Lenovo Ideapad 320-15IAP-80XR0094GE
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/14/2018
Model: The Lenovo Ideapad 320-15IAP-80XR0094GE is a laptop that looks good and lasts long enough. The IdeaPad 320 is one of the best options if users need a portable Windows 10 laptop on a very tight budget. For the basics, the IdeaPad 320S is almost strangely enjoyable to use. It is as if Lenovo sneaked a Core i3 processor in, but did not tell anyone. Part of this is down to Pentium CPUs using more power than Atoms, which are behind the long-standing sluggishness of many cheap Windows laptops. The IdeaPad 320 is remarkably smart and svelte. The lid is made from metal, the rest plastic. Its lines whisper ‘ultrabook’ and its design has the minimalist edge that often makes Lenovo laptops some of the prettiest in their class. The bit that really hides the Lenovo IdeaPad 320’s bargain bloodline is the screen style, though. While not covered with a flat sheet of glass, the narrow screen border is just not the sort of thing users see in a laptop this cheap. It’s a true up-to-date look. The stereo speakers are mounted at the bottom and emit forward. Four rubber feet ensure a stable hold.
The IdeaPad 320 does not miss out on any connections either. There is the standard budget complement of a couple of USB ports (one is the faster USB 3), an SD slot and an HDMI port. There are a few other compromises, but nothing too glaring given the price. The keyboard lacks a backlight and some of the resistance one get with a much more expensive laptop. The trackpad is a basic plastic surface and has a slightly loud click too. This version of the IdeaPad 320 has a basic 14-inch, 1,366 x 768 pixel screen. It is not the resolution that lets it down, but the kind of panel used. A basic TN display leaves with weak colors, low contrast, unimpressive brightness and dodgy viewing angles. Users can swivel the screen around by almost 180 degrees, but they won’t want to as the image all-but disappears thanks to contrast shift. The big surprise is that the Intel Pentium N4200 CPU, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD combo makes Windows 10 run far better than any budget laptop. There’s no awkward wait for the Start menu to pop up, no obvious address bar lag when user have a few browser windows open. The laptop weighs at 2.2 kg and measures at 22.9 x 378 x 260 mm. The IdeaPad 320 is also very quiet. There is a fan, but it is only audible under strain and was even pretty quiet. The IdeaPad 320 can hang on for eight hours just playing back a movie, but will dip under that if user mix it up a bit more.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 505: Integrated low-end graphics adapter with DirectX 12 support, which can be found in some ULV SoCs from the Apollo Lake series.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Pentium N4200: An Apollo Lake family, quad-core, ultra-low-power processor (SoC) that saw the light of day in 2016. Its four CPU cores run at 1.1 GHz to 2.5 GHz; these are not Hyper-Threading-enabled meaning there are no additional threads. This chip has a fairly competent integrated graphics solution, the Intel HD Graphics 505, and eats very little (~6 W). The Pentium N4200 is based on the Goldmont CPU microarchitecture that came to replace Silvermont (2013), bringing with it several welcome improvements. The CPU is Secure Boot-compatible; technically, it will have no issue running 64-bit Windows 11. The average N4200 in our database competes with the Core i5-3339Y, a low-power SoC launched in 2013, in multi-thread performance.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.