Is the IdeaPad for you?The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
IdeaPad compatible with internet use?
Chances are that your daily use is not limited to surfing the Internet, and that you need the other functions as well.This laptop will ensure that the tasks you perform will be reliable and trouble-free for years to come.The key is to achieve balance with a cheap but solid laptop.You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
By putting on the market the IdeaPad, Lenovo offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
A medium-sized, 14 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. The manufacturer offers a processor AMD A9-9425; A mid-range orientation. 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 amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
For hard drive sizing, Lenovo decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. 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.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 8 hours of tranquility. With this laptop IdeaPad it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
Is IdeaPad one for watching movies and listening to music ?
Making this IdeaPad a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Lenovo. You will benefit from an unparalleled comfort of use. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
Lenovo has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. This diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080, is a good compromise. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (2.1 kg) when you have to carry it.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Lenovo is primarily intended for film lovers the IdeaPad. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
For the sound part, the IdeaPad 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. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD A9-9425 that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon R5, 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.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. About the average compared to the competition.Just what you need to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
As for battery life, it IdeaPad can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. Lenovo promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
IdeaPad the right choice for travelling connected ?
Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. So we put this test to the IdeaPad. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or should this use be confined to going from the living room to your kitchen.
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.1 Kg. It’s unpleasant to carry. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The weight is mainly related to the size of the screen. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. It would have allowed a better use of this model outdoors.
Too bad for the processor AMD A9-9425 that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this IdeaPad. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Lenovo; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 8 hours before the breakdown.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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.
Knowing that you’ll have to carry this laptop by plane, train, or other means, it’s handy. The IdeaPad is right in the middle compared to the competition with 14 inches and an acceptable weight.
Lenovo provides 3connectors on this model. It is in the average of what is done on competing models.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
All in all, this IdeaPad is an interesting product for travel.
The IdeaPad for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. Clearly, this IdeaPadcorresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Since the last generation designed by Lenovo, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor AMD A9-9425 that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The IdeaPad has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
For the autonomy part, Lenovo proposes last generation batteries. Indicated for an autonomy of 8 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
On the connection side, the IdeaPadi s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. 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.
It IdeaPad is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
The IdeaPad- the right model to play with?
Today’s most popular gaming titles require performance and can take up huge amounts of storage space: this laptop meets both of these requirements. Until recently, with rare exceptions, only desktop computers could be used. On this IdeaPad, Lenovo has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
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. 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. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
With its 256 Gb of space, this IdeaPad is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
A better access to wifi on this IdeaPad that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 14 inches size.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 8 hours.
In summary, an excellent machine, whether for the graphics, the processor, or the acceptable weight, this IdeaPad is an excellent choice for video game use. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!
IdeaPad for office automation ?
Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. Perfectly office oriented, this IdeaPad is efficient.
Lenovo has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
As soon as you have to take this laptop to the office, or on a trip, you will regret its consequent weight. This model weighs 2.1 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
Key spacing will be important for office use. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this IdeaPad. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
Finally, the IdeaPad….
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 IdeaPad remains reasonable in terms of price.
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks