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Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 review: With AMD Renoir the fastest 13-inch ThinkPad laptop

Compact Ryzen power. As the newest small ThinkPad laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 is the continuation of the traditional ThinkPad X series. In 2020, the AMD version bears the same name as the Intel model - and it is much faster. Buyers still have to live without Thunderbolt, but the performance advantage is so big that we do not consider it a deal-breaker.
Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Benjamin Herzig),

In the past, the labor division in the Lenovo ThinkPad lineup was clear-cut: Workers who mostly stayed inside the office got a T-series ThinkPad. Employees working away from the office frequently were given an X ThinkPad, the smallest and lightest ThinkPad laptops. Though the division is less clear now, the ThinkPad X series is still the most compact. The newest model of this series is called Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1. It is powered either by Intel Comet-Lake or AMD Ryzen 4000, codenamed "Renoir". Today's review sample of the ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 with the model number 20UGS00800 contains the AMD Ryzen Pro 7 4750U, 16 GB RAM, a 512 GB SSD and an FHD IPS screen. This model is a special education model without Windows. It costs 999 Euros (~$1,186).

As comparison devices, compact business laptops from other manufacturers are appropriate, like the Dell Latitude 7310. Apart from that, we also compare the Lenovo X13 with the predecessor Lenovo ThinkPad X395, the slightly bigger Lenovo ThinkPad T14s with AMD CPUs and the ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 with Intel chips.

Since Lenovo is re-using the design of the Lenovo ThinkPad X390/X395 without changes, this review is an update that skips the description of the design and focuses on the screen and internals. For details on the design, look no further than the detailed Lenovo ThinkPad X390 review.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800 (ThinkPad X13 Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U 8 x 1.7 - 4.1 GHz, Renoir PRO (Zen 2)
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-3200, on-board, dual-channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, B133HAK01.1, IPS LED, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, 512 GB 
, PCIe-NVMe, M.2 2280, 444 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC3287
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.9 x 311.9 x 217.2 ( = 0.67 x 12.28 x 8.55 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Camera
Webcam: 720p with infrared & ThinkShutter
Additional features
Speakers: 1 watt stereo, Keyboard: 6 row chiclet, 95 % width, Keyboard Light: yes, 65 watt charger, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.287 kg ( = 45.4 oz / 2.84 pounds), Power Supply: 370 g ( = 13.05 oz / 0.82 pounds)
Price
1000 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
1.3 kg16.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
89 %
10/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6
1.3 kg16.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
89 %
07/2020
Dell Latitude 7310
i7-10610U, UHD Graphics 620
1.2 kg18.3 mm13.3"1920x1080
91 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
1.3 kg16.1 mm14"1920x1080
88 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.9 mm13.3"1920x1080

Size & weight comparison

329 mm / 13 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.22 lbs329 mm / 13 inch 225.8 mm / 8.89 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs323.5 mm / 12.7 inch 217.1 mm / 8.55 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.1 kg2.39 lbs311.9 mm / 12.3 inch 217.2 mm / 8.55 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.3 kg2.84 lbs306.5 mm / 12.1 inch 203.2 mm / 8 inch 18.3 mm / 0.72 inch 1.2 kg2.69 lbs
Right: SmartCard reader, USB 3.0 Type-A, Kensington lock
Right: SmartCard reader, USB 3.0 Type-A, Kensington lock
Left: 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, miniEthernet/docking-port, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, combo audio
Left: 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, miniEthernet/docking-port, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, combo audio
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 7310
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
169.3 MB/s ∼100% +125%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
78.4 MB/s ∼46% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
75.4 MB/s ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
 
74.1 MB/s ∼44% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=142)
63.5 MB/s ∼38% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
37.3 MB/s ∼22% -51%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 7310
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
195.5 MB/s ∼100% +130%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
 
86.2 MB/s ∼44% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.5 MB/s ∼44% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.1 MB/s ∼44%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=144)
79.6 MB/s ∼41% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
52.1 MB/s ∼27% -39%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1573 (1352min - 1701max) MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1370 (1218min - 1490max) MBit/s ∼87% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1335 (1208min - 1544max) MBit/s ∼85%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1640, n=53)
1113 MBit/s ∼71% -17%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1003 (646min - 1257max) MBit/s ∼64% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
652 (539min - 675max) MBit/s ∼41% -51%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=168)
610 MBit/s ∼39% -54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1270 (656min - 1344max) MBit/s ∼100% +41%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1188 (988min - 1327max) MBit/s ∼94% +32%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (553 - 1645, n=52)
1040 MBit/s ∼82% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
903 (452min - 920max) MBit/s ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
756 (654min - 835max) MBit/s ∼60% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
628 (493min - 645max) MBit/s ∼49% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1416, n=168)
580 MBit/s ∼46% -36%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1335 (1208-1544)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø887 (452-920)
ColorChecker
6.5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
0.9 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
5 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
10 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800: 5.89 ∆E min: 0.89 - max: 12.71 ∆E

Matte FHD display in the AMD ThinkPad X13

Subpixel matrix Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1
Subpixel matrix Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1
A little bit of backlight bleeding (shown enhanced here)
A little bit of backlight bleeding (shown enhanced here)

Like the predecessor ThinkPad X395, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 uses a 13.3-inch screen instead of a 12-inch panel like many past X-series ThinkPads. There is a choice from four matte 16:9 LCDs. The brighter ePrivacy option is new. Unlike with the T series, there is no low power option:

  • HD (1366x768) TN, 250 cd/m²
  • FHD (1920x1080) IPS, 300 cd/m², 72% NTSC
  • FHD IPS, 300 cd/m², On-Cell-Touch, 72% NTSC
  • FHD IPS, 500 cd/m², Privacy Guard, 72% NTSC

The test sample contains the regular FHD LCD without touch. The AUO panel used here effortlessly manages to fulfill the promised 300 cd/m², as it has an average brightness of 315 cd/m². Still, the panel is darker than the other laptops used for comparison. The difference is biggest compared with the ThinkPad T14s with the brighter low power screen. Interestingly, the ThinkPad X13 with Intel CPUs uses the same LCD panel, which is 30 cd/m² brighter. This serves as a nice example of the variance in quality from panel to panel.

317
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B133HAK01.1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 331 cd/m² Average: 315.3 cd/m² Minimum: 3.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 331 cd/m²
Contrast: 1576:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.1 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.2
ΔE Greyscale 6.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6
95.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.77
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
B133HAK01.1, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
LP133WF7-SPB1, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 7310
AU Optronics B133HAN, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
N140HCG-GQ2, IPS , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Lenovo B133HAK01.1, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
-2%
16%
46%
5%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
56.8 (29.2, 27.6)
55 (26, 29)
3%
40.8 (22.4, 18.4)
28%
32.4 (16.4, 16)
43%
52.8 (26, 26.8)
7%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (16.8, 13.2)
32 (18, 14)
-7%
28.8 (14.8, 14)
4%
15.2 (6.8, 8.4)
49%
29.2 (16.8, 12.4)
3%
PWM Frequency
26040 (50)
Screen
18%
16%
19%
-1%
Brightness middle
331
356
8%
332.7
1%
404
22%
359
8%
Brightness
315
336
7%
329
4%
371
18%
342
9%
Brightness Distribution
90
88
-2%
89
-1%
88
-2%
90
0%
Black Level *
0.21
0.16
24%
0.25
-19%
0.34
-62%
0.21
-0%
Contrast
1576
2225
41%
1331
-16%
1188
-25%
1710
9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.1
3.6
41%
2.15
65%
1.4
77%
6.7
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10
5.5
45%
3.89
61%
3.2
68%
10.9
-9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.2
1.11
7%
1.09
9%
0.8
33%
1.3
-8%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.3
4.7
25%
2.5
60%
1.6
75%
7.4
-17%
Gamma
2.77 79%
2.92 75%
2.3 96%
2.13 103%
2.85 77%
CCT
6938 94%
6222 104%
6347 102%
6480 100%
6309 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.7
61
0%
64.1
6%
63
4%
61.7
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95.4
96
1%
99.4
4%
97.9
3%
95.9
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
8% / 15%
16% / 16%
33% / 23%
2% / -0%

* ... smaller is better

Colors
Colors
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation
Saturation
Colors (calibrated)
Colors (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)

The deviations from the ideal in terms of colors, grayscale and saturation are quite noticeable ex-factory. With CalMAN and the X-Rite i1Pro2, we were able to enhance the color accuracy very nicely. The panel has the necessary potential, as the contrast value of 1576:1 is good.

Colors are displayed saturated, which is also due to the sRGB gamut coverage of 95%. Some photo-editing "on the go" should be possible with the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1.

Outdoors (sunny in the shade)
Outdoors (sunny in the shade)

Outdoors, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is usable, due to the brightness of 315 cd/m² and the matte screen surface. This is only true for shadowy places though. If one works outside more often, the variant with the 500 cd/m² screen might be the better choice.

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.8 ms rise
↘ 13.2 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. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
56.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29.2 ms rise
↘ 27.6 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. » 92 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

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

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17699 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

There is nothing to complain about when it comes to the viewing-angle stability of the IPS screen.

Performance: There has never been a compact ThinkPad laptop this fast

There are three AMD Renoir CPUs available in the ThinkPad X13 Gen 1: the AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 4450U, the AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U and the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U. Part of the package is a corresponding AMD iGPU: the Radeon RX Vega 5, the Radeon RX Vega 6 and the Radeon RX Vega 7. Memory is soldered with 8, 16 or 32 GB DDR4-3200 RAM. 32 GB is only available with the Ryzen 7 models, while Ryzen 3 variants are only sold with 8 GB. For storage, there is a single M.2 2280 slot.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
 

Processor

The AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U is the strongest processor of the Ryzen Pro series for business laptops. The octa-core processor has a TDP of 15 W and clock-rates of 1.7 to 4.1 GHz. Unlike the consumer processor AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, the 4750U has Hyper-Threading technology with 16 threads. For additional comparisons, we recommend our CPU comparison list.

The performance advantage of the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U is most visible in the multicore category. Though the ThinkPad X13 cannot keep up its performance level indefinitely, it is twice as fast as the Intel ThinkPad X13 in the Cinbench R15 loop. The difference is even greater compared with the predecessor ThinkPad X395. The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 AMD is clearly the fastest ThinkPad subnotebook yet. If compared with the bigger 14-inch class however, the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s AMD has the edge with its roomier chassis.

There was no performance limitation in battery mode.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1173 (1057.08-1287.21)
Lenovo ThinkPad X395 AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U, AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U: Ø416 (400.15-479.45)
Dell Latitude 7310 Intel Core i7-10610U, Intel Core i7-10610U: Ø546 (539.87-548.66)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: Ø1311 (1300.6-1345.67)
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø571 (548.08-726.48)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00 Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø594 (493.81-731.25)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø618 (591.33-706.24)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 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 (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3050 Points ∼100% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (2935 - 3050, n=2)
2993 Points ∼98% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
2935 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1505 Points ∼49% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
1441 Points ∼47% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1428 Points ∼47% -51%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
1283 Points ∼42% -56%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 2935, n=63)
1196 Points ∼39% -59%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
475 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (468 - 475, n=2)
472 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
468 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
441 Points ∼93% -7%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
440 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
416 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 475, n=63)
355 Points ∼75% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
351 Points ∼74% -26%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1346 (1300.6min - 1345.67max) Points ∼100% +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (1287 - 1346, n=2)
1317 Points ∼98% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1287 (1057.08min - 1287.21max) Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
731 Points ∼54% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
726.48 (548.08min - 726.48max) Points ∼54% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
706 (591.33min - 706.24max) Points ∼52% -45%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
549 (539.87min - 548.66max) Points ∼41% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
481 Points ∼36% -63%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1287, n=336)
380 Points ∼28% -70%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
184 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
183 Points ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (181 - 184, n=2)
183 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
181 Points ∼98% -2%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
179 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
167 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
166 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
126 Points ∼68% -32%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=322)
121 Points ∼66% -34%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=55)
1284 Seconds * ∼100% -219%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
823 Seconds * ∼64% -104%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
816 Seconds * ∼64% -102%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
769 Seconds * ∼60% -91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
765 Seconds * ∼60% -90%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
403 Seconds * ∼31%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (367 - 403, n=2)
385 Seconds * ∼30% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
367 Seconds * ∼29% +9%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
4708 MIPS ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4521 MIPS ∼96% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4467 MIPS ∼95% +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (4438 - 4467, n=2)
4453 MIPS ∼95% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4438 MIPS ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4315 MIPS ∼92% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
4269 MIPS ∼91% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=50)
4013 MIPS ∼85% -10%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
39649 MIPS ∼100% +7%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (37081 - 39649, n=2)
38365 MIPS ∼97% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
37081 MIPS ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
18187 MIPS ∼46% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
17978 MIPS ∼45% -52%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
17699 MIPS ∼45% -52%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
17339 MIPS ∼44% -53%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2692 - 37081, n=50)
15292 MIPS ∼39% -59%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
1250 Points ∼100% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1211 Points ∼97% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1157 Points ∼93%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (1149 - 1157, n=2)
1153 Points ∼92% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1149 Points ∼92% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
1093 Points ∼87% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
1017 Points ∼81% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1324, n=45)
959 Points ∼77% -17%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6444 Points ∼100% +15%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (5600 - 6444, n=2)
6022 Points ∼93% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
5600 Points ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4256 Points ∼66% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4122 Points ∼64% -26%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
3820 Points ∼59% -32%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
3156 Points ∼49% -44%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 5600, n=45)
3047 Points ∼47% -46%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
9.55 fps ∼100% +15%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (8.33 - 9.55, n=2)
8.94 fps ∼94% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
8.33 fps ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.85 fps ∼51% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.68 fps ∼49% -44%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
4.56 fps ∼48% -45%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.32 fps ∼45% -48%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 8.33, n=50)
3.93 fps ∼41% -53%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 281, n=35)
88.2 s ∼100% +51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
60 s ∼68% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
59.3 s ∼67% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (58.4 - 60, n=2)
59.2 s ∼67% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
58.4 s ∼66%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
56.1 s ∼64% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
53.8 s ∼61% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
51.7 s ∼59% -11%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.613 - 2.43, n=40)
0.926 sec * ∼100% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14-20S1S06B00
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.719 sec * ∼78% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.706 sec * ∼76% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.679 sec * ∼73% -11%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel Core i7-10610U
0.659 sec * ∼71% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.616 sec * ∼67% -0%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
  (0.613 - 0.616, n=2)
0.615 sec * ∼66% -0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.613 sec * ∼66%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1287 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
62.4 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
184 Points
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System performance

The ThinkPad X13 AMD delivers a convincing everyday performance and lands far in front of the X395.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5109 Points ∼100% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4905 - 5109, n=2)
5007 Points ∼98% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4905 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3243 Points ∼63% -34%
Dell Latitude 7310
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3225 Points ∼63% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3158 Points ∼62% -36%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4905, n=136)
2642 Points ∼52% -46%
Productivity
Dell Latitude 7310
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7607 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7098 Points ∼93%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (6877 - 7098, n=2)
6988 Points ∼92% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6877 Points ∼90% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6792 Points ∼89% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5484 Points ∼72% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7676, n=136)
5369 Points ∼71% -24%
Essentials
Dell Latitude 7310
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9667 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9490 Points ∼98%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (9034 - 9490, n=2)
9262 Points ∼96% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
9034 Points ∼93% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9027 Points ∼93% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
7351 Points ∼76% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=136)
7075 Points ∼73% -25%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4956 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4890 - 4956, n=2)
4923 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4890 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell Latitude 7310
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4437 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4184 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3606 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4956, n=139)
3297 Points ∼67% -33%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5573 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (5570 - 5573, n=2)
5572 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5570 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell Latitude 7310
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5232 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5114 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
4356 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5573, n=250)
4097 Points ∼74% -26%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4640 Points ∼100% +7%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4349 - 4640, n=2)
4495 Points ∼97% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4349 Points ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3789 Points ∼82% -13%
Dell Latitude 7310
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10610U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3783 Points ∼82% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Vega 6, R3 PRO 3300U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3260 Points ∼70% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4349, n=279)
3097 Points ∼67% -29%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4349 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5573 points
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DPC latencies

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Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1501.8 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The Samsung PM981a is a very fast PCIe NVMe SSD in the M.2 2280 format, which is used by many OEMs. Its performance is great in the benchmarks. In our review sample, the OEM SSD has a capacity of 512 GB.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Dell Latitude 7310
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Average Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-4%
9%
5%
9%
Write 4K
95.65
129.37
35%
135.2
41%
131.1
37%
141 (95.7 - 185, n=16)
47%
Read 4K
37.47
41.6
11%
50.67
35%
45.48
21%
49.1 (37.5 - 61.2, n=16)
31%
Write Seq
2032
2334.44
15%
2155
6%
2042
0%
2021 (931 - 2896, n=16)
-1%
Read Seq
2207
2150.9
-3%
2504
13%
2259
2%
1996 (1136 - 2754, n=16)
-10%
Write 4K Q32T1
516.6
233.99
-55%
395.6
-23%
429.1
-17%
449 (326 - 556, n=16)
-13%
Read 4K Q32T1
387
325.72
-16%
394.5
2%
370.7
-4%
486 (332 - 579, n=16)
26%
Write Seq Q32T1
2977
2347.6
-21%
2987
0%
2963
0%
2840 (934 - 2989, n=16)
-5%
Read Seq Q32T1
3556
3563.2
0%
3564
0%
3564
0%
3488 (3269 - 3568, n=16)
-2%
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3556 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2977 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 387 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 516.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2207 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2032 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 37.47 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 95.65 MB/s

Continuous load reading: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø3475 (3053.64-3532.8)

GPU

The GPU part of the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U is the AMD Radeon RX Vega 7. It is the strongest iGPU available in the recent AMD ThinkPads, as the Ryzen 8 4800U with the Radeon RX Vega 8 is not available in any ThinkPad laptop. 

In the 3DMark benchmarks, the GPU can max out its potential very well, because the memory in the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 runs in dual-channel-mode. An even better result would be possible if Lenovo used faster LPDDR4X memory. Like with the CPU performance, the bigger Lenovo ThinkPad T14s is slightly faster, while the Intel models cannot compare. The Nvidia GPU of the ThinkPad T15 is still faster, but the ThinkPad X13 AMD is not very far behind.

For older games, the AMD GPU is well versed. More recent titles are playable as well, but only with lower graphics details and resolution.

The GPU performance is not throttled when no charger is attached.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
5399 Points ∼100% +15%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4019 - 5422, n=6)
4908 Points ∼91% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4690 Points ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, Intel Core i7-10510U
4616 Points ∼85% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
3325 Points ∼62% -29%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
1960 Points ∼36% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1862 Points ∼34% -60%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 11501, n=408)
1498 Points ∼28% -68%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, Intel Core i7-10510U
1059 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
949 Points ∼90%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (742 - 1084, n=6)
946 Points ∼89% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 3098, n=69)
632 Points ∼60% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼40% -56%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
415 Points ∼39% -56%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3593 Points ∼100% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, Intel Core i7-10510U
3581 Points ∼100% +19%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (2425 - 3593, n=6)
3128 Points ∼87% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3019 Points ∼84%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
2245 Points ∼62% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1332 Points ∼37% -56%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
1325 Points ∼37% -56%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8093, n=287)
1197 Points ∼33% -60%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
22904 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (16972 - 25720, n=5)
22024 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
16787 Points ∼73% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen1-20S7S02U00
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, Intel Core i7-10510U
15595 Points ∼68% -32%
Dell Latitude 7310
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10610U
10505 Points ∼46% -54%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 30436, n=305)
8395 Points ∼37% -63%
3DMark 11 Performance
4897 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
18790 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2720 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1082 points
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low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 56.1 17.6 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 90.5 69.9 42.2 39.5 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 37.2 28.5 25.6 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 44.4 17 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 49.3 15 fps

Emissions: ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 stays cool & quiet

Noise

The fan stays completely quiet while idling. Under load, the cooling system of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 gets activated, but the fan still only runs at 31.8 dB(a).

We could not detect coil whine with this Lenovo laptop.

Noise Level

Idle
29.1 / 29.1 / 29.1 dB(A)
Load
31.1 / 31.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.635.333.9402526.125.425.231.33130.229.628.634.14028.128.826.729.35026.825.126.927.76327.625.225.4258025.82423.424.610026.124.624.324.812524.62322.323.616024.723.622.524.220025.722.622.423.725024.522.923.423.731522.621.121.62240021.120.519.920.850020.720.218.920.263020.920.219.220.380019.419.118.219.4100020.119.517.618.6125019.519.417.11816002019.116.417.2200019.919.316.116.725001918.915.916.831502120.21616.5400020.119.315.716.5500019.118.415.716.3630016.816.415.616.1800016.116.115.716100001615.915.615.91250015.815.715.515.71600015.615.415.215.6SPL31.831.129.129.9N1.61.51.21.4median 20.1median 19.4median 17.1median 18Delta1.11.12.32.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800

Temperatures

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

Users do not have to bear extremely high outer temperatures with the ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 AMD, as we measured 44.8 °C at the most. That is a way off from the critical 50 °C point. Slightly negative: The palm rest gets a little bit hot on the right side.

In the stress test with Prime95 and FurMark the limits of the cooling system become visible. The Lenovo X13 can consume 15 W under combined GPU and CPU load. The CPU temperatures sit at 90 °C, while the CPU is limited to 1.5 GHz. This throttling should not be a huge issue in everyday use though, since the 3DMark 11 test scores a normal result immediately after the stress test.

Max. Load
 32.9 °C
91 F
39.9 °C
104 F
44.1 °C
111 F
 
 30.3 °C
87 F
37.7 °C
100 F
44.8 °C
113 F
 
 28.7 °C
84 F
29.9 °C
86 F
34.2 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 44.8 °C = 113 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
42 °C
108 F
42.1 °C
108 F
34.5 °C
94 F
39.4 °C
103 F
40.3 °C
105 F
33.9 °C
93 F
30.5 °C
87 F
31 °C
88 F
28.9 °C
84 F
Maximum: 42.1 °C = 108 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.9 °C = 102 F | Room Temperature 20.6 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.8 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.1 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.8 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.2 °C / 93.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-5.7 °C / -10.3 F).
Stress test (palm rest)
Stress test (palm rest)
Stress test (bottom)
Stress test (bottom)

Speakers

The 1 W stereo speakers are good enough for video conferencing. For music, they would have to be louder, as the bass is missing and the higher frequencies are also not well balanced. A better audio output is available though the combo-audio port.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.935.42525.228.23128.629.74026.7325026.928.16325.4288023.426.810024.332.712522.327.316022.534.620022.448.125023.458.631521.661.140019.960.250018.959.263019.263.680018.265.5100017.666.3125017.165160016.465.1200016.165250015.960.131501660.1400015.762.8500015.758.3630015.661.7800015.7551000015.650.51250015.542.31600015.231.7SPL29.174.8N1.235.3median 17.1median 60.1Delta2.37.835.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.7% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (17.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 60% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management: The Achilles heel of the ThinkPad X13 AMD?

Power consumption

The power consumption of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 AMD is notably poor when compared to the Intel model. This is especially true while the machine is idling. Maybe, the drivers of the AMD model are not as well optimized, or the octa-core chip just consumes more.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.41 / 0.78 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6 / 8.9 / 11.3 Watt
Load midlight 34.2 / 37.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 7310
i7-10610U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
14%
16%
11%
9%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
6
4
33%
2.7
55%
2.9
52%
4.42 (2.8 - 6, n=6)
26%
6.42 (1 - 36, n=647)
-7%
Idle Average *
8.9
6.3
29%
4.4
51%
5.6
37%
7.42 (4.8 - 8.9, n=6)
17%
9.62 (2.06 - 39, n=647)
-8%
Idle Maximum *
11.3
9.3
18%
4.8
58%
8.9
21%
9.53 (6.7 - 11.3, n=6)
16%
11.9 (3.9 - 55, n=647)
-5%
Load Average *
34.2
34
1%
33.4
2%
30.1
12%
35.4 (28 - 45.6, n=6)
-4%
33.4 (6.3 - 75, n=637)
2%
Load Maximum *
37.2
42
-13%
69.7
-87%
61.3
-65%
41.7 (31 - 51.5, n=6)
-12%
40.7 (7.6 - 111, n=640)
-9%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

Charging time: 99 minutes
Charging time: 99 minutes

The battery capacity remains smaller than other recent ThinkPad laptops at just 48 Wh. The same was true for the ThinkPad X395, which still performed better in our battery tests. Eight hours and 42 minutes is not a terrible result for the ThinkPad X13 AMD, but the predecessor was 25% better (nearly 11 hours).

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge Chromium)
8h 42min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge Chromium)
7h 01min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 15min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 32min
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6, 48 Wh
Dell Latitude 7310
i7-10610U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s-20UJS00K00
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7, 57 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20T20033GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
66%
30%
38%
42%
11%
Reader / Idle
1103
2246
638 (87 - 2735, n=564)
H.264
495
620
25%
792
60%
704
42%
509 (182 - 1312, n=134)
3%
WiFi v1.3
522
655
25%
758
45%
612
17%
559
7%
495 (206 - 991, n=267)
-5%
Load
92
227
147%
106
15%
127
38%
163
77%
123 (40 - 369, n=584)
34%

Pros

+ much better CPU performance than X395 & Intel X13
+ GPU performance almost at low-end dGPU level
+ great input devices
+ robust magnesium & glass-fiber chassis
+ lots of ports & security features
+ good screen
+ quiet & cool
+ extensive warranty package
+ Wi-Fi 6
+ replaceable keyboard

Cons

- soldered RAM
- no Thunderbolt 3
- microSD slot is difficult to access
- darker standard LCD than 14-inch ThinkPads
- worse battery life than T14s & Intel X13
- shrunken keyboard

Verdict

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1. Test sample supplied by
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1. Test sample supplied by

Ryzen 4000 is currently winning market share for AMD in the laptop space. In this endeavor, the business segment probably plays an important role. A traditional compact subnotebook like the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 can be a great asset in the struggle for the enterprise market.

As Lenovo keeps the tried and tested design of the Lenovo ThinkPad X390 / X395, the AMD Renoir CPU with eight cores is clearly the star of this show. No other ThinkPad laptop with a 13.3-inch screen offers such a fast processor. The Intel version of the X13 and the Dell Latitude 7310 are far away from being competitive with the ThinkPad X13 AMD. The same is true for the GPU performance, which is almost good enough to compete with low-end dGPUs.

Despite the great level of performance, the ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 runs cool and quiet. Other strengths of this Lenovo X13 include the ThinkPad input devices, the amount of ports on the small chassis, the good, matte screen and the robust magnesium case. Compared with the ThinkPad X395, Wi-Fi 6 is notable as a gain.

Meanwhile, most of the problems are taken over straight from the preceding model, like the hard to reach microSD slot or the soldered RAM. Compared with the ThinkPad T14s Gen 1, the X13 has an easily replaceable keyboard but worse battery life and the keyboard is smaller in size. Speaking of the battery life: Aside from the missing Thunderbolt 3 port, this is one of the only small disadvantages compared to the Intel ThinkPad X13.

Subnotebook with a punch: There are not many compact laptops that can offer a similar performance as the ThinkPad X13 Gen 1. The biggest competitors are the bigger ThinkPad cousins and the HP EliteBook 835 G7.

We can recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 with AMD Ryzen 4000 wholeheartedly. If one is searching for a 13.3-inch laptop, there are not many choices that offer the same level of performance. One problem may be the competition with the slightly bigger Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 with AMD CPUs. For most users, the T14s could be the better choice.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800 - 08/13/2020 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
89 / 98 → 90%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
72 / 75 → 96%
Weight
72 / 20-75 → 94%
Battery
80%
Display
85%
Games Performance
62 / 78 → 80%
Application Performance
91 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
91%
Noise
97%
Audio
64 / 91 → 71%
Camera
34 / 85 → 40%
Average
78%
90%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-08-18 (Update: 2020-08-18)
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In 2010 I started to get more and more involved with technology, especially notebooks have been my passion ever since. Of course I came across the detailed tests of Notebookcheck very quickly. With time I learned more and more about notebooks and started writing small reviews about notebooks in forums and blog pages. To earn some extra money during my studies I turned my hobby into my profession and joined the team of Notebookcheck in 2016. My personal interest is especially in business notebooks.