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Lenovo V130-14IGM (Pentium Silver N5000, SSD, HD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Alex Alderson), 12/30/2018

Well-rounded. Lenovo has equipped its V130-14IGM with an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 quad-core processor, which is on par with a Broadwell Core i3. Add to that a fast SSD and good battery life, and the sub-250 Euro (~$285) 14-inch laptop looks like an enticing package. The device has its drawbacks though, particularly as it has an unconvincing display and does not come with an OS installed.

The Lenovo V130-14IGM is a simple 14-inch office laptop. The Gemini Lake-powered device is one of Lenovo's business laptops, but it is such good value for money that it may find a home with private buyers too.

We have chosen to compare the V130-14IGM against other budget 14-inch laptops. Our comparison devices include the Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472, Chuwi LapBook SE, HP 14 and the HP Stream 14.

Lenovo V130-14IGM (V130 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Core: 200-750 MHz, Single-Channel, 24.20.100.6292
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, one SO-DIMM slot; occupied
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 112 PPI, AU Optronics B140XTNE02.E, TN LED, glossy: no
Storage
SK Hynix HFS128G32TND, 128 GB 
, 128 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX20751/2 @ Intel Gemini Lake SoC - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SDXC
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 343 x 247 ( = 0.79 x 13.5 x 9.72 in)
Battery
30 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 7.5 V
Camera
Webcam: VGA
Primary Camera: 0.3 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 303 g ( = 10.69 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

The V130-14IGM has a functional design, which reflects its intended use with professional environments. Lenovo has constructed the 14-inch entirely of grey, which the company calls iron grey, plastic. The display lid and top case have textured finishes too. Our test device has no processing defects, but the base unit and display are not rigid enough for our liking. It is worth noting that the battery is firmly installed and there is no maintenance cover, which would have made it easier to access components like the RAM or the SSD.

Accessing the internal components requires removing the bottom case. The cover is held in place with several screws and plastic clips, the former of which must be unscrewed first. There is only a small gap between the upper and lower cases though, so we would recommend using thumbnails or a flat plastic tool to pry the bottom case off. Please take care with releasing the plastic clips as they are delicate.

The V130-14IGM is well equipped for a budget laptop. There are two USB Type-A ports, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 and one USB 2.0, but it would have been nice had Lenovo included a Type-C port. The V130-14IGM has an HDMI port though for connecting the device to an external display. There is a full-sized SD card reader too, but it is slower than all those in our comparison devices. Our test device averaged 24.6 MB/s when copying large blocks of data with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card. The average transfer speed is around 40 MB/s slower than our best comparison devices like the Acer Aspire 1 A114, which averaged 86.4 MB/s in the same test. SD cards protrude by about 15 mm from our test device’s case too.

Lenovo has equipped our test device with an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 Wi-Fi module, which supports modern Wi-Fi standards up to IEEE 802.11 ac. The V130-14IGM averaged about 300 Mb/s in both iperf3 Client Wi-Fi tests, which puts it on par with our comparison devices.

Please note, we conduct our Wi-Fi tests with no other Wi-Fi connected devices nearby and with our test device next to our test router. These are optimal conditions, so your experience may vary with the Wi-Fi performance of your V130-14IGM.

Size Comparison

343 mm / 13.5 inch 247 mm / 9.72 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs336 mm / 13.2 inch 200 mm / 7.87 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 1.6 kg3.42 lbs341 mm / 13.4 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.5 kg3.28 lbs337 mm / 13.3 inch 226 mm / 8.9 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.4 kg3.17 lbs334 mm / 13.1 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 18.5 mm / 0.728 inch 1.4 kg3.17 lbs318 mm / 12.5 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.4 kg3.16 lbs

Connectivity

Right-hand side: SD card reader, headphone jack, USB 2.0 Type-A, cable lock slot
Right-hand side: SD card reader, headphone jack, USB 2.0 Type-A, cable lock slot
Left-hand side: power connector, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Left-hand side: power connector, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.4 MB/s ∼100%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72 MB/s ∼82%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 Reference-Card)
63.2 MB/s ∼72%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=113)
60.9 MB/s ∼70%
HP 14-bp001ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.2 MB/s ∼28%
Chuwi LapBook SE
 
23.8 MB/s ∼27%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.4 MB/s ∼100% +251%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 Reference-Card)
83.1 MB/s ∼96% +238%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.8 MB/s ∼94% +228%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=116)
77.9 MB/s ∼90% +217%
HP 14-bp001ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.7 MB/s ∼41% +45%
Chuwi LapBook SE
 
26.8 MB/s ∼31% +9%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.6 MB/s ∼28%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
340 MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
336 MBit/s ∼99% +13%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
336 MBit/s ∼99% +13%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
309 (min: 299, max: 316) MBit/s ∼91% +4%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
297 (min: 117, max: 322) MBit/s ∼87%
HP 14-bp001ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
5 MBit/s ∼1% -98%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
345 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
329 (min: 262, max: 342) MBit/s ∼95%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
301 (min: 237, max: 351) MBit/s ∼87% -9%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
258 MBit/s ∼75% -22%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
144 MBit/s ∼42% -56%
HP 14-bp001ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
71 MBit/s ∼21% -78%
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Lenovo V130-14IGM Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø296 (117-322)
Chuwi LapBook SE Intel Celeron N4100, Intel UHD Graphics 600; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø309 (299-316)
Lenovo V130-14IGM Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø329 (262-342)
Chuwi LapBook SE Intel Celeron N4100, Intel UHD Graphics 600; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø301 (237-351)

Windows or Linux?

The V130-14IGM does not come with an OS preinstalled, so you must buy an OS licence before you can use the device. A used Windows 10 license currently costs between 5 and 10 Euros (~$5 - $11). We would recommend buying a Windows 10 Pro licence as it offers a simpler way of postponing Windows updates. This option proved useful with the 1803 and 1809 feature updates, which Microsoft initially released with issues.

Alternatively, the V130-14IGM can run Linux. We installed Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (long-term support). The installation ran smoothly with the set-up detecting almost all our test device’s hardware. The function keys for brightness and volume controls even worked as did the iGPU’s video decoder. YouTube videos render smoothly in 4K, but the trackpad did not work initially. We rectified this by installing additional drivers.

Ubuntu Linux can be installed instead of Windows.
Ubuntu Linux can be installed instead of Windows.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Lenovo has equipped the V130-14IGM with an unlit chiclet keyboard that has flat keys. The keys have a slightly roughened texture to them, while they also have a clear pressure point and a short stroke. The middle of the keyboard deck gives way when typing, but we did not find this annoying during our tests. Overall, Lenovo has provided the V130-14IGM with a decent keyboard that is good enough for daily use.

Trackpad

There is also a multi-touch trackpad that measures 10.5 x 7 cm. The trackpad sits below the space bar and has a smooth finish that makes it easy to perform multi-finger gestures. Moreover, the trackpad has a short stroke and a clear pressure point when depressed, while the surface is responsive even at its corners, which is not always the case with budget laptops.

A look at the keyboard and trackpad
A look at the keyboard and trackpad

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

Lenovo has equipped the V130-14IGM with a matte 14-inch display that operates at a native 1366x768 resolution. Our test device achieves an average maximum brightness of 216 cd/m² according to X-Rite i1Pro 2, which is brighter than many of our comparison devices. The display is only 83% evenly lit though, which falls several per cent short of the Chuwi LapBook SE, the HP 14 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 120S.

Moreover, the V130-14IGM has a comparatively high black value that results in an unimpressive 459:1 contrast ratio. Our test device finished second bottom of our comparison table for its contrast ratio, but there is little to separate the V130-14IGM from the IdeaPad 120S or the LapBook SE. Our test device does not use pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate its display brightness though. The lack of PWM is a positive thing, as PWM can cause some people to suffer from eye strain and headaches.

237
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B140XTNE02.E
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 237 cd/m² Average: 216 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 234 cd/m²
Contrast: 459:1 (Black: 0.51 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.84 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 13.97 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
55% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.13
Lenovo V130-14IGM
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Chuwi LapBook SE
1920x1080, 13.3
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
HP 14-bp001ng
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Response Times
0%
-44%
0%
-40%
5%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52 (30, 22)
35.2 (18, 17.2)
32%
39.2 (19.2, 20)
25%
40 (20, 20)
23%
46 (25, 21)
12%
43 (23, 20)
17%
Response Time Black / White *
13 (8, 5)
17.2 (12, 5.2)
-32%
27.7 (14.8, 12.9)
-113%
16 (11, 5)
-23%
25 (22, 3)
-92%
14 (8, 7)
-8%
PWM Frequency
495 (99)
200 (29)
1000 (100)
200 (90)
Screen
4%
21%
13%
-45%
2%
Brightness middle
234
257.4
10%
227
-3%
206
-12%
220
-6%
189
-19%
Brightness
216
239
11%
210
-3%
187
-13%
207
-4%
190
-12%
Brightness Distribution
83
87
5%
89
7%
82
-1%
78
-6%
88
6%
Black Level *
0.51
0.54
-6%
0.44
14%
0.34
33%
0.53
-4%
Contrast
459
477
4%
516
12%
606
32%
357
-22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.84
11.8
-0%
6.6
44%
10.01
15%
29.43
-149%
11.85
-0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
25.17
28
-11%
12.2
52%
16.72
34%
76.62
-204%
20.61
18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.97
13.3
5%
7.9
43%
11.11
20%
13.14
6%
13.6
3%
Gamma
2.13 103%
2.2 100%
2.16 102%
2.43 91%
2.18 101%
2.49 88%
CCT
18080 36%
16811 39%
8879 73%
12726 51%
15985 41%
16588 39%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35
39
11%
39
11%
35
0%
49
40%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
55
62
13%
62
13%
55
0%
61
11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.9
Total Average (Program / Settings)
2% / 4%
-12% / 8%
7% / 11%
-43% / -44%
4% / 3%

* ... smaller is better

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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9418 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Our test device has poor colour accuracy upon delivery. CalMAN measures a DeltaE 2000 colour deviation of 11.84, which is well above the ideal target of 3. The display also has a blue tint to it, which is disappointing.

Calibrating the display can improve colour accuracy though. We have included our calibrated ICC profile in the box above our comparison table, but please ensure that you apply the profile only to a V130-14IGM, as it could worsen colour accuracy on other devices. It is also worth keeping in mind that OEMs often source displays from multiple manufacturers, so our ICC profile may not improve the colour accuracy of your V130-14IGM’s display.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Greyscale
CalMAN - Greyscale
CalMAN – Colour Saturation
CalMAN – Colour Saturation

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
13 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 5 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. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 30 ms rise
↘ 22 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. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (40 ms).

The V130-14IGM has a TN panel, which has poor viewing angles. We can only read the display when we sit directly in front of it, which is somewhat impractical. 

The device is also difficult to use outside thanks to its dark and low-contrast display. The display is readable in the shade or on cloudy days, but the screen will look washed-out in direct sunlight.

Using the Lenovo V130-14IGM outside on a cloudy day
Using the Lenovo V130-14IGM outside on a cloudy day

Performance

The V130-14IGM is powerful enough for simple Office and Internet-based applications. Lenovo currently sells the same configuration as our test device for around 250 Euros (~$285), but there are numerous other variants too should you want to equip the device with more RAM, a larger HDD or a more powerful processor, for example.

Processor

Our test device is powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor. The N5000 is a quad-core CPU that Intel developed on its Gemini Lake platform. The CPU has a 6 W thermal design power (TDP). The TDP is low enough for the N5000 to cool itself passively, but Lenovo has equipped the V130-14IGM with a fan for improved thermal performance.

The N5000 has a 1.1 GHz base clock speed that can increase up to 2.7 GHz on a single core and 2.6 GHz across all cores when required. The CPU does not support Intel Turbo Boost or Hyper-Threading technologies. 

We subjected our test device to a looped Cinebench R15 multithreaded benchmark to determine how well it performs under sustained load. The CPU operates at 2.6 GHz for the first few seconds of each benchmark, before dropping to 1.9/2.1 GHz for the remainder of each round of CB R15. Our test device experienced no thermal throttling in a looped multi-core Cinebench R15 benchmark though, the behaviour of which is broadly replicated by our comparison devices.

Conversely, the CPU generally operated between 2.4 GHz and 2.6 GHz during the single-core benchmark, but the clock speed occasionally dropped to 1.9 GHz/2.1 GHz. Our test device performed just as well in CB R15 benchmarks on battery power as it did on mains power.

Surprisingly, the V130-14IGM cannot maintain peak CPU performance despite being actively cooled. Our test device’s Cinebench R15 scores are on par with the average of N5000-powered devices that we have already tested, some of which are passively cooled laptops. The results highlight the ineffectiveness of the V130-14IGM’s cooling system as it cannot keep the CPU cool enough for it to outperform comparable passively cooled devices.

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Lenovo V130-14IGM Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø241 (236.81-246.79)
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP Intel Celeron N3350, Intel Celeron N3350: Ø86.9 (85.22-87.38)
Chuwi LapBook SE Intel Celeron N4100, Intel Celeron N4100: Ø158 (150.45-161.13)
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472 Intel Celeron N3450, Intel Celeron N3450: Ø147 (121.87-148.71)
HP Stream 14-ax002ng Intel Celeron N3060, Intel Celeron N3060: Ø71 (60.77-72.39)
HP 14-bp001ng Intel Pentium N3710, Intel Pentium N3710: Ø142 (140.16-142.81)
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2260
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6742
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3671
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
79 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
247 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
18.46 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 184, n=265)
115 Points ∼53% +46%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
79 Points ∼36%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (73 - 80, n=10)
77.7 Points ∼36% -2%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
69.8 Points ∼32% -12%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450
48 Points ∼22% -39%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
46 Points ∼21% -42%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
40 Points ∼18% -49%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
36 Points ∼17% -54%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 721, n=275)
333 Points ∼8% +35%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
247 Points ∼6%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (210 - 284, n=10)
240 Points ∼5% -3%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
161 (min: 150.45, max: 161.13) Points ∼4% -35%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450
144 Points ∼3% -42%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
141 Points ∼3% -43%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
86 Points ∼2% -65%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
70 Points ∼2% -72%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (322 - 6760, n=457)
3124 Points ∼29% +38%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (2260 - 2310, n=6)
2292 Points ∼21% +1%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2260 Points ∼21%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
2009 Points ∼19% -11%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
1917 Points ∼18% -15%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (661 - 20773, n=439)
6980 Points ∼14% +4%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (5730 - 8195, n=6)
6794 Points ∼14% +1%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
6742 Points ∼14%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
4915 Points ∼10% -27%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
2524 Points ∼5% -63%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1018 - 13703, n=73)
6007 Points ∼19% +8%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5549 Points ∼18%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (5045 - 5868, n=6)
5523 Points ∼18% 0%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (592 - 4051, n=73)
2546 Points ∼53% +43%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1784 Points ∼37%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (1707 - 1876, n=6)
1781 Points ∼37% 0%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2529 - 14655, n=29)
7836 Points ∼28% +42%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5509 Points ∼20%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (5211 - 5654, n=4)
5460 Points ∼20% -1%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
5056 Points ∼18% -8%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1179 - 4791, n=29)
3465 Points ∼60% +66%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2084 Points ∼36%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (2009 - 2084, n=4)
2046 Points ∼35% -2%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
1813 Points ∼31% -13%
Geekbench 4.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2593 - 15584, n=26)
9896 Points ∼23% +72%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (5467 - 6202, n=7)
5841 Points ∼13% +1%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5765 Points ∼13%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
5301 (min: 5290, max: 5301) Points ∼12% -8%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1529 - 5280, n=26)
3806 Points ∼60% +86%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2045 Points ∼32%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (1975 - 2054, n=7)
2027 Points ∼32% -1%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
1799 (min: 1795, max: 1802) Points ∼28% -12%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 277, n=126)
187 Points ∼53% +75%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  (104 - 110, n=6)
107 Points ∼30% 0%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 44)
106.99 Points ∼30%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
95.2 Points ∼27% -11%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350 (Microsoft Edge 40.15063.674.0)
73.5 Points ∼21% -31%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450 (Firefox 53.0.3)
52.5 Points ∼15% -51%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
44.53 Points ∼13% -58%

System Performance

Lenovo has equipped the V130-14IGM with an SSD, which helps the device perform comparatively well in system performance benchmarks like PCMark 10. The SSD ensures that the system feels snappy and smooth in daily use too, although video-editing and 3D games are too much for the N5000 to handle.

Unfortunately, the V130-14IGM cannot run in dual-channel mode, which would have slightly improved graphics and system performance. Equipping a device with two RAM modules enables dual-channel mode, but the V130-14IGM only has one SO-DIMM slot, which restricts it to running in the slower single-channel mode.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2393 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2710 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3606 points
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PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 3704, n=81)
2404 Points ∼21% +69%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
1424 Points ∼13%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (1283 - 1424, n=8)
1350 Points ∼12% -5%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
949 Points ∼8% -33%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
755 Points ∼7% -47%
Productivity
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=81)
5170 Points ∼53% +58%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
3281 Points ∼34%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (2944 - 3336, n=8)
3113 Points ∼32% -5%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
2567 Points ∼26% -22%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1861 Points ∼19% -43%
Essentials
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 8549, n=81)
6701 Points ∼61% +33%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
5024 Points ∼46%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (4519 - 5024, n=8)
4703 Points ∼43% -6%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
3776 Points ∼34% -25%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3510 Points ∼32% -30%
Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4344, n=84)
3096 Points ∼40% +51%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
2052 Points ∼26%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (1879 - 2052, n=8)
1941 Points ∼25% -5%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
1502 Points ∼19% -27%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1220 Points ∼16% -41%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4182, n=234)
3024 Points ∼50% +26%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
2393 Points ∼39%
Average Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (1933 - 2393, n=9)
2186 Points ∼36% -9%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
HD Graphics 500, N3450, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
1864 Points ∼31% -22%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1788 Points ∼29% -25%
HP 14-bp001ng
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1769 Points ∼29% -26%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, SanDisk DF4032
1760 Points ∼29% -26%

Storage Devices

Lenovo has equipped our test device with an SK Hynix HFS128G32TND SSD. The 2.5-inch SATA III drive theoretically has 128 GB of storage, but only 100 GB is free once we installed Windows 10.

The SSD has much faster transfer speeds than the drives in our comparison devices. However, that is because they are equipped with HDDs, which are generally much slower than their SSD counterparts. The HFS128G32TND is not a particularly quick SSD, and the one in our test device is around 2% slower than the average of HFS128G32TND SSDs that we already tested.

SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
Sequential Read: 479.1 MB/s
Sequential Write: 163.4 MB/s
512K Read: 298.3 MB/s
512K Write: 177.3 MB/s
4K Read: 23.2 MB/s
4K Write: 64.21 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 181.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 150.9 MB/s
Lenovo V130-14IGM
SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
64 GB eMMC Flash
Chuwi LapBook SE
SanDisk DF4032
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
SanDisk DF4032
HP 14-bp001ng
Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Average SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-71%
-71%
-55%
-76%
-85%
-2%
137%
Write 4K
68.58
12.44
-82%
11.17
-84%
31.55
-54%
7.611
-89%
0.955
-99%
73.4 (68.6 - 78.3, n=2)
7%
92.2 (3.23 - 191, n=90)
34%
Read 4K
28.73
9.59
-67%
7.2
-75%
10.58
-63%
13.21
-54%
0.367
-99%
29.9 (28.7 - 31.1, n=2)
4%
31.3 (5.37 - 61.3, n=90)
9%
Write Seq
252.3
104.9
-58%
87.7
-65%
148.5
-41%
65.85
-74%
92.48
-63%
190 (128 - 252, n=2)
-25%
739 (48.9 - 1914, n=90)
193%
Read Seq
444
169.9
-62%
247
-44%
272
-39%
120.6
-73%
101.5
-77%
480 (444 - 517, n=2)
8%
1018 (142 - 2760, n=90)
129%
Write 4K Q32T1
123.2
15.3
-88%
12.29
-90%
49.07
-60%
7.547
-94%
0.951
-99%
126 (123 - 128, n=2)
2%
290 (3.6 - 868, n=90)
135%
Read 4K Q32T1
135.1
32.1
-76%
32.46
-76%
31.92
-76%
35.25
-74%
0.734
-99%
156 (135 - 176, n=2)
15%
318 (17.4 - 1580, n=90)
135%
Write Seq Q32T1
246.1
98.11
-60%
92
-63%
139
-44%
61.55
-75%
93.08
-62%
187 (128 - 246, n=2)
-24%
871 (16.7 - 2544, n=90)
254%
Read Seq Q32T1
556.9
134.9
-76%
150.1
-73%
196.3
-65%
122
-78%
102
-82%
540 (523 - 557, n=2)
-3%
1704 (113 - 3559, n=90)
206%

Graphics Card

The N5000 integrates Intel UHD Graphics 605, which supports DirectX 12 and can decode video codecs like H.264, H.265 and VP9. The decoder can relieve some of the pressure placed on the CPU, while the GPU can operate at up to 750 MHz. 3DMark benchmark results are on par for a device equipped with UHD Graphics 605, but they could have been higher had Lenovo equipped the V130-14IGM with a second SO-DIMM slot.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 11 Performance
775 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3154 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
434 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 4905, n=354)
1258 Points ∼100% +79%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (592 - 902, n=10)
725 Points ∼58% +3%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
702 Points ∼56%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
482 Points ∼38% -31%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), Intel Pentium N3710
463 Points ∼37% -34%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3450
433 Points ∼34% -38%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3060
381 Points ∼30% -46%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 1130, n=31)
498 Points ∼100%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
85 Points ∼17%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=234)
1034 Points ∼100% +116%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (425 - 576, n=6)
485 Points ∼47% +1%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
478 Points ∼46%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
400 Points ∼39% -16%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=262)
7530 Points ∼100% +115%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 605
  (2874 - 4485, n=7)
3624 Points ∼48% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
3573 Points ∼47% +2%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
3497 Points ∼46%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
2826 Points ∼38% -19%

Gaming Performance

The V130-14IGM can play some games at smooth frame rates, but only those that have low system requirements like casual games on the Microsoft Store. Older complex games like BioShock Infinite are too graphically intensive even at minimum graphics though.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 27.413.210.4fps

Emissions & Energy

Fan Noise

The V130-14IGM is a relatively quiet device. The fan is usually quiet at idle, albeit it does increase when the device is subjected to sustained load. However, the fan remains relatively quiet even when we push our test device hard.

Temperature

The Lenovo V130-14IGM during a stress test.
The Lenovo V130-14IGM during a stress test.

Our test device runs our combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test, which we run for at least an hour, just as well on battery power as it does on mains power. The CPU runs at 1.6/1.7 GHz during the combined stress test, while the GPU downclocks to 200/250 MHz because they both share the 6 W TDP.

The V130-14IGM manages its surface temperatures well too. The bottom of our test device reaches a maximum of 31.7 °C during a stress test, while the top case heats up to 31.2 °C. Surface temperatures remain below 30 °C at idle too.

Please note: Our stress test puts devices under extreme load that will not occur in daily use. The V130-14IGM should remain cooler, even when pushed hard, than it did during our stress test.

Max. Load
 29.2 °C
85 F
31.2 °C
88 F
28.4 °C
83 F
 
 27.9 °C
82 F
30.1 °C
86 F
26.9 °C
80 F
 
 25.6 °C
78 F
23.5 °C
74 F
25.4 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 31.2 °C = 88 F
Average: 27.6 °C = 82 F
31.2 °C
88 F
31.7 °C
89 F
31.1 °C
88 F
24 °C
75 F
29.1 °C
84 F
29.9 °C
86 F
22.6 °C
73 F
29.6 °C
85 F
26.3 °C
79 F
Maximum: 31.7 °C = 89 F
Average: 28.4 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.4 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 22.7 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.2 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.7 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 40.1 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.8 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 25.6 °C / 78.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (+3 °C / 5.4 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

The V130-14IGM has stereo speakers that are located on the bottom of the device. The speakers get surprisingly loud for a laptop at this price, but the sound produced lacks bass, which is predictable for laptop speakers. We would recommend using external speakers or headphones for a better listening experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.737.242.72538.63638.63138.531.238.5403928.5395038.132.238.16339.928.739.98041.528.641.510041.127.541.112543.425.143.416045.625.545.620050.123.650.125054.12354.131560.122.160.140061.32161.35006020.26063062.32062.380065.518.765.5100061.517.961.5125060.51860.5160062.917.362.9200060.617.360.625005817.358315058.317.258.3400053.71753.75000561756630057.117.157.1800063.517.163.51000061.717.361.71250056.217.356.2160004817.548SPL72.630.272.6N30.11.230.1median 58.3median 17.9median 58.3Delta4.32.74.337.437.331.832.33131.630.728.229.729.22828.925.727.624.325.925.225.925.427.923.929.221.834.421.841.121.646.320.250.919.356.818.762.117.966.517.666.717.468.317.467.917.166.717.167.417.168.317.272.417.374.117.368.217.464.517.355.717.341.430.180.41.444.1median 17.6median 62.11.713.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo V130-14IGMChuwi LapBook SE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo V130-14IGM audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (65.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 10% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Chuwi LapBook SE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.4% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 88% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 89% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Consumption

The V130-14IGM is relatively energy-efficient laptop, mainly because of its economical CPU. Our test device consumes a minimum of 3.2 W at idle, which rises to a maximum of 19 W under load.

Lenovo includes a 45 W power supply with the V130-14IGM, which is therefore powerful enough to keep charging the device even when it is pushed hard.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 0.38 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.2 / 5 / 5.6 Watt
Load midlight 15.8 / 19 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The V130-14IGM has a 30 Wh battery, which lasted for 7:21 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test. This puts our test device in the midfield of our comparison table and 2:26 hours behind the HP Stream 14 in first place.

Please note: We conduct our practical Wi-Fi battery life test by running a script that simulates the load required to render websites. We set the Windows 10 power plan to “Balanced”, disable any power-saving features and set the display luminosity to approximately 150 cd/m².

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
7h 21min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
N3060, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 41 Wh
587 min ∼22% +33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (206 - 805, n=207)
467 min ∼18% +6%
Chuwi LapBook SE
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 37 Wh
444 min ∼17% +1%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
N5000, UHD Graphics 605, 30 Wh (Edge 44)
441 min ∼17%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 32 Wh
419 min ∼16% -5%
HP 14-bp001ng
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), 41 Wh
399 min ∼15% -10%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
N3450, HD Graphics 500, 37 Wh
172 min ∼7% -61%

Pros

+ matte display
+ cool & quiet
+ SSD
+ decent battery life
+ good value for money

Cons

- dark display
- low contrast ratio
- poor viewing angles
- only 12 months warranty

Verdict

The Lenovo V130-14IGM (81HM009NGE) laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.
The Lenovo V130-14IGM (81HM009NGE) laptop review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.

The Lenovo V130-14IGM is powerful enough for Office and Internet applications. The integrated GPU can also use its decoder to relieve the processor of any heavy lifting while playing videos. Hence, the V130-14IGM can handle video-streaming services with ease, while the Intel Pentium Silver N5000 is on par with Broadwell Core i3 processors. 

The Lenovo V130-14IGM is a simple 14-inch office laptop that is powerful enough for most tasks and gets decent battery life from its comparatively small battery. Our only gripe is the display, which is dim and it has an underwhelmingly low contrast ratio. The V130-14IGM is excellent value for money despite its shortcomings though.

The inclusion of an SSD rather than a larger HDD is a good decision as it provides smoother system performance than an HDD would. Moreover, the keyboard is decent, but it is a shame that Lenovo did not include backlighting.

In short, the V130-14IGM is a reliable budget laptop, but you will have to get used to its cheap plastic case and its disappointing TN display. The display has poor viewing angles, low maximum brightness and a weak contrast ratio. However, the display should not dissuade you from considering the V130-14IGM if you are looking for a cheap laptop.

Lenovo V130-14IGM - 12/28/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
73 /  98 → 75%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
44 / 80 → 55%
Weight
68 / 35-78 → 76%
Battery
90%
Display
75%
Games Performance
50 / 68 → 73%
Application Performance
66 / 87 → 75%
Temperature
96 / 91 → 100%
Noise
95%
Audio
59 / 91 → 65%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
71%
79%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-12-30 (Update: 2018-12-31)
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