Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-IWL-20R90072GE
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-IWL-20R90072GE
Source: Mobile Syrup Archive.org version
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is one of the best laptops I’ve used this year. It’s easily on the level of a MacBook in terms of hardware design and build quality. It has the performance chops to make it worthwhile and isn’t loaded with bloat like other Windows laptops. It’s an excellent machine that, for the right price, is definitely the Windows laptop to get for those who want to get work done on the go.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: PC World Archive.org version
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s isn’t the kind of laptop you’ll want to show off to your friends but it is one that’s remarkably consistent at letting you get the job done. It features both plenty of modern conveniences and decent specs. The design doesn’t get everything right and there’s definitely room for improvement but after my time with the ThinkBook 13s, I’m taking the sub-brand a lot more seriously than I did before. If Lenovo stuck an SD card slot on this thing, I could almost see myself using one. There’s far more to the ThinkBook 13s than just the subtraction that Lenovo have done to draw a line between it and from the pricier ThinkPad lineup. Even if there are limitations and shortcoming, this isn’t a story about compromise. The ThinkBook 13s is an adept workplace PC that’s nice to look at and easy to rely on.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: FPT shop VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Modern design; high security; high performance; compact size; light weight; nice display; good ergonomy; backlit keys.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/02/2019
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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