Analysis of the S540-14API – Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz from Lenovo.

Foreword

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Lenovo S540-14API to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Lenovo S540-14API according to what you are going to do with it.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

S540-14API compatible with internet use?

We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This S540-14API is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Lenovo; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. With a processor Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz, Lenovo offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. 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. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 512 gigabytes will be enough. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point about the autonomy. the S540-14API can work 8 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 S540-14API most of the time connected to the power cable.

S540-14API for videos?

With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. This S540-14API 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. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 14 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.5 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this S540-14API. 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 short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz, 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.
On the application side, Lenovo chose to let you do it. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon Vega 8, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Lenovo didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it S540-14API has only 3 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
It S540-14API is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With its autonomy of 8 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

S540-14API the right choice for travelling connected ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes S540-14API to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Lenovo. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The backlit keypad of this S540-14API is simple and convenient for when you’re in a taxi or a dimly lit subway. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
CPU Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this S540-14API. 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 8 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 512 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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 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.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 14 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 3 possibilities. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this S540-14API for travel use.

The S540-14API to make audio or video editing. 

Not really designed for video editing or music. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Lenovo has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 512 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 512 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
With 8 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
On the connection side, the S540-14APIi s equipped with USB 3 technology. 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 S540-14API designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.

S540-14API for video games?

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis S540-14API wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Lenovo has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1920×1080, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 512 Gb.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.5 Kg.
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 S540-14API for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

S540-14API for office automation ?

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. An almost featherweight of 1.5 Kg.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Another interesting feature is the backlit keyboard option, which allows you to work in half light.
The storage of this model, 512 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it S540-14API is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.

The S540-14API – in summary

The conclusion of the test S540-14API is that almost all its specifications are below the others. 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