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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 Intel & AMD Laptop

MSRP 1000 USDExt score 81%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 is the latest iteration of Lenovo's ultra-portable mid-range business laptop computer. Available with the latest 11th-gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors, it packs plenty of lasting performance for professionals on-the-go.
With a 14.9mm profile and weighing just 1.26 kg, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 is sleeker and lighter than ever before. The anodized aluminum body includes a dual-tone top cover that adds style to business.
The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 features a 16:10 WQXGA display that offers a more usable viewing area. Flanked with ultra-thin bezels on both sides, the display makes for an over 90% screen-to-body ratio. The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 also covers 100% sRGB color gamut.
Like other business laptops released by Lenovo this year, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 features WiFi 6 wireless connectivity. The Intel variant, thanks to the 11th-gen Intel Core processor, offers a Thunderbolt 4 port.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Solid performance for a Core i5
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Below-average CPU performance

What external reviewers found***

Ext 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent productivity performance
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Somewhat expensive
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No SD card slot or microSD card slot
  • No webcam
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Specifications

IntelAMD

Connectivity

Ports1x Thunderbolt 4 + 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x audio combo1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x audio combo
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity56 Wh
Camera | FrontHD camera with ThinkShutter
ColorsMineral Gray
Form Factor180° lay-flat
MaterialAnodized Aluminum with dual tone color on top cover
MicrophoneDual-array microphones
Speakers2 x 2W HARMAN-branded speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth209 mm
Size | Height14.9 mm
Size | Width299 mm
Weight1.26 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio16:10
Brightness300 nits
Display Diagonal13.3 inch
Display TypeIPS, 4.5mm narrow side bezels
Gamut100% sRGB
Resolution2560 x 1600

Function

Fast ChargingRapidCharge
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris Xe graphicsIntegrated AMD Radeon graphics
HDRDolby Vision
Keyboard BacklightYes
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 ProcessorAMD RyzenTM 4000 series mobile porcessors
Touch ScreenOptional

Performance

Battery LifeUp to 12 hours
Memory | Capacity8/16 GB
Memory | TypeDual-channel LPDDR4x, 4267MHz
Power Supply65W Type-C adapter
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 SSD Up to 1TB / M.2 PCIe Gen3 SSDUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen3 SSD

Production

AccessoryDocking: ThinkPad USB-C Dock Gen2 / Hybrid USB-C Dock
Availability2020-10
Debut2020-09-29

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External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 has a 56-watt-hour battery, significantly larger than the previous model. Windows 10 Hello support is provided by a fingerprint reader built into the power button. It's not thin and light enough to beat out rivals like the Dell XPS 13, but it's also significantly less expensive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Somewhat expensive

laptopmag[2]

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

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
All five of these lightweights topped the 4,000 points that indicate excellent productivity in PCMark 10. The ThinkBook's Core i5-1135G7 mobile CPU is a quad-core, 2.4GHz (4.2GHz turbo) chip. Its top-quality, better-than-1080p-resolution display is a plus for image editing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Excellent productivity performance
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • No SD card slot or microSD card slot
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

techradar[4]

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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 review: Solid performer at a sound price. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-gen-2-review/. 2021-05-04. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s (Gen 2) review: Budget ThinkPad . [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-gen-2. 2021-08-07. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
3. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-gen-2. 2021-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
4. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-13s-review. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-15.

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