Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Average of 5 scores (from 14 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
The ThinkBook series is Lenovo’s latest attempt at introducing a new brand upon the laptop market. The ThinkBooks are designed to excel in productive applications while offering a more modern design than their ThinkPad counterparts. Read on to find out whether Lenovo has achieved this with the ThinkBook 13s in our detailed review.
Source: Gear Diary
While I certainly wouldn’t be GAMING on this laptop, moderate web browsing, light working including Office and photo editing might be ideal for the ThinkBook 13s… heavier processing, including running strenuous applications for video editing will take a toll on the performance and battery life of the laptop. But the price is right at $800 for the base model, and whether you are a business owner or just your average web surfer, there’s enough to love about Lenovo’s laptop to justify purchasing.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/21/2020
Source: Hardware Zone Archive.org version
While it sounds enticing, there are cheaper alternatives. ASUS’ ZenBook 14 UX431 and Acer’s Swift 3 Premium have comparable configurations with discrete NVIDIA graphics and they are priced at S$1,398 and S$1,198 respectively. What they lack, insofar as specifications are concerned, are the security features of the ThinkBook 13s like the TPM chip and webcam privacy shutter. If these security features are important to you, then the choice is clear. The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is a compelling option given its price, features, and specifications. For everyone else who just wants a notebook for general computing purposes and light gaming, know that there are other alternatives worth checking out.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/26/2019
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 85% performance: 80% workmanship: 75%
Source: Yugatech Archive.org version
Lenovo is marketing the ThinkBook 13S as a business laptop with entertainment features. It looks great, durable, and portable. And given our experience with it, I think they’re right. It’s basically for work, meaning MS Office applications, emails, and web browsing. For entertainment, we’re narrowing it down to YouTube and Netflix. It would have been nicer though if they included an SD card slot.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/24/2019
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
At 2.95 pounds, the ThinkBook 13s is a bit heavier than rivals such as the 2.7-pound Dell XPS 13 but still easy to carry. Bottom-mounted Harman speakers produce pretty good sound.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2019
Source: Neowin Archive.org version
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is a laptop that I thoroughly enjoyed, and it seems like it's a perfect laptop to hand out to a team in an SMB. My biggest issues with it are that there's no USB Type-C charging and that the audio is just OK. The good news about the charger though, is that if you hand them out to a team, you've got a bunch of these chargers lying around.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2019
Source: Laptop Media Archive.org version
So, we already said that this device is part of a brand new series in the laptop world. We were satisfied with our time with it. However, not need to lie here, the most flashy feature of the ThinkBook 13s is actually its look and the way it feels when handled. Its all-aluminum body hints at the premium nature of the device, while its matte finish is almost immune to fingerprints. In fact, the laptop kind of reminds us of the Lenovo Ideapad 730S, which is both thinner and lighter and proved to be a pretty decent piece of hardware, by the way.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2019
Source: PC Guia PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/26/2020
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 80%
Source: Tabletowo PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/06/2019
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Antyweb PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Beautiful design; high performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/20/2019
Source: Log.com.tr TR→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/12/2019
Rating: Total score: 87%
Source: Teknolojioku TR→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size; light weight; nice performance; good price. Negative: No card reader.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/05/2019
Source: Zoom RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Elegant design; great built quality; nice ergonomy; grear display; good cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2019
Source: VNReview VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Slim size; light weight; modern design; nice display; high performance; long battery life. Negative: Thick frames; poor set of ports.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/10/2019
Source: Giz.ro →EN Archive.org version
Positive: Nice design; great built quality; beautiful display; comfortable keyboard; good cooling system; high autonomy; attractive price. Negative: Heavy and bulky; no Thunderbolt 3; no card reader; no USB-C charging; inflexible touchpad; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2019
Series: Unlike the widely-acclaimed ThinkPad series hailing from the very selfsame company brand, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s plugs itself as a business laptop with entertainment features centering around the theme of stress-free leisure in a potentially grueling workplace. The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s houses a couple of key features that enable the user to boot up the operating system with just a simple command whether they are sourced in the form of a fingerprint or voice activation.
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is believed to measure up to a total approximation of 13.3 inch and is considered to be among the smallest compact-sized notebook models since it is under the average technical scale of 14 inch. This promotes the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s as extremely portable since its reduced dimensions enable it to take up less space over a working space while it can still be easily fitted into a commuting bag. Sticking true to the theme of being conveniently portable, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is packed with various features that render it faster and easier to focus on the task at hand. For instance, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s has a biometric login feature in the shape of a small circle, which replaces the conventional Power button – an oh-so basic button that can be commonly found on a majority of laptop models since the beginning of time. This small circle responses adeptly to human skin and the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s can be easily booted up with just merely a single touch. Aside from that, users can also wake the Lenovo ThinkBook s13 up from Sleep mode with voice recognition alone thanks to the innovative cloud artificial intelligence better known as Cortana. The integration of both of these features makes jumping back to work or any task at hand conveniently easy with system activation features that response in just under five seconds.
In addition, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is armed with built-in security features to tackle the revolving problem of easy access, which can be achieved from a single touch over the Power circle or mere voice activation alone. The default discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) encrypts data and any other business-critical information in conjunction with the security features existing along Windows 10. The ThinkShutter mechanism, which can be commonly found in the latest official releases of laptop models from the Lenovo brand, is a physical camera cover which can be slid over the front camera and block the lens from prying eyes from the other end. As mentioned before, the Power circle also functions as a biometric login in the form of a fingerprint reader. It can be configured to only detect the user’s fingerprint in order to gain legitimate access into the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
83.2%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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