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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s: Battery life or performance on demand? You have the choice.

Full performance at the press of a button? The ThinkBook does a passable job. Lenovo's ThinkBook 13s disappointed with strong performance drops at first, but it recovered thanks to Performance Mode. Still: AMD's Ryzen 4 remains unmatched. The true strength of the 13-incher lies in the display, while maintenance has been toned down.
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The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 with the Iris Xe G7 80EUs
The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 with the Iris Xe G7 80EUs

Lenovo's ThinkBook brand was launched in 2019. Modern consumer design paired with productive features; that's the philosophy. The price level is clearly below that of the ThinkPad L and T series and matches the pricing of moderate to very well-equipped IdeaPads. Our review sample is currently available for just under 800 Euros (~$982). Not a bad price for a devices with Tiger Lake and a Core i5 along with Iris Xe graphics, IPS with sRGB coverage, a Thunderbolt port, and 256 GB of Samsung storage.

We compare our ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE review unit with similarly equipped 13- and 14-inchers from the business and consumer sectors. We deliberately leave out more expensive X and T ThinkPads due to their significantly higher prices. Instead, the entry-level ThinkPads from the E14 series are within reach but so are interesting consumer models like the Acer Swift 3 with a 3K screen or the HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl with a 4K one. The latter is even equipped with an Iris Xe G7 96EUs, which brings exciting performance comparisons with the Iris Xe G7 80EUs of the ThinkBook 13s-ITL at hand.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE (ThinkBook 13s Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 x 2.4 - 4.2 GHz, 35 W PL2 / Short Burst, 20 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Core: 1300 MHz, Memory: 1600 MHz, 11 W TDP, dual-channel GDDR4, 27.20.100.8439
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4X-4266 (8 GB, soldered)
Display
13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, InfoVision M133NW4J R0, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD, 256 GB 
, 170 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.9 x 299 x 210 ( = 0.59 x 11.77 x 8.27 in)
Battery
55 Wh, 3562 mAh Lithium-Ion, L19M4PDD, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 16 h
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, rubber dome, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.263 kg ( = 44.55 oz / 2.78 pounds), Power Supply: 356 g ( = 12.56 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
01/2021
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.3 kg14.9 mm13.30"1920x1080
86 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
84 %
11/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
i7-10510U, Radeon RX 640
1.7 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
85 %
11/2020
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
R5 4600U, Vega 6
1.3 kg15.95 mm13.30"2560x1600
86 %
04/2020
Schenker VIA 14
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg16.5 mm14.00"1920x1080
82 %
12/2020
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.2 kg17.7 mm13.30"3840x2160

Case

New chassis: New shapes, still a stable aluminum chassis
New chassis: New shapes, still a stable aluminum chassis

Silver instead of black is also the trend for the second generation of ThinkBooks. Only the display bezel is matte black. Compared with the first generation from 2019, it has become much thinner, especially at the bottom. A small hump has been created for the webcam and its shutter; it protrudes very discreetly.

The ThinkBook is completely made of aluminum. The base is a tray with openings at the bottom, and the keys are visible here as if through a grid. The aluminum bottom cover can be removed as a single large piece; this is exemplarily easy after loosening the screws, and you don't need any prying tools at all.

In our opinion, the CNC aluminum case is sturdier than the ThinkPad cases and almost doesn't bend at all. The palm rest doesn't yield in any area, and we couldn't find any noticeable manufacturing flaws.

If you compare it with the ThinkBook 13s 2019, you will notice a completely redesigned case: The ports have been relocated, the hinge has been revamped, the design has been made slightly more angular, and the display bezel has been made narrower. A big change is the air vent, since it now disappears completely behind the hinge in a more visually discreet manner. By the way, the hinge keeps the lid firmly in position, and nothing wobbles when carrying the device around.

In terms of feel, the ThinkBook 13s still feels like a high-end laptop. The aperture angle of 180 degrees fits in well and is preferred by many for use with external monitors.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2

With its 1.26 kilograms, the 2021 ThinkBook 13s-ITL is slightly lighter than the 2019 version (1.33 kg). On the one hand, this is due to the on-board RAM (8 GB, no slot) and the on-board Wi-Fi module. This made it possible to reduce the size of the motherboard. On the other hand, the battery has been increased from 44 to 55 Wh, and it's also physically larger.

The competitors have a similar weight, except for the light but not as sturdy Schenker VIA 14. The 14-inch ThinkPad E14 is not comparable due to its format, and it also weighs 1.7 kilograms. At 14.9 mm, without feet, our ThinkBook 13s-ITL is definitely the slimmest device in this comparison.

Size comparison

325 mm / 12.8 inch 232 mm / 9.13 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.7 kg3.69 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 216.8 mm / 8.54 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.1 kg2.37 lbs309 mm / 12.2 inch 205 mm / 8.07 inch 17.7 mm / 0.697 inch 1.2 kg2.71 lbs299 mm / 11.8 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs296.9 mm / 11.7 inch 208.5 mm / 8.21 inch 15.95 mm / 0.628 inch 1.3 kg2.81 lbs

Connectivity

Two large Type-A ports; Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 is new
Two large Type-A ports; Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 is new

Lenovo still reserves the right to install two large USB Type-A ports. This is just as positive as the Thunderbolt 4 on the left side. The latter is also used as Type-C for charging and to use the device plugged in. As a result, the Thunderbolt is blocked under certain circumstances; a Thunderbolt device and the Type-C power adapter can't be used in parallel. A Thunderbolt docking station that comes with a power supply and also charges the laptop is a workaround here. However, Lenovo's TB3 docks are expensive, and it's questionable whether the buyer of an 800-Euro (~$982) ThinkBook would consider such a purchase.

The slim tip is no longer used as charging port; the ThinkBook 2021 is charged exclusively via Type-C. The predecessor still had a slim tip and couldn't be charged via Type-C. An SD card reader is still not available.

Left: 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 and Power Delivery, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x audio jack
Left: 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 and Power Delivery, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x audio jack
Right: 2x USB-A 3.0, Kensington slot
Right: 2x USB-A 3.0, Kensington slot

Communication

On-board Wi-Fi chip
On-board Wi-Fi chip

The ThinkBook 13s only has one communication module: The Intel Wireless AX201 2x2 Wi-Fi card that supports Bluetooth 5.1. Ethernet can only be implemented as a USB solution in this laptop; WWAN or LTE is not even optional, and nothing is configured for this internally. Features like NFC are not available.

The Wi-Fi module's performance is above average for sending data and below average for receiving it. The still fairly new Wi-Fi 6 chips often don't perform in practice like they could in theory. This is also the case here, whereby the AX201 performs quite well compared to the direct competition, which is consistently equipped with Wi-Fi 6.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1339 (617min - 1491max) MBit/s ∼100% +44%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=197)
1239 MBit/s ∼93% +33%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
932 (921min - 944max) MBit/s ∼70%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (240 - 1658, n=90, last 2 years)
873 MBit/s ∼65% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
832 (794min - 855max) MBit/s ∼62% -11%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1383 (1298min - 1426max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1264 (638min - 1336max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=197)
1135 MBit/s ∼82% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (49.8 - 1614, n=90, last 2 years)
782 MBit/s ∼57% -43%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
612 (588min - 638max) MBit/s ∼44% -56%
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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø932 (921-944)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1318 (617-1491)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø831 (794-855)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1383 (1298-1426)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1243 (638-1336)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø612 (588-638)

Webcam

The 720p webcam delivers moderate quality, whereby indoor shots in good light are more than serviceable for chatting. Color deviations are, as with most laptop webcams, very pronounced. In this regard, contenders are consistently not any better.

Webcam with mechanical shutter
Webcam with mechanical shutter
Indoor image, artificial light - Click for original photo
Indoor image, artificial light - Click for original photo
ColorChecker
27.2 ∆E
26.2 ∆E
25.8 ∆E
25.8 ∆E
27.8 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
28.5 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
24.3 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
25.6 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
20 ∆E
29.3 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
26.4 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
20 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE: 21.52 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 29.35 ∆E
ColorChecker
10.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
12 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
19.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
17 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS: 12.44 ∆E min: 2.28 - max: 19.18 ∆E
ColorChecker
10.6 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
23.7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE: 12.19 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 23.73 ∆E
ColorChecker
12.4 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
7 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
19 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00: 9.8 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 19.02 ∆E

Security

The only integrated security features are a fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello, the Kensington lock, and a TPM module. The Kensington slot is a new addition. Therefore, the ThinkBook 13s is worse equipped than many other business laptops. There's no smart card slot.

In our test, the fingerprint reader worked flawlessly. The integrated status LED of the power button is useful here. It lights up green when the fingerprint scanner can be used. Another feature is the "ThinkShutter", a mechanical camera shutter for the webcam. The ThinkShutter is also installed in the more expensive Lenovo ThinkPads.

Accessories

The ThinkBook 13s doesn't come with any accessories except for the 65-watt power adapter with a Type-C plug. Lenovo's Thunderbolt docks would be an option; these expand the laptop with numerous ports (DisplayPort) and also charge the device. Lenovo offers a USB-C-to-HDMI adapter with power pass-through for the laptop. This would allow connecting two monitors and charging the device at the same time without having to invest in an expensive Thunderbolt dock. In addition, there's the USB-C-to-Ethernet adapter, but without power pass-through, it's useless for prolonged usage at the power socket.

Maintenance

Maintenance is a simple task for ThinkBook owners: Loosen the screws with a mini Torx screwdriver and lift off the bottom cover. No prying tool is needed here. Unfortunately, a sticker blocks one of the screws; opening the device doesn't seem to be welcomed by the manufacturer. Inside, there isn't that much that could be exchanged or upgraded: RAM is soldered, and there is no slot. The same is true for the WLAN module. However, the screwed battery can be replaced as well as the M.2 SSD. An M.2 2242 mm is installed. However, 60 and 80 mm versions can also be installed after removing the placeholder. There is no second slot.

Maintenance made easy: Loosen the screws and the bottom cover comes off
Maintenance made easy: Loosen the screws and the bottom cover comes off
For comparison, the ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE (2019) with a smaller 44 Wh battery and RAM slots
For comparison, the ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE (2019) with a smaller 44 Wh battery and RAM slots
8 GB of on-board RAM; there is no slot
8 GB of on-board RAM; there is no slot
Samsung SSD in the M.2 format
Samsung SSD in the M.2 format

Warranty

The ThinkBook 13s has a very basic warranty package of 12 months. Included is a bring-in service where the customer has to send the device in. This puts the ThinkBook 13s on par with inexpensive business laptops like the ThinkPad E14. Optionally, you can extend the warranty with benefits like Premier Support, accident protection or on-site service; you can also extend the warranty period to a maximum of four years. All this can be configured via Lenovo's Vantage software. 

Input devices

Keyboard

IdeaPad or ThinkPad? Based on the keyboard, the answer is clear: The ThinkBook 13s has an IdeaPad keyboard. The layout of the backlit keyboard (two stages) is practically identical to that of the IdeaPad S540 (13-inch). Characteristic are the small vertical arrow keys, the ungrouped F-keys, and the positioning of the FN key. This is traditionally placed to the left of the Ctrl key in Lenovo ThinkPads, but it's reversed in the ThinkBook 13s.

Apart from the layout, the keys are also virtually identical: The chiclet keys have a smooth, anthracite-colored surface and are rounded. Unlike the ThinkPad keys, however, they are not concave. The travel seems to be a bit shorter compared with ThinkPads. Overall, it's a good keyboard but not an outstanding one. The particular pressure point that characterizes ThinkPad keyboards is missing here. The stroke is firm, almost hard. The keys don't yield in any position.

Standard keyboard without ThinkPad refinements
Standard keyboard without ThinkPad refinements
Keyboard backlight: Stage 1
Keyboard backlight: Stage 1
Keyboard backlight: Stage 2
Keyboard backlight: Stage 2

Touchpad

ClickPad without ThinkPad flair
ClickPad without ThinkPad flair

The touchpad also comes from Lenovo's consumer laptops. Its surface measures 10.5 x 6.5 cm. It's a ClickPad without dedicated mouse buttons. The workmanship in this area is impeccable. The touchpad doesn't wobble, and the click mechanism produces crisp clicks. The plastic offers good gliding capabilities without being as high-quality as a glass touchpad. The touchpad can be used well in everyday life (Microsoft Precision driver); gestures like zooming and scrolling with two fingers work smoothly. All in all, there's little to complain about, but there are better models. Lenovo doesn't include a TrackPoint in the ThinkBooks, a feature of true business laptops.

Display

Subpixel in detail
Subpixel in detail
Perfect black background: Only marginal screen bleeding at the bottom right corner
Perfect black background: Only marginal screen bleeding at the bottom right corner

The matte InfoVision panel doesn't show any weaknesses. The viewing angles of the IPS display are good, the contrast of 2,636:1 is very high, and the brightness, which doesn't decrease even on battery power, is slightly above average. The 16:9 format of the 13.3-incher follows the established pattern, and the frequency of 60 Hz is standard. The illumination of 83% is pretty even; this also leads to an almost complete absence of screen bleeding. The latter is only marginally visible in the lower edge when using a black background. The ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 can outperform the competition with its InfoVision panel, except for the IdeaPad S540, which has better response times with its Chi Mei TFT. 

344
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
369
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
InfoVision M133NW4J R0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 369 cd/m² Average: 334.2 cd/m² Minimum: 3.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 369 cd/m²
Contrast: 2636:1 (Black: 0.14 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.02 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 1.08
ΔE Greyscale 2.34 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
97% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 63% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.44
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
InfoVision M133NW4J R0, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
B140HAN05.7, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Chi Mei CMN13B0 (N133GCA-GQ1), IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Schenker VIA 14
B140HAN06.2, a-Si AHVA-IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
AUOCA8D, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.30
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
BOE08BC, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.50
Response Times
-5%
19%
-36%
-38%
-16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43 (19, 24)
46.4 (23.2, 23.2)
-8%
33 (15, 18)
23%
60.8 (28.4, 32.4)
-41%
52.4 (25.2, 27.2)
-22%
50 (24, 26)
-16%
Response Time Black / White *
27 (13, 14)
27.2 (16.8, 12.4)
-1%
23 (14, 9)
15%
35.2 (17.2, 18)
-30%
41.6 (21.2, 20.4)
-54%
31 (18, 13)
-15%
PWM Frequency
192 (90)
Screen
-134%
-38%
-17%
-53%
-42%
Brightness middle
369
281
-24%
321
-13%
335
-9%
514.1
39%
456
24%
Brightness
334
264
-21%
304
-9%
309
-7%
501
50%
432
29%
Brightness Distribution
83
87
5%
88
6%
84
1%
91
10%
88
6%
Black Level *
0.14
0.25
-79%
0.32
-129%
0.17
-21%
0.37
-164%
0.32
-129%
Contrast
2636
1124
-57%
1003
-62%
1971
-25%
1389
-47%
1425
-46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.02
5.8
-187%
3.41
-69%
2.3
-14%
4.35
-115%
3.49
-73%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.05
22.3
-631%
5
-64%
6.5
-113%
8.4
-175%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.08
4.9
-354%
0.66
39%
1
7%
2.26
-109%
0.72
33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.34
3.2
-37%
5.54
-137%
3.9
-67%
5.2
-122%
5.53
-136%
Gamma
2.44 90%
2.15 102%
2.33 94%
2.19 100%
2.12 104%
2.41 91%
CCT
6552 99%
6452 101%
6476 100%
6556 99%
6308 103%
6675 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
36.2
-43%
61
-3%
65.5
4%
60.6
-4%
65
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
56.9
-41%
96
-1%
99.6
3%
93.3
-4%
100
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-70% / -114%
-10% / -28%
-27% / -20%
-46% / -50%
-29% / -38%

* ... smaller is better

Not only does the ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 reproduce a wide range of colors (sRGB: 97% coverage), but it also does so accurately. The Delta E of the colors and grayscales is on target at 2.0 and 2.3, respectively - and that out of the box. No other model in this comparison achieves this for grayscales and colors. It gets even better with calibration: The Delta E for grayscales drops to 1.0 and 0.8, respectively. It's striking how poorly the ThinkPad E14 performs in terms of colors among the contenders. The ThinkBook 13s is much better here.

Calman grayscales
Calman grayscales
Calman grayscales calibrated
Calman grayscales calibrated
Calman saturation
Calman saturation
Calman saturation calibrated
Calman saturation calibrated
Calman ColorChecker
Calman ColorChecker
Calman ColorChecker calibrated
Calman ColorChecker calibrated

Thanks to the non-restricted brightness, the anti-reflective ThinkBook can be used quite adequately in daylight.

Matte display, 369 cd/m² on battery power (center)
Matte display, 369 cd/m² on battery power (center)
Outdoors in an overcast sky
Outdoors in an overcast sky

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9728 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

Apart from a slight brightness loss, we didn't notice any changes in the display at more extreme viewing angles - this is a typical IPS display.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 viewing angles
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 viewing angles
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 viewing angles
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 viewing angles
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 viewing angles
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL G2 viewing angles

Performance

Intel Core i5-1135G7 with the Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Intel Core i5-1135G7 with the Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Smart cooling (preset) versus High Performance leads to different results
Smart cooling (preset) versus High Performance leads to different results

The ThinkBook 13s-ITL name already indicates it: Current chips from Intel's "Tiger Lake" series are used as processors. Specifically, both the Core i5-1135G7 and the Core i7-1165G7 are available. Both make use of Intel's Iris Xe Graphics (iGPU) for graphics acceleration, whereby the i5 has the 80EUs and the i7 the 96EUs. The latter is the maximum configuration level of the Iris Xe.

Memory is soldered (8 or 16 GB), but it's still dual-channel RAM (DDR4 2400). A single M.2 SSD with 256 or 512 GB of storage space serves as the SSD. A 128 GB version is no longer available. In our test device with a 256 GB SSD, 170 GB was available for use out of the box.

Our ThinkBook 13s-ITL ran in "Smart Cooling" mode, which is the default setting. However, we also ran some of the performance benchmarks listed below under "High Performance", which resulted in improvements. These performance modes can be selected via Fn+Q, via the BIOS or within the Vantage software.

CPU-Z CPU
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Cache
GPU-Z
HWiNFO Summary

Processor

The CPU performance of the Intel Core i5-1135G7 deviates significantly from that of the Yoga 7 14ITL5, and it does so in a downward direction. However, there are two perspectives here: Short-term and long-term load. In the short-term range (Cinebench R15 Multi), the results of the Tiger Lake Core i5 are better than those of the Yoga 7. Under prolonged load, on the other hand, as seen in the Cinebench R15 Loop, performance declines and drops well below the level of the Yoga 7 14ITL5 after the 8th run.

Power Mode makes a significant difference: "Smart Cooling" leads to the red curve (-27%), "High Performance" to the orange curve (-19%). We displayed the test device with the "Performance" identifier in the charts.

The short-term performance is determined by the PL2 TDP; the test device allows 50 watts for a few seconds here. But only in "High Performance" mode; under "Smart Cooling", it reaches 35 watts. PL1 determines the long-term TDP; it's 20 watts in "Smart Cooling" and 25 watts in "High Performance".

In regard to short-term performance, the Core i5-1135G7 can be impressive, but it clearly falls behind the Ryzen 5 4600U (-32%). Because the Ryzen doesn't throttle under load, the gap to Intel even increases up to -38% under prolonged load. However, not every 4th generation Ryzen computes this fast; the 4500U in the ThinkPad E14 is only slightly faster, but it also doesn't suffer from a performance drop under continuous load.

Meanwhile, other Intel counterparts are not better but partly even much worse instead, even with the Tiger Lake Core i7. The Pavilion 13 with the i7-1165G7 throttles from the start, and the Swift 3 with the i5-1135G7 doesn't get going at all. In short: The ThinkBook 13s-ITL with the i5 is more powerful than comparable Intel models, but it can't keep up with Ryzen 4 processors.

More technical information and benchmarks can be found on our dedicated Core i5-1135G7 site.

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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø738 (638.72-894.73)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø785 (737.49-924.06)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø845 (836.07-873.42)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø573 (556.81-623.79)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE AMD Ryzen 5 4600U, AMD Ryzen 5 4600U: Ø1202 (1196.42-1214.81)
Schenker VIA 14 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø574 (555-722)
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø680 (673.49-684.52)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Core i5-1035G4: Ø457 (453.59-490.1)
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5 Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø848 (841.08-854.59)
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Intel Core i7-1165G7
220.86 Points ∼100% +21%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
200.1 Points ∼91% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (181 - 205, n=19)
196 Points ∼89% +7%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
183 Points ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Intel Core i5-1135G7
181 Points ∼82% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
180 Points ∼81% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
177 Points ∼80% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
176 Points ∼80% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (31 - 221, n=94, last 2 years)
160 Points ∼72% -13%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
154 Points ∼70% -16%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
146.36 Points ∼66% -20%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
1340 Points ∼100% +48%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Intel Core i5-1135G7
924 Points ∼69% +2%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
908 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
873 (836.07min - 873.42max) Points ∼65% -4%
Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
854.59 (841.08min - 854.59max) Points ∼64% -6%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (506 - 925, n=21)
788 Points ∼59% -13%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
722 (555min - 722max) Points ∼54% -20%
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Intel Core i7-1165G7
684.52 (673.49min - 684.52max) Points ∼51% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (82.3 - 1674, n=99, last 2 years)
661 Points ∼49% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U
624 (556.81min - 623.79max) Points ∼47% -31%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
490.1 (289.98min - 451.62max) Points ∼37% -46%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
908 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
183 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
94.6 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System performance

Performance Mode doesn't seem to make a difference for the system performance; the results are almost identical here. The difference to the computationally powerful AMD models evens out to just +3% in the overall PCMark 10 score. And even an HP Pavilion 13, which looked pretty dated in the Cinebench loop, outperforms AMD - as well as our review sample - and takes the lead with 3%.

If you want both the strong AMD processing power and a top system performance, you should take a look at the Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE, since it takes the lead in both disciplines.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Vega 6, R5 4600U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
5062 Points ∼100% +10%
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4778 Points ∼94% +3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
4617 Points ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
4601 Points ∼91% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3548 - 4719, n=15)
4375 Points ∼86% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
4189 Points ∼83% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
3920 Points ∼77% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 5795, n=91, last 2 years)
3362 Points ∼66% -27%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
2649 Points ∼52% -43%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
6964 Points ∼100% +11%
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
6927 Points ∼99% +10%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
6450 Points ∼93% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
6400 Points ∼92% +2%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
6276 Points ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
6243 Points ∼90% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Vega 6, R5 4600U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
6230 Points ∼89% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5544 - 6487, n=15)
6204 Points ∼89% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1304 - 8682, n=91, last 2 years)
5976 Points ∼86% -5%
Essentials
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
9752 Points ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
9431 Points ∼97% +1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
9360 Points ∼96%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Vega 6, R5 4600U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
9352 Points ∼96% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8149 - 9772, n=15)
9277 Points ∼95% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
8823 Points ∼90% -6%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
8791 Points ∼90% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
8693 Points ∼89% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2544 - 10184, n=91, last 2 years)
8007 Points ∼82% -14%
Score
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4917 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Vega 6, R5 4600U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
4772 Points ∼97% +3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
4641 Points ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
4638 Points ∼94% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4026 - 4794, n=15)
4525 Points ∼92% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
4438 Points ∼90% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
4433 Points ∼90% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (790 - 5549, n=91, last 2 years)
3875 Points ∼79% -17%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
3810 Points ∼77% -18%
PCMark 10 Score
4641 points
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DPC latencies

LatencyMon shows minor DPC latency issues related to the Windows ACPI driver. 4K UHD video playback at 60 fps is otherwise smooth with almost no dropped frames during our YouTube test. The GPU utilization remained stable at around 30%.

LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon YouTube 4K
LatencyMon YouTube 4K
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
2339 μs * ∼100% -186%
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
2333.87 μs * ∼100% -185%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
Vega 6, R5 4600U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
1187.8 μs * ∼51% -45%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-512
946.6 μs * ∼40% -16%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
819 μs * ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
590.1 μs * ∼25% +28%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

ATTO Disk Benchmark - Write speeds don't increase
ATTO Disk Benchmark - Write speeds don't increase

The Samsung PM991 SSD (256 GB) in the M.2 2242 slot is connected via PCIe 3.0 x4 (NVMe). It's one of the fastest SSDs on the market. Nevertheless, it delivered unusually poor results in our test device; it was as if someone was standing on the brake pedal. Even after checking the BIOS, updating drivers, using other tools, and switching to "High Performance" mode, the results remained at the bottom of what this SSD is capable of. The ATTO Disk Benchmark tool showed better read rates (1.1 GB/s), but write speeds remained at the low level that AS SSD and Crystal also showed.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
Schenker VIA 14
Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
Average Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
173%
267%
373%
144%
-5%
Write 4K
184.3
102.3
-44%
157.4
-15%
201
9%
96.46
-48%
171 (157 - 184, n=2)
-7%
Read 4K
39.9
32.12
-19%
48.59
22%
60.17
51%
36.81
-8%
39.6 (39.3 - 39.9, n=2)
-1%
Write Seq
211.3
1518
618%
2199
941%
2471
1069%
1168
453%
205 (198 - 211, n=2)
-3%
Read Seq
1319
1501
14%
2011
52%
2104
60%
1476
12%
1271 (1223 - 1319, n=2)
-4%
Write 4K Q32T1
220.5
356.4
62%
265.3
20%
323.6
47%
389.5
77%
197 (173 - 221, n=2)
-11%
Read 4K Q32T1
255.9
459.6
80%
478.8
87%
551
115%
347.8
36%
254 (253 - 256, n=2)
-1%
Write Seq Q32T1
221
1507
582%
2193
892%
3407
1442%
1398
533%
197 (173 - 221, n=2)
-11%
Read Seq Q32T1
1202
2327
94%
2870
139%
3475
189%
2364
97%
1176 (1150 - 1202, n=2)
-2%
AS SSD
211%
262%
580%
192%
-0%
Copy Game MB/s
835.31
436.42
1205.18
1181.67
128
Copy Program MB/s
410.45
303.02
609.59
806.48
133
Copy ISO MB/s
1181.13
1201.17
1645.92
1282.61
143
Score Total
834
3191
283%
2453
194%
5782
593%
2586
210%
835 (834 - 835, n=2)
0%
Score Write
254
1009
297%
971
282%
2180
758%
996
292%
255 (254 - 256, n=2)
0%
Score Read
418
1468
251%
986
136%
2373
468%
1070
156%
419 (418 - 419, n=2)
0%
Access Time Write *
0.037
0.195
-427%
0.027
27%
0.022
41%
0.081
-119%
0.0415 (0.037 - 0.046, n=2)
-12%
Access Time Read *
0.159
0.108
32%
0.086
46%
0.06
62%
0.064
60%
0.1725 (0.159 - 0.186, n=2)
-8%
4K-64 Write
125.7
773.57
515%
650.69
418%
1745.72
1289%
777.89
519%
128 (126 - 131, n=2)
2%
4K-64 Read
238.5
1220.56
412%
721.1
202%
2051.94
760%
861.9
261%
236 (233 - 239, n=2)
-1%
4K Write
117.1
124.02
6%
140.34
20%
172.28
47%
128.39
10%
114 (110 - 117, n=2)
-3%
4K Read
36.8
46.95
28%
45.79
24%
72.76
98%
44.66
21%
36.6 (36.4 - 36.8, n=2)
-1%
Seq Write
114
1118.26
881%
1797
1476%
2615.01
2194%
896.32
686%
132 (114 - 150, n=2)
16%
Seq Read
1425
2006.93
41%
2193
54%
2487.9
75%
1631.82
15%
1459 (1425 - 1493, n=2)
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
192% / 195%
265% / 264%
477% / 493%
168% / 172%
-3% / -2%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1202 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 221 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 255.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 220.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1319 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 211.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 39.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 184.3 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD: Ø2023 (1723.02-2043.15)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00 Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G: Ø2068 (1210.06-2355.2)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE Vega 6, R5 4600U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G: Ø2875 (2434.54-2887.89)
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU: Ø1732 (1530.71-2066.74)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG: Ø940 (743.84-2301)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG: Ø940 (743.84-2301)

Graphics card

The Iris Xe G7 80EUs makes a mighty effort with its dual-channel memory, as it shows surprisingly strong results in 3DMark. Among the laptops with the Iris Xe G7 80EUs, this is the strongest graphics card, and it's almost on par with the Iris Xe G7 96EUs (Fire Strike graphics). As a result, the iGPU easily outperforms the GeForce MX150 or MX250. For gaming or editing, the increase in graphics performance compared to previous generations is ideal; however, the results are mixed, as we will see in a moment.

More technical information and benchmarks can be found on our dedicated Iris Xe G7 80EUs site.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1351 Points ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1322 Points ∼98% +2%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1298 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1384, n=15)
1123 Points ∼83% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
1071 Points ∼79% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
AMD Radeon RX 640, Intel Core i7-10510U
1025 Points ∼76% -21%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
899 Points ∼67% -31%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (116 - 3276, n=68, last 2 years)
872 Points ∼65% -33%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
852 Points ∼63% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
821 Points ∼61% -37%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
357 Points ∼26% -72%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4577 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4555 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL Performance
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4509 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
AMD Radeon RX 640, Intel Core i7-10510U
3718 Points ∼81% -18%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (2087 - 4846, n=15)
3598 Points ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3485 Points ∼76% -23%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
2988 Points ∼65% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2802 Points ∼61% -38%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
2793 Points ∼61% -39%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (313 - 8743, n=89, last 2 years)
2390 Points ∼52% -48%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1230 Points ∼27% -73%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4160 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1461 points
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Gaming performance

Is it actually one of the strongest iGPUs? The results are mixed in real games: The Witcher 3 excels with 26 fps in "High", which is 11% weaker than with the Iris Xe 96EUs. Far Cry 5 doesn't run smoothly; the MX250 leads with 22% in the "Low" setting. The ThinkBook's iGPU couldn't handle Battlefield at all; it stuttered at 8 fps, whereas an MX250 achieves 36-40 fps here.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
29.3 (26min - 34max) fps ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
26.1 fps ∼89%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7 - 52.8, n=38, last 2 years)
22.3 fps ∼76% -15%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (11.3 - 31.7, n=10)
21.4 fps ∼73% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
19.9 fps ∼68% -24%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
18.3 fps ∼62% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
18 fps ∼61% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
16.1 (13min - 18max) fps ∼55% -38%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
15.3 fps ∼52% -41%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
56.4 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 13-bb0015cl
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
48.9 (22min - 58max) fps ∼87% -13%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (23.7 - 56.4, n=10)
41.3 fps ∼73% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14-20RA001LGE
Intel Core i7-10510U, AMD Radeon RX 640
39.4 fps ∼70% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.9 - 92, n=39, last 2 years)
38.8 fps ∼69% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13ARE-82DL000YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
34.6 fps ∼61% -39%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
32.9 fps ∼58% -42%
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
30 fps ∼53% -47%
Far Cry 5
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
19 fps ∼100% +6%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (14 - 23, n=5)
18.6 fps ∼98% +3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
18 fps ∼95%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3 - 28, n=16, last 2 years)
15 fps ∼79% -17%
1280x720 Low Preset AA:T
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
45 fps ∼100% +22%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (27 - 54, n=6)
37.8 fps ∼84% +2%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
37 fps ∼82%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6 - 56, n=19, last 2 years)
28.2 fps ∼63% -24%
Battlefield V
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
25.8 fps ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16.4 - 39.2, n=7, last 2 years)
25 fps ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
24 fps ∼93%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
19.9 fps ∼77%
1280x720 Low Preset
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
40.4 fps ∼100% +405%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
36.2 fps ∼90% +353%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7.87 - 64.8, n=10, last 2 years)
36.1 fps ∼89% +351%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8 - 51.7, n=2)
29.9 fps ∼74% +274%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-ITL-20V90003GE
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
8 fps ∼20%

Looking at The Witcher 3 frame rates, we observe the iGPU's behavior under constant load: The graphics card allows itself just over 12 watts in the first few seconds, but it then lowers the consumption to 10 watts. Therefore, the temperature falls from 66 °C (~151 °F) to 61 °C (~142 °F).

The Witcher 3 Ultra Generic LogView
The Witcher 3 Ultra Generic LogView
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