A laptop dedicated to multimedia : V130 – Intel Celeron N4000 from Lenovo

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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?

V130 compatible with internet use?

Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this V130.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
It’s a big screen that you have: 17 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Celeron N4000. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it V130is a good product. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
Of all the computers available at the moment, this one is the laptop with the largest hard drive. You’ll actually have plenty of space to store files and video locally on the 512 Gb provided. This V130 allows you to save locally, and guarantees that you can watch all the movies you want without internet access.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

Is V130 okay to watch videos ?

High quality, the engineers of Lenovo have chosen to make this V130 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
For this model, Lenovo thought big. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 17 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1920×1080. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 2.8 kg that will have to be transported.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this V130. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Celeron N4000 that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
With Intel HD Graphics 505, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
It V130 is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With its autonomy of 4 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

The V130 to use while travelling.

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Lenovo. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.8 Kg. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. For a laptop it”s bulky to move. The reason for that ? The size of the screen.  Its weight is a disadvantage, but the17 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The viewing is up to the mark.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
The processor Intel Celeron N4000 is inferior to other competitive products.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 4 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 512 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.Thanks to this, Lenovo was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this V130 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. The reason for this is its size; with 17 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not V130 really made for travelling.

V130 the right choice for audio or video editing ?

Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this V130 can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Celeron N4000. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The V130 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 512 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
With 4 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point Lenovo could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it V130 receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.

The V130- the right model to play with?

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Lenovo in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Although you won’t need it because of online games, it’s probably one of the biggest hard drives today. With 512 Gb of available space, you will be able to store your backups, music and movies.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 17 inches size.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In conclusion, it V130 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.

Is the V130 adapted to office automation ?

Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. Perfectly office oriented, this V130 is efficient.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10.
Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. This model weighs 2.8 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
With more 512 Gb, it’s not one of the biggest.You may never fill it out, especially if you are just browsing the Internet, word processing and making spreadsheets.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

The V130 in conclusion

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The V130′ is average but will do the job very well.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks