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Thinkpad T14 & T15 - First Look (review, benchmarks)

2020-05-27, 20:35 PM

This review in regards to the next Generation T series from Lenovo.  Lenovo has changed the naming this year.  The prior version was called T490.  This year it’s called a T14.  Per the PSREF all dimensions are identical to the T490.  Putting the 2 laptops next to each other I cannot tell the difference other than 1 says T490 the other showing T14.  With that being said I did not take any pictures since everything to me is the same as the T490 from last year.  One thing I did notice was the touchpad on the T14 is not as smooth as the touchpad on the T490.  Lenovo added calling functions on the keyboard through the F9-F12 keys.  It resumes from sleep quickly.  In addition this is a pre-production model I received from Lenovo.

 

Review for T490 from last year with pics.

 

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/T490-First-Look/td-p/4372670

 

The machine I tested is based on a Intel i7-10510U 10th Generation Comet Lake 1.8GHz quad-core CPU.  It came with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and a bright 14” UHD(3840 x 2160) HDR400 with Dolby Vision 500 nit IPS screen.  The screen I got according to HWiNFO64 is Model LEN4167 with a Monitor name of NE140QUM-N61. Both Windows and HWiNFO64 show a 10bit screen.  It’s a very nice screen. Its also very bright.  I like bright screens.  I keep it at 50% brightness level.  This screen does not support touch.  Screen is glossy but not as glossy as my X1 Yoga 3rd gen.

 

As for graphics.  It came with a Intel UHD Graphics and Nvidia GeForce MX330 with 2GB GDDR5 memory.

 

For connectivity it came with 2 USB 3.1 ports(One Always on), 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1(with the function of PD and DisplayPort), 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3(with the function of PD and DP), 1 HDMI 1.4b, Ethernet RJ-45, a MicroSD Card reader and 1 headphone/microphone combo Jack and side docking connector.  An interesting feature on this laptop same as on the T490 that I personally have not used yet is the left side USB C port can charge other USB C devices.  It can output 5V at 1.5A. I personally have not been able to try this. The Thunderbolt 3 USB C port can also output 5V at 1.5A PLUS it can charge another laptop using P to P 2.0 charging function.  I was not able to test this feature either.

 

For Networking the T14 came with a Intel WiFi 6 AX201 and mine came with a Fibocom L850-GL and Bluetooth 5.0.  I got over 560 Mbps on speed test over Wifi.  It also included a Full size ethernet port.

 

For Docking it supports Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Side Mechanical Dock and USB 3.0 Dock.

 

For Storage Lenovo equipped this machine with  a  WDC SN730 512GB Drive.  There is no more 2.5 inch storage option.

 

Rounding it out my T14 came with a normal Webcam and a IR camera that supports Windows Hello.  It logs me in much easier than the fingerprint reader. It also came with a dual array far-field microphone and NFC.

 

Battery size is 50Wh.  I have not had a chance to test battery life yet.  With the included Type-C 65W charger it supports RapidCharge.

 

My initial impression of this machine is extremely positive.  It feels very well built just like the T490. Trackpoint works great/better than on my X1Y3.  The default trackpoint settings right out of the box worked fine. The top cover does not seem to get smudged as easily as on my Yoga.  I set up Windows Hello easily with the IR camera. It also comes with the Think Shutter camera cover.  No more needing to put a sticky over the webcam.  I turn on the laptop and it logs me in quickly and without fuss unlike using the fingerprint reader on my Yoga. 

I really like the screen on this laptop.  There were no dead pixels and the screen was uniform to my naked eye.  Its very bright and with great colors. In my office I typically have it set to 50% brightness. Based on screen resolution and the size of the screen I set it at 250% scaling.  According to the spec sheet there are 6 Screen options again this year. Mine came with the UHD IPS display with Dolby Vision 500nit screen. Other options will be 14” HD screen (220 nit), 14” FHD IPS(250 nit), 14” FHD IPS Touch (300nit), 14” FHD IPS with PrivacyGuard(500 nit) with touch, 14” Low Power FHD IPS (400 nit) and finally the one I got 14” UHD IPS with Dolby Vision (500 nit).

 

Keyboard feels good just like the T490 which is a good thing.  I’ve used other laptops from other companies and they are just not as good.

 

It has up to 16 GB memory soldered and you can add up to 32GB DDR4 SODIMM in the available socket for a total of 48 GB.  Mine came with 8GB soldered and 8GB in the slot

 

Below are some Benchmarks I ran.   I ran the Furmark test twice.  Once at UHD and once at FHD.  It wouldn't run at QHD.

 

 

While I am typing this review the fan never comes on.  I actually wouldn’t mind if it came on if it ran cooler.  Stays around 43 degrees Celsius to 49 degrees Celsius. This is running hotter than my T490 by about 4 degrees Celsius during my short time with the laptop.

 

While running the benchmarks the fan spun up but went off within 3 minutes when temp hit 50 degrees Celsius.  After running Furmark it took about 6 minutes for the fan to turn off.  All tests run while plugged in to AC with windows slider at “Best Performance”.  This laptop runs hotter than the T490. 

 

Overall the laptop is to me the same as my T490 outside of 10th Gen Intel processor vs 8th Gen as well as the "smoothness" of the touchpad, but this was a pre production model.  Per Lenovo Spec sheets the dimensions are the same as T490 weight depending on screen are very close to T490.  If you like the T490 you will like the T14.  Build quality and keyboard are excellent.  

 

Link to psref

 

https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_T14_Gen_1_Intel

 

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Re:T14 First Look

2020-05-28, 12:41 PM

Do you know if the Thunderbolt 3 ports have 2 or 4 lanes? You should be able to check in HWInfo64, maximum link width 2x or 4x.

 

I know past ThinkPad T series are restricted to only 2 lanes PCIe which is a bummer.

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Re:Thinkpad T14 & T15 - First Look (review, benchmarks)

2020-05-28, 14:19 PM

I personally believe its 2 but Hwinfo is showing the below.  I'm not sure if im reading it wrong.

 

 


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Re:T14 First Look

2020-05-28, 17:06 PM
Could you click on the root port and see what it shows? Thanks!!
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Re:T14 First Look

2020-05-28, 17:23 PM

 


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Re:T14 First Look

2020-05-29, 1:15 AM

I saw this review on UltrabookReview.com:  

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s, T14 and T15 update on popular T490s, T490 and T590 business notebooks - May 2020

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Re:Thinkpad T14 First Look

2020-05-29, 4:24 AM

love the Thinkpad series :)

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Re:Thinkpad T14 & T15 - First Look (review, benchmarks)

2020-05-30, 18:17 PM

I will be doing a test and review of the new T15 ThinkPad, which is an update of the T590 I tested last year.  
 

The specs of this T15 are mostly the same as the T14 above, except notably for the 15.6" display.  The T15 appears to be physically identical to the T590.   My system has the UHD (non-touch) display, and this being my first 4K display, the clarity of picture and text is a revelation - how will I go back to my other systems.  Here are some relevant snips related to the display.  Note:  the T15 touchpad is the same or very similar to the T590 with regard to texture.  

 

 

T15 specs - Lenovo PSREF

 

 

T15 with WDC PC SN730 512GB, PCIe SSD
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Re:Thinkpad T14 & T15 - First Look

2020-06-01, 3:25 AM

 

 

 

 

I could not edit my post to add the below information about the UHD screen on the T14

 

From psref.  https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_T14_Gen_1_Intel

 

 


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Re:Thinkpad T14 & T15 - First Look (review, benchmarks)

2020-06-03, 17:40 PM

@Green5187

 

Thanks a lot for your contribution while further discussing and comparing individual aspects of the new T14/15 and the "old" T490.

Any words on throttling issues or the like? Beside the processor it does not seem to be a "mayor" improvement.

 

I have noticed a lot of similarities in terms of your positivity with respect to your "first look on the T490"-Thread (https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/T490-First-Look/td-p/4372670?page=9). Which was somehow "praised" in the beginning, but in its current state it is infested with performance-related issues.

 

Thanks for your reply.

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