Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2
Lenovo’s ThinkPad devices have made quite the name for themselves, with them being a staple in the business market. Usually, we would be talking about the more expensive and more premium ThinkPads, but today we have a different more budget-friendly offering that still offers great performance and features for its price.
The ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is that device, and it is available with both AMD and Intel hardware, something that makes it even more wanted.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s Top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2.
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 (Intel)
- Intel Core i5-1135G7
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 16GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2
1. The Build quality
The interesting thing about this device’s build quality is that there are three different options in terms of materials. You have a combination of aluminum for the lid and plastic for the base or either a fully plastic or fully metal body. All should be durable enough since Lenovo states that all of their devices go through rigorous testing to ensure that they are sturdy enough to endure the abuse that laptops generally go through.
2. The Upgradeability
Going under the hood of the laptop, the upgradability on it is on point. There is one SODIMM RAM slot, which Lenovo says supports up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz, for further expansion. In addition to that, there are two M.2 PCIe drives for storage upgrades in the future.
3. The Performance
The Tiger Lake architecture for sure brings performance improvements, and while our unit came with the Intel Core i3-1115G4, if we have to make conclusions based on it, There is a lot of potentials for this device to be a little beast if you decide to spec it out with the more powerful hardware options.
Below you can see the comparison between the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 vs the Core i7 model of the ThinkPad E14 Gen 1.
4. The Display
Lenovo has chosen a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel with comfortable viewing angles and a good contrast ratio. Additionally, it doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness, which is great to see. On the flip side, it only covers 51% of the sRGB color gamut, which is nearly half the colors on the Internet.
As for the color accuracy, both with stock settings (left) and with our Gaming and Web design profile applied (right), we couldn’t bring it down to reasonable levels.
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1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2
1. The Battery life
The battery life is simply unimpressive, with the device’s relatively small 45Wh battery, producing 6 hours and 49 minutes of Web browsing and 5 hours of video playback. As you might know, our test uses the Windows Better performance setting and has the laptop’s brightness set to 120 nits, with all programs closed, except for the one we are testing it with.