Inside Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 – disassembly and upgrade options
Lenovo’s ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 is an impressive machine, which doesn’t come without its disadvantages.
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2
- Intel Core i5-1135G7
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 16GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To take this laptop apart, you need to undo 9 Torx-head screws. Then just pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool and remove it from the chassis.
Here, the battery pack has a capacity of 56Wh which should be plenty for a 13-inch notebook.
3. Мemory and storage
Unfortunately, all of the memory is soldered to the motherboard. Also, the laptop comes in configurations with 8 or 16GB of RAM, which is a downgrade from last year. On the bright side, the modules work at dual-channel. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot.
4. Cooling system
Once again, there is one rather thick heat pipe cooling the CPU, and it ends in two heat sinks, where the heat is dissipated by two differently-sized fans.
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 (Intel) in-depth review
Obviously, the ThinkBook series is the newest addition to Lenovo's portfolio. And now that they release their second-generation devices, we expect to see some improvements. Today we have the follow-up of the first-ever ThinkBook that we tested. It is appropriately called - ThinkBook 13s Gen 2. It looks like a mild refresh on the outside, but the internals pack the latest and greatest Intel has in the ULV space. Yep, the Tiger Lake architecture is here, and we expect big feats from this little fella, given our experience with the last model. Interestingly, Lenovo went for a display with a 1[...]
- Premium all-aluminum build
- Doesn't use PWM to adjust screen brightness (AUO B133HAN05.9)
- Covers 97% of sRGB and with our Gaming and Web design profile, the colors become extremely accurate (AUO B133HAN05.9)
- Good battery life
- 16:10 display with reasonably high maximum brightness and Dolby Vision support
- Impressive cooling solution and great performance
- No SD card reader
- Soldered memory
- High color deviation in the bottom left corner