The past two weeks we had the privilege of getting our hands on the Lenovo ThinkPad 13s and well we can’t say that we were suprised by the quality and solid design that lenovo has delivered. However we cant say we were excited either because first and foremost lenovo makes it very clear who the ThinkPad 13 is intended for and from that you can somewhat understand the use.
|Processor||Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7|
|Operating System||Up to Windows 10 Pro|
|Display||13.3” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS antiglare with Dolby Vision™ HDR (300 nits, 72% CG)|
|Memory||Up to 16GB|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours* 45Wh*Based on testing with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.|
|Storage||512GB M.2 PCIe SSD256GB SATA SSD|
|Graphics||Optional: Discrete AMD Radeon™ 540X with 2GB GDDR5Integrated Intel® UHD 620 on Unified Memory Architecture (UMA)|
|Security||Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilitiesdTPM 2.0Touch fingerprint reader integrated with power buttonThinkShutter, webcam privacy cover|
|Audio||Dolby Audio™2 x 2W Harman speakersDual-array, noise-cancelling mics, optimized for voice recognition|
|Camera||1M HD, ultraslim|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||307.6mm x 216.4mm x 15.9mm / 12.11″ x 8.52″ x 0.63″|
|Weight||Starting at 3.09lbs / 1.40kg|
|Bezel||Less than 5.5mm thin|
|Connectivity||WLAN: 11ac 2 x 2Bluetooth® 5.2|
|Ports/Slots||USB-C Gen 22 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (one always on)Headphone / mic comboHDMI 1.4b|
|Keyboard||Spill resistantOptional: Backlight with white LED lightingHot keys enabled for Skype callsOne-piece precision touchpad|
|AC Adapter||Slim tip 45WOptional: 65W (required for Rapid Charge, which is supported on UMA models only)|
|Supported Docking||USB-C DockHybrid USB-CDocking stations sold separately.|
|Preloaded Software||Lenovo Migration AssistantLenovo VantageMcAfee LiveSafe™ (30-day trial)Microsoft Office (30-day trial)|
Specifications may vary depending upon region.
Lets get straight into it, the thinkpad 13s is intended for business and from that perspective alone lenovo has delivered a laptop that you could say ticks every box. this laptop could become a fan favorite because it built quality is very sturdy, splash-proof keeboard, fingerprint scanner and all round metal case that makes it feel strong enough to throw in a case and go out into the cooperate world and it wont break with minor bumps or scratches. On top of that the ssd means it can actually take a beating with no moving hdd parts and we like that very much.
With a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-8265U processor with 8GB of RAM the performance is decent, nothing mind blowing and it will run the majority of your business applications and word processors lke a breeze. and when youre feeling a bit tired on your long business trip, the Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU can probably run some decent gaming titles to you entertained.
This is one of the few shining points of this device if you’re in some hotel room or in a presentation that requires some audio and want to enjoy a good media experience. the Herman audio has you covered. For a laptop of this size the sound quality is something to take note of. Nice lows, very good mid range and highs this is something you wont find in most business laptops but it is a welcome feature considering that this is primary device for on the go executives.
Lenovo offers a few durability features with the ThinkBook 13s design. These include an anti-spill protection for water, extreme temperatures and vibrations, as well as a hinge that’s rated for 25,000 open-and-close cycles. However, we did not test these claims.
As far as security, Lenovo offers several features for the ThinkBook 13s such as an integrated fingerprint reader built into the power button. It includes data encryption and works together with other Windows 10 security features.
Another really good feature, 9 hrs battery and you can get a full charge within 4-5 hours now thats something. Remember this is a 13 inch laptop and even with modern note books, the battery life is up there with some the best laptops on the market.
Solid device all round until we saw the retail price in south africa and had to do a double take R21000 for an Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. hardly an amount a company would spend on a traveling execute and whats worse is that is the same amount for an entry level gaming laptop, with a gtx card, thunderbolt and probably 1 terabyte of memory. So we decided to shop around and saw that the thinkpad was selling for far much less overseas than in South Africa R12000, a R10000 difference and we genuinely wondered why. Attempts to get a comment failed, however thats not to say this isn’t a good device, in fact it actually is and can be improved with a thunderbolt port [replace the proprietary port] and perhaps a significant price reconsideration.
Big Thanks to Devon from hkstrategies.co.za