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Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 Review: Good even with Intel

High-performance work tool. The ThinkPad L14 G2 is Lenovo’s entry-level business laptop with Intel’s Tiger Lake CPUs. The quality of the laptop is on a very high level. To learn more about the business notebook, read our review.

We have already reviewed the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 with AMD processor. We liked the design, the input devices and other features. However, we criticized the Wi-Fi speed, the battery life and the display.

Our current review device is known as the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE. It features an Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. This is why, it should be suitable for many office tasks. It also offers a decent amount of GPU performance.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE (ThinkPad L14 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 x 2.4 - 4.2 GHz, 60 W PL2 / Short Burst, 28 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Memory
8 GB 
, DDR4-3200, 2x SO-DIMM, Single-Channel
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, NV140FHM-N48 , IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G, 256 GB 
, 198 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit/s), RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, optional
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19 x 331 x 235 ( = 0.75 x 13.03 x 9.25 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: 6 row Chiclet, 1.5mm Travel, Full-Size, Keyboard Light: yes, Lenovo Commercial Vantage, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.65 kg ( = 58.2 oz / 3.64 pounds), Power Supply: 374 g ( = 13.19 oz / 0.82 pounds)
Price
1000 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Likely Competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85.6 %
12/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.7 kg19 mm14.00"1920x1080
86.1 %
08/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
R7 PRO 5850U, Vega 8
1.7 kg20.4 mm14.00"1920x1080
86.3 %
01/2020
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
943 g14.95 mm14.00"1920x1080
83.9 %
11/2021
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.5 kg19.2 mm14.00"1920x1080
88 %
04/2021
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.1 kg16.5 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case & Connectivity - Cheap ThinkPad with Thunderbolt 4

Maintenance options
Maintenance options

The case of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 is made of robust plastic. The build quality is on a high level. There are no gaps or chinks anywhere. The display has an opening angle of 180 degrees. The display lid is quite stiff.

When compared to other modern laptops, the display bezels look a bit thick. At around 1.7 kg, the ThinkPad L14 G2 weighs more than all other competing devices which we selected for this review. Lenovo's laptop is also deeper and a bit thicker than other business laptops.

One of the two USB-C ports can be used for charging. The other USB-C port supports Thunderbolt 4 and also integrates Lenovo's docking port. Optionally, the L14 G2 is available with a smartcard reader and LTE, for which the corresponding card slots are present.

The microSD card reader in Lenovo's laptop achieves decent data transfer rates of 73.91 MB/s (write) and 84.92 MB/s (read) with our reference-grade memory card AV Pro V60.

In the Wi-Fi test with our reference-grade router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 only achieves mediocre speeds of 907 MBit/s when transmitting and 662 MBit/s when receiving data.

The webcam of the L14 G2, like most current notebooks, offers a resolution of only 0.9 MP. Accordingly, the image quality is poor. Everything looks blurry and the colors are off even under good lighting conditions.

Size Comparison

331 mm / 13 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 20.4 mm / 0.803 inch 1.7 kg3.69 lbs331 mm / 13 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs323.4 mm / 12.7 inch 215.6 mm / 8.49 inch 19.2 mm / 0.756 inch 1.5 kg3.27 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 216.8 mm / 8.54 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.1 kg2.37 lbs318.7 mm / 12.5 inch 210.5 mm / 8.29 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 943 g2.08 lbs

Ports

Left side: 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen1 (power connector), 1x Thunderbolt 4, docking port, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen1, HDMI, microSD card reader, GigabitLAN, smartcard reader
Left side: 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen1 (power connector), 1x Thunderbolt 4, docking port, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen1, HDMI, microSD card reader, GigabitLAN, smartcard reader
Right side: combined audio jack, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen1, Kensington lock
Right side: combined audio jack, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen1, Kensington lock
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II 64 GB)
77.3 MB/s ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
  (AV Pro V60)
77 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
  (AV Pro V60)
73.9 MB/s ∼96%
Average of class Office
  (19.4 - 196.8, n=71, last 2 years)
65.2 MB/s ∼84% -12%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
  (AV Pro V60)
25.3 MB/s ∼33% -66%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
  (AV Pro V60)
87 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II 64 GB)
86.4 MB/s ∼99% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
  (AV Pro V60)
84.9 MB/s ∼98%
Average of class Office
  (23.6 - 201, n=69, last 2 years)
75 MB/s ∼86% -12%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
  (AV Pro V60)
26.6 MB/s ∼31% -69%
Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1416 (1003min - 1801max) MBit/s ∼100% +56%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1333 (699min - 1465max) MBit/s ∼94% +47%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1301 (610min - 1550max) MBit/s ∼92% +43%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
907 (852min - 954max) MBit/s ∼64%
Average RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
  (424 - 928, n=20)
787 MBit/s ∼56% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
770 (601min - 880max) MBit/s ∼54% -15%
iperf3 receive AX12
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1480 (1227min - 1597max) MBit/s ∼100% +124%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1451 (1356min - 1506max) MBit/s ∼98% +119%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
968 (860min - 1204max) MBit/s ∼65% +46%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
855 (793min - 890max) MBit/s ∼58% +29%
Average RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
  (621 - 877, n=20)
745 MBit/s ∼50% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
662 (569min - 723max) MBit/s ∼45%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950Tooltip
; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø661 (569-723)
; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø907 (852-954)
ColorChecker
25.2 ∆E
24.3 ∆E
20.4 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
18 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
21.9 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
14 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
15 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE: 14.28 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 25.19 ∆E

Input Devices - Lenovo laptop with a backlit keyboard

The keyboard of the ThinkPad L14 G2 offers a clear actuation point and is suitable for long typing sessions. The layout is well thought-out. Here, even the arrow keys do not pull double duty. The two-level backlight allows users to work in low-light environments and illuminates the keys evenly and without any glare.

A plastic ClickPad and a TrackPoint serve as mouse substitutes. Both input devices are well suited for navigating the mouse pointer. Clicks are triggered reliably mechanically as well as via touch. The fingerprint sensor in Lenovo's notebook also reliably recognized stored prints during our review.

ThinkPad L14 G2 - Input devices
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Input devices
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Lighting
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Lighting

Display - Good contrast ratio in the ThinkPad L14 G2

Subpixel
Subpixel
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 has a 14-inch IPS screen with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Because of the maximum brightness of 294 cd/m², the Lenovo laptop takes a spot in the middle of our comparison chart. The brightness distribution of 90 percent is very good.

Furthermore, there is no PWM flickering, meaning that people with sensitive eyes do not have to worry about any problems.

271
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
NV140FHM-N48
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 302 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 283.4 cd/m² Minimum: 3.51 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 294 cd/m²
Contrast: 1400:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3, calibrated: 5
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
41.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
59.2% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
39.9% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.05
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
NV140FHM-N48 , IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
B140HAN04.0, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
AU Optronics AUO253D, IPS, CineCrystal, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Chi Mei CMN14D4, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
B140HAN06.2, a-Si AHVA-IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Display
-6%
67%
7%
72%
Display P3 Coverage
39.9
37.5
-6%
68.6
72%
42.8
7%
70
75%
sRGB Coverage
59.2
56.3
-5%
94.7
60%
63.9
8%
99.7
68%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
41.3
38.7
-6%
69.2
68%
44.3
7%
71.3
73%
Response Times
30%
11%
34%
9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52 ?(25, 27)
36 ?(19, 17)
31%
47 ?(21, 26)
10%
35.2 ?(18, 17.2)
32%
53.6 ?(24.4, 29.2)
-3%
Response Time Black / White *
36 ?(21, 15)
26 ?(15, 11)
28%
32 ?(18, 14)
11%
23.2 ?(14, 9.2)
36%
28.4 ?(14.4, 14)
21%
PWM Frequency
25000 ?(20)
Screen
-32%
13%
-31%
41%
Brightness middle
294
278
-5%
319
9%
256
-13%
307
4%
Brightness
283
255
-10%
292
3%
239
-16%
296
5%
Brightness Distribution
90
86
-4%
84
-7%
83
-8%
91
1%
Black Level *
0.21
0.33
-57%
0.23
-10%
0.23
-10%
0.16
24%
Contrast
1400
842
-40%
1387
-1%
1113
-20%
1919
37%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.4
5.9
-9%
2.53
53%
6.2
-15%
1
81%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
20.5
20.2
1%
5.5
73%
18.2
11%
2.4
88%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
5
4.5
10%
2.67
47%
3.8
24%
1.1
78%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.5
4.1
-173%
2.22
-48%
5
-233%
0.8
47%
Gamma
2.05 107%
2.15 102%
2.54 87%
1.97 112%
2.18 101%
CCT
6562 99%
7224 90%
6381 102%
7364 88%
6492 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62
65.1
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95
99.6
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -18%
30% / 24%
3% / -14%
41% / 43%

* ... 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
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 92 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (22.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 27 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (36.2 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 19846 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

According to our measurements, the display offers a good contrast ratio of 1400:1 and an equally good black value of 0.21 cd/m². However, the color space coverage of 59.2% (sRGB) is very low.

The CalMAN analysis shows that colors are displayed relatively accurately straight out of the box. However, the color accuracy can be improved via calibration. The download link for our ICC profile is at the bottom of the box which contains all display measurements (this box is located to the left of the graphic showing the distribution of brightness).

Color space coverage (sRGB) - 59.2 percent
Color space coverage (sRGB) - 59.2 percent
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 41.3 percent
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 41.3 percent
Color space coverage (P3) - 39.9 percent
Color space coverage (P3) - 39.9 percent
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Grayscale performance
CalMAN - Grayscale performance
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale performance (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale performance (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Outdoor use
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Outdoor use
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Outdoor use
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Outdoor use
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Viewing angles
ThinkPad L14 G2 - Viewing angles

Performance - Tiger-Lake CPU does not throttle under load

According to the spec sheet, the ThinkPad L14 G2 comes with different CPUs, with the Intel Core i7-1165G7 being the top option. The memory configuration also varies, and there are no models with dedicated GPUs - at least in Europe. Elsewhere, the L14 G2 is available with the GeForce MX450. Our review model comes with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD and is thus well suited for various office applications.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 - CPUz
CPUz
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 - CPUz
CPUz Mainboard
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 - CPUz
CPUz Memory
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 - HWInfo
HWInfo
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 - GPUz
GPUz
 

Processor

The Intel Core i5-1135G7 in our review device is a 4-core/8-thread CPU. The clock rates range between 2.4 and 4.2 GHz, whereby the maximum performance depends on the cooling system as well as the TDP. Here, Lenovo configures a short-term value of 60 W (PLA2) and a long-term value of 28 W (PL1).

In our Cinebench R15 stress test, the ThinkPad L14 G2 managed to maintain its performance at a high level.

Cinebench R15 Multi Stress Test

437.2507.2577.2647.2717.2787.2857.2927.2997.21067.21137.21207.21277.21347.2Tooltip
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø841 (834.01-877.19)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U: Ø1391 (1385.52-1397.87)
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U Intel Core i5-1035G1: Ø494 (437.21-504.69)
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7 Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø734 (723.71-860.22)
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020 Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø660 (647.22-852.42)

In certain benchmarks Lenovo's laptop achieves a high level of multi-core performance and only the competitor with the AMD Ryzen 7 5850 Pro is able to beat it. The single-core performance is sufficient for a spot in the middle of our comparison chart. The low Geekbench score was striking and was not improved significantly even after a second benchmark run.

On battery power, the multi-core score in Cinebench R15 drops to 248 points when the battery efficiency mode is enabled. In performance mode, 872 points are achieved even when unplugged.

Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
8201 Points ∼100% +52%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5389 Points ∼66%
Average of class Office
  (830 - 11975, n=101, last 2 years)
5327 Points ∼65% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (2786 - 6136, n=51)
4706 Points ∼57% -13%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4665 Points ∼57% -13%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
3619 Points ∼44% -33%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
1405 Points ∼100% +4%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1351 Points ∼96% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1349 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1062 - 1373, n=49)
1321 Points ∼94% -2%
Average of class Office
  (208 - 1781, n=98, last 2 years)
1243 Points ∼88% -8%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1065 Points ∼76% -21%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
3184 Points ∼100% +55%
Average of class Office
  (323 - 4637, n=122, last 2 years)
2071 Points ∼65% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
2054 Points ∼65%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (979 - 2382, n=58)
1819 Points ∼57% -11%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1684 Points ∼53% -18%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1548 Points ∼49% -25%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
548 Points ∼100% +6%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
518 Points ∼95% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
517 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (375 - 527, n=58)
507 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Office
  (114 - 693, n=122, last 2 years)
487 Points ∼89% -6%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
476 Points ∼87% -8%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
1398 (1385.52min - 1397.87max) Points ∼100% +59%
Average of class Office
  (160.8 - 1972, n=120, last 2 years)
945 Points ∼68% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
877 (834.01min - 877.19max) Points ∼63%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
860 (723.71min - 860.22max) Points ∼62% -2%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
852 (647.22min - 852.42max) Points ∼61% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (431 - 941, n=61)
790 Points ∼57% -10%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
518 Points ∼37% -41%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
227 Points ∼100% +14%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
201 Points ∼89% +1%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
200 Points ∼88% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
199 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (141.4 - 205, n=57)
194.3 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Office
  (80.1 - 252, n=114, last 2 years)
193.5 Points ∼85% -3%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
170 Points ∼75% -15%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
912 Seconds * ∼100% -62%
Average of class Office
  (265 - 3895, n=122, last 2 years)
769 Seconds * ∼84% -37%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
672 Seconds * ∼74% -20%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (499 - 1044, n=56)
663 Seconds * ∼73% -18%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
639 Seconds * ∼70% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
562 Seconds * ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
364 Seconds * ∼40% +35%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
38553 MIPS ∼100% +72%
Average of class Office
  (4226 - 51466, n=122, last 2 years)
24124 MIPS ∼63% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
22478 MIPS ∼58%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
21900 MIPS ∼57% -3%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
21582 MIPS ∼56% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (14745 - 24873, n=58)
21371 MIPS ∼55% -5%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
15198 MIPS ∼39% -32%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
5050 MIPS ∼100% +9%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4812 MIPS ∼95% +4%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4720 MIPS ∼93% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3924 - 4921, n=58)
4677 MIPS ∼93% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4633 MIPS ∼92%
Average of class Office
  (2059 - 5791, n=123, last 2 years)
4616 MIPS ∼91% 0%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3913 MIPS ∼77% -16%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
5137 Points ∼100% +33%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4703 Points ∼92% +22%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3475 - 5472, n=54)
4666 Points ∼91% +21%
Average of class Office
  (1150 - 10201, n=119, last 2 years)
4592 Points ∼89% +19%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4416 Points ∼86% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
3869 Points ∼75%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1399 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1147 - 1428, n=54)
1374 Points ∼98% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
1354 Points ∼97% +2%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1345 Points ∼96% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1322 Points ∼94%
Average of class Office
  (531 - 1778, n=119, last 2 years)
1282 Points ∼92% -3%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
9.89 fps ∼100% +49%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.65 fps ∼67%
Average of class Office
  (0.63 - 14.2, n=121, last 2 years)
6.52 fps ∼66% -2%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.03 fps ∼61% -9%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3.57 - 7.6, n=53)
5.91 fps ∼60% -11%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5.57 fps ∼56% -16%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4.15 fps ∼42% -38%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 210, n=121, last 2 years)
58.9 s * ∼100% -15%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (44.2 - 62.9, n=56)
52.8 s * ∼90% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
51.9 s * ∼88% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
51.3 s * ∼87%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
50.7 s * ∼86% +1%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
44.2 s * ∼75% +14%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Office
  (0.4634 - 2.07, n=122, last 2 years)
0.669 sec * ∼100% -3%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.647 sec * ∼97% -0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.647 sec * ∼97%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (0.619 - 0.727, n=55)
0.642 sec * ∼96% +1%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.636 sec * ∼95% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
0.557 sec * ∼83% +14%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
877 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
64.1 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
199 Points
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System performance

In PCMark 10 (benchmark for evaluating the system performance), the ThinkPad L14 achieves an overall score which is only sufficient for a spot in the middle of our comparison chart. Both this score and the sub-scores are on the level of other notebooks with this hardware.

In day-to-day use, the system always felt responsive and programs started quickly. We did not encounter micro-stuttering or any issues like that.

PCMark 10 / Score
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
5690 Points ∼100% +26%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4738 Points ∼83% +5%
Average of class Office
  (2133 - 6060, n=101, last 2 years)
4732 Points ∼83% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4026 - 4952, n=49)
4606 Points ∼81% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
4530 Points ∼80%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
4203 Points ∼74% -7%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
3807 Points ∼67% -16%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
10221 Points ∼100% +18%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
9386 Points ∼92% +8%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8149 - 9917, n=49)
9326 Points ∼91% +8%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
9258 Points ∼91% +7%
Average of class Office
  (4922 - 11119, n=101, last 2 years)
9157 Points ∼90% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
8652 Points ∼85%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
8482 Points ∼83% -2%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
9512 Points ∼100% +52%
Average of class Office
  (3053 - 9512, n=101, last 2 years)
6852 Points ∼72% +10%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
6332 Points ∼67% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
6252 Points ∼66%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5040 - 6611, n=49)
6217 Points ∼65% -1%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
6136 Points ∼65% -2%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
5740 Points ∼60% -8%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
5141 Points ∼100% +10%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4858 Points ∼94% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
4664 Points ∼91%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 7252, n=101, last 2 years)
4651 Points ∼90% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3548 - 5255, n=49)
4585 Points ∼89% -2%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3548 Points ∼69% -24%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
3076 Points ∼60% -34%
PCMark 10 Score
4530 points
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DPC Latencies

Our configuration of the ThinkPad L14 G2 shows moderate lag spikes in the test with Latency Mon Interruption times. Thus, it is hardly suitable for any real-time applications.

LatencyMon - Statistics
LatencyMon - Statistics
LatencyMon - Driver
LatencyMon - Driver
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1603 μs * ∼100% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
1519 μs * ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
974 μs * ∼61% +36%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
762 μs * ∼48% +50%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The SSD in the Lenovo laptop achieved good read and write rates in our review. Thus, the ThinkBook L14 G2 can keep up with other devices in its class.

You can find out how the SSD in our review device stacks up against other storage devices on our HDD/SSD Benchmarks page.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
Average Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
 
Average of class Office
 
AS SSD
6%
-29%
-10%
56%
0%
-29%
Seq Read
2184
2693
23%
1454
-33%
2011
-8%
5167
137%
2184
0%
2326 ?(266 - 5613, n=105, last 2 years)
7%
Seq Write
921
1456
58%
939
2%
961
4%
1339
45%
921
0%
1413 ?(52.2 - 4909, n=105, last 2 years)
53%
4K Read
52
41.67
-20%
54.6
5%
48.77
-6%
72.3
39%
52
0%
48.4 ?(8.89 - 86.8, n=105, last 2 years)
-7%
4K Write
177.1
138.4
-22%
100.8
-43%
221.5
25%
204.9
16%
177.1
0%
140.9 ?(13.9 - 257, n=105, last 2 years)
-20%
4K-64 Read
1086
940
-13%
954
-12%
1015
-7%
1890
74%
1086
0%
937 ?(13.1 - 2224, n=105, last 2 years)
-14%
4K-64 Write
1371
1933
41%
707
-48%
1170
-15%
2101
53%
1371
0%
1102 ?(17.7 - 2713, n=105, last 2 years)
-20%
Access Time Read *
0.087
0.114
-31%
0.062
29%
0.039
55%
0.087
-0%
0.09116 ?(0.032 - 0.389, n=102, last 2 years)
-5%
Access Time Write *
0.025
0.027
-8%
0.044
-76%
0.053
-112%
0.025
-0%
0.025
-0%
0.09478 ?(0.018 - 0.717, n=105, last 2 years)
-279%
Score Read
1356
1251
-8%
1154
-15%
1264
-7%
2479
83%
1356
0%
1223 ?(49 - 2864, n=105, last 2 years)
-10%
Score Write
1640
2217
35%
902
-45%
1488
-9%
2440
49%
1640
0%
1384 ?(39 - 3255, n=105, last 2 years)
-16%
Score Total
3637
4052
11%
2635
-28%
3357
-8%
6004
65%
3637
0%
3195 ?(125 - 7348, n=105, last 2 years)
-12%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV256G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3178 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1643 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 441.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 409.2 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2189 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1625 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 53.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 140.7 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics Card

The Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs is responsible for image rendering. The iGPU benefits from fast RAM running in dual-channel mode, which is not the case here.

Because the RAM runs in single-channel mode in our review device, the performance in the 3DMark benchmarks is lower than in other notebooks with this GPU. An improvement in performance can be achieved by installing a second RAM module.

On battery power, the 3DMark 11 score is 3787 points in performance mode and 2494 points in efficiency mode. You can learn how the iGPU compares with other graphics cards on our GPU Benchmarks page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5190 Points ∼100% +34%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (2246 - 6120, n=68)
5087 Points ∼98% +32%
Average of class Office
  (599 - 11538, n=114, last 2 years)
4868 Points ∼94% +26%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4684 Points ∼90% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
4370 Points ∼84% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
3860 Points ∼74%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2516 Points ∼48% -35%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1560 - 4847, n=70)
3601 Points ∼100% +77%
Average of class Office
  (796 - 8114, n=113, last 2 years)
3409 Points ∼95% +67%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
3089 Points ∼86% +51%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
2723 Points ∼76% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
2534 Points ∼70% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
2039 Points ∼57%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1739 Points ∼48% -15%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (6361 - 30894, n=60)
20984 Points ∼100% +54%
Average of class Office
  (5005 - 46247, n=96, last 2 years)
20681 Points ∼99% +52%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
19051 Points ∼91% +40%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
17253 Points ∼82% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
13599 Points ∼65%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
11934 Points ∼57% -12%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1511, n=67)
1132 Points ∼100% +40%
Average of class Office
  (286 - 2886, n=106, last 2 years)
1115 Points ∼98% +38%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1009 Points ∼89% +25%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
976 Points ∼86% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
807 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
800 Points ∼71% -1%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
453 Points ∼40% -44%
3DMark 11 Performance
3819 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11843 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1715 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
909 points
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Gaming performance

The GPU in the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 is only suitable for very simple or older games. In the titles we benchmarked, it was necessary to reduce the resolution and visual settings to achieve decent frame rates.

To learn what kind of gaming experience you can expect from Intel’s iGPU, go to our gaming benchmarks page.

The Witcher 3 - 1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Office
  (9.6 - 144.3, n=92, last 2 years)
61.5 fps ∼100% +73%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (33.5 - 92.2, n=61)
61 fps ∼99% +72%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
58.4 fps ∼95% +65%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
51.5 fps ∼84% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
40.5 fps ∼66% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
35.5 fps ∼58%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
27 fps ∼44% -24%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1366x768 med (1/3)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
66.7 (55.7min) fps ∼100% +35%
Average of class Office
  (10.9 - 130, n=122, last 2 years)
66 fps ∼99% +34%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (10.9 - 119.5, n=68)
62 fps ∼93% +26%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
56.2 (40min) fps ∼84% +14%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
54.1 (42.7min) fps ∼81% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
49.4 (44.7min) fps ∼74%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark - 1280x720 Lite Quality
Average of class Office
  (5.32 - 72, n=97, last 2 years)
29.8 fps ∼100% +81%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8.32 - 41.8, n=63)
29.5 fps ∼99% +79%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
24.3 fps ∼82% +47%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
22.7 fps ∼76% +38%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
16.5 fps ∼55%
X-Plane 11.11 - 1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
38.7 fps ∼100% +22%
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
37.3 fps ∼96% +18%
Average of class Office
  (6.95 - 93.9, n=119, last 2 years)
37 fps ∼96% +17%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
35.4 fps ∼91% +12%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (9.12 - 57, n=68)
34.1 fps ∼88% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
31.6 fps ∼82%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 35.5 22.6 10.6
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 82.4 49.4 27.4 25.1
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 16.5
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Emissions & Energy - Lenovo ThinkPad with mediocre battery life

System Noise

The fans of the ThinkPad L14 G2 are not audible in everyday use when using office applications and browsing the Internet, which leads to silent operation. Even in our stress test, the active cooling system only kicks in very late and reaches a maximum sound pressure level of 41.1 dB(A) with fans spinning at a steady speed.

Noise Level

Idle
24.61 / 24.61 / 24.61 dB(A)
Load
24.61 / 41.11 dB(A)
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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: 24.61 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2027.727.52927.729.42525.92925.92827.73121.125.124.123.621.34027.829.93032.227.45021.226.542.14521.76322.722.623.625.121.38021.424.916.821.922.410020.124.919.422.920.712523.219.718.819.121.616018.819.619.719.419.820020.316.816.717.921.525019.716.917.817.923.631523.216.316.627.130.74002314.916.618.12750022.113.415.313.326.863021.81112.912.527.280021.711.112.711.828.310002110.412.110.827.9125017.91011.210.525.5160017.910.211.110.426.4200016.110.310.810.424.6250019.711.711.11129.6315021.811.411.411.433.9400020.311.611.511.531.750002111.711.711.730.5630017.212.111.811.927.7800015.512.1121227.11000014.912.111.811.922.51250014.11211.911.818.41600026.11211.411.224.6SPL31.92424.625.941.1N1.60.50.60.73.6median 20.3median 12median 12median 11.9median 26.8Delta2.12.62.632.4022.622.926.422.223.226.719.719.320.624.121.727.622.223.424.718.717.826.316.314.820.916.617.321.9161432.420.319.621.114.112.619.118.618.621.715.915.821.816.912.823.614.912.422.115.712.423.814.911.724.614.913.225.114.710.822.913.910.623.81410.523.814.110.925.715.911.42915.31228.21511.927.51412.128.812.812.125.212.412.119.912.412.316.818.111.718.126.824.1380.80.62.9median 14.9median 12.1median 23.811.12.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGELenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

According to our measurements, the surface temperatures of the ThinkPad L14 G2 reach 51.3 °C (124.34 °F) under very heavy load. The warmest spot is in the upper right corner; the wrist rest area always feels relatively cool.

During our long-term stress test, the temperatures inside the L14 G2 quickly hit 100 °C (212 °F). The cooling system was able to eventually lower them to 93 °C (199.4°F). The clock rates dropped significantly below the base frequency for a short time, but then stabilized at around 3.8 GHz. The system could still be used despite the heavy load. Because the cooling solution works well and the load seen in our stress test scenario is highly unlikely to occur in practice, we do not expect to see any thermal throttling in day-to-day use.

Max. Load
 36.1 °C
97 F
36.6 °C
98 F
29.2 °C
85 F
 
 30.7 °C
87 F
34.6 °C
94 F
35 °C
95 F
 
 22.4 °C
72 F
24.5 °C
76 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 30.9 °C = 88 F
51.3 °C
124 F
42.1 °C
108 F
43.2 °C
110 F
29.6 °C
85 F
35 °C
95 F
39.6 °C
103 F
27.8 °C
82 F
23.3 °C
74 F
23 °C
73 F
Maximum: 51.3 °C = 124 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.3 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 20.4 °C = 69 F | Fluke 62 Max+
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.9 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 29.5 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51.3 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.7 °C / 71 F, compared to the device average of 29.5 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.6 °C / 83.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (-0.8 °C / -1.5 F).
Thermal image - top side
Thermal image - top side
Thermal image - bottom side
Thermal image - bottom side

Speakers

The speakers of Lenovo's laptop are quiet and sound tinny. Thus, the occasional playback of media content in very quiet environments is possible. We recommend using headphones or external speakers, though.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2023.226.12521.623.53118.420.34023.726.25022.323.66319.319.88017.517.71001717.41251518.116021.322.120012.331.225018.438.23151744.840015.946.550011.545.363010.646.280010.246.7100011.253.8125010.462.2160010.158.5200010.559.4250010.955.6315011.557.7400011.952.950001253.4630012.156800011.963.4100001263.31250012.457.91600011.753.1SPL23.970.1N0.523.8median 11.9median 53.1Delta29.73334.33333.134.133.136.93636.931.633.831.63132.23129.43129.428.128.228.128.729.328.727.829.327.829.224.329.227.922.427.93922.43946.221.246.25320.4535419.55454.518.754.559.618.359.654.717.754.761.517.761.560.917.160.963.817.463.859.517.459.560.917.660.959.217.759.260.31860.364.21864.261.318.361.361.518.161.569.418.269.469.618.269.673.530.473.530.51.430.5median 59.5median 18.2median 59.58.32.38.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMDAcer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 77% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 20%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 76% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 79% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Energy Consumption

When idle, we measured a power draw of 7 W. During the stress test, the energy consumption peaked at 59 W. Thus, the power consumption is on par with other notebooks with this hardware.

The included 65-W power adapter should have no trouble supplying the Lenovo laptop with enough power even under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.57 / 1.35 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.01 / 6.99 / 8.06 Watt
Load midlight 26.1 / 59.32 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.

Power consumption Witcher 3 / Stress test

0510152025303540455055Tooltip
; Witcher 3 ultra: Ø31.3 (27-38.3)
; 1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25: Ø52 (41.1-59.3)

Energy consumption with an external monitor

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; Prime95 V28,10 Stress (external Monitor): Ø49.9 (46.5-52.8)
; Cinebench R15 Multi (external Monitor): Ø53.4 (47.9-57.8)
; 1280x720 FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test (external Monitor): Ø36.7 (34.7-50.3)
; 1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra (external Monitor): Ø28.7 (24.2-38.3)

Battery life

In our practical Wi-Fi battery test, the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 achieves a runtime of just under seven hours. Thus, the runtime is below that of the ThinkPad L14 with an AMD CPU and almost on par with the Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Schenker VIA 14 Late 2020
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 73 Wh
993 min ∼100% +139%
Average of class Office
  (241 - 1715, n=104, last 2 years)
556 min ∼56% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
R7 PRO 5850U, Vega 8, 45 Wh
469 min ∼47% +13%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 56 Wh
468 min ∼47% +13%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 42 Wh
416 min ∼42% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2-20X1003WGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 45 Wh
415 min ∼42%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
6h 55min

Pros

+ good maintenance options
+ robust housing
+ good input devices
+ CPU does not throttle

Cons

- relatively heavy and large for 14-inch laptop
- quiet speakers
- mediocre Wi-Fi performance
- mediocre battery life
- only 12 months of warranty

Verdict - Good notebook with some room for improvement

Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2. Review device provided courtesy: campuspoint
Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2. Review device provided courtesy: campuspoint

Lenovo's ThinkPads were and still are good office laptops. This is true for the L-series and thus for the ThinkPad L14 G2. The performance is on a good level and both the system and applications feel responsive. The option to upgrade the RAM compensates for the comparatively low graphics performance.

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 is a great daily companion even with an Intel CPU, but longer battery runtimes would have been highly appreciated.

However, there are areas in which the competition is getting better. Above all, the weight and the size have to be mentioned here. The L14 G2 looks bigger and heavier than other 14-inch laptops in a direct comparison. The display and battery life can certainly be improved in the future.

In a nutshell, the ThinkPad L14 G2 is worth buying. With competitors like the Schenker VIA 14, the Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400 or the Acer Swift 5 SF514 there are good alternatives to choose from, though.

Price and availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 with an Intel CPU is currently available on Amazon.