Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR), Ultrabook 14″ Pro Intel Alder Lake versatile TB4 aluminum fast thin and light with biometrics – LaptopSpirit

Our Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) review

Versatile thin and light business laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) The 14-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen offers a 2-factor biometric authentication solution (fingerprint reader + infrared webcam), a backlit keyboard with Trackpoint or even USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi connectivity 6. This black Windows 11 Pro Ultrabook, whose response is enhanced by the fast 512 GB SSD storage, is great for daily use, contains multimedia work and moderate gaming thanks to its 16 GB of RAM and its hybrid Intel Core i5 Alder Lake processor from Iris Xe graphics.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) Specifications.

screen(s). 14” Full HD LED IPS 45% NTSC 250cd/m² (1920×1080, anti-reflective)
ThinkBook Yoga Smart Pen included
Processor Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake (10 cores: 2P 1.3 GHz, 8E 0.9 GHz, TDP 15W)
Installed RAM (max) 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (1 free)
Graphic card Intel Iris Xe is integrated into the processor
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4, 2242)
connectors 2 USB 3.2 (Gen1, 1 Always On) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1) + 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0b, microSD card reader
Network Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet
Backlit keyboard Yes, splash proof + TrackPoint
Numeric keypad
Windows Hello Yes, via fingerprint reader + infrared webcam
Audio system 2 speakers (2 x 2W) Dolby Audio
Operating system Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
Autonomy revealed / Battery 9 hours / 57Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 1.39 Kg / 325.4 x 217 x 18.73

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) against the competition

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) is currently on sale by Lenovo France and positioned as the only one in its category to offer a recent and efficient processor with so many cores, with TrackPoint, a double biometric authentication solution, an Ethernet port or even a Pro system.

Chassis, connectors, screen of Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR)

Steadfast in its adherence to the MIL-STD-810H military resistance standard, this laptop adopts a discreet look with its thin and light Thunder Black chassis.

It works with Windows 11 Pro, a more complete edition than the classic Windows 11 with advanced network management and security tools like BitLocker.

You can authenticate yourself biometrically in 2 ways through Windows Hello technology and the integrated TPM 2.0 security chip. And this through the fingerprint reader integrated in the power button and / or the infrared webcam that allows facial recognition.

This versatile Ultrabook has good connectivity including 2 USB-C including 1 Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.1 wireless modules and Wi-Fi 6 ax (newer and better than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor for example, Ethernet and audio ports but there are also 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.

Of course, the chiclet keyboard can be backlit, which is practical for better recognition of its keys in a light environment.
Good point, it’s also resistant to liquid splashes, practical when you’re used to keeping drinks next to your PC.

The screen is suitable for displaying High Definition content such as videos due to its accurate Full HD definition and its 16: 9 format. Its anti-reflective treatment also makes it more readable than a glossy panel in a bright environment (eg outside). On the other hand, if its viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical, are significant thanks to its IPS technology, this one is not high-end the colorimetry is classic here.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) performance, battery life

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) is a thin and light compact laptop PC intended for everyday mobile use.

The Lenovo ThinkPad L14 G3 (21C1003DFR) is a thin and light compact laptop PC intended for everyday mobile use.

Easy to transport due to its compactness, thinness and lightness, nomads will be more interested as it can hold around 9 hours of battery life in light use.

To do this, it relies on its good battery capacity of course, but also on its energy-efficient components.

This is particularly the case of SSD storage which consumes less energy than a hard drive while being quieter, more stable and faster.
In concrete terms, an SSD provides better fluidity and responsiveness on a day-to-day basis compared to a simple hard drive.

Thanks to the SSD, we get faster start / stop, processing and launching software, or even faster when it comes to online games cards.

Despite the lack of a dedicated graphics card, you can really watch photos and videos but also play moderate games thanks to the Intel Iris Xe graphics solution inserted into the processor.

It’s a low-power Alder Lake-U hybrid Core i5-1235U, here coupled with 16 GB of RAM to provide good overall performance that can satisfy many users.

Among those who want to perform integrated multimedia work that takes advantage of the multicore and therefore the 10 cores of Alder Lake-U but also of RAM (eg photo editing, video encoding).

Of course, in case the 512 GB of SSD is too tight, we can rely on an external storage unit. Favoring a USB 3.0 / USB-C / Thunderbolt device represents an interesting option for getting fast transfers.

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