Lately, laptops with Ryzen processors are increasingly being hunted and one that uses it is the Lenovo IdeaPad C340.
This convertible laptop, which was refreshed in the second half of 2019, offers a variety of things that make it worth looking at. Moreover, the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 has a relatively more affordable price compared to variants that use processors from the Blue camp.
One thing is certain, the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 looks very elegant thanks to the minimalist design it carries. The cover looks very clean without any additional trinkets other than the Lenovo logo embedded in the edges.
Wrapped in silver for the variant that I use, the body of this laptop has a smooth texture in the hand to complete the calm appearance. For some people the design of the IdeaPad C340 might be boring, but low-profile laptops like this are rarely found and according to my taste.
Interestingly, this laptop at a glance looks like a large notebook when closed. Plus the body is quite slim to make this laptop it’s still quite reasonable if classified as an ultrabook because it is not difficult to carry around thanks to its thickness of only 1.8 cm.
Indeed, the weight still touches the number 1.6 Kg, but the IdeaPad C340 won’t feel too heavy when in the bag because it chooses a weight distribution that feels balanced. The entire body is made of plastic which is quite sturdy and solid.
The hinge part of this laptop is also fairly easy to rotate up to 360 degrees. Indeed, the hinges are not as light as a premium ultrabook laptop that can be opened with one hand, but functions as it should and does not cause the screen to shake easily.
With a body like that, this laptop still offers a fairly complete port starting from USB-C, HDMI, and audio combo jack on the left side as well as 2 USB 3.1 and card readers that are pinned together with the power button on the right side of the laptop.
This laptop has a rim with a slightly sloping base that makes it easy to lift from the table. Interestingly, Lenovo also utilizes this section as a place for 2 stereo speakers supported by Dolby Audio so that the sound can come out well and not easily clogged.
When the laptop was opened, I was immediately presented with a 14 inch wide screen. The edge bezel isn’t as thin as the ASUS NanoEdge design, but it’s still more comfortable to look at than a conventional laptop.
The screen uses an IPS panel that has very good saturation and can still be seen from various sides without any color degradation. That way I don’t need to adjust my sitting position to be able to get the optimal visual experience.
By relying on a design that is convertible and can be changed in tent mode, watching videos becomes even more extraordinary. It’s just like on other similar laptops, the IdeaPad C340’s screen is somewhat reflective so it’s a little difficult to see content when it reflects other light sources.
At the top of the screen there is a webcam that can be used for video calls. Uniquely, the camera has a cover called TrueBlock Privacy Shutter so that no other party can peek at you from the other side of the virtual universe. Simply by sliding it until the indicator appears red, the webcam will be completely disconnected.
Lenovo IdeaPad C340 also has a very comfortable input device to use. The backlit keyboard with the mainstay of Lenovo still gives a nice typing sensation with a wide gap between keys so I don’t often press the keys wrongly.
Do not miss the wide touchpad also allows me to easily move the cursor. Even so I think the touchpad of this laptop can still be even greater to provide maximum control.
At the same time, the IdeaPad C340 is equipped with a finger scan sensor that supports biometric authentication for the Windows Hello feature. The presence of this sensor allows me to log in Windows without having to enter a pin or password.
Concerning performance, the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 variant that I tested provides a fairly capable performance that can provide an excellent computing experience for most users in general.
This laptop is powered by APU AMD Ryzen 3 3200U which has 2 Cores and 4 Threads with a maximum clock speed of 3.5 Ghz and integrated GPU Radeon Vega 3 with 2GB VRAM. Plus there is also 8GB Dual-Channel RAM to be a multitasking process running smoothly.
The Ryzen processor has become an idol lately because it has very good value. That is, this processor provides qualified performance without having to spend too much money.
This can be seen from the benchmark score achieved by this laptop to get 3,288 PCMark 10 points. That number is 1,000 points higher than the Ryzen 3 2200U which is owned by Lenovo V330 which was previously tested by the Gadgetre team. Improved performance is very pronounced when used in everyday life.
Various applications that I usually use can be opened quickly and run smoothly. Navigating Windows feels very responsive so that I can do various activities comfortably.
I can also do multitasking without obstacles such as watching YouTube videos while typing documents that require me to open a lot of tabulations on Google Chrome. During using this laptop, I have never felt lag due to too many applications running.
It’s just that the fan of the cooling system in it can be very loud when you have to work extra super. Even so the fan didn’t sound at all for most of the time when I used it to work.
IdeaPad C340 was a bit overwhelmed when invited to play AAA class games that were released recently. When tested playing Shadow of Tomb Raider at Low graphics quality and 720p resolution, I was only able to get below the 20 FPS range.
This is actually reasonable considering this laptop does not have a dedicated graphics card. Fortunately, the Radeon Vega 3 it has is still very capable of running smoothly smooth games like CS: GO or DOTA 2 because it can reach 30 FPS and above.
Certainly, the presence of the Radeon Vega 3 offered by Lenovo IdeaPad C340 will make the process of editing photos and videos more possible to do.
The reliability of the performance provided by the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 cannot be separated from the fast 256GB SATA SSD storage solution. This storage has the ability to Read 533MB / s and Write 303MB / s when tested sequentially using Crystal Disk Mark.
Therefore it is not surprising that this laptop is able to provide an experience that feels responsive because the storage solution is much faster than the mechanical storage that is usually embedded in the mainstream laptop.
Interestingly, the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 also has a battery life that is long enough for a laptop in its class. For testing this one, I rely on the PCMark 8 application that can simulate user activity in general.
With such a load of performance, this laptop can continue to run for 5 hours 14 minutes before finally entering battery saving which means it is under 20%. This figure is quite decent considering the mainstream laptops usually only last about 2 hours and a half.
Therefore, this laptop can easily accompany me to work outside the room without having to worry about finding a power outlet because the battery is enough to pass through an activity. It’s not as long as the premium ultrabook, but I feel satisfied with its ability on this 1.
Plus Lenovo claims that its Rapid Charge technology allows batteries to be charged up to 80% in just one hour.
Finally, the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 is my ideal laptop because it has a very good balance in various segments. This laptop has a flexible design and accompanied by qualified performance to provide the best experience in everyday life.
Although this laptop is a bit overwhelmed to run heavyweight AAA games, it can still be invited to play light games to fill up leisure time and other graphics processing needs such as photo editing. Not to mention the battery endurance is above the average of most laptops.
If you want to have a premium taste laptop but with a price that is still relatively affordable, then the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 is required to be glimpsed or even entered into one of your wishlist.