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Lenovo V15-ADA: The Athlon Gold CPU makes it usable, but the cheap TN panel renders it unusable

Would have been unusable had it had a better screen: The Lenovo V15-ADA.
Would have been unusable had it had a better screen: The Lenovo V15-ADA.
Simple laptops should provide at least the bare mimumium when it comes to usability. This is possible even with simple CPUs, because they are not the only thing that matters.
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The Lenovo V15-ADA is a cheap low-end notebook. Our review model comes with the Athlon Gold 3150U, Radeon RX Vega 3, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. It retails for about 500 Euros ($603) in Germany. The V15 offers a 15.6-inch screen and robust plastic housing. 

The chassis is very easy to open. When it is open, users can easily access the RAM slot and the SSD. Moreover, there is an empty 2.5-inch drive bay inside the laptop. The input devices are quite good. However, the ClickPad does not sit firmly in its cutout. 

Those who have more money to spend can get the version with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. The AMD Athlon Gold 3150U in our review device is suited for simple office applications and Internet-browsing. A dual-core CPU can perform such tasks well, but it will not be able to handle more demanding tasks.

There is a lot of potential for improvement when it comes to the display. Even low-end laptops should have screens, which do not make your eyes hurt after you stare at them for a while. The contrast ratio of 566:1 is simply too low for the screen content to be easily readable. The maximum brightness of 211 cd/m² is also not particularly high, especially given the fact that the viewing angles are extremely poor.

We should not forget to mention that the 0.3 MP web camera, which can shoot video at 640x480 resolution, can only be described as one of the worst web cameras to ever be featured in a low-priced laptop. You can read our review to learn more about the Lenovo V15.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 429 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Translator: Stanislav Kokhanyuk - Translator - 59 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.
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Mike Wobker, 2021-03- 6 (Update: 2021-03- 6)