Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G2 Ryzen Review
ThinkPad E14 G2 Review (Ryzen 5): A Worthy Refresh
Extra notes made after the video. The video is our focus. We do add some extra notes below afterwards, just in case that you find it useful.
E14 G2’s keypad is not easily customer swappable (as it requires a near complete disassembly; just in case you were hoping to change the language layout). The trackpad, whilst smaller by the 2020 standard, is very precise in the feedback. An external mouse might be a useful upgrade, to boost productivity.
- Here's the USB-C we have (60w power delivery): https://amzn.to/3fWvjYZ
- Here's one with 100W power delivery (this would have been our first choice): https://amzn.to/2HVJ0uO
- For the most part of the last decade, you have to pay significantly for the performance. Ryzen has a transformative effect of enabling more compute power on the same budget. Even the Ryzen 5 is a very reasonable option. Ryzen 7's main benefit, would be a faster integrated graphics (though arguably a consumer laptop, with a dedicated graphics - might be more cost effective should gaming be a focus; unless you prefer a reliable and robust business laptop, that is).
- We were able to get between 5-6 hours of battery life during the medium workloads battery test (5 browser tabs refreshing every 20 seconds, YouTube 1080p and Spotify both playing, better battery mode, no keypad backlighting). In comparison to the Ryzen 5 powered HP EliteBook 855 G7 - the Lenovo E14 G2 appears to have a higher idling power usage (marginally less power efficiency - despite the HP having a faster CPU & bigger screen).
- Value value value (this is the new starter Ryzen powered ThinkPad)
- Good price to performance ratio (on the base model)
- Almost X1 carbon sized (has noticeably more height, still impressive
- Speakers are reasonable (could do with more bass)
- USB-C can’t be used at the same time as charger (without accessories)
- No card reader & 1x USB 2 in 2020?
- Keypad is not customer serviceable
- Brighter display options would have been much appreciated
Refresh gives laptops manufacturers the means to reposition their products. From briefly looking, it has really worked well for the E14 G2. laptop offers more power than before, at the E series price range. There are fewer trade-offs - which mainly being: the limited ports, fewer display options, shorter standard warranty.
- Ask: do you actually need a business laptop? Consumer laptops are usually built for 1-2 years; business laptops 3-5 years. There is sometimes a premium for the business laptops. Sometimes a consumer laptop might have a better fit at the budget price range. Just be conscious that the L/T/ X series have more in common in the business features. Consider perhaps side loading the T/L series makes sense; or even a H series laptop
- What do I need it for? We’ve brought this point on the L14 review. There is the advantage to keep base models close to the base (except for the RAM). The more you upgrade: the more it will lift the price up closer to the L or the T series.
- In your area, Ryzen laptops are short in supply - some customers will be open to using it for this round, this isn’t as much money to drop as a T14s, on something that’s quite quaffable.
If you accept that you’ve got to get into this with a managed expectation - then you’ll probably like the machine. This isn’t the fastest, lightest, ThinkPad, but it’s the new starter ThinkPad. It should get better from here on.