This 14-inch notebook from Lenovo was designed to be a Chromebook competitor. It comes with a one-year personal licence for MS Office as well as an excellent keyboard. However, the memory capacity and computing power of the notebook leave something to be desired. The cost of the Ideapad is just below 280 EUR.
The default case for the notebook is a pale shade of silver-grey. However, it’s available in two additional colours as well: blue and orange. The unit’s battery is installed firmly. However, the unit and its lid aren’t as stiff as they should be. The device does not have a flap for maintenance. However, the interior of the device can be accessed by removing its base unit. There are no discernible processing flaws.
There are dual Type-A USB ports, which meet USB 3.2 Gen 1 standards. It’s possible to connect the device to an external screen via HDMI. On the case’s right side, you’ll find an audio combo slot. There’s also a microSD memory card reader built into the device. The sound from the stereo speakers is acceptable, but the bass is lacking.
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards are supported by the Qualcomm QCA9377 WLAN chip. The transmission speeds calculated under ideal conditions, which keep the notebook and server PC close together, with no additional WLAN devices nearby, are less than impressive.
The chiclet keyboard isn’t illuminated, but it does work well for basic typing tasks. Since the notebook comes with a one-year personal licence for MS Office 365, it’s likely that the keyboard will get plenty of use. The default operating system is Windows 10 Home in S mode. However, users can upgrade to the standard version of Windows 10 at no charge.
The device display has a 14-inch Full-HD screen. Being able to see the screen clearly will depend on the viewing angle. It has a contrast of 551:1 and a brightness of 226.4 cd/m². These are suitable values for a notebook in this price range. When brightness levels are at 60% or below, the display has flickering at a 147 Hz frequency.
The colour deviation is slightly below 11, which is definitely above the target of Delta-E less than 3. A blue cast is visible on the display. If the screen is properly calibrated, the colour deviation should decrease to below 5.5. This will get rid of the blue cast, and it will also help the grey levels on the screen to appear more balanced. The screen is unable to display sRGB and AdobeRGB colour spaces.
Response Times for the Notebook Display
When display response times are measured, it demonstrates how quickly a screen is able to shift colours. When response times are slow, it can result in ghosting, which makes moving objects look blurry. It can also leave behind after images. This is something that anyone that uses their computer to play games will want to pay close attention to.
The hardware for the Slim 1 is on the weak side.
The Ideapad has 4 GM of hard-soldered RAM and a weak APU, along with eMMC memory. This makes it fairly easy for the notebook to hit its limits. This can lead to delays in both starting processes and loading. It’s a fairly sluggish notebook. When multiple sites or applications are open at the same time, it can have an impact on the device’s performance.
The APU is the AMD A6-9220e. It’s equipped with dual CPU cores, as well as Stoney Ridge and Radeon R4 GPU threads. This is a variant of the standard A6-9220 APU. It’s less responsive, and it utilizes passive healing. According to an R15 loop test from Cinebench, the APU’s CPU is only able to operate at high speeds for a brief period of time. This leads to a significant decrease in performance when the device is used for a long stretch of time. The performance is comparable with the Atom processors that were used by Intel in previous years.
When looking at the eMMC module’s transfer rates, you’ll find that it is well below what devices are capable of today. When you compare this device with other devices on the market, such as the Acer Aspire 1 A114-32, you can see the kind of performance that is possible. An M.2 SSD is an option, but it’s something that will increase the cost. This would certainly be a way for users to improve the speed of the device. The eMMC memory delivers a performance that falls short of even a cheaper SSD. Beyond that, this decision means that there’s not an effective way to improve the memory space, which is around 33 GB after things are set up. This means that a MicroSD card is the only way to add more memory to the device.
The Slim 1 is a very quiet device. It’s rare for it to become hot when it’s in use, and it doesn’t consume much energy. With that said, it doesn’t last nearly as long as we would expect it to. Our practical WLAN test, which mimics the load created when a script is used to call up websites, at 5:39 h. We really thought that the performance would be above that.
Although the 280 euro price point may seem appealing, it’s important to consider what you would be getting for your money if you opted to buy the computer. This is a slow device, and it doesn’t take much for it to go past its limits. To make matters worse, you don’t have any sort of way to speed up the system.
Although the Ideapad Slim 1-14AST-05 may have been designed to compete with the Chromebook, it simply doesn’t measure up. The performance of Chromebooks is usually well above this, even if the model’s hardware is on the weaker side.
Instead, Lenovo has saddled this device with an eMMC module, a weaker APU, and just 4 GB of RAM. This means that the notebook can barely handle Windows 10. It’s best to only keep one site or application open at a time. On top of that, the display is nothing to write home about. It’s dark, the contrast is low, and it can be difficult to view at many angles. To add to all of that, there isn’t much in the way of storage space. After everything is setup, you’ll be left with just 33 GB. We didn’t have the option of installing an SSD on our test device. Because of that, the only way to add more memory was with a MicroSD card.
Although there are plenty of drawbacks to using this device, it does have some benefits. The Ideapad has a two-year warranty from Lenovo. The chiclet keyboard is non-illuminated, but it works very well, and it’s ideal for basic word-processing tasks. It also comes with a one-year personal licence for MS Office 365. This has a value of approximately 70 euro.
If students are looking for an affordable device that is well-suited to word processing, this device may be an appealing option. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that it doesn’t provide much in the way of long-term performance. During our practical WLAN test, which is designed to simulate the load caused by using a script to call up websites, at 5:39 h. That’s not enough to get you through a full day of school. This means that students will have to bring the power supply unit along with them.