Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Lenovo Yoga 530 to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.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.
We’ve put this Yoga 530 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Yoga 530 to surf the Internet?
Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Yoga 530 from Lenovo seems to be.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Yoga 530 on your lap. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Lenovo has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The processor chosen for this model is a Intel Core i5-8250U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Lenovo offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. 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. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Yoga 530is a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
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. Even if you think 512 Gb is more than enough, it’s surprising to discover that it’s easy to fill a disc completely with photos, movies or games in a very short time. In case you would have to do without any internet connection, this size of space can be interesting.
In conclusion, for a web use, know that this model has an autonomy of 11 hours. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. A feature that will keep you surfing for a long time.
Yoga 530 the right choice for watching movies ?
Making this Yoga 530 a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Lenovo. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. 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. This diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080, is a good compromise. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.2 kg) when you have to carry it.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Yoga 530. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
For the sound part, the Yoga 530 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. 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.
The Yoga 530 has a processor Intel Core i5-8250U, 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 Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 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. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.Lenovo promises 11hours of battery life; it’s the best on the market right now.What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!
Is Yoga 530 planned for travelling ?
The main interest of the laptop, is how easy it can be taken away. So we put this test to the Yoga 530. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
With a weight of 1.2 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. One of the causes of its weight is related to the size of his 14 inches screen.
Note that the screen of this Yoga 530 being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
The energy consumed by the processor Intel Core i5-8250U is in the average currently.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Yoga 530. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 11 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
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. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Lenovo was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Yoga 530 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
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. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
All in all, this Yoga 530 is an interesting product for travel.
Yoga 530 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Yoga 530, you can be sure you have the right machine. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Lenovo has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Intel Core i5-8250U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. 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. The Yoga 530 has only got one, with total 512 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.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Being only on batteries, you have 11 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
On the connection side, the Yoga 530i s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
With the Yoga 530, you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And for the right price/quality ratio.
Yoga 530 for video games?
Today’s most popular gaming titles require performance and can take up huge amounts of storage space: this laptop meets both of these requirements. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. On this Yoga 530, Lenovo has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 card and processor Intel Core i5-8250U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-8250U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
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. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
Although you won’t need it because of online games, it’s probably one of the biggest hard drives today. The 512 Gb of Yoga 530 can still be used by a large number of players in the case of locally installed games.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.2 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
With an autonomy of 11 hours, it’s better than the competition.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!
Yoga 530 for office automation ?
Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. Perfectly office oriented, this Yoga 530 is efficient.
Lenovo has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. This model, with its 1.2 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
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.
This Yoga 530 has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
Regarding the size of the hard disk, it has 512 Gb.That gives you a little time before you have to find another data storage area.
In conclusion, the Yoga 530 is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The Yoga 530 – in summary
This laptop is finally the one that allows you to enjoy its excellent performance whatever the use you will make of it. It performs well in almost everything, the Yoga 530 remains reasonable in terms of price.
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks