As an introduction to this analysis
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
ThinkPad L460-14 the right choice for surfing 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.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this ThinkPad L460-14.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
A medium-sized, 14 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. The processor at the heart of this laptop, a Intel Core i5-6300U, is a rational choice. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
For hard drive sizing, Lenovo decided to put 500 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Lenovo comes with this ThinkPad L460-14 a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. With this laptop ThinkPad L460-14 it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
The ThinkPad L460-14- the right model for streaming and videos ?
Making this ThinkPad L460-14 a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Lenovo. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
Lenovo decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. 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. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.5 kg) when you have to carry it.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. 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 ThinkPad L460-14 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. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The ThinkPad L460-14 has a processor Intel Core i5-6300U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. 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.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD G1, 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.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. 6 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
ThinkPad L460-14 the right choice for travelling connected ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. We therefore analysed this ThinkPad L460-14 from the point of view of nomadic use. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
It ThinkPad L460-14 weights 1.5 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. One of the reasons is its 14 inches screen.
No backlit keyboard on this ThinkPad L460-14. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
A processor Intel Core i5-6300Uthat allows this computer to be equivalent to other laptops in terms of power and power consumption.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Lenovo must be reduced. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
An autonomy of 6 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
This laptop will therefore rather be intended to stay on the desk or to be taken away from time to time at the weekend. The reasons are its size, and the hard drive that the brand Lenovo decided to put in it. With its 500 Gb hard drive, it’s perfect for storing data for photos, music and your movie collection. Only an SSD hard drive could improve this, but then it is an additional cost.
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. The ThinkPad L460-14 is a fair alternative with iis 14 inches.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
The ThinkPad L460-14- the right model for audio or video editing ?
Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this ThinkPad L460-14 can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Intel Core i5-6300U 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.
With 500 Gb hard drive size, you have enough space.This size is one of the best on the market in this product range. This is an important consideration since a few minutes of home video will fill your player faster than you thought. Regarding the speed at startup, Lenovomade the choice of the conventional hard drive. The SSD would have been much faster than the current one even though the life span is shorter.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. For 6 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it ThinkPad L460-14 receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.
ThinkPad L460-14 the right choice to play online?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. And this ThinkPad L460-14 is one of the average laptops you can play with. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. 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. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this ThinkPad L460-14 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 500 Gb drive. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
A better access to wifi on this ThinkPad L460-14 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With a weight 1.5 Kg and a screen size of 14 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
Please note that with an autonomy of 6 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
ThinkPad L460-14 for office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. ThisThinkPad L460-14 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.5 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Lenovo chose the matt tile option for thisThinkPad L460-14 that does not reflect light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
About storage, this model has average space . It’s 500 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The ThinkPad L460-14 in conclusion
The key to choosing a new laptop is to clearly define your needs; it’s good in almost any conditions of use. It performs well in almost everything, the ThinkPad L460-14 remains reasonable in terms of price.
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– office tasks