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Lenovo Ideapad 320: the entry-level model for the most demanding

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The notebooks Lenovo They are popular in the Brazilian market, led mainly by the Ideapad line, which includes the most affordable models from the Chinese manufacturer. One is Ideapad 320 , which addresses different audience segments with its different hardware specifications.

I spent the last few days testing the 15-inch version with Intel processor 8th Gen Core i7, 8 GB RAM, a 1 terabyte hard drive and NVIDIA MX150 graphics chip. It’s worth it? I will say all about this in the next few paragraphs.

Design and finishing

The Ideapad 320 line has been on the market for years, with the same simple and understated design. The exterior finish is made of matte gray plastic, while the interior also has plastic, but with a finish that tries to mimic brushed steel.

Having a matte finish is great, because the scratches go unnoticed more easily. At the same time, fingerprints and handprints are still on the product and there is not much to get rid of.

I tried, but those fingerprints didn’t even come out to take the picture.

Connectivity is centered on the left side of the laptop, with power adapter plug, Ethernet port (with a smart port that opens to the RJ-45 standard), HDMI, two USB-A inputs, 3-way headphone jack, 5 mm, a USB-SD and C card reader. There is also a reset button that can be operated with a sharp object, which is rare on laptops.

On the right side there is only the Kensington lock slot and a false cover to cover the hole in which there would be an optical reader, which does not exist on the unit in question.

The 15.6-inch display model weighs 2.05 kg and is 22.9 mm thick. It is not a light or compact laptop; a smaller edge on the screen would probably allow for a smaller size. The thickness also makes the Ideapad 320 far from the ultrasound category.

Hardware and performance

The tested variant is 81G30000BR. It has an Intel Core i7-8550U processor with 1.8 GHz quad cores and can reach 4 GHz with Turbo Boost. By default, there is 8 GB of RAM, 4 GB of paste and another 4 GB in a detachable DDR4 slot of 2,133 MHz. Up to 16 GB can be placed in the removable slot, leaving the computer with 20 GB of RAM.

It also has a 4 GB NVIDIA GeForce MX150 DDR5 graphics card, which is a huge differentiator for those who need to run graphics applications or who want to play something not too hard.

In general, the notebook has excellent specifications, but that doesn’t mean it works well; the fault in this regard is the presence of HD storage rather than a SSD . Even simple tasks, such as navigating folders in Windows Explorer, require some patience. It is very common to open the Windows Task Manager and find almost 100% disk activity even with basic tasks.

The hard disk has 1 terabyte of storage and a rotation speed of 5,400 RPM. Testing with CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 found 91.34 MB / s read speed and 62.63 MB / s write speed, using a 32 GB sample. With a 2 GB sample, the results are even worse. Not only that, HD is also very loud even in idle times. If you are thinking of buying an Ideapad 320, I suggest you buy an SSD and replace it as soon as possible.

For those who like synthetic benchmarks, Ideapad 320 from this review scored 4,685 single-core points and 15,343 multi-core points in Geekbench 3. In 3DMark, the notebook reached 1,068 in Time Spy 1.0 and 10,320 points in Cloud Gate 1.1. All tests were done with factory drivers, pre-installed by Lenovo.

Display, keyboard and trackpad

The model tested by Tecnoblog It has a 15.6-inch screen with anti-glare treatment and Full HD resolution. The quality is decent. Even with a TN panel, the viewing angle does not disappoint. The colors are balanced: they are not so vibrant, but at the same time they do not wash.

In my opinion, the biggest negative point is the maximum brightness, which could be stronger. This can annoy people who work in very bright environments, but it should not be a problem in the daily life of a home user.

The Ideapad keyboard does not deviate too much from the standard category. Lenovo has also chosen to include the numeric keypad, ideal for those who work hard with numbers and spreadsheets. But the lack of backlit keys is a disadvantage and is present in several competing notebooks.

The trackpad is already annoying. Besides having a very hard click, it’s inaccurate. I clicked the right button several times and the device activated as if I had left clicked. What helped was the ELAN configuration panel, which allows you to configure each type of action on the touch panel so that you can remap the right button for a two-finger click. However, I went crazy and headed for a wireless mouse, after urging myself a lot.

Drums

Ideapad 320 has a two-cell battery that cannot be detached by 30 Wh. In practice, do not expect too much: you will hardly get more than three hours of use even with basic tasks.

That’s what happened in my test, where I easily surfed the web using Opera, listening to a song on Spotify with headphones and occasionally replying to emails via the Newton app. In another test, I edited some travel photos with Adobe Lightroom and the battery dropped from 100% to 10% in less than an hour and a half.

But one detail worth mentioning is the power supply. It is compact and has a single cable like a mobile phone charger. For those who carry their laptop frequently, this is a hand on the steering wheel, as it takes up little space in the backpack and is with one less cable to group on its own. A velcro strap is present and helps a lot in organizing the cable.

Other comments

  • The laptop has a webcam with HD resolution. Setup is not good, but it breaks a branch in conferencing and video calling.
  • A big differentiator is the fingerprint reader, which is located under the keyboard on the right. It integrates with Windows Hello and works very well. I wanted to have it in my notebook.
  • The revised model presents A card Wifi compatible with 802.11ac. The problem is the 1 × 1 standard, which allows only up to a theoretical maximum of 433 Mb / s.
  • Lenovo has included two 1.5-watt Dolby Audio speakers. They are located at the bottom, near the edge of the lid. The sound quality is not bad, but neither is it impressive.
  • Lenovo’s Windows 10 didn’t include many unnecessary programs, and it’s easy to remove them all.

conclusion

Tested Ideapad 320 has a suggested retail price of $ 4,359, but can be found in the press for about $ 3,600. The product has good technical specifications and should fit perfectly with most home users, as well as the most demanding ones, such as developers, designers and those who use heavier applications.

But I can’t help but say that the final performance is lower than expected for a laptop in this category. The reason is the absence of SSD. Lenovo was wrong not to include this type of memory for this model, which offers better response times. Unfortunately, many manufacturers have made the same mistake with laptops in the category, leaving the user to buy the part and update it.

With an SSD instead of a hard drive, I’m sure Ideapad will deliver excellent performance. At the time of publication, you can find 240 GB drives for about $ 300.

According to Lenovo itself, the customer can upgrade both RAM and storage without violating the warranty, as long as the other parts of the computer are not damaged. The company also declares that it does not guarantee the parts modified by the customer.

The weight, size, quality of the trackpad and battery life should keep users away from constant mobility, but Ideapad can be useful for those who leave their laptop in one place most of the time or move a little. With the computer the keyboard is comfortable and does not require jokes to type certain types of characters, and the screen has a good overall quality.

Lenovo Ideapad 320

PROS

  • Good processor and GPU
  • The fingerprint reader simplifies life
  • Decent quality screen

VERSUS

  • Missing SSD instead of HD
  • Reduced battery life
  • The trackpad does not respond

Final note 7.7

Design

The 7th

Screen

Nineth

Keyboard

Nineth

Touchpad

The 6th

Performance

The 7th

Drums

The 7th

software

Nineth

Technical specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8550U with 1.8 GHz quad-core (up to 4 GHz with Turbo Boost) and 8 MB cache
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM, 4 GB glued to the motherboard and 4 GB DDR4 2,133 MHz (expandable to 20 GB)
  • Storage: 1 terabyte HD, 5,400 RPM
  • Graphic card: Nvidia GeForce MX150 4 GB GDDR5 and Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Screen: 15.6 inches, TN panel, Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels)
  • Connectivity: Wireless 1 × 1 AC, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Battery: two cells, 30 Wh
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home Single Language
  • dimensions: 378 x 260 x 22.9 mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2.06 kg

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