Analysis of the 81ND003YFR – Intel Core i5-8265u from Lenovo.

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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?

81ND003YFR adapted to surf the internet?

If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this 81ND003YFR. This 81ND003YFR is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Lenovo; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 14 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. This laptop 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 81ND003YFR on your lap. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Lenovo has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i5-8265u. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. By offering only 512 Gb, this 81ND003YFR is one of the smallest in its category. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point about the autonomy. the 81ND003YFR can work 6 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the 81ND003YFR is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.

The 81ND003YFR- the right model for streaming and videos ?

Lenovo presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the 81ND003YFR; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.5 kilogram.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
On the sound side, it 81ND003YFR has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i5-8265u is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Lenovo not install any. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics, which with 8 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.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the 81ND003YFR has only 5 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this 81ND003YFR may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 6 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. 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. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

81ND003YFR the right choice for travelling connected ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Lenovo. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 1.5 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Note that the screen of this 81ND003YFR being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
The keypad 81ND003YFR is equipped with backlighting. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. The viewing is up to the mark.
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.
Too bad for the processor Intel Core i5-8265u that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Lenovo; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 6 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 512 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this 81ND003YFR will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 5 possibilities. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
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…
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this 81ND003YFR for travel use.

The 81ND003YFR to make audio or video editing. 

Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Core i5-8265u. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 512 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.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (6 hours). 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.
On the connection side, the 81ND003YFRi s equipped with USB 3 technology. 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.
As you will have understood, it 81ND003YFR proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.

The 81ND003YFR for online or local games.

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis 81ND003YFR wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Lenovo has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1920×1080, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since Lenovo has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 512 Gb.
For the Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo, has done little more than standard i.e. without the 5GHz wireless band. You will need to use the ethernet port to access broadband.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.5 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 6 hours available.
In the end, we do not recommend this 81ND003YFR for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.

81ND003YFR for office automation ?

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Review of the details for this new laptop.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. A weight of 1.5 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the 81ND003YFR.
With only 512 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In short, the 81ND003YFR is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

Finally, the 81ND003YFR….

This 81ND003YFR will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks