Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15 15.6″ Budget Laptop

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15 is a budget-class 15.6-inch laptop, starting at below $400. As same as the most of inexpensive Windows notebooks, the plastic-topped Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15 has an ordinary HD 1366-by-768-pixel TN screen, lacking sharpness and wide viewing angles of the Full HD IPS panels. Also, the laptop lacks keyboard backlight. On the positive side, the IdeaPad 130 15 is equipped with excellent mainstream processors – the dual-core 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7020U (similar to the i3-7100U) lower-mid-range and higher-end quad-core 8th Gen i5-8250U and i7-8550U. The laptop has 4GB of RAM soldered onto the motherboard, plus a single RAM slot for memory expansion. The IdeaPad 130 15 comes with up to 8GB of RAM, a 500GB or 1-Terabyte hard drive, and a 30 WHr battery. The battery capacity is among the smallest in the 15.6″ laptop category. Nevertheless, Lenovo claims it can last up to 5.5 hours on a charge. A nice addition to the feature set is a built-in DVD writer drive, which is missing on many modern notebooks.

Here are some example IdeaPad 130 15 configurations you can find on Lenovo.com:

  • 81H70005US: Intel i3-7020U CPU, Intel HD 620 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, $379.99
  • 81H70006US: Intel i3-7020U CPU, Intel HD 620 graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, $379.99 (same price as the previous and with better specs)
  • 81H70004US: Intel i5-8250U CPU, Intel UHD 620 graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, $549.99
  • 81H70003US: Intel i7-8550U CPU, Intel UHD 620 graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, $719.99

Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15

Here are the specs of the Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15 with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Lenovo
Laptop Type Standard non-convertible laptop

This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.
Screen Size 15.6-inch

This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
Screen Resolution 1366x768 pixels HD

This is an entry-level screen resolution, oftentimes found on budget laptops. It doesn't deliver picture sharpness and space on the screen like the Full HD or higher resolution laptop displays do.
Touchscreen No

This laptop doesn't support touchscreen input.
Other Display Specs TN type

Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Gen (low-mid-range processor for home and office use, older model)

Intel Core i5-8250U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i7-8550U 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)

Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics of 8th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)
System Memory (RAM) Size 4GB RAM

4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2022. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.

8GB RAM

The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2022. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
Data Storage 500GB HDD

This is a very good capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.

1000GB (1TB) HDD

1TB is an excellent storage capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
DVD Optical Drive DVD writer
Keyboard & Input Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

The keyboard has a separate numeric pad on the right side of the keyboard, but it has no keyboard backlight.

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11AC

The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
Ethernet Network Port Yes

This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0

A pair of full-size USB ports.
Video Output Ports 1 x HDMI

HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
Media Card Reader SD card reader

The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards with a card adapter.
Battery 2-Cell 30 WHr
Weight 4.6 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 14.8"
Depth 10"
Windows Version Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty length.

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User Reviews and Q&A on the Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15

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Current rating: 2.67 out of 5 stars
  1. 2 out of 5

    Mike Tee

    Quite useless. I installed Win 7 32bit instead of Win 10 and now cannot find driver for Bluetooth, Touch pad or Num Lock keys. Lenovo do not direct one to a site where it is possible to download – although risky sites propose drivers for a price. This is my last Lenovo product ever – never again.

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    • Syed

      Please discuss with Microsoft for stopping all services for WIN7. WIN 7 do not work at all.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Eddy Goldberg

    I got an the older 130 for my wife for internet and office applications, the specific model has an i3 cpu and SSD drive and was around $400. While Lenovo has made the expected compromises to keep the price down (screen, case, graphics, etc), the computer is surprisingly fast and certainly meets or exceeds our needs and expectations. For this type of computer use you get a lot of bang for the buck. I give 5 stars because of the value factor.

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  3. 1 out of 5

    Shayne

    Worst excuse for a laptop I have ever bought. I am quite certain these laptops were a line of rejects and lenovo is just marketing them at a low price to recoup losses. Terrible graphics, what looks like a CD drive on the side but it isn’t ( so no CD drive). Keys Heat up like a hot potato even with a fan underneath. Two USB ports, charger port, HDMI and earphone jack all on one side. Over all use, feel and look cheap plastic reject.

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    • Shayne

      Bought this laptop just under a month ago. Had to power it off at the power button because it froze. Now it won’t start. This is a junk laptop. It is trash. I strongly advise that you avoid it like the plague.

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  4. Ruan Vermeulen

    Can you insert additional RAM ?

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  5. Nigel

    Is the storage expandable, like install ssd.

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    • Danijel Z

      The laptop can accommodate both HDD and SSD, according to this datasheet:

      http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/datasheet/ideapad_130_14IKB_15IKB_datasheet_EN.pdf

      Based on that, I assume the laptop supports M.2 SSD cards besides the standard 2.5″ HDDs. But, I would suggest you to contact Lenovo or your laptop seller about that, since it is possible that some configurations don’t have an M.2 slot.

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  6. Austin

    How do you open the optical drive because it has no dvd/rom inside

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    • Danijel Z

      Hi, do you have your laptop’s model number? Like 81H70005US or similar. The IdeaPad 130 15.6″ does have a DVD drive, according to the official Lenovo site (https://laptoping.com/specs/buy/3898/). But, it is possible that DVD drive isn’t included in your unit or model.

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    • Thandeka

      How to open CD tray on lenovo 130

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    • Danijel Z

      If there’s no button on the drive’s door, chances are your unit has no DVD drive installed. Otherwise, pressing the button should open the DVD drive.

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  7. Akhil

    is the laptop with i7 and 8gb ram good for games like gta v and wwe 2k18

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    • Danijel Z

      It isn’t a good solution for gaming in general. You can play GTA 5 and WWE 2K18 on it, but only on the lowest graphics settings. Even then, gaming experience won’t be smooth, especially if your RAM is single channel (1 x 8GB instead of 2 x 4GB) and if your IdeaPad 130 configuration features the 7th Gen Intel Core / Intel HD graphics instead of 8th Gen Intel Core / Intel UHD. For better gaming, I advise you to get a laptop with a dedicated video card (such as one of the Nvidia GeForce series) instead of Intel’s HD / UHD integrated.

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  8. Manish

    What is the launched date of Lenovo ideapad 130

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    • Danijel Z

      It was released a couple of months ago.

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