Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 2

Lenovo makes some pretty big claims with its ThinkPad P14s Gen 2, saying that it is a portable mobile workstation. On the surface, this looks to be true, as the laptop is equipped with a vPro certified processor and NVIDIA Quadro Graphics.

However, look a bit deeper and you find that the Tiger Lake units that are advertised are the G-series, which have up to four cores and eight threads, as well as a 15W TDP. These CPUs don’t mix well with high-intensity tasks, while the Quadro T500 has the same chip that is found on the GTX 1650 and the MX450 but has a TGP that is more similar to the latter. That said, you still get access to a 4K display.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 2.

Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 2: Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 2

1. Input devices

With this being a ThinkPad laptop, you get a spill-resistant keyboard with a backlight. It also comes with a super long key travel, despite the body being only 17.9 mm thick. The feedback is also surprisingly clicky. The unit also features a TrackPoint, which works in tandem with a set of physical buttons above the touchpad. Speaking of the touchpad, it gets the Lenovo treatment, which consists of a Mylar surface finish, while offering smooth gliding and accurate tracking. The clicking mechanism also works really well.

2. Display quality

The laptop is available with either an FHD or a 4K display, both coming with a 14-inch diagonal and an IPS panel. Our laptop used the former option, which is pretty good. The panel has excellent viewing angles, a maximum measured brightness is 407 nits in the middle of the screen and 397 nits average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 5%, and a 1450:1 contrast ratio – great results. The panel covers 89% of the sRGB color gamut.

The panel doesn’t have accurate color representation with the stock settings, but once we applied our Design and Gaming profile, things improved significantly. You can compare the results of our test with the stock settings (left) and with our profile applied (right).

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Office Work

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.

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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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3. Battery life

While the battery size leaves things to be desired, the 50Wh unit works really well with the power-efficient processors, delivering 12 hours and a half of Web browsing, and 9 hours and 52 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with 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.

4. I/O

The laptop has a lot of ports, despite its 14-inch form factor. Somehow, Lenovo has managed to fit in a total of two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 connector, a MicroSD card reader, an Ethernet port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a SmartCard reader, an optional SIMcard tray, and a docking station connector.

1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 2

1. Cooling

The cooling solution is nothing spectacular, featuring two bulky heat pipes which work in tandem for both the CPU and GPU. They connect to a single fan. There are also several heat spreaders over the VRM modules and the graphics memory.

Max CPU load

Intel Core i7-1185G7(15W TDP)0:02 – 0:10 sec0:15 – 0:30 sec10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 23.67 GHz @ 100°C @ 48W3.36 GHz @ 100°C @ 39W2.54 GHz @ 74°C @ 20W

While the temperatures here don’t seem that bad, the CPU can’t maintain its base clock for prolonged tasks, dipping well below 3.00GHz.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA Quadro T500GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min)GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 21475 MHz @ 77°C1320 MHz @ 69°C

While the max temperature shown here is 77°C, we recorded spikes of up to 90°C.

Comfort during combined load

The hotspot of the laptop was just on the edge of going over 40°C. Also, the fans were quite loud.

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