Analysis of the V145 – AMD A4-9120 from Lenovo.

As a preamble to this test

Is the V145 for you?Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.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.

V145 to surf the Internet?

Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this V145.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
The screen is quite large, with 15.6 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The manufacturer offers a processor AMD A4-9120; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With 8 Gb of RAM, it V145is a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. 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 V145 one for watching movies and listening to music ?

With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this V145 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
The laptop from .Lenovo is imposing by its size. A 15.6 inches screen, and a resolution of 1366×768 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 2.1 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the V145 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD A4-9120 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 AMD Radeon R530, 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.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. Indeed, it V145 has only 2 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. That’s only 4 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. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.

The V145- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes V145 to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.1 Kg. It’s unpleasant to carry. It’s bulky, and when you’re on the go you’ll only dream of having one of these ultra slim models of the competition. The reason for that ? The size of the screen. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
No backlit keyboard on this V145. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The viewing is up to the mark.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor AMD A4-9120; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this V145. 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 1 256 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.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.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
It V145 provides only 2 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this V145 on holiday.

The V145 for audio or video editing ?

Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this V145 can suit you. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor AMD A4-9120 does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. 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 V145 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point Lenovo could have done much better.
Too bad this model does not benefit from Usb 3.0 technology. Here file transfers are done at a slower speed between your laptop and external drives.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.

V145 for video 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 V145 wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Lenovo has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. 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. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. 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.
Since Lenovo has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
For online gaming, it V145 has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With 2.1 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this V145 one. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

V145 the right choice for office automation ?

Access on efficiency, this V145 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
It V145 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. With a weight of 2.1 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
This V145 eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In the end, this V145 is a good compromise. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.

In short, is the V145, the right choice ?

This V145 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks