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Lenovo V320-17IKB (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Katherine Bodner), 09/05/2017

Home Office. Lenovo's 17.3-inch device offers a strong Kaby-Lake processor, a fast solid-state disk and Windows 10 Professional. Its most important asset, however, is the bright IPS screen with a great contrast ratio.

For the original German review, click here.

The V320-17IKB is a new 17.3-inch notebook from Lenovo. It is powered by a Kaby Lake processor and is primarily aimed at freelancers and small businesses. But many private users might take a liking to this device as well. However, you will have to accept that the pre-installed Windows 10 Pro does increase the price a little. Some of the device's competitors are the Acer Aspire E5-774, the HP 17 and the HP Pavilion 17.

This device was originally reviewed in Germany and an equivalent version should soon be available in the US.

Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, Dual-Channel, 22.20.17.4729
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, one memory bank (occupied), 4 GB soldered in
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND, 256 GB 
, 180 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek HD Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.9 x 418 x 293 ( = 0.98 x 16.46 x 11.54 in)
Battery
35 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Cyberlink PowerDVD 14, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.8 kg ( = 98.77 oz / 6.17 pounds), Power Supply: 165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds)
Price
749 Euro

 

Case

Lenovo has packed the V320-17IKB's components into an Iron Grey plastic case. The top of the base unit is made to look like brushed metal. There is no maintenance hatch and the battery cannot be removed.

We have nothing to criticize in terms of workmanship. The gap dimensions are consistent and there are no sharp edges. There would be some room for improvement in terms of stability: the base unit gives way on either side of the keyboard and below the touchpad. Both the base unit and the lid could be a bit more rigid.

Pressure on the display lid causes image distortion in only a few areas and the hinges keep the screen firmly in place. You can only open the device with one hand if you are willing to do acrobatics with your fingers, hand and arm. The maximum opening angle is 180 degrees. 

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The Lenovo device is a little larger and heavier than its competition from HP.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Lenovo has not equipped the 17.3-inch device with an overwhelming number of ports. The device has two Type-A USB ports (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and one Type-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 1). It also offers an HDMI output and a Gigabit-Ethernet connector. All ports are at the back of the left side. This way, the area around the wrist rest remains free from cables.

left side: power supply, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A), combined audio jack, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type C), memory card reader (SD)
left side: power supply, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A), combined audio jack, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type C), memory card reader (SD)
right side: DVD burner, area for cable lock
right side: DVD burner, area for cable lock

SD card reader

The SD card reader takes it slow. It has a maximum transfer rate of 30.8 MB/s when copying larger amounts of data. The transfer of 250 JPG files (each about 5 MB large) is taken care of with a speed of 26.5 MB/s. A look at our comparison table shows that higher speeds are possible. We test all card readers with our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72.7 MB/s ∼100% +174%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.5 MB/s ∼36%
HP 17-x066ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.2 MB/s ∼31% -16%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
19 MB/s ∼26% -28%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.3 MB/s ∼100% +183%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.8 MB/s ∼35%
HP 17-x066ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.4 MB/s ∼34% -5%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20.5 MB/s ∼23% -33%

Communication

The Wi-Fi module has a Realtek chip (8821AE). Apart from the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n, the device also supports the faster ac standard. The transfer rates we tested under optimal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity, short distance between notebook and server PC) were good. The Gigabit-Ethernet chip is also from Realtek and Lenovo has chosen a model from the much-used RTL8168/8111 family. It works very smoothly.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
285 MBit/s ∼100%
HP 17-x066ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
96 MBit/s ∼34% -66%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
44 MBit/s ∼15% -85%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
327 MBit/s ∼100%
HP 17-x066ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
93 MBit/s ∼28% -72%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
51 MBit/s ∼16% -84%

Webcam

The incorporated webcam is no longer up-to-date. It produces washed-out pictures lacking sharpness with a maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels.

Security

The V320-17IKB offers a fingerprint reader for biometric access protection and also has TPM 1.2.

Accessories

The notebook does not come with any accessories apart from the usual documents (QuickStart guide, warranty information).

Maintenance

There is no maintenance hatch for the V320-17IKB. In order to access the device's insides, the bottom of the base unit needs to be removed completely. This means first taking out the optical drive, then unscrewing all screws at the bottom of the device. After that, the bottom cover can be removed with the help of a thin spatula or similar. This needs to be done with great caution as the bottom cover has a lot of small plastic clips that hold it in place. Now you can access the solid-state disk, the cooling fan, the Wi-Fi module, the RAM module, battery and BIOS.

Insides
Insides

Warranty

Lenovo has given the 17.3-inch device a one-year warranty. However, you can extend the period and scope of the warranty.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Lenovo has equipped the V320-17IKB with a chiclet keyboard with a number pad but no keyboard backlighting. The flat, slightly roughened keys have a short travel and clear pressure point. They have good resistance, although personally we would have wished for it to be a bit stronger. The keyboard gives way a little while typing, although this did not strike us as particularly annoying. Overall, Lenovo has equipped our test unit with a very decent keyboard that is suitable for people who type a lot. However, it is not the best keyboard available.

The keyboards of various previous Lenovo series have an annoying layout: the key with the up arrow is positioned where you would usually find the shift key. The shift key itself has been placed to the right of the up arrow key. This meant that you often pressed the arrow key, meaning to press shift. Lenovo has corrected this error in the keyboard of our test unit.

arrow keys Lenovo V510-15IKB
arrow keys Lenovo V510-15IKB
arrow keys Lenovo V510-15IKB
arrow keys Lenovo V510-15IKB

Touchpad

The ClickPad supports multitouch gestures and takes up about 10.5 x 7 cm (~4.1 x 2.7 in ). This gives us plenty of room to use gesture control. The various gestures can be turned on and off individually in the settings menu of the pad. Fingers glide easily over the smooth surface and the pad reacts to inputs right into the corners. It has a short travel and clear pressure point.

Input Devices
Input Devices

Display

The matte 17.3-inch display works with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Both brightness (377.3 cd/m²) and contrast (1056:1) are good, but unfortunately the display shows PWM flickering at a brightness level of 80% and below. However, the frequency is quite high at 11000 Hz and should not cause eye problems or headaches, even for sensitive people.

pixel array
pixel array
There is some backlight bleeding.
There is some backlight bleeding.
344
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
407
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 412 cd/m² Average: 377.3 cd/m² Minimum: 7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 412 cd/m²
Contrast: 1056:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.04 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 5.28 | - Ø
84% sRGB (Argyll) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.44
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP 17-x066ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-38%
-9%
-47%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35 (18, 17)
42 (21, 21)
-20%
38 (21, 17)
-9%
41 (16, 25)
-17%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (14, 10)
23 (6, 17)
4%
26 (15, 11)
-8%
30 (8, 22)
-25%
PWM Frequency
119000 (80)
1000 (90)
-99%
200 (90)
-100%
Screen
-20%
-1%
-15%
Brightness
377
320
-15%
310
-18%
285
-24%
Brightness Distribution
83
82
-1%
87
5%
88
6%
Black Level *
0.39
0.38
3%
0.33
15%
0.61
-56%
Contrast
1056
929
-12%
1003
-5%
472
-55%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.04
5.07
-1%
4.58
9%
4.56
10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.28
13.38
-153%
6.18
-17%
4.95
6%
Gamma
2.44 98%
2.69 89%
2.34 103%
2.48 97%
CCT
6900 94%
15991 41%
6076 107%
7669 85%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
60.1
9%
56
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
91.6
9%
86
2%
93
11%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-29% / -25%
-5% / -2%
-31% / -24%

* ... 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 detected 119000 Hz80 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 119000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 80 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 119000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8499 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

V320-17IKB vs. sRGB
V320-17IKB vs. sRGB
V320-17IKB vs. AdobeRGB
V320-17IKB vs. AdobeRGB

The screen offers rather decent colors even ex-works. It has a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 5.04. Below 3 would be ideal. The display has no blue cast, but the screen cannot display the color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB. The color space coverage lies at 84% (sRGB) and 55% (AdobeRGB).

You can use the color profile that we have made available for download to slightly improve the color display of your screen. However, you must make sure that you have the same display model (manufacturer + model number) as we do in our test unit. Otherwise, color display could become worse by using our color profile. Manufacturers often use a variety of screens from different manufacturers even within the same notebook model.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - gray scales
CalMAN - gray scales
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color 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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 10 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. » 28 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 17 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. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.4 ms).

Lenovo has equipped the V320 with an IPS panel with stable viewing angles. This means that the screen can be seen properly from every position. The 17.3-inch device can also be used outdoors. However, the sun should not be shining too brightly.

The V320-17IKB outdoors (under overcast sky).
The V320-17IKB outdoors (under overcast sky).
viewing angles
viewing angles

Performance

Lenovo's V320-17IKB is a 17.3-inch office notebook. It offers sufficient processing power for all current application areas. Our test unit is available for about 720€ in Germany (~$860). There are models with different configurations, which are available from about 550€ (~$656).

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
 
 

CPU Turbo

The test unit we have been provided with does not use the CPU turbo ex-works. This means that the processor runs at a constant 2.5 GHz. Only after installing the current BIOS version (4WCN26WW; 05.26.2017) did the CPU turbo come into use. We ran all our benchmarks after installing the BIOS update.

Processor

Lenovo has equipped our test unit with an Intel Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake) dual-core processor. It is a mid-range ULV model (TDP: 15 watts) that should satisfy the needs of most users. The purchase of a V320-17IKB model equipped with a Core i7-7500U is not worth it for most users. The small increase in performance comes with a significant increase in price.

The Kaby Lake processor has a base clock rate of 2.5 GHz. With the turbo, it can increase to up to 3.1 GHz (both cores). The turbo runs on both power supply and on battery. 

Single thread
Single thread
Multi thread
Multi thread

We checked out whether the turbo was constantly used while on power supply by running the Cinebench R15 Multithread test in a loop for about 30 minutes. The results of the Lenovo device were very constant and we noticed no slump in its performance.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The results of various CPU tests are on the same level as those of other 7200U notebooks. The Kaby Lake processor can beat its direct predecessor, the Core i5-6200U. This is due to higher working speeds as there are practically no technical differences between Skylake and Kaby Lake.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8649
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11315
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4980
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
34.6 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.67 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.48 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
48.14 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
329 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
127 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
130 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼99% +2%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼98%
HP 17-x066ng
Intel Core i3-6006U
70 Points ∼54% -45%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
329 Points ∼99%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
328 Points ∼99% 0%
HP 17-x066ng
Intel Core i3-6006U
208 Points ∼63% -37%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.48 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.48 Points ∼100%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.69 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.67 Points ∼99%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
5001 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
4993 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
4980 Points ∼100%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
11410 Points ∼100% +1%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
11318 Points ∼99% 0%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
11315 Points ∼99%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
6841 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
6338 Points ∼93% -7%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3172 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
2852 Points ∼90% -10%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7361 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
6447 Points ∼88% -12%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3850 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
3502 Points ∼91% -9%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7693 Points ∼100%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3912 Points ∼100%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
214.35 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
213.08 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
211.53 Points ∼99% -1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
1213 ms * ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
1186.7 ms * ∼98% +2%
Octane V2 - Total Score
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
32288 Points ∼100% +9%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
29564 Points ∼92%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The fast solid-state disk and strong processor create a fast system. We got very good results from the PCMark benchmarks and overall, the V320-17IKB offers more than enough power for office and internet use. It is not possible to increase performance as Lenovo has already made full use of all the device's components.

If the performance of the processor is not sufficient for your needs, we suggest you choose a notebook with a quad-core processor (TDP: 45 watts) from Intel. But there are hardly any similar models in the office sector. You would have to go for a multimedia notebook. This could change soon, however, with the Kaby Lake Refresh processors that will be available soon. Intel will then offer ULV quad-core processors for the first time.

There is only one RAM slot.
There is only one RAM slot.
PCMark 7 Score
5479 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3820 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4587 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4706 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
3820 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Radeon R7 M440, 7200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
3102 Points ∼81% -19%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
2854 Points ∼75% -25%
HP 17-x066ng
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
2801 Points ∼73% -27%

Storage Devices

The main storage device is a solid-state disk from the company Hynix. It is a 2.5-inch model with a capacity of 256 GB. Of these, only about 185 GB is actually available as the operating system and recovery partition take up the remaining space. The SSD's transfer rates are good.

You could exchange the SSD.
You could exchange the SSD.
SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
Sequential Read: 473.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 260.8 MB/s
512K Read: 337 MB/s
512K Write: 263.3 MB/s
4K Read: 29.41 MB/s
4K Write: 73.29 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 298.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 242.5 MB/s
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
HP 17-x066ng
WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-90%
-89%
-7%
Write 4k QD32
242.5
1.13
-100%
0.959
-100%
272.7
12%
Read 4k QD32
298.3
0.891
-100%
1.039
-100%
145.4
-51%
Write 4k
73.29
1.117
-98%
0.96
-99%
86.03
17%
Read 4k
29.41
0.381
-99%
0.395
-99%
11.24
-62%
Write 512
263.3
51.59
-80%
45.98
-83%
300.3
14%
Read 512
337
33.01
-90%
33.8
-90%
290.2
-14%
Write Seq
260.8
70.86
-73%
98.24
-62%
325.1
25%
Read Seq
473.7
88.92
-81%
98.55
-79%
500.1
6%

Graphics

DXVA Checker
DXVA Checker

Our test unit does not offer a dedicated GPU. Graphics are taken care of by Intel's HD Graphics 620. This supports DirectX 12 and runs at up to 1000 MHz. The results of the 3DMark benchmarks are average for this GPU, which benefits from the RAM's dual-channel mode. It makes better use of the graphics core and enables higher performance. Users who require higher graphics performance can take a look at the V320-17IKB model that is equipped with a GeForce 940MX.

3DMark 06 Standard
10189 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1703 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
65525 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6489 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
935 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
378 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2813 Points ∼100% +83%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, Intel Core i5-7200U
2280 Points ∼81% +49%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
AMD Radeon R5 M430, Intel Core i5-7200U
1735 Points ∼62% +13%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1535 Points ∼55%
HP 17-y044ng
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A10-9600P
1482 Points ∼53% -3%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1331 Points ∼47% -13%
HP 17-x066ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i3-6006U
1177 Points ∼42% -23%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2231 Points ∼100% +117%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, Intel Core i5-7200U
1190 Points ∼53% +16%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1028 Points ∼46%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
12934 Points ∼100% +52%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
8482 Points ∼66%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, Intel Core i5-7200U
5953 Points ∼46% -30%

Gaming Performance

The Lenovo's hardware can display several games smoothly. However, these are mainly games that do not have high system requirements and they must be played in low resolution and quality settings. Demanding games such as "For Honor" cannot be played on this device. Again, users of this device benefit from the dual-channel mode of the RAM and frame rates are higher than in comparable devices that run in single-channel mode.

The classic "Team Fortress 2"...
The classic "Team Fortress 2"...
...and the current "Dirt 4" can both be played.
...and the current "Dirt 4" can both be played.
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 87.34426.912.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 56.532.526.59fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 1911.86.44.3fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 15.66.4fps
Prey (2017) 27.811.69.2fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 44.812.49.9fps
Team Fortress 2 (2017) 76.7714018fps
F1 2017 (2017) 311313fps

Emissions

System Noise

cooling fan
cooling fan

The fact that the cooling fan seems to run permanently while idling is surprising. After all, the notebook has only an energy-efficient ULV processor, which would not really require continuous active cooling. We found no option in the BIOS which could influence the cooling system. Lenovo should improve the BIOS update in this respect. The cooling fan does not create noise while idling and it works at low speed. You can only really hear the fan in quiet surroundings. Even under load it is not excessively loud. We measured 35.8 dB(A) during our stress test, although we had not run the BIOS update with turbo activation at that point. Afterwards, the maximum volume might be a little louder, but unfortunately we were not able to check that.

Noise Level

Idle
30.5 / 30.5 / 30.5 dB(A)
Load
35 / 35.8 dB(A)
 
 
 
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 dB(A)
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 17-x066ng
6006U, HD Graphics 520
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
7200U, Radeon R7 M440
Noise
2%
-1%
-4%
off / environment *
30
30.5
-2%
30.6
-2%
29
3%
Idle Minimum *
30.5
30.8
-1%
32.7
-7%
31
-2%
Idle Average *
30.5
30.8
-1%
32.7
-7%
31
-2%
Idle Maximum *
30.5
30.8
-1%
32.7
-7%
31
-2%
Load Average *
35
32.1
8%
33
6%
33.8
3%
Load Maximum *
35.8
33.8
6%
32.7
9%
44.8
-25%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.435.437.439.22533.632.332.734.83132.431.531.733.34033.731.331.127.65038.432.730.831.26339.732.633.935.18032.728.729.129.310029.128.529.330.512525.12524.229.516025.724.124.825.920029.825.225.525.925025.122.721.923.831527.823.423.324.140025.421.22122.350024.920.820.821.863024.920.22020.780025.82019.220.6100026.520.318.321.212502518.817.719.9160025.519.617.120.3200025.517.416.518.5250024.816.916.618.3315021.116.516.217.9400019.416.116.317.1500018.116.216.317.6630017.41616.218.280001716.116.218.71000016.816.216.418.21250016.716.316.317.61600017.116.616.717.7SPL35.830.63031.7N2.41.51.41.7median 25Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GEmedian 19.6median 17.7median 20.3Delta2.83.52.72.8hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

The V320-17IKB in the stress test.
The V320-17IKB in the stress test.

The V320-17IKB had the same results in the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour) both on power supply and on battery. The processor was mainly clocking between 2.2 and 2.5 GHz while the graphics unit was constantly at its maximum speed (1000 Hz). The device did not heat up particularly and the temperatures remained well below 40 °C (~104 °F) during our stress test.

Max. Load
 34 °C34.2 °C26 °C 
 37 °C37.3 °C26.2 °C 
 31.6 °C28 °C27 °C 
Maximum: 37.3 °C
Average: 31.3 °C
25.4 °C33.1 °C37 °C
25.2 °C33 °C36.4 °C
25.1 °C30.7 °C33.7 °C
Maximum: 37 °C
Average: 31.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.6 °C | Room Temperature 23.8 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 17-x066ng
6006U, HD Graphics 520
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
7200U, Radeon R7 M440
Heat
14%
5%
2%
Maximum Upper Side *
37.3
30.4
18%
36.5
2%
40.3
-8%
Maximum Bottom *
37
30.6
17%
37.2
-1%
46.1
-25%
Idle Upper Side *
28.7
26.7
7%
26
9%
23.8
17%
Idle Bottom *
30.1
26
14%
27.1
10%
23.4
22%

* ... smaller is better

heat development top (load)
heat development top (load)
heat development bottom (load)
heat development bottom (load)
heat development top (idle)
heat development top (idle)
heat development bottom (idle)
heat development bottom (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers are positioned towards the front of the bottom of the base unit. They produce a rather decent sound, although it is a little muffled. We would recommend using headphones or external speakers for a better listening experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204037.4402536.732.736.73140.831.740.8404631.1465039.330.839.3633833.9388044.129.144.110050.129.350.112541.424.241.416045.424.845.420049.725.549.725056.621.956.631559.423.359.440058215850060.420.860.463062.42062.480057.619.257.6100057.818.357.812506017.76016005817.158200063.416.563.4250064.716.664.7315061.516.261.5400064.516.364.5500065.116.365.1630059.516.259.5800058.616.258.61000060.716.460.71250054.716.354.71600052.216.752.2SPL73.93073.9N34.11.434.1median 58.6Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GEmedian 17.7median 58.6Delta3.72.73.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (65 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 21%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 20%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagramm in comparison (check boxes can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

There were no noticeable problems with our test unit in this respect. We measured a maximum power consumption of 10.4 watts while idling, which increased to 34 watts during the stress test. Were the CPU to use its turbo during the stress test, the value would be higher. The power supply has an output of 45 watts. Please note: We measured the power consumption before doing the BIOS update.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 0.36 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.8 / 9.6 / 10.4 Watt
Load midlight 35.4 / 34 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 17-x066ng
6006U, HD Graphics 520
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
7200U, Radeon R7 M440
Power Consumption
-10%
-8%
-50%
Idle Minimum *
3.8
5.3
-39%
5.5
-45%
7.7
-103%
Idle Average *
9.6
10.1
-5%
9.9
-3%
14
-46%
Idle Maximum *
10.4
10.5
-1%
14.6
-40%
15.1
-45%
Load Average *
35.4
34.3
3%
28
21%
33
7%
Load Maximum *
34
37
-9%
24.6
28%
54.6
-61%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The V320-17IKB managed a runtime of 5:02 h during our practical Wi-Fi test. During this test, we simulated surfing websites. We set the energy profile to "balanced" and the display brightness to about 150 cd/m². The Lenovo device ran for about 4:45 h during our video test where we measure the period of time the device can play videos on battery. For this, we ran the short film "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The radio modules were deactivated and energy saving activated, screen brightness set to 150 cd/m².

Overall, the V320-17IKB has quite decent battery runtimes for a 17.3-inch notebook. Had Lenovo not chosen such a small battery, the runtimes could have been longer. A look inside the device shows that there would still have been room for a larger battery.

The battery has a capacity of 34 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 34 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 39min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 40)
5h 02min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 45min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 18min
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 35 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
HP 17-x066ng
6006U, HD Graphics 520, 41.5 Wh
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
7200U, Radeon R7 M440, 41 Wh
Battery Runtime
6%
24%
0%
Reader / Idle
759
527
-31%
H.264
285
287
1%
WiFi v1.3
302
320
6%
375
24%
346
15%
Load
78
90
15%

Verdict

Pros

+ matte IPS screen
+ Full-HD resolution
+ Solid State Disk
+ Type-C USB
+ works quietly
+ hardly heats up
+ ac Wi-Fi

Cons

- One year warranty
- no keyboard backlighting
- no maintenance hatch
The Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE, provided by Cyberport.
The Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE, provided by Cyberport.

Lenovo has created a 17.3-inch office notebook which is primarily aimed at freelancers and small businesses. But it might also appeal to private users with its Kaby Lake processor, which offers sufficient processing power for all areas of application. The device hardly heats up and usually works quietly.

Lenovo's V320-17IKB is a well-made 17.3-inch office notebook, suitable for working at home.

The device is equipped with a fast solid-state disk, which enables fast system performance. It is possible to exchange the SSD, although the case would need to be opened as the device does not have a maintenance hatch.

The screen is surprisingly good: the matte IPS model offers high brightness, a good contrast ratio and stable viewing angles. We have seen worse screens in comparable devices.

The keyboard gave us a very good impression and is suitable for regular typing. However, we missed the keyboard backlighting. This should be mandatory for an office notebook of this price range. The comparatively high price of about 720 € (~$860) is due to the Windows 10 Pro operating system that it comes with. Users that could do without the Pro version might find a cheaper option among the IdeaPad V320 17IKB series with the same build.

There was only one thing to criticize: the one-year warranty. The standard nowadays would be two years, but luckily it is not too expensive to extend the warranty for this Lenovo device.

Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE - 09/04/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
48 / 80 → 60%
Weight
58 / 67 → 80%
Battery
80%
Display
87%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
87 / 92 → 94%
Temperature
94%
Noise
93%
Audio
50%
Camera
25 / 85 → 29%
Average
71%
82%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-09- 5 (Update: 2017-09- 7)