Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15 15.6″ Budget Laptop
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.
|Laptop Type||Standard non-convertible laptop
This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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|
|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.
A typical laptop warranty length.
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