Analysis of the S540-14API – Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz from Lenovo.

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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.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.
To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.

S540-14API enough for internet use?

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. With this S540-14API, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by Lenovo are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. 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, you’ll be able to carry it easily. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz. 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. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the S540-14API, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 512 Gb. 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 concerning the autonomy of 8 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. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the S540-14API is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.

S540-14API for videos?

Lenovo has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the S540-14API; 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.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.5 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this S540-14API. 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. 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 Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz 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.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Lenovo installed by default. 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. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Lenovo didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it S540-14API has only 3 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it S540-14API seems inappropriate. With its autonomy of 8 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.

S540-14API compatible with on the move use ?

It S540-14API is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The backlit keyboard decided by Lenovo for this model was not S540-14API really necessary, but it will be useful if you work in a dimly lit plane, taxi or subway. In addition, the materials used are of good quality.
Too bad for the processor Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this S540-14API. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Lenovo; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 8 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 1 512 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.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 14 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 3 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
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 S540-14API for travel use.

The S540-14API- the right model for audio or video editing ?

Not really designed for video editing or music. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. 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. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 GHz does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 512 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
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. Here with 512 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (8 hours). 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 S540-14API receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.

S540-14API for video games?

It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this S540-14API, it may be better to go to other models. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. 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. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 512 Gb.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.5 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 8 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this S540-14API for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

The S540-14API for office automation.

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Review of the details for this new laptop.
It’s not S540-14API equipped with all the applications you’ll need. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Lenovo in this product line. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model weighs 1.5 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Another interesting feature is the backlit keyboard option, which allows you to work in half light.
With only 512 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive S540-14APIcan be quickly filled.
Simply put, it’s not S540-14API the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

The S540-14API – in summary

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it S540-14API is disappointing whatever the uses. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
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