Analysis of the V145 – AMD A4-9120 from Lenovo.

As a preamble to this test

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.So we ran tests on Lenovo V145 to find out what it was worth.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.

V145 to surf the Internet?

Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this V145.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
The screen is quite large, with 15.6 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD A4-9120. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Lenovo comes with this V145 a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Last point about the autonomy. the V145 can work 4 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this V145 most of the time connected to the power cable.

V145 the right choice for watching movies ?

Lenovo presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This V145 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
The laptop from .Lenovo is imposing by its size. Large by size, with 15.6 inches and a high resolution of 1366×768. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 2.1 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this V145. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD A4-9120 that is several years old now. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon R530, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Lenovo didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it V145 has only 2 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it V145 seems inappropriate. Indeed, with 4 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.

V145 compatible with on the move use ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes V145 to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this V145. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.1 Kg. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. If you use it on your lap, you will find that it is cumbersome. The reason for that ? The size of the screen. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
No backlit keyboard on this V145. Not really necessary.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
Too bad for the processor AMD A4-9120 that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this V145. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 4 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
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. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. Indeed, because of its size, 15.6 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
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 V145 really made for travelling.

The V145 to make audio or video editing. 

For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this V145 may be fine. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD A4-9120. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. 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. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point Lenovo could have done much better.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, Lenovo made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.

The V145- 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 V145, 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.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. 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. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
With its 256 Gb of space, this V145 is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
For online gaming, it V145 has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
You will limit your travels with this laptop; the cause? Its weight of 2.1 Kg which makes it one of the biggest on the market.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this V145 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

V145 for office automation ?

Lenovo has chosen to respond to all users who wish to have a basic use of their V145. It is a mature product.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. With a weight of 2.1 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
About storage, this model has average space . About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Ultimately, this V145 is an intermediate choice. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.

V145 the right choice for the right use

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it V145 is disappointing whatever the uses. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks

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