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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.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.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Notebook the right choice for surfing the internet?
Chances are that your daily use is not limited to surfing the Internet, and that you need the other functions as well.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.The key is to achieve balance with a cheap but solid laptop.This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.By putting on the market the Notebook, Lenovo offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Notebook on your lap. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Lenovo with a lot of care.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD A4-9125. 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. 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. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
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 250 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 Notebook can work 4 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. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Notebook is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Is Notebook 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 Notebook 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.
Lenovo presents this model in a large size version. Large by size, with 15.6 inches and a high resolution of 1920×1080. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 2.2 kg.
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. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Notebook. 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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD A4-9125 that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
With AMD Radeon R3, 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.
Lenovo didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The Notebook only 2 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this Notebook may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 4 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
Notebook the right choice for travelling connected ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Notebook to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Lenovo. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
With its 2.2 Kg, it Notebook is one of the heaviest in its class. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The reason for that ? The size of the screen. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
The touch screen is present on the Notebook, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
At the same time, the laptop processor AMD A4-9125 is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. 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.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 4 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 250 Gb. 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 no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .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 away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. Indeed, because of its size, 15.6 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Notebook on holiday.
The Notebook for audio or video editing ?
For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this Notebook may be fine. 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.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor AMD A4-9125 does best. 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. 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 250 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. 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). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Notebook receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.
The Notebook- the right model to play with?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. And this Notebook is one of the average laptops you can play with. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. 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 An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 250 Gb.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 15.6 inches size.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
It Notebook is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
The Notebook for office automation.
Access on efficiency, this Notebook is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10.
As soon as you have to take this laptop to the office, or on a trip, you will regret its consequent weight. With a weight of 2.2 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
This Notebook eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 250 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In the end, this Notebook is a good compromise. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
Notebook the right choice for the right use
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Notebook is disappointing whatever the uses. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet