Lenovo ThinkPad E14 review


Lenovo ThinkPad E14: If you are looking for a cheap Lenovo ThinkPad laptop, the ThinkPad E series is an obvious choice. The ThinkPads offers some ThinkPad features such as the red TrackPoint and the great ThinkPad keyboard. At the same time, they are much cheaper than other ThinkPad T and X series laptops. The recent E-Series is divided into 14-inch and 15.6-inch sizes.

One of the newest models in this series bears the name Lenovo ThinkPad E14. Obviously, the naming is completely different from the previous ThinkPad E490 model.

Due to the simple naming system, it is not easy to separate different generations of hardware. One thing is still clear with the new name: Lenovo ThinkPad E14 is a 14-inch system.

The screen has FHD resolution and the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 is powered by a Comet Lake Intel Core i5-10210U processor. The CPU is compatible with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD. There is no dGPU in this configuration, which costs € 865 (96 963) in Germany.

Design


Like the Edge 13, the Edge 14 has a different beauty than traditional ThinkPads. You can choose from three different door colors: matte midnight black (our configuration), glossy midnight black, and warm wavered. There are silver decorations on the sides that give it a special style, but if it is made of metal instead of plastic, it will be more attractive.

The rest of the notebooks – the deck, the bezel, and the bottom – are made of plain black plastic, which looks more glossy than the granular plastic found in other ThinkPads.

The biggest effect of the style is the ThinkPad fantasy logo that appears both on the door and on the deck. This is a bright red light that stays still when the notebook is on but flashes when you sleep.

The Edge 14 is not portable at 13.5*9* 9.2*1.3*1.3 inches and 5 pounds (standard six-cell battery), but compared to other small 14-inch commercial notebooks such as the T410 (5.2 pounds), the Dell Latitude is desirable. E5400 (6 5.6) and HP ProBook 4510s (7 5.7).

Display and Audio


Lenovo ThinkPad E14 has an Edge 14 glossy screen with a resolution of 14 inches, 766*13*1366 offers bright colors and sharp images when viewed directly.

However, when we moved or stood 45 degrees to the left or right, the colors began to wash off and we saw a lot of reflections. Watching the film from a point of view was a good experience.

Performance


The Intel Core i3 M330 CPU clocked at 2.13 GHz Edge 14 lets you quickly perform everything from Google Earth to movie compression. On the PCMark Vantage, a measure of overall system speed, the Edge scored a strong 4,293, well above the mid-range notebook lightweight of 3,519 and even higher than the HP ProBook 5310m (3, 382) and ThinkPad SL510 (3,493).

At 5400 rpm, the Edge booted 250 GB of Windows 7 Professional in a remarkable 36 seconds. The drive took about 3 minutes and 54 seconds to complete the LAPTOP file transfer test (where we copy 4.97 GB of combined file from one folder to another) at 21.6 Mbps.

That’s less than the median 22.1 Mbps, well below the 26.2 Mbps offered by the ProBook 5310m, 29.2 Mbps returned by the ThinkPad SL510, and 23.5 Mbps provided by the ThinkPad Edge 13. Faster drive and 7200 rpm is available as an option

When it comes to video coding, the Edge 14 performed well, converting a 114MB MPEG-4 to AVI in 1 second and 7 seconds using Exelon Media Encoder, 2 seconds faster than the lightweight and lightweight mid-range.

Technical parts


Keyboard and touch screen

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 have long been known for their highly responsive keyboards. However, the new Edge series has an island-style leak-proof keyboard with a level of touch feedback that makes it a dream touch typist machine, which is perhaps the best typing experience ever on a note. We have a book, offer.

Click to enlarge Although the Edge 13 keyboard is the same, we found the Edge 14 typing experience better because the palm was a little deeper and cooler throughout our use, while the smaller device reached 97 degrees Celsius.

Like other ThinkPads, the Edge 14 has a TrackPoint cursor between the G and H keys. With TrackPoint, you can move around the desktop without removing your fingers from the main row.

However, if you do not like pointing to a stick or doing something like giving a speech that does not require your hands on the keyboard, you will appreciate the very accurate and excellent touch screen.

The 3.6 2.2-inch pad has a very nice and smooth plastic surface and supports multi-touch gestures such as zooming and zooming.

A hot notebook can be distracting, especially when you are trying to work. While the Edge 13 sometimes suffers from hot palm rest, the Edge 14 stays cool throughout the test.

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After 15 minutes of full-screen web video playback, the touchscreen cooled to a moderate temperature of 91 degrees Fahrenheit, the center of the keyboard reversed by 93 degrees Fahrenheit, and the bottom center cooled by 91 degrees.

The bottom left near the valve reaches more than 100 degrees, but for many users, this is not a touchpoint.

Ports and Webcams


Lenovo does not hesitate to port when designing the Edge 14. The right side of the notebook has a USB port and a DVD drive while the back has another USB port.

The left side is decorated with an Ethernet port, VGA, HDMI output, ExpressCard / 34 slot, microphone/speaker jack, other USB ports, an eSATA / USB combination port for the four available USB connections. The front edge has a 7-in-1 memory card reader.

The 2-megapixel webcam offers clear and accurate images. When making a video call via Skype, tiny details such as wrinkles on our skin were visible to the recipient.

Graphics


Given that it uses the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD chip instead of separate graphics, we did not expect the Edge 14 to act like a gaming notebook. However, it was too good for watching 1080p video and playing basic low-resolution games.

In 3DMark06, a measure of overall graphics power, the Edge scored a respectable 14 points of 4,846, slightly lower than the 1700 average, but well ahead of the Edge 13 (908), SL510 (1011), and ProBook 5310m (952).

With a resolution of 1024 76 768, the Edge 14 was able to play World of Warcraft at 46 frames per second. Although this was behind the average of 87 frames per second, anything above 30 frames per second is acceptable. With a resolution of 766*13*1366, this amount was reduced to 9 frames per second unplayable.

In the popular Far Cry 2 game, Edge managed only 10 frames per second with a resolution of 1024 x 768 and did not work with 768 1366.

Battery life and Wi-Fi


The Edge 14 with its six-cell battery lasted 4 hours and 42 minutes in the LAPTOP battery test, which includes continuous Wi-Fi browsing. This number corresponds exactly to the lightweight and mid-range category but is impressive considering its newer Core i3 processor, which uses more power than its Core 2 Duo processor.

Located 15 feet from the router, the Intel WiFi Link 1000 802.11n provides a reasonable transfer rate of 30.4 Mbps. When we moved 50 feet, that amount dropped slightly to 24.2 MB / s.

It took 1 hour and 28 minutes to charge the Edge battery 14 to 80 percent and a total of 2 hours and 14 minutes to 100 percent charge. During this time, the notebook consumed an average of 39.3 watts.

Given the 4:42 battery life, this means that the Edge 14 has a green efficiency of 18.7, which is far better than the average of the 24.4 categories (lower is greener) and equals the Edge 13 at 18.6. The HP ProBook 5310m was even more efficient with a score of 13.7.

Software, warranty and small business services


Like the Edge 13, the Edge 14 comes with Lenovo’s standard set of ThinkVantage applications, including Power Manager, Wireless Access Connections Manager, and rescue and recovery tools.

The Edge 14 comes standard with one-year parts and labor warranty and 24-hour, 7-day technology-free support. See how Lenovo did in our latest tech support contest.

If you want longer coverage, you can extend the warranty to two or three years. And if you are a small business without a lot of IT resources, you would welcome the option of purchasing ThinkPlus services such as priority support, accidental damage protection, and online backup.

Pros

  • The keyboard has a backlight and is great for typing
  • Has a fingerprint reader that saves your fingerprint by pressing the on / off button
  • Good contrast ratio and comfortable viewing angle
  • It supports PCIe x4 SSDs and some models have a WiFi 6 card
  • This device is able to maintain its 25W TDP limit for a while
  • Excellent battery life
  • Charges via USB Type-C

Cons

  • No Thunderbolt connection
  • Uses harmful PWM for all brightness levels except maximum (our Health-Guard profile fixes this problem)
  • Covers only 52% sRGB
  • No SD card reader

Technical Details

Standing screen display size3
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 Pixels
Memory Speed2666 MHz
Graphics CoprocessorIntel UHD Graphics 620
Chipset BrandAllwinner
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless TypeBluetooth
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports1

Other Technical Details

BrandLenovo
SeriesThinkPad E14
Item model number20RA004YUS
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10
Item Weight8.2 ounces
Product Dimensions9.1 x 12.8 x 0.74 inches
Item Dimensions LxWxH9.1 x 12.8 x 0.74 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeUnknown
Flash Memory Size256
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State
Optical Drive TypeBD-R
Batteries1 Lithium ion batteries required

Verdict


Priced at $ 699, the Edge 14 is the most attractive 14-inch small business notebook on the market today.

When you combine the Core i3’s processing power with the industry’s best keyboard, a sleek chassis, and solid battery life, you have a laptop that’s not just for companies, but also for more consumers and home users. Note, great.

If portability and battery life are more important to you than performance, you might want to consider a 13-inch system like the ThinkPad Edge 13 or the HP ProBook 5310m.

However, both systems offer less muscle by paying more. If you want productivity and a typing experience that makes you feel like you have a third hand, the Edge 14 is the system you can get.

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