Lenovo S41 (80JU000UUS) is a new upper mid range laptop with many powerful components under its hood: i5-5200 processor, 8GB RAM and a hybrid storage consisting of hard drive and SSD parts. The screen is 14 inches, tad smaller than the usual 15.6″, and graphics are handled by an integrated unit. Let’s see what such a system can do, and if it would be a right choice for you.
What programs does it run?
Lenovo S41 (80JU000UUS) packs some nice power. It’s equipped with the Core i5-5200U, a popular dual-core processor featuring 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.7GHz turbo. CPU Mark gives it ~3500 points while its big brother, the i7-5500U, receives ca. 4000 points. The i5 can easily run all the basic stuff – like web browser, Microsoft Office and online streaming – but there’s also enough performance in the reserves for heavier programs such as virtual machines.
There’s 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory available in the laptop. You can’t install more than that, eight gigabytes is the most this system supports. Storage is a combination of 1TB 5400RPM hard drive and 8GB SSD, it’s a so-called hybrid hard drive. The SSD part is not a real solid-state drive, only the system can decide what files and data will be put there. Nonetheless, such a solution is still faster than a computer with hard drive only setup. Also, don’t forget that you can always replace the drive for real SSD if you wish.
Any games that are playable?
Lenovo S41 (80JU000UUS) has no gaming-oriented graphics card. The integrated Intel HD 5500 chip is meant for general use, although some people are brave enough to play on it. You can indeed run many games, even those from 2015 on it, but in exchange you’ll have to do without much eye candy. As an example, GTA 5 should yield around 25 frames per second on 1366×768 and medium level details. Counter-Strike: Go, however, will work much better even on high to ultra settings.
What kind of screen does it have?
Lenovo S41 (80JU000UUS) features a 14″ display with the great 1920×1080 resolution. You can’t utilize that resolution on many games because of the poor graphics card, but for watching Full HD movies it’s brilliant. Touchscreen it is not, so you’ll have to deal with Windows 8.1 using keyboard and mouse.
What peripherals can I plug in?
Lenovo S41 (80JU000UUS) accepts three simultaneous USB devices, it has one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 for that. You may also hook up an external screen, like HDTV, to the laptop’s HDMI output.
There shouldn’t be any troubles getting Internet access. You can use the Gigabit RJ-45 port or 802.11ac WiFi card for networking. Bluetooth 4.0 will work, too.
This small laptop has no internal optical drive, but you can always get an external one for around 30 bucks. You might also find the SD/MMC card reader useful with some mobile devices.
If you want to have video chats feel free to use the built-in 720p webcam for those.
Some other things I should about?
It’s not too tough to travel with this thing. It’s a 14-inch notebook weighing only 3.7 pounds. Thickness is 0.77 inches. The unit includes a 3-cell 45Wh battery that should last up to 5 hours under light workloads. The battery seems to be internal, you need to remove the bottom to access it.
The keyboard is lighted but there’s no 10-key pad on the right because of the small physical size.
Lenovo S41 (80JU000UUS) is a tool for people who have “power user” tendencies – there’s a nice i5 processor speeding things up, and 8GB system memory won’t hurt either. The hybrid storage is better than a conventional hard drive, although techies might want to swap it for a real SSD to maximize performance. Having 14 inch screen means better portability and lower weight compared to regular 15.6″ notebooks. If there’s something bad, it’s mostly about the graphics engine – you won’t be running many games with maxed out settings on such integrated graphics chip. But I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons here, if you decide to get this Lenovo you should not be disappointed.