In review: Lenovo ThinkBook 13x – a solid companion

A bright WQHD display with excellent colors is the flagship of the ThinkBook 13x. […]

Lenovo places its ThinkBook range between the IdeaPad models for home users and the uncompromisingly business-oriented ThinkPads. This is the best of both laptop worlds. However, Lenovo has shifted the focus of the ThinkBook 13x towards business.

Equipment features such as the Dolby Vision-compatible display and the stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos optimized by Harman Kardon nevertheless make it clear that the ThinkBook 13x also has its right to exist away from office and video conferencing.

Manufacturer / Model Lenovo / ThinkBook 13x
Price 1350 Euro
Operating Windwos 11 Pro
Processor / RAM Intel Core i5-1130G7 / 16 GB
Display / Resolution 13.3 Inches / 2560 x 1600 pixels
Panel Type / Aspect Ratio IPS / 16:10
Memory / Size SSD / 512 Gb
Scanner / TPM ● / ●
Backlit Keyboard
Touch Panel
Brightness Display Average / maximum 420 / 452 cd/m2
Office volume / load < 30 / 36.6 dB(A)
PCMark 10 4638 Points
Cinebench R23 CPU Multi-Core 3500 Points
3DMark Night Raid 10624 Points
Google Octane 2.0 / Mozilla Kraken 1.1 57891 Points / 692.1 ms
Dimensions / Weight 298 x 209 x 12.9 mm / 1114 g
Battery life 9:15 Hours

● yes; ○ no

Two-color design

With its two-color display cover in silver and gray, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x stands out from the design of all kinds. The haptics are also right, because from the display lid made of aluminum to the underside made of an aluminum-magnesium alloy to the slightly rubberized palm rest, the lightweight notebook feels all-round high-quality. The two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side of the case also fit into the same category. However, apart from the headset jack, there are no other physical connectors, so the classic USB flash drive fits the ThinkBook 13x only with an adapter.

In the test, the Lenovo notebook scored with the fast Intel Core i5-1130G7, its precise touchpad and the good, three-stage backlit keyboard, but the small arrow and Enter keys should take some getting used to. The webcam is just average. Although it has a sliding mechanism, it does not support Windows Hello and transmits the video image in a maximum of 720p.

Lenovo equips the ThinkBook 13x with a bright IPS display in a practical 16:10 format, which delivered an excellent color representation in the test, matching a Dolby Vision certification. In addition, with 2560 x 1600 pixels, it had a resolution of around twice as high as the Full HD displays of its competitors, which resulted in a very sharp display.

Despite the larger number of pixels and the associated higher energy requirement, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x achieved a good runtime of 9:15 hours on one battery charge.

One criticism of the screen is its reflective surface, which unnecessarily complicates outdoor use. After all, the light reflections were better compensated by the high panel luminosity than with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4, which is also equipped with a glare panel.

*Manuel Masiero is an author at COM!professional.

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