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Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop review: Intel CPU loses against AMD Ryzen, but what else is new?

Competitor from our own warehouse. We have already tested the ThinkPad E14 with Intel Core i5-10210U and integrated UHD Graphics, now the variant with a stronger Core i7 and dedicated Radeon RX 640 follows. However, the second generation of the ThinkPad E14 has already been released, initially only with a Ryzen 5 processor. The E14 Gen 2 with Intel Tiger Lake will follow later.
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The ThinkPad E14 is the legitimate successor to the ThinkPad E490. We have already tested the E14 Gen 2 with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and Vega 6 R4000, now we have another Gen 1 version with Intel Core i7-10510U and dedicated AMD Radeon RX 640. While Gen 2 in the pure AMD version costs 630 Euros (~$748), the Intel Gen 1 version with dedicated AMD graphics costs about 950 Euros (~$1,128). Of course, we compare both models and also look at the sister model with weaker CPU and iGPU as well as the predecessor to see what has changed since the E490. The comparison units are listed below.

Since we've already tested the ThinkPad E14, we won't go any further into the areas of case, equipment, maintenance, input devices, display and speakers - unless of course there are differences. These features can be found in the test of the sister model.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE (ThinkPad E14 Gen2 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10510U 4 x 1.8 - 4.9 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX 640, 27.20.1022.5
Memory
16384 MB 
, Single Channel, DDR4-2666
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, N140HCA-EAC, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512, 512 GB 
, 437 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphone / Mic Combo, 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 Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 325 x 232 ( = 0.7 x 12.8 x 9.13 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12.8 h
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2 x 2W speakers by Harman Kardon®, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.675 kg ( = 59.08 oz / 3.69 pounds), Power Supply: 361 g ( = 12.73 oz / 0.8 pounds)
Price
950 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.1 %
11/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
i7-10510U, Radeon RX 640
1.7 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
85.6 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
84.5 %
03/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
84.6 %
05/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
i7-8565U, Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
1.9 kg19.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
80.7 %
07/2020
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
1.4 kg16 mm14.00"1920x1080
80.9 %
01/2020
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250
1.2 kg16 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case - Differences in material and housing thickness

Left: USB-C 3.0, 2x USB-A 3.0, HDMI, combo audio
Left: USB-C 3.0, 2x USB-A 3.0, HDMI, combo audio
Right: USB-A 2.0, LAN, Kensington
Right: USB-A 2.0, LAN, Kensington
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Communication

In contrast to the Intel Wireless AX200 in the AMD Gen 2-E14, the nominally somewhat better Intel Wireless AX201 is used here, but the AX200 in the Gen 2 still offers about 7 to 13% faster data transmission.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1264 (638min - 1336max) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1180 (914min - 1309max) MBit/s ∼93%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=291)
1153 MBit/s ∼91% -2%
Average of class Office
  (54.8 - 1775, n=119, last 2 years)
959 MBit/s ∼76% -19%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
621 (554min - 657max) MBit/s ∼49% -47%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1339 (617min - 1491max) MBit/s ∼100% +13%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (136 - 1743, n=291)
1254 MBit/s ∼94% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1183 (469min - 1343max) MBit/s ∼88%
Average of class Office
  (60.8 - 1722, n=120, last 2 years)
1034 MBit/s ∼77% -13%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
875 (787min - 909max) MBit/s ∼65% -26%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1182 (469-1343)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1180 (914-1309)
ColorChecker
15.1 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
22 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
22 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
10 ∆E
9 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE: 12.97 ∆E min: 4.4 - max: 21.98 ∆E

Display - Still darker, but with more contrast

Pixel grid
Pixel grid
Barely perceptible screen bleeding
Barely perceptible screen bleeding

Keep your eyes open when you buy a ThinkPad: The E14 is available with either an IPS or worse TN panel. But the IPS option is not the same either. The panel here hardly does a better job than the screen we criticized in the AMD-E14. Although the black level and contrast are much higher, it is even darker. 229 nits is a weak result even for the entry level.

The screen is poorly calibrated at the factory and the color deviations are high. A separate calibration brings the colors to acceptable values. The panel from the same manufacturer in the sister model was better overall, as it is brighter with the same high contrast.

By the way, screen bleeding is almost imperceptible.

227
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
N140HCA-EAC
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 249 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 229.4 cd/m² Minimum: 3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 252 cd/m²
Contrast: 1779:1 (Black: 0.14 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.7 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 5
ΔE Greyscale 6.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
62.1% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
40% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
43.52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
62.41% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
42.02% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.16
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
B140HAN05.7, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
NV140FHM-N48, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
B140HAN04.2, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Chi Mei CMN14D4, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Display
-9%
-4%
-7%
-1%
52%
Display P3 Coverage
42.02
38.16
-9%
40.31
-4%
38.98
-7%
41.55
-1%
64.17
53%
sRGB Coverage
62.41
57.21
-8%
59.97
-4%
58.59
-6%
62.02
-1%
94.83
52%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
43.52
39.42
-9%
41.65
-4%
40.27
-7%
42.99
-1%
65.38
50%
Response Times
-1%
-28%
-3%
19%
-7%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 ?(21.6, 20.4)
46.4 ?(23.2, 23.2)
-10%
52 ?(26, 26)
-24%
44 ?(22, 22)
-5%
34 ?(16, 18)
19%
39.2 ?(20.8, 18.4)
7%
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 ?(15.6, 14)
27.2 ?(16.8, 12.4)
8%
39.2 ?(22, 17.2)
-32%
30 ?(17.2, 12.8)
-1%
24 ?(14, 10)
19%
35.6 ?(21.2, 14.4)
-20%
PWM Frequency
1250 ?(99)
250 ?(20)
25000 ?(28)
Screen
-3%
9%
6%
1%
35%
Brightness middle
249
281
13%
305
22%
278
12%
220
-12%
324.1
30%
Brightness
229
264
15%
292
28%
257
12%
204
-11%
301
31%
Brightness Distribution
87
87
0%
89
2%
85
-2%
68
-22%
87
0%
Black Level *
0.14
0.25
-79%
0.17
-21%
0.19
-36%
0.155
-11%
0.22
-57%
Contrast
1779
1124
-37%
1794
1%
1463
-18%
1419
-20%
1473
-17%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
6.7
5.8
13%
5.9
12%
5.1
24%
5.23
22%
1.63
76%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
24.5
22.3
9%
18.4
25%
19.3
21%
21.51
12%
4.25
83%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
5
4.9
2%
4.6
8%
4.5
10%
4.4
12%
1.42
72%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
6.2
3.2
48%
4.4
29%
2.7
56%
3.77
39%
2.2
65%
Gamma
2.16 102%
2.15 102%
2.05 107%
2.21 100%
2.35 94%
2.26 97%
CCT
6256 104%
6452 101%
6921 94%
6685 97%
6666 98%
6887 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40
36.2
-9%
38.2
-4%
37.1
-7%
40
0%
60.2
51%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62.1
56.9
-8%
59.6
-4%
58.4
-6%
62
0%
95
53%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-4% / -4%
-8% / 2%
-1% / 3%
6% / 3%
27% / 33%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage can increase by a few percentage points but is still below average at 40% AdobeRGB and 62.1% sRGB.

sRGB: 62.1%
sRGB: 62.1%
AdobeRGB: 40%
AdobeRGB: 40%

The matte surface eliminates disturbing reflections, but due to the poor brightness of less than 250 nits, the ThinkPad E14 can only be used in shaded places.

Overcast sky
Overcast sky
Reflection at an oblique viewing angle
Reflection at an oblique viewing angle

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
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 71 % 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
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.6 ms rise
↘ 20.4 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. » 56 % 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 21061 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The viewing-angle stability is quite good, which is typical for IPS panels. However, a bit of brightness is lost when looking at the display from the sides at an angle.

Performance - Intel in E14 clearly behind AMD

The ThinkPad has a Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10510U CPU. It has 16 GB RAM at its side, and graphically more-demanding tasks are handled by the AMD Radeon RX 640. The equipment turns the ThinkPad into an office laptop with all-round potential, so occasional image-editing or video-editing tasks or even light gaming are possible.

Processor

The Intel Core i7-10510U is built into our test unit. Its four cores (8 threads) clock between 1.8 and 4.8 GHz. The potentially weaker Intel Core i5-10210U is also available as an option.

In the Cinebench loop, the performance drops by 8 to 10% after the first pass and then fluctuates around this value. The Asus VivoBook with the same CPU is on a similar performance level, but the Ryzen 5 4500U in the AMD-E14 is about 40 to 50% faster in the multithread test. Even the older E490 with Whiskey Lake CPU is minimally faster (2-5%). Nevertheless, the CPU performance is in line with expectations.

But during the Cinebench multi-loop a strange picture emerges: The TDP regularly jumps up to 25 W for a few seconds but is throttled down to 15 W most of the time. Similarly, the fans also regularly start up briefly, as do the clock rates (from 2.5 to 3.2 GHz). The 15 W level is regularly held for 30 seconds, then it is ramped up to 25 W for about 5 seconds, then down to 15 W again. The drivers do not seem to be optimized here.

The ThinkPad E14 does not lose any performance in battery mode.

Worse value due to full test run
Worse value due to full test run
Higher value by single test (multithread)
Higher value by single test (multithread)
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Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø573 (556.81-623.79)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø526 (486.23-547.65)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø845 (836.07-873.42)
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø608 (594.96-638.99)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 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 (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
453 Points ∼100% +3%
Average of class Office
  (191 - 606, n=124, last 2 years)
453 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
451 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
439 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (362 - 497, n=36)
436 Points ∼96% -1%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼93% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼93% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
397 Points ∼88% -10%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2173 Points ∼100% +53%
Average of class Office
  (159 - 3672, n=125, last 2 years)
1728 Points ∼80% +22%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
1525 Points ∼70% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
1490 Points ∼69% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
1416 Points ∼65%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (1015 - 1897, n=37)
1411 Points ∼65% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1254 Points ∼58% -11%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
1225 Points ∼56% -13%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
180 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (113 - 202, n=41)
178 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
177.6 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
177 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Office
  (75 - 230, n=124, last 2 years)
177 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
173 Points ∼96% -4%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
170 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
166 Points ∼92% -8%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
873 (836.07min - 873.42max) Points ∼100% +40%
Average of class Office
  (134 - 1614, n=128, last 2 years)
744 Points ∼85% +19%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (482 - 856, n=44)
667 Points ∼76% +7%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
642 (535.78min - 642.12max) Points ∼74% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
639 Points ∼73% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
624 (556.81min - 623.79max) Points ∼71%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
596 Points ∼68% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
548 (486.23min - 547.65max) Points ∼63% -12%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
1175.1 Seconds * ∼100% -54%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
832 Seconds * ∼71% -9%
Average of class Office
  (302 - 3319, n=117, last 2 years)
807 Seconds * ∼69% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (628 - 1051, n=30)
799 Seconds * ∼68% -5%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
781.8 Seconds * ∼67% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
762 Seconds * ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
584 Seconds * ∼50% +23%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
4681 MIPS ∼100% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3747 - 4981, n=30)
4587 MIPS ∼98% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
4520 MIPS ∼97%
Average of class Office
  (2389 - 5565, n=117, last 2 years)
4469 MIPS ∼95% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4282 MIPS ∼91% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4099 MIPS ∼88% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
2029 MIPS ∼43% -55%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
24058 MIPS ∼100% +40%
Average of class Office
  (4963 - 43914, n=117, last 2 years)
20739 MIPS ∼86% +20%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (12196 - 21298, n=30)
17693 MIPS ∼74% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
17231 MIPS ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
16590 MIPS ∼69% -4%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
16487 MIPS ∼69% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
10531 MIPS ∼44% -39%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
1211 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (977 - 1287, n=30)
1200 Points ∼99% +3%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=114, last 2 years)
1183 Points ∼98% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
1167 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
1108 Points ∼91% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1108 Points ∼91% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1063 Points ∼88% -9%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4618 Points ∼100% +40%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=114, last 2 years)
3973 Points ∼86% +21%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
3721 Points ∼81% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (2474 - 4484, n=30)
3692 Points ∼80% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
3308 Points ∼72% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
3294 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
3275 Points ∼71% -1%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.98 fps ∼100% +46%
Average of class Office
  (1.15 - 11.1, n=116, last 2 years)
5.54 fps ∼79% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.79 fps ∼69%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3.41 - 6.04, n=30)
4.63 fps ∼66% -3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.6 fps ∼66% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.37 fps ∼63% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
3.24 fps ∼46% -32%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
64.3 s * ∼100% -20%
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 180, n=110, last 2 years)
60.3 s * ∼94% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (50.7 - 77.8, n=26)
59.6 s * ∼93% -11%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
55.76 s * ∼87% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
53.5 s * ∼83%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.735 sec * ∼100% -7%
Average of class Office
  (0.542 - 1.578, n=115, last 2 years)
0.69 sec * ∼94% -0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.687 sec * ∼93%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
0.682 sec * ∼93% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (0.637 - 0.81, n=27)
0.68 sec * ∼93% +1%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.638 sec * ∼87% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.638 sec * ∼87% +7%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
624 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
85.4 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
180 Points
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System Performance

In the PCMark tests, all the comparison devices are quite close together. Overall, the AMD Ryzen version is probably a bit faster, but even the older E490 is at least equal in most tests. The performance of our test unit is at least half of what we expected, but could be about 5% better. No unusual delays are noticeable in everyday work.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark Home
PCMark Home
PCMark Work
PCMark Work
PCMark 10
Score
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
  (4438 - 5023, n=2)
4731 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
4533 Points ∼96% +2%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4497 Points ∼95% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
4438 Points ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
4433 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1900 - 5690, n=121, last 2 years)
4343 Points ∼92% -2%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3933 Points ∼83% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3901 Points ∼82% -12%
Essentials
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
  (8693 - 9601, n=2)
9147 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
8823 Points ∼96% +1%
Average of class Office
  (4469 - 10608, n=121, last 2 years)
8698 Points ∼95% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
8693 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
8649 Points ∼95% -1%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
8310 Points ∼91% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
8149 Points ∼89% -6%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7861 Points ∼86% -10%
Productivity
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
  (6964 - 8567, n=2)
7766 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
7611 Points ∼98% +9%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7040 Points ∼91% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
6964 Points ∼90%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
6845 Points ∼88% -2%
Average of class Office
  (2917 - 9512, n=121, last 2 years)
6644 Points ∼86% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
6563 Points ∼85% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
6400 Points ∼82% -8%
Digital Content Creation
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4461 Points ∼100% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
4189 Points ∼94% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
  (3920 - 4181, n=2)
4051 Points ∼91% +3%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 5878, n=121, last 2 years)
3922 Points ∼88% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
3920 Points ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
3892 Points ∼87% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3015 Points ∼68% -23%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
2903 Points ∼65% -26%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
4704 Points ∼100% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
4223 Points ∼90% +19%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
  (3537 - 4045, n=2)
3791 Points ∼81% +7%
Average of class Office
  (2142 - 5686, n=65, last 2 years)
3718 Points ∼79% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
3537 Points ∼75%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
3464 Points ∼74% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3402 Points ∼72% -4%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
5414 Points ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
5256 Points ∼97% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
  (4927 - 5142, n=2)
5035 Points ∼93% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
5001 Points ∼92% +2%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4992 Points ∼92% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
4927 Points ∼91%
Average of class Office
  (2201 - 5695, n=62, last 2 years)
4599 Points ∼85% -7%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3537 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4927 points
PCMark 10 Score
4438 points
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DPC latencies

Opening several browser tabs didn't cause any problems, but playing our 4K/60 Hz YouTube video did. Especially the ACPI driver and the kernel mode driver caused problems, and there were five dropped frames during video playback.

LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Driver
LatencyMon Driver
YouTube test
YouTube test
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
946.6 μs * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
590.1 μs * ∼62% +38%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
573 μs * ∼61% +39%

* ... smaller is better

Mass Storage

Lenovo installs a 512 GB SSD from Western Digital. Whether the same model is always used is unclear; in the configurator, only the size of the SSD can be selected (256 or 512 GB), information on the model is missing. The SSD of our test unit achieves decent transfer values. In our SSD/HDD list it occupies 88th position, so there are definitely faster models.

AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD Copy
AS SSD Copy
CrystalDiskMark 3
CrystalDiskMark 3
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 5
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Average WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
1%
-11%
-29%
21%
-16%
-8%
Write 4K
140.9
102.3
-27%
121.9
-13%
91.93
-35%
124.9
-11%
107.7
-24%
115 ?(101 - 141, n=3)
-18%
Read 4K
44.14
32.12
-27%
42.66
-3%
47.87
8%
147.9
235%
39.73
-10%
41.4 ?(39.9 - 44.1, n=3)
-6%
Write Seq
1268
1518
20%
628.3
-50%
624.06
-51%
753
-41%
926.3
-27%
1208 ?(1160 - 1268, n=3)
-5%
Read Seq
1281
1501
17%
1193
-7%
839.52
-34%
1223
-5%
1014
-21%
1121 ?(990 - 1281, n=3)
-12%
Write 4K Q32T1
603.4
356.4
-41%
590.3
-2%
162.62
-73%
369.2
-39%
343.6
-43%
421 ?(283 - 603, n=3)
-30%
Read 4K Q32T1
415.9
459.6
11%
414.5
0%
381.6
-8%
358.1
-14%
499.1
20%
393 ?(345 - 419, n=3)
-6%
Write Seq Q32T1
1250
1507
21%
866
-31%
818.1
-35%
1057
-15%
1033
-17%
1388 ?(1250 - 1459, n=3)
11%
Read Seq Q32T1
1717
2327
36%
2078
21%
1613.8
-6%
2738
59%
1604
-7%
1697 ?(1684 - 1717, n=3)
-1%
AS SSD
-61%
-8%
-95%
-40%
-61%
-2%
Seq Read
1493
2006.93
34%
1731
16%
1323
-11%
957.04
-36%
1060.87
-29%
1287 ?(1090 - 1493, n=3)
-14%
Seq Write
828
1118.26
35%
537.51
-35%
746
-10%
353.13
-57%
953
15%
1170 ?(828 - 1354, n=3)
41%
4K Read
43.22
46.95
9%
43.19
0%
50.57
17%
62.4
44%
35.59
-18%
40.2 ?(37.8 - 43.2, n=3)
-7%
4K Write
141.97
124.02
-13%
127.35
-10%
115.66
-19%
122.82
-13%
86.98
-39%
104 ?(77 - 142, n=3)
-27%
4K-64 Read
984.82
1220.56
24%
869.13
-12%
915.71
-7%
386.2
-61%
769.2
-22%
1003 ?(985 - 1027, n=3)
2%
4K-64 Write
942.32
773.57
-18%
870.75
-8%
312.57
-67%
605.09
-36%
733.32
-22%
1066 ?(942 - 1270, n=3)
13%
Access Time Read *
0.07
0.108
-54%
0.045
36%
0.127
-81%
0.107
-53%
0.084
-20%
0.0777 ?(0.058 - 0.105, n=3)
-11%
Access Time Write *
0.024
0.195
-713%
0.03
-25%
0.211
-779%
0.046
-92%
0.136
-467%
0.033 ?(0.024 - 0.039, n=3)
-38%
Score Read
1177
1468
25%
1085
-8%
1099
-7%
544
-54%
911
-23%
1172 ?(1143 - 1195, n=3)
0%
Score Write
1167
1009
-14%
852
-27%
503
-57%
763
-35%
916
-22%
1287 ?(1167 - 1480, n=3)
10%
Score Total
2922
3191
9%
2442
-16%
2147
-27%
1581
-46%
2294
-21%
3059 ?(2922 - 3294, n=3)
5%
Copy ISO MB/s
1181.13
1031.94
956.48
954
Copy Program MB/s
410.45
443.45
496.45
371
Copy Game MB/s
835.31
506.95
872.21
745
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-30% / -35%
-10% / -9%
-62% / -67%
-10% / -14%
-39% / -42%
-5% / -5%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
Sequential Read: 1300 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1068 MB/s
512K Read: 990.8 MB/s
512K Write: 753.7 MB/s
4K Read: 34.92 MB/s
4K Write: 141.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 403.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 571.4 MB/s

Continuous read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated in the CPU has already collected some dust on it and is supported in the E14 by the AMD Radeon RX 640, which is roughly comparable to a GeForce MX150 or MX250. It won't be able to handle demanding games, but occasional gaming is possible with strong limitations. Above all, it is useful for (en)coding tasks, so you should have a more fluent experience in image and video-editing.

In the 3DMark tests, the Intel E14 with its dedicated GPU is for the first time clearly ahead of the Ryzen E14 with integrated GPU. Our test model is about 20% faster in the synthetic 3D benchmarks. But the old E490 with Intel Core i7-8565U and AMD Radeon RX 550X is just as fast. The competition with the MX250 is about as fast, and there might be slight advantages for the Nvidia card. The E14 passes the 3DMark stress test with 97.9%, so its performance remains relatively stable.

Away from the power outlet, the laptop loses about a third of its 3D performance in 3DMark 11.

3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11 Battery
3DMark 11 Battery
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
AMD Radeon RX 640, Intel Core i7-10510U
5472 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
5357 Points ∼98% -2%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (4998 - 5472, n=2)
5235 Points ∼96% -4%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
4920 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
4785 Points ∼87% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4392 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Office
  (599 - 11538, n=123, last 2 years)
3927 Points ∼72% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1768 Points ∼32% -68%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
23376 Points ∼100% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
21604 Points ∼92% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
AMD Radeon RX 640, Intel Core i7-10510U
20412 Points ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
20147 Points ∼86% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (19479 - 20412, n=2)
19946 Points ∼85% -2%
Average of class Office
  (3280 - 39502, n=102, last 2 years)
16694 Points ∼71% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
9050 Points ∼39% -56%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
3845 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3819 Points ∼99% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
AMD Radeon RX 640, Intel Core i7-10510U
3718 Points ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
3698 Points ∼96% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (3279 - 3718, n=2)
3499 Points ∼91% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2802 Points ∼73% -25%
Average of class Office
  (449 - 8114, n=119, last 2 years)
2709 Points ∼70% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1168 Points ∼30% -69%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
1164 Points ∼100% +14%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
1163 Points ∼100% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8565U
1049 Points ∼90% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
AMD Radeon RX 640, Intel Core i7-10510U
1025 Points ∼88%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (990 - 1025, n=2)
1008 Points ∼87% -2%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 2886, n=102, last 2 years)
921 Points ∼79% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
821 Points ∼71% -20%
3DMark 11 Performance
5579 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
12166 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3189 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1133 points
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Gaming Performance

The Witcher 3 can be played in medium resolution (1366x720) and details, but it is not enough for FullHD. The same applies to Rise of the Tomb Raider, with less-demanding titles like Dota 2 Reborn also available in 1080p. The competition with the MX250 is similar, but the higher the resolution and details, the greater the gap in favor of Nvidia GPUs. The Ryzen E14 with integrated RX Vega 6 is about 20% slower.

The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
68.1 fps ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
65.5 fps ∼96%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (63.2 - 65.5, n=2)
64.4 fps ∼95% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
62.3 fps ∼91% -5%
Average of class Office
  (9.2 - 144, n=77, last 2 years)
56.7 fps ∼83% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
52.7 (43min - 57max) fps ∼77% -20%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
39.4 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
39 fps ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (38.4 - 39.4, n=2)
38.9 fps ∼99% -1%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
38 fps ∼96% -4%
Average of class Office
  (9.18 - 76.3, n=63, last 2 years)
37.8 fps ∼96% -4%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
36 fps ∼91% -9%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21.5 fps ∼100% +8%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21 fps ∼98% +6%
Average of class Office
  (4.78 - 47.9, n=69, last 2 years)
20.4 fps ∼95% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
20.2 fps ∼94% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
19.9 fps ∼93%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (19.7 - 19.9, n=2)
19.8 fps ∼92% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
16.1 (13min - 18max) fps ∼75% -19%
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
113 (88.7min) fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (110 - 113, n=2)
112 fps ∼99% -1%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
102.4 (83.2min) fps ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
98.2 (84.9min) fps ∼87% -13%
Average of class Office
  (36.5 - 145, n=119, last 2 years)
84 fps ∼74% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
74.8 (64.5min) fps ∼66% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
68.7 (61.4min) fps ∼61% -39%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (93 - 95.5, n=2)
94.3 fps ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
93 (68.1min) fps ∼99%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
90.5 (78.6min) fps ∼96% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
79 (63.4min) fps ∼84% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
69.6 (60.8min) fps ∼74% -25%
Average of class Office
  (14.6 - 130, n=119, last 2 years)
61.5 fps ∼65% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
40.7 (36min) fps ∼43% -56%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
71.3 (62min) fps ∼100% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
53.4 (49.1min) fps ∼75%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (51.7 - 53.4, n=2)
52.6 fps ∼74% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
52.1 (47.7min) fps ∼73% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
44.4 (39.5min) fps ∼62% -17%
Average of class Office
  (5.7 - 113, n=119, last 2 years)
36.8 fps ∼52% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
19.3 (17.9min) fps ∼27% -64%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
63.8 (53.5min) fps ∼100% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
50.3 (46.7min) fps ∼79%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (48.2 - 50.3, n=2)
49.3 fps ∼77% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
49.1 (45.7min) fps ∼77% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
41.8 (37.9min) fps ∼66% -17%
Average of class Office
  (5.3 - 103, n=119, last 2 years)
33.9 fps ∼53% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
17.1 (16.1min) fps ∼27% -66%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1024x768 Lowest Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
65.7 fps ∼100% +7%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (61.6 - 64.7, n=2)
63.2 fps ∼96% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
61.6 fps ∼94%
Average of class Office
  (18.2 - 68.2, n=8, last 2 years)
45.6 fps ∼69% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
20.6 fps ∼31% -67%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
42.7 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
39.8 fps ∼93% -7%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (28.6 - 42.7, n=2)
35.7 fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Office
  (12.5 - 42.7, n=6, last 2 years)
25.9 fps ∼61% -39%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
21.1 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (19.8 - 21.1, n=2)
20.5 fps ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
20.2 fps ∼96% -4%
Average of class Office
  (6.42 - 25.4, n=7, last 2 years)
16.7 fps ∼79% -21%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1280x720 Lowest Preset
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
56 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
56 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
  (42 - 56, n=2)
49 fps ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
43.8 (1min - 90max) fps ∼78% -22%
Average of class Office
  (9 - 74.4, n=26, last 2 years)
35.1 fps ∼63% -37%
1920x1080 Lowest Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
33 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
 
33 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (15 - 33, n=4, last 2 years)
22 fps ∼67% -33%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 65.5 39.4 19.9 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 113 93 53.4 50.3 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 61.6 42.7 21.1 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 45.5 32.8 30.1 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 56 fps

Emissions - Average Lenovo ThinkPad

Noise emissions

The fans are almost always active in "Best Performance" mode, even in idle, for example during a Steam download of a game, although no other loads were applied. Here it helps to adjust the power status to "Better performance" or "More battery efficiency", and then the fans are much quieter or turn off completely.

Under heavier load, the ThinkPad E14 stays a bit quieter than the competition with the MX250, but overall it gets a bit louder than the Ryzen E14. The sister model with iGPU and Core i5 is a lot quieter. For an office laptop, it is not really quiet under load, but not disturbingly loud either. Given the dedicated GPU, the volume is okay.

Noise Level

Idle
29.7 / 29.7 / 32.8 dB(A)
Load
35.5 / 35.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM-1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.7 dB(A)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Noise
6%
8%
4%
-9%
0%
off / environment *
29.7
29.1
2%
29.2
2%
29.3
1%
30.7
-3%
28.7
3%
Idle Minimum *
29.7
29.1
2%
29.2
2%
29.3
1%
31
-4%
29.5
1%
Idle Average *
29.7
29.1
2%
29.2
2%
29.3
1%
31
-4%
29.5
1%
Idle Maximum *
32.8
29.1
11%
29.2
11%
29.3
11%
31.3
5%
29.5
10%
Load Average *
35.5
31.7
11%
29.5
17%
34.2
4%
43.4
-22%
33.4
6%
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.5
34.2
4%
42.8
-21%
37.9
-7%
Load Maximum *
35.5
32.7
8%
29.9
16%
34.2
4%
41.5
-17%
40.5
-14%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.135.833.634.72530.130.328.527.63130.231.929.330.44030.731.63232.45034.535.932.734.46326.425.126.527.18024.82524.1251002626.12725.712524.224.924.725.116025.725.725.82620026.425.125.325.525023.32625.124.731522.824.422.322.540021.823.620.720.950022.625.12121.363022.32419.520.680020.82318.619.5100021.523.419.319.8125020.723.117.317.7160022.225.516.317.7200023.126.71616.7250022.926.41616.4315019.222.415.616.2400017.82115.715.9500016.718.815.715.8630016.117.615.715.8800015.816.915.615.81000015.81615.415.61250015.616.415.315.61600015.315.615.215.3SPL32.835.529.730.1N1.82.21.31.4median 21.8median 23.6median 17.3median 17.7Delta2.32.53.33.233.931.525.22928.631.126.728.826.929.125.425.523.426.124.32722.324.422.525.322.424.423.424.921.622.719.922.518.92219.222.118.22117.62117.120.616.421.616.122.115.922.31620.115.718.615.717.915.617.715.717.115.61715.516.715.216.529.132.71.21.8median 17.1median 21.62.32.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGELenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00

Temperature

Our test model warms up under load a bit more than its Ryzen counterpart, but still a lot has changed compared to the E490, because the latter became much hotter. Towards the screen it can still get up to 50 °C, and even on the bottom, so balancing on the thighs is no longer recommended. The palm-rests remain comparatively cool, and everything is in the pleasant range in idle anyway.

Max. Load
 43.2 °C
110 F
49.6 °C
121 F
49.2 °C
121 F
 
 41.5 °C
107 F
45.2 °C
113 F
43.5 °C
110 F
 
 31.1 °C
88 F
34.2 °C
94 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 49.6 °C = 121 F
Average: 41.3 °C = 106 F
50.2 °C
122 F
49.3 °C
121 F
41.7 °C
107 F
39.3 °C
103 F
43.5 °C
110 F
40.4 °C
105 F
33.9 °C
93 F
35.1 °C
95 F
33.8 °C
93 F
Maximum: 50.2 °C = 122 F
Average: 40.8 °C = 105 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.6 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.3 °C / 106 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 49.6 °C / 121 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 50.2 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.6 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.2 °C / 93.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (-6.3 °C / -11.4 F).
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Heat
2%
11%
-12%
3%
-1%
Maximum Upper Side *
49.6
47.1
5%
41.7
16%
53.1
-7%
43
13%
47.6
4%
Maximum Bottom *
50.2
48.1
4%
40.3
20%
63.8
-27%
44.8
11%
58.2
-16%
Idle Upper Side *
25.1
25.3
-1%
24.2
4%
25.4
-1%
26.2
-4%
21.8
13%
Idle Bottom *
25.3
25.8
-2%
24.4
4%
28.1
-11%
27
-7%
26.2
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Even at the beginning of our stress test, the clock rates of 1.7 GHz are already below the base clock of 1.8 GHz. For 10 to 20 minutes this clock rate is held, and then it goes further down. After one hour, the clock rates jump back and forth quite wildly between 800 MHz and 1.3 GHz, with core temperatures fluctuating in parallel between 80 °C and 87 °C. Here, the cooling system may not be well optimized. The GPU clock drops only by about 80 MHz in the same period.

Stress test start
Stress test start
Stress test end 800 MHz
Stress test end 800 MHz
Stress test end 1.3 GHz
Stress test end 1.3 GHz
Stress test temperature development top
Stress test temperature development top
Stress test temperature development bottom
Stress test temperature development bottom

Speakers

The simple stereo loudspeakers in the laptop will not appeal to audiophiles, as is often the case. They play a bit too quiet and of course lack bass. In addition to HDMI and USB-C, the combined jack port is ideal for the connection of external devices.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.638.52528.529.23129.332.6403232.85032.732.66326.526.58024.125.81002726.812524.724.916025.829.220025.338.325025.149.331522.354.840020.755.45002153.963019.556.180018.662.7100019.366.1125017.367.1160016.363.420001661.125001659.5315015.659.6400015.753.5500015.749.2630015.743.9800015.649.31000015.445.41250015.3411600015.239.6SPL29.773N1.327.1median 17.3median 53.5Delta3.39.535.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGEApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.7% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 5.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 84% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Power Management - Jumpy Intel ThinkPad

Energy consumption

The Intel system is somewhat more economical in idle than the AMD variant. But under stress this trend turns around, which is probably mainly due to the dedicated GPU. We measure a jump between 63 and 52 W, so the 65 W power supply should be sufficient; after all, the consumption under The Witcher 3 Ultra is 54 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.49 / 0.91 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.3 / 6.2 / 8.4 Watt
Load midlight 59.2 / 66.5 Watt
 color bar
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 ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
i7-10510U, Radeon RX 640, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
R5 4500U, Vega 6, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
i7-8565U, Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H), IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Average AMD Radeon RX 640
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-4%
16%
-40%
13%
-3%
1%
1%
Idle Minimum *
3.3
4.6
-39%
3.01
9%
6.8
-106%
2.4
27%
4.2
-27%
3.25 ?(3.2 - 3.3, n=2)
2%
4.05 ?(1.7 - 9.9, n=121, last 2 years)
-23%
Idle Average *
6.2
7.6
-23%
6.32
-2%
9.4
-52%
4.2
32%
5.9
5%
6.5 ?(6.2 - 6.8, n=2)
-5%
7.37 ?(3.5 - 17.4, n=121, last 2 years)
-19%
Idle Maximum *
8.4
9.7
-15%
8.78
-5%
12.4
-48%
7.8
7%
7.2
14%
8.95 ?(8.4 - 9.5, n=2)
-7%
9.16 ?(4.7 - 22.5, n=121, last 2 years)
-9%
Load Average *
59.2
39.1
34%
32.5
45%
57.2
3%
57
4%
63.4
-7%
51.6 ?(44 - 59.2, n=2)
13%
37.4 ?(8.2 - 85.6, n=119, last 2 years)
37%
Witcher 3 ultra *
54
52
4%
53.5
1%
Load Maximum *
66.5
50.3
24%
45.5
32%
63.1
5%
64
4%
67.4
-1%
66.5 ?(66.4 - 66.5, n=2)
-0%
54.7 ?(11.4 - 131, n=121, last 2 years)
18%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The ThinkPad lasts about eight hours in the WLAN test, which is about the same as the Ryzen model. The times are also very similar for video viewing, at around 8.7 hours. The battery life of the Ryzen-E14 device only drops unusually sharply in the load test: while our test unit reaches a normal 1.5 hours, the Ryzen-E14 runs out after only 55 minutes. The runtimes are appropriate for the class and battery size.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 04min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
7h 33min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 32min
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
i7-10510U, Radeon RX 640, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 20RA001MGE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N90004GE
i7-8565U, Radeon RX 550X (Laptop), 45 Wh
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, 50 Wh
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250, 50 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
-11%
11%
-3%
6%
10%
19%
Reader / Idle
864
986
1306 ?(396 - 3537, n=37, last 2 years)
H.264
523
545
4%
617
18%
492
-6%
622 ?(292 - 1204, n=43, last 2 years)
19%
WiFi v1.3
484
498
3%
507
5%
419
-13%
514
6%
515
6%
525 ?(241 - 1124, n=123, last 2 years)
8%
Load
92
55
-40%
100
9%
102
11%
105
14%
120 ?(54 - 359, n=73, last 2 years)
30%

Pros

+ good input devices
+ better 3D performance than Ryzen model with iGPU
+ display with more contrast than Ryzen version
+ better battery life under heavy load than Ryzen variant
+ good expandability

Cons

- USB 2.0, few connections
- relatively heavy
- no card reader
- dark display
- CPU performance significantly lower than Ryzen version
- no performance plus to the old E490
- louder and hotter than Ryzen model
- significantly more expensive than Ryzen version

Verdict - A neat ThinkPad, but superfluous

The ThinkPad E14, provided by
The ThinkPad E14, provided by

The ThinkPad E14 with Intel CPU is a good but also quite spartan all-rounder. The good keyboard and the TouchPad speak for it, which is why a ThinkPad is always good for work.

However, the Gen-2-Ryzen version of the ThinkPad E14 has the same advantages. Actually, there are hardly any reasons to buy the Gen-1 Intel version now, quite the contrary: The AMD processor in the Gen 2 is up to 50% faster on the road, the RAM runs, unlike here, in dual-channel mode, and it also stays a bit quieter and cooler and is 300 Euros (~$356) cheaper!

At most, the dedicated graphics, which generates about 20% more performance in corresponding applications, speaks for the Intel variant. Whether the 20% more 3D performance is worth the more than 300-Euro (~$356) surcharge is highly doubtful, if only because of the many other disadvantages compared to the newer AMD variant. The ThinkPad E14 with Ryzen 5 is clearly the better package!

The ThinkPad E14 is a good work computer with all-round potential. However, there is already the E14 Gen 2 with AMD Ryzen CPU, and that is superior in almost all areas! If you do not need the dedicated GPU, which is about 20% faster, you should go for the Ryzen version, otherwise you will have to wait for the Intel Gen 2 with Tiger Lake.

Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE - 11/11/2020 v7
Christian Hintze

Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
88%
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