Lenovo’s name in the business laptop segment is well known thanks to the wide range of products from the Think family. One of the newest is the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1.
This laptop is predicted as a one-stop device for productivity that targets professionals through the superior and cutting-edge features it brings so that work can be completed more comfortably.
Of course, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 is also equipped with qualified specifications to accompany these features so that all applications can be run smoothly so that they do not hinder activities, especially during important moments.
But before diving into its performance, let’s look at the outside appearance of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 first.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 features a classic design from the Think series with a professional style that has become its trademark, but has now been given a modern touch that makes it look professional.
The body is completely black with a few red accents that match each other. The body is wrapped in a matte finish that feels smooth in the hand so that it not only provides better comfort but also gives the initial impression that this laptop is of high quality.
Overall the body has dimensions that are quite slim with sharp edges that further enhance the modern design it presents. It’s just that, even though the doff layer is comfortable, it has a few drawbacks because it’s easy to look dirty, especially when exposed to sweat. Fortunately, these stains can be easily removed.
Not to forget, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 has also passed 12 military tests and 200 quality checks to prove it can still be used and can withstand extreme conditions ranging from water spills to sandstorms though.
On the cover, there are not many knick-knacks other than the ThinkPad logo in the lower right corner. But interestingly enough, the dot above the letter i on the ThinkPad logo will glow red when the laptop is turned on and can be a short indicator to find out whether the laptop is on or not remotely.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 provides an adequate variety of connectivity ranging from Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB-A (1x always on), 1x USB-C (Power Delivery), MicroSD card reader, smart card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, up to 1x USB-C combined with mechanical docking. Meanwhile, for wireless connectivity, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 . are available
When the laptop cover is opened, you can see the keyboard which is one of the mainstays of Lenovo laptops and a touchpad with a slightly different design from most laptops today. The touchpad has a fairly wide touch surface with three buttons on the top for left, center, and right clicks.
Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 keyboard has comfortable keys for typing thanks to sufficient key travel and proper separation. The Function section when pressed together with the Fn key can be used as shortcuts ranging from volume, screen brightness, notifications, to answering or closing calls.
Not to forget, in the middle there is a TrackPoint which has become a distinctive feature of the ThinkPad line. TrackPoint can be used to move the cursor without changing the position of the hand while typing to provide a more natural experience and minimize unnecessary movement so that everything flows more smoothly.
One thing to note, the Fn key is on the left side of Ctrl or in the far corner. This placement will of course require adjustments as the Fn key is usually between Ctrl and Windows. I myself often press wrong especially when copying and pasting because usually Ctrl is on the far left.
Meanwhile, the touchpad feels comfortable when used thanks to the large area and smooth surface. Finger touch can also be detected properly so that the cursor feels responsive.
Turning to the screen the design is still quite conventional with black bezels around it. Thanks to its relatively thin profile, the screen bezel doesn’t seem too visually distracting. The screen has a bezel, not without reason, the screen is not without because the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 screen can be rotated 180 degrees.
Plus, the screen supports touch, allowing for a variety of usage scenarios and easy navigation when sharing screens with coworkers or scrolling through pages while reading a journal.
What’s very interesting is that the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 screen has a feature called Privacy Guard which can be activated by pressing Fn+D or Fn+F9 to make the screen difficult to see from the side without reducing the screen brightness or changing the color.
The screen itself spans 14 inches with a matte finish that has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and an IPS panel to provide maximum visual quality in displaying today’s content. With a brightness level of 500 nits, the content that appears on this laptop screen can still be seen clearly when under the hot sun.
Meanwhile, above the screen is an HD camera that can be used for video and conference calls. Unfortunately the resulting video quality is less sharp and relatively blurry. But on the bright side, there is a ThinkShutter to maintain privacy by physically closing the camera.
In addition, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 also supports biometric authentication be it face or fingerprint via Windows Hello. With this feature, logging in is easier and safer than using conventional methods such as passwords.
Not only is the external design capable, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 is equipped with a very fast runway. At its core there is an AMD Ryzen PRO 7 4750U processor which has 8 Cores and 16 Threads to work on all multitasking applications with ease.
There is also a Radeon Vega with 2GB VRAM for activities that require graphics processing capabilities such as editing photos, videos, or playing light games. Not to forget, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD storage have been embedded in it to support even faster performance.
This combination makes the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 successfully provide promising performance to support work. The system runs very smoothly without any performance degradation at all, even when running several applications simultaneously while opening the browser with a large number of tabs.
Its powerful performance can also be seen from the benchmark results obtained where the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 managed to score 4,722 points on PCMark 10 which simulates office activities in general. As for the performance of the processor itself, it managed to get a score of 7,587 points for Multi Core and 1,189 for Single Core when tested using Cinebench R21.
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 is guaranteed to provide a pleasant and hassle-free computing experience. Whether it’s just creating documents, browsing, opening Excel containing thousands of data, to editing 4K photos, you can do it without any problems.
Not only for work, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 is even usually invited to play casual games to fill spare time. In the game Counter Strike: Global Offensive, this laptop is even able to run it at 1080p native resolution and Medium quality is quite smooth with a range of 50-70 fps.
Meanwhile, heavier games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider can run at Low graphic quality at 720p resolution with a range of 25-30 fps. Therefore, playing games on the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 is quite adequate as long as you adjust the game and graphics quality.
To maximize the multimedia experience, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 is also equipped with speakers that have been supported by Dolby Audio so that the sound produced sounds full and clear when watching movies or listening to music.
When you have to use it outdoors without an electrical outlet, interestingly the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 has a battery life that is quite capable considering the specifications it carries. Armed with a 3 cell 50Wh battery, this laptop can be used for quite a long time on a single charge.
Tested using PCMark 8 in Work mode and screen brightness level of 50%, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 got a score of 6 hours 11 minutes. This lift is above the average mainstream laptop which usually only lasts about 2-3 hours.
However, when used in real terms with varying performance loads, I can use the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 without stopping for approximately 7 hours until the battery is only 10% left. It is sufficient to accompany work in the office or when having a meeting.
Amazingly, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 has a fairly fast charging capability via the USB-C port where I only had to wait for 30 minutes for the battery from 6% remaining to 50% or about 1 hour 40 minutes to fully charge again.
Not to forget the Lenovo Vantage application has various features and settings to keep the laptop in top condition, from safety instructions, system health, to charging conditions so that the battery does not get thirsty. The Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 also doesn’t have a lot of annoying bloatware.
As a result I was able to leave it to recharge while taking a nap and come back with enough battery to last until the evening. No worries about whether the battery will last or not.