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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s - for prosumers
4.2Overall Score
Name: Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-IWL
Price (RRP): $from 1339
Manufacturer: Lenovo

The Lenovo ThinkBook is a new ‘sub-brand’ aimed at the SMB market. The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s and 14s sit above its consumer IdeaPad range and below its enterprise ThinkPad range.

We think the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s has hit the nail squarely on the head offering business-focused features at reasonable prices.

But to make such a good price means some sacrifices. The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is not really a business-grade device – more a beefed-up consumer-grade one.

Still bang for buck it is hard to beat.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-IWL

As tested Model 20R90079AU

  • Intel Core i7-8565U 1.8/4.6GHz (optional i5-8265U 1.6/3.9GHz)
  • 8GB/256GB (option 16GB and up to 512GB M.2 2242 SSD PCIe 3.0 x 2
  • 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, 300nit, IPS
  • 4 cell battery 45W
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 1-year return to Lenovo
  • $1589 (range $1339 to 1779)

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First impressions

The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s comes attractively packaged in a dark silver case. It is restrained rather than out there like its funky Yoga series. More a business focus. Mind you the shiny silver trackpad (Mylar coated) is just a little different.

While the screen has small side bezels, the top and bottom are large, and the black surround is a little bland.

Yes, it has a solid, conservative business look about it.

Screen – EXCEED but not touch!

13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, 16:9, 300nit, IPS

I am so used to touch that I habitually try to touch this screen to no avail.

The panel is an Innolux N133HCE-EN2, a-Si IPS LED. It uses a WLED (white) backlight. It has an anti-glare 3H coating.

Lenovo Think Book 13s screen

We measured

  • 300-320nits and relatively even brightness although some backlight bleed
  • Contrast of 800:1 (blacks are deeper grey .3nits and reduce contrast)
  • 100% sRGB, 65% AdobeRGB or 72% NTSC and Delta E of 2.4 (below 4 is good).
  • Reasonable off-angle viewing to 40°
  • 40ms G-t-G
  • Display can open to 180° flat

The panel supports Dolby Vision and high-dynamic-range (HDR). Specs-wise it supports the Windows HDR display setting that does improve colour accuracy but not the definition in the dark or bright areas.

We could not test Dolby Vision, but Lenovo is not won’t to make outrageous claims.