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Lenovo's refreshed ThinkPad L14 and L15 (Gen 3) models get new CPUs and collaboration tools

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What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced refreshed ThinkPad L14 and ThinkPad L15 third-gen models.
  • They both have a fresh design with thinner bezel, larger touchpad, and better camera.
  • They're available with 12th Gen Intel Core vPro or AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 processors.
  • AMD models are available May 2022, with Intel models following in April. Prices start at $869.

Lenovo's ThinkPad laptop portfolio has been expanded and refreshed for 2022, with better collaboration tools, new performance hardware, and more. More specifically, the affordable ThinkPad L14 and ThinkPad L15 have been refreshed for a third generation. They're both available with up to Windows 11 Pro, though you can downgrade to Windows 10 Pro if required. The design has changed, allowing for a thinner bezel, 15% larger touchpad with TrackPoint system, and a new Thunder Black color. As usual, these ThinkPads are MIL-STD-810H certified for proven durability.

CategoryThinkPad L14 (Gen 3)ThinkPad L15 (Gen 3)
OSUp to Windows 11 ProUp to Windows 11 Pro
ProcessorUp to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro
Up to AMD Ryzen PRO 5000
Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro
Up to AMD Ryzen PRO 5000
RAMUp to 64GBUp to 64GB
GraphicsUp to Intel Iris Xe
AMD Radeon
Up to Intel Iris Xe
AMD Radeon
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display14 inches
Up to 1920x1080 (FHD)
400 nits, low power
Touch optional
15.6 inches
Up to 1920x1080 (FHD)
300 nits
Touch optional
PortsThunderbolt 4 (Intel) or USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (AMD)
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 1)
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
HDMI
SIM slot
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Ethernet
Thunderbolt 4 (Intel) or USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (AMD)
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 1)
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
HDMI
SIM slot
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Ethernet
AudioDolby Audio
Dolby Voice
Dolby Audio
Dolby Voice
WirelessUp to Wi-Fi 6E
4G LTE CAT4 or CAT16
Bluetooth 5.2
Up to Wi-Fi 6E
4G LTE CAT4 or CAT16
Bluetooth 5.2
CameraUp to FHD
IR camera
Privacy shutter
Up to FHD
IR camera
Privacy shutter
SecuritydTPM 2.0
Secured-core PC
Intel Hardware Shield
Fingerprint reader
Kensington lock slot
dTPM 2.0
Secured-core PC
Intel Hardware Shield
Fingerprint reader
Kensington lock slot
Battery42Wh, 57Wh, 63Wh42Wh, 57Wh, 63Wh
Dimensions12.81 x 8.54 x 0.74 inches
(325.4 x 217 x 18.73mm)
14.18 x 9.33 x 0.78 inches
(360.2mm x 237mm x 19.93mm)
Weight3.06 pounds (1.39kg)3.87 pounds (1.76kg)
ColorThunder BlackThunder Black
AvailabilityMay 2022 (Intel)
April 2022 (AMD)
May 2022 (Intel)
April 2022 (AMD)
PriceFrom $929 (Intel)
From $869 (AMD)
From $929 (Intel)
From $869 (AMD)

Performance hardware includes up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro mobile CPUs or AMD's Ryzen PRO 5000 series CPUs. Both laptops can be equipped with up to 64GB of RAM and a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD as well. Three battery sizes are available, allowing users to better balance weight, cost, and runtime. If you are going to be on the move a lot, 4G LTE connectivity can be added. Otherwise, you get Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

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Collaboration capabilities are better than ever thanks to a new FHD camera with IR sensor with Hello, Dolby Voice, and Dolby Audio. You get speakers and microphones optimized for voices, as well as spatial audio capabilities that better separate individual voices. The camera comes with a webcam shutter for added privacy. And since this is a ThinkPad, you can expect plenty of extra security features, including fingerprint reader, dTPM 2.0 chip, and Kensington lock slot.

The ThinkPad L14 (Gen 3) has a 14-inch display with 1920x1080 (FHD) resolution, 400 nits, and low power draw. The Thinkpad L15 (Gen 3) has a larger 15.6-inch display with FHD resolution and 300 nits. Both can be had with touch functionality. Intel models are both expected to launch May 2022 starting at $929. AMD models are both expected to launch April 2022 starting at $869. Check out the best Lenovo laptops to see how they compare.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.