Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) the right choice for surfing the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR), the company wanted to design a very basic model. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Lenovo; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
The screen is quite large, with 15 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i3-1005G1. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. Having 8 Gb of RAM, ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is a laptop in the average. It’s up to you to add more on the additional pitches provided if your needs arise.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. By offering only 256 Gb, this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
Is ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) one for watching movies and listening to music ?
With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR); more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Lenovo presents this model in a large size version. Large by size, with 15 inches and a high resolution of 1920×1080. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 1.8 kg, partly because of the screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
On the sound side, it ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Core i3-1005G1 is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
As far as applications are concerned, did Lenovo not install any. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD G1, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 5 ports. Much better than most of the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. Lenovo promises 6 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) compatible with on the move use ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) weights 1.8 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. For 15 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The screen shows an interesting result.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
With the installation of the processor Core i3-1005G1, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
An autonomy of 6 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. Its size does not invite you to carry it everywhere you go. The main reason is its 15 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
At the connector level, this model provides 5 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) really made for travelling.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) the right choice for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. Clearly, this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. With these components, Lenovo puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Core i3-1005G1. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
In terms of autonomy,the Lenovokept it simple. Indicated for an autonomy of 6 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
On the connection side, the ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)i s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
With the ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR), you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And for the right price/quality ratio.
The ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)- the right model to play with?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR), it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Our tests have shown that for Lenovo this computer is not intended for playing video games. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
With a weight 1.8 Kg and a screen size of 15 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 6 hours.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) one. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It is a mature product.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Lenovo in this product line. Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.8 Kg.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)can be quickly filled.
Ultimately, this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is an intermediate choice. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.
Finally, the ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)….
This ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing