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Will AMD outperform Intel in the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 once again?

L14 with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
L14 with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
When we reviewed the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 and ThinkPad T14, the AMD SKU managed to outperform the Intel SKU. Today, we take a closer look at the ThinkPad L14 and ask ourselves the question: Will the story continue, or is Intel going to make a comeback?

The Lenovo ThinkPad E14 did it first, then the ThinkPad T14 did it again. We are of course referring to the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, both of which managed to outperform their Intel counterparts in our benchmarks. But what about the 14-inch ThinkPad L14, will its AMD SKU, too, outclass the Intel SKU?

With its smart card reader and SIM slot Lenovo’s L-series is aimed more at business than home users, and we received the SKU equipped with Ryzen 5 4500U hexa-core CPU, Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB SSD to review.

Its L490 predecessor suffered from a poor display as well as major performance throttling of its Intel Core i5-8265U under load. Based on our experiences with the ThinkPad E14 we have high hopes that the L14’s AMD Ryzen 5 4500U will perform very well in all regards, including our stress test.

The L14 does have a few benefits, such as its easy maintenance, good battery life, quiet mode of operation, and Lenovo’s well-known comfortable to use keyboard. In return, its display continues to disappoint even though we have to admit that Lenovo managed to improve at least black level and contrast ratio.

Find out how AMD’s Ryzen performed in Lenovo’s L-series in our Lenovo ThinkPad L14 review.


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Daniel Puschina, 2020-12-22 (Update: 2020-12-27)