Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP
Reviews for the Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP
Source: Putoinformatico ES→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size; high mobility; decent hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/29/2018
Source: Ofertaman ES→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Attractive design; good hardware; affordable price; decent processor; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/27/2018
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş
Are you in search of a new convertible? You don't want to spend too much? You are at the right place. Lenovo did a good job with the Yoga 530 series. Providing both performance and mobility at the same time.
On the other hand, to my non-tech savvy friends, there are different variants to this model and my comments are only for the model 81EK00FYSP. Because other SKUs so to say have different configurations and therefore may not be as good as this one. Of course there are better configs compared to this model as well, so when you are interested in this series, don't forget to check the config carefully.
Alright, going back to the topic. The reason why I say Lenovo did a good job, is that this laptop delivers. In my opinion besides providing a good price/performance ratio, it also delivers what it is supposed to. Meaning, the problem with most convertibles is that either they are too heavy, which makes them fairly useless, or they lack the performance to begin with.
Intel 8th generation 8250U processor with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD is a good combo. When you combine this with only 1.6 kg of weight for a 14-inch laptop, it becomes really good. Now of course 1.6 kg is not a great number for something that you can use in tablet mode. But it is possible to enjoy the experience for some time.
The only concern here is the screen. Since it is bright and touch enabled, it can cause some usability issues either under direct sunlight or places with lots of light. The other disadvantage is the connectivity options. Since you get 1 USB 3 C and 2 USB 3 A ports, you are pretty limited and need to carry on a dongle to be connected to a screen, which is not very practical. On the other hand, being future proof means to have at least one USB 3.1 C connection, which is not present.
Other than that, it is quite okay to have this laptop. Current pricing at the time of writing is not that high, so if you are in look for a good convertible that is usable in lots of ways, you got yourself an option. Other alternatives would be HP Pavilion x360 or Acer Spin series. When considering a laptop purchase, it all comes down to what you want and how much you want to pay for it. If you can live with the idea of not being future proof connectivity-wise and are okay to carry an adaptor for external connections, I think it should be a no-brainer. But if those concerns you, better to check the alternatives and see what they offer.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Convertibles and 2-in-1 hybrid laptops seem to be gaining good tractions in the portable computer market these days. Taking advantage of the fame of their Yoga line with the hybrid laptops community, Lenovo has launched another new hybrid laptop for their Yoga line, the Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP. As per the norm with other laptops in the Yoga line, this new laptop also offers the same flexibility in the ways you can use it - laptop mode, tablet mode, and presentation/display mode. Lenovo’s new 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP is equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U of the Intel Kaby Lake range. The CPU has four processors that, thanks for Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, can clock at a frequency of 1.6 GHz to 3.4 GHz, and it has four cores and 8 logical threads (with the HyperThreading technology). It may not sound like much when compared with other laptops out there, but this ultra-portable laptop will still let the user to do mid to heavy processing tasks like casual video and image editing. The casual gamers may be disappointed to hear that the new Yoga convertible laptop doesn’t come with a separate graphics card. The Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 620, an integrated card that comes built-in with the processor. However, casual gamers can try running low-intensive games like those casual indie games. AAA games and more demanding indie games will have trouble running, even at low settings. As for the display, the Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP comes with an IPS FullHD touchscreen that supports multi-touch capabilities. The display is bright, brilliant and sensitive to touch, especially when used as a tablet.
To ensure that the user experiences a smooth and fluid system, Lenovo also equips the Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. This is a big plus point over the traditional hard disk drive that a lot of manufacturers still favor due to the lower cost of hardware. Users who want to expand their storage size may also opt to add a large SD memory card to it. Connectivity and port-wise, the Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP comes with one USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, a dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 combo, an HDMI output port, one audio/mic combo jack, and a four-in-one card reader. It also comes with an excellent fingerprint sensor, a great option to add more security to your laptop. They could have offered more ports. However, since this laptop is meant to be thin and lightweight, their port offering is actually quite sufficient. Measuring at 17.6 x 328 x 229 mm and weighing at about 1.6 kg, the Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKBR-81EK00FYSP is unfortunately not the thinnest and lightest convertible laptop that we have ever seen. However, for this price point, it does do what it sets out to do - offer more flexibility for those who don’t require bells and whistles with their laptop.
Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» 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.
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