As a preamble to this test
Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onIdeaPad S340…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.We’ve put this IdeaPad S340 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
IdeaPad S340 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. An inexpensive computer such as IdeaPad S340 may seem to be the solution. 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. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 14 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. With a processor Intel Celeron N4000, Lenovo offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. 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 4 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. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 64 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 IdeaPad S340 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. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
Is IdeaPad S340 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
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 IdeaPad S340; 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.
Lenovo decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. With its 14 inches and resolution of 1920×1080, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.8 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. 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.
On the sound side, it IdeaPad S340 has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. 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.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Celeron N4000 that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
With Intel UHD Graphics 600, 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. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has 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. Indeed, with 4 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
IdeaPad S340 the right choice for travelling connected ?
An intermediate model that can be taken along on an occasional basisIdeaPad S340. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. And here’s the result : Since the sum of its characteristics (weight, size, components) are better than the competition, it is in your best interest to choose this model.
It IdeaPad S340 weights 1.8 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. One of the reasons is its 14 inches screen.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. 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.
CPU Intel Celeron N4000 power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 4 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 64 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.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 IdeaPad S340 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Knowing that you’ll have to carry this laptop by plane, train, or other means, it’s handy. The IdeaPad S340 is right in the middle compared to the competition with 14 inches and an acceptable weight.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
IdeaPad S340 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this IdeaPad S340 can suit you. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. 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. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Celeron N4000. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. 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 64 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 (4 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
On the connection side, the IdeaPad S340i 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.
If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.
IdeaPad S340 the right choice to play online?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. And this IdeaPad S340 is one of the average laptops you can play with. 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. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Lenovo like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 64 Gb.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With a weight 1.8 Kg and a screen size of 14 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
It IdeaPad S340 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
The IdeaPad S340 for office automation.
Access on efficiency, this IdeaPad S340 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.8 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Lenovo chose the matt tile option for thisIdeaPad S340 that does not reflect light. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
The storage of this model, 64 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
The IdeaPad S340 in conclusion
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it IdeaPad S340 is disappointing whatever the uses. 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
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks