The S145-15iwl – Intel Core i3-8145U fromLenovo : for audio and video oriented use

As a preamble to this test

Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.

S145-15iwl the right choice for surfing the internet?

Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is in this spirit that Lenovo has developed this S145-15iwl.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. 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 has chosen to equip this model with a processor Intel Core i3-8145U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Lenovo offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Finally, the autonomy of 5 hours is one of the worst on the market. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the S145-15iwl is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.

S145-15iwl the right choice for watching movies ?

High quality, the engineers of Lenovo have chosen to make this S145-15iwl the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. You will benefit from an unparalleled comfort of use. 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.
The laptop from .Lenovo is imposing by its size. A 15.6 inches screen, and a resolution of 1920×1080 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 1.9 kg, partly because of the screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. 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. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this S145-15iwl. 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.
This S145-15iwl, equipped with a processor Intel Core i3-8145U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
With Intel HD Graphics 610, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 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.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 3 ports. It’s better than the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
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 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. 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.

The S145-15iwl to use while travelling.

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes S145-15iwl to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this S145-15iwl. 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.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this S145-15iwl of 1.9 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
No backlit keyboard on this S145-15iwl. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The screen shows an interesting result.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
By equipping this model with a processorIntel Core i3-8145U, the manufacturer is on a par with most of its competitors; it is in the average range and it allows a contained power consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this S145-15iwl. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
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. 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. 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 will need more space, this S145-15iwl will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
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. Indeed, because of its size, 15.6 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
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…
Finally with the S145-15iwl, Lenovo deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The S145-15iwl- the right model for audio or video editing ?

If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this S145-15iwl is the right choice. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i3-8145U of this laptop is within the market average. Having 4 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of 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 S145-15iwl has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this S145-15iwl is of 5 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it S145-15iwl receives the USB3 connection. 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.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.

The S145-15iwl for online or local games.

There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this S145-15iwl is one of the models in the average. 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. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
The graphics Intel HD Graphics 610 card and processor Intel Core i3-8145U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i3-8145U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Lenovo has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
Lenovo like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.9 Kg and 15.6 inches), comparable to most similar products.
One of the lowest battery life 5 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In conclusion, it S145-15iwl is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.

S145-15iwl the right choice for office automation ?

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. Perfectly office oriented, this S145-15iwl is efficient.
Lenovo has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.9 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
Key spacing will be important for office use. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
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. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, the S145-15iwl is an excellent choice for office use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

S145-15iwl the right choice for the right use

Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The S145-15iwl’ is average but will do the job very well.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks