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Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD laptop review: Upgradeability meets AMD Ryzen 5000

Budget laptop with potential. The Lenovo ThinkPad L series represents the entry level among the B2B models; the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 is one of the cheapest ThinkPad laptops with a 14-inch display. Nevertheless, it convinces with its strong performance and upgradeability. However, compromises have to be made in terms of battery life and multimedia.
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Lenovo's ThinkPad L series is somewhat overshadowed by the other ThinkPad series in public perception. This is no coincidence: The budget ThinkPad L series is primarily intended for large enterprise customers; consumer users are quite clearly only of secondary importance here. Consequently, the second budget series, the ThinkPad E series, is preferred by private customers. If higher quality is wanted, the popular Lenovo ThinkPad T series is the obvious choice in that case.

However, that doesn't mean that the ThinkPad L series is completely uninteresting. Especially now that Lenovo partially solders the RAM on the T series and the L series is also available with AMD Ryzen CPUs, the ThinkPad L15 and our present review unit, the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD, are attracting more attention. The ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 is also one of the first 2021 ThinkPads with a Zen 3 CPU (Cezanne) that we can review.

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Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD (ThinkPad L14 Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U 8 x 1.9 - 4.4 GHz, 25 W PL1 / Sustained, Cezanne U (Zen 3)
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-3200, 2x SO-DIMM, single-channel
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, B140HAN04.0, IPS LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB, 512 GB 
, M.2 2280, NVMe PCIe 3.0, 436 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven/Renoir/Van Gogh/Cezanne/Rembrandt - HD Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, Quectel EM120R-GL, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.4 x 331 x 235 ( = 0.8 x 13.03 x 9.25 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with IR and ThinkShutter
Additional features
Speakers: 2-watt stereo, Keyboard: six-row, full size, 1.5 mm key travel, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-watt USB-C charger, Lenovo Commercial Vantage, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.673 kg ( = 59.01 oz / 3.69 pounds), Power Supply: 237 g ( = 8.36 oz / 0.52 pounds)
Price
1,140 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
08/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
R7 PRO 5850U, Vega 8 R5000
1.7 kg20.4 mm14.00"1920x1080
85 %
12/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.7 kg20.4 mm14.00"1920x1080
88 %
05/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450
1.5 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
87 %
07/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
R5 5500U, Vega 7
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
83 %
02/2021
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
i7-10850H, GeForce MX250
1.5 kg21 mm14.00"1920x1080
83 %
05/2021
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.4 kg19 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case: ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 with magnesium-reinforced plastic

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2

The external design of the ThinkPad L series with the 14-inch display has, by and large, only been modified slightly since the ThinkPad L450 from 2015. The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 is identical to the L14 2020; it's a traditional ThinkPad throughout: A black box with silver metal hinges, silver ThinkPad logos on the lid and palm rest, and the red TrackPoint in the keyboard - along with the red stripes on the TrackPoint buttons.

The ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 is also a classic in terms of build and materials. The outer shell of the L series is traditionally made of simple PC/ABS plastic, and that's also the case with the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2. Something new compared to older L ThinkPads: The lid and palm rest are coated. You can still find roughened plastic on the underside and the display bezel.

A magnesium frame has been integrated into the ThinkPad's interior since the L14 Gen 1. In the past, this reinforcement of the case had been reserved for the T series. There is still one difference: Only the rear two-thirds of the case are reinforced with magnesium in the L14; the palm rest isn't supported by magnesium. Fortunately, it can't be pressed in anyway, just like the keyboard. The base unit can hardly be twisted, either - but the plastic display cover can, unfortunately. Even when you're opening it, there's visible flexing.

The hinges are no weak point. Although you can't open the monitor with one finger, it can be folded back to an opening angle of 180 degrees. The plastic lid only wobbles slightly in the presence of vibrations.

A trade-off that definitely has to be made with the Lenovo ThinkPad L series: Out of all the current 14-inch ThinkPads, the L14 Gen 2 is the model with the thickest, heaviest chassis. In addition, it is minimally longer and wider than the T and E series ThinkPads - the display bezel below the LCD is massive on the L14. The difference is even more pronounced in comparison to the Dell Latitude 5411 and the HP ProBook 440 G8. At any rate, maximum mobility is not the focus of the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2.

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Size comparison

331 mm / 13 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 20.4 mm / 0.803 inch 1.7 kg3.69 lbs329 mm / 13 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.26 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs325 mm / 12.8 inch 232 mm / 9.13 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.6 kg3.51 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs

Connectivity of the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD: Wide range of ports and great maintainability

The L14 and L15 Gen 2 are among the first L series models with Thunderbolt 4 - but not the AMD variants. Our ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 has to make do with normal USB-C ports. Otherwise, there's a wide range of connections, with pretty much all the legacy ports that are still needed today. The only thing we would've liked to see is a full-size SD card reader. The positioning of the ports deserves some criticism - the RJ45 port on the left as well as the 3.5 mm output on the right are placed quite far to the front.

Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, mini Ethernet/docking port, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, HDMI 2.0, microSD, RJ45 Ethernet, smart card
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, mini Ethernet/docking port, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, HDMI 2.0, microSD, RJ45 Ethernet, smart card
Right: 3.5 mm audio jack, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, Kensington lock
Right: 3.5 mm audio jack, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, Kensington lock

SD card reader

The microSD card reader that Lenovo places on the left side of the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 achieves an average result with the AV Pro V60 reference card. Dell shows how to do it better with the Latitude 5411, which was faster than the average as the only business laptop in the field. 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
166 MB/s ∼100% +116%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
92 MB/s ∼55% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
77.8 MB/s ∼47% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
  (AV Pro V60)
77 MB/s ∼46%
Average of class Office
  (17.7 - 194, n=81, last 2 years)
69.9 MB/s ∼42% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
  (AV Pro V60)
59.2 MB/s ∼36% -23%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
191 MB/s ∼100% +120%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
87 MB/s ∼46% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
  (AV Pro V60)
87 MB/s ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.6 MB/s ∼45% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
  (AV Pro V60)
84.2 MB/s ∼44% -3%
Average of class Office
  (17.2 - 201, n=79, last 2 years)
80.3 MB/s ∼42% -8%

Communication

In some cases, you might forget that the ThinkPad L series is intended for the budget segment. Wi-Fi is not an example of this; our test model includes a Wi-Fi solution from Realtek. The 2x2 RTL8852AE card achieves a weak result with a maximum of 855 MB/s compared with current Intel AX chips. The advantages over older AC cards are marginal; at least Bluetooth 5.2 is supported.

In addition to the Wi-Fi module, the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 also has a Gigabit Ethernet chip, also from Realtek. Furthermore, a WWAN module from Quectel is installed in our test device, which supports the LTE-A standard.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1651 (1423min - 1787max) MBit/s ∼100% +114%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1284 (937min - 1456max) MBit/s ∼78% +67%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1200 (383min - 1438max) MBit/s ∼73% +56%
Average of class Office
  (54.8 - 1775, n=110, last 2 years)
949 MBit/s ∼57% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
870 (441min - 906max) MBit/s ∼53% +13%
Average RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
  (561 - 928, n=12)
790 MBit/s ∼48% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
770 (601min - 880max) MBit/s ∼47%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
758 (682min - 804max) MBit/s ∼46% -2%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1365 (1218min - 1406max) MBit/s ∼100% +60%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1327 (1055min - 1389max) MBit/s ∼97% +55%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1271 (1038min - 1444max) MBit/s ∼93% +49%
Average of class Office
  (60.8 - 1722, n=111, last 2 years)
1019 MBit/s ∼75% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
855 (793min - 890max) MBit/s ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
790 (405min - 842max) MBit/s ∼58% -8%
Average RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
  (621 - 855, n=12)
762 MBit/s ∼56% -11%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
643 (562min - 667max) MBit/s ∼47% -25%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø854 (793-890)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø770 (601-880)

Webcam

The 720p webcam in the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop generates a blurry image with inaccurate colors. It's just about good enough for video calls.

ColorChecker
7.9 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
21.8 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
25.4 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
27.9 ∆E
27.2 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD: 17.24 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 27.85 ∆E

Security

Besides the support for WWAN, the security features are one of the biggest differences compared to the also inexpensive ThinkPad E series. Lenovo gives the L series the full treatment that you would also find in a ThinkPad T14: A smart card reader, Kensington lock, fingerprint reader, infrared camera, ThinkShutter camera cover - business customers will probably only miss a few things here.

Fingerprint reader: ThinkPad L14 Gen 2
Fingerprint reader: ThinkPad L14 Gen 2

Accessories

Apart from the 65-watt charger with a USB-C plug, there are no other accessories in the box of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2.

Maintenance

The ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 is the laptop with the most modular design of all current 14-inch ThinkPads. Apart from the processor, none of the important components are soldered - WWAN, Wi-Fi, the M.2-2280 SSD, and the two SO-DIMM RAM slots, everything is unattached and upgradeable. In order to get to the interior of the Lenovo ThinkPad, you obviously have to remove the bottom cover first, which requires the removal of nine screws; the screws remain stuck in the case, so they won't get lost. Additionally, there are some plastic clips that are best opened carefully one at a time with a plastic spudger tool.

While that's not all that easy, removing the keyboard couldn't be easier: You have to unscrew two screws on the underside, and then you can remove the internal keyboard. Not only does this allow for repairs in the area, but it's also possible to switch to other keyboard layouts (QWERTY, for example).

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2: Bottom cover removed
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2: Bottom cover removed
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2: Keyboard removed
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2: Keyboard removed
Internal keyboard
Internal keyboard
Keyboard rear side
Keyboard rear side

Warranty

Cost-saving measure: Unlike the ThinkPad T series, the ThinkPad L series is always sold with just a one-year bring-in service warranty by default. Extending it to three to five years is possible, as well as on-site service and extras like accident protection - for an extra charge.

Input devices: Strong keyboard in the Lenovo laptop

Keyboard

Just last year, Lenovo modified the ThinkPad L series to have 1.5 millimeters of key travel. The backlit keyboard of the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2, which has the full standard width, can best be compared with the keyboard of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 or the X1 Carbon Gen 8 - a reduced travel, but still the the old key height. Overall, this keyboard meets our high expectations for a ThinkPad keyboard. Users who type a lot will enjoy the L14 Gen 2 - also because the keyboard doesn't flex. The magnesium reinforcement is definitely noticeable.

Keyboard area in the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2
Keyboard area in the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2

Touchpad

The touchpad is located below the keyboard, and it has to do without dedicated buttons. The surface is made of plastic - in this respect, there is no difference between the ThinkPad L, T, and E series. At 10 x 7 cm (~3.9 x 2.8 in), the trackpad has an adequate size, although it's not overly generous. Overall, the touchpad, which can be used as a ClickPad in the lower area, convinces with an accurate control of the mouse pointer and a high-quality, cushioned click mechanism. The touchpad implements gestures smoothly as well.

Lenovo places the iconic red TrackPoint prominently between the G/H/B keys. The three buttons between the touchpad and keyboard also belong to it. Pressing the TrackPoint allows the mouse cursor to be moved precisely and quickly without having to take your hands off the keyboard. The TrackPoint is superior to the touchpad especially for drag-and-drop movements.

The entire display of the Lenovo laptop is weak

Subpixel matrix of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2
Subpixel matrix of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2
Low backlight bleeding (represented in an intensified way here)
Low backlight bleeding (represented in an intensified way here)

Unlike the expensive ThinkPad X1 series for the premium segment, the ThinkPad L series retains the "old", narrower 16:9 format. The 14-inch displays available for the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 have two different resolutions. All the displays are matte:

  • 1366x768 (HD), 220 cd/m², 45% NTSC, TN
  • 1920x1080 (Full HD), 250 cd/m², 45 % NTSC, IPS
  • 1920x1080 (Full HD), 300 cd/m², 45% NTSC, IPS, touch
  • 1920x1080 (Full HD), 400 cd/m², 72% NTSC, IPS, low power

The monitor installed in this test device lives up to the advertised brightness value, since we measured 255 cd/m² as the average maximum value. This corresponds to the class of the budget business laptop and shows a clear difference compared to the higher-end T series. If possible, the low-power display with 400 cd/m² should be selected.

247
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B140HAN04.0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 278 cd/m² Average: 255.3 cd/m² Minimum: 4.52 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 278 cd/m²
Contrast: 842:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.9 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 4.5
ΔE Greyscale 4.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
38.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
56.3% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
37.5% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.15
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
B140HAN04.0, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
LP140WF9-SPF2, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
NVM140FHM-N4V, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
AU Optronics AUO463D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
AU Optronics AUO818B, VA, 1920x1080, 14.00
Display
12%
70%
7%
0%
-1%
Display P3 Coverage
37.5
41.96
12%
64.29
71%
40.3
7%
37.43
0%
37.02
-1%
sRGB Coverage
56.3
63.02
12%
95.36
69%
59.5
6%
56.19
0%
55.63
-1%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
38.7
43.37
12%
65.5
69%
41.7
8%
38.67
0%
38.25
-1%
Response Times
-16%
-31%
10%
30%
-14%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (19, 17)
42 (21.6, 20.4)
-17%
57.2 (25.2, 32)
-59%
35.2 (17.2, 18)
2%
31 (9, 22)
14%
43 (20, 23)
-19%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (15, 11)
29.6 (15.6, 14)
-14%
26.4 (12.4, 14)
-2%
21.6 (12.4, 9.2)
17%
14 (4, 10)
46%
28 (15, 13)
-8%
PWM Frequency
Screen
22%
56%
23%
6%
3%
Brightness middle
278
259
-7%
382
37%
341
23%
256
-8%
253
-9%
Brightness
255
244
-4%
367
44%
327
28%
236
-7%
230
-10%
Brightness Distribution
86
92
7%
88
2%
90
5%
86
0%
82
-5%
Black Level *
0.33
0.21
36%
0.14
58%
0.26
21%
0.23
30%
0.29
12%
Contrast
842
1233
46%
2729
224%
1312
56%
1113
32%
872
4%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.9
4.3
27%
4.2
29%
5.1
14%
5.76
2%
5.35
9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.2
17.7
12%
7.9
61%
17.6
13%
20.65
-2%
17.08
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.5
3.8
16%
0.9
80%
4.4
2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.1
1.5
63%
5.4
-32%
2.1
49%
4
2%
3.75
9%
Gamma
2.15 102%
2.04 108%
2.31 95%
2.11 104%
2.52 87%
2.48 89%
CCT
7224 90%
6609 98%
7499 87%
6755 96%
6182 105%
6446 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40
60.6
36
35
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62.9
95.4
56
55
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 14%
32% / 47%
13% / 18%
12% / 8%
-4% / -0%

* ... smaller is better

Color values
Color values
Grayscales
Grayscales
Saturation
Saturation
Color values (calibrated)
Color values (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)

Out of all the budget business laptops that we have tested, the display of the L14 Gen 2 has the lowest contrast value. We measured the monitor with CalMAN and the X-Rite i1 Pro 2, and we also calibrated it with the CalMAN Client. The colors were a bit too cool out of the box, which we were able to change with the calibration. However, colors aren't completely accurate even after calibration, which might be due to the very poor color-space coverage. At less than 60% sRGB, you can forget about any kind of image editing with the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2's panel.

AdobeRGB: 38.7%
AdobeRGB: 38.7%
P3: 37.5%
P3: 37.5%
sRGB: 56.3%
sRGB: 56.3%
Outdoors (sunny in partial shade)
Outdoors (sunny in partial shade)

Outdoors, the ThinkPad L14 2021's monitor benefits from the matte surface. Nevertheless, brightness is not high enough to actually be able to work comfortably in very bright environments.

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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 11 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. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (23.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 17 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. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (37.8 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 15324 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

There's nothing to complain about when it comes to the viewing-angle stability of the Lenovo laptop's IPS display.

AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU performance dominates

Lenovo's specifications list five processors for the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD laptop: The AMD Ryzen 3 5400U and the Pro 5450U, the Ryzen 5 5600U and the Pro 5650U, as well as the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U. With that, you can be sure that you're getting a Cezanne/Zen 3-based processor when you buy this Lenovo laptop. The Ryzen 3 have four cores, the Ryzen 5 have six, and the Ryzen 7 has eight CPU cores. The "Pro" variants are designed to compete with Intel's vPro and are especially intended for large enterprise customers.

The integrated AMD solution serves as the GPU for the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 in all cases. A big advantage of the L series: With two SO-DIMMs, RAM is completely upgradeable and replaceable; a maximum of 64 GB of DDR4-3200 is supported. The L14 Gen 2 AMD is always equipped with an NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD in either the 2242 or 2280 format.

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Processor

The AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U is the fastest processor in the Ryzen Pro series for laptops. The Cezanne U chip is based on the Zen 3 architecture and it features eight cores (16 threads). The typical TDP of this CPU is 15 watts, with clock rates up to 4.4 GHz. You can compare this processor with countless other CPUs using our CPU Benchmarks article.

With its two copper heat pipes, the fan allows Lenovo to assign a TDP of 25 watts to the AMD processor. The processor can maintain this consumption consistently, with all eight cores reaching around 2.8 GHz. In terms of multi-core performance, the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 is hard to beat - compared to the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U, its direct predecessor CPU, the difference in this discipline is small, but the single-core performance of the newer CPU is considerably better in return. Speaking of single-core: The latest Intel CPUs from the Tiger Lake U series have minor advantages only in this area.

A decrease in CPU performance on battery power was not found.

Cinebench R15 Multi endurance test

654.9724.9794.9864.9934.91004.91074.91144.91214.91284.91354.91396.261388.51389.031388.891391.351388.311388.171390.191388.411388.991397.871395.091392.321389.711387.251385.521387.831394.171391.591389.421392.851392.91392.951393.731391.26888.2878.1877.96880.57875.87879.99876.89878.72878.77865.24855.85858.59855.23861.03853.52856.95855.23855.4856.07857.14856.55858856852.57855.63942.73917.6904.71900.23887.78883.61869.85849.73844.45851.84845.42843.99848.39842.42850.29840.78838.98841.41839.07842.11837.98843.54840.53837.82841.521245.11240.541233.581234.611233.621230.281229.261236.711232.481231.831230.691226.881219.141209.481203.71191.91182.591179.111175.021167.581172.921166.661162.451174.741174.021231.531081.231061.851053.661058.091044.711046.931036.671045.561031.651034.581030.91053.021048.961051.251053.741044.281047.611049.731044.171038.261045.421045.891048.441038.69714.13691.35672.78677.94682.57671.69677.75663.29666.56663.28678.39662.84668.75662.67661.88667.18672.47674.56655.33667.37660.95664.26660.28654.88660.241256.761211.861175.991177.721174.851183.431183.41182.031179.491181.441168.871175.641166.861172.571185.361176.091182.491186.241181.721178.971180.181182.031180.361178.21181.961345.671318.831320.311311.051307.231309.971311.991314.281316.221308.561312.161308.431303.991314.711300.61302.631310.41309.761305.231300.941302.971310.321312.081309.371305.1Tooltip
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U: Ø1391 (1385.52-1397.87)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø865 (852.57-888.2)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø859 (837.82-942.73)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE AMD Ryzen 5 5500U: Ø1207 (1162.45-1245.1)
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N Intel Core i7-10850H: Ø1055 (1030.9-1231.53)
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø670 (654.88-714.13)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00 Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1183 (1166.86-1256.76)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1311 (1300.6-1345.67)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R23: 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 T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
580 Points ∼100% +6%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
569 Points ∼98% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
548 Points ∼94%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (543 - 548, n=2)
546 Points ∼94% 0%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
494 Points ∼85% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
488 Points ∼84% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
468 Points ∼81% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
459 Points ∼79% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
451 Points ∼78% -18%
Average of class Office
  (191 - 606, n=117, last 2 years)
444 Points ∼77% -19%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (3184 - 3523, n=2)
3354 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
3184 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3050 Points ∼91% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
2886 Points ∼86% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
2827 Points ∼84% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
2636 Points ∼79% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2253 Points ∼67% -29%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1776 Points ∼53% -44%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1726 Points ∼51% -46%
Average of class Office
  (159 - 3672, n=118, last 2 years)
1702 Points ∼51% -47%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1506 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
1405 Points ∼93%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (1401 - 1405, n=2)
1403 Points ∼93% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1262 Points ∼84% -10%
Average of class Office
  (208 - 1578, n=37, last 2 years)
1224 Points ∼81% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1178 Points ∼78% -16%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (8201 - 9111, n=2)
8656 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
8201 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
7469 Points ∼86% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
7458 Points ∼86% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5302 Points ∼61% -35%
Average of class Office
  (943 - 9653, n=37, last 2 years)
5067 Points ∼59% -38%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
227 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (225 - 227, n=2)
226 Points ∼100% 0%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
224 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
220 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
205 Points ∼90% -10%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
203 Points ∼89% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
181 Points ∼80% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
176 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Office
  (75 - 230, n=121, last 2 years)
175 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
174 Points ∼77% -23%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (1398 - 1527, n=2)
1463 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
1398 (1385.52min - 1397.87max) Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1346 (1300.6min - 1345.67max) Points ∼92% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1257 (1166.86min - 1256.76max) Points ∼86% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1245 (1162.45min - 1245.1max) Points ∼85% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
1232 (1030.9min - 1231.53max) Points ∼84% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
943 (837.82min - 942.73max) Points ∼64% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
888 (852.57min - 888.2max) Points ∼61% -36%
Average of class Office
  (134 - 1614, n=124, last 2 years)
732 Points ∼50% -48%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
714 (654.88min - 714.13max) Points ∼49% -49%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Office
  (302 - 3319, n=109, last 2 years)
805 Seconds * ∼100% -121%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
696 Seconds * ∼86% -91%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
619 Seconds * ∼77% -70%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
562 Seconds * ∼70% -54%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
425 Seconds * ∼53% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
393 Seconds * ∼49% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
375 Seconds * ∼47% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
367 Seconds * ∼46% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
364 Seconds * ∼45%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (331 - 364, n=2)
348 Seconds * ∼43% +4%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5377 MIPS ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5364 MIPS ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5341 MIPS ∼99% +6%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
5241 MIPS ∼97% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (5050 - 5300, n=2)
5175 MIPS ∼96% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
5050 MIPS ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4467 MIPS ∼83% -12%
Average of class Office
  (2389 - 5565, n=109, last 2 years)
4415 MIPS ∼82% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4312 MIPS ∼80% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
4285 MIPS ∼80% -15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (38553 - 45543, n=2)
42048 MIPS ∼100% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
39649 MIPS ∼94% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
38553 MIPS ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
34899 MIPS ∼83% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
34433 MIPS ∼82% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
30988 MIPS ∼74% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
24996 MIPS ∼59% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
21429 MIPS ∼51% -44%
Average of class Office
  (4963 - 43914, n=109, last 2 years)
20581 MIPS ∼49% -47%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
20118 MIPS ∼48% -48%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1514 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1482 Points ∼98% +9%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (1354 - 1448, n=2)
1401 Points ∼93% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
1354 Points ∼89%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
1305 Points ∼86% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1300 Points ∼86% -4%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=104, last 2 years)
1161 Points ∼77% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1149 Points ∼76% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1109 Points ∼73% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1085 Points ∼72% -20%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6444 Points ∼100% +25%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (5137 - 7039, n=2)
6088 Points ∼94% +19%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
5753 Points ∼89% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5650 Points ∼88% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
5360 Points ∼83% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
5137 Points ∼80%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4760 Points ∼74% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4699 Points ∼73% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4409 Points ∼68% -14%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=104, last 2 years)
3946 Points ∼61% -23%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (9.89 - 11.6, n=2)
10.7 fps ∼100% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
9.89 fps ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
9.55 fps ∼89% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.45 fps ∼88% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
8.77 fps ∼82% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
8.37 fps ∼78% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
7.09 fps ∼66% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.93 fps ∼65% -30%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.49 fps ∼51% -44%
Average of class Office
  (1.15 - 11.1, n=108, last 2 years)
5.46 fps ∼51% -45%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
62 s * ∼100% -19%
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 180, n=97, last 2 years)
61.8 s * ∼100% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
60.5 s * ∼98% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
60 s * ∼97% -16%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
56.4 s * ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
51.9 s * ∼84%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (49.2 - 51.9, n=2)
50.6 s * ∼82% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
49 s * ∼79% +6%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
47 s * ∼76% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
42 s * ∼68% +19%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Office
  (0.542 - 1.578, n=102, last 2 years)
0.695 sec * ∼100% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.648 sec * ∼93% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
0.625 sec * ∼90% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.616 sec * ∼89% -11%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
Intel Core i7-10850H
0.608 sec * ∼87% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.597 sec * ∼86% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.581 sec * ∼84% -4%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.572 sec * ∼82% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
0.557 sec * ∼80%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
  (0.543 - 0.557, n=2)
0.55 sec * ∼79% +1%

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Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5817
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
27430
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.67 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
16.63 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1398 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
53.4 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
227 Points
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System performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 performs outstandingly in PCMark 10, which is also in line with our impression in everyday use. This is a very powerful Lenovo laptop.

PCMark 10 / Score
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8 R5000, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
5690 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (5491 - 5690, n=2)
5591 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5525 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
5097 Points ∼90% -10%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4725 Points ∼83% -17%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lite-On CL1-8D512
4597 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
4425 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Office
  (1900 - 5690, n=116, last 2 years)
4291 Points ∼75% -25%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8 R5000, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
10221 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9955 Points ∼97% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (8772 - 10221, n=2)
9497 Points ∼93% -7%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9312 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
9154 Points ∼90% -10%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lite-On CL1-8D512
8997 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Office
  (4469 - 10608, n=116, last 2 years)
8621 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
8578 Points ∼84% -16%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8 R5000, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
9512 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (8967 - 9512, n=2)
9240 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8682 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
7819 Points ∼82% -18%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
7658 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Office
  (2917 - 9512, n=116, last 2 years)
6661 Points ∼70% -30%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
6501 Points ∼68% -32%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lite-On CL1-8D512
6480 Points ∼68% -32%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (5141 - 5714, n=2)
5428 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5295 Points ∼98% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8 R5000, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
5141 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
5023 Points ∼93% -2%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lite-On CL1-8D512
4522 Points ∼83% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
4218 Points ∼78% -18%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
GeForce MX250, i7-10850H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4016 Points ∼74% -22%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 5878, n=116, last 2 years)
3809 Points ∼70% -26%
PCMark 10 Score
5690 points
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DPC latencies

The ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 has no problems with DPC latencies, so that it can also be used for real-time audio applications.

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LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8128.4 μs * ∼100% -735%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Lite-On CL1-8D512
7865.4 μs * ∼97% -708%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
1229.4 μs * ∼15% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
Vega 8 R5000, R7 PRO 5850U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
974 μs * ∼12%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The SSD in the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 has a capacity of 512 GB. The M.2280 SSD was manufactured by Western Digital. It's an NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD that delivers good performance - even if there are even faster SSDs, such as the Samsung PM981a in the ThinkPad T14 Gen 2.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
SK Hynix PC611 512GB
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Lite-On CL1-8D512
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
Average WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
 
AS SSD
48%
12%
2%
-94%
-2%
-5%
Seq Read
2693.38
2098.84
-22%
2596
-4%
2680.58
0%
1680.7
-38%
2246.51
-17%
2506 (1939 - 2901, n=6)
-7%
Seq Write
1456.16
2484.99
71%
1460
0%
1429.78
-2%
210.05
-86%
1079.21
-26%
1655 (1079 - 2495, n=6)
14%
4K Read
41.67
67.04
61%
48.62
17%
49.22
18%
24.86
-40%
42.52
2%
42.2 (38.6 - 46.6, n=6)
1%
4K Write
138.39
206.05
49%
113.42
-18%
117.98
-15%
73.57
-47%
129.08
-7%
127 (88.8 - 155, n=6)
-8%
4K-64 Read
939.51
2028.93
116%
1419.17
51%
1138.98
21%
291.49
-69%
1316.1
40%
1061 (772 - 1416, n=6)
13%
4K-64 Write
1933.32
2072.95
7%
1839.64
-5%
1487.98
-23%
135.21
-93%
1332.29
-31%
1479 (990 - 1933, n=6)
-23%
Access Time Read *
0.114
0.039
66%
0.049
57%
0.057
50%
0.078
32%
0.086
25%
0.1012 (0.055 - 0.142, n=5)
11%
Access Time Write *
0.027
0.018
33%
0.032
-19%
0.031
-15%
0.152
-463%
0.029
-7%
0.0383 (0.027 - 0.07, n=6)
-42%
Score Read
1251
2306
84%
1727
38%
1456
16%
484
-61%
1583
27%
1354 (1108 - 1708, n=6)
8%
Score Write
2217
2527
14%
2099
-5%
1749
-21%
230
-90%
1569
-29%
1772 (1283 - 2217, n=6)
-20%
Score Total
4052
6039
49%
4658
15%
3895
-4%
895
-78%
3907
-4%
3781 (3083 - 4568, n=6)
-7%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
Sequential Read: 2693.38MB/s
Sequential Write: 1456.16MB/s
4K Read: 41.67MB/s
4K Write: 138.39MB/s
4K-64 Read: 939.51MB/s
4K-64 Write: 1933.32MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.114ms
Access Time Write: 0.027ms
Score Read: 1251Points
Score Write: 2217Points
Score Total: 4052Points

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

1911.52086.52261.52436.52611.52786.52961.53136.53311.51911.511912.971913.811913.861914.231914.281915.061937.042019.292979.973063.683194.083252.053315.053430.5834313431.423431.843432.053432.883433.723434.353434.723434.773435.133435.193435.343435.393435.393435.393435.63435.763435.813435.973436.183436.183436.233436.393436.813436.863437.023437.073437.233437.443437.653437.73437.863437.913438.073438.28Tooltip
: Ø3137 (1911.51-3438.28)

Graphics card

A Vega graphics chip is integrated into the AMD processor; in this case, it's the AMD Radeon RX Vega. However, the AMD GPU can't use its full horsepower in this case. This is due to the memory configuration. With only one SO-DIMM module, RAM only runs in single-channel mode. Since the iGPU doesn't have its own memory, it's completely dependent on the system memory - single-channel mode sacrifices a lot of performance in this case. The average performance of the RX Vega 8 is 14% to 19% higher in the 3DMark tests.

Fortunately, you can improve performance significantly by simply adding a second RAM module. This should also improve gaming performance a little. However, even with dual-channel RAM, the AMD GPU still continues to be a low-end performer. Modern games can be played at minimum detail settings at best.

GPU performance is not throttled when the power adapter isn't connected.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6341 Points ∼100% +45%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5617 Points ∼89% +29%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (4370 - 6020, n=6)
5398 Points ∼85% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
5118 Points ∼81% +17%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
4641 Points ∼73% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
4370 Points ∼69%
Average of class Office
  (599 - 11538, n=117, last 2 years)
3792 Points ∼60% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
3401 Points ∼54% -22%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4336 Points ∼100% +71%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
3824 Points ∼88% +51%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (2534 - 4081, n=6)
3342 Points ∼77% +32%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
3325 Points ∼77% +31%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
3229 Points ∼74% +27%
Average of class Office
  (449 - 8114, n=114, last 2 years)
2613 Points ∼60% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
2534 Points ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2285 Points ∼53% -10%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1633 Points ∼100% +104%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
1165 Points ∼71% +46%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (800 - 1284, n=6)
1046 Points ∼64% +31%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1042 Points ∼64% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1009 Points ∼62% +26%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 2886, n=95, last 2 years)
893 Points ∼55% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
800 Points ∼49%
The Witcher 3 - 1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
55.3 (43min - 64max) fps ∼100% +120%
Average of class Office
  (9.7 - 76.3, n=53, last 2 years)
38.1 fps ∼69% +52%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
36 fps ∼65% +43%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
32.9 fps ∼59% +31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
25.1 fps ∼45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
 
25.1 fps ∼45% 0%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1366x768 med (1/3)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
110 (96.4min) fps ∼100% +65%
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
109 (94.7min) fps ∼99% +63%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (66.7 - 100, n=6)
82.3 fps ∼75% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
76 (63min) fps ∼69% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
70.7 (57.4min) fps ∼64% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
66.7 (55.7min) fps ∼61%
Average of class Office
  (14.6 - 130, n=111, last 2 years)
61 fps ∼55% -9%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
51 (39.7min) fps ∼46% -24%
X-Plane 11.11 - 1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10850H
57 fps ∼100% +99%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
41.4 fps ∼73% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
33.7 fps ∼59% +17%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
  (28.7 - 36.7, n=6)
32.6 fps ∼57% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000), AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U
28.7 fps ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
27.8 fps ∼49% -3%
Average of class Office
  (3.96 - 80.7, n=108, last 2 years)
25.3 fps ∼44% -12%
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
17.9 fps ∼31% -38%
3DMark 11 Performance
4386 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2278 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
917 points
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low med. high ultra
GTA V (2015) 53.6 47.1 14.3 6.64 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 40.5 25.1 12.5 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 97.5 66.7 33.5 31.4 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 22.7 12.2 7.74 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 38.7 28.7 25.8 fps
Strange Brigade (2018) 45.3 17.6 15.3 13.3 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 60.1 27.6 21.9 15.6 fps

Emissions: Ryzen 5000 keeps temperatures and fan noise down

Noise emissions

The fan remains silent during idle usage. Under medium load, which we simulate with 3DMark 06, the fan is practically inaudible at 26.81 dB(A). Only in the maximum load test with Prime95 and FurMark does the fan finally rev up to almost 38 dB(A), which is clearly audible. Nevertheless, it takes a while for the fan in the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 to reach this volume, since the active cooling is gradually increased over several minutes. All in all, the ThinkPad laptop's noise is very restrained.

We weren't able to detect coil whine in the L14 Gen 2.

Noise Level

Idle
25.08 / 25.08 / 25.08 dB(A)
Load
26.81 / 37.99 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25.08 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs F(Hz)02022.622.926.42522.223.226.73119.719.320.64024.121.727.65022.223.424.76318.717.826.38016.314.820.910016.617.321.9125161432.416020.319.621.120014.112.619.125018.618.621.731515.915.821.840016.912.823.650014.912.422.163015.712.423.880014.911.724.6100014.913.225.1125014.710.822.9160013.910.623.820001410.523.8250014.110.925.7315015.911.429400015.31228.250001511.927.563001412.128.8800012.812.125.21000012.412.119.91250012.412.316.81600018.111.718.1SPL26.824.138N0.80.62.9median 14.9median 12.1median 23.8Delta11.12.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD

Temperature

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

The temperatures on the outer case of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 reach a maximum of 45.2 °C (~113 °F) at the center of the bottom. This is warm, but not critical. The palm rest always remains cool, which means that you don't get sweaty hands when working with the Lenovo laptop.

In the CPU/GPU stress test, the processor can consistently consume 22 watts. The CPU temperature is constantly at 65 °C (~149 °F), and there are CPU clock rates of 2.8 GHz. Throttling is absolutely no problem in the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2.

Max. Load
 34.1 °C
93 F
42.1 °C
108 F
37.1 °C
99 F
 
 32.1 °C
90 F
36.6 °C
98 F
38.6 °C
101 F
 
 25.5 °C
78 F
27 °C
81 F
29 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 42.1 °C = 108 F
Average: 33.6 °C = 92 F
42 °C
108 F
42.7 °C
109 F
37 °C
99 F
34.6 °C
94 F
45.2 °C
113 F
35.8 °C
96 F
30.3 °C
87 F
28 °C
82 F
26 °C
79 F
Maximum: 45.2 °C = 113 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.8 °C = 102 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke 62 Max+
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.6 °C / 92 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 42.1 °C / 108 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 45.2 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.5 °C / 80 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 29 °C / 84.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (-1.1 °C / -2 F).
Idle (top)
Idle (top)
Idle (bottom)
Idle (bottom)
Load (top)
Load (top)
Load (bottom)
Load (bottom)

Speakers

Unlike the ThinkPad T14 Gen 2, the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 still has the speakers at the bottom. The stereo speakers are quite bad for listening to music; both bass and overall volume are lacking, and highs aren't very balanced, either. Even the speakers in the T14, which really aren't great, still have advantages.

A considerably better result can be achieved using the perfectly functioning 3.5 mm output.

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 53.1Delta29.725.525.524.225.125.119.721.221.222.231.531.52938.938.936.9222219.725.325.318.636.636.624.942.142.124.746.846.819.2575720.260.960.921.166.966.92669.169.120.965.565.521.168.868.824.474.374.325.5727218.1656513.568.768.712.570.270.213.468.768.713.164.864.813.167.367.312.466.766.712.364.564.512.361.561.512.161.961.91262.262.21260.260.211.480.480.43050.150.11.2median 65median 65median 13.54.34.34.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMDLenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.12 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
» 76% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 74% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Energy management: Battery life is a weak point in the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2

Energy consumption

We find the power consumption rates a bit too high for our taste when it comes to idle usage in particular. Lenovo should make improvements in this regard through a firmware update for the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2.

The USB-C power adapter delivers 65 watts, which is much more than the maximum consumption of 42 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.53 / 0.88 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.44 / 8.06 / 9.4 Watt
Load midlight 36.06 / 42.26 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 L14 G2 AMD
R7 PRO 5850U, Vega 8 R5000, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
R5 4500U, Vega 6, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
R5 5500U, Vega 7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
i7-10850H, GeForce MX250, SK Hynix PC611 512GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Lite-On CL1-8D512, VA, 1920x1080, 14.00
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-1%
-28%
-11%
-53%
19%
3%
0%
Idle Minimum *
5.44
4.4
19%
3.8
30%
3.5
36%
3.1
43%
4
26%
4.48 (3.2 - 7.4, n=7)
18%
4.08 (1.3 - 9.9, n=117, last 2 years)
25%
Idle Average *
8.06
7.7
4%
7.3
9%
7.5
7%
5.4
33%
6.2
23%
7.91 (5.5 - 10.4, n=7)
2%
7.47 (3.5 - 17.4, n=117, last 2 years)
7%
Idle Maximum *
9.4
8.9
5%
11.2
-19%
8.7
7%
9
4%
7.5
20%
8.95 (6.4 - 11.1, n=7)
5%
9.26 (4.8 - 22.5, n=117, last 2 years)
1%
Load Average *
36.06
31.3
13%
61.2
-70%
43.6
-21%
84
-133%
34.7
4%
36.5 (29.4 - 44.5, n=7)
-1%
37.9 (8.2 - 85.6, n=115, last 2 years)
-5%
Witcher 3 ultra *
26.1
33
-26%
41.2
-58%
42.2
-62%
Load Maximum *
42.26
50.6
-20%
67.5
-60%
55
-30%
131
-210%
34
20%
46.7 (37.2 - 54.2, n=7)
-11%
54.2 (11.4 - 131, n=117, last 2 years)
-28%

* ... smaller is better

Energy consumption during The Witcher 3 / stress test

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: Ø26.1 (24.7-27.7)

Battery life

Charging time: 109 minutes
Charging time: 109 minutes

The capacity alone makes it clear: Battery life is not the strong suit of the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2. With 45 Wh, the internal battery is the one with the lowest capacity among the current 14-inch ThinkPads. Just under 8 hours in the Wi-Fi test is a slightly below-average result that comes as a consequence of the lower capacity; only the HP ProBook 440 G8 performs slightly worse using a battery of the same size.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 91)
7h 49min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge 91)
7h 14min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 17min
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD
R7 PRO 5850U, Vega 8 R5000, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen2-20W1S00000
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450, 50 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
R5 5500U, Vega 7, 57 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 5411-WJ40N
i7-10850H, GeForce MX250, 68 Wh
HP ProBook 440 G8-2W1G4EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 45 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
21%
27%
9%
85%
26%
22%
H.264
574
839
46%
827
44%
495
-14%
602 (292 - 1204, n=41, last 2 years)
5%
WiFi v1.3
469
538
15%
680
45%
510
9%
450
-4%
487
4%
518 (241 - 1124, n=119, last 2 years)
10%
Load
77
78
1%
71
-8%
211
174%
145
88%
116 (54 - 359, n=73, last 2 years)
51%

Pros

+ high upgradeability and repairability
+ robust case
+ keyboard with TrackPoint
+ broad connectivity incl. LTE
+ very fast AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU
+ cheaper than other ThinkPads

Cons

- weak display
- poor speakers
- Realtek Wi-Fi
- relatively high weight
- below-average battery life
- only a one-year warranty

Verdict: The L14 Gen 2 AMD is a great work device with a poor LCD

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2. Test device provided by
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2. Test device provided by

The ThinkPad L series has improved significantly over the years, and the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD is a prime example of this progress.

However, the process isn't finished yet. You can see this in the weak display, for example, which is suitable for office work but fails to meet our expectations otherwise. Lenovo has also cut corners when it comes to the Wi-Fi module, the speakers and the webcam, as well as the battery capacity. Due to the small battery, the L14 Gen 2 isn't as suitable for mobile use as the more expensive ThinkPad T series or the ThinkPad E14 Gen 3. In addition, the L14 Gen 2 has the heaviest weight among the 14-inch business laptops.

Besides the excellent performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 processor, the stable case with its outstanding input devices, and the comprehensive connectivity, which also includes LTE in our review sample, there's another thing on the plus side: The maintainability and upgradeability. There's no current 14-inch ThinkPad that can be upgraded more extensively, with the two SO-DIMM slots and the replaceable keyboard standing out in particular.

Overall good, with very strong CPU performance and upgradeability as well as weaknesses in multimedia quality and mobility: The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD.

If you opt for the ThinkPad L series, you still have to face compromises that come with the lower price. Nevertheless, we can give the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD a recommendation, because the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, at least when it's predominantly used in stationary mode - with the caveat that you should choose a model with the better 400 cd/m² low-power display if possible. This kind of model can be a really good choice for a more affordable home office laptop.

A strong in-house competitor is the ThinkPad E14 Gen 3, although it's less modular. The HP ProBook 440 or 445 G8 aren't much worse in this respect. In terms of business features, however, the latter is more of a match for the E14, since it lacks functions like LTE.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, the ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 AMD is officially listed on Lenovo's website as "coming soon". Alternatively, you can also wait for the device to be available on Amazon or newegg, for example.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G2 AMD - 07/29/2021 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
73 / 80 → 91%
Weight
67 / 20-75 → 85%
Battery
80%
Display
81%
Games Performance
58 / 78 → 74%
Application Performance
93 / 95 → 98%
Temperature
91%
Noise
98%
Audio
53%
Camera
21 / 85 → 25%
Average
75%
86%
Office - Weighted Average

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