Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15 Budget Thin & Light Laptop (15.6″, Intel or AMD CPU)

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The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15 is a budget-oriented 15.6-inch laptop. Starting at around $500 on the Lenovo US Store, it features lower-mid-range and mid-range components packed in a fairly slim and elegant chassis.

Depending on customers’ choice, the display of the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 can be either a basic non-touch TN panel with narrow viewing angles or an IPS wide viewing angle panel with touch input support. In both cases the display features the decently sharp Full HD resolution.

Inside the slick 0.7″ thin “Platinum Grey” plastic chassis, the 4-pound S340 packs either Intel’s or AMD’s processing technology. The available processor options are the Intel Core i3-8145U and i5-8265U, both with the Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics, or the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with the Vega 8 integrated graphics. All of the offered CPU options are great for the daily computing tasks. The Intel Core i5 and AMD Ryzen 5 additionally offer very decent performance for more demanding duties like video editing, although they are not high-end workstation-class chips. If you are into gaming, the best option among the three processors is the Ryzen 5, since its Vega 8 graphics is better at 3D game rendering than the Intel UHD 620. However, neither of them is close performance-wise to the full blown gaming-class video cards you can find in gaming laptops. Lenovo offers well balanced RAM and internal storage. The notebook comes with 8GB of RAM (4GB soldered on-board and 4GB in the single RAM slot) for comfortable multi-tasking and a fast solid state drive with decent 256GB capacity for storing data.

As for the battery, Lenovo has equipped the IdeaPad S340 with a capacious 52.5 WHr unit. The 52.5 WHr battery can provide up to eight hours of run time, according to Lenovo.

Another nice feature included is the keyboard backlight, which isn’t commonly found in 500-dollar laptops.

Here are the IdeaPad S340 configurations with prices, available on the Lenovo Store:

  • 81N8003TUS: No touchscreen, Full HD TN display, Intel Core i3-8145U CPU, $629.99
  • 81NC001AUS: No touchscreen, Full HD TN display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU, $649.99
  • 81N8003SUS: No touchscreen, Full HD TN display, Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, $729.99
  • 81QF0005US: With touchscreen, Full HD IPS display, Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, $829.99
  • 81QG0002US: With touchscreen, Full HD IPS display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU, $749.99

As already mentioned, all configs are with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15

Here's the specs sheet of the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Lenovo
Laptop type Standard non-convertible laptop
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes (optional)
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)

TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i3-8145U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i5-8265U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)
Graphics (GPU) AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics of Ryzen 5 (for light gaming)

Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics of 8th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)
Data storage 256GB SSD (decent capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front-facing web camera

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port No
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB-C (compact type of USB port)

2 x USB 3.1 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader SD card reader
Battery 52.5 WHr capacity
Weight 4 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 14.1"
Depth 9.6"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Published on June 10, 2019

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