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Lenovo ThinkPad X13: nothing new even with the new Intel CPU

Comes with improved battery life: The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 with Intel Core i5-10210U
Comes with improved battery life: The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 with Intel Core i5-10210U
Even with Intel's current Comet Lake CPUs, the new ThinkPad X13 model only has a slight edge over its predecessors. Owners of the Kaby Lake version of the X390 do not need to worry about upgrading.
Mike Wobker (translated by Daniel Koenig), 🇩🇪

When compared to its predecessor, the ThinkPad X390, the biggest innovation of the new ThinkPad X13 is its name. Both the laptops are visually identical, which means buyers can look forward to a high-quality and stable case. The good keyboard and the many security features, including a mechanical webcam lock, are other old strengths that return with the new laptop. 

In our test configuration, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-10210U, whose Kaby Lake predecessor, the Core i5-8265U, we examined in the ThinkPad X390. The direct comparison of the CPU performance of both devices shows that the Core i5-10210U can have significantly higher multi-core performance for short spurts. However, its performance drops to the level of the Core i5-8265U when under continuous load.

As a result, users of the newer CPU mostly benefit from better energy efficiency. This is not only reflected in a lower average energy consumption while under load, but also in a slightly longer battery life. The battery life of the X13 is an hour longer than the ThinkPad X390 at 9 hours and 19 minutes while using WLAN.

Lenovo obviously focuses on old strengths with the ThinkPad X13 since its only major hardware change is shifting to the newly released Intel processor. The test of the ThinkPad X13 with AMD technology, which is currently in progress, should therefore be a lot more interesting. Until then, all information about the ThinkPad X13 with an Intel Core i5-10210 can be found in our review.

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Mike Wobker, 2020-08-17 (Update: 2020-08-18)
Mike Wobker
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.