Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2

The business convertible niche is getting more and more occupied, with devices coming out on the daily. Today we have the latest such offering from Lenovo, the ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2. Being a business laptop, a convertible one for that matter, it is not affordable by any means.

Lenovo and other manufacturers for that matter have flooded the market with convertibles, so this one coming with such a steep price won’t bode well for sales. Still, it offers a lot of stuff, which we will discuss down below.

Today we present you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2.

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2: Full Specs / In-depth Review


3 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2

1. Design and build quality

The laptop is made from a plethora of materials, with aluminum for the lid, and a base that is made from glass fiber reinforced plastic. Despite sounding very powerful, the chassis is weaker than the lid, but still offers a good degree of protection. The lid does have another positive backing it up, in the form of a glass display cover, which adds another degree of rigidity. In terms of the design itself, this is a typical ThinkPad with an industrial design and a boxy shape. As for the weight and height, it weighs only 1.44 kg and has a profile of 17.6 mm.


2. Display quality

The 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display offers comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 302 nits, and a maximum deviation of only 3%, which translates to a very even brightness luminance. The contrast ratio is very high – 1670:1. In terms of color coverage, the panel covers 98% of the sRGB color gamut.

The panel’s color accuracy was way off with the factory settings but quickly got within the standard once we applied our Design and Gaming profile, which brought down the dE value to 0.8. Here you can compare the scores of Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 with the default settings (left), and with the Design and Gaming profile applied (right).


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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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3. I/O

The laptop might not have a lot of ports, but it still covers a lot of ground. The I/O is split between the left and right sides. On the left, there is a USB Type-C power plug, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a docking slot, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Switching sides and you see a lock slot, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1), a MicroSD card reader, and a power button. Also on the right is the Stylus pen, which sits flush with the body.


2 reasons NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2

1. Upgradeability

The laptop offers very little upgradeability, due to the soldered RAM and the availability of a single M.2 PCIe x4 drive.

Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the M.2 slot.


2. Cooling

The cooling solution here consists of a single, but large heat pipe, a heat sink, and one medium-sized fan.


Max CPU load

Intel Core i5-1135G7 (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 2.91 GHz (B+21%) @ 89°C @ 29W 2.24 GHz @ 89°C @ 19W 1.93 GHz @ 79°C @ 15W
Dell XPS 13 9310 (2-in-1) 3.36 GHz (B+40%) @ 99°C @ 41W 3.16 GHz (B+32%) @ 99°C @ 37W 1.92 GHz @ 72°C @ 16W
Dell Vostro 14 5402 3.02 GHz (B+26%) @ 99°C @ 29W 2.61 GHz (B+9%) @ 99°C @ 25W 2.00 GHz @ 76°C @ 15W
MSI Modern 15 (A11X) 3.59 GHz (B+50%) @ 94°C @ 44W 3.45 GHz (B+44%) @ 95°C @ 40W 3.18 GHz (B+33%) @ 91°C @ 34W
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga 3.52 GHz (B+47%) @ 94°C 3.24 GHz (B+35%) @ 94°C 2.63 GHz (B+10%) @ 75°C
Lenovo Yoga 7 (14) 3.34 GHz (B+39%) @ 94°C 2.97 GHz (B+24%) @ 94°C 2.39 GHz @ 75°C
Acer Aspire 5 (A514-54) 3.54 GHz (B+48%) @ 87°C 2.01 GHz @ 66°C 2.03 GHz @ 67°C

The cooling is very inefficient, with the processors doing a poor job in the prolonged testing.

Comfort during full load

While the fan is pretty quiet, the outside temperature on the keyboard exceeded 50°C, while the bottom panel got even hotter, reaching a temperature of nearly 61°C. For the health of your legs, please refrain from working on heavy projects, while having the laptop on your lap.


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