Lenovo IdeaPad S940 (14-inch, 2019) review

With its lid closed, the $2,000 Lenovo IdeaPad S940 laptop doesn’t look also various from Batterie Asus K551LN Serie other premium ultraportable laptops from Asus, Dell and Acer. It’s thin at 12.2 mm (0.5 in), it weighs less than three pounds (1.2 kg) and its metal chassis is understated and sophisticated.

But thin, light and metal are prerequisites for ultraportables and even the S940’s elements are regular at the moment for the category: Intel Core i5-8265U or Batterie Fujitsu CP672845 01 i7-8565U processor, 8GB or 16GB of onboard memory, up to 1TB PCIe SSD and integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics.

It’s not until you lift the S940’s lid that factors get far more interesting. Pc makers have already been whittling away the top rated and chargeur asus ad887020 side bezels about displays to create a laptop’s footprint ever smaller — generally in the expense of an awkwardly placed webcam or even a major chin below the show. Lenovo somehow managed to prevent both, eliminating the chin whilst maintaining the webcam above the screen.

On leading of that, the glass curves around those bezels and disappears into the lid — the world’s first laptop with this curved glass. Not only does it appear good, however it tends to make the chargeur asus adp 120rh b overall footprint far smaller than previous 14-inch laptops, although Acer’s Swift 7 is equally extraordinary for this reason.

The curved edges look good, but actually that is all they are there for Chargeur Asus Eee PC 1025C Serie — to appear good. Lenovo does offer you a few other reasons to consider this more than the smaller sized Dell XPS 13 and also the thinner, lighter Swift 7, on the other hand. Not one of those factors can be a low price tag, even though: The IdeaPad S940 begins at $1,500, but based on promotions it may be found for chargeur asus adp 45bw c much less. The configuration I tested is $2,000, and sells for AU$3,500 in Australia exactly where it really is referred to as the Yoga S940. It is currently unavailable inside the UK, but the US starting value converts to roughly GBP1,200.

Case

The IdeaPad S940 is undoubtedly certainly one of chargeur asus ad890026 by far the most appealing laptops we’ve ever reviewed. Chiseled out of aluminum and sandblasted to get a professional-looking matte finish, the Iron Grey case is both clean and appealing in its styling. The bottom cover and chargeur asus eee pc x101ch display lid both function a subtly rounded edge, that is each striking and comfy inside the hand. The display, though very reflective, is incredibly bright and bordered by tiny five mm bezels, with batterie toshiba pa3817u 1brs 48wh a special curved glass edge (literally–inspired by contemporary smartphones) rounding out the design. Apart from this eye-popping screen, the only semblance of pomp is found in the two silver Lenovo logos, a single on the lid and a single on the correct edge near the touchpad.

Weighing just 1.236 kg–with Chargeur Acer Aspire One D257 13748 D257 13836 a footprint of just 320 x 199 mm and a thickness of only 12 mm–the S940 is not the smallest device in our comparison group, but it’s also just one of two 14-inch machines inside the lineup. Only the ThinkPad X1 Carbon matches its screen size, and when the X1 weighs slightly significantly less (1.1 kg), it is a significantly larger machine at 323 x 217 x 16 mm. Despite its ultra-thin profile, we detected only mild flex inside the center of your case (above the touchpad), thanks in aspect to chargeur asus ad883020 the big rear rubber foot spanning the horizontal breadth in the major of your machine’s underside. The only correct damaging to such a compact form aspect remains the availability of palm rest real estate; users with Chargeur NP.ADT0A.012 Acer bigger hands will almost certainly find lengthier typing sessions to be much less than comfortable, because the chiseled front edge can dig into the palms.

The show lid is supported by two expertly-tuned hinges; there is certainly definitely zero bounce in transit or Batterie HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Serie even though typing–a crucial feature for any machine having a glossy display finish. Plus, the lid can be opened with a single hand, a feat that is rendered even less difficult by the aforementioned inverted webcam notch.

Connectivity

The initial area in which compromise is evident is, unsurprisingly, that of pa 1121 28 port selection. As a result of the S940’s incredibly thin profile, only USB Type-C ports are present, though two of those are Thunderbolt 3 ports (either of which can also be used to charge the machine). The third is positioned on the opposite (correct) edge of Chargeur Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140 9219) the laptop, and it is accompanied downstream by a three.five mm combo audio jack–the only other port on the complete machine.

Keyboard, Trackpad, and Audio

Lenovo is regarded as by numerous to be an expert in keyboards, and batterie asus a32n1405 significantly of that prowess shines right here. The S940 makes use of the familiar chicklet- or “smile”-style keys identified in most of Lenovo’s Yoga line of PCs. Key travel is around the shallow finish, nonetheless. That said, it really is excellent to kind on it and feels rather comfy for spacing. While deeper travel would have already been preferred resulting from how thin this laptop is, it is forgivable.

Two-stage backlighting keeps the keys well illuminated, and batterie asus a41 x550a given that the keys are a dark grey, the contrast is fantastic even in daylight.

The trackpad is huge, hitting ideal beneath the spacebar and nearly touching the bottom edge. Lenovo rightly maximized space here, and Batterie Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E320 E325 E330 E335 E145 it works well. The trackpad utilizes Microsoft Precision drivers, and the hardware is smooth, glass with no erratic behavior.

My one particular important gripe with typing on the IdeaPad S940 is really a comparable one located on the Dell XPS 13 as well as HP Spectre series. Mainly because these all use 16:9 laptop displays, the bottom deck for Chargeur Asus ZenBook UX31E SH53 CBIL UX31E SH72 CBIL your palms features a sudden drop off in comparison to some thing like Surface Laptop or the Huawei MateBook X Pro. That means your bottom palms are constantly around the metal edge in the laptop, and should you lean in, the stress can be uncomfortable immediately after 20 minutes or so. Because Microsoft makes use of a three:two show, it is actually naturally taller, which suggests the corresponding keyboard deck can also be longer, solving this issue.

Lenovo has ultimately figured the best way to Chargeur Sony ACDP 100D01 APDP 100A1 A make excellent sounding speakers. Beginning with the “all soundbar” Yoga C930, the IdeaPad S940 goes for any a lot more classic quad-speaker setup with two speakers around the bottom edge and two on the best deck. Operating with Dolby labs around the hardware and application has resulted in a number of the greatest speakers in an Ultrabook this thin. Music is loud, crisp, and Chargeur Asus ROG GL552VW CN091D it has exceptional spatial separation. Combined with that 4K HDR display, you get among the ideal media laptop experiences out there.

The chiclet keyboard is overall quite fantastic, even though travel is extremely quick (as anticipated). Feedback is well-tuned, having said that, supplying an excellent sense of certainty for keystrokes, and chargeur acer sw5 015 137z 18w actuation force is comfortable. Spacing and layout can also be familiar; the only genuine adverse here may be the modest vertical arrow keys and the PgUp/PgDown/Home/End buttons configured as alternate functions.

The keyboard is backlit with Batterie Toshiba Satellite NB10 A 103 two configurable levels of brightness. Key visibility in vibrant environments is decent, but due to the white lettering on the (dark-ish) grey background, it could be greater.

The Microsoft Precision touchpad seems sufficiently big at 105 mm x 52 mm, and it capabilities a smooth glass surface for effortless operation. The integrated buttons–always a bit of a sticking point–are also pretty very good, with Chargeur PA 1650 93 Asus medium actuation essential and a palpable sense of feedback. Drag/drop is fairly easy, also–for a clickpad.

Performance

We reviewed a high-end configuration of surface pro 4 chargeur the IdeaPad S940 total using a quad-core “Whiskey Lake” 8th-generation Core i7-8565U. It’s a speedy processor which can ordinarily churn through productivity tasks and even handle some demanding chores like video encoding.

First, in the Geekbench four synthetic benchmark, the IdeaPad S940 scored a slightly low 5,011 in the single-core test and Batterie Toshiba Satellite Pro C70 B 10F an extremely low 13,467 inside the multi-core test. The ZenBook 14 was slightly more quickly with the very same CPU at 5,245 and 14,353, respectively, as well as the less pricey Acer Swift 3 14-inch scored 5,231 and 15,117. Even so, the IdeaPad S940 did not carry out terribly inside the synthetic benchmark.

Things got a lot more concerning when we ran our usual real-world test, utilizing Handbrake to encode a 420MB video file to H.265. Our very first run saw the IdeaPad S940 take a full 411 seconds to complete the test, where other laptops with Batterie Lenovo 45N1096 45N1097 45N1098 45N1099 45N1720 45N1721 the identical CPU take less than 300 seconds. We ran it once again, and it completed in 320 seconds. We then ran it several much more instances and arrived at an average of 367 seconds.nce we started operating our benchmarks, even though, we found a discrepancy.

Performance from the Intel Core i7-8565U processor is on par with other laptops within this class but still behind Huawei, which use a more aggressive thermal profile with Batterie Fujitsu LifeBook E554 Serie dual-fans. Even though the CPU right here is fine, pushing 4K worth of pixels will tax the Intel HD graphics and bring about occasional stutters or delays. A much more reasonable configuration will be opting for any Core i5-8265U processor with just complete HD graphics. But then you miss out on that stellar display.

The 52 WHr battery is a further weak spot, due once again to that 500+ nit 4K show. If left at 20 percent screen brightness, which is still extremely intense, users can push 6.5 hours of usage. That number drops in the event you use the show at 50 % or higher, mainly because such a bright HDR screen is going to Batterie L12L4E01 Lenovo use the most power of any component, meaning you might only get 5 hours. Luckily, USB Type-C Rapid Charge (in power-off mode) can help.

Heat and fan noise are as expected. A laptop this thin operating a Core i7 U-processor will have some audible fan noise, especially if installing a Windows Update while plugged in and Chargeur de Voiture Dell Precision M70 Serie on max performance settings. It really is not poor fan noise ¡§C a slight whooshing, absent any high-pitched whines ¡§C and thinking about the all round design, it’s comparable to most laptops within this class. The bottom with the laptop also can get warm under the continuous hammering from the CPU.

Battery Life

Unfortunately, the S940 suffers surprisingly brief battery life in spite of chargeur asus exa1208eh its fairly regular battery capacity of 52 Wh. Our Wi-Fi Surfing benchmark resulted in just 4 hours and 59 minutes total runtime, which is 55% below the XPS 13’s 7 hours and 44 minutes and almost half that on the MacBook Pro 13 and Asus ZenBook 13. Given that screen brightness is held close to Chargeur Asus X751SA TY097 continuous across all models within this test, the bright display can not serve as a valid excuse here. This, perhaps much more than anything else, could possibly be a deal-breaker for all those hunting to snag a laptop for long days at perform or college.

It’s probably a safe assumption that the FHD show need to outcome in substantially superior battery runtimes. While the UHD show definitely is actually a thing of chargeur lenovo adl45wcg beauty, unless battery life basically is not a concern, we’d extremely recommend thinking of saving the cash and downgrading to that panel option rather.

Conclusion

The Lenovo IdeaPad S940 is a lovely ultraportable, fitting a amazing 14-inch screen into a sleek, very transportable package. In spite of its excellent appears and batterie pa5109u 1brs innovative contoured bezels, having said that, it fails to unseat the Dell XPS 13 as our Editors’ Selection. The XPS 13 has the appears department covered, also, and offers superior battery life using a 4K show.

In addition, the Lenovo was half a step behind its similarly configured competitors in the majority of our benchmark tests. Nevertheless, it has far more than enough muscle for general Windows use and Chargeur 795552 009 HP provides a host of winning style elements, like a comfy keyboard (verify out the narrow palm rest before proceeding, even so), surprisingly sufficient speakers, and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

If only the complete package had been so remarkable. Unfortunately, from right here, issues take a turn for the less impressive. Port choice is somewhat thin, with 800050 001/batterie hp 800050 001 two Thunderbolt three.0 ports (no devoted charging port) alongside just one other USB Type-C port and also a headset jack. Energy consumption is on the high side and battery life is disappointingly short–with chargeur surface 3/chargeur microsoft surface 3 below 5 hours measured in our internet surfing benchmark. But most troubling of all may be the machine’s unwillingness–or maybe inability–to appropriately cool itself: sustained loads outcome in temperatures climbing rapidly in to the 90s centigrade, after which point they never ever recover decrease. The result is under average CPU overall performance for Batterie Lenovo G70 70 Serie the Core i7 chip on our evaluation unit. However the laptop is equally uninterested in cooling itself when idling and below normal usage–a negligence which leads to significantly greater than regular idle surface temperatures and less-than-comfortable lap-based use in quite a few scenarios.

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