Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Review – Intel vs AMD

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and what's better than one thinkpad well too we have the thinkpad t14s times two we have both the intel and the amd ryzen models inside so the casings are identical the display options are mostly identical but the cpu inside is going to make a difference and the price tag is also different too the intel is about 150 more for those of you who aren't familiar with the t14s it's a big change in lenovo's nomenclature this used to be the t490 and the t495s and well obviously they're

Starting to run out of numbers there so they simplify which makes sense because these are 14-inch ultrabooks so t14 s stands for slim there's some other variations too we're going to look at them now but first a shout out to our sponsor expressvpn vpns keep your connections safe and secure private tunneling encryption all that sort of thing so what's the idea you don't want to be tracked by websites and by ads maybe you're a little nervous about the government tracking you all the reasons why you want to use vpn

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Holding two of those at once these are very thin and light ultrabooks 2.81 pounds which is around 1.27 kilograms and under 13 millimeters thick so again with the t14 and previously the t490 series there's a overlap with the x1 carbon which is the most expensive and the most premium and typically starts with higher end specs and better display and all that sort of thing well as with these you have to upgrade them to get those better displays still it's definitely worth a look because it's a lot less expensive than

The x1 carbon so inside you have your choice of intel 10th generation cpus or the amd ryzen platform renoir and that's been the big excitement for 2020 because the ryzen cpus have been so fast so this is the ryzen 5 and ryzen 7 pro basically it adds v-pro like features so business laptop makers like lenovo and others who need v pro cpus for their customers well you've got something that's commensurately suitable here it doesn't mean a whole

Lot more performance versus the ryzen not pro it's more like vpro features in either case ram is soldered on board you can get up to 16 gigs of ram with the amd version and up to 32 gigs of ram with the intel why that bit of unfairness i don't know the ram of course with ryzen's a little bit faster the clock speed that they require is 3200 megahertz versus 26.66 megahertz for intel both of them have an m.2 nvme ssd slot you can get anything up to a terabyte ssd in this if you want lte

Is available 4g and that's cat 9 as an option if you want it and so it's a fingerprint scanner and windows hello ir camera with the usual think shutter the physical slider that goes over the webcam so you know nobody is perving out on you and watching you remotely because these are think pads the keyboards are excellent the usual concave smiley shaped keys a little more key travel than we've seen in some of the very thin lenovos and boy this is a thin laptop it

Feels fantastic this is a type of stream and we have the usual track point eraser stick pointer with the dedicated clicky buttons and the standard trackpad below which works very well no complaints with that we have stereo speakers on board two times one watt with dolby software and i you know lenovo always surprises us with their business laptops and they have pretty good audio there's a reasonable amount of bass and certainly plenty of volume here for something that's not a multimedia consumer targeted laptop

Ports are ample too again business facing laptop means you want something other than here's a couple of usbc ports knock yourself out right you have got usb a ports on board you have usbc in fact two of those and on the intel model you'll get thunderbolt 3 and on the amd model they're just usbc gen2 because until recently that thunderbolt 3 was intel's intellectual property now it's opening up hopefully in the future this will be different from amd but so that's one of the selling points for

Intel if you really need thunderball 3 and not just usbc you're only going to get it with the intel version of that we have hdmi 2.0 on the amd version and hdmi 1.4 b on the intel version go figure mostly that's important if you're going to drive 4k monitors at higher refresh rates headphone jack of course ethernet via optional dongle adapter is always with lenovo laptops and the mechanical or physical connecting dock connector on the side for those who

Want to use think pad docks for display options well it's a 14 inch laptop so 14 inch display and you've got a variety of ips displays to choose from the lowest and full hd is a 250 nit well gosh i hope you're staying indoors when you're using that one that's not very bright then there's a 300 knit touch screen which is what we have on both of our models then there's a 400 low power display so we've seen hpus and other business manufacturers as well

And even some consumer laptops so it uses a bit less power for those who really care about their battery life and probably get you about a half hour better run times if you go with that low power display and then there's the 500 nit privacy guard display for those of you who don't want people on either side to see what it is top secret stuff that you're working on so our touchscreen which is a 300 knit touchscreen is matte i mean really that's pretty refreshing and very rare so that's nice the color gamut is not so

Nice this is kind of sad and pathetic and when i was saying that the x1 carbon starts with higher end displays what i mean is even the lowest and carbon display at least usually covers the full srgb gamut where these don't even do that of course if you go for nicer higher end panels here you can get that there's a 4k display option which probably especially for a business focused laptop might be overkill in 14 inches but it's available but only with intel

So for those who are think pad people and love that matte black finish i mean these are very thin like good looking laptops that are not port compromised long gone far away we don't have things like removable hard drives and removable batteries anymore that legacy of the thinkpad history is long gone but as they go the durable magnesium casing that we've got on here the spill resistant keyboard all those things that if you'd like a thing tab the wonderful keyboard they're here and it's if you're looking

For a 14-inch ultrabook these are pretty tempting things but what you probably really want to know is intel versus amd here and no surprise given what we've seen throughout 2020 with the verizon series of cpus is it really mops the floor with intel's 10th generation offering to the tune of 20 to 25 often in benchmarks now for those of you who are buying these that said right that's pretty exciting stuff especially considering the amd is cheaper but still for those who are buying this

Just to do word and excel and zoom video calling and streaming video will you notice that performance difference not so much unless you're the kind of person who does spreadsheets that have 50 000 entries then you will notice the difference but for the average person is working on a couple of page excel spreadsheet both of these are going to be fast enough for you but for those who are pushing the envelope say you're doing some

Video production these days for zoom presentations or whatever that sort of stuff then yes you're going to benefit from the performance increase that ryzen offers likewise if you're a coder when it comes to compile times ryzen is going to rock there too in terms of heat and noise you know they're actually very similar they have the same chassis they have the same fan the same size fan different motherboards there but other than that neither of these gets burning hots and such by

Any means you know they're ultrabooks they just don't do that and in terms of cpu temperatures they're pretty much surprisingly on parody now often it depends with rising you know depends on the cooling solution sometimes those can get pretty toasty too but they're on par and perfectly fine i mean at idle you'll see temperatures in the 30s centigrade where 100 is max allowed before you see thermal throttling push them hard they go into the 70s 75 so the cooling solution is adequate here

The noise is similar the physical surface temperatures are similar in these so how about battery life battery run times well again amd because they have a seven nanometer process it's well more efficient than the intel usually that means longer battery life but in this case we're seeing almost parity in fact the amd gets a little bit less i'm seeing about 9.4 hours doing average productivity and streaming video use with brightness at 40

On the intel model and 9.0 hours straight on the amd so a little bit longer but not a lot so in the end if you're trying to choose between these if you want the raw performance at 150 less starting price well it's going to be the amd if you need thunderbolt 3 specifically you got thunderbolt 3 dock you want to use or something like that then it's going to have to be intel and for those who actually want that 4k display option that is only available on intel and lastly intel gets a little bit better battery life

But not so much that i would say you should give up the performance on amd if you don't need the thunderbolt 3 and the 4k display to get inside as you'd expect business laptops no nonsense phillips head screws all visible and then the magnesium lids come right off identical on both of these models says magnesium look at that they're bragging on it now all right so here are internals this one here is the intel model this is the amd model so we got our battery over here

Symmetrical the same but the motherboard is no kidding different and if i turn them and put them in the same orientation to simplify that concept there you go let's see same cooling system all that sort of thing so here's our socketed m.2 pcie nvme ssd now the intel ssd benchmarked a little faster but they are different brands i don't know this is going to be a consistent difference i've seen one other reviewer they found the same thing but it's not a huge difference

In speeds just ever so slightly over here we have our socketed wi-fi card on the amd that's an intel wi-fi 6 ax200 card here we have a soldered wi-fi card how interesting is that ax-201 also intel wi-fi six card this slot here is for the optional 4g lte card which would go right there we have our antenna leads ready for that in case well you get that ram is soldered on board with these so nothing to see there heatsink design pretty much very similar again same fan all that sort of thing and

These are our speaker drivers they are down firing so that's the thinkpad t14s times two and by the way there is a t14 not s not as thin just like lenovo's also done and if you like this but you want a 15 inch size there's a t15s the t15p is a mobile workstation with a different class of cpu and dedicated gpus but if you're looking for a 14 inch thin and light premium tanky ultrabook well these would be it and it's nice to have the choice between the two processors inside

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