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Is the Lenovo ThinkBook 13S worth it? Analysis and unboxing of the laptop

Let’s first take a look at the box of the ThinkBook 13S 2G ITL. The packaging is quite small, it feels heavy and on the side we have the first technical data. I will not review all of them, because we will see that later. What I do have to specify is the 20V9 model and the presentation is Mineral Gray.

I open the box and we take out the laptop first to review the design. I like that everything is aluminum, even the rear, and it feels very sturdy and compact in the hands. Weight doesn’t seem like a problem at 1.26 kilos either. What can be a problem is the placement of the speakers: if you leave the laptop on a soft surface, like a bedspread or the sofa, the speakers are likely to get clogged.

Another detail, before opening the laptop, is the number of ports available. We have two USB 3.2 ports, a Thunderbolt 4 port, HDMI 2.0, and a headphone jack port.

THINKBOOK 13S | Team analysis and unboxing

We open the laptop and it’s time to talk about the keyboard, which to my taste is very flat. It does not come with a numeric keypad, the power button with fingerprint reader is well placed at the end to avoid typing errors and the size of the keys are comfortable, as well as the dimensions of the trackpad. The latter, by the way, responds well to gestures.

The IPS screen is 13.3 inches WQXGA with 2560 x 1600 resolution. The panel dimensions make tasks easier to manage. Details feel sharp, while brightness, contrast, and tones are just right. The device covers 86% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which places it above the notebook average. Where it does falter is the 267 nits of brightness and screen dimness.

If we talk about performance, we must remember that this model in question brings the Core i5-1135G7 with 8G RAM, 512GB of storage, Windows 10 Pro operating system and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics card. Interestingly, don’t be fooled by the processor version. PCMark10 Home, for example, gave 4602 points to the ThinkBook 13S, on the heels of the Dell XPS 13 and Razer Book 13 by 200 points of difference, and the data is that these two machines use an Intel Core i7-1165G7. Considering the hardware of the equipment, the truth is that they make a good combination of power without having the latest on the market.

Another performance data is the capacity of the Intel Iris Xe card. Power is a clear improvement over Lenovo’s predecessors, but there is still some gap with gaming laptops. The ThinkBook 13s is arguably an excellent choice for business tasks, even if you’re exporting undemanding video. If you will have it to play occasionally, the system will not reach 60 FPS. You might peak up to 52 FPS at 1080p, but it’s not like it ruins the game either. Depending on the demands on the system, you will notice some heat in the center of the keyboard and the noise from the fans can be annoying.

When it comes to software, the ThinkBook 13s groups all its utility applications into Lenovo Vantage. The tools are not intrusive when using the machine. This also leads me to dedicate a few words to battery management. With an average use of the equipment, you will arrive without problems at 7 o’clock.

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