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Review: ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2

2020-11-26, 0:12 AM

It’s always fun when we Lenovo Advocates are invited to run a new pre-release product through the paces. This time a FedEx driver wearing shorts, knee socks, and the strangest COVID mask that I’ve ever seen showed up with a new ThinkPad. He was quite a sight to behold, but he was delivering something from Lenovo, so I didn’t care if he was the Easter Bunny or Darth Vader. The best part about this review unit is that it is a 2 in 1 using Yoga Modes along with the great features that we love about ThinkPads.

 Items included in the box:

65W AC Adapter

4 Cell 46Wh Internal Battery

ThinkPad Active Pen (garaged)

Quick Start Guide


There are several options available for various components at order, but the following were included in the ThinkPad that I received for review:

 Operating System

Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 2004 (build19041.630)


Western Digital / 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD


11th Gen  Intel Core i7 Processor @ 2.80GHz / Tiger Lake-U 10nm Technology


16050 Megabytes Usable Installed


13.3"" screen, Full HD (1920x1080), IPS, 800:1 contrast ratio, 72% gamut(touch)


The L13 uses Lenovo’s classic spill resistant ThinkPad design with trackpad and red TrackPoint. Key travel is smooth.

* The test unit included a backlit keyboard, but that is an option.

Ports and Slots

2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (1x Always On)

1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (power delivery and DisplayPort

1x USB 4.0 / Thunderbolt 4 (power delivery and DisplayPort)


ethernet extension connector

audio combo jack

microSD card reader

side docking connector

 optional smart card reader

 security keyhole (Kensington lock type)

WLAN and Bluetooth

Intel AX201 11ax, 2x2 + BT5.1 

Docking Option

Compatible with Side Mechanical dock and USB 3.0 & USB-C docking solution 


Up to 10.36hrs (46Wh)


720p with ThinkShutter + World Facing 5.0MP


Sound Cards:

Realtek High Definition Audio(SST)

Intel Smart Sound Technology for Bluetooth Audio

Playback Device

Speakers: (Realtek Audio)

Microphone/Recording: Microphone Array (Realtek Audio)

Realtek Audio dual noise-cancelling microphones offer 360-degree reception for use with conferencing.

Privacy and Security

Fingerprint Reader

SmartCard Reader

Discrete TPM2.0 IR Camera with Windows Hello ThinkShutter camera privacy cover Kensington lock slot

Windows Defender (included in Windows 10)


I do not use a tablet/pen often because my work in graphic design involves tiny images created pixel-by-pixel. Therefore, I am probably not the most qualified to comment on Wacom Pen usage. One handy feature is that the housed pen charges right in the ThinkPad L13 Yoga. At the first use, a Lenovo Pen Settings app from Wacom that gives the user access to button and sensitivity settings is installed. There is also a Pen settings page as part Windows 10 Settings as pictured below.





Pre-Installed Software

Lenovo Vantage

Office 365 30-day Trial

No bloat was quite impressive – a real time saver when setting up a new device.


Width: 311.5mm (12.26"") Depth: 219mm (8.62"") Height: 17.6mm (0.69"")


When it comes to mobility weight is always a factor. I remember when older ThinkPad Yoga models were a bit heavy for women business travelers. That is not the case with this one. The L13 Yoga weighs 1.44kg (3.17lb).


I’ve enjoyed using the ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2. One thing that impressed me was the glossy display. I frequently use non-glare, but the colors seem more vibrant and clear on a glossy screen – something I appreciate as I am running graphic design apps all day.  For someone who is traveling for business and taking notes, or in school, the Yoga modes have always been popular. One thing that I had to get used to was having to stabilize the display with one hand while using touch in laptop mode. I’m sure that is because it is a convertible laptop so it is understandable that the hinges have some “play” to them.












Microsoft MVP Consumer Security 2006-2016 / Windows Insider MVP 2016-Present
I am not employed by Microsoft or Lenovo.

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Re:Review: ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2

2020-12-05, 11:59 AM

Cool review!  :-) 

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Re:Review: ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2

2020-12-05, 17:44 PM

I want one! :-)

Kind regards,

Jonas Hendrickx

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