✔ Respectable performance
✔ High storage space
✔ HD graphics and HD webcam
❌ Average battery life
❌ Comes with DOS Operating system
Lenovo Ideapad 320 E is an affordable version of Lenovo’s flagship Ideapads. It looks sleeker than the average laptops that you can get at this price. The specs aren’t that exquisite, but still, they get some work done. The keyword here is some.
It is good for programmers and developers, or anyone who doesn’t want to pay extra for Windows since it is available in MS-DOS. Windows users would have to pay for it and install it externally. Sadly, the 15.6-inch screen is not good enough for watching movies.
Overall, this IdeaPad has an above-average design with average specs.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|1. FULL SPECS|
3. DISPLAY & SCREEN QUALITY
4. PERFORMANCE & GRAPHICS
8. KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
|Model||Ideapad 320 E|
|Dimensions||37.6 x 24.6 x 2.3 cm|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches (39.6 cm)|
|Display Resolution and type||1366 x 768 HD LED lit antiglare display|
|PROCESSOR, GRAPHICS & STORAGE|
|Processor Type||Intel 6th Gen Core i3-6006U|
|RAM Size||4 GB|
|Hard Disk||1 TB Mechanical Hard Drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD 520 Integrated graphics|
|Number of USB 3.0 ports||2|
|Number of USB Type-C ports||1|
|Number of HDMI ports||1|
|Number of Ethernet ports||1|
|Number of Audio-out Ports||1|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||41 WHr|
|Battery type:||Lithium-Ion battery|
|Number of Lithium-Ion Cells||3|
|Keyboard type||Island-style keyboard with numeric pad|
Lenovo did a fair job with this Ideapad’s design. The body is made of plastic, from start to finish. The overall aesthetics are minimalistic, and the grey colour finish makes the laptop look like a blank canvas, needed to be painted.
The chassis is light grey on which the darker keys rest. There is a variant of the Ideapad which can be rotated to 180 degrees, but the only thing it implies is a more durable hinge. The lid is one-hand openable if done slowly.
It’s pretty rare to see a low-end laptop that pushes some limits in aesthetics. Other similar laptops have bodies that make them look like they were built in 2012.
Lenovo did not make the IdeaPad with an over-the-top display in mind, and it shows. The 15.6-inch screen is nowhere near average when it comes to graphic details. A 1366 x 768 resolution never does any good for bigger screens. Sometimes, even the pictures look blurry.
The display is anti-glare, which is helpful for outdoors. Colours on the screen are more on the warm side. The anti-glare coating makes the screen dull, adding more darkness to the bloated display. Also, the viewing angles are really bad.
If you are thinking to buy this Ideapad for watching movies or editing videos, you should be looking somewhere else.
The Ideapad is packed with 4 gigs of RAM (upgradable to 8 GB) and an Intel Core i3-6006U 6th gen processor. One important thing about the 6006U is that it is meant for saving power which is why multiple applications tend to make the processing speed slow. This, added to the i3 factor makes the Ideapad not suitable for multitasking.
Graphics on the Ideapad aren’t extraordinary either. The base model comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics. The graphics aren’t the best option for running RAM consuming apps and not at all the thing for gaming. ‘
It is advisable to upgrade the RAM as well as the graphics to maximise the output. There is a Type-C USB port gives maximum bandwidth if you connect to an external graphics card, and you won’t have to meddle with the internals of the laptop with this.
You get 1 TB HHD space in the Ideapad, and there is an extra slot for SSD as well. The HDD makes it a lot slower for you to work on the laptop. It’s better to buy a budget SSD and get it installed.
An SSD speeds up the booting process by visible margins and increases the efficiency and sometimes, the battery life as well.
Lenovo claims that the battery life maxes out at 5 hours. Tons of users have found a shorter battery life than this limit. You can get 3.5-4 hours on an average out of the Ideapad if you use it with a few windows opened and with moderate brightness.
This runtime is a big loss for users who want to get something useful out of the laptop, which is why you’d have to carry a charger around at almost all times.
The ports on the Lenovo Ideapad are worth mentioning. You would have to dig deeper and deeper in the world of low-budget laptops to find a port distribution better than the one in this laptop.
On the left side: There is the power jack, an RJ45 LAN port, an HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, one USB Type-C port, and an all-in-one card slot.
On the right side: There is a Kensington security slot, and an optical DVD drive.
If you want a laptop for its keyboard, always purchase from Lenovo.
The Ideapad has done it again, for the low-budget notebooks as well this time. Ideapad 320 E has a great keyboard which gives both the look of the curved keys and the key travel of Lenovo. The keys are well-spaced and contain a numeric pad as well.
The trackpad has a plastic surface and is buttonless. The buttons can be accessed from the middle of the trackpad as well. Multi-finger support is there as well.
Sound production in this notebook is both applaud worthy and disappointing. The richness in the sound is present and there is enough clarity for you to hear the vocals accurately. Even the beats are clear.
But the audio isn’t amplified at all. External speakers/headphones are the only way you can enjoy the audio in it.
You can go for the Lenovo Ideapad 320 E if a few things like the display, audio quality and graphics don’t matter to you the most. If you can sacrifice these just for the looks and moderate performance, the Ideapad is a good option for you.
Students and programmers who look forward to typing a lot on their laptop on a daily basis can opt for this laptop. But other functions such as display and performance are going to be average. Also, don’t buy this if you want good battery life.
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