Lenovo: ThinkBook 14 and 14s get new second-generation CPU

Lenovo adds new second-generation processors to its ThinkBooks 14 and 14s. The combination of powerful Intel Tiger Lake or AMD Ryzen Renoir, chic design and attractive price sounds very promising.

Two more office notebooks

It is unbelievable how many new notebook manufacturers Lenovo has introduced these days. But the ThinkBooks 14 and 14s in the second generation are definitely among the most exciting new introductions. Not least the fair price provides for it. It is above all the performance that makes for a great value for money. For example, Lenovo installs either an Intel Tiger Lake CPU or an AMD Ryzen 4000 in its two 14-inch ThinkBooks, which may be a difficult decision for many. But if you care about Thunderbolt 4, the decision will be easier. After all, only the version with Intel CPU offers the appropriate connection.

Different dimensions lead to different Features

The differences between ThinkBook 14 and 14s are not just the name. For example, the ThinkBook 14s, with its thin diameter of 14.9 mm, is three millimeters thinner than the ThinkBook 14. This is also reflected in the weight. The 14s weighs just 1.27 kg while the ThinkBook 14 weighs 1.4 kg. But the dimensions are also reflected in the available configurations. The narrower 14s offers maximum space for 16 GB RAM. In contrast, you can equip your ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 with up to 40 GB RAM. Features of the ThinkBook 14 also include the option to be equipped with a GeForce MX450 from Nvidia. This is at least possible if you decide on the Intel CPU.

The ThinkBook 14s scores especially with its slim dimensions.

Not only the RAM has differences

However, the differences between the two family members do not only include the main memory and the graphics unit. Lenovo also takes different approaches to memory. The ThinkBook 14 offers space for a classic 2.5-inch HDD or SSD, which can be installed in addition to the M.1 PCIe SSD. In contrast, the ThinkBook 14s only offers space for the M.2 SSD. But the thinner model can also shine in a technical respect: The battery life. Thus, the ThinkBook 14s lasts a maximum of 11 hours, while the ThinkBook 14s is supposed to go dead after a maximum of 8 hours.

In terms of display identical

But that was it with the differences around the hardware. Apart from that the two ThinkBooks are very similar. Both have the same display, for example. Here Lenovo uses a 14 inch display with a resolution of 1,080p. If desired, the display can also be obtained as a practical touchscreen. The two ThinkBooks also score points when it comes to connections. So the ThinkBook 14 of the second generation has 2x USB-A 3.2, 1x HDMI, 1x SD card reader and Ethernet in every configuration. Depending on whether you choose an Intel Tiger Lake or AMD Ryzen 4000 processor, you also get a Thunderbolt 4 or USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 connection. With the slimmer ThinkBook 14s, Lenovo relies on fewer connections. Here, the USB-C or Thunderbolt port as well as the SD card reader and Ethernet connection are omitted. Both notebooks are equally suitable for business applications. They offer a HD webcam with privacy shutter and stereo speakers. This enables high quality sound and picture quality for meetings. Further features of both ThinkBooks are an illuminated keyboard and a fingerprint sensor hidden in the power button.

The ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 is a little thicker and heavier, but offers more features and connections.

Prices and availability

In November it should be already so far. Then you should be able to buy the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2. Features and prices start at 699 Euro for the version with Intel Tiger Lake as CPU. Those who prefer to go for the AMD Ryzen 4000 version will have to wait until the end of the year. In the AMD version Lenovo would like to call at least 649 Euro. When and at what prices the ThinkBook 14s will be available in stores, we do not know yet. But we will keep you up to date in this regard.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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