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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Review Rundown

LenovoPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Lenovo's new Thinkbooks seem like an experiment to boil the essence of a ThinkPad down into its most important parts and put those pieces in a more affordable package. The Thinkbook is designed for people who are slightly more business-minded and privacy-conscious than the average person. The biggest competition for the Thinkbook 13s is HP's Envy 13 laptop.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from arstechnica have found the following[***]:
The Thinkbook 13s has a sturdy yet professional design that nods to modern flagship devices. It has the right amount of power for those who can't afford to be super-cheap. The Thinkbook's battery life stands up well against its competition. The Envy 13 is the device to get if you like a flashier, but utilitarian design.
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Pros[**]
  • Sturdy, professional design
  • Solid performance
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No TrackPoint ball
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 55%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The ThinkBook 13s is a weird bird. It performs well, has premium (but not quite top-notch) build quality, and it's attractively priced. But we don't exactly understand why it exists. It offers a few business-class features, but not enough to compete with dedicated business laptops, including Lenovo's best options.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Attractive, well-built design
  • High-quality keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid performance
Cons[**]
  • Poor battery life
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s straddles the line between business and mainstream surprisingly well. Priced at $713, the laptop offers good multitasking performance thanks to its Core i5 processor. It's also got a fairly decent battery life and a colorful display. However, there's nowhere near enough power in the low-wattage 8GB processor to run basic applications like Adobe Photoshop.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, colorful display
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre performance
  • No integrated graphics

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 ships with a one-year warranty. It took the ThinkBook 12 minutes and 21 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution. Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics are a massive improvement from the UHD graphics of old. The laptop lasted for 9 hours and 13 minutes during continuous web browsing.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek aluminum chassis
  • Slim bezels
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Lenovo's ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 sneaks past the IdeaPads and into the vicinity of the ThinkPads, but it remains at a distance. The speakers on the bottom of the laptop deliver a modest performance: They are relatively quiet, and the sound output is less balanced than on the Lenovo S540. Only the E14 can keep up with the ThinkBook in idle usage.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good input devices and Thunderbolt 4
  • Very good display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 4

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The ThinkBook 13s-IWL can only run in single-channel mode as it has just one SO-DIMM slot and no secondary module soldered to its motherboard. The UHD Graphics 620 is a competent chip by iGPU standards, but its performance depends on what channel the system is running on. Our review unit generally operates silently during undemanding tasks or when idling. However, its fans occasionally reach 29.7 dB(A), while they peak at 38.3dB(A) under sustained load. Lenovo includes a 65 W supply in the box, which is below the maximum power supply of the Yoga S730.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre CPU performance
  • Only one SO-DIMM slot

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Only the Core i7-powered Acer and HP broke the 4,000-point mark we consider excellent in PCMark 10. All five laptops' solid-state drives easily handled PCMark 8's storage subtest. Laptops with integrated graphics are best left to casual and browser-based games.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 ports

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The ThinkBook 13s runs an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor. It is Intel Evo certified, so we weren't surprised at all to see it make it past the nine hour mark in our battery tests. It doesn't fare quite so well against its competitors when it comes to battery life though. McAfee does make it onto our list of the best antivirus software, but it just barely makes the list.
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Pros[**]
  • Light and compact
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • No webcam

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
Despite costing a few hundred bucks less than the XPSes and ZenBooks, it's holding its own on the benchmarks. This device wouldn't be the best choice for video professionals, of course, but those results underscore how good of a deal this device is. Business buyers looking for ThinkPad-level performance and software without ThinkPad pricing will probably find the ThinkBook a solid option.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 16:10 display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Underwhelming performance
  • Underwhelming webcam

References

1. ^ Lenovo Thinkbook 13s review: ThinkPad influences at a great price. arstechnica. 2019-09-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. digitaltrends. 2019-09-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. laptopmag. 2019-12-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s (Gen 2) review: Budget ThinkPad . laptopmag. 2021-08-07 Retrieved 2021-09-16.
7. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Review. pcmag. 2019-08-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. techradar. 2021-05-12 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
9. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13S review: business on a budget. theverge. 2021-07-27 Retrieved 2021-09-16.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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