Not only does this laptop offer decent upgrade options, but it has a great cooling solution, considering its form factor.
1. Remove the bottom plate
To access this laptop’s internals, you need to undo 10 Phillips-head screws. Six of them are captive and will remain attached to the bottom panel. Then, pry the panel with a plastic tool, and lift it away from the chassis.
2. Battery, memory, and storage
The battery inside is not one of the biggest out there, with a capacity of 45Wh.
Memory-wise, there are 4 or 8GB of soldered RAM, with one SODIMM slot allowing for 32GB more to be installed. It is located beneath the metal bracket next to the CPU die. Interestingly, Lenovo offers two M.2 PCIe x4 slots for storage. One of them supports PCIe 4.0 drives, while the other is “limited” to 3.0 speeds.
3. Cooling system
Similarly to the 15-inch model, the cooling solution comprises two heat pipes, a decently sized heat spreader, and a large fan.
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- MIL-STD-M810H-compliant body
- Very good computational performance
- Wide I/O, which includes an SD card reader
- Two M.2 storage slots, one of which runs at 4.0 speeds
- Fingerprint reader embedded in the power button
- Wi-Fi 6, PCIe x4, Thunderbolt 4
- Doesn't use PWM for brightness adjustment (AUO B140HAN04.0)
- Comfortable keyboard with a backlight and spill-resistance
- Covers only 51% of sRGB (AUO B140HAN04.0)
- The 45Wh battery option doesn't provide a great battery life