Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook Review, Performance

Lenovo has upped the game in the ‘Google for work’ drive with the launch of the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. The ThinkPad is an enhanced version of the standard Chromebook which hit the market earlier. Shipping at $386 and promising unparalleled productivity for corporates, students, and entrepreneurs, this brand new model could just be what the working class has been waiting for, or is it? To settle the doubts, let’s have a closer look.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook front

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – Design:

This ThinkPad has a similar design to the thinkPad Windows version, with a 13.3-inch, 1080 p display, a chiclet keyboard, a touch pad, and the Thinkpad logo printed on the deck. A major drawback is that it is available only in a black shade which could be disappointing for those who prefer fancier colors. The sleek 12.69 x 8.77 x 0.75 inches and 3.14 pounds design make it incredibly easy to sling into a backpack, a significant benefit for students.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – Security and Durability

According to Lenovo, the Chromebook is built to pass 12 military specifications for durability so it can endure vibrations, shocks, and extreme temperature. Again, with its Trusted Platform Module (TPM) you will be able to check for any unauthorized data and securely store sensitive data like your passwords. The keyboard is not spill-resistant so you will need to be cautious while taking your drinks.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – Display:

The 1080p full HD anti-glare screen dazzles with bright colors but handles poorly with dark colors. It’s not the best to watch TV or movies on. On the Delta-E color accuracy score, it earns 1.1 which is higher than the average for portable devices which stands at 2.27. However, it founders with 63% on the sRGB spectrum which is lower compared to most devices of its caliber like the HP Chrome 13 (106%) and the Dell Chromebook 13 (96%).

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – Specifications:

• 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-6300U CPU
• Google Chrome operating system
• 8 GB ram upgradable up to 16GB
• 32 GB eMMC hard drive
• Intel integrated graphics
Bluetooth 4.0
• 4 USB ports
• Intel® Stone Peak2 7265 Wi-Fi
• 3.5 mm Combo Audio

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook ports

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – Keyboard and Touchpad:

The chiclet, ergonomic layout of the keyboard consisting of slightly rounded keypads, as well as the 2-millimetre gaps separating the keys, make it both spacious and cozy. It’s engineered to bring out the best of your typing skills. There are also convenient buttons for multimedia, function-lock capability, and immediate access to view apps which reduces the amount of time you spend hovering over to the touchpad. Although it does not feature a TruckPointnub (pointing stick), the touchpad is seamless and highly responsive for smooth functionality.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook keyboard

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – Performance and Battery:

You can expect this model to manage most basic tasks with ease, but you will have to contend with slower speeds when handling heavier workloads. With the graphic performance of 60 frames per second, the ThinkPad Chromebook trounces its more formidable competitors like the Dell Chromebook and the HP chrome book which barely go above 50 fps. Also, you can expect exceptional javascript speeds of 171.3, much better than the Acer Chromebook 14 and the HP Chromebook 13 which are below 170.

The battery can last throughout the day for up to nine hours of maximum use. Aided by RapidCharge technology, you will be impressed with how fast the battery can charge hitting 80% in 30 minutes which most busy students and professionals will appreciate. The battery comes with PowerBridge technology featuring dual swappable batteries allowing you to “hard restart’ it if necessary or just replace it when it reaches end life.

The Pros

• The USB type-C ports allow for a diverse range of charging solutions
• Fantastic keyboard layout
• Long battery life

The cons

• Poor display
• Less durable than its rivals
• Affordable

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – Verdict:

If you need a reliable, sturdy laptop with a brilliant design for your business, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook perfectly fits the bill. It is durable yet affordable enough if you are on a budget, its innovative design will look great in any office, and it won’t disappoint on most tasks. Its major flaw is the display, but otherwise, it’s an excellent piece of equipment for modest $386.