OUR VERDICT

  • High performance
  • Pretty solid and sturdy build
  • Faster SSD storage
  • Pretty tactile keyboard
  • Smooth, responsive, and accurate precision touchpad
  • Pretty average brighter display
  • Higher screen contrast ratio
  • Opens using just one finger
  • Camera has a privacy shutter
  • Speakers are enough louder
  • Highest durability
  • Enough bigger and well-placed 4 arrow keys
  • Average battery life
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Silent fan
  • No thunderbolt port
  • Touchpad isn't a precision unit
  • Little poor camera and microphone
  • No Windows Hello support
  • Speakers aren't clear
  • Screen color gamut falls on the poor side
  • Smooth matte surface does attract fingerprint
  • A bit poor thermal management
  • CPU UV helps in achieving greater performance at reduced CPU temperature
  • Cooling pad nearly unworthy to buy for this machine
  • Can do
  • Web/Android/Desktop Programming
  • Run engineering-specific software like AutoCAD, CFD, DWSIM, and many more
  • Graphics & Video Editing
  • Poor Gaming
  • Can't do
  • iOS/Mac Programming
  • Machine Learning
  • Smooth Gaming
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Hello, guys. Today, In this article, I am going to review the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop in-depth. In addition to that, I will also compare it with other laptops that I have reviewed to give you an idea that, is it you should consider buying?

Table of Contents

So, let's get started. But, before I proceed, read out my article on laptop specs. Furthermore, the review unit that I have received from New Delhi has the following specs.

Technical Specs of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Review

  • CPU: 1.8GHz 4 Core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U Processor | 8MB cache
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 640 2GB Graphics
  • RAM: 2666MHz 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB 5400RPM HDD + 128GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Display: 14-inch FHD 60Hz display | IPS & Anti-glare panel | 306 nits
  • Battery: 45Wh 3 Cell Li-ion battery | Lasted for 6 hours and 41 minutes on YouTube watching.
  • Weight: 3.73 lbs (1.69 kg)
  • Laptop dimensions: 32.5 x 23.2 x 1.9 cms
  • Ports: 1 USB Type-C Gen-1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI 1.4b, 1 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45), 1 3.5mm Audio/combo jack, and 1 Kensington lock

The Build Quality and Material

Aluminum lid and plastic base of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop.

My review unit of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 has an aluminum lid with plastic base. The interior has smooth matte black finish. There are no sharp edges or corners. In addition to that, the display lid is very clean except for ThinkPad branding at the bottom right corner.

Lenovo's ThinkPad Series laptops are considered highly durable. They are designed such a way to meet the 12 military standards, says Lenovo. Having a plastic base account for reduced weight compared to other variants of this laptop like, all aluminum and all plastic.

Dimensions and Weight

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop with charger

The dimensions of this Lenovo ThinkPad E14 are 32.5 cms (12.8-inch) in width, 23.2 cms (9.1-inch) in depth, and 1.9 cms (0.7 inches) in height. For weight measurement, I have used propert's weighing scale. It has shown the weight of

  • Laptop only: 1.69 kg (3.73 lbs)
  • Laptop with charging accessories: 1.8 kg (4 lbs)

So, it’s lightweight to carry while traveling. The purpose here to test the machine’s weight with its accessories is to give you an idea of the weight you may need to carry while traveling.

In terms of weight, it was found heavier than Mi Notebook 14 Horizon, but lighter than Lenovo IdeaPad S540 (1.8 kg), HP 14 DK0093AU (1.74 kg), Aspire 3 (1.9 kg), and IdeaPad S145 (1.85 kg).

Display Quality and Color Reproduction

Size and Quality

14-inch 1080p 60Hz IPS display of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop.

The 14-inch 1080p display has a 60Hz refresh rate. Thanks to the IPS panel, it has good viewing angles. And it is surrounded by 7.5mm side bezels with branding on the bottom bezel.

In terms of display viewing angles, this ThinkPad E14 is better than the following laptops due to the IPS panel that I have reviewed. All the following laptops have VA display that accounts better in screen contrast ratio.

  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 (Review)
  • Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 M513 (Review)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (Review)
  • Dell Inspiron 14 3493 (Review)

But not better than the following laptops of less price than this one.

Lenovo IdeaPad S540's display seems quite similar except in size. Let's check its color reproduction.

Color Reproduction

A chart on the screen color gamut results of this ThinkPad E14.

As shown in the above image, Spyder 5 PRO has ended up the testing of screen color gamut with 52% of SRGB, 46% of AdobeRGB, and 46% of NTSC. Quite a poor color reproduction.

Such results make this display not useful for professional photographers and video editors in terms of color accuracy. But, it's completely okay for normal office uses like MS office, web browsing, programming, PDF rendering, and all tasks that don't require color accuracy.

In terms of color reproduction, this display is average-similar to the following laptops.

  • Mi Notebook 14 Horizon
  • Asus Vivobook Ultra 15 M513
  • Dell Inspiron 14 3493
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S145
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-23

The following laptops have quite a better color gamut display than this ThinkPad E14's one.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad S540 (Review)
  • HP 14 DK0093AU

Is the display enough bright?

The chart of display nits vs brightness.

As shown in the above image, this E14's display was able to reach 306 Nits at 100% of screen brightness at the center. The results look above average. It makes this display quite brighter when compared to the following laptops.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad S540 (299 Nits)
  • Acer Nitro 5 AN515 (246 Nits)
  • Mi Notebook 14 Horizon (250 Nits)
  • Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 (245 Nits)
  • Dell Inspiron 14 3493 (224 Nits)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (227 Nits)
  • HP 14 DK0093AU Laptop (231 Nits)

In addition to that, Lenovo has managed to set a 1400:1 screen contrast ratio, which is pretty high. Quite heavy results in terms of display contrast, despite the IPS panel.

Screen Flex

I found little flex when intentionally moved the screen up and down with fingers. But, to be frank, the flex wasn't even a little problematic, thanks to the aluminum lid of this Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop. In addition to the lid material, the hinge which is running mostly along the base has contributed to the possible reduction of screen flex.

In addition to that, my review unit has opened up with just one finger. That demonstrates the fairly evenly distributed weight across the hinge.

Keyboard – Tactile, Flex, Build, and RGB Backlit?

Keyboard Flex and Build Quality

Tactile keyboard of this ThinkPad E14 with black keys and white fonts on it.

There is some keyboard flex when pressed it down hard with fingers with fair pressure. It was caused due to a plastic base. But, like Dell Inspiron 14 3493, the flex wasn't noticeable during normal typing.

The black plastic keys have a font on it, which makes it better for easier visibility that you won’t find on HP 14 DK0093AU laptop. In addition to that, the keys have little curve from the bottom and on the surface towards down.

So, in terms of keyboard's build quality, this laptop rank ahead when compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon. It's even better than IdeaPad S540.

Backlit

My review unit has a white LED backlit of 2-level. In addition to that, the backlit is also illuminated the secondary functions. Some of the other laptops I have reviewed like, the Lenovo IdeaPad S540, Asus VivoBook Ultra 15, have also a backlit keyboard.

Tactile Feedback

Tactile feedback is the most important quality of the keyboard that everyone should look for. And, it can only be determined by typing on the keyboard. So, I have typed 6 paragraphs on Notepad to check the key travel and tactile feedback.

Fortunately, Lenovo has built a keyboard in such a way that the keys were traveling 1.45mm distance down consistently. So, it's clear. It has consistent tactile feedback to give. Unlike the IdeaPad S540 laptop, the curve at the bottom of the keys wasn't distracted me during typing.

In addition to that, the power button is completely separated from the keyboard's island and, it consists of the fingerprint reader as integrated. It's placed on the top right corner. So, the chances of the accidental wrong press are almost eliminated. Furthermore, unlike other laptops, the power button has a circle-shaped accenting around it with lighting. That reflects some sort of premium feel.

Enough Big 4 Arrow Keys

Enough bigger and fairly closely placed 4 arrow keys

This ThinkPad E14 has 4 enough big and fairly closely placed arrow keys. Unlike other laptops I have tested except Asus Nitro 5 AN515, the chances of accidental wrong presses are considerably lowered.

But, at the same time, the placement of Page Up/Down keys looks a bit horrible. Many laptops that I have reviewed consist of these keys as secondary functions on the Primary Up/Down arrow keys.

But, Lenovo has placed them just above the Left and Right arrow keys. And because of that, I sometimes accidentally placed the Page Up key instead of the Left arrow keys while working on MS Excel to change the cell's position. But, to be frank, you will get used to it over-the-use.

Overall, in terms of keyboard, this one has done a fantastic job for office uses like typing.

Precision Touchpad?

Smooth, responsive, and accurate 3.8-inch wider plastic touchpad of this ThinkPad E14.

The 3.8-inch wider touchpad has a matte black finish and, it's made of plastic. It's smooth, responsive, and accurate at handling gestures. Still, it's not a Windows recognized precision unit. It doesn't click down anywhere. It got two separate buttons placed at top of the surface of the touchpad to register clicks and double clicks.

In addition to that, this E14 ThinkPad has a red nipple in the middle of the keyboard to control the pointer as a secondary option of the touchpad. And, many people nowadays are beloved to it.

Unlike Mi Notebook 14 Horizon, it doesn't get bend down when pressed. It feels enough solid. For the precision touchpad, you must have to go for Lenovo IdeaPad S540 and Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 laptops.

Overall, this machine can handle a little bit of gaming too. But, I wouldn't recommend doing so since this machine is not a dedicated gaming laptop.

So, not incredible but enough good results about the smooth touchpad.

Fingerprints on the Smooth Surface

Fingerprints on the smooth matte black surface of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop.

Fingerprints show up on the matte black finish of this ThinkPad E14. But, I found it easy to clean. Furthermore, I found no color change on the surface.

I am telling you because while reviewing the Alienware m15 R2 gaming laptop, I found its surface was turned a bit yellowish at some parts. But, that's not the case with this laptop. Dell Inspiron 14 3493's surface is made of textured plastic, which doesn't attract fingerprints.

Processor, Graphics, and RAM

Intel's 10th Gen Core i7 processor and AMD's RX 640 GPU is powering the laptop's performance. In addition to that, this ThinkPad E14 has got 8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM to give you a smooth and faster multitasking experience.

To make the laptop even faster, Lenovo has put 128GB of PCIe-based M.2 SSD storage in addition to 1TB of 5400RPM hard drive. So, an SSD will allow you to open and edit large size multiple files smoothly.

Now, let’s check the CPU benchmark using Cinebench R20.

CPU Cinebench Score

I have taken 3 runs of Cinebench to show you an average of it. Furthermore, Cinebench is a tool used to measure CPU performance. In the Cinebench test, I have checked the CPU score for with and without a cooling pad and CPU undervolting.

The chart of Cinebench R20 score for Lenovo ThinkPad E14 CPU with and without cooling pad and for 0.15v CPU undervolting.

As shown in the above image, Cinebench has reached 443 and 1723 scores for single and multi-core, respectively, without a cooling pad on this ThinkPad E14. And, the same results were obtained when used. But, 0.15v CPU undervolting has raised the multi-core score to 1738 while keeping the single-core score stable.

The Cinebench results are pretty good compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon but look similar to Lenovo IdeaPad S540, despite both laptops have the same processor.

Average CPU Clock Speed

The CPU clock speed was measured by performing the stress test using AIDA64. The results of an average of 3 runs are in the below image.

The chart of average CPU and GPU clock speeds measured during stress test at an auto fan, 0.15v CPU UV, and with a cooling pad.

In the stress test at an auto fan, the CPU and GPU clock speeds were 1811 and 1143MHz, respectively. In the same test, with 0.15v CPU undervolting, both CPU and GPU clock speeds were reached 2237 and 1201MHz, respectively. As shown in the above image, the cooling pad has appeared neutral.

Here, the CPU and GPU TDP (Thermal Power Design) test isn’t required since this machine isn’t made for gaming. The TDP measurement shows the change in the power consumption employing the cooling pad and/or a CPU undervolting.

But, as being an office laptop, TDP care is not the case with this laptop. Office-use laptops consume fewer resources than gaming laptops.

Video Editing Performance

The video editing performance of this laptop was tested in two ways.

  • Average of the video export time
  • Multitasking during video export

Average of the video export time

In this test, I have exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video in YouTube 4K H.264 preset using Adobe Premier CC. And I have repeated the same test 4 times further to show you the average result.

The chart of Video export time taken by Lenovo ThinkPad E14 on Adobe Premier CC during 5 tests.

As you can see in the above image that this Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop has exported the video in on average 19 minutes and 5 seconds (1113.4 seconds). See below, which shows the video export time of the same video by different laptops.

Multitasking during video export

The motive to conduct this test wasn’t other than to rate the smoothness of this laptop when the CPU is busy with intense work. I have checked the following during the video export, the touchpad, keyboard, and laptop’s response time.

Overall, I found the Intel Core i7 CPU, AMD RX 640 GPU, and 8GB of DDR4 RAM much more efficient to handle the office-level complex tasks very smoothly. The results are noticeably good for the Core i7 laptop.

Thermal Performance

This test was performed to tell you whether the cooling pad is efficient in temperature reduction with stable or increased performance. For the stress test, I have used the AIDA64 tool. So, the results are in the below image.

The chart of average CPU and GPU temperatures measured during stress test at an auto fan, with a cooling pad, and during 0.15v CPU UV.

At idle, both CPU and GPU were a bit warm - just 49 and 47 degrees Celsius, respectively.

During the stress test at an auto fan, the CPU and GPU were 81 and 72 degrees Celsius, respectively. In the same test, the use of a cooling pad has reduced both' temperatures by 1 degree Celsius. And, 0.15v CPU undervolting has reduced the temperatures to 76.4 and 73 degrees Celsius, respectively.

So, the CPU undervolting has a very positive impact on the reduction of CPU and GPU temperature. In addition to that, a cooling pad has also shown a bit positive effect on the CPU temperature. That makes it buying a little bit worthy of this Lenovo ThinkPad E14.

Laptop’s Exterior Temperature

At idle at an auto fan, the exterior was near to mid 30 C.

During the stress test, the keyboard was at mid 45 degrees Celsius. The top of the keyboard was at mid 55 degrees Celsius. At the same time, both touchpad and a palm rest found cool. And nearly similar results obtained when used the cooling pad.

Here, in this case, the cooling pad is found unworthy for this laptop. So, in terms of thermal management, this laptop is pretty average when compared to other laptops I have reviewed.

Fans Noise Level

The chart of Fan's noise level measured during idle state, stress test at an auto fan and 0.15v undervolted CPU.

At idle, the fan noise level was just 35.1dB, measured by Digitech's sound level meter. During the stress test at an auto fan, it was 48.9dB. And with 0.15v CPU undervolting, it was raised by 0.1dB.

The fan noise level is similar to Lenovo IdeaPad S540 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Camera and Microphone

The 720p camera with a privacy shutter and a microphone placed at the top bezel.

The 720p camera and a microphone are placed at the top bezel. Furthermore, the camera has a privacy shutter, but no Windows Hello support here. In addition to that, the fingerprint reader also doesn't support Windows Hello unlock.

Both the camera and a microphone are below average in quality when compared to other laptops I have reviewed like IdeaPad S540, Asus VivoBook M513, and many more. Even these laptops have also support for Windows Hello unlock.

With this much price, Lenovo should give at least a better camera and microphone quality. They are just enough for video conferencing.

Speakers

81.2dB louder speakers placed at the sides front corners of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop.

The 2 speakers are placed on the sides nearly at the front corners. While watching YouTube videos, I found them enough louder. But, little below average clear in quality. When I have put them under LatencyMon tests, the result was consists of the green bars, but practically, I found it less enough to fill my room.

But, for video conferences, they are pretty enough to get the job done. Furthermore, during the YouTube watch, Digitech's sound level meter has metered 81.2dB of sound level, which falls under a pretty louder side. In addition to that, the solid base hasn't let me feel the vibration of speakers' sound.

Ports on Lenovo ThinkPad E14

Left Side

Ports on the left side of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop.

On the left side, there are the following ports from left to right.

  • 1 USB Type-C Gen 1
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1 HDMI 1.4b output
  • 1 3.5mm audio/combo jack

Right Side

Ports on the right side of Lenovo ThinkPad E14 laptop.

On the right side, there are the following ports from left to right.

  • 1 USB 2.0
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 Kensington lock

For faster and better connections, there's a USB Type-C port but no thunderbolt support here.

Backside

There is nothing on the backside except the air exhausts. The front side is also clean.

Air Intake Vents

Air intake vents on the bottom of Lenovo IdeaPad E14 laptop.

This Thinkpad E14 laptop has air intake vents placed at the bottom directly above the fan. The air intake vents are no as big as IdeaPad S540 and Mi Notebook's. And, cooling pad isn't found much effective here.

Battery

The chart on the battery life test results measured for YouTube watch and Stress test till the end.

The 45Wh battery is powering this ThinkPad E14 and, it has lasted for 1 hour and 4 minutes during the continuous stress test and 6 hours and 41 minutes during YouTube watch. Furthermore, I have watched YouTube videos at 50% of screen brightness, background apps disabled, and keyboard backlighting off.

In terms of specs and especially for battery life, this one sucks when compared to Lenovo IdeaPad S540 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition.

Storage

The chart of 128GB SSD speed test conducted by CrystalDiskMark tool on this ThinkPad E14 laptop.

As shown in the above image, 128GB of SSD can read the large file at 1631MB/sec and writes at 862MB/sec. That’s you can consider the speed of copying the file.

In addition to that, Almost 8 apps can access the same file in parallel with a combined speed of 519MB/sec for reading and 372MB/sec for writing. Furthermore, the same scenario in the series for up to 32 tasks gives the reading speed of 401MB/sec and writing speed of 254MB/sec.

On average, it can access the different files one by one at the common speed of 72MB/sec for reading and 29MB/sec for writing. See, this is the interpretation of the results shown by CrystalDiskMark.

So, this is the end of this article. I haven't measured the gaming benchmarks since this laptop isn't capable of smooth gaming. Gaming benchmarks can only be measured when the laptop is at least capable of doing so.

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