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

Usual starting price: around 380 USD* as of July 16, 2018.

Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15

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Brand Lenovo
Laptop type Standard laptop (non-convertible)
Screen size 15.6-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)
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 smooth daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 620 integrated graphics (for light gaming)

Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics (for light gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (light multi-tasking)

8GB (comfortable multi-tasking)
Data storage 500GB HDD (very good capacity, but slow)

1000GB (1TB) HDD (excellent capacity, but slow)
DVD optical drive DVD writer
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port Yes
Mobile broadband (3G, 4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 2 x USB 3.0
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader Yes (SD card reader)
Battery 2-Cell 30 WHr
Weight 4.6 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 14.8"
Depth 10"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year

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Written by Dan on July 16, 2018

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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  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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