Lenovo is expanding its ThinkPad L13 line of affordable laptops with two new models featuring AMD Ryzen 5000 processors. The new ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 with AMD Ryzen will be available in August for $799 and up, while ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 will have a starting price of $999. It’ll also be Lenovo’s first Windows convertible with an AMD Ryzen Mobile processor.

Lenovo already offers versions of the laptops with Intel Tiger Lake processors, but the company says the AMD-powered versions will have lower starting prices and about 20-percent longer battery life, not to mention the improved multi-core performance that generally comes with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chips.

The clamshell-style ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 measures 12.3″ x 8.6″ x 0.7″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds, supports up to 16GB of LPDDR4-3200 memory and up to 1TB of PCIe solid state storage. It supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, has two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, headset jack, and microSD card reader.

Note that it does not have any Thunderbolt ports. That’s one advantage that Intel-powered models still have.

The notebook has a 13.3 inch display, a 46 Wh battery, and a 65-W USB-C power adapter.

Specs for the ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 are largely the same, but the convertible model is a little heavier at 3.2 pounds, and it has an integrated pen for pressure-sensitive input.

Both versions of the notebook have HD webcams with a privacy shutter and optional support for an infrared camera for face recognition. The Yoga also has a world-facing camera above the keyboard that you can use to snap pictures when using the notebook in tablet or tent modes.

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  1. Affordable means $799 and $999? Maybe I’ve been living in a cave, but a thousand bucks for a computer seems more like high-mid range pricing.

  2. If you asked me, I’d say these things are still a compelling answer to the Macbook Air. You just get so many more features. They might not be faster on some synthetic benchmarks, and you’ll generally get no praise for using one, but you have more avenues at your disposal to accomplish a given task with fewer accessory devices and theoretically no one should harass you or mock you behind your back for a laptop alone.