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.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – adapted to surf the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. This Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Lenovo is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 15 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Core i5-9300HF. Lenovo basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. The 8 Gb of RAM available on this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is correct, equivalent to other products in the same price range. Everyone is free to hand in a little more memory, for work that requires it.
For hard drive sizing, Lenovo decided to put 500 Gb. This is the standard model. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. 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.
Last point about the autonomy. the Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – 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. In other words, you will have to keep this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – most of the time connected to the power cable.
Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – for videos?
With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) -; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
The computer proposed by Lenovois of average size. A model with a standard template, 15 inches, and good resolution. 1920×1080. The image quality is bright and colorful, and provides an immersive experience. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (2.3 kg) when you have to carry it.
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 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 Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. 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.
The Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – has a processor Core i5-9300HF, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. 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. You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
On the application side, Lenovo chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 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. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 4 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
It Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
The Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) — the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – 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 Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) -. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2.3 Kg. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. 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: 15inches.
No backlit keyboard on this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) -. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The viewing is up to the mark.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
The manufacturer offers the processor Core i5-9300HF on this laptop; in average in terms of power compared to other products in the same range, and also in terms of energy consumption.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 4 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 500 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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 will need more space, this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
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 Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is right in the middle compared to the competition with 15 inches and an acceptable weight.
The connector part is very interesting, with 4 inputs available. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
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…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – really made for travelling.
Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – the right choice 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 Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is the right choice. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i5-9300HF 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.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 500 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 4 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. On this point Lenovo could have done much better.
For the connector part, the Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) -has 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.
It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.
Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – the right choice to play online?
Considering that today’s games involve a lot of fast movements, with thousands of calculations per second and requiring a lot of resources, this laptop can be made for that. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. On this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) -, Lenovo has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
Lenovo has also chosen a processor Core i5-9300HF which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, for a good result. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Core i5-9300HF’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.
For a gaming laptop to be effective, it is necessary to be exceptional in terms of power. This laptop obtains one of the best GPU rankings, allowing it to perform complex calculations.
With its 500 Gb of space, this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is on a level playing field with its competitors. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For online gaming, it Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – has high quality Wi-Fi. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 15 inches size.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 4 hours available.
Clearly, a good quality rendering on the graphics, a size of 15 inches, thin and rather light (2.3 Kg), make this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – an excellent one for a video game use. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 4 hours. The right tool for maximum performance!
The Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – 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 Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is efficient.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It’s not Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. This model weighs 2.3 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
This computer was really designed for office use. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
Lenovo chose the matt tile option for this Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – that does not reflect light. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. It’s 500 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, the Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is an excellent choice for office use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
Finally, the Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) -….
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX012FFR) – is disappointing whatever the uses. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– making audio and video editing
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– playing video games
– office tasks