Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook Review: The Work Friendly Laptop


Of late Chromebooks have got recognized as good pieces of a laptop, especially if you are in college or internship. The Chrome OS platform continues to evolve, and that makes it lucrative to purchase Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. Besides getting them at fixed prices, you are also left with useful features, making it a budget-friendly deal.

Talking about prices Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook is not as cheap as other Chromebooks. The prices start from $395.10 and cost about $600 for the higher end variant. So should you spend this much for this Chromebook? Let’s find out!

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook: The keypad

As a reviewer, I feel the keys should be talked about first. So when we were testing Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook my hands automatically started to touch type. You’d be happy to know the keypad is good and comfortable. It takes about 62 grams of force to type, and they are spread at a comfortable 2 millimeters.

The keys are responsive and accurate enough. For prolonged writing, this keyboard is excellent however one might find it at a disadvantage because of the backlight’s absent. Also, the Windows 10 classic ThinkPad track point is absent here.

Core Specifications

As we already mentioned, it comes with three processor choices –

• Celeron 3855U
• Core i3-6100U
• I5- 6300U

These are in order of low to high price range. Although some features are absent, those are not necessary either. You don’t use something that takes up a lot of processor work here. It is predominantly a browser based system. So unless you are playing heavy games, then the specifications are just right.

The 2.4 GHz of Intel Core with 8GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (one of the few options available) worked decently with the chipset. Apart from this, it contains a 720p front facing the camera and Intel Integrated graphics card attached.

Multitasking and Performance

The Chromebook can handle some multitasking but don’t expect it to be a heavy lifter. However, we could easily open ten tabs before we started noticing the lag. You work best with this when you are online. One reason for it is that majority of your files are stored online in Google Drive.

However, the laptop does not get too warm anytime soon. The WebGL Aquarium Test for graphics performance showed that it could show pictures at 60fps. This is much higher than what Dell Chromebook 13 or HP Chromebook 14 showed.

Battery Life

The Battery Life is sustainable. Carry it without any worries in your 9 to 5, and you will still have some juice left at the end of the day. At a stretch, the laptop works for about 9 to 10 hours with rapid working over Wi-Fi. It is better than HP or Acer’s Chromebook but still lesser than Dell’s Chromebook. However, compared to an average it surpasses the market average for Chromebook’s when it comes to longevity in a single charge.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook: Bottom Line

The package comes with a standard one-year warranty from Lenovo. Overall the entire package is very workable. The battery lasts for one whole working day, and the keyboard is a delight to work with. The display is so, so. If you want to go with it, spend a hundred dollars more and go for the Windows version.