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Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 Intel review: A very good business laptop despite the 16:9 format

Redesign in the old format. Even though Lenovo renews its premium model of the ThinkPad T-Series from the ground up, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 still keeps its 16:9 format, going against the current trend for displays. The fact that it still achieves a very good result is primarily due to the excellent input devices and equipment.
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The ThinkPad T14s series probably belongs to the most popular ThinkPad models. This is not surprising, since the slimmer cousin of the ThinkPad T14 closely resembles the X1 Carbon, while still being more affordable. In addition, the ThinkPad T14s is also available with AMD processors, in contrast to the X1 Carbon.

But we are not testing that version today, since Lenovo first introduced the ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 to the market with Intel processors. Our test unit contains an Intel Core i7 processor, 1 TB SSD storage, 16 GB of RAM, and the Full-HD low-power display, costing about 2080 Euros (~$2476). At this price, it is clear that the ThinkPad T14s G2 competes in the higher segment of business laptops for companies, and we selected the competitors for our comparison accordingly.

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Possible Competitors for Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89 %
07/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg16.14 mm14.00"1920x1080
89 %
07/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.1 mm14.00"1920x1080
91 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
1.3 kg16.1 mm14.00"1920x1080
90 %
05/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.2 kg14.9 mm14.00"3840x2400
88 %
11/2020
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
1.4 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
89 %
07/2020
Dell Latitude 7410
i7-10610U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg19.3 mm14.00"3840x2160
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7 (ThinkPad T14s Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 - 4.7 GHz, 55 W PL2 / Short Burst, 40 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR4X-4266, on-board, quad-channel
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, NE140FHM-N61, IPS LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, 1024 GB 
, M.2 2280, NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4, 898 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC3287
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (a/b/g/h/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): 16.14 x 327.5 x 224 ( = 0.64 x 12.89 x 8.82 in)
Battery
57 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p w/IR & ThinkShutter
Additional features
Speakers: 2 W stereo, Keyboard: 6 row chiclet, full size, 1.5 mm key travel, Keyboard Light: yes, 65 W USB-C charger , Lenovo Commercial Vantage, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.306 kg ( = 46.07 oz / 2.88 pounds), Power Supply: 372 g ( = 13.12 oz / 0.82 pounds)
Price
2080 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case: ThinkPad T14s 2021 in classic black

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2

After the slimmer, premium T series with the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s was changed to a new design platform, it was now also time for a new redesign here. The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 therefore has a completely new case compared to the ThinkPad T14s Gen 1. The exterior of the new ThinkPad notebook looks completely different than the predecessor, at least if you buy the aluminum model in "Storm Grey." Since that model is currently not available in Europe, we are looking at the model in classic black.

In the new model, the black color is slightly brighter, leaning more towards dark-gray, and now there is also a silver Lenovo logo on the back of the lid. There are more changes inside the lid. The speakers are now placed prominently above the keyboard. Directly next to the speakers is the power button, which now also includes a fingerprint reader. In addition, Lenovo has adjusted the shape of the palm rests below the keyboard in order to integrate the new, flat TrackPoint buttons. As always, colorful accents are formed by the red TrackPoint, silver hinges, and the ThinkPad logo.

Compared to the predecessor, the haptics have slightly changed, since Lenovo has changed the black surface covering, which is supposed to show less fingerprints and smudges. This works fairly well, and the surface layer is slightly more matte and grippy than that of the ThinkPad T14s Gen 1. The materials below the surface also reveal a change: the case bottom is now made from aluminum instead of magnesium. The palm rest and display cover continue to be made from magnesium and carbon fiber respectively. The combination of the different materials ensures a high - although not perfect - stability. It resists pressure on the palm rest without any trouble, and the ThinkPad T14s 2021 also resists pressure on the back of the display well. The bottom of the case can be twisted slightly by pushing and pulling in opposite directions, and the same goes for the display lid. 

The hinges give no reason for complaint, allowing for an opening angle up to 180 degrees. The display can be lifted with a single finger, and the metal hinges hold the display tightly in place.

In terms of the dimensions and weight, practically nothing has changed compared to the ThinkPad T14s Gen 1. This means that the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 continues to be larger but also slimmer and lighter than the Dell Latitude 7410 and HP EliteBook 845 G7. On the other hand, the T14s 2021 is clearly surpassed by the X1 Carbon Gen 9, which is lighter, slimmer, and also less wide, and thanks to its 16:10 format, its display bezels are also considerably less wide. Particularly the large frame below the LCD looks aged - a pity that Lenovo did not use the opportunity for a format change.

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Size Comparison

329 mm / 13 inch 225.8 mm / 8.89 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs327.5 mm / 12.9 inch 224 mm / 8.82 inch 16.14 mm / 0.635 inch 1.3 kg2.88 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs321.4 mm / 12.7 inch 208.7 mm / 8.22 inch 19.3 mm / 0.76 inch 1.4 kg3.19 lbs315 mm / 12.4 inch 221.6 mm / 8.72 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.2 kg2.55 lbs

Broad Equipment Selection for the Lenovo T14s G2

The microSD card reader that was hidden next to the SIM slot behind the LCD was dropped completely from the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 without any replacement. But other than that, Lenovo keeps the multitude of connections. The two Thunderbolt 4 ports are new - in the predecessor, only one of the two USB-C ports was compatible with Thunderbolt 3, and it was also limited to 20 Gbit/s due to the connection via two PCIe lanes. With the change to Thunderbolt 4, this limitation is removed.

Right: smartcard reader, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, Kensington Lock
Right: smartcard reader, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, Kensington Lock
Left: 2x Thunderbolt 4, miniEthernet/docking port, HDMI 2.0, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 3.5mm audio
Left: 2x Thunderbolt 4, miniEthernet/docking port, HDMI 2.0, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 3.5mm audio

Communication

The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 is one of the first Lenovo ThinkPads with Wi-Fi 6e that we are testing. In this case, this has the form of the Intel Wireless AX210 2x2 card. In combination with our Wi-Fi 6 router, the ThinkPad laptop achieves a very good result placing it at the top of our test field.

In addition to the Wi-Fi module that also supports Bluetooth 5.2, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s 2021 also contains an Ethernet chip from Intel, which can be used via the proprietary mini-Ethernet connection. Our Lenovo test unit also includes a WWAN module with the label Quectel EM120R-GL. While this supports 4G LTE, optionally 5G LTE is also available.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1598 (1496min - 1654max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1459 (1241min - 1512max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1270 (656min - 1344max) MBit/s ∼79% -21%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
  (675 - 1602, n=17)
1165 MBit/s ∼73% -27%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1030 (815min - 1184max) MBit/s ∼64% -36%
Average of class Office
  (54.8 - 1775, n=110, last 2 years)
949 MBit/s ∼59% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
929 (407min - 961max) MBit/s ∼58% -42%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
838 (473min - 942max) MBit/s ∼52% -48%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1716 (1632min - 1754max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1611 (1332min - 1735max) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1370 (1218min - 1490max) MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
  (914 - 1716, n=17)
1309 MBit/s ∼76% -24%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1257 (1103min - 1325max) MBit/s ∼73% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1256 (1036min - 1306max) MBit/s ∼73% -27%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1235 (1149min - 1323max) MBit/s ∼72% -28%
Average of class Office
  (60.8 - 1722, n=111, last 2 years)
1019 MBit/s ∼59% -41%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1716 (1632-1754)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1598 (1496-1654)

Webcam

Even though with the ThinkPad T14s Gen 2, Lenovo offers a 1080p camera for the first time in a ThinkPad laptop of the T series, our test unit contains a 720p webcam. This delivers the typical performance with grainy and blurry images and distorted colors. In order to get a fairly acceptable image quality for video conferencing, the light conditions have to be perfect.

ColorChecker
12.4 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
10 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
19.4 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
12 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
32.5 ∆E
27.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7: 17.82 ∆E min: 4.53 - max: 32.53 ∆E

Security

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: fingerprint reader integrated into the power button
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: fingerprint reader integrated into the power button

The numerous security functions are typical for real business laptops. While fingerprint readers are also standard for private customer laptops at this point, the fact that the reader is integrated into the power button is new for the ThinkPad T14s G2. This means that the fingerprint is already registered directly when turning on the laptop. As another option for logging in, there is also the infrared camera for Windows Hello. In addition to that, our test unit has a slot for a Kensington Lock and a smartcard reader. The webcam is also equipped with a mechanical cover. An optional feature that our test unit does not offer is the ThinkPad Privacy Guard display with a built-in filter protecting it from unwanted viewers. 

Accessories

Besides the 65-watt power supply with a USB-C charger, there are no additional accessories. In addition to USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 docking stations, Lenovo also offers proprietary docking stations, such as the ThinkPad Ultra Dock. While these docking stations have been available since 2018 and are surpassed by the modern Thunderbolt 4 docks, large business customers with existing devices will still be pleased about them.

Maintenance

The bottom plate of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 can be removed easily. After first unscrewing five Philips screws that then remain in the aluminum base plate, you only have to open two clips at the back of the Lenovo laptop to be able to remove the bottom plate.

A disadvantage of this model is the fact that there are not many upgrading options. Not only is the RAM soldered into the Intel version of the ThinkPad T14s G2, but the Wi-Fi module can also not be replaced. You can only update the SSD and of course clean the fan or replace the internal battery. It is interesting that the WWAN antennas are placed into the base of this model - just as in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9 - but the Wi-Fi antennas are still in the display lid as before. The keyboard cannot be replaced easily, since you can only access it after removing the main board. An easily replaceable keyboard is one of the advantages of the ThinkPad T14 G2 and the ThinkPad X13 G2.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: Aluminum bottom plate
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: Aluminum bottom plate
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: A look inside
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: A look inside

Warranty

You get 36 months of manufacturer support with the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2. Lenovo offers pickup & return service, with the laptop being picked up by Lenovo and then repaired in the service center. At an additional cost, you can also extend the ThinkPad warranty up to five years or purchase on-site service, accident protection, or a longer battery warranty (36 instead of 12 months).

ThinkPad T14s G2 Input Devices: 1.5 mm stroke and full width

Keyboard

The completely renewed keyboard is also part of the new design. The stroke was reduced from 1.8 to 1.5 millimeters, and the height of the keys is also smaller than before. In principle, the new keyboard practically corresponds to 100% to that of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 in terms of its specifications. In contrast to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9, the keyboard of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 continues to use the full width of 29 cm (~11.4 in). 

The quality of this chicony keyboard is the best so far of any new 2021 ThinkPad design. Even though the reduced stroke is also clearly noticeable here, the typing experience is still excellent and the keyboard is absolutely suitable for frequent typists.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: keyboard area
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: keyboard area

Touchpad

In the redesigned ThinkPad T14s Gen 2, Lenovo widened the touchpad by 1.5 cm (~0.6 in), so that it now measures 11.5 x 6 cm (~4.5 x 2.4 in). On the other hand, everything remains the same in terms of the materials, and you will look in vein for glass in the ThinkPad T14s G2 laptop, since the touchpad surface is made of smooth plastic. While glass would offer a higher quality for sure, the touchpad is by no means bad and does its job very well.

The TrackPoint with its red rubber cap and corresponding keys above the touchpad works even better. In the T14s Gen 2, the TrackPoint keys are now flat, and the ELAN TrackPoint has a height of only 3 mm (~0.12 in). However, these adjustment don't have a negative impact on the ThinkPad's TrackPoint quality, and the pointing stick is superior particularly for drag & drop functionality.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: Touchpad
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: Touchpad
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: TrackPoint
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2: TrackPoint

The ThinkPad T14s low-power display does not cover sRGB completely

Subpixel grid of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2
Subpixel grid of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2
Hardly any backlight bleeding (here depicted amplified)
Hardly any backlight bleeding (here depicted amplified)

If there is one area that has changed the least, it is surely the LCD options for the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2. In contrast to the high-end ThinkPads of the X1 series, the slimmer T model keeps the 14-inch 16:9 format. This is a strange decision for an almost-premium model. There is only one change in the displays: The most affordable Full-HD LCD option (1920 x 1080 pixels) received a brightness upgrade from 250 to 300 cd/m². You can find the rest of the LCD options in our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (except for the TN HD panels with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution that was never offered for the T14s).

Our test unit uses a low-power LCD from BOE. At an average brightness of 397 cd/m², it barely misses the specified brightness value of 400 cd/m². The bad response times are typical for low-power LCDs such as the one used here, but this should not create any larger problem in office usage. Although the display does use PWM, the frequency is too high to create headaches for any users. 

389.6
cd/m²
387.9
cd/m²
395.6
cd/m²
386.8
cd/m²
422.9
cd/m²
388.9
cd/m²
395.1
cd/m²
411.9
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
NE140FHM-N61
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 422.9 cd/m² Average: 396.6 cd/m² Minimum: 5.11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 422.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 1322:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.8 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 1.9
ΔE Greyscale 6.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
67.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
91.7% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
68.1% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.23
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
NE140FHM-N61, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
B140HAN05.7, LTPS AHVA-IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
N140HCG-GQ2, IPS , 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XXS00100
B140UAN02.1, IPS, 1920x1200, 14.00
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AU Optronics AUO068B, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 7410
AU Optronics B140ZAN, IPS, 3840x2160, 14.00
Display
2%
3%
12%
4%
7%
Display P3 Coverage
68.1
66.57
-2%
66.82
-2%
76.08
12%
68.16
0%
71.78
5%
sRGB Coverage
91.7
96.79
6%
97.89
7%
99.88
9%
98.47
7%
99.3
8%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
67.1
67.56
1%
68.96
3%
77.71
16%
69.79
4%
72.37
8%
Response Times
13%
41%
3%
-6%
38%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
68 (33, 35)
63.2 (31.6, 31.6)
7%
32.4 (16.4, 16)
52%
62.4 (28, 34.4)
8%
65.2 (30.8, 34.4)
4%
39.2 (20.4, 18.8)
42%
Response Time Black / White *
34 (17, 17)
28 (12.4, 15.6)
18%
15.2 (6.8, 8.4)
55%
34.8 (16.4, 18.4)
-2%
39.6 (20, 19.6)
-16%
22.4 (12.4, 10)
34%
PWM Frequency
22730 (50)
26040 (50)
15%
Screen
26%
26%
13%
21%
-1%
Brightness middle
422.9
404
-4%
404
-4%
396
-6%
432.5
2%
388.6
-8%
Brightness
397
397
0%
371
-7%
397
0%
405
2%
365
-8%
Brightness Distribution
91
92
1%
88
-3%
90
-1%
86
-5%
82
-10%
Black Level *
0.32
0.21
34%
0.34
-6%
0.23
28%
0.3
6%
0.35
-9%
Contrast
1322
1924
46%
1188
-10%
1722
30%
1442
9%
1110
-16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.8
3.1
35%
1.4
71%
3.7
23%
2.34
51%
4.04
16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.7
4.7
46%
3.2
63%
7.6
13%
3.59
59%
9.2
-6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.9
1.3
32%
0.8
58%
1.7
11%
1.83
4%
1.25
34%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.1
3.4
44%
1.6
74%
5.2
15%
2.5
59%
6.4
-5%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.38 92%
2.13 103%
2.11 104%
2.1 105%
2.3 96%
CCT
7635 85%
7070 92%
6480 100%
6252 104%
6582 99%
6957 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61.8
63
70.4
63.8
66.4
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96.6
97.9
99.9
99.4
99.4
Total Average (Program / Settings)
14% / 19%
23% / 24%
9% / 11%
6% / 13%
15% / 6%

* ... smaller is better

Colors
Colors
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscale
Grayscale
Colors (calibrated)
Colors (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)

In the state of delivery, the color reproduction that we measure with CalMAN and X-Rite i1 Pro 2 is weak. The image appears much too cool. After calibration with the X-Rite i1Profiler, this improves significantly. However, the brightness in the center of the image then drops to around 360 cd/m² if we use this color profile, so you have the choice between accurate colors or maximum brightness. The contrast value of 1322:1 is good but not excellent. A slightly lower black value would benefit the LCD panel.

We are a bit disappointed by the color space coverage of the ThinkPad T14s G2. With a coverage of 92% of the small color space, some colors are simply missing. 

sRGB: 91.7%
sRGB: 91.7%
AdobeRGB: 67.1%
AdobeRGB: 67.1%
DCI-P3: 68.1%
DCI-P3: 68.1%
Outdoors (in semi-shade)
Outdoors (in semi-shade)

Using the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s 2021 laptop works fairly well. With the matte surface and brightness of almost 400 cd/m², you can easily do some work even in brighter light conditions, although you should still avoid direct sunlight, if possible.

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
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
68 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 33 ms rise
↘ 35 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. » 98 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than 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 detected 22730 Hz ≤ 50 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 22730 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 22730 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 15315 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

As typical for IPS panels, the viewing angle stability is beyond reproach.

Performance: Tiger Lake UP3 in the ThinkPad T14s 2021

Intel Tiger Lake replaces Comet Lake and the selection of the Tiger Lake UP3 CPUs turns out correspondingly: Intel Core i5-1135G7, i7-1165G7, i5-1145G7, and i7-1185G7. The two latter processors are vPro chips that were designed by Intel specifically for enterprise devices such as the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2. You don't have much choice in terms of the graphics chip, since there is only the integrated Intel option. The i5 CPUs contain the slightly weaker version of the Xe GPU with 80 instead of 96 execution units.

Unfortunately, Lenovo continues to use soldered-in working memory. The last time this could be updated was in the 2018 ThinkPad T480s model. However, at least this has the advantage that Lenovo performs an upgrade up to 32 GB LPDDR4X-4266 RAM, which would not be possible with RAM modules. The M.2-2280 SSD is not soldered in and also supports the 4.0 PCIe standard for the first time in the T14s Gen 2.

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Processor

The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is a Tiger Lake UP3 processor, which means that its four physical cores (8 threads) with a clock speed between 2.8 and 4.7 GHz have a maximum power consumption of 12 to 28 watts. You can compare this processor with other CPUs in our CPU list.

In order to increase the performance, Lenovo allows a much higher power consumption. 55 watts are possible for 30 minutes, and after that 40 watts are the limit. However, the processor is unable to constantly maintain this performance level in the Cinebench loop. So while the ThinkPad T14s G2 represents a performance upgrade compared to the ThinkPad T14s G1 Intel, the T14s G1 AMD is still the performance king in terms of multicore performance. But at least the Intel model is able to snatch the top spot in the single-core performance.

In battery operation, the CPU performance turns out about 16% lower, and instead of 12,278 points, the T14s G2 only achieved 10,527 points in the 3DMark 11 physics test.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø811 (721.84-1004.57)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø564 (557.76-618.79)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1311 (1300.6-1345.67)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø834 (823.11-884.45)
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1401 (1338.87-1412.98)
Dell Latitude 7410 Intel Core i7-10610U: Ø543 (512.63-548.19)
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 X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
566 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (471 - 588, n=64)
553 Points ∼98% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
525 Points ∼93%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
479 Points ∼85% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
468 Points ∼83% -11%
Average of class Office
  (191 - 606, n=117, last 2 years)
444 Points ∼78% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
414 Points ∼73% -21%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
349 Points ∼62% -34%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3264 Points ∼100% +77%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3050 Points ∼93% +65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2033 Points ∼62% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2657, n=64)
1966 Points ∼60% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1846 Points ∼57%
Average of class Office
  (159 - 3672, n=118, last 2 years)
1702 Points ∼52% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1323 Points ∼41% -28%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
1271 Points ∼39% -31%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1478 Points ∼100% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1263 - 1534, n=42)
1428 Points ∼97% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1306 Points ∼88%
Average of class Office
  (208 - 1578, n=37, last 2 years)
1224 Points ∼83% -6%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5671 Points ∼100% +18%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (3773 - 6862, n=47)
5119 Points ∼90% +6%
Average of class Office
  (943 - 9653, n=37, last 2 years)
5067 Points ∼89% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4823 Points ∼85%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
224 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
217 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (170 - 230, n=58)
217 Points ∼97% -3%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
182 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
181 Points ∼81% -19%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
177 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Office
  (75 - 230, n=121, last 2 years)
175 Points ∼78% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
163 Points ∼73% -27%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1412.98 (1338.87min - 1412.98max) Points ∼100% +41%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1346 (1300.6min - 1345.67max) Points ∼95% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1005 (721.84min - 1004.57max) Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
884 (823.11min - 884.45max) Points ∼63% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (599 - 1027, n=66)
855 Points ∼61% -15%
Average of class Office
  (134 - 1614, n=124, last 2 years)
732 Points ∼52% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
619 (557.76min - 618.79max) Points ∼44% -38%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
548 (512.63min - 548.19max) Points ∼39% -45%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
812 Seconds * ∼100% -41%
Average of class Office
  (302 - 3319, n=109, last 2 years)
805 Seconds * ∼99% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
797 Seconds * ∼98% -38%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 958, n=63)
613 Seconds * ∼75% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
601 Seconds * ∼74% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
577 Seconds * ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
367 Seconds * ∼45% +36%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
340 Seconds * ∼42% +41%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4651 - 5507, n=63)
5222 MIPS ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5173 MIPS ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5069 MIPS ∼97% -2%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
4625 MIPS ∼89% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4467 MIPS ∼86% -14%
Average of class Office
  (2389 - 5565, n=109, last 2 years)
4415 MIPS ∼85% -15%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4413 MIPS ∼85% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4211 MIPS ∼81% -19%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
42173 MIPS ∼100% +68%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
39649 MIPS ∼94% +58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
25087 MIPS ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23657 MIPS ∼56% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 27405, n=63)
22991 MIPS ∼55% -8%
Average of class Office
  (4963 - 43914, n=109, last 2 years)
20581 MIPS ∼49% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
17548 MIPS ∼42% -30%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
17095 MIPS ∼41% -32%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1529 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (882 - 1595, n=62)
1515 Points ∼99% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1441 Points ∼94%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
1237 Points ∼81% -14%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=104, last 2 years)
1161 Points ∼76% -19%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1154 Points ∼75% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1149 Points ∼75% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1072 Points ∼70% -26%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6609 Points ∼100% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6444 Points ∼98% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5773 Points ∼87% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5460 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1821 - 5926, n=62)
5146 Points ∼78% -6%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=104, last 2 years)
3946 Points ∼60% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
3899 Points ∼59% -29%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
3731 Points ∼56% -32%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
10.3 fps ∼100% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
9.55 fps ∼93% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
7.13 fps ∼69%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=63)
6.34 fps ∼62% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.15 fps ∼60% -14%
Average of class Office
  (1.15 - 11.1, n=108, last 2 years)
5.46 fps ∼53% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.61 fps ∼45% -35%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
4.55 fps ∼44% -36%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
73.4 s * ∼100% -69%
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 180, n=97, last 2 years)
61.8 s * ∼84% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
60 s * ∼82% -38%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
57 s * ∼78% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
53.2 s * ∼72% -23%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=61)
48.6 s * ∼66% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
43.8 s * ∼60% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
43.4 s * ∼59%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.729 sec * ∼100% -24%
Average of class Office
  (0.542 - 1.578, n=102, last 2 years)
0.695 sec * ∼95% -18%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
0.657 sec * ∼90% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.616 sec * ∼84% -4%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.61 sec * ∼84% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.599 sec * ∼82% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.59 sec * ∼81%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=63)
0.59 sec * ∼81% -0%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1005 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
105 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
224 Points
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System Performance

In the PCMark 10, the Lenovo T14s Gen 2 laptop achieved the highest overall score of our comparison field. This also corresponds to the very good performance in everyday operation.

PCMark 10 / Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5214 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
5038 Points ∼97% -3%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
4983 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4531 - 5454, n=40)
4968 Points ∼95% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4890 Points ∼94% -6%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4348 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Office
  (1900 - 5690, n=116, last 2 years)
4291 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3929 Points ∼75% -25%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
10244 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10127 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (8997 - 11505, n=40)
10069 Points ∼98% -2%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
9376 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
9034 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Office
  (4469 - 10608, n=116, last 2 years)
8621 Points ∼84% -16%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
8529 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
8267 Points ∼81% -19%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
7540 Points ∼100% +9%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
7364 Points ∼98% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6900 Points ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6877 Points ∼91% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6856 Points ∼91% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (5570 - 7136, n=40)
6739 Points ∼89% -2%
Average of class Office
  (2917 - 9512, n=116, last 2 years)
6661 Points ∼88% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
6408 Points ∼85% -7%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5445 Points ∼100%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5347 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5109 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4998 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4083 - 5550, n=40)
4914 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 5878, n=116, last 2 years)
3809 Points ∼70% -30%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3156 Points ∼58% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3108 Points ∼57% -43%
PCMark 10 Score
5214 points
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DPC Latencies

Unfortunately, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 is struggling with high DPC latencies. This means that there can be some dropouts while working with audio applications.

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DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3163.6 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

The Samsung PM981a is a PCIe 3.0 SSD in the M.2-2280 format, in this case with a capacity of 1 Terrabyte. Compared to the 256-GB model in the predecessor, the SSD of the ThinkPad T14s G2 is considerably faster. Only compared to the PCie 4.0 SSD of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9, it clearly remains behind.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Dell Latitude 7410
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Average Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-22%
-14%
33%
-9%
-15%
-7%
Write 4K
149.7
117.5
-22%
108.01
-28%
171.3
14%
111.4
-26%
133.4
-11%
142 (76.2 - 229, n=33)
-5%
Read 4K
64.54
40.81
-37%
39.82
-38%
80.52
25%
58.22
-10%
51.29
-21%
50 (34.3 - 75.5, n=33)
-23%
Write Seq
1933
2031
5%
2028.3
5%
2700
40%
2195
14%
1897
-2%
2019 (776 - 2975, n=32)
4%
Read Seq
2512
1970
-22%
1825.54
-27%
3233
29%
2516
0%
2202
-12%
1976 (973 - 2639, n=32)
-21%
Write 4K Q32T1
514.1
395.5
-23%
570.14
11%
513
0%
472.1
-8%
384.9
-25%
470 (268 - 656, n=33)
-9%
Read 4K Q32T1
475.9
361.4
-24%
401.52
-16%
478.4
1%
380.5
-20%
318.7
-33%
504 (289 - 730, n=33)
6%
Write Seq Q32T1
2968
2330
-21%
3091.3
4%
4524
52%
2339
-21%
2866
-3%
2893 (788 - 3033, n=33)
-3%
Read Seq Q32T1
3542
2530
-29%
2872.4
-19%
7098
100%
3565
1%
3122
-12%
3474 (2853 - 3568, n=33)
-2%
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3542 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2968 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 475.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 514.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2512 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1933 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 64.54 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 149.7 MB/s

Constant Performance Reads: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

32450468486410441224140415841764194421242304248426642844302432043384324.011020.5310221032.851034.551043.541048.371048.581051.931553.782686.032976.623313.923534.963540.253543.563545.283545.453545.93546.493547.373548.173549.043549.043549.883550.093550.933551.323551.953552.183552.183552.373552.393552.63553.413553.623553.623553.653553.653554.463555.093555.533556.163556.353556.583558.043558.253558.463558.463559.92Tooltip
: Ø3011 (324.01-3559.92)

Graphics Card

The Intel Iris Xe G7 Graphics with 96 EUs represents a significant upgrade compared to the older Intel UHD Graphics 620. In the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2, another factor is added: Compared to the T14s G1, Lenovo has upgraded the working memory from DDR4-3200 to LPDDR4X-4266. The faster storage that uses a quad-channel configuration here allows for an even better performance. Overall, there is a gigantic performance jump compared to the Intel UHD Graphics 620 of the predecessor.  

In battery operation, the full GPU performance is available.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6663 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6591 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4841 - 7090, n=60)
6433 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
5399 Points ∼81% -19%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
5331 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Office
  (599 - 11538, n=117, last 2 years)
3792 Points ∼57% -43%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
1951 Points ∼29% -71%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1844 Points ∼28% -72%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5116 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (3113 - 5909, n=66)
4936 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4830 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3593 Points ∼70% -30%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3521 Points ∼69% -31%
Average of class Office
  (449 - 8114, n=114, last 2 years)
2613 Points ∼51% -49%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
1338 Points ∼26% -74%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1227 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1557 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1493 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (994 - 1819, n=66)
1459 Points ∼94% -6%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1063 Points ∼68% -32%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 2886, n=95, last 2 years)
893 Points ∼57% -43%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
413 Points ∼27% -73%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
402 Points ∼26% -74%
3DMark 11 Performance
7074 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4653 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1717 points
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Gaming Performance

Lenovo manages to get a relatively good gaming performance from the ThinkPad laptop. However, in terms of absolute performance, the Intel Xe GPU still cannot turn the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 into a gaming laptop, and the detail levels have to be reduced in modern games.

The Witcher 3 - 1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
59.2 (50min - 66max) fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.4 - 67, n=58)
53.1 fps ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9-20XWCTO1WW
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
47.3 (3min - 66max) fps ∼80% -20%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
43.4 (41min - 48max) fps ∼73% -27%
Average of class Office
  (9.7 - 76.3, n=53, last 2 years)
38.1 fps ∼64% -36%
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Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7 Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR: Ø14 (11-15)
low med. high ultra
GTA V (2015) 99 74.3 25.8 10.7 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 93.9 59.2 30.9 15.1 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 85.1 87 53 46.6 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 46 24.1 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 29.2 36.2 33.4 fps
Strange Brigade (2018) 86 37.1 30 24.2 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 79.7 38.9 32.4 21.4 fps

Emissions: The fans are slightly louder than in the ThinkPad T14s G1

Noise Emissions

Regardless of which performance mode you choose in Windows, the fan remains silent if there is no load. In our load tests (3DMark 06, stress test with Prime95 and FurMark), the running fan produces about 35 dB(A), which is noticeable but not annoying. However, compared to the ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 Intel, the fan is clearly louder.

Fortunately, there is no coil whine in the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2.

Noise Level

Idle
24.81 / 24.81 / 24.81 dB(A)
Load
35.14 / 35.14 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: 24.81 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.319.920.724.82528.119.919.226.33121.517.817.720.8402420.719.626.55019.917.81720.16319.917.817.220.48022.315.916.319.310018.521.716.917.712517.315.116.118.816024.119.618.720.820019.418.111.618.825020.917.416.421.231522.91815.223.640023.917.514.724.650022.513.611.622.463024.514.312.224.780027.713.910.627.4100025.415.61125.4125022.714.31022.6160024.312.410.423.8200023.911.511.123.9250023.511.711.523.8315023.311.511.523.3400023.312.112.223.1500023.612.812.823.2630023.513.213.623.1800017.412.412.616.81000015.412.412.414.11250013.912.513.1131600012.516.415.311.8SPL35.725.524.235.5N2.30.70.62.3median 23.3median 13.9median 12.4median 23.1Delta2.92.51.72.83130.733.829.729.526.930.529.829.527.73129.626.930.929.124.324.224.624.124.923.12327.724.223.523.623.122.822.622.922.822.922.722.823.12321.320.621.620.719.819.820.119.419.819.518.419.119.318.219.219.31818.918.817.418.718.416.718.218.216.517.916.816.217.316.31616.916.21616.316.215.916.316.31616.216.116161615.816.115.915.815.915.615.515.73029.3301.41.21.3median 18.8median 17.4median 18.72.832.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 i7Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE

Temperature

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

During the stress test, the highest temperatures of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 are in the center and on the right edge of the laptop. We measured a maximum temperature of 47.5 °C (117.5 °F) in the keyboard frame between the keys. Overall, the temperatures of the ThinkPad give no reason for concern.

After one hour of the stress test, the processor of the T14s 2021 is still able to consume about 22 watts. The CPU temperature is at 67 °C (153 °F) and the processor clock speed at 1.3 GHz. The TDP throttling during the stress test had no impact on the 3DMark 11 that we ran after the stress test, so you should not experience any throttling in everyday operation.

Max. Load
 36.4 °C
98 F
41.3 °C
106 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 33.2 °C
92 F
47.5 °C
118 F
40.2 °C
104 F
 
 29.1 °C
84 F
27.9 °C
82 F
30.5 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 47.5 °C = 118 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
37.7 °C
100 F
43.4 °C
110 F
37.7 °C
100 F
38.3 °C
101 F
39 °C
102 F
34.4 °C
94 F
32.9 °C
91 F
31.8 °C
89 F
31.1 °C
88 F
Maximum: 43.4 °C = 110 F
Average: 36.3 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 23.5 °C = 74 F | Fluke 62 Max+
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36 °C / 97 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 47.5 °C / 118 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 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 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 30.5 °C / 86.9 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (-2.6 °C / -4.7 F).
Idle (top)
Idle (top)
Idle (bottom)
Idle (bottom)
Stress test (top)
Stress test (top)
Stress test (bottom)
Stress test (bottom)

Speakers

ThinkPad T14s G2: Speakers above the keyboard
ThinkPad T14s G2: Speakers above the keyboard

One of the changes in the ThinkPad T14s G2 are the speakers now facing toward the top. Compared to the Lenovo T14s Gen 1 laptop, the new design is indeed slightly louder and more balanced in the high frequency range, but the bass is minimally worse. Overall, this represents an improvement, since the sound is now always the same, regardless of the surface underneath the laptop.

As an alternative to the internal speakers, you can also use an external solution, and the head phone connection for this works flawlessly.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2020.424.12520.322.73120.222.44022.125.15020.119.46316.314.9801415.310023.624.312520.12716023.131.420021.245.825020.553.631516.858.440015.565.550013.369.363013.171.880011.569.410001362.1125011.463.516009.963.5200010.260.7250010.760.9315011