A laptop dedicated to office automation : Lenovo – V130 – Core i3-7020U

In a few words

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.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

V130 enough for internet use?

Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this V130.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Material that seem to be well-designed.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 15 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. 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. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. 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.Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
By offering a hard drive of this size, the company is making this model one of the laptops with the largest disk space on the market. You’ll actually have plenty of space to store files and video locally on the 1000 Gb provided. In case you would have to do without any internet connection, this size of space can be interesting.
Finally, the autonomy of 5 hours is one of the worst on the market. 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.

V130 the right choice for watching movies ?

High quality, the engineers of Lenovo have chosen to make this V130 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
Lenovo has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. With its 15 inches and resolution of 1366×768, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. 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 (1.8 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. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this V130. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
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…). This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
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. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this V130 may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 5 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.

V130 the right choice for travelling connected ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this V130. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
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. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
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,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this V130. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because of the technology used, it will be better not to move this computer too much. Because, due to its weight and size, every move will put you at risk of damaging it. About the hard drive, Lenovo has chosen a classic technology for its 1000 Gb hard drive; Good when it comes to storing data (photos, music, movies), less good for the time it takes to boot up or get out of standby mode. Only an SSD hard drive could improve this, but then it is an additional cost.
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 right in the middle compared to the competition with 15 inches and an acceptable weight.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops 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.
Finally with the V130, Lenovo deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The V130 to make audio or video editing. 

Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i3-7020U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 4 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
Having a hard disk of 1000 Gb, you will be assured of a good storage capacity. That’s pretty much what they do on other laptops. However, it is possible that you will fill this space quickly as the films may take up space. 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.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (5 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, Lenovo made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. Here file transfers are done at a slower speed between your laptop and external drives.
As you will have understood, it V130 proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.

The V130- the right model to play with?

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Lenovo in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
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.
For the vast majority of users, this brings a result perfectly adapted to most of the games of the moment.
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. With 1000 Gb of available space, you will be able to store your backups, music and movies.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With a weight 1.8 Kg and a screen size of 15 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
One of the lowest battery life 5 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.

V130 for office automation ?

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. ThisV130 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.8 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Regarding the size of the hard disk, it has 1000 Gb.You may never fill it out, especially if you are just browsing the Internet, word processing and making spreadsheets.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.

What about the V130 ?

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