Lenovo Thinkpad 13 2017 Review – Not as affordable as last year's model

The refreshed Thinkpad 13 has new Intel 7th generation processors but will cost a lot more than 2016’s $500 model with a similar configuration. See more laptops: and subscribe!

00:43 – Hardware overview
00:48 – Price
01:42 – Touch screen option
02:20 – Keyboard options
02:51 – Build quality
02:58 – Keyboard, pointer, and trackpad
03:20 – ports and connectors
04:15 – Speakers and sound quality
04:40 – Weight
04:45 – Battery life
05:06 – Performance: YouTube and web browsing
05:47 – More thoughts on the display quality
06:16 – Octane Test
07:31 – Performance: Microsoft Word and Office
07:54 – Gaming: Minecraft
08:24 – Gaming: Rocket League
08:56 – 3D Mark Benchmark
09:16 – Kodi and high bit rate HD Video playback
10:15 – Conclusion and final thoughts

See my review of the prior edition:

And the Chromebook version:

Last year’s Thinkpad 13 was the budget model in what is usually a premium line of computers. And while they still have a sub $1000 version it’s significantly less powerful and feature packed than the prior edition.

Now for $699 (or thereabouts) the Thinkpad 13 is equipped with only a 720p TN display and Kaby Lake Celeron CPU. Moving up to a 1080p edition with an i3 will send the price past $1,000. Last year’s silver Thinkpad 13 sold for about $500 with the 1080p IPS display and i3 processor.

Lenovo also has a Chromebook version available too.

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  • Sorry, i want to ask if this laptop model is 20j1 or 20j2?

    Taulant Alimi April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Thinkpad 13 (i7-7500u, 16GB) for Android Studio, Visual Studio, what you think ?

    Marko Lazarevic April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Which is better? Lenovo Yoga 730 13“ (i5 – 8th Gen) or Thinkpad 13 (i7 – 7th Gen) for a student? I can get both for the same price

    Dersim Dersim April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • i bought this model yesterday and f1 f2 f3 f4 are sticky. i asked the seller and he told me its should like this, is he right? all the other keys are fine and very comforts

    הראל קלר April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • what a ripoff

    DerUserYT April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Anyone know where I could buy the 2016 model from?

    kalimdor chooza April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Hi, is the fan loud or does it spin a lot? Thanks

    carobinario April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • everyone at my school gets one of those and keep it when we are done👍

    but is the laptop good or bad?

    Josefine Mikalsen Øien April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Mr. Lon, I Like The Lenovo ThinkPad 13, But, The Bad Factor Is That You Hardly Play Games On That ThinkPad! When You Was Playing Rocket League, With Ease At 8:25, I Was Impressed! I Can See It's Only Mainly For Everday Typing, Not Gaming! My Question: "Where Can I Get A LapTop, That Is Good For Typing, Gaming And Internet Browsing?" Because, I Have A Cousin's Mom Who Needs A LapTop, For Work!

    handsomegoodguy4520 April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • does the touch screen support any kind of pen? :O I dislike fingerprints on the pc's display but touch with a pen is always welcome <3

    Queen Timbih April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Can u play csgo on it?

    Marlon Sullivan April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • great review, was thinking to buy this. an i3 7100u+8gb ram+non touch ips+backlight keyboard costs about $860 in korea (with sales). meanwhile, a samsung series 5 2017 costs $30 less, with i5 7200u but only without backlight keyboard. which is better to buy for blogging and writing, and with long-time use (using for more than 5 years)?

    Simpler living&drivegaming April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Does this USB C Port work with these usb C Adapters (HDMI, Charing: USB) for Macbook ?

    mortifiedpinguin April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Love how you always have the product I want covered where others don't

    yoshinosakura April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • I think is cheap than that… Here in Europe for 1000Euro you get the i5, 256SSD and 8G ram. Without OS I paid 1000Euro for the i7 version.

    Guido b,el April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Please do this year's new x1 carbon 🙏🏻

    Curry For MVP April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • This guy is very genuine. your videos are really good.

    goutham raj April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • I feel like 90% of cheap laptops should be shipping with Phoenix OS, not Windows. Normal AKA casual PC users hate Windows in 2017.

    J Garcia April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • It wasn't even OP and Lenovo nerfed it.

    Vanisshen April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Congratulation to lenevo for murdering the thinkpad line.

    Nasaq Licos April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Lenovo has to think fast about this pricing. Great review!😊
    Also can you do a review of the Asus Vivobook Max144sa?

    Adrian Kyle April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • This is a $250 laptop with a $700 price, a screen from 10 years ago, and enough ram to run programs from 2003. not sure what they are trying to do with the market, except lose their share.

    Jason Wade April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • not good pricing can get better…. for the cash and look a bit cheap looking

    TinBin - Craig April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • This is not the first time Lenovo has brought in a new model with lower specs. Its almost like they are trying to fool us as we read the previous reviews, like a product and assume the next one is even better without checking. I believe they did this between yoga tab 2 and yoga tab 3.

    Russ Cooke April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • For the price of the 1080p I'd go for an XPS 13, way sleeker and more for your money.

    Angultra April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • this compute just lost it's sole porpouse

    TheJavw April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Lov.TV i love the way you do the reviews but i dont like the 'colour or the temperature of the videos' it might be the lighting .

    Pavlos Saridis April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Do the Lenovo computers still come with the spyware that monitors your SSL/https connections (malware called "Superfish") and the EFI that automatically re-installs all of their bloatware if you remove it?

    It's a shame that they've sunk so low because from the late '90s and well into the '00s I always insisted on using ThinkPads because, technically, they are pretty awesome machines. The company is just evil, stupid, or probably a fair amount of both.

    Rich Wilson April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Will there be a Chromebook version like lasts year?

    Ivo Sotirov April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • The pricing is getting awfully close to a similarly spec'ed T460s or T470s. Speaking of, the T470s is finally available to ship in the U.S.! Would you be getting one soon to review? Personally, I am interested in the screen options of the T470s. The T460s WQHD had a Panasonic screen that was famous for having PWM, but apparently the T470s WQHD may be using an AU Optronics screen with no PWM and great sRGB rating (there may still be panel lottery, so quite possible some may be getting other screens). Thanks for the great reviews!

    dknight211 April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Your Apple IIGS back from the dead? I see the monitor on it in the background.

    Grassy20 April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • i am curious though is the bevel test
    and the interview involving power of positive destruction close to coming

    Aaron Johnson April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Hey Lon, are you going to ask Lenovo to provide you one of their new Flex 11 2-in-1 Chromebooks? It just came out, and I actually ordered one. It has an ARM processor, 11-inch 1366×768 IPS touchscreen display, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and costs $279.

    saturnotaku April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • This is by far the most expensive Celeron PC I have EVER seen…..

    Peyton Lutz April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • I definitely appreciate your honesty in these videos. It almost seems to be better off to find a used 2016 model.

    Eric's Variety Channel April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
    my bro has a i3 2nd gen with a 520m gt lenovo z470
    is that good ?
    i have upgraded it to 8gb ram

    Wei Lin April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • touchscreen seems somewhat unresponsive, Lon poked the window and it didn't move or close. iffy

    astyfoo April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • man.. rather crappy specs for such an expensive base model. especially with something like the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 cheaper than the base model with a celeron. the acer aint as pretty or as small – but spec for spec is a far better machine.

    Brian Walsh II April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • What a rip off. Seems like a waste of money for what you are getting which is not much.Im surprised you reviewed something so over priced that 90% people would not waste their money on.

    Scott Na April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • I think, is better to buy the last year version….thanks for the videos!! Keep up the good work!

    Luis Anthony Martinez April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Great review! I'm really disappointed in Lenovo's pricing here. I love Lenovo keyboards for typing.

    dave4shmups April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Looks good!

    Technosword April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply
  • Hello I'm first 😂

    Taran Basi April 28, 2020 12:16 pm Reply

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