Lenovo’s New ThinkBook Laptops Balance Performance and Price for Businesses

Today during its Accelerate conference in Orlando, Lenovo unveiled an all-new line of laptops for small businesses that makes adopting more powerful computers cheaper. Called the ThinkBook series, the laptops strike a balance between Lenovo’s consumer-friendly machines and its more business-oriented solutions.

For its inaugural offerings, Lenovo will sell two different ThinkBooks: the 13S and the 14S. The former ships with a 13.3-inch Full HD display while the latter comes with a larger 14-inch Full HD screen. Both offer 16:9 aspect ratios and pretty sizeable bezels, especially compared to the new IdeaPad S940.

The design of the laptops isn’t anything impressive, with sleek aluminum builds and standard backlit keyboards. Neither ThinkBook comes with a 360-degree hinge; the best they offer is a 180-degree hinge thta lets the laptops lay completely flat when open. This helps with adopting your desired viewing angle, but it won’t help if you want to use your laptop as a tablet.

The ThinkBooks do have some handy design elements, however, such as a physical camera shutter for privacy and a spill-proof keyboard to prevent liquid damage. You also get Harman-branded speakers with Dolby Audio, a higher durability rating, a fingerprint reader, and improved ventilation for heat dispersion. You’ll also find plenty of IO on both machines, including a USB-C port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack.

Under the hood, you’ll find an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, available AMD Radeon 540X discrete graphics, Bluetooth 5.2, and up to 512GB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage. These features are available in both the ThinkBok 13S and 14S so no matter which model you opt for, you should have enough power to handle any workload.

Battery wise, the ThinkBook 13s can pump out 11 hours of usage while the 14s is capable of 10 hours. both offer 45Whr cells.

Lenovo says the new ThinkBook line will go on sale later this month. The ThinkBook 13S will start at $729 while the 14S will start at $749.