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The ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 convinces in the test with an excellent keyboard and Thunderbolt 4

The ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 convinces in the test with an excellent keyboard and Thunderbolt 4
The ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 convinces in the test with an excellent keyboard and Thunderbolt 4
Lenovo's ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 is a well-made ultrabook with up-to-date hardware and a first-class keyboard.
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The ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 is an Intel-based ultrabook from Lenovo; in addition to the brand-new USB 4/Thunderbolt 4 port, it also features a CPU from the latest processor generation. Along with a slightly increased CPU performance, the latter primarily brings a performance boost for the integrated GPU, and this is reflected in a gain of around 50% in our benchmarks. This makes the lightweight laptop minimally gaming-capable but also a bit more future-proof in particular - for example, when using multiple high-resolution screens.

The USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port is now also compatible with docking stations, which can greatly expand connectivity. Naturally, the port can also be used to access external drives at up to 40 Gb/s. In addition, the latest 13-inch ThinkPad also features a smart card reader in contrast to its predecessor, the ThinkPad L390.

The build quality of the sleek ultrabook is impeccable, even though the surfaces are very susceptible to fingerprints. ThinkPads have made a name for themselves in the business sector with their good keyboards, and the L13 is also equipped with an excellent keyboard.

We were less pleased with the limited maintenance options, since memory is soldered, for example. Furthermore, performance drops heavily under load: The CPU and iGPU have to throttle at times because the Core i5-1135G7 reaches its temperature limit of 91 °C (~196 °F). Fortunately, this is hardly relevant for the typical usage scenario of an ultrabook, since it will probably be very rare for the system to be under full load, and the laptop generally responds very quickly to input.

Further information on the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 and detailed test results can be found in our extensive review.

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Marius Schell
Editor of the original article: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 274 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 413 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Marius Schell, 2021-01-24 (Update: 2021-01-22)