How to open Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 4 – disassembly and upgrade options

The Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 4 is a business notebook that offers essential upgradeability.

Check out all Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 4 prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

To access this notebook’s internals, you need to undo 7 captive Phillips-head screws. Then, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool.

2. Remove the battery

Our configuration features a 57Wh battery pack. It lasts for nearly 10 hours of Web browsing, or about 8 hours of video playback. To remove it, undo the 5 Phillips-head screws that hold the battery in place, and unplug the connector.

3. Upgrade memory and storage

There are 8GB of DDR4 RAM soldered to the motherboard. To access the single SODIMM slot, you need to remove a metal bracket. As for the storage, you get two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, one of which supports Gen 4 SSDs.

4. Cooling system

It’s good to see that the cooling comprises two heat pipes, a pretty large fan, and a metal heat spreader placed right over the VRMs.

Check out all Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 4 prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 4 (Intel) in-depth review

The ThinkPad E-series is Lenovo's cleanest business notebook. It has a no-nonsense design and has all of the necessary features you need - nothing too fancy, nor too complicated. Since mobile computing has gone a long way, whatever configuration you pick, you will receive a lot of power. There is the AMD option, which features last year's updated processors. Also, you can get the Intel model - the one we got. It can be equipped with either Alder Lake-U or Alder Lake-P CPUs, depending on the amount of raw horsepower you need. In addition to the decent performance, you can expect a great [...]

Pros

  • Its keyboard is backlit, spill-resistant, and great for typing
  • Optional fingerprint reader and IR face recognition
  • Good contrast ratio and comfortable viewing angles (Innolux N140HCA-EAE)
  • Supports dual PCIe x4 SSDs, and some models feature a WiFi 6 card
  • Doesn't use PWM (Innolux N140HCA-EAE)
  • Charges via Thunderbolt 4
  • Great performance

Cons

  • Covers only 53% of sRGB (Innolux N140HCA-EAE)
  • Lacks an SD card reader
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