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Lenovo should change its ThinkPad T14s to use the 16:10 format

A large bezel below the display - the distinguishing mark of 16:9
A large bezel below the display - the distinguishing mark of 16:9
This year, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 stands almost alone among the ThinkPads of the higher price segment. However, its distinguishing characteristic, the 16:9 format, is by no means positive. It is time for Lenovo to change the format.
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Much has changed in laptops since last year, particularly concerning the displays. Manufacturers have started to migrate back from the 16:9 format to the 16:10 format. The taller 16:10 displays offer more vertical space and also cause the ugly bezels below the LCD displays to shrink.

The more the 16:10 format spreads in laptops, the more the remaining 16:9 laptops stand out negatively, particularly if they are expensive laptops.

An example is the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2. The configuration that we ran through our extensive tests costs more than 2000 Euros (~$2373). With this, it has to compete against the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9, which is an inhouse competitor, for example. While the X1 already uses a 16:10 display with a 14-inch diagonal, the ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 continues to use a 16:9 display of the same diagonal, even though Lenovo has completely overhauled the design.

We have no idea why Lenovo did not use the 16:10 format in this case, although there are obviously plenty of displays available in the right size. But what we do know is that this makes particularly the Intel version of the ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 less attractive. If you want the advantages of the Intel platform such as Thunderbolt 4 or the better single-core performance, you might as well choose the X1 Carbon. In other regards, the ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 AMD offers more.

However, the same also goes for the AMD version of the Lenovo laptop, which is not available yet: It would be much easier to recommend it with a 16:10 display. The 16:9 design is more impractical, also making the T14s 2021 look more aged.

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Benjamin Herzig
Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 920 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
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Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 237 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Benjamin Herzig, 2021-07- 5 (Update: 2021-07- 3)