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Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 Laptop Review: The Intel model is the worse choice

Inferior. Last year’s Lenovo ThinkPad T490s won our "Editor’s Choice Award“. The successor, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s with Comet Lake-based Intel CPUs is just as good. However, because there is a more attractive option with an AMD chip, the Intel-based ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 is not going to sell as well. Read our review to learn why.
Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, T. Hinum (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk),

In 2009 Lenovo decided to split its ThinkPad T-series laptops into two categories: In the first one there are standard T-series ThinkPads and in the second one there are thinner, lighter and more premium models, which are distinguished through the addition of an "s" to the model name. Last year the premium model had the following name: the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s. Now there is a new naming scheme. This year the successor model is called the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1.

This model is positioned between the even thinner, lighter and more expensive Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020 and the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1. We included in our review both of the aforementioned devices as well as the Dell Latitude 7410 and the predecessor ThinkPad T490s for comparison purposes. There are no design changes when compared to the predecessor model, which is why those of our readers who want to learn about the case, input devices and the ports should go to our review of the ThinkPad T490s.

The configuration known as 20T00044GE comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256-GB SSD and the low-power display. The laptop costs 1379 Euros (~$1624) for students eligible for Lenovo’s Campus Program and 1559 Euros (~$1836) for everyone else. 

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE (ThinkPad T14s Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-10210U 4 x 1.6 - 4.2 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2666, on-board
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, B140HAN05.7, LTPS AHVA-IPS LED, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ, 256 GB 
, M.2-2280, PCIe NVMe, 204 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC3287
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Kombo-Audio, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.1 x 329 x 225.8 ( = 0.63 x 12.95 x 8.89 in)
Battery
57 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with ThinkShutter & Infrared support
Additional features
Speakers: 1-watt stereo, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office Trial, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.254 kg ( = 44.23 oz / 2.76 pounds), Power Supply: 364 g ( = 12.84 oz / 0.8 pounds)
Price
1560 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89 %
07/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.1 mm14"1920x1080
90 %
07/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg14.9 mm14"1920x1080
88 %
07/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg17.9 mm14"1920x1080
89 %
07/2020
Dell Latitude 7410
i7-10610U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg19.3 mm14"3840x2160
89 %
05/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.1 mm14"1920x1080

Size Comparison

329 mm / 13 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.22 lbs329 mm / 13 inch 225.8 mm / 8.89 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs329 mm / 13 inch 225.8 mm / 8.89 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs321.4 mm / 12.7 inch 208.7 mm / 8.22 inch 19.3 mm / 0.76 inch 1.4 kg3.19 lbs323.5 mm / 12.7 inch 217.1 mm / 8.55 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.1 kg2.39 lbs
Right side: SmartCard reader, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, Kensington lock
Right side: SmartCard reader, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, Kensington lock
Left side: one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, one Thunderbolt 3 port, miniRJ45/dockingport, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, combination headphone/microphone jack
Left side: one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, one Thunderbolt 3 port, miniRJ45/dockingport, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, combination headphone/microphone jack
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 7410
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
159.3 MB/s ∼100% +353%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
77.8 MB/s ∼49% +121%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
68.3 MB/s ∼43% +94%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=321)
63.1 MB/s ∼40% +79%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
35.2 MB/s ∼22%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 7410
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
184.9 MB/s ∼100% +273%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
87.8 MB/s ∼47% +77%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
83.7 MB/s ∼45% +69%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=294)
78.7 MB/s ∼43% +59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
49.6 MB/s ∼27%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1658 (1572min - 1712max) MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1611 (1332min - 1735max) MBit/s ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1584 (1490min - 1642max) MBit/s ∼96% -2%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1235 (1149min - 1323max) MBit/s ∼74% -23%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=106)
1218 MBit/s ∼73% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
648 MBit/s ∼39% -60%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 1722, n=278)
567 MBit/s ∼34% -65%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=106)
1085 MBit/s ∼100% +17%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1030 (815min - 1184max) MBit/s ∼95% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
929 (407min - 961max) MBit/s ∼86%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
813 (333min - 981max) MBit/s ∼75% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
752 (340min - 868max) MBit/s ∼69% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
667 MBit/s ∼61% -28%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 1775, n=277)
527 MBit/s ∼49% -43%
0501001502002503003504004505005506006507007508008509009501000105011001150120012501300135014001450150015501600165017001750Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1611 (1332-1735)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø914 (407-961)
ColorChecker
3.1 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
3 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE: 6.02 ∆E min: 2.08 - max: 12.92 ∆E

Low-power display has not changed much, compared to the ThinkPad T490s

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement
Almost no backlight bleeding (presented here in a greatly exaggerated manner)
Almost no backlight bleeding (presented here in a greatly exaggerated manner)

The vast majority of the 14-inch display options carry over from the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s; most of them are identical to those of the Intel model of the ThinkPad T14. The only exception: The HD (1366x768) TN panel is not offered with the ThinkPad T14s. Just like with the T14, the UHD LCD option is only offered with Intel CPUs. The second new display option, a matte 500-nit Full HD panel with touch support and an ePrivacy filter, is available with CPUs from both Intel and AMD.

Just like the T14, the T14s comes with a Full HD (1920x1080) low-power screen from AUO. The display of the T14s is slightly brighter than that of the T14. However, the response times are somewhat worse.

410
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
408
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
404
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
395
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B140HAN05.7
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 414 cd/m² Average: 397.3 cd/m² Minimum: 6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 404 cd/m²
Contrast: 1924:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.1 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.3
ΔE Greyscale 3.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6
96.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 61.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.38
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
B140HAN05.7, LTPS AHVA-IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
BOE NE140FHM-N61, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
B140HAN05.7, LTPS IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 7410
AU Optronics B140ZAN, IPS, 3840x2160, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
B140HAN05.7, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-6%
7%
29%
-18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
63.2 (31.6, 31.6)
64.8 (30.8, 34)
-3%
58.4 (28.4, 30)
8%
39.2 (20.4, 18.8)
38%
61.6 (30.8, 30.8)
3%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (12.4, 15.6)
30.4 (10.8, 19.6)
-9%
26.4 (12.4, 14)
6%
22.4 (12.4, 10)
20%
38.8 (21.2, 17.6)
-39%
PWM Frequency
2404 (50)
Screen
-33%
-4%
-30%
-4%
Brightness middle
404
422
4%
397
-2%
388.6
-4%
391
-3%
Brightness
397
395
-1%
394
-1%
365
-8%
389
-2%
Brightness Distribution
92
90
-2%
90
-2%
82
-11%
87
-5%
Black Level *
0.21
0.27
-29%
0.2
5%
0.35
-67%
0.23
-10%
Contrast
1924
1563
-19%
1985
3%
1110
-42%
1700
-12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.1
4.7
-52%
3.6
-16%
4.04
-30%
3.4
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.7
10
-113%
5.9
-26%
9.2
-96%
4.7
-0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.3
2
-54%
1.2
8%
1.25
4%
1.1
15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.4
6.4
-88%
3.9
-15%
6.4
-88%
4
-18%
Gamma
2.38 92%
2.12 104%
2.48 89%
2.3 96%
2.49 88%
CCT
7070 92%
7106 91%
7090 92%
6957 93%
6809 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61.8
59.5
-4%
61.4
-1%
66.4
7%
62.4
1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96.6
91.5
-5%
96.6
0%
99.4
3%
97.4
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-20% / -29%
2% / -3%
-1% / -21%
-11% / -6%

* ... smaller is better

Colour accuracy
Colour accuracy
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscale
Grayscale
Colour accuracy (after calibration)
Colour accuracy (after calibration)
Saturation (after calibration)
Saturation (after calibration)
Grayscale (after calibration)
Grayscale (after calibration)

The somewhat cool colours can be corrected through calibration. We used CalMAN software and the Rite i1Pro 2 for our calibration. The contrast ratio of the T14s is nearly identical to that of the T14. All in all, the panel offers a great contrast ratio, thanks to its low black value. 

The display almost completely covers the sRGB colour space, which is why it is suitable for semi-professional image-editing.

sRGB: 96.6%
sRGB: 96.6%
AdobeRGB: 61.8%
AdobeRGB: 61.8%
Outdoor use (sunny in the shade)
Outdoor use (sunny in the shade)

Thanks to a screen brightness of 400 cd/m², the screen is readable outdoors, but only in the shade.

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 15.6 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. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
63.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 31.6 ms rise
↘ 31.6 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. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.7 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17507 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The AHVA IPS panel in the ThinkPad T14s has very good viewing angles. The IPS glow effect is not overly pronounced.

Performance: Good, but AMD ThinkPad T14s is considerably better

There are four CPU options on offer: two CPUs that support vPro technology (i5-10310U, i7-10610U) and two that do not (i5-10210U, i7-10510U). All processors feature four cores. Lenovo says that in the future there will be a hexa-core option, but it does not specify when exactly it will come. There is no dedicated GPU on offer. Buyers of the T14s will have to make do with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620. The DDR4 2666-MHz RAM is soldered in, and there are variants with 8, 16 and 32 GB. The T14s comes with an M.2-2280 SSD.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
 

Processor

The Intel Core i5-10210U is a Comet Lake-based 15-watt quad-core chip. Out of all CPU options for the T14s, it has the lowest clock rates (1.6 to 4.2 GHz). You can find out how the Core i5-10210U stacks up against other chips on our CPU Benchmarks page.

The CPU can draw over 40 watts for a short period, after which the energy consumption drops to 25 watts. In the Cinebench loop, the power draw settles at 18 watts and the clock frequency at 2.7 GHz. The CPU temperature reaches 85 °C (185 °F)

The CPU in the ThinkPad T14s performs roughly as well as the processor in the ThinkPad T490s. However, it performs worse than the chip found in the ThinkPad T14. The Dell Latitude 7410 is somewhat slower than our review device. Compared to the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s with an AMD chip, the performance of the Intel model is much lower, because the AMD T14s is more than twice as fast. 

The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s does not slow down when running on battery power.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø564 (557.76-618.79)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00 Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø594 (493.81-731.25)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø618 (591.33-706.24)
Dell Latitude 7410 Intel Core i7-10610U, Intel Core i7-10610U: Ø543 (512.63-548.19)
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00 Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø584 (566.02-686.12)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1311 (1300.6-1345.67)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 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) - CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
468 Points ∼100% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
441 Points ∼94% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
416 Points ∼89% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
414 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (351 - 428, n=23)
413 Points ∼88% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
403 Points ∼86% -3%
Average of class Office
  (79 - 497, n=85)
387 Points ∼83% -7%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
349 Points ∼75% -16%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3050 Points ∼100% +131%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
1486 Points ∼49% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
1441 Points ∼47% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1428 Points ∼47% +8%
Average of class Office
  (143 - 3050, n=86)
1344 Points ∼44% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1323 Points ∼43%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1105 - 1820, n=23)
1310 Points ∼43% -1%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
1271 Points ∼42% -4%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
183 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
181 Points ∼99% +11%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
177 Points ∼97% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (154 - 174, n=28)
167 Points ∼91% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
166 Points ∼91% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
163 Points ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
162 Points ∼89% -1%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 202, n=597)
117 Points ∼64% -28%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1346 (1300.6min - 1345.67max) Points ∼100% +117%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
731 Points ∼54% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
706 (591.33min - 706.24max) Points ∼52% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
686 (566.02min - 686.12max) Points ∼51% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
619 (557.76min - 618.79max) Points ∼46%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (478 - 790, n=28)
616 Points ∼46% 0%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
548 (512.63min - 548.19max) Points ∼41% -11%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1346, n=605)
374 Points ∼28% -40%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Office
  (367 - 9415, n=80)
1077 Seconds * ∼100% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
823 Seconds * ∼76% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (585 - 1004, n=17)
822 Seconds * ∼76% -3%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
812 Seconds * ∼75% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
797 Seconds * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
769 Seconds * ∼71% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
769 Seconds * ∼71% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
367 Seconds * ∼34% +54%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
4625 MIPS ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4521 MIPS ∼98% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4467 MIPS ∼97% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
4269 MIPS ∼92% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (3504 - 4467, n=17)
4223 MIPS ∼91% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4211 MIPS ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
4195 MIPS ∼91% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1286 - 5923, n=80)
4040 MIPS ∼87% -4%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
39649 MIPS ∼100% +126%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
18802 MIPS ∼47% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
18187 MIPS ∼46% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
17699 MIPS ∼45% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
17548 MIPS ∼44%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (14717 - 21679, n=17)
17274 MIPS ∼44% -2%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
17095 MIPS ∼43% -3%
Average of class Office
  (2794 - 39649, n=80)
16876 MIPS ∼43% -4%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
1237 Points ∼100% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1211 Points ∼98% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1149 Points ∼93% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1014 - 1133, n=18)
1082 Points ∼87% +1%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1327, n=46)
1079 Points ∼87% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1072 Points ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
1017 Points ∼82% -5%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6444 Points ∼100% +65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4122 Points ∼64% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
3899 Points ∼61%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
3731 Points ∼58% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (2800 - 4256, n=18)
3680 Points ∼57% -6%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6444, n=46)
3482 Points ∼54% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
3156 Points ∼49% -19%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
9.55 fps ∼100% +107%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.85 fps ∼51% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
4.8 fps ∼50% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.61 fps ∼48%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
4.55 fps ∼48% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (3.35 - 6.28, n=17)
4.41 fps ∼46% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.32 fps ∼45% -6%
Average of class Office
  (0.4 - 9.55, n=78)
4.3 fps ∼45% -7%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Office
  (51 - 244, n=41)
68.6 s ∼100% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
60 s ∼87% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
59.3 s ∼86% +11%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
57 s ∼83% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (49.6 - 80.3, n=12)
55 s ∼80% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
53.2 s ∼78%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
51.7 s ∼75% -3%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average of class Office
  (0.613 - 3.11, n=45)
0.791 sec * ∼100% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.729 sec * ∼92%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (0.658 - 0.901, n=17)
0.72 sec * ∼91% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.719 sec * ∼91% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.679 sec * ∼86% +7%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel Core i7-10610U
0.657 sec * ∼83% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.616 sec * ∼78% +16%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
619 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
54.2 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
163 Points
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System Performance

We did not encounter any performance issues in day-to-day use. The benchmark scores of the T14s are on a normal level for such a device.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5109 Points ∼100% +64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3446 Points ∼67% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3210 Points ∼63% +3%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3156 Points ∼62% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2487 - 4463, n=22)
3111 Points ∼61% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3108 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lite-On CA5-8D512
2998 Points ∼59% -4%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 5547, n=211)
2833 Points ∼55% -9%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7676 Points ∼100% +20%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
7540 Points ∼98% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6877 Points ∼90% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6099 - 7317, n=22)
6718 Points ∼88% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lite-On CA5-8D512
6479 Points ∼84% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
6441 Points ∼84% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
6408 Points ∼83%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 8567, n=211)
5776 Points ∼75% -10%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9524 Points ∼100% +15%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
9376 Points ∼98% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
9034 Points ∼95% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (7172 - 10000, n=22)
8595 Points ∼90% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lite-On CA5-8D512
8400 Points ∼88% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
8361 Points ∼88% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
8267 Points ∼87%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9846, n=211)
7352 Points ∼77% -11%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4890 Points ∼100% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4527 Points ∼93% +15%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4348 Points ∼89% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3752 - 4353, n=22)
4036 Points ∼83% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3985 Points ∼81% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lite-On CA5-8D512
3932 Points ∼80% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3929 Points ∼80%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5409, n=212)
3480 Points ∼71% -11%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5570 Points ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5296 Points ∼95% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lite-On CA5-8D512
5042 Points ∼91% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5032 Points ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4927 Points ∼88% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4286 - 5114, n=18)
4909 Points ∼88% -2%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4528 Points ∼81% -10%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5570, n=396)
4119 Points ∼74% -18%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4640 Points ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4251 Points ∼92% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4244 Points ∼91% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3673 Points ∼79%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3182 - 4284, n=18)
3646 Points ∼79% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lite-On CA5-8D512
3544 Points ∼76% -4%
Dell Latitude 7410
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3334 Points ∼72% -9%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=458)
3118 Points ∼67% -15%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3673 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5032 points
PCMark 10 Score
3929 points
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DPC Latencies

The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s might run into issues with real-time audio processing, because there were a few spikes in our LatencyMon test.

LatencyMon
LatencyMon
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
2080.2 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The T14s comes with a 256 GB Samsung SSD in the M.2-2280 form factor. The Samsung PM981 is a very fast storage device. However, the 512 GB variant, which we saw in the X1 Carbon Gen 8, is even faster

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Lite-On CA5-8D512
Dell Latitude 7410
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Average Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
23%
5%
10%
-7%
6%
Write 4K
117.5
185.02
57%
114.1
-3%
133.4
14%
122.03
4%
136 (87.2 - 170, n=9)
16%
Read 4K
40.81
50.61
24%
53.56
31%
51.29
26%
45.56
12%
43.5 (36 - 48.4, n=9)
7%
Write Seq
2031
1543.05
-24%
1743
-14%
1897
-7%
1497.34
-26%
2169 (1761 - 2343, n=8)
7%
Read Seq
1970
1509.27
-23%
2092
6%
2202
12%
2385.23
21%
2083 (1630 - 2436, n=8)
6%
Write 4K Q32T1
395.5
488.83
24%
394.8
0%
384.9
-3%
240.94
-39%
325 (208 - 457, n=9)
-18%
Read 4K Q32T1
361.4
579.21
60%
372.6
3%
318.7
-12%
338.03
-6%
367 (150 - 514, n=9)
2%
Write Seq Q32T1
2330
2985.8
28%
2176
-7%
2866
23%
1528.4
-34%
2296 (1896 - 2354, n=9)
-1%
Read Seq Q32T1
2530
3554.6
40%
3204
27%
3122
23%
2915
15%
3297 (2268 - 3569, n=9)
30%
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2530 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2330 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 361.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 395.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1970 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2031 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 40.81 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 117.5 MB/s

Continuous Read Speed: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø3517 (3062.89-3547.12)

Graphics Card

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is an integrated GPU, which has been used in laptops without a dedicated graphics processing unit for years. It performs significantly worse than the AMD Radeon Vega 7, which is found in the AMD variant of the ThinkPad T14s. If users want the best GPU performance, then they should not be looking at Intel’s integrated GPU. Moreover, the Intel UHD Graphics 620 is not fit for gaming.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
5399 Points ∼100% +193%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1978 Points ∼37% +7%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
1951 Points ∼36% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1844 Points ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1839 Points ∼34% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1757 Points ∼33% -5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=225)
1743 Points ∼32% -5%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5422, n=718)
1425 Points ∼26% -23%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Office
  (76 - 1164, n=97)
519 Points ∼100% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
432 Points ∼83% +7%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
413 Points ∼80% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
402 Points ∼77%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=75)
378 Points ∼73% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
358 Points ∼69% -11%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3593 Points ∼100% +193%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1366 Points ∼38% +11%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
1338 Points ∼37% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1336 Points ∼37% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1227 Points ∼34%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1418, n=195)
1152 Points ∼32% -6%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=534)
1093 Points ∼30% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1033 Points ∼29% -16%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10881 Points ∼100% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
10785 Points ∼99% +8%
Dell Latitude 7410
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
10023 Points ∼92% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
10004 Points ∼92%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=207)
9227 Points ∼85% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
8139 Points ∼75% -19%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=576)
7511 Points ∼69% -25%
3DMark 11 Performance
2056 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8720 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1122 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
461 points
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low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 16.8 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 80.5 46.9 21.5 18.9 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 23.1 15.5 13.7 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 16.6 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 27.4 fps

Emissions: Lenovo laptop is quiet & cool

System Noise

The fan of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s is extremely quiet. It is barely audible even under load. However, the T14s suffers from coil whine, which certain people may find annoying after a while. 

Noise Level

Idle
29.3 / 29.3 / 29.3 dB(A)
Load
30 / 30 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203130.733.82529.729.526.93130.529.829.54027.73129.65026.930.929.16324.324.224.68024.124.923.11002327.724.212523.523.623.116022.822.622.920022.822.922.725022.823.12331521.320.621.640020.719.819.850020.119.419.863019.518.419.180019.318.219.2100019.31818.9125018.817.418.7160018.416.718.2200018.216.517.9250016.816.217.3315016.31616.9400016.21616.3500016.215.916.3630016.31616.2800016.11616100001615.816.11250015.915.815.91600015.615.515.7SPL3029.330N1.41.21.3median 18.8median 17.4median 18.7Delta2.832.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE

Temperature

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

The surface temperatures of the Intel-based ThinkPad T14 were shockingly high. Thankfully, the somewhat thinner Lenovo ThinkPad T14s does not get nearly as hot. Here, the surface temperatures peaked at a reasonable 47.1 °C (116.78 °F).

In the stress with Prime95 and FurMark, the power draw amounted to only 7 watts after one hour, with the CPU temperatures hovering around 78 °C (172.4 °F) and CPU clocks around 1.2 GHz. Users should not experience any throttling in day-to-day use, because in the 3DMark 11 benchmark which we ran right after the stress test the T14s delivered normal results.

Max. Load
 38.5 °C
101 F
45.2 °C
113 F
46.3 °C
115 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
44.4 °C
112 F
47.1 °C
117 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
28.3 °C
83 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 47.1 °C = 117 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
45.7 °C
114 F
43.3 °C
110 F
35.3 °C
96 F
42.6 °C
109 F
41.5 °C
107 F
35.4 °C
96 F
30.5 °C
87 F
30 °C
86 F
27.9 °C
82 F
Maximum: 45.7 °C = 114 F
Average: 36.9 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.2 °C = 97 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47.1 °C / 117 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 45.7 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.6 °C / 90.7 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (-4.6 °C / -8.3 F).

Speakers

There is a distinct improvement in audio quality when compared to the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s. The T14s offers a higher volume and deeper bass. Nevertheless, the speakers are not very good. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers a much better sound quality.

Buyers can also use the combination headphone/microphone audio jack for sound output.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.728.32529.5303129.830.9403130.65030.9326324.232.18024.93210027.730.712523.633.616022.639.320022.944.625023.149.531520.652.740019.856.150019.45863018.459.480018.266.110001866.3125017.464.4160016.764.5200016.564.5250016.262.131501659.240001655.7500015.951.663001654.180001647.11000015.844.21250015.839.31600015.533.7SPL29.373.7N1.229.8median 17.4median 54.1Delta37.830.331.724.629.728.330.527.526.725.125.525.226.123.125.422.926.221.726.122.130.62237.621.340.62146.620.650.820.255.319.457.518.961.518.360.117.959.317.160.116.760.616.261.216.158.615.850.115.652.315.453.715.55415.453.715.244.114.839.829.470.21.225.3median 17.9median 53.72.59.327.529.429.728.624.127.824.728.222.629.722.433.422.137.42242.720.546.120.547.920.150.220.953.419.85619.958.618.96218.863.817.368.617.168.116.868.916.267.815.563.615.462.915.262.715.154.11562.214.965.114.760.514.657.714.454.514.449.928.476.81.139.1median 16.8median 60.52.14.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GELenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QE000VGE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 78% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.2% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 73% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QE000VGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 13% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management: ThinkPad T14s offers very good battery life

Energy Consumption

Lenovo seems to have done a good job of optimising the energy consumption of the ThinkPad T14s, because it draws less power than the ThinkPad T14 and the X1 Carbon 2020 with the same hardware.

The 65-watt power adapter should not have trouble supplying the device with enough energy. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.27 / 0.77 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.6 / 5.5 / 7.5 Watt
Load midlight 28.2 / 59.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ, LTPS AHVA-IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Lite-On CA5-8D512, LTPS IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 7410
i7-10610U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, IPS, 3840x2160, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-20%
-30%
-23%
-12%
-19%
-75%
Idle Minimum *
2.6
2.96
-14%
3.2
-23%
3.7
-42%
2.62
-1%
3.81 (1 - 12.4, n=237)
-47%
7.35 (1.3 - 32, n=1029)
-183%
Idle Average *
5.5
5.9
-7%
6.1
-11%
6.2
-13%
5.16
6%
6.96 (2.8 - 15.7, n=239)
-27%
11.1 (3.7 - 42, n=1029)
-102%
Idle Maximum *
7.5
9.1
-21%
10.4
-39%
7
7%
8.7
-16%
8.72 (3.8 - 16.6, n=237)
-16%
13.5 (4.8 - 67, n=1029)
-80%
Load Average *
28.2
42.1
-49%
45.6
-62%
43.2
-53%
40
-42%
35.3 (8.1 - 51.6, n=237)
-25%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=1014)
-32%
Load Maximum *
59.6
65.1
-9%
68.6
-15%
68.6
-15%
64
-7%
47.2 (22 - 96.3, n=239)
21%
46.3 (12.2 - 129, n=1016)
22%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Charging time: 133 minutes
Charging time: 133 minutes

The battery capacity has not changed (57 Wh). The ThinkPad T14s has the largest battery capacity of any 14-inch ThinkPad laptop. Thanks to a lower power draw, it is able to outlast the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 and the ThinkPad T14 Gen 1. The Dell Latitude 7410 is also beaten. However, it comes with a 4K LCD screen. The Dell laptop would have been able to last the longest in this category had it had a Full HD screen.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge Chromium)
13h 9min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge Chromium)
9h 50min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 40min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 42min
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Dell Latitude 7410
i7-10610U, UHD Graphics 620, 68 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
-14%
-23%
27%
-10%
-32%
H.264
880
770
-12%
624
-29%
834
-5%
453 (139 - 910, n=208)
-49%
WiFi v1.3
789
604
-23%
661
-16%
661
-16%
607
-23%
430 (105 - 1124, n=413)
-46%
Load
102
95
-7%
76
-25%
172
69%
99
-3%
102 (37 - 259, n=792)
0%

Pros

+ rigid and high-quality chassis
+ very good 1080p display (matte, bright, covers almost 100% of sRGB)
+ great battery life
+ superb keyboard
+ quiet operation
+ WWAN-ready
+ three-year warranty
+ compared to T490s: Wi-Fi 6

Cons

- significantly slower than the AMD model
- non-upgradable RAM
- poorly positioned SD card reader
- coil whine

Verdict

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1. Test device provided courtesy of: CampusPoint
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1. Test device provided courtesy of: CampusPoint

The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 is a small update of last year’s Lenovo ThinkPad T490s, at least as far as the Intel version is concerned.

Unlike with last year’s T490s and T495s, this year AMD models are much more powerful. AMD chips deliver more than double the performance in the multi-core benchmarks. All Intel models have to offer are 4K screens and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

All in all, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s is a great business laptop: It has a light, robust 14-inch chassis, one of the best keyboards on the market and a bright matte screen. Moreover, it features a relatively large battery and a good selection of ports. The drawbacks include the soldered-in RAM, hard-to-access card reader and coil whine, at least with the Intel model.

Very good is sometimes not good enough: The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s with an Intel CPU is very impressive, but because of a faster AMD model, it is not an obvious choice for everyone.

We can recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s with an Intel chip, but only if you really need a Thunderbolt 3 port. Otherwise, the AMD model appears to be a much better choice this year. A review of an AMD model is coming soon.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20T00044GE - 07/29/2020 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
88 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
95%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
70 / 80 → 87%
Weight
72 / 20-75 → 95%
Battery
90%
Display
91%
Games Performance
51 / 78 → 65%
Application Performance
85 / 95 → 89%
Temperature
90%
Noise
90%
Audio
64%
Camera
29 / 85 → 34%
Average
77%
89%
Office - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-07-31 (Update: 2020-08- 4)
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