Everyday laptops are supposed to be effective, self-sufficient and affordable. Innovation comes at a price tag and the inexpensive customer is not eyeing some elaborate technology in his everyday machine. There need not be the most tech-savvy laptop out there in the market but the customer must feel that they brought home a worthy product. Lenovo, in its drive to excel and do things differently, missed out on the customers’ satisfaction quotient with its new model, the Ideapad 320. Let us read in detail about what this device has to offer.
Reading in between the lines
As always, Lenovo has modernised the design and appearances of its laptops and the Ideapad 320 now seems like a healthier version of the Ideapad 310. Even though Ideapad 320 is big and voluminous as all other laptops in its classification, it looks sleeker from all angles. It is smooth in touch and is well built almost everywhere. It is a large 1920 x 1080p display, good for watching movies good thing, but with a clause: You can watch videos or read text on its display without hurting your eyes only while you look straight at it. With a total luminance value of just 175 lux at the center, the brightness of the Ideapad 320 is even worse than its precursors. The machine has new Intel Core i5-7200U processor, being one of the most prevalent processors you get at this cost. This CPU has been coupled with 16GB DDR4 RAM and a separate 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU. The GeForce 940MX is not a very gaming friendly GPU making Ideapad 320 the last choice for gamers. Audio quality has developed from last year, but it still lacks quality and volume. This device, with a 1080p screen resolution, maintains a battery life of 4 hours.
|What’s cool||What’s not so cool|
|Great Performance||Poor Display Quality|
UPDATED DESIGN GRABS NO EYEBALLS
Design fails to mesmerize
Talking about the build and design of the laptop, they have undergone quite a few modifications. The dual tone outside with non-glossy and scratchy plastic has been replaced with a matte plastic exterior. There is some conspicuous stretch in the keyboard deck and in the lid. It has been designed 1mm sleeker than the previous model, keeping the height constant. Despite this minute change, this laptop has a classy air about, especially at first sight. The price is reasonable with respect to other models, offering a handful of colour variants too. One problem is that the Ideapad 320 line-up starts at around 20K and at that price this build quality is pretty good. However, the top variant with a price tag of Rs. 65,990 is just not worth the money. You can easily get more premium laptop options in this price range.
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THE BOOM COULDN’T BE FELT
Audio not loud enough
Audio quality using the two bottom mounted speakers has seen an improvement from last year, however it still isn’t appropriate in feature and volume. There is a decent stereo separation from the two bottom mounted speakers, even then it is nowhere close to the quality of audio produced by its contemporaries, let alone a Macbook or an HP Notebook.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD- A RAY OF HOPE
Decently fair typing and scrolling
The keyboard design on the Ideapad 320 is almost comparable to last year’s, marking one important alteration — the sizes of the up and down arrow keys have been reduced, giving rise to a full size right shift key. The keyboard is designed in island style with flat keycaps, hence a shorter key travel. The typing experience is fairly decent, perfect for extended typing. One appealingly modern feature that Lenovo missed on(and we can’t understand why)
the machine is the keyboard backlighting.
A sizeable touchpad is situated below the keyboard along with the left and right keys included inside the touchpad. It supports all Windows gesticulations just like previous year, but pointer speeds are a bit slower than usual this time. The surface is decently smooth. The left and right keys can be pressed with a click and are comfortable for long hours. Also, both keys function only on pressing around the bottom of the touchpad.
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320 DOESN’T TAKE AWAY THE CAKE
Performance Not Exceptional
The laptop is driven by the new Intel Core i5-7200U processor, which is one of the most widespread processors you get at its cost. Lenovo couples this CPU with 16GB DDR4 RAM and a separate 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU. The 5400RPM 1TB HDD drive was found to be relatively sluggish for a device valued at 65K. Still, except for the slower hard drive speeds, we do not have much to complain about. The laptop performs proficiently all types of office tasks, opening office docs and mail, using more multi-threaded workload. There were no issues found in these areas.The GeForce 940MX does not welcome intense gaming and just manages to keep frame rates above 20fps in games like Doom at ultra-settings. At high settings, luckily this machine would deliver you 60+ fps if you are into casual gaming and like games like Dota 2, CS: Go etc. The laptop doesn’t heat up after long gaming periods , a remarkable improvement in the cooling of the machine.
THE IMPRESSIVE ASPECT
A Better Battery
The new Ideapad 320 with its ravenous Intel Core i5-7500U processor and steadfast NVIDIA GPU, accomplishes 4 hours battery life. This specific model has a 1080p display so a 4 hour battery that is commendable. Hence, this looks like a worthy development over its precursor. On the other hand, thinner and lighter devices can offer similar battery these days, so a steady 15.6-inch could have achieved way more in this aspect. Hence, there is still some way to go.
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FAILS TO LIGHTEN UP
Display not bright enough
The display on the laptop is an assortment of good and bad. It has a 1920 x 1080p display, which is fine, but with sub-par viewing perspectives. This makes it uncomfortable to stare at for long hours. Furthermore, poor colour reproduction and low display brightness don’t help anywhere. The lighting of Ideapad 320 is even substandard to its predecessors, holding a complete luminance value of just 175 lux at the middle. For those fussing over high quality movies and videos, you can take a pass.
|Model Name||Lenovo Ideapad 320|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition|
Intel Pentium N4200 / 1.1 GHz
|Diagonal Size (metrics)||39.6 cm|
|LCD BacklightTechnology||LED Backlight|
|Image Aspect ratio||16:9|
|Memory||16 GB Slot|
|Laptop Weight (in kgs)||2.2|
|Laptop Dimension||378 mm x 260 mm x 22.9 mm|
|Wi-Fi||Yes,WiFi 1×1 AC|
|Sound||2 x 1.5W speakers with Dolby Audio|
|Battery||Up to 5 hours with MobileMark 2014|
|Security||Kensington security slot|
|Graphics Processor Series||Intel HD Graphics|
|ENERGY STAR Certified||Yes|
The Lenovo Ideapad 320 presents itself to be more than a daily work device. It has decent overall performance, passable battery life and decent keyboard. However, bearing in mind its exhorbitant price tag, Lenovo should have invested more efforts to shape quality and display and keep par with the market demand. It makes no sense for anyone to buy the higher end SKU of this line-up. At the market price of over 65K for the top model, it is not a very wise purchase even with its 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor and a devoted GPU.
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