ThinkBook? What? We for sure are mistaken, right? Well, it turns out we are not, because such a name does exist. In fact, it comes from the same company that made a name for themselves with their ThinkPad series of laptops. You will ask yourself, why do we need another batch of business devices, when the ThinkPads were already great?
Well, the ThinkPads are amazing laptops, but their looks aren’t for everybody. That is why Lenovo has come up with the ThinkBook brand, which offers the same features and build quality that you would expect from a laptop with Think in its name while making leaps in the design department. Powered by Tiger Lake and offering a multitude of features, this laptop will be a mainstay in 2021.
Without wasting any more time, here are LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2.
4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2
1. Design and build quality
For the body of the laptop, Lenovo has chosen aluminum, which is both light and durable. There were no flexes to be seen when using the device. With a weight of 1.40 kg and a height of around 18mm, it isn’t the most portable device out there, but it isn’t a slouch either. You can comfortably carry it around, without much strain. The design is a big improvement over the ThinkPads, with the metallic finish looking amazing and the subtle Lenovo and ThinkBook branding. Furthermore, the lid, which is difficult to open with a single hand and suffers from some minor flex, has a cool two-tone grey finish, which spices up the looks even further.
The laptop offers a good level of upgradability, with one SODIMM slot for RAM expansion and two M.2 PCIe x4 drives. Yes, half of the RAM is soldered, but we have to get used to it by now because it seems like that trend isn’t going anywhere. The SODIMM slot supports up to 32GB of RAM and one of the M.2 drives supports PCIe 4.0 while the other is “limited” to PCIe 3.0 drives.
The teardown procedure is pretty straightforward. You remove the 10 Phillips-head screws and pop the bottom panel with a pry tool (we recommend plastic, so you don’t scratch the aluminum). Just in case we will leave our teardown video, which shows you the exact steps.
3. I/O and features
The I/O on the laptop is as stacked as it can get with only the left side having two USB Type-C ports, one of which has Thunderbolt 4 support, in addition to an HDMI connector, a USB Type-A 3.2 Gen.1, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Moving over to the other side, you get an RJ-45 connector, a security lock slot, one more USB Type-A port, and an SD card reader.
Features-wise, the laptop doesn’t disappoint, as it gets a backlit keyboard, which is also spill-resistant. The keyboard, even without the aforementioned bonuses has clicky feedback and nice long key travel, making for an amazing typing experience. The touchpad is also great, with a glossy cover, which makes gliding and tracking smooth and effortless. Furthermore, the laptop supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 as well as having a fingerprint reader, embedded into the power button.
The base display has a TN panel and shouldn’t even be considered, in our opinion. The other panel is an IPS one and has a size of 14-inches and comes in a Full HD resolution. It has comfortable viewing angles, a maximum brightness of 271 nits with a maximum deviation of 9%, and a pretty good contrast ratio of 1230:1. Furthermore, it doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness at any level, making it safe for prolonged use. The color coverage sits at 51% of the sRGB color gamut, which isn’t good enough for artists, but for an aspiring amateur, anything will do the job.
The color accuracy isn’t something to write home about either as even our Design and Gaming profile couldn’t get a dE value that is within the standard. You can see the results of the color accuracy test with both the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).
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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.
Design and Gaming
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.
1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2
1. Battery life
As with all of our battery tests, we turn the Windows Better Performance setting on, adjust the brightness to 120 nits and close all other apps, except for the one that we are testing the notebook with. The laptop’s 45Wh battery unit managed to endure through 7 hours and 26 minutes of Web browsing and 6 hours and 23 minutes of video playback. Now, there is an option for a bigger 60Wh battery which we would recommend. Sadly we haven’t tested that one, but we would expect a much better battery life from it.