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Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 laptop review: Business convertible now with Tiger Lake

Only a minor update? Lenovo has equipped its entry-level business convertible with an up-to-date Tiger Lake processor and a modern Thunderbolt 4 port. However, the compact ThinkPad still has to do without a 16:10 screen in this generation. Is the update worth it anyway?
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Besides the usual updates for processors, displays in particular are currently in focus, since 16:9 displays are being replaced increasingly by 16:10 panels in the business sector as well. This is also the case with Lenovo, but not all model series are able to benefit from this yet, which is also partly due to the availability of the corresponding panels. The affordable second-generation ThinkPad L13 Yoga that we review today is still equipped with the familiar 13.3-inch 1080p panel. Therefore, the novelties are limited to Intel's Tiger Lake processor and the Thunderbolt 4 port.

Our test device that carries the name ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 20VK000VGE costs around 1,060 Euros (~$1,273) in stores or around 980 Euros (~$1,177) for students and academic employees. In return, you get the Core i5-1135G7, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB PCIe SSD. Compared with the L13 Yoga Gen 1, the case, keyboard, and speakers have remained the same. Therefore, please refer to our detailed review from last year for more information about these sections:

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Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Processor
Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 x 2.4 - 4.2 GHz, 35 W PL2 / Short Burst, 15 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Core: 1300 MHz, Memory: 2000 MHz
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-3200, dual-channel, on-board
Display
13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, N133HCE-EP2, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G, 256 GB 
, 201 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.6 x 311.5 x 219 ( = 0.69 x 12.26 x 8.62 in)
Battery
46 Wh, 2995 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2-watt stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-watt power adapter, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.45 kg ( = 51.15 oz / 3.2 pounds), Power Supply: 355 g ( = 12.52 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
990 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
04/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.5 kg17.6 mm13.30"1920x1080
87 %
09/2020
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.4 kg17.9 mm13.30"1920x1080
88 %
09/2020
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.2 kg14.9 mm13.50"2256x1504
86 %
01/2021
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1 kg17 mm13.30"1920x1080

Case - Typical ThinkPad convertible

Size comparison

311.5 mm / 12.3 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.5 kg3.2 lbs311.5 mm / 12.3 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.4 kg3.14 lbs308.5 mm / 12.1 inch 222.9 mm / 8.78 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.4 kg3.02 lbs309 mm / 12.2 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1 kg2.26 lbs300 mm / 11.8 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.2 kg2.61 lbs
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Connectivity - ThinkPad now comes with Thunderbolt 4

The layout and number of ports hasn't changed, but the USB ports have now become faster. Another new feature is that one of the two USB-C ports supports Thunderbolt 4. The HDMI output is now also compliant with the 2.0 standard; therefore, it supports output to a 4K monitor at 60 Hz.

Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4), Lenovo Side Dock CS18 (USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 + Ethernet), USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (always on), 3.5 mm audio jack
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4), Lenovo Side Dock CS18 (USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 + Ethernet), USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (always on), 3.5 mm audio jack
Right: Lenovo Pen Pro, Power button, microSD reader, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s), HDMI 2.0, Kensington Lock
Right: Lenovo Pen Pro, Power button, microSD reader, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s), HDMI 2.0, Kensington Lock
Front: Smart card reader
Front: Smart card reader

SD card reader

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.4 MB/s ∼100% +7%
Average of class Convertible
  (10 - 177, n=61, last 2 years)
80.7 MB/s ∼98% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
  (AV PRO V60)
77.2 MB/s ∼94%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
75.4 MB/s ∼92% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
 
74.4 MB/s ∼90% -4%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
10 MB/s ∼12% -87%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Average of class Convertible
  (25 - 224, n=56, last 2 years)
97.4 MB/s ∼100% +15%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
88.3 MB/s ∼91% +4%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.4 MB/s ∼88% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.1 MB/s ∼87% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
  (AV PRO V60)
84.8 MB/s ∼87%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
31.8 MB/s ∼33% -62%

Communication

The modern Intel WLAN module (AX201) achieves very high transfer rates in our test with the Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 router. The WLAN module (M.2 2242) can also be replaced if necessary, but the ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 is not equipped with a WWAN module.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1411 (1142min - 1535max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=210)
1236 MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
930 (467min - 944max) MBit/s ∼66% -34%
Average of class Convertible
  (976 - 1498, n=82, last 2 years)
878 MBit/s ∼62% -38%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
850 (729min - 1030max) MBit/s ∼60% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
682 (614min - 703max) MBit/s ∼48% -52%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
569 (551min - 604max) MBit/s ∼40% -60%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1389 (1277min - 1466max) MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1384 (1306min - 1419max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=210)
1142 MBit/s ∼82% -18%
Average of class Convertible
  (291 - 1690, n=80, last 2 years)
866 MBit/s ∼62% -38%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
843 (762min - 862max) MBit/s ∼61% -39%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
688 (362min - 697max) MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
647 (617min - 677max) MBit/s ∼47% -53%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1410 (1142-1535)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1389 (1277-1466)

Webcam

ColorChecker
10.7 ∆E
15 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
16 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE: 10.74 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 17.65 ∆E

Display - L13 Yoga with 1080p touchscreen

Subpixel grid with touch layer
Subpixel grid with touch layer
Slight screen bleeding
Slight screen bleeding

Nothing has changed as far as the 13.3-inch display is concerned. It's still a glossy capacitive touchscreen with Full HD resolution. The subjective image quality is very good, even though the measured values are slightly worse than those of the predecessor with the same panel. However, we're still within the range of the series variation here.

The average brightness of around 300 cd/m² is exactly on target, and the contrast ratio of over 1,200:1 is also very respectable. Once again, we measure PWM flickering starting at brightness levels of 50% and below, but the high frequency of 25 kHz shouldn't cause any problems. We can also see slight screen bleeding at the edges against a black background, but this isn't visible in practice.

298
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
N133HCE-EP2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 316 cd/m² Average: 299.4 cd/m² Minimum: 4.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 313 cd/m²
Contrast: 1264:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.7 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 0.7
ΔE Greyscale 2.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
99.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 64.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.25
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
N133HCE-EP2, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
LGD0675, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
BOE08BC, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.50
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
LQ133M1JW48, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
N133HCE-EP2, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Response Times
-1%
-33%
-50%
7%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44.4 (24, 20.4)
45.6 (23.6, 22)
-3%
49 (22, 27)
-10%
62.4 (25.6, 26.8)
-41%
40 (21.6, 18.4)
10%
Response Time Black / White *
31.2 (16.4, 14.8)
30.8 (18, 12.8)
1%
28 (16, 12)
10%
34.4 (18, 16.4)
-10%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
10%
PWM Frequency
25000 (50)
208 (90)
-99%
211.9 (30)
-99%
25000 (50)
0%
Screen
-26%
16%
-10%
16%
Brightness middle
316
354
12%
454
44%
345
9%
340
8%
Brightness
299
344
15%
426
42%
317
6%
336
12%
Brightness Distribution
92
83
-10%
91
-1%
86
-7%
90
-2%
Black Level *
0.25
0.16
36%
0.33
-32%
0.24
4%
0.18
28%
Contrast
1264
2213
75%
1376
9%
1438
14%
1889
49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.7
3.4
-100%
1.27
25%
2.7
-59%
1.3
24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.8
5.8
-53%
2.42
36%
4.2
-11%
2.8
26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.7
2
-186%
0.78
-11%
1
-43%
0.7
-0%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.8
4.5
-61%
1.07
62%
3.3
-18%
1.9
32%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.29 96%
2.39 92%
2.31 95%
2.15 102%
CCT
6654 98%
6046 108%
6530 100%
7188 90%
6735 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.5
59
-9%
65
1%
62.4
-3%
64.1
-1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.4
90.6
-9%
100
1%
96.9
-3%
99.6
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-14% / -22%
-9% / 6%
-30% / -19%
12% / 14%

* ... smaller is better

We use the professional CalMAN software and the X-Rite i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer to analyze the display. The panel is already decently calibrated out of the box, because the deviations in grayscales as well as in colors compared to the sRGB reference are below the important mark of 3. Although there's a minimal color tint leaning towards green, you can only see it in a direct comparison with a calibrated display.

CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN grayscales calibrated
CalMAN grayscales calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated

With our calibration (the profile is available to be downloaded for free above), we can improve reproduction even further, and the color tint disappears as well. Therefore, together with the full coverage of the small sRGB color space, editing pictures and videos is also possible without any issues.

sRGB: 99.4%
sRGB: 99.4%
AdobeRGB: 64.5%
AdobeRGB: 64.5%

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
31.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 79 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 20.4 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. » 67 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.4 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 25000 Hz ≤ 50 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9665 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

Outdoor use is noticeably limited by the highly reflective touchscreen. It's almost impossible to use the device on bright days; the backlight would simply have to be much stronger for that. However, the convertible's viewing-angle stability is excellent thanks to its IPS technology.

In sunlight
In sunlight
In sunlight
In sunlight
Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Tiger Lake i5 and PCIe SSD

The ThinkPad L13 Yoga is exclusively available with Intel's Tiger Lake mobile processors (UP3) and is consequently easily suitable for all common office applications. RAM is soldered and can't be expanded. The 8 GB of our review sample is certainly sufficient for simple tasks, but users who want more headroom for the next few years should opt for a model with 16 GB of RAM.

Processor - Core i5-1135G7

The Core i5-1135G7 in our test device offers 4 cores (8 threads) that have a base clock speed of 2.4 GHz and can reach a maximum of 4.2 GHz (1 core) or 3.8 GHz (4 active cores), respectively. Initially, Lenovo gives the processor free rein, which is why it consumes 35 watts for a short time and then settles at 25 watts for a while (4x 2.9 GHz). However, this level can't be maintained, and at some point, it's down to only 15 watts. In addition, the values here fluctuate a bit with each new test run, which also explains the erratic results in the Cinebench loop.

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Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø605 (541.92-744.14)
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø864 (856.11-890.49)
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø522 (466.8-660.43)
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø512 (503.02-609)
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800 Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø506 (500.98-533.71)

Performance falls a bit behind the average results of the Core i5-1135G7 in our database, and the lead over the old L13 Yoga Gen 1 is around 20% in most tests. The i5 can only hold its own against the Ryzen 5 4500U of the HP ProBook in the single-core benchmarks, but it falls behind significantly in the multi-core tests. Moreover, the processor's performance is not reduced on battery power.

Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
515 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (478 - 527, n=20)
512 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
450 Points ∼87% -13%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
448 Points ∼87% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
422 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Convertible
  (106 - 604, n=73, last 2 years)
422 Points ∼82% -18%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
419 Points ∼81% -19%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2219 Points ∼100% +42%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1237 - 2382, n=20)
1845 Points ∼83% +18%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1568 Points ∼71% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1567 Points ∼71%
Average of class Convertible
  (200 - 4953, n=73, last 2 years)
1549 Points ∼70% -1%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
1337 Points ∼60% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
1204 Points ∼54% -23%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
197 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (86.2 - 205, n=22)
192 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
178.12 Points ∼90% -10%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
174 Points ∼88% -12%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
165 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (47.6 - 243, n=82, last 2 years)
165 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
164 Points ∼83% -17%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
890 (856.11min - 890.49max) Points ∼100% +20%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (506 - 925, n=24)
790 Points ∼89% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
744 (541.92min - 744.14max) Points ∼84%
Average of class Convertible
  (90 - 2083, n=87, last 2 years)
673 Points ∼76% -10%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
662 (649.58min - 662max) Points ∼74% -11%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
609 (503.02min - 508.74max) Points ∼68% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
515 Points ∼58% -31%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Convertible
  (246 - 5811, n=62, last 2 years)
1027 Seconds * ∼100% -35%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
862 Seconds * ∼84% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
792.5 Seconds * ∼77% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
758 Seconds * ∼74%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
721.7 Seconds * ∼70% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (499 - 946, n=19)
665 Seconds * ∼65% +12%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
570 Seconds * ∼56% +25%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4769 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (4098 - 4867, n=20)
4662 MIPS ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
4455 MIPS ∼93% -7%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4415 MIPS ∼93% -7%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4278 MIPS ∼90% -10%
Average of class Convertible
  (1307 - 5623, n=63, last 2 years)
4208 MIPS ∼88% -12%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
4130 MIPS ∼87% -13%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
24362 MIPS ∼100% +29%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (16116 - 24873, n=20)
21933 MIPS ∼90% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
19305 MIPS ∼79% +2%
Average of class Convertible
  (3541 - 57319, n=65, last 2 years)
18899 MIPS ∼78% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
18842 MIPS ∼77%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
18831 MIPS ∼77% 0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
16102 MIPS ∼66% -15%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1398 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1304 - 1428, n=20)
1391 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1274 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Convertible
  (263 - 1566, n=56, last 2 years)
1183 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
1098 Points ∼79% -21%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1082 Points ∼77% -23%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
1072 Points ∼77% -23%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3475 - 5329, n=20)
4726 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4454 Points ∼94%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4352 Points ∼92% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
4228 Points ∼89% -5%
Average of class Convertible
  (858 - 8620, n=56, last 2 years)
4205 Points ∼89% -6%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3979 Points ∼84% -11%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
3855 Points ∼82% -13%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.93 fps ∼100% +46%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (4 - 7.6, n=18)
6.02 fps ∼87% +27%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.7 - 15.2, n=62, last 2 years)
4.96 fps ∼72% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4.75 fps ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.42 fps ∼64% -7%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.24 fps ∼61% -11%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
78 s * ∼100% -40%
Average of class Convertible
  (40.7 - 172, n=47, last 2 years)
66.4 s * ∼85% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
55.7 s * ∼71%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
54.9 s * ∼70% +1%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
54.57 s * ∼70% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (47.8 - 58.8, n=19)
52.4 s * ∼67% +6%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Convertible
  (0.504 - 1.759, n=48, last 2 years)
0.74 sec * ∼100% -16%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.715 sec * ∼97% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.696 sec * ∼94% -9%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.654 sec * ∼88% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.639 sec * ∼86%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (0.619 - 0.68, n=19)
0.638 sec * ∼86% -0%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
744 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
85.8 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
197 Points
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System performance

Our review sample's configuration is very well balanced, and there is no bottleneck. In everyday use, the L13 Yoga Gen 2 is very fast, and we couldn't detect any problems either. Performance in the synthetic benchmarks is very good as well.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
4410 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3548 - 4749, n=17)
4399 Points ∼100% 0%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4282 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
3667 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Convertible
  (681 - 6844, n=77, last 2 years)
3476 Points ∼79% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
3242 Points ∼74% -26%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3103 Points ∼70% -30%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
6972 Points ∼100% +15%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
6872 Points ∼99% +14%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6746 Points ∼97% +11%
Average of class Convertible
  (1881 - 8653, n=77, last 2 years)
6267 Points ∼90% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5544 - 6487, n=17)
6208 Points ∼89% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
6051 Points ∼87%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
5763 Points ∼83% -5%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
9907 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
9828 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8149 - 9828, n=17)
9331 Points ∼94% -5%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
9233 Points ∼93% -6%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8987 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Convertible
  (3258 - 11505, n=77, last 2 years)
8526 Points ∼86% -13%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8459 Points ∼85% -14%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
4588 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4026 - 4794, n=17)
4543 Points ∼99% -1%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4481 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
4353 Points ∼95% -5%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4158 Points ∼91% -9%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
4133 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Convertible
  (1154 - 5971, n=77, last 2 years)
4064 Points ∼89% -11%
PCMark 10 Score
4588 points
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DPC latencies

LatencyMon Overview
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LatencyMon Drivers
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DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6903.3 μs * ∼100% -1233%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
2472.9 μs * ∼36% -377%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
676.4 μs * ∼10% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
518 μs * ∼8%

* ... smaller is better

Storage - M.2-2280 PCIe SSD

Lenovo continues to use a standard M.2-2280 SSD in the L13 Yoga Gen 2, which is connected via a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and can also be easily replaced by the user. Our review sample uses an NVMe SSD from Western Digital (SN730) with a storage capacity of 256 GB; out of this, 201 GB is still available after the first startup. The drive achieves very good transfer rates in the benchmarks. Further benchmarks regarding this model and other SSDs are available in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article.

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
Average WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-18%
10%
-8%
15%
5%
Write 4K
119.67
94.14
-21%
168.39
41%
134.21
12%
172.3
44%
139 (120 - 157, n=2)
16%
Read 4K
38.54
41.01
6%
55
43%
53.44
39%
44.37
15%
43.6 (38.5 - 48.6, n=2)
13%
Write Seq
1753.69
1465
-16%
1215.96
-31%
1492
-15%
1976 (1754 - 2199, n=2)
13%
Read Seq
1708.74
1453
-15%
1291.35
-24%
1471
-14%
1860 (1709 - 2011, n=2)
9%
Write 4K Q32T1
461.89
322.6
-30%
476.09
3%
401.55
-13%
483.1
5%
364 (265 - 462, n=2)
-21%
Read 4K Q32T1
390.51
421.8
8%
505.84
30%
491.37
26%
550.6
41%
435 (391 - 479, n=2)
11%
Write Seq Q32T1
2184.7
1463
-33%
1491.5
-32%
1223.5
-44%
2950.5
35%
2189 (2185 - 2193, n=2)
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
3117.9
1751
-44%
2356.6
-24%
2314.3
-26%
3289.4
6%
2994 (2870 - 3118, n=2)
-4%
Write 4K Q8T8
930.25
1498.1
Read 4K Q8T8
963.21
1530.6
AS SSD
-1%
-2%
-44%
35%
-8%
Copy Game MB/s
1359.79
993.1
-27%
1021.53
-25%
898 (436 - 1360, n=2)
-34%
Copy Program MB/s
564.85
552.95
-2%
499.08
-12%
434 (303 - 565, n=2)
-23%
Copy ISO MB/s
1854.79
1573.57
-15%
2028.38
9%
1528 (1201 - 1855, n=2)
-18%
Score Total
2384
3102
30%
2700
13%
3179
33%
4310
81%
2419 (2384 - 2453, n=2)
1%
Score Write
941
1256
33%
1016
8%
923
-2%
1674
78%
956 (941 - 971, n=2)
2%
Score Read
961
1223
27%
1126
17%
1520
58%
1749
82%
974 (961 - 986, n=2)
1%
Access Time Write *
0.025
0.031
-24%
0.028
-12%
0.168
-572%
0.029
-16%
0.026 (0.025 - 0.027, n=2)
-4%
Access Time Read *
0.051
0.103
-102%
0.069
-35%
0.067
-31%
0.041
20%
0.0685 (0.051 - 0.086, n=2)
-34%
4K-64 Write
571.19
1006.83
76%
729.12
28%
698.5
22%
1286.69
125%
611 (571 - 651, n=2)
7%
4K-64 Read
681.09
1033.19
52%
869.14
28%
1267.54
86%
1425.92
109%
701 (681 - 721, n=2)
3%
4K Write
169.65
118.11
-30%
140.72
-17%
117.27
-31%
142.79
-16%
155 (140 - 170, n=2)
-9%
4K Read
41.18
41.2
0%
49.82
21%
49.16
19%
51.51
25%
43.5 (41.2 - 45.8, n=2)
6%
Seq Write
2000
1305.76
-35%
1462
-27%
1071
-46%
2441
22%
1899 (1797 - 2000, n=2)
-5%
Seq Read
2387
1490.99
-38%
2071
-13%
2030
-15%
2719
14%
2290 (2193 - 2387, n=2)
-4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-10% / -8%
4% / 1%
-26% / -28%
25% / 28%
-2% / -3%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3117.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2184.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 390.51 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 461.89 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1708.74 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1753.69 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 38.54 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 119.67 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

GPU-Z Xe Graphics G7
GPU-Z Xe Graphics G7

The integrated Intel Xe Graphics G7 is responsible for graphics processing. In combination with the Core i5 processor, the somewhat slower model with 80 processing units is used, while configurations with the optional i7 processor get the faster G7 iGPU with 96 processing units. Compared to the old UHD iGPUs, performance is significantly higher, but it depends a lot on the RAM configuration. As we've seen in our tests, not only does the Xe Graphics benefit greatly from dual-channel RAM but also from fast LPDDR4x-4266 memory. However, since the L13 Yoga Gen 2 "only" uses DDR4-3200 RAM (dual-channel), the results are a bit below the average values of all the devices that we have tested so far.

Nevertheless, the performance increase compared to the old L13 Yoga is enormous (~150%), and the iGPU is also perfectly sufficient for a business convertible. The Xe Graphics G7 also performs well in comparison with AMD's iGPUs, and it even has clear efficiency advantages when it comes to the integrated video decoder.

Nevertheless, the ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 is only suitable for gaming to a limited extent. Users should limit themselves to older titles, which usually still run smoothly at medium or high details. More gaming benchmarks based on the Xe Graphics G7 can be found here.

The iGPU's performance remains largely constant even under longer load. At 95.8%, the 3DMark Fire Strike stress test is not passed, but the 4% loss will hardly be noticed in practice. The GPU performance remains stable on battery power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4013 - 6117, n=15)
5266 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4956 Points ∼94%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4560 Points ∼87% -8%
Average of class Convertible
  (429 - 17421, n=80, last 2 years)
3811 Points ∼72% -23%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
3660 Points ∼70% -26%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1876 Points ∼36% -62%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1849 Points ∼35% -63%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1384, n=17)
1110 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
995 Points ∼90%
Average of class Convertible
  (91 - 5126, n=57, last 2 years)
904 Points ∼81% -9%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
791 Points ∼71% -21%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
685 Points ∼62% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
412 Points ∼37% -59%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (2087 - 4846, n=17)
3534 Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
2950 Points ∼83%
Average of class Convertible
  (311 - 13158, n=77, last 2 years)
2713 Points ∼77% -8%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
2504 Points ∼71% -15%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2228 Points ∼63% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1333 Points ∼38% -55%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1210 Points ∼34% -59%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (13867 - 30894, n=13)
20730 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
19487 Points ∼94%
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
16629 Points ∼80% -15%
Average of class Convertible
  (2714 - 38419, n=67, last 2 years)
16377 Points ∼79% -16%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
15287 Points ∼74% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
10274 Points ∼50% -47%
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
9422 Points ∼45% -52%
3DMark 11 Performance
4950 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14377 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2574 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1104 points
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low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 36.1 31.3 16.5 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 73.8 43.3 31.1 29.6 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 27.8 24.7 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 27 13 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 45 26 fps

Emissions - Loud fan results in lower temperatures

Noise emissions

The fan now gets a bit louder under load, but this is certainly the right decision considering the high surface temperatures of the predecessor. The emitted noise is also clearly audible when gaming or under full CPU load, but it doesn't become unpleasant or high-frequency. Under lighter load, the fan is barely audible in a normal office environment anyway. There was no coil whine or other electronic noise in our review unit.

Noise Level

Idle
24.1 / 24.1 / 28.5 dB(A)
Load
33.9 / 36.9 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24.1 dB(A)
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
Noise
-10%
-2%
-10%
-9%
off / environment *
24.1
29.3
-22%
26.9
-12%
29.4
-22%
29.3
-22%
Idle Minimum *
24.1
29.3
-22%
26.9
-12%
29.4
-22%
29.3
-22%
Idle Average *
24.1
29.3
-22%
26.9
-12%
29.4
-22%
29.3
-22%
Idle Maximum *
28.5
30.4
-7%
27.8
2%
30.7
-8%
29.3
-3%
Load Average *
33.9
31.3
8%
30.5
10%
32.6
4%
32.7
4%
Witcher 3 ultra *
36.9
Load Maximum *
36.9
34.6
6%
32.4
12%
33.7
9%
32.7
11%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.331.53330.932.931.731.32523.923.625.828.724.925.923.93130.330.934.534.531.329.130.34027.227.932.527.326.427.227.25026.126.927.326.124.136.226.16320.82022.825.323.721.120.88020.419.220.724.419.120.820.410021.821.72526.124.429.221.812517.718.219.82120.418.517.716017.220.819.521.72217.317.220018.619.72123.124.817.818.625017.11819.119.721.115.717.131516.318.319.219.621.116.416.340017.319.419.32123.113.317.35001821.721.423.425.312.21863017.820.120.622.925.611.717.880018.720.421.423.727.310.618.7100017.9202224.426.711.217.9125018.320.321.923.526.210.718.3160018.420.622.32427.810.318.4200017.119.821.424.727.710.817.1250017.219.821.323.126.21117.2315015.317.218.720.924.311.315.3400013.614.816.41821.411.813.6500013.113.914.916.619.71213.1630012.913.11415.918.912.112.9800012.612.612.813.714.412.112.61000012.512.512.613.113.112.412.51250012.512.612.61312.812.212.51600011.711.811.812.411.911.511.7SPL28.530.531.833.936.924.128.5N11.31.51.82.40.61median 17.2median 19.4median 19.5median 21median 23.1median 12.1median 17.2Delta2.32.42.43.43.32.52.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Overall, heat development is very similar to the predecessor, but the maximum temperatures are slightly lower on the whole thanks to the faster fan. We measured a maximum of almost 63 °C (~145 °F) on the bottom and 50 °C (~122 °F) on the top of the old model, but now it's just under 55 °C (~131 °F) and 43 °C (~109 °F), respectively. Nevertheless, you shouldn't place the device on your lap when under full load.

During the stress test, the processor's power consumption quickly settles at 15 watts (sporadic jumps to 25 watts), which is sufficient for 4x 900 MHz (CPU) and 500 MHz (GPU). Performance is slightly affected immediately after the stress test, and a 3DMark 11 run results in about 10% fewer points.

Max. Load
 42.8 °C
109 F
43.3 °C
110 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 42 °C
108 F
42.8 °C
109 F
31.2 °C
88 F
 
 27.1 °C
81 F
27.3 °C
81 F
25.6 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 43.3 °C = 110 F
Average: 35.1 °C = 95 F
40.7 °C
105 F
54.5 °C
130 F
50.8 °C
123 F
33.9 °C
93 F
44.4 °C
112 F
40.4 °C
105 F
27.6 °C
82 F
31.8 °C
89 F
31.4 °C
89 F
Maximum: 54.5 °C = 130 F
Average: 39.5 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.2 °C = 90 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.1 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.3 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 54.5 °C / 130 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.3 °C / 81.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (+1.3 °C / 2.4 F).
Surface temperatures in the stress test (top)
Surface temperatures in the stress test (top)
Surface temperatures in the stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures in the stress test (bottom)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.731.72525.931.53129.136.14027.232.75036.230.36321.131.28020.832.210029.234.112518.534.616017.340.420017.846.525015.754.731516.465.340013.367.250012.266.163011.764.380010.668.1100011.270.9125010.772.4160010.372.5200010.87025001172.2315011.370.6400011.868.950001267.9630012.153.9800012.156.21000012.455.81250012.250.11600011.548.6SPL24.181.4N0.648.9median 12.1median 65.3Delta2.59.931.530.228.627.126.829.326.927.827.426.124.323.623.523.124.72522.626.82334.822.53922.343.521.148.92054.919.857.719.259.418.259.217.561.517.465.217.264.516.563.416.463.516.260.91659.915.962.915.863.215.859.515.655.715.351.715.247.529.374.11.232.5median 17.4median 59.22.18.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGEHP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 6.9% lower than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 37% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 21%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 21%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 49% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management - ThinkPad with little endurance

Energy consumption

Interestingly, the new model sometimes requires a bit more power than its predecessor in idle scenarios. All in all, the rates are very similar. We measure 65 watts under load for a short time, but this value quickly settles at 49 watts and increases to up to 60 watts every now and then in between. Therefore, the included 65-watt power adapter is sufficient even under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.97 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.6 / 7.3 / 10.2 Watt
Load midlight 32.3 / 65.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.50
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Power Consumption
19%
24%
16%
-2%
4%
11%
Idle Minimum *
4.6
3.8
17%
2.8
39%
2.9
37%
3.7
20%
4.25 (2.4 - 11.5, n=17)
8%
3.79 (1.4 - 9.4, n=84, last 2 years)
18%
Idle Average *
7.3
5.7
22%
5.4
26%
5.8
21%
6.2
15%
7.08 (3.5 - 12.4, n=17)
3%
6.7 (2.8 - 13.3, n=84, last 2 years)
8%
Idle Maximum *
10.2
7.9
23%
7.6
25%
9.6
6%
11.2
-10%
9.01 (4.5 - 12.9, n=17)
12%
8.48 (3.7 - 13.9, n=84, last 2 years)
17%
Load Average *
32.3
29.3
9%
36.6
-13%
34.6
-7%
44.3
-37%
35.2 (25 - 47, n=17)
-9%
35.6 (5.5 - 78, n=84, last 2 years)
-10%
Witcher 3 ultra *
35
Load Maximum *
65.3
48.6
26%
37
43%
50.7
22%
65
-0%
61.5 (34.5 - 73.5, n=17)
6%
52.1 (8.3 - 118, n=84, last 2 years)
20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

There have been changes in battery life compared to the old model. In our WLAN test, where there are always short load peaks, the high TDP limits are noticeable, and the runtimes are overall a bit shorter both at 150 cd/m² and at maximum brightness (30-60 minutes). Our video test, on the other hand, shows the advantage of the new iGPU that works more efficiently. Therefore, the new L13 Yoga Gen 2 lasts over 2 hours longer.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 90)
6h 41min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge 90)
6h 00min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 22min
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 46 Wh
HP ProBook x360 435 G7, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 45 Wh
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 55 Wh
Fujitsu LifeBook U9310X
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 20R6S00800
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 46 Wh
Average of class Convertible
 
Battery Runtime
16%
53%
100%
13%
36%
H.264
528
659
25%
627
19%
394
-25%
579 (269 - 924, n=35, last 2 years)
10%
WiFi v1.3
401
580
45%
645
61%
694
73%
459
14%
561 (248 - 1141, n=84, last 2 years)
40%
Load
82
63
-23%
148
80%
185
126%
123
50%
129 (62 - 334, n=58, last 2 years)
57%

Pros

+ good system performance
+ many ports including TB4 and a microSD reader
+ ThinkPad Pen Pro included
+ improved temperature management
+ sturdy case
+ accurate color reproduction; full sRGB coverage

Cons

- wide display bezels, no 16:10 panel
- no WWAN module
- reflective touchscreen limits outdoor use
- lower battery life depending on use case
- only a one-year warranty

Verdict - Compact business convertible with many ports

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2. Test device provided by
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2. Test device provided by

The second generation of the ThinkPad L13 Yoga is still a good business convertible, but the differences are rather minor. Although the Tiger Lake processor also offers a bit more CPU performance, the integrated GPU has made the biggest leap. In addition, a Thunderbolt 4 port is available now. In our opinion, however, this doesn't justify an upgrade from the first L13 Yoga, but users who are currently looking for an affordable business convertible should definitely take a closer look at the device.

For around 1,000 Euros (~$1,207), you get a quality case, a very good keyboard, many ports, and also extensive security features. Although there's no 16:10 panel yet, the display reproduces colors very accurately and also covers the small sRGB color space completely. However, the glossy touchscreen still affects the use in very bright environments. Furthermore, Lenovo has adjusted the fan control to get a better grip on the high case temperatures of the predecessor, and this has worked successfully. Nevertheless, the fan doesn't get unpleasantly loud.

The new Tiger Lake processor improves graphics performance in particular, and there are faster ports that include Thunderbolt 4. This makes the ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 a very interesting business convertible with a sturdy case and a very good keyboard.

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Price and availability

You can find the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 directly on the manufacturer's online store starting at around $940 for the version with an Intel Core i3-1115G4 and 4 GB of RAM. The model with the i5-1135G7, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of SSD storage will set you back about $1,230. Alternatively, you can find a version with the i7-1165G7, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD for approximately $1,530 on Amazon.

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen2-20VK000VGE - 04/22/2021 v7
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
93%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
70 / 75 → 94%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 90%
Battery
75%
Display
86%
Games Performance
56 / 78 → 72%
Application Performance
88 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
89%
Noise
94%
Audio
75 / 91 → 83%
Camera
35 / 85 → 41%
Average
77%
88%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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