I’ve always found Lenovo’s Yoga series laptops interesting, as they combine some of the features of a 2-in-1 with the performance of a traditional clamshell laptop. So I was interested to check out the most recent incarnation, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Plus Gener 1 (তে 1,886.99 as tested in CDW, currently available as a 4-6 week list). As the name implies, the ThinkPad brings with it all the common ThinkPad goodies. But as yoga, it also has a 360-degree hinge, a touch screen and stylus support.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 by Gen 1 number
We checked and saw that the review unit comes with 10th generation, quad core i5-10310U with 1.7 GHz, a huge 16 GB RAM and a high-performance 256GB SSD. Lenovo’s configuration options include processors up to i7-10610U with up to 8GB or 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of SSD, and Microsoft Windows 10 Home or Pro. You can add a smart card reader for 20 and you can downgrade the camera to a non-IR version or upgrade the system to include LTE support.
The 13.2-inch 1080p display is multi-touch-enabled and supports an included active stylus. While the system is too sweet to use as a handheld tablet, I was happy to see the stylus because the X13 Plus works well when flops open on the desk. For those who like it you get both a thinkpad-style trackpad and a trackpoint-equipped keyboard. Unlike older ThinkPad keyboards, the trackpoint is in a slightly recessed area. It seemed a little accustomed to me, but I doubt it would be a discount for those who don’t use it and they don’t like it sitting at such high altitudes.
There’s a good selection of ports for light laptops with the often-forgotten microSD reader, a selection of X13 plus a Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) with HDMI 1.4B, a USB 3.1 Gener 1 (Type-C), and two USB 3.1 (Type-A). , Always available to charge other devices) supports ports, an optional Ethernet connector, a mic / headphone jack and a “garage” port for stylus.
The webcam has a decent 720p, and (optionally) IR support for Windows Hello as well as a physical shutter for privacy. The LED-backlit keyboard has a quick fingerprint reader that is fully applied to the sensor, so your fingerprint data is not disclosed to anyone else. For connection, the unit comes with a fast Wi-Fi-6-compatible Intel AX201 chipset and supports Bluetooth 5.0 if you don’t want to deal with an Ethernet connector.
The first impression of the ThinkPad X13 add-on
First, it is a strongly built machine, with a magnesium and carbon fiber chassis. It really felt like I could throw it away and not worry (but I didn’t try). If I’m on the road for an extended trip, which I expect someday again, I’ll feel more confident to survive in whatever happens than the average customer, a plastic-bodied model. Precise build and extra goodies mean it’s not the lightest or thinnest of the Altorportables, but it’s still under 3 pounds and less than 16mm thick.
Visually, you’ll notice that the bezel is larger than the top-line lightweight notebooks. Nothing unusual happened two years ago, but of course noticeable. Lenovo says active stylus designs do not result in more frequent displays, so I’m not sure if any design issues were the result of large bezels. Once you have worked with the machine it is fast and responsive and if you like ThinkPad keyboards you will enjoy typing on it. But if you put it in your lap, you will immediately notice that it is really heated. Even with just a browser open it was very hot without some padding.
Other than that, the test was great to use the machine. It handles the workloads of the ideal office very well and does a decent job in ideal “creative” tasks such as not having a high-end CPU or isolated GPU of photo editing for a machine. The stylus is well written, but it’s really small and you get more like the S Pen with the Galaxy Note than the larger sized models familiar with the Wacom or other tablets. The plus side is that the stylus saves tremendously when not in use on the machine, so you don’t have to rely on silly cloth loops or void magnetic attachments. However, I don’t think I want to use it for extended drawing sessions.
Downward shot speakers provide easy-to-understand audio while watching video and are positioned in such a way that if you use the “tent” mode to watch movies, they shoot to the side of the show and provide a kind of cool sound designed in collaboration with Provision Dolby Labs Made speakers 2 watts each. It won’t knock on your bedroom or office doors, but I’ve got plenty to listen to in private or small groups.
The display was rated up to 300 nits and was bright enough for what I needed to do. Yes, I was really hurt by my larger precision 5540’s 4K display, so I guess I’d prefer at least a 1440p display. However, it is likely that the price of the system has significantly exceeded the 2K barrier.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Plus Gen 1 Convertible for You?
If you are already wrapped in ThinkPads but want lightweight conversion flexibility compared to the latest components then this machine is for you. Except for praying for a slightly higher resolution screen and larger stylus I found no real flaws with it. Of course, if you’re not already a fan of the unique TrackPoint system or ThingPad keyboards, you have plenty of other options that don’t include paying for them. Either way, it’s one of the most robustly built, sub- $ 2,000 laptops I’ve ever used.