The huge bottom display bezel does not help matters either. The ThinkBook 13s-IWL not only looks different than contemporary ThinkPads, but Lenovo has opted for an aluminum build along with a plastic display frame. Visually, the ThinkBook is inferior to modern ThinkPads. The CNC-machined chassis is sturdier than most ThinkPad devices, with our review unit being almost impervious to our attempts to bend or twist it.
We cannot say whether the ThinkBook will survive the long-term rigors of daily use without a long-term test though. Our review unit is well-built too, with the display lid being the only area of the device that we could deform slightly. The hinges are interesting though, with Lenovo incorporating half within the chassis and half behind the display.
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The hinges grip the display tightly though, to the extent that we cannot open the lid with one hand. Lenovo has designed the ThinkBook 13s-IWL with comparatively thin display bezels, except for the bottom bezel as we mentioned earlier. Best Displays , for University Students. Moreover, Lenovo has omitted a dedicated Ethernet port. Lenovo phased out slim-tip charging over two years ago for most ThinkPads, but it has persisted with the charging port for its new ThinkBook series.
The lack of Thunderbolt 3 is a shame too. You can also use Ethernet, but only via USB. Unfortunately, the device does not support LTE even as a configurable option. After all, the performance of the Wi-Fi module in our review unit is nothing to complain about. In short, the works well in daily use. Lenovo has included a p webcam too, although this only delivers a noisy picture with underwhelming image quality. The webcam is good enough for video telephony though, as are the microphones embedded in the display frame.
Lenovo promotes the ThinkBook 13s-IWL as a business laptop, although it cannot keep up with the security features of most modern business laptops. The device does not have a smart card slot, for instance, or a Kensington lock slot. On the other hand, there is a fingerprint reader with Windows Hello certification.
Lenovo has integrated the reader well, with it not overly standing out from the keyboard deck. The reader worked perfectly during our tests and recognized our registered fingerprints accurately. The status LED around the power button is useful too, especially as it lights up green when the fingerprint reader can be used. We like that Lenovo has included its ThinkShutter system too, a mechanical camera shutter designed to obscure the webcam when it is not in use. You can equip the device with an IR camera too, although this did not come with our review unit.
These are more impractical than their Type-C equivalents though, with the former not able to charge the device as the latter are. Lenovo secures the bottom plate with nine T5 screws, which makes maintenance and repair somewhat difficult. Not everyone has a matching Torx screwdriver, for example, while some people will break the plastic retaining clips holding the bottom plate in place unless they are careful.
Likewise, you can change the Wi-Fi module, as you can with the battery and fan. Lenovo includes a bring-in service by default, which requires the customer to return the device to the manufacturer for a warranty repair. You can also extend the warranty for up to 4 years should you wish to do so. The layout is virtually identical to that of the Yoga S , while its two-stage backlighting is always welcome. We are not fans of the small vertical arrow keys though, nor the non-grouped F keys or the positioning of the FN key. Lenovo has equipped the ThinkBook 13s-IWL with a comparatively large trackpad, which we measure at The trackpad integrates two mouse buttons, the processing of which is impeccable.
The one in our review unit does not wobble, while the click mechanism produces crisp clicks when pressed. As already mentioned, the trackpad is made from plastic, which Lenovo claims is Mylar. The trackpad has a smooth finish, on which it is easy to perform multi-finger gestures. The device supports Microsoft Precision drivers, giving it full support for all Windows 10 gestures. Overall, the ThinkBook 13s-IWL has an excellent and well-proportioned trackpad, but there are also much better equivalents on the market.
The omission of a TrackPoint is a shame. This is understandable, as Lenovo is attempting to find ways to distinguish the ThinkBook from the ThinkPad. There is no touch option, and the screen has a matte finish, which is akin to most ThinkPad laptops, although they often have glossy finishes. The screen does suffer from backlight bleeding, as demonstrated by the photo below.
Additionally, the display uses pulse-width modulation PWM to regulate display luminosity, which can cause eye strain and headaches for some people. Our review unit flickers at 25, Hz, which should be high enough not to cause issues for most people. The display had a blue tint upon delivery, but we were able to eliminate this deviation by additional calibration. We have included the calibrated ICC profile in the box above our comparison table should you wish to use it.
Our calibration reduced DeltaE deviations below ideal values, while its 1, contrast ratio is respectable too. Subjectively, the display looks color accurate. Our review unit covers In short, the display is accurate enough for semi-professional photo and video editing. The ThinkBook 13s-IWL is usable outdoors, but we would recommend using it in the shade where possible.
The display gets bright, but not enough to overcome bright sunlight.
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There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting. If PWM was detected, an average of minimum: 43 - maximum: Hz was measured. Our review unit has stable viewing angles, although we did notice a slight loss of brightness at acute viewing angles. This should not impede readability in daily use though.
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