While ThinkPad devices might seem boring, most of the time boring is what is stable, dependable, and most needed. Here is the ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 from Lenovo, a business notebook with an adequate amount of performance thanks to the entire Tiger Lake-U lineup and an array of displays that leaves us puzzled.
We think the era where a 768p TN panel is a base option is way behind us, with the only exception being very inexpensive devices. Lenovo is also trying to make the world greener, with the CO2 Compensated” sticker, which signifies that a portion of the cost of the laptop goes to greener initiatives and technologies.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen 2.
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen 2: Full Specs / In-depth Review
3 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen 2
1. Design and build quality
While the laptop’s looks won’t stun everyone, it gets the job done. The more impressive thing here is the build quality, which is superb. The laptop has an aluminum lid, while the base is constructed from a plastic composite and glass fibers. This makes it extremely durable, while not increasing the weight or thickness. The laptop weighs only 1.39 kg while being just 17.6 mm tall.
The lid doesn’t open easily with a single hand. Doing so reveals a matte display with fairly thick bezels, especially for 2021 standards. On the top bezel, there is an IR face recognition sensor, an HD Webcam, and a privacy shutter.
2. Battery life
While the laptop has a relatively small 46Wh battery unit, it didn’t stop it from performing well in our tests. It lasted for 8 hours and 33 minutes of Web browsing, and 6 hours and 50 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
3. Input devices
The device boasts a combination of a great keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard is why you’ll be thanking this old-school design. It is spill-resistant and has a backlight. Furthermore, we found the key travel to be nice and long and the feedback exceptionally clicky, delivering an amazing typing experience. From the images, you can also see that it has the infamous red nibble, which can act as a mouse, alongside the Mylar-surfaced touchpad, which provides smooth gliding and accurate tracking, in addition to the three physical buttons.
2 reasons NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen 2
Sadly, the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, making expansion impossible. The laptop also comes with up to 16GB of RAM, which isn’t future-proof, in our opinion. On the other side, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 drive for storage expansion.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the SSD slot, along with general maintenance of the cooling and other parts of the laptop.
Lenovo gives you the option of either a 768p TN panel or a Full HD IPS one. We dearly recommend picking up the IPS panel, as it has better viewing angles and better color reproduction. Our laptop had the Full HD IPS display, and it performed decently in our tests. It had comfortable viewing angles, a maximum brightness of 258 nits in the middle of the screen, 247 nits as an average for the entire display area, and a maximum deviation of 8%.
The panel showed no PWM usage across all brightness levels, but sadly, it covers only 54% of the sRGB gamut, making it unusable for color-sensitive work.
The color accuracy improved once we applied our Design and Gaming profile, but it still wasn’t anywhere near the standard. Here are the results of our test using both the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.