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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

Hi, I want to review my new Ideapad 320s from Lenovo today.

 

1. Specs

CPU: Core i5-8250U (configured with TDPup to 25W, 4 cores/8 threads)

RAM: 8GB DDR4-2400 (soldered)

Storage: 500GB Samsung PM961 (basically a 960 Evo for OEMs)

Display: 13.3" 1080p IPS

GFX: Intel UHD 620 / Geforce MX150

 

2. Ports

Left:

Power in, USB 3.0 Type A, Headphone/Microphone combo Jack

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Right: 

Full size HDMI, USB 3.0 Type A, USB 3.0 Type C, Micro SD card slot, reset switch

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3. Exterior, speakers etc.

-> Speakers The speakers are (sadly) located on the bottom of the machine, in the front.

They don't really sound that well, even if you just want to watch youtube you probably should use either a bluetooth or Aux speaker or just headphones.

(You can see the speaker grills on the pictures for the ports.)

-> Keyboard 

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The white backlit keyboard is (in my opinion) really nice. It's not mushy, it is clearly defined. 10/10 for the keyboard! :)

-> Trackpad The trackpad though, is another story. It really doesn't like 2 finger operations, which makes moving windows etc. kinda hard. It doesn't use windows precision, ELAN or sinaptics drivers, it uses standard plain old windows drivers. It uses windows precision drivers. The gestures are OK. Lenovo could really have done a better job here, especially with the 2 finger operations.

-> Exterior The backside of the lid and the bottom are made out of aluminum, the inside is plastic. The plastic feels kinda cheap, but oh well.

The lid: 

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the bottom:

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4. Battery and performance

-> Battery: It is powered by a 36Wh battery. According to Lenovo, it should last about 5 to 6 hours. In my testing with browsing and writing in documents, it was closer to 4.

-> Performance: Here comes the interesting part!

The CPU gets 507cb in Cinebench R15 multicore.

In GTA V, 1080p normal to high settings, it gets 45FPS on average.

Further testing will be added.

 

In GTA the MX150 never got warmer than 64°C, and the CPU never exceeded 76°C.

It is not quiet, but I wouldn't say that it is loud. 

In idle the CPU hovers around 50°C, and the device is quiet. The fan isn't turned off, but it isn't easy to hear.

The MX150 is, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, disabled. The UHD 620 takes over the display here.

 

5. Pricing and models

There is a 14" and a 13" version, only the 13" one has 8th Gen CPUs and the MX150.

The cheapest 13" one includes an i3-7100U, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It costs 600€.

If you want the MX150, you have to get the one with the i5-8250U, 8GB of RAM and the 500GB SSD for 999€.

There is also a model with an i7-8550U, but it lacks the MX150. It also costs 999€.

 

 

I will add some more later, but this has to do it for now.

The battery of it is almost empty :D

 

Extra

Here's the bottom with the cover taken off:

I've finally gotten myself to do it, I was a bit hesitant to do it first :D

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Edited by TheLaserCucumber
Added bottom cover off pic

Main PC: i7 6700K @ 4.5GHz / ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 / GTX 1070 FE / 16GB DDR4-2666 / Samsung 960 Evo 500GB & Seagate FireCuda SSHD 2TB

Laptop: i5 8250U / Geforce MX150 & UHD 620 / 8GB DDR4-2400 / 500GB Samsung PM961 (Lenovo Ideapad 320s) <-- click there for the review

HTPC: Intel Core i5 2500 / GTX 1050Ti / 8GB Kingston DDR3-1333 / Samsung PM871 256GB / Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB (basically a HP Pro 3500 MT)

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I was waiting for a review on Ideapad 320S 13.3 inch and you did it! Nice review.

 

Some questions, could you stress test the CPU? (long, heavy load) I'm eager to know how the CPU perform. (Clock speed and temp)

 

Edit: A useful tip, you can change the trackpad driver to a Precision driver. Google it.


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Keyboard - Tecware Phantom TKL (red backlit, Outemu brown switch), MYR 139 (34.16 USD)

Headphones - SonicGear Vibra 5 (no mic), MYR 50 (12.29 USD)

Speakers - SonicGear Quadro 2 mini speakers, MYR 26 (6.39 USD)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
56 minutes ago, ZM Fong said:

I was waiting for a review on Ideapad 320S 13.3 inch and you did it! Nice review.

Thank you, nice to hear that!

 

56 minutes ago, ZM Fong said:

Some questions, could you stress test the CPU? (long, heavy load) I'm eager to know how the CPU perform. (Clock speed and temp)

You can indeed stress it. Without stressing the MX150 too, it is around 75°C and is boosting to 2.3 - 2.4GHz on all 4 cores.

With the MX150, the temps rise a bit, but not by much. Maybe 5 - 10°C. The boost clock still is 2.3 - 2.4GHz.

58 minutes ago, ZM Fong said:

Edit: A useful tip, you can change the trackpad driver to a Precision driver. Google it.

I tried this, but windows said "No compatible drivers found for your device" even though I downloaded and extracted them...


Main PC: i7 6700K @ 4.5GHz / ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 / GTX 1070 FE / 16GB DDR4-2666 / Samsung 960 Evo 500GB & Seagate FireCuda SSHD 2TB

Laptop: i5 8250U / Geforce MX150 & UHD 620 / 8GB DDR4-2400 / 500GB Samsung PM961 (Lenovo Ideapad 320s) <-- click there for the review

HTPC: Intel Core i5 2500 / GTX 1050Ti / 8GB Kingston DDR3-1333 / Samsung PM871 256GB / Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB (basically a HP Pro 3500 MT)

(Don't tell me i should Name them, i don't want to ^^)

 

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