So, I have received the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop from Ahmedabad for review. So, I have unboxed it and reviewed it from A to Z. And, here is my perspective.

Technical Specs of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.
  • CPU: 1.0 GHz Intel Core i5-1035G1 | 10th Gen | 4 Cores | 6MB Cache
  • GPU: Integrated Intel graphics
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 | 2666MHz | Dual channel | Not upgradable
  • Storage: 1TB 5400RPM HDD + 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Display: 14-inch FHD | IPS and Anti-glare panel | 223 Nits
  • Battery: 52.5Wh Li-ion | 3 Cell | Approx 8 hrs and 39 minutes on YouTube
  • Wireless connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4
  • Weight: 1.55 Kg (3.42 lbs)
  • Laptop dimensions: 32.3 x 23 x 1.8 cms

The Build Quality

The pretty solid build quality of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.

This Lenovo laptop has metal lid with poly carbon base. It gives it a pretty solid build. The aluminium lid contributes heavily on durability side while keeping the weight very low. In addition, the design is classic not a premium one that you get in Acer or Asus laptops of price Rs 60,000 in India.

Furthermore, the palm rest easily attracts the fingerprints. But, it's pretty easy to clean using a micro fiber cloth. In addition, I have not detected any colour change on surface over-the-use.

Dimensions and Weight

The dimensions of this Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN are 12.7-inch in width, 9-inch in depth, and 0.7-inch in height. In addition to that, I have also measured the weight using Propert's weighing scale.

  • For laptop only: 1.55 kg (2.6 lbs)
  • For laptop + Accessories: 1.7 kg (3.74 lbs)

Here, I have checked the laptop's weight is its charging accessories, so that, you can get an idea about the total weight you may need to carry while travelling.

When compared it with other laptops under Rs 60,000 in India, I found this Lenovo IdeaPad S340 average lightweight.

Display

14-inch FHD IPS display of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop has 14-inch FHD IPS display with 60Hz refresh rate. In addition, the screen contrast ratio is 1114:1, which is above than the lower limit we recommend (1000:1). The display has good viewing angles. Furthermore, the display is surrounded by 6mm side bezels.

In case of this laptop, I have no option to check for G-Sync availability because it has no NVIDIA GPU. It's not a dedicated gaming laptop. But, it can fulfil your gaming needs up to certain limit.

To check the screen colour reproduction, I have tested screen colour gamut using Spyder 5 PRO. And, here are our results of 3 tests for SRGB, AdobeRGB, and NTSC.

Screen colour gamut of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.

As you can see the results are not up-to-the-mark to meet the goals of content creators like photo and video editors. But, this result is perfectly fine for office-level jobs.

See in the below chart where this laptop in the comparison of other laptops of nearly similar prices.

Screen colour gamut of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop compared with other laptops of same price.

In addition to that, I have also tested the brightness of this laptop in terms of display nits. And, here are my results.

Display nits of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop at different brightness levels.

At LaptopRadar.In, our review unit has reached the 223.4 nits, which is too below than we recommend. At our lab, we recommend at least 290-300 nits for easier visibility of content in direct sunlight.

When compared it with other laptops under Rs 60,000 price, Acer swift 3 has secured 2nd last position and that's pretty awesome.

Display Nits of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop compared with other laptops of same price.

In addition to that, When I have moved the screen up and down to check flex, I found a little bit of flex. But, to be honest, it wasn't problematic for me. The display has also aluminium lid which contributes more in flex reduction.

Furthermore, the hinge runs mostly along the base and it allows the display to turn 180-degree right back to keyboard. When I have tried to open the display using one finger, I have also lifted the base along with display. That shows the uneven distribution of weight across the hinge.

Keyboard

The chiclet keyboard of this Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop has gray keys and white fonts on it including secondary functions. The keyboard has poly carbon island.

During typing, I found the keys were travelling almost 1.45mm distance down and tactile feedback I got was consistent. However, the keys are a little bit noisy but you will find them considerably silent when compared to the mechanical keyboards.

In addition, it has zonal white backlit also which is able to illuminate both primary and secondary key functions.

Keyboard backlit of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.

The shape of the power button is quite different compared to other laptops I have tested till now. It's too thin. But, I liked the placement. Like many Acer and Asus laptops, there will be nearly no possibilities of accidental wrong press.

Furthermore, the size and placement of Up and Down arrow keys are pretty disappointing. It triggers the accidental wrong press very easily. So, overall, the keyboard is better than the Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 M513 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptops.

Touchpad

The touchpad of this laptop is made of plastic and occupies the area of 4.1 x 2.75 inches. At LaptopRadar.In, we found it pretty smooth, responsive, and accurate. And, you'll be surprised to know that the touchpad supports Windows precision drivers.

Furthermore, it clicks down anywhere. It's pretty solid and doesn't get bend down anywhere unlike Mi Notebook 14's touchpad. However, for gaming, it's not a good. You have to buy a dedicated gaming mouse.

RAM

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop comes with 8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 Dual Channel RAM. Here, the 4GB out of 8GB is soldered RAM. So, you can't upgrade it. But, from amount's perspective, it's enough for smooth multitasking at office level.

In addition to that, below I have compared it with the RAM of other laptops of Rs 60,000.

  • Mi Notebook 14 Horizon: 8GB DDR4 | 2666MHz | Single Channel | No upgrade option (read full review)
  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: 8GB DDR4 | 2400MHz | Dual Channel | Upgradable to 32GB (read full review)
  • Dell Inspiron 3593: 8GB DDR4 | 2666MHz | Single channel | Upgradable to 16GB (read review)
  • Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: 8GB LPDDR4X | 3733MHz | Dual channel | Not upgradable (review)
  • Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: 8GB DDR4 | 2400MHz | Dual channel | Expandable to 12GB
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S145: 8GB DDR4 | 2400MHz | Single channel | Upgradable to 12GB
  • HP 14s DR1009TU: 8GB DDR4 | 2666MHz | Dual channel | Upgradable to 16GB
  • Dell Inspiron 14 3493: 8GB DDR4 | 2666MHz | Single channel | Not upgradable
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: 8GB DDR4 | 2666MHz | Single channel | Upgradable to 12GB

CPU and GPU Performance

The Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU and Intel UHD GPU is powering the laptop's performance. In addition, it got 256GB of PCIe-based SSD storage. So that, you will be able to open and edit large files smoothly. It has also 1TB of hard disk.

CPU and GPU Benchmarks

To check the performance CPU, I have conducted the Cinebench tests. Cinebench score represents the CPU's performance.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop's Cinebench R20 scores.

As you can, there's no difference I got when I used the cooling pad. The CB single and multi core scores were 403 and 1382, respectively. It means, don't buy a cooling pad because its use has shown no effect on the performance score.

In addition to that, see in the below where this Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN is, when compared to other laptops of price nearly Rs 60,000.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN CB single core score compared with other laptops.

As you can see in the above image, our Lenovo laptop is at 5th last position in CB single core score comparison but that's still pretty good achievement. he Core i5 laptop should be above 400 score at least.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop Cinebench R20 multi core score compared with other laptops.

The same position. I'm impressed.

In addition, I have also checked Geekbench 5 benchmark performance.

Geekbench 5 scores for Lenovo IdeaPad S14 S403Ja laptop.

In a test at LaptopRadar.In by Geekbench 5, the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop has achieved 1084 score on single core and 3386 score on multi core. See where it's when compared with other laptops under Rs 60,000.

Geekbench 5 single core score of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop compared with other laptops of same pricec.

The GB single core score is good and our dear Lenovo laptop is at 4th position. If you look at Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop (review), it's at 3rd last despite having Intel Core i7 processor.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop Geekbench 5 multi core score compared with other laptops.

As you can see in the above image, our Lenovo laptop has shown a good position in the comparison of Geekbench 5 multi core score.

Now, what does this scores tell?

It tells the performance of the laptop. The higher the score, the higher the performance. Here, you have to consider the multi-core score. Take a note that, Geekbench doesn’t put an excessive load on the CPU like Cinebench R20. And, Geekbench considers mainly productivity tasks like emailing, browsing, multitasking, and etc, to evaluate the hardware.

And, these ways cannot give you an idea about the cooling solution. Because tiny tasks don’t make much stress on the CPU. Hence, If the laptop has a higher Geekbench multi-core score means its capability for productivity is much better. But, at the same time, information about thermal throttling and the cooling solution will remain unanswered by this tool.

Average CPU and GPU Clock Speeds

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN has Intel Core i5-1035G1 which has a base speed of 1.0GHz and can be overclocked to 3.6GHz.

The average CPU and GPU clock speeds were measured by performing the stress test using AIDA64 tool. The average of 3 runs is in the below image.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN average CPU clock speed during different modes of stress tests.

As Intel UHD GPU is integrated on the same board, I've not checked its speed separately. The CPU clock speed was 2675 during stress test at an auto fan and raised by 9MHz when the cooling pad was introduced. It gives you an idea that cooling pad is nearly useless to buy for this laptop for performance increment.

Furthermore, as Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN is not a gaming laptop, I don't have to check it for TDP as it isn't required here. I would have done it if this was a gaming laptop.

Video Editing Performance

In this test, I have exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video in YouTube 4K H.264 preset using Adobe Premier CC. And I have repeated the same test 4 times further to show you the average result.

Video export benchmarks of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.

So, during my test of video export in 4K preset, the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 has ended up in on average 30 minutes and 41 seconds. That’s too much.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop's video export benchmark compared with other laptops.

I'm a little bit disappointed because of performance during video export. Till now, I have criticised the Mi Notebook, but I think I've to upvote it in this section. Also, it's worth to mention that this laptop wasn't all-time smooth during video editing.

Thermal Performance

I've performed the thermal performance test using AIDA64 tool to check whether a cooling pad is useful in temperature reduction or not.

Average CPU temperatures of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop during different modes of stress test.

So, you can see in the above image that the cooling pad has reduced the CPU temperature from 81 to 78 degrees Celsius, which is average but not good.

Furthermore, in the following chart, I have compared the temperatures of laptops measured during stress test at an auto fan.

CPU temperature of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN is compared with other laptops during stress test at auto fan

As per the above chart, this machine is at middle that shows the average temperature of the processor during the processor-intensive tasks like video editing, gaming, and like. That directly reflects the average-efficient thermal management when compared to other laptops shown in that chart.

In addition, I have also checked for laptop's exterior temperature.

  • At idle: Keyboard and palm rest were cool.
  • During stress test at auto fan: Palm rest was cool and Keyboard was at mid 37 degrees C. The exterior above the function keys was hot.
  • With the use of cooling pad: I found little bit cooler scene than the above test.

Noise Emitted by Fans

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop fan's noise during stress tests.

At idle, the fan was very silent, not audible. But, when stress test was going on, the noise level was varying around 42.7dB.

In addition, also find position in terms of fan noise emission when compared to laptops of price under Rs 60,000.

Fan noise of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN during stress test was compared with other laptops of same price.

You can see in the above chart that Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN comes with the second-most silent fan whereas Dell Inspiron 14 3493 has the most noisy fan when I ran the stress test at auto fan.

Camera and Microphone

The 720p camera and microphone are placed at the top bezel of the display. I have tested both of them outdoor. And, my ratings for both ended with 5/10. In addition to that, the camera in this laptop doesn't support Windows Hello unlock.

Here is the position of this Lenovo device when compared with other laptops of Rs 60,000 price.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop camera compared with other laptops of price under Rs 60K.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN microphone quality compared with other laptops of price under Rs 60K.

Speakers

The 2 down-firing speakers are placed at the front side of the laptop. And, both are pretty loud. The Digitech's sound level meter has measured the sound level of 84dB while YouTube video was being played.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop's speaker compared with other laptops.

So, from the comparison, I can say the Lenovo got pretty good speaker.

Ports

On the left side, there are the following ports from left to right.

  • 1 Power input
  • 1 HDMI 2.0
  • 1 USB Type-C Gen-1
  • 1 3.5mm Audio/combo jack
USB Type-C port's availability comparison.

You can see that there two laptops, Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 and Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA, that they have thunderbolt-3 port.

On the right side, there are the following ports from left to right.

  • 1 Full size SD card reader
  • 2 USB Type-A 3.1 Gen-1

On the back, there are only air exhausts. And, on the back cover, there is one belt of air intake vents.

Battery

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop has 52.5Wh battery.

It has lasted for 132 minutes during the continuous stress test and for 519 minutes while watching YouTube videos at 50% of screen brightness, keyboard backlightings off, and background apps disabled.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop battery life.
Battery capacity of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN compared with other laptops.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN battery life compared with other laptops during stress test at auto fan.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop battery life compared with other laptops during YouTube watching.

Storage

Let me tell you that this Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN has a 256GB of PCIe-based SSD storage. I have measured its speed and performance using CrystalDiskMark. CrystalDiskMark is a tool most popular for the measurement of storage's performance.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop storage speed test results.

You can see that it's too fast at reading and writing. The reading speed is almost 3067MB/sec and writing speed is almost 1073MB/sec.

Final Thoughts

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN is feature-rich at some extent and cheap to buy. It's classic design but pretty solid build laptop. The display is made of all-aluminium and the base of made of poly carbon. It's not for professional photo and video editors because the display's colour gamut aren't up to the mark. Also, the display's brightness is disappointing. The keyboard is tactile and touchpad is smooth, responsive, and accurate. And, it also supports Windows precision drivers. So, quite a better results for content writers, bloggers, and programmers. When it comes to performance, the benchmark scores like Cinebench and Geekbench have impressed me. I was also impressed when I have compared laptop's performance with other laptops under Rs 60,000 price. It basically reveals the good internals and efficient thermal management. However, this Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN laptop is average good for video conference. The speakers are pretty much loud and its 256GB of SSD storage is extremely fast. Overall, quite a good but classic design laptop to buy under Rs 60,000 in India.

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