Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
IdeaPad 530S-14IKB enough for internet use?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB. With this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by Lenovo are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it IdeaPad 530S-14IKB is provided by default with a touch screen. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. It seems that Lenovo has designed a solid model with latest generation components.
With a processor Intel Core i5-8250U, Lenovo offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 8 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of 8 hours is one of the worst on the market. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. In other words, you will have to keep this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB most of the time connected to the power cable.
IdeaPad 530S-14IKB the right choice for watching movies ?
With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. This IdeaPad 530S-14IKB is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 3.3 kilogram.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the IdeaPad 530S-14IKB is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core i5-8250U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 620, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the IdeaPad 530S-14IKB has only 3 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB may not be suitable. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The IdeaPad 530S-14IKB to use while travelling.
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes IdeaPad 530S-14IKB to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB. 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.
Its weight of 3.3 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The touch screen is present on the IdeaPad 530S-14IKB, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The backlit keyboard decided by Lenovo for this model was not IdeaPad 530S-14IKB really necessary, but it will be useful if you work in a dimly lit plane, taxi or subway. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
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.
CPU Intel Core i5-8250U power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Lenovo; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 8 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Thought for faster booting and calculations, and storage, this laptop has 2 hard disks; one type SSD, accompanied by another standard, of 256 Gb in total. The main advantage of this disc mix is that the SSD contains fewer moving parts, and is faster, and that the standard disc allows more recording-erasing phases. This reduces the noise caused by the movement of the read/write heads of the standard disk and preserves the storage capacity. For those who want more space, you will then have the option of a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
It IdeaPad 530S-14IKB provides only 3 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the IdeaPad 530S-14IKB, Lenovo deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The IdeaPad 530S-14IKB to make audio or video editing.
Not really designed for video editing or music. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
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 Core i5-8250U. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
This model has both an SSD disk for fast boot time and a conventional disk for backup. Here, the laptop advantageously has a good space of storage. This model offers the best possibilities with a storage space of 256 Gb. It’s one of the best models on this point. Even if a few minutes of personal video takes up a lot of space, you won’t have to worry about it on this computer. Finally, if you really need it, you can add storage via an external hard drive.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (8 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it IdeaPad 530S-14IKB receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. 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.
Clearly, it’s not IdeaPad 530S-14IKB designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
The IdeaPad 530S-14IKB for online or local games.
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, Lenovo has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1920×1080, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Our tests have shown that for Lenovo this computer is not intended for playing video games. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 3.3 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 8 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this IdeaPad 530S-14IKB for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
IdeaPad 530S-14IKB for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, IdeaPad 530S-14IKB it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Lenovo has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s Windows 10 Famille, last generation.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model weighs 3.3 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the IdeaPad 530S-14IKB.
With only 256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In short, the IdeaPad 530S-14IKB is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
IdeaPad 530S-14IKB the right choice for the right use
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it IdeaPad 530S-14IKB is disappointing whatever the uses. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks