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The ThinkBook 13x G4 could be one of the best ultrabooks if it were not for the keyboard

Lenovo ThinkBook 13x G4
Lenovo ThinkBook 13x G4
The new ThinkBook 13x G4 is a high-quality and compact 13-inch notebook with an Intel Core Ultra processor and a high-resolution 2.8K IPS panel with 120 Hz. The device is impressive in almost every respect, but the keyboard mars what is otherwise a very solid device.

Lenovo's ThinkBooks are generally aimed at business customers looking for laptops with a good price-performance ratio. As such, plastic cases with metal lids are the norm, but the new ThinkBook 13x G4 bucks this trend with its aluminum base. Accordingly, it makes a very high-quality impression. The ports are limited to three USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, which should be sufficient in most cases. However, the RAM is soldered and access to the components is limited as the battery is attached to the lower casing cover and you have to unscrew an additional connection cable to remove it.

In terms of performance, the cooling system does its job well and the new Core Ultra 5 125H offers sufficient performance for everyday office use, but the new Meteor Lake processors are no revelation in terms of performance and simply don't stand a chance against AMD's Zen4 processors, especially in the TDP range at 28 watts (and the new Zen5 models are still to come). At the moment, Intel's marketing is all about AI features, but AMD has that covered too. 

The screen is a high-resolution and matte 3:2 IPS panel with 120 Hz, which is impressive in every respect. It is very bright at more than 500 cd/m², the colors are vivid, no PWM is visible, the color accuracy is very good and the response times are also unobtrusive. The battery life of more than 10 hours is also very good.

All in all, the ThinkBook 13x G4 is a very solid laptop overall, but the weak keyboard leaves a sour aftertaste: potential buyers are advised try out the laptop before purchasing. All information on the new ThinkBook 13x G4, including benchmarks and measurements, can be found in our detailed review.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2024-05-31 (Update: 2024-06- 4)