Lenovo IdeaPad S940 Review

by birtanpublished on February 19, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is Lenovo's latest creation this is a Lenovo IdeaPad s 940 now when I first revealed this they were gonna call it the yoga s 940 which was way too confusing because it doesn't yoga this is a traditional clamshell laptops they went with their idea pad name which has been their name for their consumer not ThinkPad laptops and not the ones that yoga with the touch and the pen so this one its claim to fame is it really goes up against the Dell XPS 13 the latest generation and even the MacBook Air cuz it's so thin and light and aluminum unibody gorgeous this thing is 2.6

Pounds which is 1.2 kilograms 12.2 millimeters thin I mean we're talking like almost mobile phone thickness we're gonna look at it now so the s 940 by the way S stands for slim with the yoga's the C stands for convertible is a clamshell laptop that's as far as it opens if you want the 360-degree hinges if you want a touchscreen if you want a pen then you're gonna look at lenovo's yoga C 930 instead this one traditional laptop the point of this one is to compete with the Dell XPS 13 like I said it's super thin and light and for those who are considering a MacBook Air – and

Very premium in terms of the bill it's available with your choice of a full HD IPS 400 nits despite our what we have which is the 4k 500 nits IPS display and it is a stunning display that combined with the very good stereo speaker system on this I should got four drivers on it means that this is really geared to those of you who watch a lot of videos like this YouTube video right now anything movies whatever the sound system is certainly punching above its weight and size for a laptop the sitted light it actually has some bass and some fullness to it which is very nice and

The display oh then this way let's talk about that because really that's that's the hallmark of this the 4k display right now the machine starts at 13 99 with the core i5 eight gigs of ram and 256 gig nvme SSD but they for 40 dollars more they have it with the core i7 and the 4k display on sale you know lenovo they always have sales going so keep checking their website should you get that 4k despite why you might think oh I don't need that resolution and the small size and the brightness of it and the wide color gamut yes it is really lovely look at

It's not OLED but in terms of color gamut is approaching OLED the black levels won't be as good on this but they're pretty darn good and you can see the display metrics excellent stuff as for the rest of it this is your usual Ultrabook within Intel late 8th generation whiskey like quad core 15 watts CPU and Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics no dedicated graphics are available you have Core i5 and core i7 options you can see the specs on screen you can get it with up to 16 gigs of low-power ddr3 RAM 8 gigs is the default for the pre-built models it's soldered

On so get the amount that you want it has a fast nvme m2 SSD you can go all the way up to a terabyte when you order it and we have a fast samsung drive in ours the usual Intel 95/60 AC fast Wi-Fi with Bluetooth fives on board and something interesting going on with the cameras or everybody's playing with the cameras suddenly so it has a Windows hello IR camera nothing unusual there but it's got their glance eye tracking software sort of like Tobi so it sees where you're looking at and if you want it can set focus to whatever window you're

Looking at if you have multiple monitors for example do we need this do you really want this I don't know they're also going to have their back blur feature coming soon so what that will do is it can blur out the background windows and only bring your current window to focus so if you're EDD like all of us are because you've got your slack stream going your Twitter and everything else in the background I suppose is to help you concentrate it can also dim the screen when you walk away and it claims to be able to save documents I suppose it depends on the

Compatibility whatever program you're using as to whether that works it's a premium laptop in terms of it being built out of aluminum it's got a sandblasted finish and Lenovo's iron grade that they've used before one thing I've noticed is it it is scratch Abul so you have to be a little bit careful we got a little scratch on the lid when there was a speck of apparently ruff dust on the table when we were sliding it around something unusual here and pretty is the fact that has curved glass on the side certainly the 2-d curved glass we see on smartphones you know

It's not like annoying a whole lot of curve but just a little bit to make it look really pretty and make those tiny tiny bezels look even much like the Dell XPS 13 and even the MacBook Air this is very port constrained because it's so thin at twelve point two millimeters so we have 3 USB sea ports two of them also support Thunderbolt three one of them will be used for charging because it's a USBC based charger the only other port you have is your headphone jack so yeah it's dongle life for you with this one just like some of

The other competing thin and light laptops that is a drawback the keyboard is also kind of a drawback it actually has good tactile feel but boy is an extremely low travel it's you know again we see this with the super skinny laptops it's better than apples weirdo keyboard I'll give them that and better than Dells Maglev keyboard these on the XPS 15 2 & 1 but I'm not even sure if I like it better than the XPS 13 which also has low travel but there it is it's white backlit and you have a Microsoft precision trackpad which is a pleasant thing to use in terms of performance and

Heat it's an ultrabook with integrated graphics it performs much like every other Ultrabook with the same generation CPU inside four cores it's good performance it's fine for most folks doing everyday productivity and your occasional photo editing even a little bit of video editing once in a while not a powerhouse but a great standard ultrabook kind of performance and the cooling we'll take a look at the internals on this is better than average which is a good thing because it's thin and it's Matalin you don't want to get burning hot and sends you the hair off

Your legs or you know want to see the CPU of course throttling and fan noise also not an issue with this because the cooling is very good on it battery life it's are gonna depend with this one if you go at the full HD display that's gonna use somewhat less power though it's still a bright 400 nits display it depends on how bright you're gonna drive it if you have the higher resolution 4k display that we have with the 500 nits brightness panel well that's gonna hit on your battery life just because of the resolution and also because the potential for driving that brightness

High when we do our tests we set brightness to 115 it's which is kind of the average usable indoor not too bright brightness and do mix of productivity work with office a little social networking stuff a little bit of Adobe Photoshop and it lasted about six to six and a half hours this is a 52 watt hour battery which is a decent capacity for an ultrabook pretty typical and it has a 65 watt fast charger on so at least I can talk itself up relatively quickly if you go with the full HD display instead you're gonna be missing out on that gorgeous 4k

Experience but I would expect probably an hour and a half more battery life you know to remove the bottom cover to get it inside there are four Torx t5 screws and the corner is readily accessible and if you have a suction tool use it because it takes a lot of prying to get the cover off it will come off it is nice very thin aluminum there it is and here we have the internals this is something you don't see every day here's the 52 watt hour battery that's not unusual but they actually have a cutout in it for the m2 SSD slot looky-looky so that's something stereo speakers as

Usual flanked on the sides over here like I said they are excellent speakers for a very thin and light Ultrabook you have two fans here which you don't usually see with an ultrabook with a 15 watt CPU and integrated graphics but lenovo has been doing that lately as a way of increasing cooling in a very tiny space and well it's pretty effective temperatures on this for for surface temperatures and core temperatures are perfectly fine it does not get roaring loud or anything like that this is the Wi-Fi card Intel 95/60 AC it is a tiny little card is a miniature one that is

Soldered onto the motherboard so you can't change it later but it's a great card so you probably don't want to Ram is soldered on board so you cannot upgrade it later the maximum again it's 16 gigabytes of low power at DDR 320 400 megahertz ramp besides the relatively extensive cooling that we have here you can see we have ventilation all along the area parallel here so that we have room for big fan to exhaust and notice over here we have some thermal tape that goes on top of the SSD it's stuck to the lid right here so that helps keep the SSD cool so

That's the Lenovo IdeaPad s 940 a brand new model for them and I like it if you're looking for something SuperDuper premium and portable with a price that's not too horrible actually either bigger than average display but really still tiny and very light to carry around the 4k display option ooh la la of course no touchscreen that's kind of a drawback for some of us and that really short key travel puts a not much of a damper on typing if you get the pun there I'm a super mobile tech review you know subscribe to our YouTube

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