Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen2 AMD: Octa-Core Power in a Quiet Performer
Like before the AMD model is the better ThinkPad T14s-series device. It offers great battery life of around 14.5 hours in our Wi-Fi test at 150 nits, double the performance under sustained load thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 7 5850U octa-core CPU, and low emissions, and all that at a lower price.
Compared to its Intel-equipped sibling the quiet and cool AMD model does not suffer from any noteworthy setbacks, apart from maybe the lack of Thunderbolt 3. For the first time in its history, the AMD-based T14s can be equipped with a matte 4K display, although this panel is hard to obtain right now. Our review unit’s low-power FHD display turned out to be somewhat of a lemon thanks to Lenovo’s well-known display lottery game.
This 1.29 kg (2.84 lbs) Ultrabook comes with up to 32 GB of soldered LPDDR4X-4266 RAM. Furthermore, our review unit was equipped with a 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD that was unfortunately connected to a PCIe 3 x4 bus. A secondary M.2-2242 PCIe SSD can be installed in the unit’s WWAN slot, although you cannot boot the device from that drive. Wi-Fi 6E and 5G are optional, as is a FHD webcam.
The incredibly robust case is now more grippy, dirt resistant, and a bit more on the gray side than the predecessor. The device was capable of maintaining its high level of performance very well under combined load (22 instead of 14 W), and temperatures remained inconspicuous and low resulting in a device that was almost as quiet as a passively cooled one. This is without a doubt a very good and powerful portable office Ultrabook.
More details and benchmarks can be found in our extensive Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G2 AMD review.