The ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 business convertible comes with Tiger Lake and Thunderbolt 4
We liked last year's ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 1 in the test, even though there were some issues (e.g. the high surface temperatures under load). For the second generation of the business convertible, Lenovo has kept the same case design and installed an up-to-date Tiger Lake processor from Intel. It offers slight advantages in CPU performance, but above all, the integrated GPU's performance was massively increased.
One of the L13 Yoga's biggest advantages last year was its variety of ports including a microSD reader, so that the user only needed an adapter for an Ethernet connection in practice. With the update to Tiger Lake, the speed of the USB ports has improved (USB 3.2 Gen 2 instead of 3.2 Gen 1), and a modern Thunderbolt 4 port has also been added. Wi-Fi 6 is supported, and the L13 Yoga only has to do without an LTE modem.
Overall, performance is very good and is perfectly sufficient for most office workloads. Our test device offers 8 GB of RAM, which is certainly sufficient at the moment. However, since memory can't be upgraded, we recommend a configuration with 16 GB of RAM with an eye on the next few years. Lenovo has a better grip on surface temperatures now, but this comes at the price of a slightly louder fan.
The display is still a 1080p touchscreen. The brightness has dropped a bit compared to the predecessor, but this is still within the normal series variance range. Calibration is already very good out of the box, and the accurate color reproduction in combination with the full sRGB coverage also allows image and video editing. The subjective image impression is very good, but the glossy surface limits usability in very bright environments. However, the L13 Yoga still has to do without a 16:10 panel in this generation.
All in all, the ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 is certainly not worth the upgrade for owners of the first generation device, but those who are currently looking for a reliable convertible with a very good keyboard should take a closer look at the L13 Yoga Gen 2. We recommend our detailed review for more information: