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13-inch laptops: Big things come in small packages
Think it's hard to find a good 13-inch laptop? Not with Lenovo, where we offer multiple 13-inch (or rather, 13.3-inch) versions of our popular ThinkPad and Yoga 2-in-1 systems. They combine compact, easily portable frames with speedy processing and graphics options that deliver a lot of computing power in a small package.
Most experts consider 13-inch laptops to be closer in terms of performance and usability to their larger, 14- and 15-inch cousins than to the smaller 11-inch models that are also available today. That's because even a few extra inches of frame size allows room for more advanced processors and graphics, bigger storage drives and batteries, and so on.
Advantages of Lenovo 13-inch laptops
It's hard to evaluate a 13-inch laptop without comparing it to its smaller and larger counterparts. Choosing the perfect laptop size for your needs involves give and take.
Compared to a smaller system, a 13-inch laptop gives you:
- More screen landscape for office work (spreadsheets, etc.)
- Potentially higher-resolution displays for streaming movies
- Space for faster processors (speed generates heat)
- Room for more internal storage, batteries, etc.
- A slightly bigger keyboard and, with it, easier typing
Compared to a bigger system, a 13-inch laptop gives you:
- Generally longer unplugged time, since smaller displays use less energy
- A better "fit" (and lighter weight) for today's streamlined briefcases and backpacks
Greater usability in tight spaces (airline trays, conference tables, etc.).
There are compromises, too, however. Be sure to examine the specifications. The keyboard on a 13-inch laptop likely won't be as easy to use as one on a larger model. There may be fewer ports and connectivity options. If the system is especially lightweight, its batteries may run out faster than you’d like. Plus, the most advanced UHD/4K displays are harder to find on small laptops because there's limited room for added pixels and other technology.
Finding the right 13-inch laptop for you
To help you find your new 13-inch laptop, this page is dedicated to our Lenovo 13-inch models. They’re a big part of two of our most popular laptop brands:
- 13-inch ThinkPad laptops: You’ll find 13-inch models in both our ultra-compact ThinkPad X Series – a favorite of business “road warriors” around the world -- and our versatile line of ThinkPad Yoga 2-in-1 laptop/tablets.
- 13-inch Yoga 2-in-1s: Switching from laptop mode to tablet mode and back again is easy with the flip-around hinge of our innovative Yoga 2-in-1 convertibles, available in 13-inch and other sizes.
Is a 13-inch laptop right for you? It’s a personal decision that depends on how – and where, and for how long – you’ll be using your laptop each day. Check out the systems shown on this page to learn more about how Lenovo’s powerful, portable 13-inch laptops can fit your needs.