terms of system performance with the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2.

PCMark 10
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lenovo UMIS AM620 RPJTJ512MEE1OWX
5014 Points ∼57% +6%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4900 Points ∼56% +4%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
4722 Points ∼54%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4026 - 4892, n=36)
4585 Points ∼52% -3%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
4418 Points ∼50% -6%
Average of class Office
  (1900 - 5690, n=121, last 2 years)
4341 Points ∼49% -8%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3757 Points ∼43% -20%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lenovo UMIS AM620 RPJTJ512MEE1OWX
9852 Points ∼86% +2%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
9764 Points ∼85% +1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
9688 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8149 - 9856, n=36)
9344 Points ∼81% -4%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
8780 Points ∼76% -9%
Average of class Office
  (4469 - 10608, n=121, last 2 years)
8704 Points ∼76% -10%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
7172 Points ∼62% -26%
Productivity
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
7566 Points ∼68% +21%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
7472 Points ∼67% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lenovo UMIS AM620 RPJTJ512MEE1OWX
6810 Points ∼61% +9%
Average of class Office
  (2917 - 9512, n=121, last 2 years)
6658 Points ∼60% +6%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
6281 Points ∼56% 0%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
6269 Points ∼56%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5544 - 6504, n=36)
6228 Points ∼56% -1%
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lenovo UMIS AM620 RPJTJ512MEE1OWX
5101 Points ∼33% +8%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4808 Points ∼31% +2%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
4704 Points ∼30%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3548 - 4989, n=36)
4503 Points ∼29% -4%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 5878, n=121, last 2 years)
3908 Points ∼25% -17%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3209 Points ∼21% -32%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3195 Points ∼21% -32%
PCMark 10 Score
4722 points
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DPC latencies

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Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lenovo UMIS AM620 RPJTJ512MEE1OWX
948.3 μs * ∼100% -11%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
853.9 μs * ∼90%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

One of the M.2 2280 slots houses an M.2 2242 SSD (with an extension adapter) manufactured by Samsung with a capacity of 512 GB. The PM991 is an NVMe PCIe 3 SSD that shows consistently good results in our benchmarks.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Lenovo UMIS AM620 RPJTJ512MEE1OWX
Dell Vostro 14 5490
Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Average Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
27%
-3%
-3%
21%
1%
11%
Write 4K
143.5
169.7
18%
129.3
-10%
107.26
-25%
161.1
12%
129 ?(103 - 148, n=8)
-10%
142 ?(12.7 - 314, n=116, last 2 years)
-1%
Read 4K
40.89
47.6
16%
47.38
16%
47.61
16%
50.05
22%
45.1 ?(37.6 - 52.3, n=8)
10%
47.7 ?(10.5 - 87.6, n=116, last 2 years)
17%
Write Seq
1220
1761
44%
760
-38%
1293.93
6%
1814
49%
1172 ?(946 - 1333, n=8)
-4%
1484 ?(54.2 - 5205, n=113, last 2 years)
22%
Read Seq
1615
1630
1%
1699
5%
1651.67
2%
1983
23%
1496 ?(1145 - 1615, n=8)
-7%
1660 ?(262 - 4340, n=113, last 2 years)
3%
Write 4K Q32T1
432.9
390.5
-10%
488.8
13%
351
-19%
385.3
-11%
448 ?(382 - 592, n=8)
3%
409 ?(16.3 - 846, n=116, last 2 years)
-6%
Read 4K Q32T1
355.2
464.9
31%
407.5
15%
399.73
13%
508.8
43%
415 ?(336 - 528, n=8)
17%
432 ?(24.2 - 925, n=116, last 2 years)
22%
Write Seq Q32T1
1434
2347.1
64%
1244
-13%
1229.8
-14%
1816
27%
1397 ?(1315 - 1456, n=8)
-3%
1789 ?(49.4 - 5189, n=116, last 2 years)
25%
Read Seq Q32T1
2365
3504.7
48%
2127
-10%
2315.3
-2%
2433
3%
2307 ?(2085 - 2365, n=8)
-2%
2586 ?(183 - 6921, n=116, last 2 years)
9%
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2365 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1434 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 355.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 432.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1615 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1220 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 40.89 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 143.5 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

Compared to the i7-1165G7, the i5-1135G7 in the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 comes with a version of the Intel Iris Xe Graphics GPU that only has 80 execution units. This is noticeable in the benchmarks; the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 with the i7 has more GPU power. At least the RAM in the ThinkBook also runs in dual-channel mode, which means that the graphics chip is not limited in this respect, and the ThinkBook 14 with Tiger Lake offers much more GPU performance than the older model with Comet Lake. However, it's only sufficient to run modern games at minimum detail settings.

On battery power, the GPU in the Lenovo laptop can deliver 100% of its performance.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6067 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5440 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3860 - 6120, n=35)
5309 Points ∼88% -2%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
4559 Points ∼75% -16%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4191 Points ∼69% -23%
Average of class Office
  (599 - 11538, n=123, last 2 years)
3909 Points ∼64% -28%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1680 Points ∼28% -69%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
3749 Points ∼100% +22%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3676 Points ∼98% +19%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (2039 - 4846, n=36)
3572 Points ∼95% +16%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
3080 Points ∼82%
Average of class Office
  (449 - 8114, n=119, last 2 years)
2699 Points ∼72% -12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
968 Points ∼26% -69%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1179 Points ∼100% +14%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
1129 Points ∼96% +9%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1408, n=35)
1129 Points ∼96% +9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1035 Points ∼88%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 2886, n=102, last 2 years)
917 Points ∼78% -11%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
348 Points ∼30% -66%
3DMark 11 Performance
5607 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2686 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1166 points
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low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 59.1 36.2 17.8 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 77.2 59.9 36.6 34.4 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 38.7 37.2 28.7 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 44.4 16.9 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 52.5 20.9 fps

Emissions and energy: Disappointing battery life in the Lenovo laptop

Noise emissions

Pleasant: The fan is completely turned off in idle mode. Under load, the active cooling runs quite audibly at a maximum of 41.6 dB(A). Consequently, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 can't be described as being extremely loud, but that can certainly be a deciding factor for sensitive users. For comparison: The Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 remained much quieter at a maximum of 33.4 dB(A).

Coil whine was not noticeable here.

Noise Level

Idle
28.7 / 28.7 / 28.7 dB(A)
Load
35.5 / 41.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.7 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.934.53241.337.631.12531.43224.325.126.828.9314039.332.836.13232.64037.43831.832.232.130.15030.830.82725.129.126.46332.729.428.931.524.422.58026.827.222.323.621.522.710030.229.927.828.927.730.512526.525.726.124.824.726.41602728.330.727.125.928.420029.326.327.626.623.72725025.924.431.829.624.425.931523.522.42625.720.123.840025.923.727.22920.625.95002727.227.93021.126.463029.627.230.531.521.52880027.92532.732.518.227.8100029.526.531.332.721.128.9125027.824.629.230.916.626.9160027.72431.133.214.427.4200029.125.832.234.213.828.2250028.423.531.633.411.828.6315025.521.229.631.611.625.3400023.82028.83111.920.8500022.217.726.32912.320.3630017.614.722.525.312.517.4800014.41317.119.512.514.31000013.312.814.215.512.613.1125001312.712.913.412.412.6160001211.911.811.811.611.8SPL38.635.541.643.228.737.9N2.92.23.84.21.12.7median 26.5median 24median 27.9median 29median 16.6median 26.4Delta3.94.34.545.53.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE

Temperature

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 stays within the green range of case temperatures with a maximum of 46.4 °C (~116 °F). There's no throttling whatsoever in the stress test, and the consumption of 28 watts can be maintained at all times.

Max. Load
 40.6 °C
105 F
40.2 °C
104 F
35.9 °C
97 F
 
 38.1 °C
101 F
37.2 °C
99 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
25.7 °C
78 F
23 °C
73 F
 
Maximum: 40.6 °C = 105 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
35.8 °C
96 F
46.4 °C
116 F
45.2 °C
113 F
28.2 °C
83 F
39.4 °C
103 F
40 °C
104 F
27 °C
81 F
31.6 °C
89 F
31.6 °C
89 F
Maximum: 46.4 °C = 116 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.5 °C = 101 F | Room Temperature 20.2 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.6 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.4 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.6 °C / 79.9 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (+1.3 °C / 2.3 F).
Stress test (top)
Stress test (top)
Stress test (bottom)
Stress test (bottom)

Speakers

The stereo speakers, which are of average quality, are located at the bottom. They are all right for a rather inexpensive laptop, but much more is possible with an external solution.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.636.42526.830.2313236.14032.134.25029.130.16324.428.28021.526.610027.73112524.731.516025.938.120023.744.625024.45031520.155.340020.659.850021.160.463021.559.880018.268100021.172.8125016.667.5160014.466.3200013.868250011.864.4315011.660.5400011.963500012.365.9630012.563.8800012.564.91000012.664.31250012.460.41600011.646.8SPL28.778.2N1.141.8median 16.6median 60.5Delta5.57.932.936.329.52832.53330.530.928.334.32629.425.627.726.52724.426.822.5372351.923.460.919.661.218.962.218.361.617.259.217.762.817.56717.167.215.965.816.260.51662.116.560.916.855.717.155.517.650.817.952.518.351.118.448.118.642.129.574.21.332.5median 17.9median 59.21.97.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGELenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
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Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 5% lower than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Energy consumption

Notable: The Lenovo laptop's energy consumption is higher than that of the competition. Even at minimum idle usage, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 consumes more power.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 1.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.8 / 7.6 / 10.7 Watt
Load midlight 35 / 67.6 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Lenovo UMIS AM620 RPJTJ512MEE1OWX, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Vostro 14 5490
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe, LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
28%
15%
11%
23%
12%
9%
Idle Minimum *
4.8
2.94
39%
3.6
25%
3.3
31%
4.2
12%
4.14 ?(2.4 - 11.5, n=35)
14%
4.05 ?(1.7 - 9.9, n=122, last 2 years)
16%
Idle Average *
7.6
5.2
32%
7
8%
5.3
30%
6.5
14%
7.08 ?(3.5 - 12.4, n=35)
7%
7.35 ?(3.5 - 17.4, n=122, last 2 years)
3%
Idle Maximum *
10.7
5.96
44%
9.1
15%
7.9
26%
7.9
26%
8.8 ?(4.5 - 14, n=35)
18%
9.16 ?(4.7 - 22.5, n=122, last 2 years)
14%
Load Average *
35
28.2
19%
27.2
22%
51.6
-47%
31.2
11%
32.8 ?(23.6 - 47, n=35)
6%
37.6 ?(8.2 - 85.6, n=120, last 2 years)
-7%
Witcher 3 ultra *
46
32
30%
Load Maximum *
67.6
62.2
8%
65.2
4%
55.8
17%
37
45%
57.8 ?(26.7 - 73.5, n=35)
14%
54.8 ?(11.4 - 131, n=122, last 2 years)
19%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

Charging time: 142 minutes
Charging time: 142 minutes

In line with the high consumption, the battery life of the internal 45 Wh battery is poor. Not even 6 hours in the Wi-Fi test at 150 cd/m² is really not a good result. Battery life will likely still be below average even with the optional 60 Wh battery.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 56 Wh
865 min ∼33% +149%
Average of class Office
  (241 - 1124, n=123, last 2 years)
526 min ∼20% +52%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14-IML-20RV006TGE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
515 min ∼20% +48%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20TA000DGE
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 45 Wh
505 min ∼19% +46%
Dell Vostro 14 5490
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, 42 Wh
426 min ∼16% +23%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 45 Wh
347 min ∼13%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge Chromium)
5h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 54min

Pros

+ capable keyboard
+ upgradeability (2x M.2 2280)
+ broad connectivity
+ full-size SD card reader
+ good CPU performance
+ case remains cool

Cons

- cheap, dim display
- below-average battery life
- only a 12-month warranty
- relatively high weight

Verdict: The ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is good but has some limitations

In review: Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2. Test device provided by
In review: Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2. Test device provided by

ThinkBook instead of ThinkPad, silver instead of black - otherwise, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is comparable to the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 in many respects. Both are 14-inch laptops for the SME market, both cut corners when it comes to display quality, and we find a sturdy case as well as a good keyboard on both of them. Are there areas where the ThinkBook is better?

Connectivity is definitely a strength - with an additional USB-C port as well as a full-size SD card reader, the ThinkPad is easily beaten here. Performance is almost on par - even if the ThinkPad scores slightly better, Lenovo is able to extract good performance from the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2. When it comes to upgradeability, both laptops are practically identical as well; the fact that the ThinkBook has two M.2 2280 slots is a good thing in any case. If the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 has one obvious weakness, it's in terms of battery life. Under 6 hours in our Wi-Fi test; none of the inexpensive office laptops in the comparison achieved a worse result.

Like the ThinkPad E14 but without a TrackPoint and not black: The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 can be a good work laptop for use at home.

The below-average battery life leads us to favor the ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 in the end. Overall, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is a good laptop for the home office, but it lacks endurance. Apart from the SD card reader, it doesn't provide us with enough arguments to prevail in our comparison.

Price and availability

The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is currently available on the manufacturer's website starting at around $750 for the configuration with the Core i5-1135G7, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. There's a couple of other configurations available including one with the i7-1165G7. Furthermore, Amazon also has the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 with the i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD for $1,249.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VD008WGE - 04/06/2021 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
82 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
72 / 80 → 90%
Weight
69 / 20-75 → 89%
Battery
68%
Display
81%
Games Performance
63 / 78 → 81%
Application Performance
89 / 95 → 93%
Temperature
91%
Noise
94%
Audio
70%
Camera
22 / 85 → 26%
Average
74%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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