Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 3 – Top 5 Pros and Cons
Lenovo is quietly increasing its sustainability efforts, as its ThinkPad T14 Gen 3 comes with a decent chunk of recycled materials, including the speaker enclosure and the battery enclosure. The power adapter uses reclaimed plastic as well, while the packaging material is recycled as well.
This ultimately puts less stress on the environment, while also contributing to cleaning out the garbage from the environment. In terms of what’s powering the ThinkPad, you get a lot of hardware options, with a wide range of Alder Lake P-series and U-series processors, as well as both integrated and discrete graphics, so you can configure the device just how you like it.
Today we’re presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 3.
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 3
- Intel Core i5-1235U
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 16GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 3
1. Input devices
As with most other ThinkPad devices, this one brings a spill-resistant keyboard with a backlight. Typing on it is great, as Lenovo squeezed out as much key travel as possible while keeping the feedback clicky and tactile. There is a TrackPoint as well if you’re a fan. It’s helped by three physical buttons on top of the touchpad. The pad itself is a bit finicky, as sometimes it would be blazing fast, while at different times it would be sluggish. On the other hand, the surface is very smooth and the clicking mechanism is good.
While not on the level of gaming laptops, the ThinkPad T14 Gen 3 still offers a single SODIMM slot and one M.2 slot, with up to an additional 16GB of soldered DDR4 memory.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the RAM and SSD slots inside the ThinkPad T14 Gen 3.
3. Display quality
The display selection includes three 16:10 panels with a 14-inch diagonal. The base option uses a FHD+ IPS panel with either 300, 400, or 500 nits of brightness. The 400 and 500-nit options also fully cover the sRGB gamut. We tested the 400-nit version, which does show 96% sRGB coverage, along with 396 nits of peak brightness. The contrast ratio is also quite high at 1830:1.
The panel gets very accurate colors once we apply our Design and Gaming profile, lowering the dE value from 6.0 down to 1.6, which is a massive difference. Here are the results of the test with the stock settings (left) and with our profile applied (right).
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
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The laptop has exceptional coverage, with two UBS Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.0b port, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 3
1. Battery life
A 52.5Wh battery pack seems fitting for the ThinkPad T14 and while 8 hours and 37 minutes of Web browsing, or 6 hours and 11 minutes of video playback on a single charge are decent results, we would have expected a bit more from a laptop with such other great qualities. Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.