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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Review Rundown

LenovoPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop
Neoscore* 75%
  • Excellent build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Good battery life
  • 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[*] 79%
Reviewers from Arstechnica have found the following[***]:
The Thinkbook 13s has a stress-tested aluminum body, comfortable keyboard, webcam privacy shutter, fingerprint reader, and other things that you'd find on a ThinkPad machine. It's not MIL-spec tested like ThinkPad devices are, but its aluminum chassis is sturdy, relatively lightweight, and attractive in an unassuming, professional way. The only downside is that you have to charge the Thinkbook with the included power cable.
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Pros[**]
  • Elegant aluminum chassis
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Two USB-A ports
  • Fingerprint reader
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The ThinkBook 13s takes its design and build cues from the IdeaPad line (the IdeaPad 730S, in particular) The ThinkBook has anti-spill protection and is tested for exposure to extreme temperatures and vibrations — but there's no MIL-STD-810G testing as with the ThinkPad line. The 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display ranks slightly less than average.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as some other ThinkPad laptops

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is a great option for those searching for value in a business/consumer laptop hybrid. Pricing starts at $629 for an Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Lenovo has always been a leader in quality keyboards and touchpad support. The keyboard is accurate and fast, and the touchpad is equipped with Windows Precision drivers.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid build quality
  • Long battery life
  • Fast SSD
  • Good display
Cons[**]
  • Lack of Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 is a solid option for those who want a quality business laptop. At 2.8 pounds and 11.8 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches, the Lenovo is about the same size as the HP Envy 13. There is a lot to love about the ThinkBook's 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel touchscreen (WQXGA) display.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU and 16GB of RAM
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Dim display
  • Low max brightness

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
ThinkBook series sits between the consumer-focused IdeaPad range and business-centric ThinkPad range. Lenovo promotes the ThinkBook 13s-IWL as a business laptop, although it cannot keep up with the security features of most modern business laptops. Lenovo phased out slim-tip charging over two years ago for most ThinkPads, but has persisted with the charging port for its new ThinkBook series.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
  • Long warranty
Cons[**]
  • Low-contrast display
  • Lacks SD card slot
  • Thick bezels

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The ThinkBook 13s is a 13.3-inch ultraportable with a silver-gray instead of matte-black finish. It features a 1.6GHz Core i5-8265U "Whiskey Lake" processor with Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics. The aluminum-clad Lenovo measures 0.63 by 12.1 by 8.5 inches and weighs 2.95 pounds.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Solid build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13S targets small- and medium-sized companies and business users looking for a less snazzy device at a lower cost. The ThinkBook looks quite different, with a silvery-gray keyboard deck, a gray ThinkBook logo, and a dual-tone lid. The keyboard also isn't a ThinkPad keyboard — which is unfortunate because ThinkPad keyboards are consistently my favorites.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid performance from Intel 11th Gen processors
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good audio
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard isn't a ThinkPad

references

  1. 1. ^ Lenovo Thinkbook 13s review: ThinkPad influences at a great price. Arstechnica. 2019-09-07. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. Digitaltrends. 2019-09-16. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. Laptopmag. 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s (Gen 2) review: Budget ThinkPad . Laptopmag. 2021-08-07. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  5. 5. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop Review: A Business Laptop but no TrackPoint. Notebookcheck. 2019-07-28. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Review. Pcmag. 2019-08-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13S review: business on a budget. Theverge. 2021-07-27. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  8. *. 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.
  9. **. 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.
  10. ***. 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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