As a preamble to this test
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.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir the right choice for surfing the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. An inexpensive computer such as Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir may seem to be the solution. Lenovo is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Ryzen 5 3500U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Lenovo offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. The 8 Gb of RAM available on this Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir is correct, equivalent to other products in the same price range. Everyone is free to hand in a little more memory, for work that requires it.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 256 Gb, Lenovo considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point about the autonomy. the Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir can work 3 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. 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 S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir one for watching movies and listening to music ?
Lenovo presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
Lenovo has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. A model with a standard template, 14 inches, and good resolution. 1920×1080. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.6 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
For the sound part, the Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. 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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The processor installed on this model is a Ryzen 5 3500U sufficient one for audio and video. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
With AMD Radeon Vega 8, 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. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
In the connectivity part, you have 3 ports available. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.Just what you need to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
It Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. That’s only 3 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. 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 Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Lenovo the design of this Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. And here’s the result : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
It Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir weights 1.6 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. One of the causes of its weight is related to the size of his 14 inches screen.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The screen shows an interesting result.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
With its processor Ryzen 5 3500U, this laptop has a power consumption in the average of the others.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 3 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
With 3 connectors, this Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir allows multiple connections. It is in the average of what is done on competing models.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
With this Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir, Lenovo offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir the right choice for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Ryzen 5 3500U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir is of 3 hours in normal use; 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 S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir 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. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
Clearly, it’s not Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir designed for audio-visual editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Our tests have shown that yhis Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Lenovo has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
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.
The graphics AMD Radeon Vega 8 card and processor Ryzen 5 3500U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Thanks to the technical elements installed on this laptop, the card AMD Radeon Vega 8 and the processor Ryzen 5 3500U are raised to a very good level.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.6 Kg and is 14 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
For autonomy, 3 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Is the Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir adapted to office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Its weight of 1.6 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
This Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noircan be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
The Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir in conclusion
The conclusion of the test Ideapad S145-14API (81UV0087FR) Noir is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– travel use