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Another good choice: the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 pro PC from Intel

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-10210U 4-core
  • Graphics card: Intel HD 620
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Battery life according to tests: 9.8 h
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Screen: IPS 1080p
  • Weight: 1.6 kg

If you have nothing against a much higher weight and slightly less autonomy, the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 allows you to take advantage of the strengths of the X1 Carbon for a much more affordable price. It weighs 500 grams more, it offers the same performance, the same excellent keyboard, and trackpad, a similar screen, remarkable autonomy, the possibility of adding memory. Its larger dimensions also allow for the addition of ports, including an Ethernet jack and a Micro-SD card reader, both of which are missing from the X1 Carbon.

The L14’s keyboard has the same slightly sunken keys and the same sleek, seamless backlighting as the X1 Carbon. In fact, most ThinkPad keyboards and trackpads are the same – if you’ve used one, you’ve got a pretty good idea of ​​what the others are worth.

Turntable, Top View, Audio, Equipment

The L14 has sockets for almost everything, including ports absent on the X1 Carbon. You will find one USB type-A on each side, as well as two USB type C usable for power or to connect a screen in addition to USB accessories. This model also features a Micro-SD reader, an HDMI output, and a gigabit Ethernet port. And unlike the X1 Carbon, the L14 lets you add memory as needed. Lenovo has published a Service Manual (PDF) to guide you through repairs and updates. The X1 Carbon is still a relatively easy computer to repair, but replacing components like the keyboard is easier on the L14, whose parts aren’t so cramped.

The ThinkPad L14 lasted almost ten hours in the battery endurance test, ranking between twelve hours on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and seven on the ProBook 445 G7. That’s enough for a day’s work, with room for improvement. At 1.6kg, it’s quite heavy, but it’s a weight comparable to other entry-level and mid-range best business laptops; it is still lighter than some competitors, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 or the Dell Vostro 14 3490.

  • Other good business laptops
  • Dell Latitude 5410
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-10210U 4-core
  • Graphics card: Intel HD 620
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Battery life according to tests: 11.3 h
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Screen: IPS 1080p
  • Weight: 1.6 kg (with 68 Wh battery)

By choosing the version with the large 68 Wh battery, the Dell Latitude 5410 combines the astronomical endurance of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with the accessible memory (and the higher weight) of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14. The recommended configuration is typically a bit more expensive than the latter, but prices vary over Dell promotions depending on the time of purchase. The Latitude 5410’s keyboard is good and its trackpad is precise, but you have to get used to the separate buttons on it if you’re used to a more common, fully-integrated trackpad.

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