Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 review – they made it even better

As we have said numerous times, the ThinkBook brand is generally a stylish take on the proven ThinkPad formula. Now, we’re going to talk about the ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2. A slightly more special device from this family.

As you can imagine from the “Yoga” part of the name, it is a convertible. While business 2-in-1 laptops are anything but a novelty, this one has its own reasons to be on your radar.

First of all, it comes with a dedicated stylus. One that has its own housing inside the chassis of the device. Then, there is the hardware – Intel’s Alder Lake processors are on board with the top-of-the-line option being the Core i7-1255U.

So, you can expect both good performance and decent efficiency from it. But arguably the cream of the crop in the specs sheet is the display – a Full HD unit with 100% sRGB coverage and fantastic color accuracy with some tweaking.

Anyways, let’s check out its design and construction before we dig right into the testing results.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-thinkbook-14s-yoga-gen-2/


Specs Sheet

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 - Specs

  • LEN140FHD (LEN889A)
  • Color accuracy  4.1  1.0
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 2x 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 16GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home
  • Battery
  • 60Wh
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 320 x 216 x 16.9 mm (12.60" x 8.50" x 0.67")
  • Weight
  • 1.50 kg (3.3 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • Card reader
  • MicroSD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • HD / FHD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Microphone with AI Noise Cancellation, switchable audio modes
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Harman Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Kensington Nano Lock

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, we found some paperwork, and a 65W USB Type-C charger – nothing more than the standard.

Design and construction

It’s great to see that Lenovo is adhering to the dual-tone design with all of its ThinkBook laptops. The ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 weighs 1.50 kg and has a profile of 16.9mm. This makes it pretty slim, but definitely not super light. You know, if you’re to use the machine as a tablet, these 1.50 kilos will become a strain in no time.

On the bright side, all body panels are made out of aluminum. The surface is a bit sticky for fingerprints, but it’s not too bad. What is better, though, is the strong chassis. We see almost no flex from the base. The lid is pretty tough too, thanks to the Gorilla Glass cover over the display.

Speaking of which, you won’t be able to access the display with a single hand. This is the case with most convertibles out there, so we won’t take points away from the ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2. Thankfully, there is an HD Web camera above the IPS panel, with a Full HD shooter being an option.

Now is the moment to mention the dedicated stylus. It has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and works great with the glass display. A useful tip would be to clean your screen before using the included Pen.

This device’s keyboard is fantastic. It comes with a backlight, long key travel, and clicky feedback. It’s definitely among the best units we’ve tested on a 2-in-1. As for the touchpad, it has a size of 70 by 105 mm and features a Mylar surface. With that said, it is smooth, precise, and fast to respond.

On the bottom panel, you will find two speaker cutouts and a rather large ventilation grill. The hot air, respectively, is blown out through the back of the base, and is aimed directly at the bottom bezel of the display.


On the left side, you get a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port with Power Delivery and DisplayPort functions, a Thunderbolt 4 connector (either of these ports can be used for charging), an HDMI connector, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and an Audio jack. Then, on the right, there is a Kensington Nano security slot, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, a MicroSD card slot, the power button, and the Pen slot. Here, you will also find the fingerprint reader, which is embedded in the power button.

Disassembly, upgrade options, and maintenance

To take this notebook apart, you need to undo a total of 10 Torx head screws, six of which are captive. After that, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, starting from the hinge gaps.

Inside, we find a 60Wh battery pack. It lasts for 10 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or 8 hours and 30 minutes of video playback. To take it out, unplug the connector from the motherboard, and undo the three Phillips-head screws, holding the battery in place.

This laptop has 8GB of DDR4 RAM soldered to the motherboard. You get one SODIMM slot for further expansion. Storage-wise, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, both of which support Gen 4 SSDs.

As for the cooling, there are two heat pipes, a heat sink, and a rather large fan. Furthermore, the VRMs have heat spreaders on top of them.

Display quality

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 uses a WUXGA IPS touchscreen panel, model number LEN140FHD (LEN889A). Its diagonal is 14″ (35.6 cm), and the resolution – 1920 x 1080. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 157 ppi, and their pitch – 0.16 x 0.16 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 56 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

Viewing angles are comfortable. We have provided images at 45 degrees to evaluate quality.

Also, a video with locked focus and exposure.

The maximum measured brightness is 347 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 356 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 7%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6060K (average) – slightly warmer than the 6500K optimum for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 69% Brightness (White level = 143 cd/m2, Black level = 0.07 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is excellent – 2020:1.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people on HDTV and on the web. As for Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers almost 100% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale, and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 32 ms.

After that, we test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “Gray-to-Gray” method from 50% White to 80% White and vice versa between 10% and 90% of the amplitude.

Health impact – PWM / Blue Light

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2’s backlight doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment. This makes it comfortable for long periods of use.

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

Gloss level measurement

Glossy-coated displays are sometimes inconvenient in high ambient light conditions. We show the level of reflection on the screen for the respective laptop when the display is turned off and the measurement angle is 60° (in this case, the result is 113 GU).

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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.

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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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Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2’s speakers produce a sound of very good quality. Its low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.


All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkbook-series/thinkbook-14s-yoga-g2-iap/downloads/driver-list


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. Here, the 60Wh battery pack lasts for 10 hours and 27 minutes of Web browsing, or 8 hours and 28 minutes of video playback.

CPU options

You can find this machine equipped with either the Core i5-1235U or the Core i7-1255U.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different CPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / CPU.

GPU options

You have no choice over the graphics card, though. The only “option” is the integrated Iris Xe Graphics G7, inside both of the aforementioned processors.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.

Gaming tests


CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Average FPS 86 fps 69 fps 37 fps

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Average FPS 97 fps 64 fps 36 fps

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average P-core frequency; Average E-core frequency; CPU temp.; Package Power

Intel Core i5-1235U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 2.55 GHz @ 2.39 GHz @ 70°C @ 32W 2.49 GHz @ 2.38 GHz @ 75°C @ 32W 2.20 GHz @ 2.10 GHz @ 71°C @ 24W
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 3.32 GHz @ 2.78 GHz @ 75°C @ 46W 3.06 GHz @ 2.54 GHz @ 82°C @ 42W 1.91 GHz @ 1.79 GHz @ 64°C @ 19W
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (13.5″) 3.35 GHz @ 2.84 GHz @ 69°C @ 44W 3.27 GHz @ 2.78 GHz @ 80°C @ 42W 2.24 GHz @ 2.17 GHz @ 71°C @ 22W
ASUS Vivobook 15 (X1502) 2.91 GHz @ 2.49 GHz @ 78°C @ 39W 2.62 GHz @ 2.37 GHz @ 81°C @ 33W 2.30 GHz @ 2.19 GHz @ 68°C @ 27W
Acer TravelMate P2 (TMP215-54) 3.67 GHz @ 3.09 GHz @ 90°C @ 55W 2.83 GHz @ 2.55 GHz @ 85°C @ 33W 2.59 GHz @ 2.44 GHz @ 84°C @ 28W
HP EliteBook 650 G9 3.26 GHz @ 2.80 GHz @ 89°C @ 45W 2.63 GHz @ 2.39 GHz @ 91°C @ 32W 2.25 GHz @ 2.15 GHz @ 79°C @ 24W
HP EliteBook 640 G9 3.27 GHz @ 2.77 GHz @ 90°C @ 45W 2.53 GHz @ 2.32 GHz @ 90°C @ 30W 2.32 GHz @ 2.17 GHz @ 74°C @ 24W
HP EliteBook 840 G9 3.09 GHz @ 2.75 GHz @ 83°C @ 46W 2.73 GHz @ 2.46 GHz @ 89°C @ 37W 1.58 GHz @ 1.67 GHz @ 61°C @ 17W
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 4 3.28 GHz @ 2.77 GHz @ 84°C @ 44W 3.18 GHz @ 2.77 GHz @ 90°C @ 44W 2.49 GHz @ 2.28 GHz @ 77°C @ 28W
HP Pavilion Plus 14 (14-eh0000) 2.85 GHz @ 2.43 GHz @ 77°C @ 39W 2.34 GHz @ 2.10 GHz @ 75°C @ 29W 1.84 GHz @ 1.79 GHz @ 65°C @ 20W
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 (15″, 2022) 3.60 GHz @ 3.08 GHz @ 73°C @ 55W 3.44 GHz @ 2.95 GHz @ 88°C @ 51W 2.80 GHz @ 2.49 GHz @ 69°C @ 35W
Lenovo ThinkPad L14 Gen 3 3.20 GHz @ 2.77 GHz @ 83°C @ 44W 3.10 GHz @ 2.71 GHz @ 94°C @ 43W 1.89 GHz @ 1.95 GHz @ 72°C @ 20W
Acer Aspire Vero (AV14-51) 3.63 GHz @ 2.87 GHz @ 84°C @ 55W 2.73 GHz @ 2.36 GHz @ 81°C @ 33W 2.49 GHz @ 2.23 GHz @ 79°C @ 28W
MSI Modern 14 (C12M) 3.17 GHz @ 2.69 GHz @ 77°C @ 45W 3.10 GHz @ 2.61 GHz @ 81°C @ 45W 2.69 GHz @ 2.45 GHz @ 78°C @ 35W
Dell Latitude 15 5530 3.57 GHz @ 3.02 GHz @ 94°C @ 52W 2.03 GHz @ 2.09 GHz @ 76°C @ 21W 2.24 GHz @ 2.19 GHz @ 64°C @ 23W

When it comes to short and medium loads, the ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 shows a rather low clock speed. It is able to maintain it for a long time, beating a couple of devices from the same class in the last checkpoint.

Comfort during full load

Thankfully, the external temperatures and the noise levels are pretty low.


Despite the ever so slightly suboptimal performance, the ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 is one of the best business convertibles for the money. It will last you for an entire workday worth of use, and it will remain cool and quiet under any circumstance.

In addition, you can upgrade its memory via the single SODIMM slot, and the storage, thanks to the two M.2 PCIe x4 Gen 4 slots. The port selection on the outside is even more impressive.

It includes a Thunderbolt 4 connector, a MicroSD card slot, a couple of fast USB Type-As, an HDMI connector, and another USB Type-C port with Power Delivery and DisplayPort functions.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2’s touchscreen IPS panel has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, and an excellent contrast ratio. It covers almost the entire sRGB color gamut and doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment. In addition, our Gaming and Web design profile improves the color accuracy to a point, which lets you use the laptop for professional color-related work.

And if this was not enough, the dedicated stylus allows you to do magic on the screen, thanks to the glass surface and the 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

We don’t want to pass the business-esque capability of the laptop either. It has a fingerprint reader embedded in the power button, and one of the best keyboards you’ll ever see on a 2-in-1 device.

The speakers are also good, and the only dissatisfaction one may have with this machine is its weight. Not that the laptop is heavy, it could just be a bit lighter.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-thinkbook-14s-yoga-gen-2/


  • Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6 connection, and a MicroSD card reader on board
  • 2x M.2 PCIe x4 Gen 4 slots + RAM-SODIMM slot
  • Covers nearly 100% of the sRGB color gamut and has accurate color representation with our Gaming and Web design profile (LEN140FHD (LEN889A))
  • Included stylus
  • PWM-free display (LEN140FHD (LEN889A))
  • Great keyboard experience
  • Good battery life


  • Some room for performance improvement
  • Feels a bit heavy in tablet mode

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