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Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API Laptop Review: An affordable office laptop with an AMD Athlon APU

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Alex Alderson), 01/11/2020

Low-cost office. Lenovo's 15.6-incher scores with its fast SSD, quiet fan and low temperatures. Its display and battery life are weak points, in our opinion. The laptop will not burn much of a hole in your pocket at around 300 Euros (~$334), though.

Lenovo supplies, with the IdeaPad S145-15API, a simple 15.6-inch office laptop. Powering the device is an AMD Athlon 300U APU, while it runs Windows 10 Home in S mode out of the box. A free upgrade to the regular Windows 10 Home can be enacted whenever, though. Competitors to the S145-15API include the likes of the HP 250 G6, Acer Extensa 2519 and the Acer Aspire 3 A315-41.

Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE (Ideapad S145 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 - 512 MB, Core: 1000 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, Single-Channel, Adrenalin 19.12.3 (26.20.15003.5016)
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, one SODIMM slot (not occupied), 4 GB soldered
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 100 PPI, BOE CQ NT156WHM-N44, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2, 128 GB 
, M.2 slot, SATA slot (not used), 89.4 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC230 @ AMD K17.1 - Audio Processor - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 362 x 256 ( = 0.78 x 14.25 x 10.08 in)
Battery
30 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 7.5 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: VGA
Primary Camera: 0.3 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, MS Office 365 (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.85 kg ( = 65.26 oz / 4.08 pounds), Power Supply: 210 g ( = 7.41 oz / 0.46 pounds)
Price
330 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
76 %
01/2020
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Athlon 300U, Vega 3
1.9 kg19.9 mm15.6"1366x768
78 %
03/2018
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
6006U, HD Graphics 520
2 kg25 mm15.6"1920x1080
69 %
09/2018
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
2.4 kg26 mm15.6"1366x768
79 %
06/2018
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
R3 2200U, Vega 3
2.4 kg29.2 mm15.6"1920x1080

Case & Connectivity - Lenovo settles on plastic for the S145

The S145-15API has a silver-grey finish, except for the black bezels surrounding its display. All elements are plastic though, with Lenovo applying a brushed look to the keyboard deck and display lid. Our review unit does not suffer from any manufacturing defects, but it can be twisted too easily for our liking. In short, the case is characterised by a lack of rigidity. Incidentally, Lenovo permanently installs the device's 30 Wh battery.

There is no maintenance cover, either. Accessing the internal components requires removing the bottom cover, the process for which requires removing all the screws on the underside of the device followed by carefully prying it away from the chassis with something like a flat plastic spudger.

The S145-15API has three USB Type-A ports. Two operate on the newer USB 3.2 Gen 1 standard, with the other restricted to USB 2.0. Lenovo does not include a Type-C port but there is an HDMI port for connecting the S145-15API to an external monitor. There is also an SD card reader, albeit a rather slow one. The one in our review unit could only average 37.2 MB/s when copying large blocks of data and around 23.6 MB/s when transferring 250 5-MB jpg files. We tested the memory card reader with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, for reference.

Lenovo also includes a Qualcomm QCA9377 Wi-Fi chip, which supports up to the IEEE 802.11ac standard. Our review unit performed reasonably well in our iperf3 Client Wi-Fi tests, which we conducted under optimal conditions with no other Wi-Fi connected devices between the S145-15API and our reference router. We kept the laptop close to the router during these tests too.

Size Comparison

381.6 mm / 15 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 29.2 mm / 1.15 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs378 mm / 14.9 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs376 mm / 14.8 inch 246 mm / 9.69 inch 22.5 mm / 0.886 inch 1.9 kg4.18 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.08 lbs

Connectivity

Left-hand side: power connector, HDMI, USB 2.0 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Left-hand side: power connector, HDMI, USB 2.0 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Right-hand side: 3.5 mm jack, SD card reader
Right-hand side: 3.5 mm jack, SD card reader
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
75.9 MB/s ∼100% +222%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=292)
62.1 MB/s ∼82% +163%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.2 MB/s ∼46% +49%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
31.4 MB/s ∼41% +33%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.2 MB/s ∼32% +3%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.6 MB/s ∼31%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.5 MB/s ∼31% 0%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.2 MB/s ∼100% +132%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=266)
78 MB/s ∼90% +110%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.2 MB/s ∼43%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
34.1 MB/s ∼40% -8%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.9 MB/s ∼35% -20%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.4 MB/s ∼31% -29%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
338 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
321 (min: 310, max: 336) MBit/s ∼95%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
299 MBit/s ∼88% -7%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
281 (min: 257, max: 287) MBit/s ∼83% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
161 MBit/s ∼48% -50%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
105 MBit/s ∼31% -67%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
350 MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
345 MBit/s ∼99% +18%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
292 (min: 247, max: 325) MBit/s ∼83%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
269 (min: 182, max: 363) MBit/s ∼77% -8%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
103 MBit/s ∼29% -65%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
67 MBit/s ∼19% -77%
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Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø321 (310-336)
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø281 (257-287)
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø292 (247-325)
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø269 (182-363)

Input Devices - Lenovo does not provide a backlit keyboard

Lenovo has equipped the IdeaPad with an unlit chiclet keyboard. Its flat, slightly roughened keys have short stops and clear pressure points, but the keyboard deck gives way slightly when typing. The latter did not prove a nuisance in daily use, though. Overall, the keyboard is good enough for everyday typing.

There is also a multi-touch touchpad that measures in at 10.5 x 7 cm. The trackpad is large enough on which to perform gestures, while its smooth finish makes it easy to slide one's fingers across its surface. The trackpad integrates two mouse buttons as well, which both have short strokes and clear pressure points.

A look at the keyboard deck on the IdeaPad S145-15API
A look at the keyboard deck on the IdeaPad S145-15API

Display - An IdeaPad with a dark and low-contrast TN panel

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The display in the S145-15API is a matte 15.6-inch panel that operates natively at 1366x768. The TN panel achieved an average maximum brightness of 207.4 cd/m² and a contrast ratio of 338:1 during our tests, both of which are far too low in our opinion. Values ​​beyond 300 cd/m² and 1,000:1 are considered good in our eyes.

The display also flickers at 192 Hz when set to 90% brightness and below. This relatively low frequency could lead to headaches or eye strain for those who are PWM sensitive.

215
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
182
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE CQ NT156WHM-N44
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 228 cd/m² Average: 207.4 cd/m² Minimum: 10.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 218 cd/m²
Contrast: 338:1 (Black: 0.645 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.12 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 3.53
ΔE Greyscale 15.09 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
55% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.32
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
409%
15%
10%
4312%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43 (23, 20)
42 (23, 19)
2%
40 (22, 18)
7%
45 (24, 21)
-5%
44 (23, 21)
-2%
Response Time Black / White *
17 (9, 8)
13 (8, 5)
24%
11 (7, 4)
35%
13 (8, 5)
24%
14 (10, 4)
18%
PWM Frequency
192 (90)
2500 (90)
1202%
200 (90)
4%
25000 (10)
12921%
Screen
11%
4%
3%
18%
Brightness middle
218
184
-16%
222
2%
202
-7%
234
7%
Brightness
207
178
-14%
200
-3%
194
-6%
211
2%
Brightness Distribution
80
80
0%
87
9%
77
-4%
83
4%
Black Level *
0.645
0.38
41%
0.57
12%
0.49
24%
0.43
33%
Contrast
338
484
43%
389
15%
412
22%
544
61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.12
11.29
7%
14.07
-16%
14.24
-17%
11.27
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
23.06
19.48
16%
23.62
-2%
23.76
-3%
18.03
22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.53
2.94
17%
2.95
16%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
15.09
12.43
18%
15.89
-5%
15.46
-2%
11.54
24%
Gamma
2.32 95%
2.34 94%
2.59 85%
2.55 86%
2.09 105%
CCT
18082 36%
13823 47%
23883 27%
20358 32%
11607 56%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35
37
6%
37
6%
36
3%
38
9%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
55
59
7%
57
4%
57
4%
60
9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
210% / 103%
10% / 6%
7% / 4%
2165% / 1009%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
17 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 19 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 192 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 192 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 192 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17159 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Upon delivery, our review unit registered a Delta E 2000 colour deviation of 12.1, which clearly misses the ideal target of less than 3. Additionally, the display suffers from an obvious blue tint, but both can be mitigated by calibrating the panel. Doing so reduced the colour deviation to 3.5, while it eliminated the blue tint and made grey tones appear more balanced too. You can find our calibrated ICC file in the box above our comparison table. The screen still only covers 35% of AdobeRGB and 55% of sRGB, though.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Greyscale
CalMAN - Greyscale
CalMAN - Colour Saturation
CalMAN - Colour Saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN - ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN - Greyscale - calibrated
CalMAN - Greyscale - calibrated
CalMAN - Color Saturation - calibrated
CalMAN - Color Saturation - calibrated

The TN panel in the S145-15API also has unstable viewing angles. In practical terms, this means that the display cannot be read from acute angles. The panel does not get bright enough to be used outdoors even on overcast days, either.

Using the IdeaPad S145-15API outdoors on an overcast day
Using the IdeaPad S145-15API outdoors on an overcast day
Using the IdeaPad S145-15API outdoors on an overcast day
Using the IdeaPad S145-15API outdoors on an overcast day

Performance - A Lenovo laptop with an Athlon APU on board

Lenovo has created, with the IdeaPad S145-15API, a simple 15.6-inch office laptop that offers enough computing power for most office and internet applications. Our test device currently retails for around 300 Euros (~$334), but Lenovo sells other models too.

Processor

The IdeaPad is powered by an AMD Athlon 300U APU, which consists of a dual-core processor that has a 2.4 GHz base clock. The processor can boost this up to 3.3 GHz when required and supports Simultaneous multithreading (SMT), meaning that it can execute up to four threads at once.

The CPU briefly operated at 3 GHz in multithreaded benchmarks like Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit, before dropping to and remaining at 2.8 GHz. This is only true when the device is connected to mains power though, as the CPU can only initially manage 2.4 GHz for a few seconds when running on battery power. Clock speeds then rise to 3 GHz before dropping to 2.7 GHz a little later, though. Our review unit also performs better in single-thread benchmarks when connected to the mains than running on battery power. The CPU fluctuated between 2.2 and 3.3 GHz in the former scenario and remained at around 2.4 GHz in the latter, for reference.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO

We also checked how well our review unit utilised its turbo clock speeds when connected to the mains by running CB R15 Multi 64Bit on a continuous loop for about 30 minutes. Our results demonstrate that the processor drops in performance slightly between the second and fourth run-throughs before stabilising at about 290 points. In short, the processor can continually utilise its turbo clock speeds, but just not fully.

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Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Athlon 300U: Ø293 (289.82-308.71)
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE AMD Ryzen 3 2200U, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U: Ø276 (269.16-348.76)
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U Intel Pentium N3710, Intel Pentium N3710: Ø149 (147.91-149.28)
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø486 (482.38-503.85)
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel Core i3-8130U: Ø335 (332.21-338.59)
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel Pentium Gold 4415U: Ø240 (237.69-241.39)
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel Pentium Gold 4415U: Ø238 (235.55-239.81)
Lenovo V130-14IGM Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø241 (236.81-246.79)
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1 Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø208 (203.3-210.2)
CPU clock speeds during a looped CB R15 Multi 64Bit benchmark
CPU clock speeds during a looped CB R15 Multi 64Bit benchmark
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7027
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8724
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3968
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
119 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
308 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
25.41 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
Intel Core i5-8265U
153 Points ∼70% +29%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
140 Points ∼64% +18%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
130 Points ∼60% +9%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
128 Points ∼59% +8%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
119 Points ∼55%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
119 Points ∼55% 0%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 202, n=560)
114 Points ∼52% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
105 Points ∼48% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
95 Points ∼44% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
93 Points ∼43% -22%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
Intel Core i3-7020U
93 Points ∼43% -22%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
79 Points ∼36% -34%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
78 Points ∼36% -34%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
73 Points ∼33% -39%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
69 Points ∼32% -42%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
Intel Core i3-6006U
69 Points ∼32% -42%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel Celeron N4100
68 Points ∼31% -43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
Intel Pentium N4200
53 Points ∼24% -55%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel Pentium N3710
41 Points ∼19% -66%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050
34 Points ∼16% -71%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
Intel Core i5-8265U
483 Points ∼11% +57%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=568)
355 Points ∼8% +15%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
348 Points ∼8% +13%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
338 Points ∼8% +10%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
332 Points ∼8% +8%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
318 Points ∼7% +3%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
308 Points ∼7%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
308 Points ∼7% 0%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
247 Points ∼6% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
241 Points ∼6% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
238 Points ∼5% -23%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
Intel Core i3-7020U
227 Points ∼5% -26%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
210 Points ∼5% -32%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel Celeron N4100
163 Points ∼4% -47%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
Intel Core i3-6006U
154 Points ∼4% -50%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel Pentium N3710
149 Points ∼3% -52%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
Intel Pentium N4200
128 Points ∼3% -58%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
121 Points ∼3% -61%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
114 Points ∼3% -63%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050
65 Points ∼1% -79%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
5476 Points ∼51% +38%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
5007 Points ∼46% +26%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
4226 Points ∼39% +7%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
3968 Points ∼37%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
3968 Points ∼37% 0%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
Intel Core i3-7020U
3588 Points ∼33% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
3587 Points ∼33% -10%
Average of class Office
  (667 - 8356, n=686)
3356 Points ∼31% -15%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
2532 Points ∼23% -36%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
2432 Points ∼22% -39%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2310 Points ∼21% -42%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2260 Points ∼21% -43%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050
1134 Points ∼10% -71%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
12142 Points ∼19% +39%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
11330 Points ∼17% +30%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
8806 Points ∼13% +1%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
8724 Points ∼13%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
8724 Points ∼13% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
8169 Points ∼13% -6%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
Intel Core i3-7020U
8083 Points ∼12% -7%
Average of class Office
  (1242 - 32009, n=674)
7942 Points ∼12% -9%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
6742 Points ∼10% -23%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5730 Points ∼9% -34%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
4193 Points ∼6% -52%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
3941 Points ∼6% -55%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050
2150 Points ∼3% -75%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average of class Office
  (79 - 497, n=49)
369 Points ∼72% +20%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
308 Points ∼60%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
308 Points ∼60% 0%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
182 Points ∼35% -41%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
167 Points ∼32% -46%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Office
  (143 - 2272, n=50)
1233 Points ∼14% +94%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
637 Points ∼7%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
637 Points ∼7% 0%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
424 Points ∼5% -33%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
273 Points ∼3% -57%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
6935 Points ∼9% +13%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
6932 Points ∼9% +13%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
6887 Points ∼9% +12%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
6134 Points ∼8%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
6134 Points ∼8% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1016 - 14277, n=195)
5866 Points ∼7% -4%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5549 Points ∼7% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
5270 Points ∼7% -14%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5045 Points ∼6% -18%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
Intel Core i3-7020U
4821 Points ∼6% -21%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
3103 Points ∼4% -49%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
2921 Points ∼4% -52%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050
1167 Points ∼1% -81%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
3191 Points ∼65% +9%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
3107 Points ∼64% +6%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
2919 Points ∼60%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
2919 Points ∼60% 0%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
2898 Points ∼59% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
2510 Points ∼51% -14%
Average of class Office
  (595 - 4820, n=195)
2345 Points ∼48% -20%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
Intel Core i3-7020U
2221 Points ∼46% -24%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
1855 Points ∼38% -36%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
1798 Points ∼37% -38%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1784 Points ∼37% -39%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1771 Points ∼36% -39%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050
829 Points ∼17% -72%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1736 - 21722, n=96)
9919 Points ∼17% +64%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
7744 Points ∼13% +28%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
7470 Points ∼13% +23%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
6937 Points ∼12% +15%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
6053 Points ∼11%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
6053 Points ∼11% 0%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5790 Points ∼10% -4%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5765 Points ∼10% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
5630 Points ∼10% -7%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
3190 Points ∼6% -47%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
2857 Points ∼5% -53%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U
3958 Points ∼62% +20%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U
3919 Points ∼62% +19%
Average of class Office
  (957 - 5629, n=96)
3748 Points ∼59% +14%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
3583 Points ∼57% +9%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
3287 Points ∼52%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
3287 Points ∼52% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
2943 Points ∼46% -10%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2054 Points ∼32% -38%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2045 Points ∼32% -38%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225
1980 Points ∼31% -40%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220
1960 Points ∼31% -40%
Geekbench 5
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1379 - 4269, n=17)
2967 Points ∼17% +91%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
1552 Points ∼9%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
1552 Points ∼9% 0%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (409 - 1255, n=17)
981 Points ∼73% +28%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
765 Points ∼57%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
765 Points ∼57% 0%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
5790.3 ms * ∼10% -299%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
2783.8 ms * ∼5% -92%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225 (Edge 44)
2656.7 ms * ∼4% -83%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220 (Edge 41)
2416.2 ms * ∼4% -66%
Average of class Office
  (791 - 9672, n=269)
2009 ms * ∼3% -38%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U (Edge 40)
1652.3 ms * ∼3% -14%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U (Edge 44)
1452.1 ms * ∼2%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
1452 ms * ∼2% -0%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U (Edge 42)
1396.2 ms * ∼2% +4%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U (Edge 41)
1320 ms * ∼2% +9%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 41)
1165.6 ms * ∼2% +20%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 41)
31030 Points ∼59% +39%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U (Edge 41)
27818 Points ∼53% +25%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U (Edge 42)
25430 Points ∼49% +14%
Average of class Office
  (3727 - 49795, n=261)
23931 Points ∼46% +8%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U (Edge 44)
22253 Points ∼42%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
22253 Points ∼42% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U (Edge 40)
21322 Points ∼41% -4%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220 (Edge 41)
14724 Points ∼28% -34%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
13123 Points ∼25% -41%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225 (Edge 44)
11962 Points ∼23% -46%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
5606 Points ∼11% -75%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 41)
221.69 Points ∼63% +29%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U (Edge 41)
208.95 Points ∼59% +21%
Average of class Office
  (36.7 - 296, n=262)
180 Points ∼51% +5%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U (Edge 44)
172.02 Points ∼49%
Average AMD Athlon 300U
 
172 Points ∼49% 0%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U (Edge 42)
170.25 Points ∼48% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U (Edge 40)
157.15 Points ∼45% -9%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220 (Edge 41)
118.22 Points ∼34% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
109.32 Points ∼31% -36%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
106.99 Points ∼30% -38%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
104.38 Points ∼30% -39%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD A6-9225 (Edge 44)
102.64 Points ∼29% -40%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
Intel Core i3-6006U
98.86 Points ∼28% -43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
98.845 Points ∼28% -43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 41.16299.666.0)
92.318 Points ∼26% -46%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
Intel Pentium N4200
69.148 Points ∼20% -60%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel Pentium N3710
46.21 Points ∼13% -73%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel Celeron N3050 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
36.675 Points ∼10% -79%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The built-in hardware provides a fast and smooth experience in daily use. The computer offers enough performance for most office and internet applications, which the CPU, GPU and system performance benchmarks reflect. Its Athlon APU is more powerful than its Intel Celeron, Pentium Gold and Pentium Silver competitors too.

Our review unit does not operate at its full capabilities, either. Lenovo ships the device running in single-channel mode, which restricts the performance of the APU slightly. Enabling dual-channel model is as simple as adding a 4 GB SODIMM module, which can be installed in the only, and unoccupied, SODIMM slot.

The soldered RAM on the right operates in single-channel mode. Lenovo protects the only SODIMM slot with a shield.
The soldered RAM on the right operates in single-channel mode. Lenovo protects the only SODIMM slot with a shield.
The shield is easy to remove.
The shield is easy to remove.
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2821 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2603 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4524 points
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PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Office
  (320 - 5547, n=176)
2743 Points ∼21% +36%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
2620 Points ∼20% +30%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Kingston RBUSC180DS37256GH
2303 Points ∼18% +14%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
UHD Graphics 620, i3-8130U, Kingston RBUSNS8180S3128GI1
2249 Points ∼17% +12%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, R3 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
2246 Points ∼17% +11%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
2015 Points ∼16%
Average AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
 
2015 Points ∼16% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
Vega 3, R3 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
1974 Points ∼15% -2%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
HD Graphics 620, 7020U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
1861 Points ∼14% -8%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9225, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
1217 Points ∼9% -40%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
1175 Points ∼9% -42%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA
953 Points ∼7% -53%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
848 Points ∼7% -58%
Productivity
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6171 Points ∼59% +26%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
UHD Graphics 620, i3-8130U, Kingston RBUSNS8180S3128GI1
6079 Points ∼58% +24%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Kingston RBUSC180DS37256GH
5724 Points ∼55% +17%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 8567, n=176)
5617 Points ∼54% +14%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, R3 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
5226 Points ∼50% +6%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
4910 Points ∼47%
Average AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
 
4910 Points ∼47% 0%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
HD Graphics 620, 7020U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
3866 Points ∼37% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
Vega 3, R3 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3820 Points ∼37% -22%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
3547 Points ∼34% -28%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9225, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
3419 Points ∼33% -30%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA
2990 Points ∼29% -39%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1444 Points ∼14% -71%
Essentials
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7660 Points ∼67% +12%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9821, n=176)
7140 Points ∼62% +4%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Kingston RBUSC180DS37256GH
6930 Points ∼60% +1%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
6842 Points ∼60%
Average AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
 
6842 Points ∼60% 0%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
UHD Graphics 620, i3-8130U, Kingston RBUSNS8180S3128GI1
6696 Points ∼58% -2%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, R3 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
6653 Points ∼58% -3%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
HD Graphics 620, 7020U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
5884 Points ∼51% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
Vega 3, R3 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
4410 Points ∼38% -36%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9225, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
4199 Points ∼37% -39%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA
4132 Points ∼36% -40%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
3941 Points ∼34% -42%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
2876 Points ∼25% -58%
Score
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3573 Points ∼44% +22%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5409, n=177)
3368 Points ∼42% +15%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
UHD Graphics 620, i3-8130U, Kingston RBUSNS8180S3128GI1
3230 Points ∼40% +11%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Kingston RBUSC180DS37256GH
3228 Points ∼40% +11%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, R3 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3064 Points ∼38% +5%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
2921 Points ∼36%
Average AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
 
2921 Points ∼36% 0%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
HD Graphics 620, 7020U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
2498 Points ∼31% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
Vega 3, R3 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
2305 Points ∼28% -21%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9225, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
1859 Points ∼23% -36%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
1821 Points ∼22% -38%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA
1630 Points ∼20% -44%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1090 Points ∼13% -63%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Kingston RBUSC180DS37256GH
3752 Points ∼62% +33%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, R3 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3457 Points ∼57% +23%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
UHD Graphics 620, i3-8130U, Kingston RBUSNS8180S3128GI1
3302 Points ∼54% +17%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3254 Points ∼53% +15%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=427)
3079 Points ∼51% +9%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
HD Graphics 620, 7020U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
2967 Points ∼49% +5%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Hynix HFS128G39TND
2872 Points ∼47% +2%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
2821 Points ∼46%
Average AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
 
2821 Points ∼46% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
Vega 3, R3 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
2342 Points ∼38% -17%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
2337 Points ∼38% -17%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9225, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
2334 Points ∼38% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA
1872 Points ∼31% -34%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1794 Points ∼29% -36%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200
1756 Points ∼29% -38%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1634 Points ∼27% -42%

Storage Devices

Lenovo equips the S145-15API with an M.2-2242 NVMe SSD, with a 128 GB Samsung drive being found in our review unit. The drive had about 89 GB of space spare upon first booting the system, with the rest taken up by Windows 10. The drive achieved good transfer speeds during our tests, as demonstrated in the comparison tables below. There is a 2.5-inch drive bay should you wish to add more storage, though.

An M.2-2242 SSD serves as the system drive. M.2-2280 drives could also be installed, though. The retaining screw can be moved accordingly.
An M.2-2242 SSD serves as the system drive. M.2-2280 drives could also be installed, though. The retaining screw can be moved accordingly.
There is also space for a 2.5-inch SATA drive.
There is also space for a 2.5-inch SATA drive.
Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
Sequential Read: 1402 MB/s
Sequential Write: 233.8 MB/s
512K Read: 1105 MB/s
512K Write: 158.7 MB/s
4K Read: 37.06 MB/s
4K Write: 100.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 272.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 132.1 MB/s
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Average Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-96%
-98%
30%
-57%
0%
-13%
Write 4K
128.2
0.217
-100%
0.542
-100%
179.3
40%
64.52
-50%
128
0%
102 (0.217 - 227, n=178)
-20%
Read 4K
48.2
0.367
-99%
0.176
-100%
47.7
-1%
25.1
-48%
48.2
0%
35.3 (0.176 - 166, n=178)
-27%
Write Seq
953.3
98.79
-90%
21.39
-98%
1265
33%
260.2
-73%
953
0%
782 (21.4 - 2714, n=177)
-18%
Read Seq
1547
131.1
-92%
74.03
-95%
1184
-23%
505.3
-67%
1547
0%
1054 (74 - 2827, n=177)
-32%
Write 4K Q32T1
238.9
0.222
-100%
0.796
-100%
450.6
89%
164
-31%
239
0%
283 (0.222 - 701, n=179)
18%
Read 4K Q32T1
319.8
0.781
-100%
0.87
-100%
555.7
74%
200.7
-37%
320
0%
303 (0.647 - 773, n=179)
-5%
Write Seq Q32T1
971.5
97
-90%
56.62
-94%
1455
50%
258.5
-73%
972
0%
1005 (56.5 - 3407, n=179)
3%
Read Seq Q32T1
2190
93.25
-96%
94.53
-96%
1717
-22%
512.9
-77%
2190
0%
1723 (78.6 - 3561, n=179)
-21%

Graphics Card

The integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 GPU supports DirectX 12 and can operate at up to 1,000 MHz. The results in 3DMark benchmarks were at the expected level for this GPU, but activating dual-channel mode would yield a small performance boost, as we noted in the preceding paragraphs.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 11 Performance
1612 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
56097 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5655 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
877 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
335 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
1908 Points ∼100% +27%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1658 Points ∼87% +10%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
  (1239 - 1936, n=5)
1606 Points ∼84% +7%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1605 Points ∼84% +7%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Athlon 300U
1501 Points ∼79%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
1366 Points ∼72% -9%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5332, n=680)
1357 Points ∼71% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
1239 Points ∼65% -17%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i3-6006U
1085 Points ∼57% -28%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9225
1068 Points ∼56% -29%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9220
956 Points ∼50% -36%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), Intel Pentium N3710
492 Points ∼26% -67%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
462 Points ∼24% -69%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
424 Points ∼22% -72%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3050
399 Points ∼21% -73%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Office
  (76 - 1164, n=70)
504 Points ∼100% +70%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
379 Points ∼75% +28%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
  (296 - 405, n=3)
360 Points ∼71% +22%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
337 Points ∼67% +14%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Athlon 300U
296 Points ∼59%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9225
217 Points ∼43% -27%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9220
193 Points ∼38% -35%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
1388 Points ∼100% +43%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
  (969 - 1435, n=5)
1209 Points ∼87% +25%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1092 Points ∼79% +13%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=497)
1044 Points ∼75% +8%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1043 Points ∼75% +8%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Athlon 300U
969 Points ∼70%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
819 Points ∼59% -15%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9225
747 Points ∼54% -23%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9220
583 Points ∼42% -40%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3050
264 Points ∼19% -73%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
10053 Points ∼100% +39%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
  (7049 - 10651, n=5)
8873 Points ∼88% +23%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
8855 Points ∼88% +23%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8169 Points ∼81% +13%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Athlon 300U
7219 Points ∼72%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=542)
7215 Points ∼72% 0%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
6911 Points ∼69% -4%
HP 255 G6 4QW25ES
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9225
4183 Points ∼42% -42%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), AMD A6-9220
3416 Points ∼34% -53%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3050
2208 Points ∼22% -69%

Gaming Performance

The S145-15API can run some games smoothly, but only at low details and resolutions. This is further restricted to titles that only have moderate system requirements. Activating dual-channel mode would improve frame rates somewhat, too.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 64.7 35.2 28.1 fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
90.5 fps ∼100% +40%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
  (59.3 - 90.5, n=6)
72 fps ∼80% +11%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
64.7 fps ∼71%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
59.28 fps ∼66% -8%
Average of class Office
  (12.2 - 212, n=391)
57.7 fps ∼64% -11%
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620
53.8 fps ∼59% -17%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
52 fps ∼57% -20%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
41.3 fps ∼46% -36%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
AMD A6-9220, AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
34.6 fps ∼38% -47%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
Intel Core i3-6006U, Intel HD Graphics 520
32.5 fps ∼36% -50%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
19.44 fps ∼21% -70%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel Pentium N3710, Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
17.7 fps ∼20% -73%

Emissions - A Lenovo laptop that runs quietly while remaining cool

Fan Noise

The laptop hardly generates any noise even under maximum load, while its single fan usually remains silent when the system is idling. The fan peaked at 32 dB(A) during our combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test, which is relatively quiet.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
30.8 / 32 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.132.635.234.334.12532.635.733.534.132.63136.236.636.53636.24033.63131.633.833.65031.330.732.332.231.36329.629.331.53129.68030.528.330.728.230.510028.828.927.929.328.812529.72929.129.329.716025.424.62524.325.420023.223.522.922.423.225023.522.521.922.423.531522.521.821.421.222.540021.421.32120.421.450020.82019.819.520.863019.719.718.818.719.780020.119.118.618.320.1100020.818.217.717.720.8125021.318.117.917.721.3160019.817.817.517.119.8200020.31817.617.420.3250019.917.817.817.419.9315019.217.917.717.619.2400018.618.11817.718.6500018.618.318.21818.6630018.518.218.31818.5800018.318.418.518.318.31000018.518.418.318.118.51250018.318.418.318.218.31600018.318.418.318.218.3SPL3230.830.630.432N1.71.51.51.41.7median 20.1median 18.4median 18.3median 18.2median 20.1Delta2.21.81.92.32.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE

Temperature

System information during a combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test
System information during a combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test

The processor briefly operated at between 2.6 and 2.7 GHz during our combined stress test, before gradually dropping to 2 GHz, a level that it could maintain for the hour or so that we left the test running. Likewise, the GPU dropped from an initial high of between 600 and 700 MHz to 300 or 400 MHz. Our stress test is an extreme scenario that does not occur in everyday usage. While we use this test to check whether a device runs stably even when pushed to its limits, it does not represent the S145-15API's behaviour in most tasks.

Our review unit hardly heats up, either. During the same stress test, surface temperatures do not breach 35 °C, with most measuring points remaining at or below 30 °C. Predictably, temperatures ​​are significantly lower in everyday use and when the machine is idling.

Max. Load
 34.3 °C
94 F
34.5 °C
94 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
 32.8 °C
91 F
32.3 °C
90 F
27.3 °C
81 F
 
 25 °C
77 F
24.3 °C
76 F
23.8 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Average: 29.4 °C = 85 F
33.4 °C
92 F
33 °C
91 F
33.8 °C
93 F
24 °C
75 F
29.8 °C
86 F
29.1 °C
84 F
22.3 °C
72 F
24 °C
75 F
24.1 °C
75 F
Maximum: 33.8 °C = 93 F
Average: 28.2 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  36 °C = 97 F | Room Temperature 21.1 °C = 70 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.4 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.8 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.4 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 25 °C / 77 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+3.1 °C / 5.6 F).
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device at idle
Heat map of the top of the device at idle
Heat map of the bottom of the device at idle
Heat map of the bottom of the device at idle

Speakers

Lenovo has equipped the S145-15API with stereo speakers that sit at the front of ​​the bottom of the device. They produce a thin sound, which lacks bass in our opinion.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.134.335.12532.934.132.93137.73637.74031.633.831.65031.732.231.76329.53129.58030.128.230.110029.129.329.112528.829.328.816025.624.325.620026.722.426.725043.522.443.53155621.25640059.620.459.650055.119.555.163054.918.754.980055.118.355.1100056.817.756.8125064.917.764.916006917.169200067.817.467.8250067.117.467.131506417.664400063.917.763.950006118616300631863800062.618.362.61000061.118.161.11250060.718.260.71600059.918.259.9SPL76.530.476.5N35.31.435.3median 59.9median 18.2median 59.9Delta82.38hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69.04 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - Below average runtimes thanks to a 30 Wh battery

Power Consumption

Our review unit generally consumes hardly any energy. We registered the device peaking at 4.9 W when idling, an excellent value, and 24.5 W during our combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test that we ran for at least an hour. Lenovo includes a 65 W power supply in the box, which will never be exhausted.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.22 / 0.27 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.8 / 4.8 / 4.9 Watt
Load midlight 23 / 24.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practical Wi-Fi test uses a script to simulate the load required to render websites. We left the Windows 10 "Balanced" profile active during this test and adjusted the display to approximately 150 cd/m². We also switched off any power-saving functions. The Lenovo laptop achieved a runtime of 4:30 hours here; not an outstanding value by any means.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
4h 30min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
484 min ∼18% +79%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 1104, n=378)
422 min ∼16% +56%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
6006U, HD Graphics 520,  Wh
368 min ∼14% +36%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
R3 2200U, Vega 3, 37 Wh
344 min ∼13% +27%
Acer Extensa 2519-C7DC
N3050, HD Graphics (Braswell), 37 Wh
340 min ∼13% +26%
HP 250 G7 6HM85ES
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
339 min ∼13% +26%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Celeron N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 30 Wh
328 min ∼12% +21%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
Pentium N4200, HD Graphics 505, 30 Wh
298 min ∼11% +10%
HP 250 G6 4BD30ES
7020U, HD Graphics 620,  Wh
285 min ∼11% +6%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA
i3-8130U, UHD Graphics 620, 37 Wh
281 min ∼11% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Athlon 300U, Vega 3, 30 Wh
270 min ∼10%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
A6-9220, Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), 37 Wh
243 min ∼9% -10%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell),  Wh
164 min ∼6% -39%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
R3 2200U, Vega 3, 35 Wh
145 min ∼6% -46%

Pros

+ NVMe SSD
+ low surface temperatures
+ quiet fan noise
+ unused SATA slot
+ attractive price

Cons

- dark display
- low contrast ratio
- poor viewing angles
- only 4 GB of RAM
- below-average battery life

Verdict - An inexpensive office laptop held back by shortcomings

The Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API (81UT002XGE) laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API (81UT002XGE) laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API is a simple 15.6-inch office laptop. Thanks to its economic Athlon 300U APU, the S145-15API hardly heats up and always works quietly. The APU also offers enough computing power for office and internet applications. Its main opponents, namely Intel's Celeron, Pentium Gold and Pentium Silver processors, are clearly outperformed by it, too.

The IdeaPad S145-15API positions itself as an inexpensive typewriter and web-surfing machine.

A connectivity miracle the S145 is not. Its built-in NVMe SSD only has a capacity of 128 GB and its RAM is not generously proportioned at 4 GB. More could be added if necessary though, as the laptop has an unoccupied SODIMM slot for more RAM. Lenovo has also included a 2.5-inch drive bay, or one could upgrade the existing 128 GB drive. Adding or upgrading any of these components would require opening the case, but this is not a complex undertaking.

The screen does not come from the top shelf, either. It is a dark and low-contrast TN panel that has unstable viewing angles and a resolution of just 1366x768. Lenovo also took an opportunity to further cut costs by only including a 30 Wh battery. As a result, our review unit does not have particularly good runtimes. Moreover, while the keyboard proved good enough for everyday use, the omission of backlighting is a shame.

At the time of testing, our review unit is available from the usual online shops from around 300 Euros (~$334). Meanwhile, the 81UT007EGE, its black and identically equipped sister model, is already priced at just under 260 Euros (~$289).

Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE - 01/10/2020 v7
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
73 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
40 / 80 → 49%
Weight
65 / 20-75 → 81%
Battery
61%
Display
69%
Games Performance
45 / 78 → 57%
Application Performance
70 / 95 → 74%
Temperature
96%
Noise
97%
Audio
54%
Camera
22 / 85 → 26%
Average
66%
76%
Office - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API Laptop Review: An affordable office laptop with an AMD Athlon APU
Sascha Mölck, 2020-01-11 (Update: 2020-01-12)
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