The V130 – Core i3-7020U from Lenovo : A laptop for multimedia

Foreword

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.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Lenovo V130 according to what you are going to do with it.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.

V130 enough for internet use?

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 V130.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Material that seem to be well-designed.
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 i3-7020U. 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. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it V130 is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the V130, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
The size of the hard drive makes this laptop one of the biggest. You’ll actually have plenty of space to store files and video locally on the 1000 Gb provided. This V130 allows you to save locally, and guarantees that you can watch all the movies you want without internet access.
Last point about the autonomy. the V130 can work 5 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. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the V130 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.

Is V130 one for watching movies and listening to music ?

High quality, the engineers of Lenovo have chosen to make this V130 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
The computer proposed by Lenovois of average size. With its 15 inches and resolution of 1366×768, 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 conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.8 kg, it is easily transportable.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this V130. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The processor installed on this model is a Core i3-7020U sufficient one for audio and video. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 3 ports. It’s better than the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
It V130 is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. That’s only 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

V130 the right choice for travelling connected ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes V130 to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Lenovo. 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.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this V130 of 1.8 Kg. 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 causes of its weight is related to the size of his 15 inches screen.
No backlit keyboard on this V130. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. 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.
The manufacturer offers the processor Core i3-7020U on this laptop; in average in terms of power compared to other products in the same range, and also in terms of energy consumption.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Lenovo must be reduced. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 5 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
This laptop will therefore rather be intended to stay on the desk or to be taken away from time to time at the weekend. The moving parts that make up the hard drive can get damaged and cause the loss of the data it contains. Equipped with a standard 1000 Gb hard disk, it will make possible an almost unlimited number of writing cycles (recording/erasing). The disadvantage is that the boot phases will be slower than on an SSD technology disk.
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 V130 is a fair alternative with iis 15 inches.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the V130, Lenovo deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The V130- the right model for audio or video editing ?

The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Lenovo have thought of for this V130. 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. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i3-7020U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. With its 4 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
The 1000 Gb of storage size should be enough. This size is one of the best on the market in this product range. This is an important consideration since a few minutes of home video will fill your player faster than you thought. The technological choice of Lenovogoes to a standard hard disk drive, which is more robust over time. The SSD would have been much faster than the current one even though the life span is shorter.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point Lenovo could have done much better.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. Here file transfers are done at a slower speed between your laptop and external drives.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.

V130 for video games?

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this V130 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.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
Lenovo has also chosen a processor Core i3-7020U which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the Intel HD Graphics 620, for a good result. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Core i3-7020U and the board Intel HD Graphics 620 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
Lenovo like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
This laptop has one of the largest internal storage spaces. The 1000 Gb of V130 can still be used by a large number of players in the case of locally installed games.
For online gaming, it V130 has high quality Wi-Fi. 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.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.8 Kg and is 15 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
It V130 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.

V130 the right choice for office automation ?

Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. ThisV130 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. In short, an average laptop with 1.8 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Lenovo chose the matt tile option for thisV130 that does not reflect light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Regarding the size of the hard disk, it has 1000 Gb.That gives you a little time before you have to find another data storage area.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.

The V130 – in summary

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The V130 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– playing video games
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks