A laptop dedicated to multimedia : S145-15iwl – Intel Core i3-8145U from Lenovo

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Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onS145-15iwl…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

S145-15iwl 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.
It is in this spirit that Lenovo has developed this S145-15iwl.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.
It’s a big screen that you have: 15.6 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. 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. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
For hard drive sizing, Lenovo decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. 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.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 5 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this S145-15iwl most of the time connected to the power cable.

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. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
Lenovo presents this model in a large size version. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 15.6 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1920×1080. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 1.9 kg that will have to be transported.
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.
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 S145-15iwl is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
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. A mid-range element with the latest components (chipsets) ensuring better compatibility with your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 610, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
It S145-15iwl is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. 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.

Is S145-15iwl planned for travelling ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. 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.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It S145-15iwl weights 1.9 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. 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.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The processor Intel Core i3-8145Uinstalled on this model makes it possible to save batteries.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Lenovo must be reduced. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 5 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. 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.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
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.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this S145-15iwl for travel use.

The S145-15iwl to make 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. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Intel Core i3-8145U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 4 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the S145-15iwlhas the USB3 format. 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. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.

The S145-15iwl- the right model to play with?

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. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The graphics Intel HD Graphics 610 card and processor Intel Core i3-8145U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Thanks to the technical elements installed on this laptop, the card Intel HD Graphics 610 and the processor Intel Core i3-8145U are raised to a very good level.
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.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this S145-15iwl an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this S145-15iwl that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.9 Kg and 15.6 inches), comparable to most similar products.
For autonomy, 5 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. Good for games, but also for many other uses.

S145-15iwl 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. ThisS145-15iwl is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10.
Neither too heavy nor too light. In short, an average laptop with 1.9 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. 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.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.

The S145-15iwl in conclusion

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 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks