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Is Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gamer Notebook a good buy?

We tested the Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gamer, an entry-level notebook capable of offering good performance in games and more basic work.

After a few months of research, in January of this year I bought a new notebook and, although it wasn’t my first choice, the Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gamer was a good buy. In order not to have to choose between a new notebook for work and a video game, I opted for a gaming notebook that could guarantee me the best of both worlds. 

I researched some cheap gaming laptops, and I made a selection with those that fit my needs, that would serve both for work and to run some games from the past generation.

These are some considerations I made about the Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gamer over the last 3 months of use.

Minimalist and discreet design

The Ideapad L340’s body is all made of plastic and, although it is a gamer model, it is not as flashy as others, such as the Acer Nitro 5, for example. Here Lenovo opted for the blue colour, which doesn’t draw much attention and still leaves the notebook with a beautiful look. The grey lid imitates brushed steel and has the brand’s logo in blue in one of the corners, with a 180º opening.

In terms of connections, the Ideapad L340 has all the inputs on the left side: one for the power cable, one for the RJ45 network, one for HDMI, two USB 3.0, one P2 for audio and one for USB-C.

It is also very light and ideal for those looking for a notebook to carry in their backpack, weighing only 2.19 kg, and has a 12-month warranty.

Keyboard, touchpad and camera

The keyboard is ABNT2 standard and has blue backlighting, with 2 brightness levels that help a lot when typing in the dark. Speaking of typing, this is a very pleasant keyboard for those who work with text production, with a smooth touch.

The touchpad is basic and it takes a little more force to click the buttons. Also, it does not support Windows precision drivers. Another negative point is that it is not centred and is positioned more to the left (as you can see in the image above). When I’m writing, it’s common to touch the corner of my hand to it and make the cursor change the typing line. Even though it is a gaming notebook, this is a detail that bothers a lot when writing longer texts.

The camera does not have any major highlights and is of an acceptable quality for business meetings. In dimly lit environments, however, the quality is very low. An interesting and useful detail is the camera protector so you can hide the lens when not using it.

Bodies

The screen is one of the main highlights of this notebook. It has a 15.6-inch screen, with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), with IPS technology, which is one of the best among the types of notebook cloth. The hinge is also very firm and you can open and close it with just one hand, without having to use the other to hold the notebook. 

In addition, the display technology has a more faithful colour reproduction, even at 180º angles, and also has anti-glare. Panel brightness is good for indoors. In open spaces or places that receive a lot of light during the day, visualization can be compromised.

storage and battery

The simplest version comes with a 1 TB HD, but the Ideapad L340 has an M.2 slot to put an SSD card. It takes about 3 minutes to start Windows, and with the inclusion of SSD, this time should be reduced considerably. It also has only one RAM memory slot, which comes with an 8GB DDR4 memory. In this case, to upgrade it would be necessary to change the memory, which comes from the factory, for a 16GB one.

Regarding battery life, it lasts about 3 and a half hours away from the socket in more basic activities, such as the office suite and the internet. With heavier programs, like Photoshop, the battery lasts for 2h30 minutes. Already in games, the battery lasts less than 1 hour, which is expected. However, charging is fast and with 15 minutes of charging it is possible to use it for up to 2 hours.

Performance 

The Ideapad L340 has a 9th generation Intel Core i5-9300HF processor, with 8GB of RAM and HD with 1TB of storage space. It comes with a dedicated 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, which is still widely used in entry-level models. Here it fulfils its role well, both in games and in the image and video editing.

The Ideapad L340 has a ventilation system with 2 fans, which work at the same time to keep the notebook temperature stable. In games, the heaviest I tested was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with high graphics quality and, although the temperature increase is noticeable, the fans manage to cool the system and are still quite silent.

In general, I was quite satisfied with the performance of the L340, in programs like Photoshop and also in games. I managed to run a lot of stuff in high and medium graphics on it, like The Witcher 3: alto; Shadows of Mordor: alto; Mad Max: alto; Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: médio; Dying Light: alto; Fall Guys: alto; League of Legends: alto; Counter-Strike: alto; Path of Exile: alto.

If you are looking for a notebook to play these titles or others, and that still offers good performance in other works, then the Ideapad L340 is without a doubt a good choice.