As a preamble to this test
Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests on ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)…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 ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) to surf the Internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. The material used by Lenovo are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
It’s a big screen that you have: 15 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. The manufacturer offers a processor Core i3-1005G1; A mid-range orientation. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The 8 Gb of RAM is in the average for this type of product. Everyone is free to hand in a little more memory, for work that requires it.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. With this laptop ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Is ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) okay to watch videos ?
With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. This ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
Lenovo presents this model in a large size version. A 15 inches screen, and a resolution of 1920×1080 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. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 1.8 kg, partly because of the screen size.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. 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 ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR). By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Core i3-1005G1 that is several years old now. 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.
As far as applications are concerned, did Lenovo not install any. There’s only the operating system. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD G1, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 5 ports.That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. Lenovo promises 6 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
The ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) 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.
It ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.8 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. Its weight is a disadvantage, but the15 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
No backlit keyboard on this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR). But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
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.
With the installation of the processor Core i3-1005G1, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 6 hours before the breakdown.
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. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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 ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. The main reason is its 15 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
At the connector level, this model provides 5 inputs. That makes it one of the best equipped models 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 ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for travel use.
The ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)- the right model for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. With this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR), you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Lenovo, there have been many improvements on the components. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Core i3-1005G1 that is almost obsolete. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. 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 ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) 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.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. Indicated for an autonomy of 6 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. 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.
It ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.
The ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)- the right model to play with?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR), it may be better to go to other models. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
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.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
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.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 6 hours.
In the end, we do not recommend this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is part of the laptops provided for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Its weight of 1.8 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Lenovo chose the matt tile option for this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) that does not reflect light. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)can be quickly filled.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
The ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) – in summary
The conclusion of the test ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing