As laptops have gotten thinner and lighter, PC makers have moved away from including user-replaceable parts. The first to go were user-replaceable batteries, but a growing number of notebooks also have memory, and sometimes even storage, soldered to the motherboard.

But a key selling point for Lenovo’s new ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 and ThinkPad T16 Gen 3 laptops is that they’re made to be easy (or at least easier) to repair. Not only are the battery, memory, and storage all easy to replace, but Lenovo partnered with iFixit to offer repair guides and videos, and the company plans to offer spare parts, allowing you to hang onto the same laptop for longer.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 5

That user-replaceable battery isn’t quite as easy to access as the old-school laptop batteries that could be popped off without opening the case. So these batteries aren’t really designed to be swapped on the go.  But Lenovo says there’s no glue or cables holding the batteries in place, which means that once the case is open, it should be easy to swap out an old battery for a new one, which could help breathe new life into an aging laptop.

With two SODIMM slots for DDR5 memory and a PCIe 4.0 slot for storage, users can also replace or upgrade memory and storage. And the wireless card slot is also accessible.

According to iFixit, that brings the repairability score to 9 out of 10, which is up from 7 out of 10 for a Thinkpad T14 from a few years ago.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 5

Other features are pretty standard fare for a ThinkPad T-series laptop, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Lenovo says the 14 inch model is available with Intel Core Ultra vPro (Meteor Lake) or AMD Ryzen 8040 (Hawk Point) processor options, up to a 2.8K OLED, 120 Hz display, and up to a 52.5 Wh battery, while the 16 inch model has a 4K OLED display and ships standard with a 52.5 Wh battery and an Intel Meteor Lake processor.

The notebooks feature Lenovo’s TrackPoint system with a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard as well as a touchpad below it, but there’s a new feature that lets you double-tap the TrackPoint button to open a Quick Menu to access commonly used features like the mic and camera settings.

Lenovo also includes a “Communications Bar” style camera system, which juts out a bit from the top bezel to make room for a 5MP camera (with an optional IR camera) and dual noise-cancelling microphones. And the company says the laptops can leverage the neural processing units in the latest Intel or AMD processors for features like enhanced low-light video.

ThinkPad T14 Gen 5ThinkPad T16 Gen 3
Display14 inches
Up to 2.8K OLED, 120 Hz, 400 nit
16 inches
ProcessorIntel Core Ultra with vPro or AMD Ryzen 8040Intel Core Ultra with vPro
GraphicsUp to Intel Arc or AMD Radeon 700MUp to Intel Arc
RAMUp to 64GB
StorageUp to 2TB
PCIe Gen 4×4
Audio2 x speakers (Dolby)
2 x microphones
2 x speakers (Dolby Atmos)
2 x microphones
Camera5MP or 5MP + IR
Battery39.Wh or 52.5 Wh
User replaceable
52.5 Whr
User replaceable
Ports2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt on Intel models)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x RJ45
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x nano SIM (on models with cellular)
WirelessUp to WiFi 7 or WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.3
Up to 5G sub-6 GHz or 4G LTE Cat 6
SecurityFingerprint sensor
IR camera (optional)
Camera privacy shutter
Dimensions316 x 224 x 18mm
12.4″ x 8.8″ x 0.7″
360 x 252 x 24mm
14.2″ x 9.9″ x 0.9″
Starting weight1.3 kg
2.9 pounds
1.63 kg
3.6 pounds)

press release

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  1. 2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt on Intel models) -> USB4 🙂 I hope this ports has Alt-Mode with PD and DP2.1.
    That notebooks have only one m.2 nvme..

  2. I would like to know how much does it cost that wonderful OLED display. An OLED display won’t last near forever like LCD, it will get burn-in with use, so if you use or owns that computer long enough, you will need to replace it.

    1. I have used a 43inch OLED TV as a monitor for over 3 years now (LG OLED-C2). The monitor is able to prevent burn-in by transitioning to a screensaver when there is no change in image it is displaying. The timer is roughly 10minutes and can not be disabled. I would be very surprised if Lenovo doesn’t have similar protections for their laptop OLED displays.

      1. That protection can be effective for some users, not for others. For example in my normal computer use there are a lot of fixed elements in picture all time, WHILE I use it (there is change in other screen positions), so it wouldn’t work for me.

  3. Not just user replaceable batteries, but reasonably priced OEM replacement batteries. I really like how Lenovo does this for Thinkpad.

  4. A lot of old line ThinkPad fanatics have been holding on to the T480 from 2018 as the last ThinkPad with good options for repairs and memory upgrades. There’s been a lot of general rejoicing at this news.

    1. I haven’t been following Thinkpads for several generations. Does the T480 only allow white-listed Wifi adapters, and other components? I stopped using Thinkpads because it using hacked BIOS to upgrade the hardware was annoying.