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    A metal laptop with a laconic design, an HDR display, and a fingerprint scanner - it seems as if due to these characteristics the price tag should be indecently high. However, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s proves that there are nice and affordable exceptions.

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    Convenient, fast, safe

    Perhaps someone will say that the new product is not thin enough for an ultrabook. But the lightweight (1.32 kg) allows you to carry the ThinkBook 13s with you everywhere: at least for work, at least for a lecture. The case is entirely made of metal, which adds a bit of style. And practicality. Plastic frames only the screen - with minimal frames on the sides, but a noticeable thickening at the top and bottom. Above the display is the front camera, which can be covered with a mechanical shutter. Top functionality for paranoid. On the other hand, this is a real reason to think. What if Lenovo knows something?

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    The buttons on the laptop are large and comfortable, their move is clear but moderately soft. The cursor block is usually tiny in size, getting there the first time is still a challenge. Here, the navigation buttons are huge, easy to feel blindly. The touchpad is medium in size, supports multi-touch gestures. The keyboard is secure: as the manufacturer claims, if you spill a little water on the laptop, nothing will happen. A nice bonus, but the keyboard backlight would be much more useful. It is available only as an option.

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    The top cover leans back 180 degrees, but it does not pass the “one-armed” test. The device compensates for this nuance with a lightning-fast exit from sleep and a high-speed fingerprint scanner. The latter is built into the power button, so everything is at hand. In a locked state, the contents of the SSD are protected by the dTPM hardware module. Together with the BitLocker utility, user data is always safe.

    On the sides are the most necessary connectors. On the right are two full-sized USB 3.0 ports. On the left are an audio output, USB-C, HDMI and a proprietary charging port. Therefore, recharging the device from a portable battery will not work. You should always carry a branded cable and power supply.

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    Decent picture, mediocre sound

    The 13.3-inch IPS-panel pleases with a high-quality picture, excellent viewing angles, and a matte finish. For Lenovo ThinkBook 13s it is comfortable to work even at the window or on the street. However, in direct sunlight, the display fades - he cannot boast of a large supply of brightness. But there are additional options like support for Dolby Vision HDR. Extended dynamic range should be specially activated in the settings. Feel its advantages easily on YouTube in videos with the appropriate support, but only through the Microsoft Edge browser.

    Two speakers of 2 watts each, tuned by Harman, are responsible for the audio. Although the sound is loud, it is average in quality. At peak volume, the high frequencies merge into a whistling mess, so it's best to set about 80% of the maximum. There is no bass, of course. There is only a ghostly hint of them. In any case, the built-in speakers will be enough to watch movies and TV shows, but it is better to arrange music playback through third-party speakers.

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    Productivity is the king of work

    For testing, a configuration arrived with an Intel Core i5-8265U processor and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM. This is enough to cover 146% of office scenarios. But for rendering 3D models, video encoding and gaming, the laptop is not very suitable. This is eloquently hinted at by the average graphics settings in CS: GO - the ceiling for an ultrabook. Settings slightly higher seriously load the computer, and the frame rate drops to 15 fps, which is very far from a comfortable value. When running individual programs at full power, the fans turn on. In office applications and the browser, their work is almost invisible.

    There is a more advanced model with Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal SSD-memory. However, she still does not have a discrete graphics card. The Intel UHD Graphics 620 module is responsible for the graphics. However, a standard configuration is sufficient to solve the most common tasks.

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    Test results

    GEEKBENCH

    Single-core - 4414

    Multi-core - 12 849

    3DMARK

    FireStrike - 1007

    FireStrike Extreme - 458

    TimeSpy - 415 (362 graphics, 2464 processor)

    Night Raid - 4770

    Sky Diver – 4322

    CINEBENCH R20

    CPU - 1335

    CPU Single core – 247

    PCMARK 10

    3585

    The battery

    The manufacturer claims that the built-in battery at 45 W * h is enough for 11 hours of autonomy. The result is real, but achieving it is not easy. With active Wi-Fi, 40% backlighting, a running browser, a text editor, and rare viewing of content on YouTube, you can count on 4-5 hours without an outlet. The video playback takes less energy - enough for 8 or more hours. At the same time, all connections were turned off, and the brightness was set to 50%. Unfortunately, there is a noticeable battery drain in sleep mode. During the day, the battery is able to lose up to 13% of the charge. Such is the flip side of a lightning-fast exit from sleep mode. A full charge from a 65-watt power supply takes 1 hour 20 minutes. But in the first 30 minutes, the laptop is already replenished by 56%.

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    Specifications

    CPU

    Intel Core i5-8265U

    GRAPHICS

    Intel UHD Graphics 620

    RAM

    8 GB LPDDR4 2666 MHz

    STORAGE DEVICE

    256 GB SSD, M.2 SATA, NVMe

    SCREEN

    13.93 ", Full HD (1920x1080), IPS, matte, 300 nit brightness, Dolby Vision HDR

    INTERFACES

    2 x USB 3.1, USB Type-C 3.1, 3.5 mm jack, HDMI 1.4

    DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT

    21.4 x 30.8 x 1.59 cm, 1.32 kg

    ADDITIONALLY

    metal case, Harman sound, fingerprint scanner, Windows 10 Pro, quick charge, shutter for ThinkShutter camera

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s review: affordable business notebook

    Summary

    Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is an excellent work tool for those who need to get aesthetic pleasure from their laptops as well. The abundance of metal in the case, minimal frames, slightly angular design - the laptop looks much more expensive than its price tag. In addition to a catchy appearance, the gadget has many practical advantages. For example, a matte screen, a fingerprint scanner, a very quick way out of sleep mode, the most convenient keyboard and webcam, which closes with a physical shutter. Lenovo ThinkBook 13s does not have discrete graphics, so AAA games pass by him. Perhaps this is the only thing that is beyond the power of such a laptop.



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