Lenovo Thinkbook 13s G2 Review – Great Performance in a Small Package
This is the intel version of this sub notebook and it’s running with an i5 processor, and a really nice, 13 inch display and we’re going to take a closer look at what this laptop is all about in just a second, but i do want to let you Know in the interest of full disclosure that this is on loan from lenovo, so we’re done with this, it goes back to their mothership. All the opinions you’re about to hear are my own. No one is paying for this review. Nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded, so let’s get into it now and see what this laptop is all about. Now the price point for the one that we’re looking at today can be as much as about fifteen hundred dollars uh but they’re having a sale on their website at this very moment, at least this morning as i’m recording this – and it looks like this model as Configured is being sold for 745 dollars, which i think is a tremendous deal if you’re looking for a new laptop stick around for the review of course, but i do think what they’re pricing this at for its sale price is almost unbeatable. So i would definitely check it out if you are in the market now. This is a 13.6 inch laptop it’s running with a wqxga display here, which means it’s at 2560 by 1600. This is a 16×10 display, which means that you get a little bit more height to the display versus a 1080p laptop, and this is really useful for document editing and web browsing and that sort of thing 300 nits of brightness not great, but definitely adequate, and it Also has a dolby vision, hdr mode that will work with netflix and disney plus, and some other apps that support that now the display hinge has a good amount of range to it.
It will sit flat on your desk. This model has a touch display, so you could do some tablet like functions when you have it in this particular configuration just note, though, that this is not a yoga device which is lenovo’s two in one line, so this will not flip around and turn into a Tablet you can get the display out to here, but that’s about it. Now inside this has an i5 1135 g7 processor from intel that’s an 11th generation chip. It is performing exceptionally well in this laptop as you’ll see in a few minutes when we get into some of our performance examples there’s also an i7 version that i think would perform even better so, depending on your budget, uh maybe go for the i7, especially if You want to play some games on it, but i was very pleased with what i got out of the i5. This model has 16 gigabytes of ram on board. It is soldered on, you cannot upgrade the ram, but it is running in dual channel configuration, and the eight gigabyte model is also running in that same configuration and that’s important for getting the most performance out of the processor. So it’s really again well tuned here, even though you can’t upgrade the ram. This model has a 256 gigabyte solid state drive installed it’s an nvme ssd. You can upgrade that, so you can swap that out for a larger one later, if you want also, it has wi fi six on board.
It looks like an intel radio that handles its wi, fi and bluetooth, and that is also upgradable. The build quality is very nice on this it’s all metal it’s, not that heavy, just under 3 pounds 2.78 pounds to be exact or 1.2 kilograms, so it won’t weight you down all that much. It really feels like a nice premium device here now. Your keyboard is your standard. Lenovo keyboard, a really nicely spaced keys, it is backlit what’s nice is that they found something that works and they haven’t been messing with it too much over the years. So if you like the way these keyboards look and feel you’ll be quite happy with it travel isn’t bad on it, either again just a very comfortable keyboard. You have a fingerprint reader up here for accessing the machine without your password and you’ve got a very nice responsive, trackpad here at the bottom. That is working very, very well, so very good input on this device. As for ports, we have a single thunderbolt, 4 port. Here, on the left hand, side this will also, of course, support usb4, and this is a full service port, so you can plug in your power your displays and your data devices. So if you have one of those docking stations, you can do everything through a single port. Here it comes with a 65 watt power adapter, but any 60 watt power delivery. Dock should be fine for this one. You have an hdmi 2.
0 output here, so you can output to a 4k 60hz display through this or through this port. In fact, you can do both at the same time. If you want and then you also have a headphone microphone jack here. On the other side, we have two full size, usb 3.0 ports. So you have some standard usb. This one is always on. So if you want to charge your phone or something through the laptop, even when it’s off you can use the port for that, and then you’ve got a kensington lock over here now it has a 720p webcam here at the top and like many lenovo laptops it Has a physical shutter on it. So when you flick the switch over here, a little red dot will be put in front of the lens. It also disables the camera and then, if you want to re, enable it of course just slide it back over again. At 720p it doesn’t look spectacular i’m, hoping that we’ll see maybe some better quality webcams in the next year or so, but it is adequate enough for doing web conferences and that sort of thing the speakers are downward firing here at the bottom. They are quite loud. So the volume is definitely there. The range of sound is not great, partly because this is a very small space to work with. So you won’t get a lot of deep bass, but i think it’s going to be great for web conferences and things, and you can certainly hear quite clearly out of this, but for music i would suggest using bluetooth, headphones or plugging in a pair of headphones to Its headphone jack now battery life on this is pretty good.
They did put in a larger battery on this version of the hardware versus the prior generation i’m. Looking at about 10 to 11 hours of battery life out of this, provided you stick to the basics like web browsing word processing, maybe some video watching and you keep the display brightness down a bit if you’re doing that, i think you’ll get close to the mark. You’Ll see less battery life, though of course, if you’re playing games or really stressing the hardware, but all together, i think very good battery life here for what you’re getting so let’s take a look now and see how it performs we’ll begin with some of the basics. Here some web browsing and work our way up from there we’ll take a look at chrome and load up the nasa.gov homepage. We are running this on my wi fi six network uh, but this gives you a good sense as to how quickly it can render. In pages, so all in a very nice experience here and of course i can use the touch display if i want to browse the web, and i like, having that additional height to the screen a little bit earlier, we tested out my 1080p 60 frames per second Youtube video: we had one drop frame right when it started up, but after that it was smooth sailing, no problems. Keeping up with that and everything looks great on this display and again, if you have apps that support dolby vision, you will get some degree of high dynamic range on the display as well and on the browserbench.
org speedometer benchmark test. We got a score of 160 and that puts this right within the margin of error, of what i would expect out of this particular processor, so a little lower than the i7 that we see above it, but generally a very good performer for doing the basics. So let’s take a look and see how games run on this. Laptop now note that this laptop has the i5 1135 g7 processor that has the intel, xe graphics. Not all of the configurations will have the xe graphics so you’re going to want to see that the chip on the one you’re buying has a g7 at the end of it, either the i7 or the i5 version, and for an i5. This is actually running very well. I can’t get my frames per second counter up here, but at 720p at the absolute lowest settings it looks to me like it’s running at least 30 frames per second, if not a little bit more, it is extremely playable. It looks spectacular, my bluetooth controller works with it. No problem and it’s actually hard to believe that this is only 720p, because it looks that good and plays pretty nicely too. I don’t think you’ll be able to bump this game up any higher than that. But again it looks great. It does appear, though, that it is stretching out the display a little bit to fit the image in the screen, because we should at 720p i see some black bars top and bottom, but here it is filling the screen.
So we’ll have to make some more adjustments, probably somewhere to fix that, but really it’s running pretty nicely here out of a laptop with no on board gpu and a little bit earlier. Jake ran a few other games on the laptop. This is fortnite running at the lowest settings at 2560 by 1600, that is the native resolution of the display and, as you can see, we’re running between 45 and 60 frames per second depending on where he is in the game. So i think you could certainly tweak this to get a solid 60 out of it again, really good performance for a computer without a discrete gpu, and we also tried out gta 5, and this was at 1080p at the lowest settings again. It stretched out the image. A bit here we were getting north of 40 frames per second most of the time. It seemed to be running really nicely and, of course, you could probably squeeze a little bit more performance out if you turn it down to 720p. So altogether great gaming performance out of this laptop and on the 3d mark times by benchmark test, we got a score of 1517. This is a great score for an i5 processor and this one actually held its own against some of the i7s we’ve looked at recently. As you can see, it’s not going to be as fast graphically as the xps 13 from dell with the i7 variant of this 11th generation chip.
But you could easily configure this computer with one, and i was very surprised by the cpu score that we got because it was so much higher than what i’ve seen on other laptops. I’Ve looked at recently. We actually ran the test a couple of times, just to make sure we were getting the right result and we were so again. The performance here is great and i would love to see what the i7 version of this machine can do and on the 3d mark stress test, we got a passing grade of 98.9 percent that’s great to see on a small laptop like this, because a lot of Times these smaller devices have a hard time keeping themselves cool. The trade off, of course is fan noise, and i do hear the fan kicking on pretty frequently on this one it’s, not all that loud, but when you’re playing a game it will run at a higher rate and it’s something you’re going to hear if you’re sensitive To it, you can of course, turn some of the performance settings down to keep the fan noise at a minimum, but it is a necessary evil. On these intel based devices, we also booted up ubuntu. This is 21.04 and most of the system here seemed to work. So wi, fi and bluetooth were detected without issue. The video was detected properly. It also was able to pick up my touch display here. I guess uh firefox has like some weirdness going on in this current version of ubuntu, but, as you can see here, the touch display is working uh.
One thing, though, that is not working properly, is audio, so it detects an audio system, a tiger lake, one from the intel processor, but nothing is coming out of the speakers and i just get noise when i plug headphones into the headphone jack. So the audio here, at least on initial detection, wasn’t working right you’ll, have to find some means of getting that to work but ubuntu here it feels to be performing quite well just as well as it performed under windows, so all together, a really nice little laptop Here a little gotcha on the linux compatibility, but beyond that it’s. A very nice windows laptop very well built fantastic performance, good battery life and i think priced quite reasonably for what it is and again just make note of the performance we’re getting out of this configuration because they do sell a version with a lower powered i5 processor. That won’t get you the gaming performance. You saw here, that’s going to do it for now until next time this is lon seidman. Thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by theland.tv supporters, including gold level supporters, chris allegretta tom ulrecht, jim calliger, hot sauce and video games and brian parker.