Lenovo has so many great products, but somehow they really give a weird naming for their series. For the example, the Lenovo Ideapad 320S and Ideapad 320 are two different products with different hardware configuration. In smartphone this naming is common, but on laptop I think it’s sometimes making people confuse. As for this case, we are going to review the 320S which is coming with faster processor and more power on supporting your productivity. This is a good choice if you expect for more performance than its little brother that only powered by Intel I5 7220U from 7th generation.
Now it features of Intel Core I5 8250U that more powerful and more efficient in term of power consumption. In term of design, there is not much different to see here since they still decide to use of plastic and aluminum housing for the chassis. By seeing how popular it is on the market, I think it’s worth for us to take look inside and see how it works on satisfying our needs. We are going to talk about it further. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Build
Lenovo puts great combination of plastic and aluminum housing for this unit. The deck area is created from plastic while the lid is designed from aluminum. Luckily, the differences between these two materials are not visible and mean people should not notice it easily and think all of it created from metal. Move into the inside, you soon notice a keyboard looks different here because it’s on black finishing rather than continuing the same design. On the top of it, there is a 15.6 inch screen that is connected by a single drop down hinge system. The hinge holds the panel very strong and impossible for us to open it with single hand.
As the result of the narrower screen, the size for the laptop is so compact. The system is weight for 4.18 pounds with dimension at 9.9 x 0.8 x 14.3 inches. 4 pounds is amazing as similar products offer much thicker and heavier design. As for the connectivity, I am not seeing anything special here although it has equipped with USB type-C port. There are two USB ports which one of them is USB 2.0 and single USB type-C as your only way on transferring and moving the data. This port is only useful for transferring our files and not meant for charging the battery.back to menu ↑
Pros and Cons
I think the huge selling point is in its keyboard a Lenovo intentionally adds similar keyboard like Thinkpad series and it feels so comfortable and solid. The Thinkpad is still better for this case, but I think the keyboard is not bad enough and better than what ASUS and Acer do here. The Chiclet style keyboard is defined from their experience on advancing it for five years and it shows a very fantastic result. The backlit support is also back again here with two level brightness levels that customized through its keyboard key. If you are looking for decent way on typing, then this is a perfect laptop for you.
I do not have any issue with the screen as I see it produces huge amount and accurate color with 97 percent of SRGB color. The real issue I have here is probably on storage. The storage is installed with 1TB HDD 5400 RPM that is big, but slow. It takes time for the system to load everything during booting process and it can be more than 2 minutes for waiting especially when you have so many applications installed. Thankfully, they give us a free M2 SSD slot, but once again you need to spend more on buying SSD storage which is not cheap.
|Lenovo Ideapad 320S 15||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel ULV Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHz|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||1TB HDD 5400 RPM|
Despite its slower storage, the performance is not an issue here. It’s all thanked to the Intel Core I5 8250U ULV processor. This Kaby Lake R generation CPU features 15 watts standard voltage where once again each company is able to adjust it based on their preference. Some companies might make it bigger and lower depending on the battery and temperature they want. Testing it with Cinebench shows the CPU manages to reach 2.8 GHz clock rate, but it only lasts for 30 seconds until the clock rate is dropped into 2.2 GHz. Sadly, the performance might not capable to reach its maximum performance despite of low TDP voltage and temperature issue. However, using it in real condition offers better result where everything runs smoothly without any lag at all.
The performance is okay, and then let’s talks about the battery life. For most all of time I always get of 6 to 7 hours of battery usage. I tested it by running Chrome while connected to the WIFI. I think the 3 cell batteries are not enough for a full day usage with no charge. I at least need another single charge for taking care of my business in entire day. The battery is fully charged in 153 minutes or less than 3 hours and hopefully not a bad time to wait for it. I just hope Lenovo could just make it better.back to menu ↑
The Lenovo 320S is one of my top recommendation for under 800 dollars to afford in 2018. The system is not perfect, however should promises of productivity and performance you need for couple of years. I recommend you to put of SSD storage for faster performance as the default storage is slow. That is the only issue you have to think of here. The price itself is affordable for almost everyone and worth for every single penny you spend here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. Make sure to leave some comments for further assistance here.