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

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Laptop Type

Standard laptop

Screen Size


Screen Resolution

1366×768 pixels (HD)



Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor (CPU)

Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Gen dual-core 2.4GHz 3MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 38)
Intel Core i5-8250U 8th Gen quad-core 1.6-3.4GHz 6MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 62)
Intel Core i7-8550U 8th Gen quad-core 1.8-4GHz 8MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 65)

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD 620 integrated graphics (User Benchmark GPU score: 7)
Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics (User Benchmark GPU score: 7)

System Memory (RAM)



1000GB (1TB) HDD

DVD Optical Drive

DVD writer


Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack





Ethernet LAN


Mobile Broadband (3G, 4G LTE)





2 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)


2-Cell 30 WHr


4.6 pounds







Windows Version

Windows 10 Home



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Written by Dan Z on July 16, 2018

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15

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2.67 out of 5
(3 user reviews) Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15

  1. Rated 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.

  2. Rated 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.

  3. Rated 1 out of 5


    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.

    • 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.

  4. Ruan Vermeulen

    Can you insert additional RAM ?

  5. Nigel

    Is the storage expandable, like install ssd.

  6. Austin

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

    • Danijel Z

      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.

    • Thandeka

      How to open CD tray on lenovo 130

      • Danijel Z

        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.

  7. Akhil

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

    • Danijel Z

      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.

  8. Manish

    What is the launched date of Lenovo ideapad 130

    • Danijel Z

      It was released a couple of months ago.

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