Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 review (gen 1 model, AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U)


  1. HN

    November 3, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    HI,Mr.Girbea can you help me? i'm searching for laptop with this specs:1- 12700h cpu or higher(autocad,3dsmax,premier…) 2-rtx3060 or higher gpu 3-touchscreen 4- 6 hrs battery(for light use and light coding) with fast charge support.university student.thanks

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 3, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      I can't do the research for you, there are plenty of options that meet your requirements, and plenty of articles here on the site that will help in your decision. I'd start with a screen size and budget in mind, both aspects you haven't mentioned :)

    • john

      November 4, 2022 at 8:59 am

      if money no object:1-dell xps 9720 2-hp envy 16 3-msi z16p 4-asus zenbook 16x 5-asus rog flow x16(amd cpu) 6-buy two laptops if you can one for home hard work(for me scar 15) and the other one for university(for me z13).

  2. Leon

    November 8, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Hi Andrei. With it plugged into the wall & fully charged, can you measure the Idle Power Consumption with screen at minimum brightness, WiFi On, your same Windos Balanced setting.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 8, 2022 at 11:56 am

      I no longer have this around. I haven't tested idle use, I don't see the point.

  3. George Z13

    July 21, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    Label: This notebook is awesome! (mind that im not a tester, i would just like to share my experience with this shiny little jewel)

    I do not agree with everything in this review. This review has alot of personal feelings of the writer and seems to be, not objective enough.

    I've recently upgraded my laptop. I'm now using Z13 for work at my company (yes im corpo rat) as well as for personal projects for other companies.

    I have to mention this: ! WINDOWS 11 ! it sucks ! not stable for work applications, problems with PDM data management, windows 11 really gave me a hard time, setting it all up, still not satisfied after 2 or 3 months.

    My old laptop Dell Precision 7720 with windows 10 is running everything without problems and stable. Work apps are just better optimized for win 10 and vice versa.

    I'm using SolidWorks 2019 cad software, data management PDM, emails, office tools. Making presentations, researching and im in contact with customers and sometimes I travel around europe by plane or across my country.

    Lets try to compare these two laptops, just abit.

    1.) Dell Precision 7720 with intel 6820HQ, 32GB ram, 17''Full HD TN display, 6GB Quadro P3000, large keyboard with numpad
    – this laptop was SUPER EXPENSIVE 6 years ago
    – runs on battery about 1 hour of work and dies
    – its heavy and large, have massive 240W PSU (weight for airplane bag, or traveling matters alot)
    – for its power consumption is very weak nowadays
    – did i mention its heavy ?
    – even this expensive 6GB P3000 video card, cant run more than 2 monitors with QHD resolution !
    – i don't have much more to say about this workstation, it was working good, stable

    2.) Lenovo ThinkPad Z13, bronze variant, leather top (really luxury look), AMD 6860Z – Z exclusively for this laptop, and super high resolution OLED touch display (looks like Retina to me), with 32GB ram DDR5
    – runs on battery about 5 hours of work with no problems, total of approx 7 hours when wifi off
    – its super light and small
    – OLED with touch is damn awesome, for moving over maps, and when you miss a mouse = it becomes 😎
    – massive problem is you cant bend it more then 135° or so, you cant flip it
    – USB-C is not a problem !!! I'm using monitor with integrated USB-C dock, using AMD newest feature on notebooks in this architecture, the Thunderbolt GEN 4 – powering the notebook from single cable, from the monitor, at the same time running resolution 5120×1440 49'' display 70Hz, everything on one cable! + 13'' OLED 3k + one more 27'' FHD for monitoring temps, it was running smooth as f ! all the resolution coming from APU in the 6860Z
    – all other periferies (mouse, keyboard, 3D joystick) are connected by bluetooth or USB dongle which is in monitor
    – at home i'm using USB-C to DP 1.4 for 32'' QHD monitor
    – at meetings i can use single cable, only for connecting from USB-C to HDMI to be able to present on large screens (you dont need to bring 240W power supply, cuz meetings lasts only few hours and it can be done on battery)
    – button on the side is very good, you can power on the notebook withouht opening the lid !
    – touch password login is awesome
    – face ID login is awesome as well
    – im using LTE data sim card as well, connected to VPN data server 24/7, no need for cables anymore, or using Wi-Fi (at office, i have Ethernet connected to monitor and from monitor C > C to notebook)

    Overall, the Z13 can handle even big models in CAD, i could not believe what this small device is capable of. Doing everything faster than Precision, for 1/4 or less power consumption. Temps are awesome, average chip power consumption during my work was about 12-13Watts.

    Okay, lets finish it. Largest problems are WINDOWS 11 and Screen is not FLIPable, 180° could be enough. Everything else is PERFECT ! Without WIN11, this laptop could be called a MAC BOOK KILLER.

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