Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
IdeaPad S145-15API compatible with 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.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit that Lenovo has developed this IdeaPad S145-15API.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. 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. Unlike some competitors, this model does not have a touch screen. It’s a shame because, when you get this IdeaPad S145-15API on your lap, you’ll see that it’s not so easy to move the cursor with the touchpad.
However, the materials seem to be of good quality. Logically, the treatment given to this product by Lenovo suggests that you will be able to use it for many years to come.
The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor AMD Athlon 300U. Lenovo basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. A standard equipment with 12 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. Lenovo comes with this IdeaPad S145-15API a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 4 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. In other words, you will have to keep this IdeaPad S145-15API most of the time connected to the power cable.
The IdeaPad S145-15API- the right model for streaming and videos ?
This IdeaPad S145-15API is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
Lenovo decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. A model with a standard template, 15 inches, and good resolution. 1366×768. 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 1.9 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. 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 IdeaPad S145-15API. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The IdeaPad S145-15API has a processor AMD Athlon 300U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Equipped with the Radeon Vega 3 graphic card, and with 12 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.
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.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this IdeaPad S145-15API may not be suitable. Indeed, with 4 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Is IdeaPad S145-15API planned for travelling ?
It IdeaPad S145-15API 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. 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.
It IdeaPad S145-15API is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.9 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. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 15inches.
Unfortunately, it is not IdeaPad S145-15API equipped with a touch screen as standard models. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
No backlit keyboard on this IdeaPad S145-15API. Not really necessary.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
With its processor AMD Athlon 300U, this laptop has a power consumption in the average of the others.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
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 1 256 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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 S145-15API 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 S145-15API 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.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this IdeaPad S145-15API for travel use.
IdeaPad S145-15API the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this IdeaPad S145-15API is the right choice. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor AMD Athlon 300U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 12 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. 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. The IdeaPad S145-15API has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 4 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. Maybe the next model will be better off.
On the connection side, the IdeaPad S145-15APIi s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
A quality product, designed by Lenovo with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
IdeaPad S145-15API the right choice to play online?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this IdeaPad S145-15API 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.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Lenovo has also chosen a processor AMD Athlon 300U which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the Radeon Vega 3, for a good result. Thanks to the technical elements installed on this laptop, the card Radeon Vega 3 and the processor AMD Athlon 300U are raised to a very good level.
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. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this IdeaPad S145-15API an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
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.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.9 Kg and 15 inches), comparable to most similar products.
For autonomy, 4 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
IdeaPad S145-15API 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. This IdeaPad S145-15API is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. In short, an average laptop with 1.9 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
In short, it IdeaPad S145-15API is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
IdeaPad S145-15API the right choice for the right use
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The IdeaPad S145-15API corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– office tasks