Bulky it is not. This is still a ThinkPad — and like most ThinkPads, the case is tough. This laptop is tough, but it also has great design features. The material texture is perfect, and the chassis feels balanced if you hold it in one hand.
The hinge can do some acrobatics, letting the display turn a full degrees from the closed position until the entire unit lies flat on your desk or table. Overall, the design offers ThinkPad toughness in an ultrabook form factor. An HDMI output and headphone jack handle your external audio and video needs, respectively.
It brings These inputs place the ThinkPad among the most generous ultrabooks. The ThinkPad line is known for its great keyboards, and the ThinkPad 13 does not disappoint. The keys are generously sized and curved at the bottom to make each key easier to define at a touch. The result? Every keystroke is crisp and recognizable, with just the right amount of feedback. Typing on the keyboard is a joy.
The keyboard layout is standard. This being a ThinkPad, the iconic red TrackPointer is present. The little rubber joystick gives users precise control over the cursor, and two buttons below give users the ability to right- and left-click. A third button, between these two, lets users quickly scroll with the TrackPoint sadly, the button does not function as middle-click. It can be difficult to move the mouse to the top of the screen in one gesture, though not impossible.
But this sacrifice was necessary to make room for the TrackPoint buttons. The texture is smooth, with just the right amount of feedback, and inputs are recognized consistently. We just wish it was a little bigger. Affordable laptops rarely offer a premium display. The ThinkPad 13 is no exception.
Resolution is a positive, at least, as it offers p. Everything looked a bit off, and our tests showed us why. The maximum brightness is The non-gloss display does help keep the display readable. The ThinkPad 13 hits a contrast ratio at maximum brightness. The Zenbook hits , for example. Watching the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, we noticed darker scenes were a muddled mess.
The big weak point is the color. Most displays exceed 90 percent, and a few hit percent. To be fair to the ThinkPad 13, it does defeat some affordable laptops, like the aforementioned Radius The speakers also leave a lot to be desired. Bass comes out fluffy instead of pounding, even when compared to other laptops. The mid-range is mostly fine, but treble is a bit on the tinny side.
The speakers are loud enough to hear music from across the room, but we recommend plugging in a set of external speakers whenever possible. The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 is powered by an Intel iU dual-core processor, which is a low-end member of the current generation of Intel chips.
Our Geekbench tests showed a single core score of 2, and a multi core score of 4, Predictably, this is comparable to the Dell Inspiron 11 , which also sports a dual-core i3, but lower than the Asus Zenbook UXU, which uses a Core i5. Intensive tasks take a while, though. For example, our Handbrake test, in which we convert a 4K movie trailer, took 2, seconds to complete, considerably slower than the 1, seconds taken by the Asus Zenbook UXUA.
Firing up our CrystalDiskMark test, we saw sequential read speeds of It also has dTPM 2. On our tests, the ThinkPad 13's optional x touch screen delivered sharp images with colors that were accurate, but not overly rich. When I watched a p trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, fine details like the bark on Groot's body were clear and colors like the blue on Yondu's skin and the purple in some titles were lively.
Unfortunately, nighttime scenes like the one where the crew fights some bad guys in a forest appeared dimmer than we would have liked. According to our light meter, the ThinkPad 13's screen emits a maximum of nits of brightness, well below the nit category average, but about on par with the ThinkPad T nits and much brighter than the Dell Latitude Fortunately, if you're not watching a pitch-black scene, the display is more than bright enough and colors don't fade out, even at 90 degrees to the left or right.
Though most touch screens have glossy panels that reflect a lot of light, the ThinkPad 13's panel is completely matte. With a deep 2 millimeters of travel, the ThinkPad 13's keyboard has one of the snappiest, most tactile responses I've experienced. However, the ThinkPad 13 offers great color accuracy. According to our colorimeter, the screen has a Delta-E score of just 0. The ThinkPad 13's dual, front-mounted speakers deliver surprisingly good audio output that's loud enough to fill a medium-size room.
When I listened to the guitar-laden "Smoke on the Water," all the instruments were crystal clear, and there was a clear separation of sound between the percussion on the right side and the vocals and guitar on the left. Knife's bass-heavy "Silent Shout" had an even richer stereo effect, with synthesizers appearing to travel from one side to the other.
With a deep 2 millimeters of travel and a full 63 grams of force, the ThinkPad 13's non-backlit keyboard has one of the snappiest, most tactile responses I've experienced. Thanks to the great feel, I was able to achieve a rate of words per minute, quite a bit better than my average, on the 10FastFingers Typing Test. I also had only a 1. However, I noticed that the E key on our test unit was a little bit noisier than the others and stuck a little bit.
Lenovo says that this is just a defect on our particular review unit. Though not everyone loves pointing sticks, I find that Lenovo's little red nub provides the most accurate and convenient form of navigation. Using the TrackPoint, I was able to move around the desktop, click icons and highlight text, without lifting my hands off the home row.
The 2. Using Microsoft's Precision Touchpad driver, the pad handled Windows 10 gestures such as pinch-to-zoom, three-finger swipe and four-finger tap flawlessly. The ThinkPad 13 has room for the ports most productivity users need. On the left side sits a proprietary power port, a USB 3.
The right side houses two more USB 3. The Type-C port is particularly important, because it allows you to connect to a huge ecosystem of universal docking stations, which you can use to get power while outputting to multiple monitors and attaching to peripherals over a single cable. However, the port would be even better if it supported Thunderbolt 3, which has much higher speeds, as the Type-C ports on the ThinkPad T and X1 Carbon do. Lenovo's port has "anti-fry" technology, which prevents a rogue charger from delivering too much power and damaging the laptop.
When I had over a dozen tabs open in Chrome and was typing this review in Google docs, I didn't notice any lag at all. Lenovo's lightweight laptop scored a mediocre 5, on Geekbench 4, a synthetic benchmark that measures overall performance. The Latitude 8, has a Core iU processor. The ThinkPad 13's GB solid-state drive isn't significantly faster than a mechanical hard drive. The SSD took a sluggish 1 minute and 9 seconds to copy 4. Lenovo's laptop took a leisurely 5 minutes and 18 seconds to complete our Spreadsheet Macro test, which involves matching 20, names with their addresses.
The Latitude took just 3 minutes and 12 seconds.
The murmur of the fan is not annoying though and there is no high-pitched sound, either. If you do not need the maximum performance, we would definitely recommend one of the two less powerful energy settings. Our test unit did not have any problems with electronic noises like coil whine. The bottom panel primarily warms up in the center where the CPU is located. You should not put the notebook on your lap when you stress it, but there are no limitations in everyday scenarios.
After about 25 minutes, we can see a fluctuation, but the average values are roughly the same. There might be a software update to stabilize the performance in the future. The two stereo speakers are located above the keyboard and direct the sound towards the user. The quality leaves room for optimizations, which is shown by systems like the X1 Carbon , for example.
The speakers are definitely sufficient for video conferences, but we recommend headphones or external speakers when you listen to music or watch movies. The preloaded Dolby software offers different profiles, but the sound differences are small. Lenovo equips its compact business Ultrabook with a completely new chassis, updated processors, and a screen.
You can also get a fast 5G modem, but the manufacturer now uses a worse keyboard. Intel Core iG7 4 x 2. Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section. Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications. Nano-SIM slot at the rear. Webcam - ThinkPad now with p.
Internal layout ThinkPad X13 G2. Input Devices - Shallower keys and reduced travel. Input Devices. Keyboard illumination. Display - Subpixel layout. Minor backlight bleeding at the upper edge. Viewing angle stability. CalMAN Grayscale. CalMAN Grayscale calibrated. P3: AdobeRGB: In the sun. Processor - Core iG7. Cinebench R15 Multi Loop. System Performance. PCMark 10 Score. LatencyMon Overview. LatencyMon Drivers. The M. CrystalDiskMark 5. AS SSD. Access Time Read: 0. Access Time Write: 0.
Score Read: Points. Score Write: Points. Score Total: Points. No graph data. Gaming Performance. Witcher 3 FPS Diagram. Emissions - More performance and noisier fan. System Noise. Noise Level Idle. Witcher 3. Power Supply max. Surface temperatures stress test top. Surface temperatures stress test bottom. The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers. In comparison, all tested devices range from 0. This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
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Average of class Subnotebook 3. Average of class Subnotebook 4 - Average of class Subnotebook 6. GTA V The Witcher 3 Lenovo is taking a gamble with the ThinkPad 13, one that will either end with the system finding a home in the marketplace, or in tears. But the bottom line is that the ThinkPad 13 is going to more than meet the needs of most ThinkPad users, whether they know it or not.
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