You can make the X13 Gen 1 far better by boosting the onboard storage, moving to Windows 10 Pro, a fingerprint reader and improving the display by swapping the screen for a full HD one for less than $200, making it a better deal in our view.
Lenovo has started to roll out the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U processor to its mainstream, award winning ThinkPad X business laptop (opens in new tab), the X13 Gen 1. This is AMD’s answer to Intel’s vPro platform and it comes with eight cores, 8MB cache, 16 threads and a boost speed of up to 4.1GHz.
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The entry level version (20UFCTO1WW) is equipped with Windows 10 Home, 8GB DDR4 memory, a 128GB PCIe SSD and a 13.3-inch HD display. The rest of the configuration includes Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.1, a physical cover for the webcam, a Wake On Voice feature plus the iconic red dot “nipple” controller. The laptop has been tested against 12 military-grade requirements and more than 200 quality checks.
The 48Wh, 6-cell battery is decent, procuring up to 12 hours battery life, while the six ports (including four USB connectors) and the dual far-field microphones should prove to be enough for most tasks. Of interest is the fact that two of the USB ports are DisplayPort compatible - given the presence of a HDMI port -and this should allow users to power up to three 4K monitors.
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