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Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/22/2017

A worthy successor? Following Lenovo’s delivery of a good outcome in the business sector with its ThinkPad 13 last year, the manufacturer now sends the successor based on Kaby Lake CPUs into the race. We examined whether Lenovo is successful and has listened to our complaints concerning the predecessor.

For the original German review, see here.

Compact devices are very popular in the business sector. The trend of the last few years is ongoing and compact devices are becoming increasingly more powerful. Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 lineup starts very conservatively at 759 Euros (~$820). For this price, the manufacturer has installed Intel's Core i3-7100U and 4 GB of DDR4 RAM. However, only an HD panel (TN) is offered here. The FHD (IPS) model is priced at 819 Euros (~$885). Lenovo is also offering Intel's Core i5-7200U and the premium Intel's Core i7-7500U as alternative processors. The latter is also in our review sample, together with16 GB of working memory and a 512 GB SSD that is connected via PCIe. Lenovo has installed the FHD panel here. The ThinkPad 13 is also available with a multi-touchscreen. Our review sample is a Campus Special Edition (without an operating system) for 999 Euros (~$1080). The corresponding configuration costs approximately 1230 Euros (~$1329) in Lenovo's online shop at the time of testing (including the operating system).

The installed CPU differentiates the three basic configurations. The device can be customized according to personal needs in the manufacturer's web shop.

We have selected devices from the same price category for this test. However, once more, the Skylake predecessor must also be included in the comparison. We have created a short list of the comparison devices’ most important specifications:

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 HP ProBook 430 G4 Asus ZenBook UX310UA Dell XPS 13 9360
CPU Intel Core i5-6200U Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i5-7200U
GPU Intel HD Graphics 520 Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 620
Panel 13.3-inch FHD 13.3-inch FHD 13.3-inch FHD 13.3-inch FHD
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2133 8 GB DDR4-2133 16 GB DDR4-2133 8 GB DDR3-1866
Price 850 Euros 1050 Euros 999 Euros 1299 Euros
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00 (ThinkPad 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300 - 1050 MHz, 21.20.16.4541 WHQL
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, 1/2 slots filled, max. 32 GB
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 166 PPI, LP133WF2-SPL78, IPS, LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK, 512 GB 
, M.2, PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4, 32Gb/s, 459 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headset, Card Reader: 4-in-1 (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC), 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.8 x 322.4 x 222.8 ( = 0.78 x 12.69 x 8.77 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, 2x 2 Watt, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 45-watt power supply, quick start guide, warranty conditions, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.434 kg ( = 50.58 oz / 3.16 pounds), Power Supply: 293 g ( = 10.34 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
999 Euro

 

Case

Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 second generation closely follows the looks of its direct predecessor. The eye-catching details immediately show that this device is a member of the ThinkPad family. Unlike the silver model that is made of aluminum. Lenovo's black ThinkPad 13 (2017) is made of PC/ABS plastic. A magnesium frame that gives more strength to the base has not been incorporated into our review sample. The compact laptop is solid but it can be dented visibly in the keyboard area. Warping without damaging the device is hardly possible. However, quiet cracking noises were audible when we tried to twist the laptop. According to the specification sheet, Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) has a MIL-STD-810G certificate. It should be noted that Lenovo does not specify what this means. Lenovo's homepage only speaks of 12 military tests.

At a first glance, the thick display lid gives the device a relatively rigid appearance. However, this is deceiving as the plastic lid is easy to twist. Furthermore, pressure from the back produces wave formation on the screen. Although the hinges keep the display in place, they cannot prevent it from rocking visibly. We would have expected better quality components here.

The silver ThinkPad 13 made of aluminum did a considerably better job than our review sample in terms of base and casing lid stability.

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Size Comparison

In terms of space, Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is midfield. Dell's XPS 13 9360 needs the least space on the desk. However, we would not call the review sample bulky or too big. Its dimensions are acceptable for a device from the 13-inch category. With a weight of approximately 1.4 kg (~3.1 lb), Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is on par with its predecessor and Asus' ZenBook UX310UA. The power supply adds 300 grams (~10.6 oz), which equates to a weight of 1.7 kg (~3.7 lb). This is a pleasant weight, considering that Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is designed for mobile use.

Connectivity

In terms of interfaces, there are no changes between Lenovo's second generation ThinkPad 13 and its predecessor. All major interfaces and one USB 3.0 Type-C are present. However, the latter is only a gen.1 port that supports video output via DisplayPort (max. 3840x2160 pixels, 60Hz). All interfaces are located in the rear on the sides. We deem this distribution as ideal. The ports' spacing is sufficient and will not obstruct each other. Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) has a OneLink+ docking port on its left. The manufacturer's proprietary docking solutions can be connected here.

Left: Power, OneLink+, USB 3.0 (Always on), vent
Left: Power, OneLink+, USB 3.0 (Always on), vent
Right: SD reader, 3.5-mm jack, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, USB Type-C (Gen. 1), Kensington Lock
Right: SD reader, 3.5-mm jack, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, USB Type-C (Gen. 1), Kensington Lock
Front: No interfaces
Front: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces

SD Card Reader

The performance of the memory card reader in the predecessor was not convincing. Once again, we have to criticize this in the new model. Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) achieved only 22.8 MB/s in copying JPG files. According to AS SSD, the sequential read rate was just 27 MB/s. We used the Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II memory card. Dell's XPS 9360 clearly exhibited its potential. Thus, we recommend using an external solution via the USB port to users who depend on this interface.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
107.8 MB/s ∼100% +373%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
76.5 MB/s ∼71% +236%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
32 MB/s ∼30% +40%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
25.3 MB/s ∼23% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
22.8 MB/s ∼21%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
250.6 MB/s ∼100% +827%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
87.4 MB/s ∼35% +223%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
38.3 MB/s ∼15% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
29.6 MB/s ∼12% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
27.02 MB/s ∼11%

Communication

Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 does not have an Ethernet port. Thus, only wireless Internet access is possible. The manufacturer has installed an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265-Modul in our review sample. The Wi-Fi module supports all common standards including the fast 802.11ac in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. Although technically the Bluetooth 4.2 standard is supported, the Windows operating system limits it and only Bluetooth 4.1 can be used. Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) receives data at a very good 645 Mbit/s. On the other hand; our review sample falls behind a bit with 297 Mbit/s in transmitting data. We used the Linksys EA8500 router for testing. There were no problems with the connection quality.

Users who prefer cabled network connections will have to purchase a corresponding docking station (OneLink+) or a suitable USB adapter.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
645 MBit/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
525 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (jseb)
495 MBit/s ∼77% -23%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (jseb)
665 MBit/s ∼100% +124%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
575 MBit/s ∼86% +94%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
297 MBit/s ∼45%

Security

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017): Fingerprint scanner
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017): Fingerprint scanner

Security features are highly valued, particularly in business devices. Although Lenovo has implemented a few of these, some competitors offer better optional comprehensive solutions. Be that as it may, Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) offers a fingerprint scanner and TPM 2.0. The 512-GB SSD supports auto-encryption in the OPAL 2.0 standard. The fingerprint scanner is only a model where the finger has to be swiped across it. Higher-quality business laptops often have a faster and more reliable touch sensor. The device can also be secured via a Kensington Lock. However, a SmartCard reader is not present.

All new Lenovo ThinkPad models come with a 30-day subscription for Norton's Internet Security. Further security software can be purchased optionally. However, this only applies to devices that are delivered with an operating system.

Accessories

We find only the compact 45-watt power supply and the usual service leaflets concerning service and warranty conditions in the box. Lenovo offers many optional accessories for its ThinkPad 13 (2017). The docking stations that are connected to the laptop via the proprietary OneLink+ or USB are particularly interesting. The corresponding docking stations cost between 200 and 250 Euros (~$216 to ~$270). An overview of the technical specifications can be found here.

Maintenance

As with the predecessor, maintenance is difficult. This was to be anticipated since both devices use the same casing. The base still sits extremely tight after releasing the screws and a multitude of additional plastic clasps that secure it. Once again, we aborted the attempt of disassembling the device in order to prevent damage. We would greatly appreciate it if Lenovo would at least integrated a maintenance hatch for accessing the SSD or RAM in future devices.

Warranty

Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is sold with a 12-month base warranty. It can be extended to 48 months for a one-time payment of 212 Euros (~$229). A 36-month upgrade costs 118 Euros (~$127).

Input Devices

6-row chiclet keyboard (backlight off)
6-row chiclet keyboard (backlight off)
6-row chiclet keyboard (backlight on)
6-row chiclet keyboard (backlight on)

A well-built chiclet keyboard is installed into our review sample. The individual keys have a good size of 17 x 17 millimeters (~0.7 x 0.7 in) and a pleasant drop. They round off the package with a decent stroke. It is not too spongy, making fast typing possible. It is quite obvious that this is currently one of the best input devices on the market as its typing noise is also kept within agreeable limits.

The keys' surfaces are sleek but they still have enough grip. The white lettering is well-legible on each key. The new ThinkPad 13 now offers an optional keyboard backlight that can be set in two brightness levels. Our review sample features this backlight that can be added to the order in the manufacturer's web shop. It costs an extra 24 Euros (~$26), in our opinion, definitely a useful investment.

Touchpad / TrackPoint

The mouse cursor can be moved over the screen with either the TrackPoint or the ClickPad. Both input options function impeccably. The three dedicated buttons that are situated above the 9 x 5.5 centimeter (~3.5 x 2.2 in) ClickPad are pleasingly quiet when used. On the other hand, inputs via the ClickPad produce a relatively loud click noise. The input devices do not involve any restrictions, and thus Lenovo makes the high-quality impression as with the keyboard.

Touchpad
Touchpad
TrackPoint
TrackPoint

Display

Subpixels
Subpixels
Minor backlight bleeding in the corners
Minor backlight bleeding in the corners

Buyers can choose from three different screens. First, a Full HD panel like the one in our review sample, then a Full HD IPS screen with multi-touch support, and the manufacturer uses a TN panel with HD resolution in the cheapest model. The 60 Euros (~$65) extra for the FHD screen in our review sample are a worthwhile investment. All three are advertised with 250 cd/m².

The measurements of our device are slightly higher than the specifications. With an average brightness of 307 cd/m², Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) takes the third place. The screens in Asus' ZenBook UX310UA (347 cd/m²) and Dell's XPS 13 9360 (325 cd/m²) have a slightly higher brightness. Nevertheless, the brightness is good and the illumination of 89% is decent. Unfortunately, the screen in our review sample has some problems with backlight bleeding. This is particularly visible in the upper left and lower right corners on a completely black screen. However, this did not lead to any major restrictions during everyday use.

323
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 323 cd/m² Average: 306.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 306 cd/m²
Contrast: 850:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.1 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.9 | - Ø
59.75% sRGB (Argyll) 38.24% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.17
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
LP133WF2-SPL78, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
LP133WF2-SPL1, , 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
LGD052D, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
AU Optronics AUO272D, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Sharp SHP1449 LQ133M1, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
-3%
-1%
-26%
-4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.6 (20.8, 22.8)
43.2 (19.6, 23.6)
1%
42.4 (15.6, 26.8)
3%
40 (12, 28)
8%
32.8 (16, 16.8)
25%
Response Time Black / White *
25.2 (12.8, 12.4)
26.8 (9.6, 17.2)
-6%
26.4 (6.4, 20)
-5%
22 (5, 17)
13%
33.2 (10.8, 22.4)
-32%
PWM Frequency
30860 (90)
200 (20)
-99%
Screen
2%
-3%
17%
13%
Brightness
307
227
-26%
249
-19%
347
13%
325
6%
Brightness Distribution
89
86
-3%
92
3%
87
-2%
89
0%
Black Level *
0.36
0.22
39%
0.32
11%
0.26
28%
0.195
46%
Contrast
850
1059
25%
791
-7%
1377
62%
1801
112%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.1
5.41
-6%
5.28
-4%
5.22
-2%
7.4
-45%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.9
4.15
-6%
3.8
3%
6.69
-72%
6.71
-72%
Gamma
2.17 111%
2.45 98%
2.3 104%
2.35 102%
2.74 88%
CCT
6829 95%
6773 96%
6646 98%
6745 96%
7222 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38.24
36.52
-4%
36.7
-4%
59
54%
50.48
32%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59.75
57.16
-4%
57.6
-4%
91
52%
73.31
23%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / 1%
-2% / -2%
-5% / 5%
5% / 10%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Grayscale post-calibration
Grayscale post-calibration
ColorChecker post-calibration
ColorChecker post-calibration
Saturation Sweeps post-calibration
Saturation Sweeps post-calibration

The average DeltaE 2000 deviations in grayscale and colors compared with the sRGB color space were already 3.9 and 5.1 ex-factory. This is quite good without calibrating, although some peaks can be seen in the blue tones (>13). The grayscale levels in particular benefit from calibration as their DeltaE 2000 deviation then drops to a very good 0.6. The DeltaE 2000 deviation of the colors is then just 3.1 after calibration.

Although the color space coverage has improved slightly compared with the predecessor, the 60% sRGB and 38% AdobeRGB are far from sufficient for (semi) professional photo editing.

sRGB coverage: 60%
sRGB coverage: 60%
AdobeRGB coverage: 38%
AdobeRGB coverage: 38%

The screen has an average brightness of 306 cd/m² in battery mode, which means that it is not dimmed. This, in conjunction with the screen's matte surface, makes Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) suitable for outdoor use. However, for comfortable working, we recommend using it in the shade where possible.

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
25.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 12.4 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. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.8 ms rise
↘ 22.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 62 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.5 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 detected 30860 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 30860 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 30860 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8581 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The pulse width modulation video shows how the screen regulates its brightness. It is gradually lowered in steps of 10%. PWM first sets in starting at a brightness reduction of 90 %. Since the frequency is very high, it should not cause problems in practice.

The FHD panel's screen is typical for IPS. The reference image reproduction is good to very good from all positions. A slight grayish tint covers the image only in the screenshots in both upper corners.

Viewing angles: Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017)
Viewing angles: Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017)

Performance

With an Intel Core i7 and a big SSD now connected via PCIe, our review sample is one of the better configured ThinkPad 13 (2017) laptops. According to the manufacturer's specification sheet, it is only possible to upgrade the working memory (Lenovo states a maximum of 16 GB DDR4) and the screen (multi-touch).

Our well-configured review sample provides enough power to cope with office routine. However, devices with an Intel Core i5 processor also have enough performance to work quickly. All Core i models are better equipped for multitasking applications thanks to Hyperthreading.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC Latency
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Benchmark)

Processor

Intel's Core i7-7500U has replaced Intel's Core i7-6500U Skylake model, and has approximately 10% more performance, thanks to a somewhat higher clock rate. Intel's Core i7-7500U is the maximum that can be installed into Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017). In terms of performance, the processor's potential is retrieved well as the Cinebench benchmarks also confirm. All three models with Intel's Core i7-7500U calculate at roughly the same speed and there is no clear winner. The performance difference compared to the often installed Intel Core i5-7200U is approximately 10%. The processor's performance is not throttled in battery mode.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The new ThinkPad 13 also does a good job during permanent load. A slight performance drop can be observed when the TDP limit (15 watts) sets in, but the Cinebench R15 multi-loop scores are constant after that.

More benchmarks concerning Intel's Core i7-7500U can be found here.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
145 Points ∼99%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
144 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
124 Points ∼85% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼79% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
351 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
346 Points ∼99% -1%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
341 Points ∼97% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
318 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼83% -17%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.67 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.66 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.45 Points ∼87% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.87 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.8 Points ∼98% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.61 Points ∼93% -7%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
7274 Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
6047 Points ∼83%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
15817 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
14099 Points ∼89%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
239.94 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
237.11 Points ∼99% -1%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
235 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
191 Points ∼80% -20%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
36209 Points ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
36041 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
35740 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
31023 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
29521 Points ∼82% -18%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
1220.9 ms * ∼100% -19%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U
1055.9 ms * ∼86% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U
1023.8 ms * ∼84%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
980.1 ms * ∼80% +4%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8890
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11109
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4835
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
8892 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
14099 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6047 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.87 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
37.64 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.67 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
351 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
145 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
41.2 fps
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System Performance

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage

The subjective system performance was convincing during the test period. As expected, the three review samples with Intel's Core i7-7500U lead the field. However, unlike the previous Cinebench benchmarks, the percentage differences are slightly higher among them. Asus' ZenBook UX310UA prevails and relegates Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) to second place. For CPU-related reasons, Dell's XPS 13 9360 (Intel Core i5-7200U) and Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (Intel Core i5-6200U) line in consecutively.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4990 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
4838 Points ∼97%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4717 Points ∼95% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U, 2500, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4568 Points ∼92% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4041 Points ∼81% -16%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4931 Points ∼100% +8%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4588 Points ∼93% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
4583 Points ∼93%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U, 2500, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4211 Points ∼85% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3651 Points ∼74% -20%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
3980 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
3705 Points ∼93%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3554 Points ∼89% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U, 2500, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3535 Points ∼89% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3024 Points ∼76% -18%
PCMark 7 - Score
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
5857 Points ∼100% +13%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
5333 Points ∼91% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel Core i7-7500U, 2700, Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
5189 Points ∼89%
PCMark Vantage Result
16210 points
PCMark 7 Score
5189 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3705 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4583 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4838 points
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Storage Device

The predecessor of Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) had an M.2 interface that was only connected via SATA III. It is very good that Lenovo has modernized this in the new model. Now SSDs can process data at a PCIe 3.0 x4 (32 Gbit/s) speed via the M.2 interface. The 512 GB SSD by Toshiba achieves 1825 MB/s in sequential read and still 942 MB/s in sequential write. We ascertained these outcomes with AS SSD. We particularly like the 4K read and write rates of this model. Many small files can even be loaded and processed quickly, which is very important in practice.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskInfo
CrystalDiskInfo
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-41%
-49%
-39%
-3%
Write 4k QD32
443.1
276.2
-38%
258.8
-42%
251.5
-43%
218.3
-51%
Read 4k QD32
578
360.9
-38%
132.2
-77%
246.3
-57%
479.2
-17%
Write 4k
138.5
68.46
-51%
80.44
-42%
88.65
-36%
116.9
-16%
Read 4k
31.96
31.85
0%
21.69
-32%
26.68
-17%
29.31
-8%
Write 512
517.6
298.4
-42%
301
-42%
389.1
-25%
439.9
-15%
Read 512
628.9
351.6
-44%
313.6
-50%
356.7
-43%
1036
65%
Write Seq
652.5
297.8
-54%
328.9
-50%
431.6
-34%
732.6
12%
Read Seq
1143
461.7
-60%
505.4
-56%
489.4
-57%
1233
8%
Toshiba NVMe THNSF5512GPUK
Sequential Read: 1143 MB/s
Sequential Write: 652.5 MB/s
512K Read: 628.9 MB/s
512K Write: 517.6 MB/s
4K Read: 31.96 MB/s
4K Write: 138.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 578 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 443.1 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 620 is responsible for video output, and thus replaces Intel's HD Graphics 520 of the predecessor. The CPU-integrated graphics card clocks at a maximum of 1050 MHz. The graphics unit's power is sufficient for everyday tasks. A second RAM module could retrieve a bit more performance (dual-channel). The synthetic benchmark scores are on the expected level.

More benchmarks concerning Intel's HD Graphics 620 can be found here.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 06
3DMark 06
3DMark 05
3DMark 05
3DMark 03
3DMark 03
 
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1649 Points ∼100% +9%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1545 Points ∼94% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1508 Points ∼91%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1463 Points ∼89% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1252 Points ∼76% -17%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1120 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
963 Points ∼86%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
765 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
719 Points ∼64%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
9364 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
8177 Points ∼87%
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
6881 Points ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
5898 Points ∼63%
3DMark 03 Standard
17494 points
3DMark 05 Standard
10111 points
3DMark 06 Standard
7722 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
5500 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1619 points
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Gaming Performance

Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is a pure office device, and consequently the performance of the integrated Intel's HD Graphics 620 graphics unit is only enough to render older games, such as "BioShock", in minimum settings smoothly. Although the performance of Intel's HD Graphics 620 can be boosted slightly via a second RAM module, the user should not expect miracles. Depending on the game and settings, this could lead to a 20 to 30% higher performance.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 4425216fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 3326176fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 13105fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 1596fps

Emissions

Noise level
Noise level

System Noise

Lenovo's new ThinkPad 13 also runs quietly and sometimes even silently. Average load causes the noise level to increase only marginally to 31.9 dB(A). It does not get louder during full load: With just 31.9 dB(A), Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is the quietest device in this test.

Fortunately, we did not discover the issue of the predecessor, and thus unpleasant side noises are not produced. The predecessor's small fan increased its speed to maximum roughly every two seconds, which was nerve-wracking. The fan becomes active only when it is really needed. We did not discern other interfering noises, such as coil whining.

Noise Level

Idle
29.1 / 29.1 / 29.1 dB(A)
Load
31.9 / 31.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.1 dB(A)
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6200U, HD Graphics 520
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Noise
-1%
-3%
-7%
0%
off / environment *
29.1
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
30.7
-5%
Idle Minimum *
29.1
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
30.9
-6%
28.9
1%
Idle Average *
29.1
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
30.9
-6%
28.9
1%
Idle Maximum *
29.1
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
30.9
-6%
28.9
1%
Load Average *
31.9
31.5
1%
33.4
-5%
35.6
-12%
30.9
3%
Load Maximum *
31.9
33.5
-5%
36
-13%
34.1
-7%
33.5
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

3DMark 11 post-stress
3DMark 11 post-stress

The casing's temperature without load is rather inconspicuous. Hot spots are not visible and everything is within an acceptable range with a maximum of 25.6 °C (~78 °F). However, the tide turns during maximum load, and it is not only the internal temperatures that climb. We measured a maximum of 54.7 °C (~130 °F) on the casing's upper side in the rear area. This is quite high and can get unpleasant when the device is used on the lap for prolonged periods.

We measure a maximum CPU temperature of 79 °C (~174 °F) inside when the laptop is loaded with Prime95. Thus, the processor clocks within the specifications and thermal throttling does not occur. The clock speed of 3.0 GHz can be maintained stably for over an hour.

The GPU and CPU have to share the available performance in the stress test via Prime95 and FurMark. Thus, the CPU clocks at an average of 1.7 GHz, and Intel's HD Graphics 620 clocks at 1.0 GHz. We measure 73 °C (~163 °F) on the graphics unit and now only 72 °C (~162 °F) on the processor. Overall, Lenovo has the components' temperatures well under control, even though at 54.7 °C (~130 °F) the casing's underside is simply too warm.

Stress test: Prime95 only
Stress test: Prime95 only
Stresstest: FurMark only
Stresstest: FurMark only
Stress test: FurMark + Prime95
Stress test: FurMark + Prime95
Full load upper side
Full load upper side
Full load underside
Full load underside
Max. Load
 42 °C42.6 °C33.2 °C 
 44.7 °C42.9 °C31.3 °C 
 39.8 °C25.6 °C24.1 °C 
Maximum: 44.7 °C
Average: 36.2 °C
32.7 °C54.7 °C50.3 °C
29.1 °C43.3 °C49.7 °C
24.7 °C26 °C38.9 °C
Maximum: 54.7 °C
Average: 38.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  38.7 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6200U, HD Graphics 520
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Heat
-9%
-0%
16%
0%
Maximum Upper Side *
44.7
43.7
2%
38.7
13%
33.7
25%
43.4
3%
Maximum Bottom *
54.7
44.2
19%
39.4
28%
34.1
38%
49.2
10%
Idle Upper Side *
24.2
31.4
-30%
29.5
-22%
25.2
-4%
26.4
-9%
Idle Bottom *
25.6
32.1
-25%
30.6
-20%
24.1
6%
26.4
-3%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

One of two speaker openings in Lenovo's ThinkPad (2017)
One of two speaker openings in Lenovo's ThinkPad (2017)

In terms of the sound system nothing has changed compared with the predecessor. Both speaker openings on the underside are clearly visible. The sound could muffle audibly on soft surfaces. A hint of stereo can be perceived thanks to their positioning. Overall, the sound of both speakers is quite decent and much better than some older ThinkPads. The prevailing high and mid tones underline the lack of a subwoofer. The maximum volume of 75.9 dB(A) is too weak for large rooms. However, the speakers are quite sufficient for video calls. The Dolby Audio software provides some tweaks for customizing the sound. External players can be connected to Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) via the jack, Bluetooth or HDMI.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.436.72538.7363137.636.24040.338.65034.432.66330.8318027.833.810025.830.812526.434.516023.334.72002339250224531521.653.940019.854.850019.554.163018.259.980017.467.6100016.969.112501666.2160015.461.4200015.458.2250014.857.4315014.953.1400016.558.5500014.759.2630015.555.9800015.658.81000016.457.11250015.454.9160001853SPL28.874.1N1.231.1median 16.9Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00median 55.9Delta2.64.830.534.735.939.331.136.336.238.53439.62831.727.730.434.234.43435.424.437.724.748.724.362.722.667.421.864.620.762.820.463.72066.92065.520.175.419.973.919.169.919.172.220.276.92274.123.47120.470.42072.620.474.820.372.319.762.83384.71.961.2median 20.4HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EAmedian 67.428.2hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.08 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 37% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 21%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 33% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 21%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Our review sample proves to be power efficient in the consumption measurements. A direct comparison clearly shows that both HP's ProBook 430 and Asus's ZenBook UX310UA consume considerably more power. Only the two devices with Intel's Core i5 are rather more efficient than Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017). The idle power consumption of our review sample is 3.16 to 6.5 watts. This climbs to 35.8 watts for a moment in the stress test. The load consumption settles at an average of 30.6 watts.

We still measure 0.51 when the device is shut down and 0.55 watts in standby mode. Lenovo should improve this in future devices as the rates are slightly high.

The included 45-watt power supply has enough capacity. By the way, Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) can also be supplied with power via the USB C port.

The compact power supply ...
The compact power supply delivers a maximum of 45 watts.
... delivers a maximum of 45 watts..
The compact power supply delivers a maximum of 45 watts.
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.51 / 0.55 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.16 / 5.9 / 6.5 Watt
Load midlight 30.6 / 35.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6200U, HD Graphics 520
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Power Consumption
8%
-14%
-12%
13%
Idle Minimum *
3.16
3.1
2%
4.2
-33%
3.5
-11%
4.1
-30%
Idle Average *
5.9
5.5
7%
6.5
-10%
6.6
-12%
4.2
29%
Idle Maximum *
6.5
6
8%
7.2
-11%
7.5
-15%
5.1
22%
Load Average *
30.6
25.8
16%
28.7
6%
34.7
-13%
22.1
28%
Load Maximum *
35.8
33.6
6%
43.5
-22%
39.6
-11%
29.4
18%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The non-removable, 3-cell battery (lithium polymer) in Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) has a capacity of 42 Wh. Despite its low capacity, the battery life is quite good. One battery charge is enough for 15:04 hours without load. Almost 8 hours are possible before the device has to be plugged into an outlet in the Wi-Fi test. However, the battery is depleted after just 1:25 hours of full load. Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) needs 1:21 hours for recharging the battery.

Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is  adequately equipped for a workday when used moderately. However, the power supply should be kept at hand for emergencies. The 3D performance is not reduced in battery mode. We ran 3DMark 11 and did not determine any big differences.

Maximum battery life
Maximum battery life
Minimum battery life
Minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 04min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
7h 55min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 11min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 25min
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 42 Wh
HP ProBook 430 G4-Y8B47EA
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Battery Runtime
21%
40%
24%
57%
Reader / Idle
904
944
4%
953
5%
966
7%
1295
43%
H.264
311
469
51%
520
67%
416
34%
WiFi v1.3
475
372
-22%
430
-9%
577
21%
677
43%
Load
85
129
52%
168
98%
112
32%
157
85%

Pros

+ functional design
+ high system performance
+ fast SSD (512 GB)
+ good input devices
+ backlit keyboard
+ satisfactory battery life
+ moderate noise polution
+ bright, viewing angle stable screen
+ USB Type-C
+ docking port (OneLink+)

Cons

- slow SD card reader
- no SmartCard reader
- tight color space coverage
- USB Type-C only Gen.1
- 12-month warranty
- casing gets warm during load

Verdict

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017). Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.de
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017). Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.de

Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) is a solid entry-level business laptop. The performance of the laptop justifies its purchase price of 1230 Euros (~$1329). Buyers get a fast Intel Core i7-7500U that can develop a big part of its potential even during load (no thermal throttling). The 512-GB SSD operates fast and is now up-to-date thanks to the PCIe interface. The 8 GB of DDR4 working memory is sufficient for most office applications and can be expanded via a second module when required.

Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017) catches the attention in the business category primarily with its good price-performance ratio. Users who do not rely on a SmartCard reader and can accept the 12-month warranty should take a closer look at the ThinkPad 13 lineup.

As mentioned, the lack of a SmartCard reader that is not optionally available might lead some buyers to devices that offer this feature. Overall, we really like Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 (2017). The laptop primarily scores with its good input devices and good overall performance. The screen is a bit mixed as it delivers good brightness rates on the one hand but has a low color space coverage on the other. However, these points of criticism should not play a major role in the purchase decision, if the device is to be used as a desktop replacement with an optional docking station.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20J2S00G00 - 03/20/2017 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
91%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 72%
Weight
70 / 67 → 100%
Battery
86%
Display
86%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
89 / 92 → 97%
Temperature
82%
Noise
98%
Audio
59%
Camera
47 / 85 → 56%
Average
76%
87%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2017-03-22 (Update: 2017-03-25)