The V145 – AMD A4-9120 from Lenovo : a good compromise for office automation

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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 for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Lenovo V145 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 have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.

V145 the right choice for surfing 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.This laptop will ensure that the tasks you perform will be reliable and trouble-free for years to come.A fairly powerful multi-processor, but one that won’t require you to take out a credit to pay for it.This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.By putting on the market the V145, Lenovo offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
It’s a big screen that you have: 15.6 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD A4-9120. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. 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. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Last point about the autonomy. the V145 can work 4 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this V145 most of the time connected to the power cable.

V145 the right choice for watching movies ?

You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Lenovo offers the V145 perfect for that. 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.
The laptop from .Lenovo is imposing by its size. A 15.6 inches screen, and a resolution of 1366×768 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 2.1 kg that will have to be transported.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this V145. 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.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor AMD A4-9120, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
With AMD Radeon R530, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. 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 V145 has only 2 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this V145 may not be suitable. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. 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.

V145 compatible with on the move use ?

It V145 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this V145. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.1 Kg. Every transport is painful. For a laptop it »s bulky to move. The main cause is due to the size of the screen. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
At the same time, the laptop processor AMD A4-9120 is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this V145. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 4 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 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. 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 do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. 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.
Finally with the V145, Lenovo deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The V145 to make audio or video editing. 

Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this V145 can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor AMD A4-9120 that is almost obsolete. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this V145 is of 4 hours in normal use; This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
Too bad this model does not benefit from Usb 3.0 technology. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
With this V145 product, Lenovooffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.

V145 the right choice to play online?

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. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
With its 256 Gb of space, this V145 is on a level playing field with its competitors. 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.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 15.6 inches size.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 4 hours available.
It V145 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.

V145 the right choice for office automation ?

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This V145 is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10.
Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. Note that with its 2.1 Kg it is one of the heaviest.
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. 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.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.

What about the V145 ?

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The V145 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– surfing on the internet
– office tasks