For its new small-business-focused ThinkBook S line, Lenovo has jettisoned much of the traditional baggage in favor of a consumer-friendly but relatively durable clamshell laptop design. The ThinkBook S comes with a subset of the security and support options that differentiate Lenovo's enterprise from its mainstream hardware. There's an extended warranty, better service and some of the company's ThinkShield features, plus a physical shutter over the camera.
Its prices are now more approachable: The ThinkBook 13s starts at $729, while the ThinkBook 14s starts at $749, and both will ship this month. We don't know pricing or availability for other regions, but those directly convert to approx £559 and AU$1,045 for the 13s and £575 and AU$1,075 for the 14s.
The ThinkPad's carbon black exterior gives way to silvery aluminum for the ThinkBooks. And the ThinkBook breaks with the past in a way the ThinkPad can't without causing a riot: The keyboard has the same sculpted keys, but it puts the ctrl and fn keys in more familiar locations (they're swapped on the ThinkPad keyboard). It also has a mainstream touchpad instead of the TrackPad, and there's no Trackpoint stick.
Why two models in such similar sizes and prices? Variations in regional demands.
||ThinkBook 13s||ThinkBook 14s|
|CPU||Up to 8th-gen Core i7||Up to 8th-gen Core i7|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon 540X or Intel UHD 620 integrated||AMD Radeon 540X|
|Memory||4, 8 or 16GB DDR4||8, 16GB DDR4|
|Storage||up to 512GB SSD||up to 512GB SSD|
|Battery||Up to 11 hours||Up to 10 hours|
|Display||13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 300 nits 72% NTSC gamut||14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 250 nits|
|Size||12.1x8.5x0.6 in. (308x216x16mm)||12.7x8.8x0.7 in. (323x223x17mm)|
|Weight||3.1 lbs. (1.4kg)||3.3 lbs. (1.5kg)|
|Connections||1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x HDMI 1.4b, 1 x combo audio||1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x HDMI 1.4b, 1 x combo audio|
They're the same except in a few key ways: The 14s' base configuration has more memory and comes with the AMD discrete graphics. But it also has a lesser screen -- it's bigger but dimmer and with a smaller color gamut -- and the battery life is slightly lower, likely because of the discrete graphics.
On the other end of the spectrum, Lenovo also refreshed its, its business laptop for people who need a little more power under the hood. The X1 Extreme Gen 2 will be getting an option for a 4K OLED touch display and processor choices up to a (8 cores).
Lenovo's also upgrading the discrete graphics from the current Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to , which should offer a small bump in performance, though it still feels underpowered for a system that starts at $1,500 (directly converted, £1,150 and AU$2,150). And it will seem especially low-rent if you configure the system with the pricier i9 and OLED panel. But Lenovo's 'real' prices tend to be 10% lower than its nominal prices, so do the math.
The updated model is slated to ship in July, though the OLED option won't appear until closer to the end of August.