Lenovo’s Latest AMD-Powered ThinkBook 13S Is on Sale Right Now
Yes, Amazon Prime Day is next week (see our roundup of early deals), but Amazon isn’t the only company running sales right now. Lenovo is having a sale on its ThinkBook laptops, with the opportunity to pick up an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and AMD’s integrated Radeon 680M graphics for well under $1,000, something we’ve not seen previously.
Lenovo’s ThinkBook 13S Gen 4 features the 6000-series Ryzen 7 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM (soldered), a 512-GB SSD, plus a 13-inch IPS screen for $862 ($209 off). To see this discount at checkout, you’ll need to enter two promo codes: SUPERTHINKJULY and BFIJTHINKOFFER.
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Why We Like the ThinkBook 13S
The ThinkBook line, Lenovo’s lower-cost alternative to its iconic ThinkPads, looks a bit like a Dell XPS or MacBook, but it beats both when it comes to ports. You get a USB-C 4.0 port (which doubles as the charging port), a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, a USB-A port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a headphone jack. There’s also a fingerprint reader.
We haven’t tested this particular model, but we did like last year’s version (we tested it with the Intel chip). The Ryzen 7 chip inside the Gen 4 is AMD’s most powerful option for laptops and should be able to handle about anything you throw at it. It lacks a discrete graphics card, but the integrated Radeon 680M graphics is plenty for most people (if you’re looking for a video editing rig, look elsewhere). AMD’s 6000-series Ryzen chips are also noted for their improved battery life. Lenovo claims 11 hours, but that’s under ideal conditions; expect eight to nine hours.
The keyboard is on the flat side, closer to the experience of a MacBook than a ThinkPad, but still quite comfortable to type on. The laptop is just about the weight of a MacBook Air, so it’s quite easy to tote around. The only place this ThinkBook cuts corners is the screen, which is a 13-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 pixel anti-glare IPS panel. It’s not the brightest at 300 nits, but I still prefer a lower resolution anti-glare panel to a higher resolution shiny panel, and the 16:10 screen ratio gives you some extra vertical screen space.
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