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Tested! Lenovo IdeaPad S145 Review

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Published on Oct 21, 2019

Here are the main pointers for the 2019 Lenovo IdeaPad S145 laptop:

- Plenty of USB-A ports
- Simplified charging kit
- Screen gets Full HD resolution
- But woefully underpowered
- Screen lacks colour
- Non-precision touchpad

Lenovo IdeaPad S145 Pricing is as follows:
- Lenovo IdeaPad S145 with Intel Core i3-8145U CPU, 4GB/1TB = Rs 31,990 approx.
- Lenovo IdeaPad S145 with AMD RYZEN 3 3200U, 4GB/1TB = Rs. 23,999 approx.

Key Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad S145:
Processor: 8th Generation Core Intel I3-8145U processor, 2.1 Ghz base speed, 3.9 Ghz max speed, 2 cores, 4Mb smart Cache
OR
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor, 2.6 Ghz base speed, 3.5 Ghz max speed, 2 cores, 4 Mb Cache
Operating System: Pre-loaded Windows 10 Home with lifetime validity
Display: 15.6-inch screen with (1920X1080) full HD display | Anti Glare technology
Memory and Storage: 4 GB RAM | Storage 1 TB HDD
Design and battery: Thin and light Laptop| 180 Degree Hinge| Laptop weight 1.85kg | Battery Life: Upto 5.5 hours as per MobileMark
This genuine Lenovo Laptop comes with 1 year onsite domestic warranty from Lenovo covering manufacturing defects and not covering physical damage.
Inside the box: Laptop, Charger, User Manual | With Microsoft Office 2019
Ports and Optical Drive: 1 HDMI, 2 USB 3.0, USB 2.0 |4-in-1 card reader (SD,SDHC,SDXC,MMC)|Combo audio and microphone jack |No Optical Drive

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Verdict of our review of the Lenovo Ideapad S145:
The Lenovo IdeaPad S145 offers decent value in most areas but begs to be upgraded with double the RAM and a solid-state drive right at the time of purchase.

Read our full review of the Lenovo IdeaPad S145:
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Performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad S145:
Though the new IdeaPad S145 is offered with up to an AMD Ryzen 5 3000-series processor on Lenovo's official website, our review unit came with an Intel Core i3-8145U CPU (the Whiskey Lake refresh from last year) with 4GB of RAM. Storage was taken care of by a WD Blue 1TB hard drive spinning at 5,400rpm. Needless to say, there was no discrete graphics card on board; only the Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU. According to the hardware maintenance manual published by Lenovo, the 4GB of onboard memory can be expanded up to a maximum of 12GB by adding an 8GB DDR4 RAM chip.

The review unit fared decently on our CPU and GPU benchmarks. At least its scores were better than those of the IdeaPad 330 and IdeaPad 330S from last year. On PCMark 8’s Conventional Creative test, the review unit bagged 2805 points, which is nearly three times over the IdeaPad 330’s score and nearly 300 points more than the IdeaPad 330S’ on the same test. The scores were similar on PCMark 8’s Conventional Home and Work tests. On 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Sky Diver, the review unit picked up 796 and 3385 points respectively.

Everyday performance of the IdeaPad S145 review unit was woefully bad, but I can confidently chalk that up to the low RAM and sluggish hard drive inside. The laptop took well over two minutes to cold-boot to the Windows 10 desktop and be fully ready for use. The Start menu took over six seconds to pop up on an average. There were constant stutters and window freezes while using everyday applications like Chrome, File Explorer, and OneNote one at a time. Maximising a window would sometimes take up to five seconds to happen, and the contents inside would get stretched and distorted in the process. Even a single YouTube video in the foreground would often stutter and stammer.

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