Lenovo releases in the hexagon its new Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL-397 (81NE002CFR) responsive ultrabook thin and light 15-inch Full HD IPS screen. It features a fast 512GB SSD storage, a Whiskey Lake i7 Quad Core processor, USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity, a backlit chiclet keyboard, and a biometric reader, all in a silver chassis.
Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL-397 (81NE002C)
|Slab||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 300 cd / m² 72% NTSC, Glass (1920×1080, Glossy)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake (1.8 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB (4 GB soldered 4 GB) DDR4 2400MHz (20 GB), 1 slot (busy)|
|Storage space||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0×2, 2242)|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2x2W) Dolby Audio|
|webcam||Yes, 720p HD with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (1×1)|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Card reader||SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 1.4b|
|Fingerprint reader||Yes, with TPM 2.0 security chip|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Ion 52.5 Whr|
|Autonomy announced||8 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||358 x 245 x 16.95-17.15|
|Weight||1.95 Kg (with battery)|
|Other||Backlit AccuType chiclet keyboard, multi-touch touchpad|
Chassis, Connectivity, Display Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL-397 (81NE002CFR)
Its Mineral Gray light silver aluminum design gives it an elegant and discreet look.
This Ultrabook benefits from a good connection including 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, Wi-Fi ac Bluetooth 4.2 wireless modules for connections and remote communications, a HDMI video output useful if we plan to connect easily to a TV or monitor for example, an audio port or 2 USB 3.0 (compatible USB 2.0) ensuring transfers made up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 devices.
The chiclet keyboard can obviously be backlit which is very practical to distinguish its keys in a dim light.
In addition, the system can be easily and securely identified via the biometric reader via Windows Hello technology.
IPS, the screen offers more accurate colorimetry than average with important vertical and horizontal viewing angles. Its Full HD definition makes it accurate and well suited for displaying High Definition content, especially videos in its 16: 9 format. Covered with a layer of glass, it is brilliant. As a result, it brings out the colors but is more subject to reflections in a bright environment (eg outside) than an anti-reflective tile.
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL-397 (81NE002CFR) performance and battery life
The Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL-397 (81NE002CFR) is a 15-inch compact High Definition notebook designed for everyday mobile use.
It has an SSD storage that, thanks to its 512 GB, competes with hard drives in terms of capacity. As a bonus, it is much faster, more robust, more energy efficient and quieter.
The SSD thus guarantees a daily operation significantly more fluid and responsive than a hard disk, with start / stop and launch applications much faster.
In practice, the SSD shoulder well the heart of this thin and light computer. Consisting of 8 GB of RAM and a quad core processor i7-8565U Whiskey Lake low power, it delivers good overall performance able to satisfy many users.
However, those who intend to perform regular heavy processor resources will benefit from opting for a computer with a non-low-power processor.
In addition, this Ultrabook is not suitable for games and more generally for heavy graphics processing because it ignores a dedicated GPU. Nevertheless, it allows of course to watch photos and videos thanks to the modest benefits of the Intel UHD 620 part housed within the Quad Core i7.
Finally, in terms of autonomy, plan about 8 hours of battery operation in light use for this Ultrabook whose transport is facilitated by compactness and weight control.