Lenovo IdeaPad S940 (14-inch, 2019) review

With its lid closed, the $2,000 Lenovo IdeaPad S940 laptop doesn’t look too various from Batterie Asus K551LN Serie other premium ultraportable laptops from Asus, Dell and Acer. It is thin at 12.2 mm (0.5 in), it weighs much 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 in some cases the S940’s elements are normal at the moment for the category: Intel Core i5-8265U or Batterie Fujitsu CP672845 01 i7-8565U processor, 8GB or 16GB of onboard memory, as much as 1TB PCIe SSD and integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics.

It’s not till you lift the S940’s lid that things get far more fascinating. Computer makers happen to be whittling away the prime and chargeur asus ad887020 side bezels about displays to make a laptop’s footprint ever smaller — generally in the price of an awkwardly placed webcam or a big chin under the show. Lenovo somehow managed to prevent both, eliminating the chin though maintaining the webcam above the screen.

On prime of that, the glass curves around those bezels and disappears in to the lid — the world’s initial laptop with this curved glass. Not simply does it look good, however it tends to make the chargeur asus adp 120rh b general footprint far smaller sized than past 14-inch laptops, although Acer’s Swift 7 is equally extraordinary because of this.

The curved edges appear good, but seriously that’s all they’re there for Chargeur Asus Eee PC 1025C Serie — to appear nice. Lenovo does offer you a handful of other causes to think about this more than the smaller sized Dell XPS 13 and the thinner, lighter Swift 7, nonetheless. Not among those factors is actually a low price, even though: The IdeaPad S940 starts at $1,500, but according to promotions it may be identified 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’s referred to as the Yoga S940. It really is at present unavailable inside the UK, however the US starting value converts to roughly GBP1,200.

Case

The IdeaPad S940 is undoubtedly certainly one of chargeur asus ad890026 probably the most desirable laptops we’ve ever reviewed. Chiseled out of aluminum and sandblasted for any professional-looking matte finish, the Iron Grey case is each clean and appealing in its styling. The bottom cover and chargeur asus eee pc x101ch display lid both feature a subtly rounded edge, that is both striking and comfy inside the hand. The show, while hugely reflective, is exceptionally vibrant and bordered by tiny 5 mm bezels, with batterie toshiba pa3817u 1brs 48wh a special curved glass edge (literally–inspired by contemporary smartphones) rounding out the design and style. Aside from this eye-popping screen, the only semblance of pomp is located within the two silver Lenovo logos, one particular on the lid and one on the ideal edge close to the touchpad.

Weighing just 1.236 kg–with Chargeur Acer Aspire One D257 13748 D257 13836 a footprint of just 320 x 199 mm as well as a thickness of only 12 mm–the S940 isn’t the smallest device in our comparison group, but it really is also just one of two 14-inch machines in the lineup. Only the ThinkPad X1 Carbon matches its screen size, and even though the X1 weighs slightly much less (1.1 kg), it is a significantly larger machine at 323 x 217 x 16 mm. In spite of its ultra-thin profile, we detected only mild flex within the center on the case (above the touchpad), thanks in portion to chargeur asus ad883020 the huge rear rubber foot spanning the horizontal breadth of your top rated from the machine’s underside. The only accurate adverse to such a compact form issue remains the availability of palm rest actual estate; users with Chargeur NP.ADT0A.012 Acer larger hands will almost certainly discover lengthier typing sessions to become less than comfy, because the chiseled front edge can dig into the palms.

The display lid is supported by two expertly-tuned hinges; there is certainly completely zero bounce in transit or Batterie HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Serie even though typing–a crucial function for a machine using a glossy display finish. Plus, the lid is usually opened with a single hand, a feat which is rendered even much easier by the aforementioned inverted webcam notch.

Connectivity

The initially location in which compromise is evident is, unsurprisingly, that of pa 1121 28 port choice. Because of the S940’s incredibly thin profile, only USB Type-C ports are present, although two of these are Thunderbolt 3 ports (either of which can also be applied to charge the machine). The third is situated around the opposite (right) edge of Chargeur Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140 9219) the laptop, and it really is accompanied downstream by a 3.5 mm combo audio jack–the only other port around the whole machine.

Keyboard, Trackpad, and Audio

Lenovo is regarded as by lots of to be an expert in keyboards, and batterie asus a32n1405 a great deal of that prowess shines here. The S940 makes use of the familiar chicklet- or “smile”-style keys discovered in the majority of Lenovo’s Yoga line of PCs. Crucial travel is on the shallow finish, nonetheless. That stated, it is exceptional to sort on it and feels pretty comfortable for spacing. When deeper travel would happen to be preferred resulting from how thin this laptop is, it’s forgivable.

Two-stage backlighting keeps the keys properly illuminated, and batterie asus a41 x550a due to the fact the keys are a dark grey, the contrast is outstanding even in daylight.

The trackpad is major, hitting right below the spacebar and almost touching the bottom edge. Lenovo rightly maximized space here, and Batterie Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E320 E325 E330 E335 E145 it functions properly. The trackpad makes use of Microsoft Precision drivers, plus the hardware is smooth, glass with no erratic behavior.

My 1 big gripe with typing around the IdeaPad S940 is actually a equivalent 1 identified on the Dell XPS 13 and in some cases HP Spectre series. Simply because these all use 16:9 laptop displays, the bottom deck for Chargeur Asus ZenBook UX31E SH53 CBIL UX31E SH72 CBIL your palms includes a sudden drop off compared to one thing like Surface Laptop or the Huawei MateBook X Pro. That indicates your bottom palms are constantly around the metal edge of your laptop, and if you lean in, the stress may be uncomfortable just after 20 minutes or so. Because Microsoft utilizes a 3:2 show, it is naturally taller, which indicates the corresponding keyboard deck can also be longer, solving this trouble.

Lenovo has lastly figured the way to Chargeur Sony ACDP 100D01 APDP 100A1 A make good sounding speakers. Starting with all the “all soundbar” Yoga C930, the IdeaPad S940 goes for a additional conventional quad-speaker setup with two speakers around the bottom edge and two around the best deck. Operating with Dolby labs around the hardware and application has resulted in many 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 certainly one of the most beneficial media laptop experiences out there.

The chiclet keyboard is all round very very good, although travel is very short (as anticipated). Feedback is well-tuned, even so, giving a very good sense of certainty for keystrokes, and chargeur acer sw5 015 137z 18w actuation force is comfortable. Spacing and layout is also familiar; the only actual unfavorable here is definitely 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. Important visibility in vibrant environments is decent, but due to the white lettering around the (dark-ish) grey background, it may be far better.

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 little of a sticking point–are also rather excellent, with Chargeur PA 1650 93 Asus medium actuation expected in addition to a palpable sense of feedback. Drag/drop is comparatively uncomplicated, also–for a clickpad.

Performance

We reviewed a high-end configuration of surface pro 4 chargeur the IdeaPad S940 comprehensive having a quad-core “Whiskey Lake” 8th-generation Core i7-8565U. It really is a fast processor which will typically churn via productivity tasks and in some cases deal with some demanding chores like video encoding.

First, in the Geekbench 4 synthetic benchmark, the IdeaPad S940 scored a slightly low 5,011 within the single-core test and Batterie Toshiba Satellite Pro C70 B 10F a really low 13,467 in the multi-core test. The ZenBook 14 was slightly quicker with the same CPU at 5,245 and 14,353, respectively, along with the significantly less highly-priced Acer Swift 3 14-inch scored five,231 and 15,117. Even so, the IdeaPad S940 didn’t perform terribly inside the synthetic benchmark.

Things got far more regarding when we ran our usual real-world test, working with Handbrake to encode a 420MB video file to H.265. Our initially run saw the IdeaPad S940 take a full 411 seconds to finish the test, exactly where other laptops with Batterie Lenovo 45N1096 45N1097 45N1098 45N1099 45N1720 45N1721 the same CPU take much less than 300 seconds. We ran it once again, and it completed in 320 seconds. We then ran it a few more instances and arrived at an typical of 367 seconds.nce we started running our benchmarks, although, we found a discrepancy.

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

The 52 WHr battery is an additional weak spot, due once again to that 500+ nit 4K show. If left at 20 percent screen brightness, which can be nevertheless pretty intense, customers can push 6.five hours of usage. That number drops if you make use of the show at 50 % or larger, because such a bright HDR screen is going to Batterie L12L4E01 Lenovo make use of the most energy of any component, meaning you could possibly only get five hours. Fortunately, USB Type-C Rapid Charge (in power-off mode) will help.

Heat and fan noise are as expected. A laptop this thin operating a Core i7 U-processor will have some audible fan noise, particularly if installing a Windows Update when plugged in and Chargeur de Voiture Dell Precision M70 Serie on max efficiency settings. It’s not negative fan noise ¡§C a slight whooshing, absent any high-pitched whines ¡§C and considering the all round style, it is comparable to most laptops in this class. The bottom in the laptop may also get warm below the continual hammering with the CPU.

Battery Life

Unfortunately, the S940 suffers surprisingly short battery life in spite of chargeur asus exa1208eh its fairly standard battery capacity of 52 Wh. Our Wi-Fi Surfing benchmark resulted in just four hours and 59 minutes total runtime, that is 55% beneath the XPS 13’s 7 hours and 44 minutes and nearly half that of your MacBook Pro 13 and Asus ZenBook 13. Due to the fact screen brightness is held close to Chargeur Asus X751SA TY097 constant across all models in this test, the bright display cannot serve as a valid excuse right here. This, perhaps much more than anything else, may very well be a deal-breaker for all those searching to snag a laptop for long days at perform or school.

It’s almost certainly a secure assumption that the FHD show must result in drastically better battery runtimes. Even though the UHD display genuinely is actually a thing of chargeur lenovo adl45wcg beauty, unless battery life merely isn’t a concern, we’d very recommend taking into consideration saving the cash and downgrading to that panel selection alternatively.

Conclusion

The Lenovo IdeaPad S940 is really a attractive ultraportable, fitting a stunning 14-inch screen into a sleek, hugely portable package. Despite its excellent appears and batterie pa5109u 1brs innovative contoured bezels, however, it fails to unseat the Dell XPS 13 as our Editors’ Selection. The XPS 13 has the looks department covered, also, and delivers superior battery life having a 4K display.

In addition, the Lenovo was half a step behind its similarly configured competitors in the majority of our benchmark tests. Nevertheless, it has additional than adequate muscle for basic Windows use and Chargeur 795552 009 HP gives a host of winning design elements, such as a comfy keyboard (verify out the narrow palm rest ahead of proceeding, having said that), surprisingly adequate speakers, and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

If only the complete package had been so outstanding. However, from right here, factors take a turn for the significantly less impressive. Port selection is somewhat thin, with 800050 001/batterie hp 800050 001 two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports (no devoted charging port) alongside just one other USB Type-C port along with a headset jack. Power consumption is around the higher side and battery life is disappointingly short–with chargeur surface 3/chargeur microsoft surface 3 under five hours measured in our web surfing benchmark. But most troubling of all may be the machine’s unwillingness–or probably inability–to properly cool itself: sustained loads result in temperatures climbing immediately into the 90s centigrade, following which point they by no means recover reduce. The outcome is below typical CPU functionality for Batterie Lenovo G70 70 Serie the Core i7 chip on our review unit. But the laptop is equally uninterested in cooling itself while idling and below normal usage–a negligence which results in a lot greater than typical idle surface temperatures and less-than-comfortable lap-based use in a lot of conditions.

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