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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop

MSRP 724 USDNEX score 74%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is part of a new series of ultra-slim business laptops slotted below the ThinkPad series. Targeted at SMBs, the ThinkBook 13s is more stylish than ThinkPads while being considerably more affordable.
The ThinkBook 13s features a premium aluminum and magnesium chassis, 180-degree lay-flat hinge, and an "Infinity Edge" display with narrow bezels. Inside the 2019 model is powered by 8th-gen Intel Core processors as well as optional discrete AMD Radeon 540X graphics. A full set of I/O options, including full-size HDMI, comes as standard.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Solid performance
  • Very good display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Lackluster performance
  • Mediocre CPU performance
  • Underwhelming webcam
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 + 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 1.4b + 1x Audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
45 Wh
Camera | Front
HD with Camera Shutter
Colors
Mineral Gray
Form Factor
Clamshell laptop with 180° lay-flat mode Zinc alloy durable hinge
Material
Anodized Aluminum
Microphone
Near-field Dual Array integrated digital mics
Speakers
2x 2W HARMAN branded speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
216.4 mm / 8.52 inch
Size | Height
15.9 mm / 0.63 inch
Size | Width
307.6 mm / 12.11 inch
Weight
1.4 kg / 3.09 lbs

Display

Brightness
300 nits
Display Diagonal
13.3 inch
Display Type
IPS anti-glare
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Graphics
Integrated Intel UHD 620 or AMD Radeon 540X w/ 2GB GDDR5
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Up to 8th-gen Intel Core i7
Security
Discrete TPM 2.0, Touch Fingerprint Reader with ring LED lights

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 11 hours
Memory | Capacity
8 or 16 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4
Power Supply
Slim 45 or 65W
Storage
M.2 PCIe or M.2 SATA SDD up to 512 GB

Production

Debut
2019-05 (Accelerate 2019)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo Thinkbook 13s review: ThinkPad influences at a great price. [arstechnica]. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/09/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-review-thinkpad-influences-at-a-great-price/. 2019-09-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-review/. 2019-09-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s. 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s (Gen 2) review: Budget ThinkPad . [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-gen-2. 2021-08-07. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
5. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s: Battery life or performance on demand? You have the choice. . [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkBook-13s-in-review-Battery-life-or-performance-You-decide.513800.0.html. 2021-01-08. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
6. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop Review: A Business Laptop but no TrackPoint. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkBook-13s-Laptop-Review-A-Business-Laptop-but-no-TrackPoint.428235.0.html. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
7. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s. 2019-08-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-review. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
9. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13S review: business on a budget. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22594739/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-review-design-specs-price-features. 2021-07-27. Retrieved 2021-09-16.

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