Lenovo IdeaPad S540 Mini-Review Back
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A fantastic laptop that combines great build quality, above average display and fantastic performance in a tiny package.
Written: 05 June 2020, Updated: 11 February 2021
- 100% sRGB coverage
- 19:10 aspect ratio.
- Fantastic performance
- Great build quality
- Display is very glossy
|Operating System(s)||Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro|
|Color(s)||Ice blue; light silver; iron grey; frost white|
|Size & Weight|
|Processor(s)||AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
|Graphics||AMD Vega 6
AMD Vega 8
|Size (GB)||8, 16|
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Case, design, and build quality
Lenovo used a sturdy aluminum case for the S540, so there is virtually no flex when handling it. Thanks to the 19:10 aspect ratio of the display, the usually fairly large bottom bezel has been replaced by the taller display. So you get more screen real estate in a laptop that is the same size as competing models with 19:9 aspect ratios.
The port selection is fairly standard for this class of notebook. The USB-A port is a nice addition, but it would have been good if Lenovo had put one USB-C port on the left and one on the right, so the charging cable could be plugged in from any side.
- Size: 13.3
- Type: IPS
- Resolution: 2560x1600
- Aspect ratio: 19:10
- Brightness (nits): 315
The display stands out among competing AMD laptops for not having any glaring weaknesses: The brightness at 300nit, while not amazing, is at least usable in a bright indoor environment. But the biggest surprise is the 2560x1600 pixel resolution with a 19:10 aspect ratio, which is pretty rare. Additionally, the panel covers 100% sRGB.
Although the IdeaPad is supposed to be Lenovo's budget line, the AMD version of the S540 is an amazing package. The great display is a very positive surprise.