Lenovo Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP
Reviews for the Lenovo Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP
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Positive: Compact size; high mobility; decent hardware; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/13/2018
Many people still love this line of Lenovo's business laptops, because there is a new contender on the market! The Lenovo Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP is a new and versatile notebook aimed at business users. Most ThinkPads on the market are generally feature-packed with a low price point; these notebooks are also famous for their durability and long-term use. The new Lenovo Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP is quite similar to most of the previous and existing ThinkPads on the market. Even though this ultra-portable notebook is only 13.3" in size, it does not look or feel as though it is thinner or lighter than the other models in this particular series. Perhaps it is due to the plastic chassis that was reinforced with fibreglass to provide better rigidity to the casing. The display is a 13.3" FHD anti-glare IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Measuring 322 x 224.2 x 18.8 mm, this mobile computer only weighs about 1.46 kg. Under the hood, the Lenovo Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP comes equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U processor, an Intel UHD 620 graphics card, a generous 8 GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storage. The combination of this hardware lineup will allow users to perform RAM-demanding jobs such as professional video and photo editing. It is also possible to upgrade the RAM to a maximum of 32 GB.
As for connectivity, the Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP has an adequate number of ports to keep the user busy. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the laptop does not only come with one but two USB-3.0 Type-C ports. Some manufacturers do not even include one, let alone two of these fast-charging ports. It is also possible to charge the notebook with one of these Type-C ports. Other than that, the laptop also has two USB-3.0 Type-A ports, one HDMI output, one 4-in-1 microSD-card reader, one Gigabit Ethernet port, a dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 combo adapter, and one audio and microphone combo jack. The chiclet-style keyboard on the Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP provides users with a comfortable typing experience, an essential feature that most business users will appreciate. There is also an option for a backlit keyboard. Like all ThinkPads, this laptop comes with the typical red TrackPoint. As for the built-in speakers, while the quality of the sound is average, the volume is too low. Those who frequently participate in video conferencing may need external speakers or headphones to complement the experience. Another strength of the laptop is the battery life, as it boasts up to 12 hours of light use. It is also worth mentioning that the Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP is certified against the MIL-STD 810G specifications, which means that it can survive drops and harsh environments. Combined with its long-lasting battery life, the Lenovo Thinkpad L380-20M50013SP can undoubtedly provide business users with the productivity they need.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
In former time,s this weight was typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, often 15 inch laptops weigh as much.
Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.