The ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 (AMD) was an instant hit, not only due to its Zen 2 Pro performance but because there wasn’t much of a competition, because Intel was still stuck with their Ice Lake chips, which didn’t stand a chance against the AMD hegemony. Now, things are a little different, mainly due to Tiger Lake-U being out.
The new architecture brought some much-needed performance boost to the table, along with great integrated graphics. AMD didn’t just sit and watch, as they revealed their Ryzen 5000 U-series, to directly compete against them. We also have the Zen 3 Pro units, which are something like vPro CPUs from Intel. They promise better stability and higher performance, but we’re still waiting for laptops that are equipped with them, in order to test them ourselves and give a proper evaluation.
Today we are giving you a quick overview of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 2 (AMD).
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 2 (AMD): Full Specs
The laptop comes with two different options for build materials, so you get to customize it from the get-go. The first option gives you an aluminum lid, with a magnesium base and a plastic + glass fiber polymer for the bottom panel, making the whole laptop an amalgamation of materials. The second option swaps the aluminum lid for a plastic one while retaining the rest. As with most ThinkPads, the device should deliver excellent build quality, even though it is made mostly from plastic. In terms of portability, the laptop weighs only 1.46 kg and is 17.9 mm tall, which is on the lighter side. The device also comes in two colors, Black or Storm grey.
Lenovo offers you two display options, both of which have a 14-inch diagonal and use IPS panels. The first one comes in a Full HD resolution, a pretty high contrast ratio of up to 1200:1, and up to 500 nits of brightness. Some panels also cover the sRGB color gamut fully and offer the ThinkShield Privacy Guard, which narrows the viewing angle, making the contents of the display only visible to you. The other display has a way higher 4K resolution, 100% AdobeRGB coverage, a 1500:1 contrast ratio, and 500 nits of max brightness.
Specifications and features
Lastly, the specs on this thing offer a lot of flexibility, with both entry, mid, and high-level options. There are a total of four CPUs to choose from, all part of the Ryzen 5000 Pro U-series. AMD promises higher multi-core performance and increased battery life, along with better stability.
As always, we advise taking this marketing talk with a huge grain of salt and wait for our reviews to come in, where we can go in-depth about the performance of these processors. The configurations start with the Ryzen 3 5450U and can go as high as the Ryzen 7 5850U. All of these CPUs come with integrated graphics, which also get the Pro treatment.
Features-wise, you get a lot of stuff, which are either optional or available on higher specced models, such as a fingerprint reader, a backlight to the already great spill-resistant keyboard, a SmartCard, and a NanoSIM slot. Out of the box, you get stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support and a Mylar-surfaced touchpad, with a TrackPoint (the little red nipple which can act as a mini mouse).
- CPU AMD Ryzen 7 5850U
AMD Ryzen 5 5650U
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
AMD Ryzen 3 5450U
- GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (R4000/5000, 15W)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000,5000 15W)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (R4000/5000, 15W)
- Display 14.0”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
14.0”, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS
- Dimensions 329 x 227 x 17.9 mm (12.95" x 8.94" x 0.70")
- Weight 1.46 kg (3.2 lbs)
- Price Starting at $1254.75