Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2 – Top 5 Pros and Cons
When you read the name ThinkPad or ThinkBook, you first think of business machines, however, Lenovo wants to change your mind with the ThinkBook 13x Gen 2, which features a great display with excellent color coverage, as well as tons of innovation, including an optional wireless charging station that can both charge the laptop as well as your phone. On the inside, the laptop harnesses U-series and P-series processors from the Alder Lake family, which are fitting for its 13.3-inch form factor.
Today we’re presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2.
Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2: Full Specs / In-depth Review
2 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
1. Display quality
The QHD+ IPS panel of the laptop brings an incredibly sharp image at just a 13.3-inch diagonal. It has great viewing angles and reaches 424 nits at peak brightness. The color coverage is impressive, at 97% of the sRGB gamut.
It pairs really well with our Design and Gaming profile, reaching a dE value of 0.8. Here are the results of our accuracy test with both the stock settings (left) and with our 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.
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2. Input devices
Despite the very slim chassis, which has a thickness of only 12.9 mm, the keyboard is pretty comfortable, mostly thanks to the clicky feedback. Naturally, the key travel is shorter, however, we still like typing on it. The touchpad perfectly fits with the laptop, as despite the smaller size, the glass cover and the responsiveness are great. On the base, you’ll also see the circular power button, which houses a fingerprint reader.
3 reasons NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
Unfortunately, all of the RAM on the device is soldered onto the motherboard, with configurations going as high as 32GB of DDR5 memory. For storage, you have one M.2 slot for PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.
Here is our teardown video, which shows how to access the single SSD slot of the ThinkBook 13x Gen 2.
2. Battery life
The situation with the battery is rather weird, with only 6 hours and 33 minutes of Web browsing, or 8 hours and 58 minutes of video playback. Its competitors deliver much better results as you can see from the chart below. Now, we conduct the battery tests with the 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.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
The port selection of the notebook includes just two Thunderbolt 4 ports and an audio jack, which is rather scarce. However, in the box, you get dongles for USB Type-C to HDMI and USB Type-A, which is thoughtful and neat.