Yes, Amazon Prime Day is next week (see our roundup of early deals), however Amazon is not the one firm working gross sales proper now. Lenovo is having a sale on its ThinkBook laptops, with the chance to choose up an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and AMD’s built-in Radeon 680M graphics for nicely below $1,000, one thing we have not seen beforehand.
Lenovo’s ThinkBook 13S Gen 4 options the 6000-series Ryzen 7 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM (soldered), a 512-GB SSD, plus a 13-inch IPS display screen for $862 ($209 off). To see this low cost at checkout, you will must enter two promo codes: SUPERTHINKJULY and BFIJTHINKOFFER.
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Why We Like the ThinkBook 13S
The ThinkBook line, Lenovo’s lower-cost various to its iconic ThinkPads, appears a bit like a Dell XPS or MacBook, however it beats each relating to ports. You get a USB-C 4.0 port (which doubles because the charging port), a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, a USB-A port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a headphone jack. There’s additionally a fingerprint reader.
We have not examined this specific mannequin, however we did like final 12 months’s model (we examined it with the Intel chip). The Ryzen 7 chip contained in the Gen 4 is AMD’s most powerful option for laptops and may be capable of deal with about something you throw at it. It lacks a discrete graphics card, however the built-in Radeon 680M graphics is lots for most individuals (in the event you’re in search of a video enhancing rig, look elsewhere). AMD’s 6000-series Ryzen chips are additionally famous for his or her improved battery life. Lenovo claims 11 hours, however that is below ideally suited circumstances; count on eight to 9 hours.
The keyboard is on the flat aspect, nearer to the expertise of a MacBook than a ThinkPad, however nonetheless fairly snug to sort on. The laptop computer is simply concerning the weight of a MacBook Air, so it is fairly straightforward to tote round. The solely place this ThinkBook cuts corners is the display screen, which is a 13-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 pixel anti-glare IPS panel. It’s not the brightest at 300 nits, however I nonetheless favor a decrease decision anti-glare panel to a better decision shiny panel, and the 16:10 display screen ratio provides you some additional vertical display screen house.
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