Lenovo Ideapad S340-14IWL-81N700HGGE
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The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is practically last year's IdeaPad 330S with a few key upgrades: improved aesthetics (including a slimmer frame), that nifty little privacy shutter for the webcam, and extended battery life. Lenovo could have used this opportunity to throw in a brighter, more colourful Full HD IPS LCD panel as well. Unfortunately for us, our review unit was fitted with a hard drive (even though all of the variants on Lenovo's official website get a solid-state drive), which killed its performance across benchmark and everyday tests. I'm confident that the same laptop with Lenovo's PCIe NVMe solid-state drive offering would have done a lot better on the performance front.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2019
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 73% performance: 56% workmanship: 69%
Model: The Lenovo Ideapad S340-14IWL-81N700HGGE is a thin and portable ultrabook. Narrow bezels let users get the most out of the display. Thoughtful design details, such as the privacy shutter put users in charge of their webcam and complete their experience. The lightweight chassis of the laptop is made from aluminum and polycarbonate ABS. There are four color options available for the laptop, namely Onyx Black, Sand Pink, Abyss Blue and Platinum Grey. The laptop measures at 32.27 x 23.05 x 1.79 cm (width x depth x height) and weighs at 1.55 kg (3.5 lbs). Lenovo has powered the IdeaPad S340 with Core i5 8265U processors for speedy responsiveness, no matter what the task is. Besides that, the Ideapad S340 comes with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD, which is sufficient for office work, internet browsing and light entertainment. As for the display, the Lenovo Ideapad S340 has a 14.0" FHD IPS LED backlight AntiGlare display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. It has a brightness level of 250 cd/m², which is average among other displays at the same specifications. Users will get the most of their display, thanks to its slim top and side bezels and up to FHD resolution.
Lenovo also added thoughtful design elements such as the camera shutter, which puts users in control of what the webcam sees, and the optional backlit keyboard that’s perfect for working in dimly lit places. The operating system installed is Windows 10 Home edition with McAfee LiveSafe (trial), Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office Centennial (trial), Lenovo App Explorer, LinkedIn and Lenovo Utility pre-installed. The IdeaPad S340 brings user audio experience alive with the theatre-like sound of Dolby Audio. As for power source, the Lenovo Ideapad S340 comes with a 52.5 Wh lithium-ion battery. It is capable of providing battery life of up to 10 hours according to Lenovo. For input/output, it has two USB 3.1 gen 1 (one supports charging), a USB-C, an HDMI, a 4-in-1 SD card reader, a headphone / microphone combo and a power connector (round DC jack). As a conclusion, the Lenovo Ideapad S340 is an ultraslim 14” laptop with decent performance. It is designed for users who require a lightweight build to work on the go. If users are looking for a powerful Intel processor in a 14” laptop, the IdeaPad S340 is a great choice.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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i5-8265U: Whiskey Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Kaby Lake but produced in a further improved 14nm++ process). The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.9 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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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.
66%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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