Inside Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 – disassembly and upgrade options
The second-generation ThinkPad E14 brings some useful features like two M.2 storage slots. Not in the last place, Lenovo has finally diverted to the Tiger Lake CPUs on a ThinkPad device.
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 (Intel)
- Intel Core i3-1115G4
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G4
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
A total of 7 captive Phillips-head screws hold the bottom panel in place. After you undo them, you need to pry the panel with a plastic tool, preferably starting from the front edges.
Lastly, the battery capacity you get to work with is 45Wh.
3. Memory and storage
Looking closely into upgradability, we see one RAM SODIMM slot, covered by a metal bracket. It fits up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, working at 3200 MHz. Moreover, Lenovo state that it may or may not be able to fit more, as the technology develops. And in terms of storage, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots – one with a length of 42mm, and one that is 80mm long.
4. Cooling system
Despite the unpretentious processor we have in our unit, the laptop is fitted with two heat pipes and a fan of a decent size. Additionally, you can see a metal heat spreader placed on top of the VRMs.