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LENOVO IDEAPAD C340 DETAILED REVIEW
For a good many years since the launch of the Yoga brand in late 2012, Lenovo took its convertible laptop offerings very seriously—probably more seriously than any other PC manufacturer out there. Now, however, the Chinese electronics company has decided that its customers aren’t confused enough with its brand names. So it’s switching the names up. As a result, its newest Yoga—the Yoga S940—is not a convertible. But its newest IdeaPad—the IdeaPad C340—is.
Lenovo’s marketing team may have goofed up the naming of its 2019 set of products but it has done a bang-up job with the positioning of the new IdeaPad C340. The new convertible starts at a pocket-friendly price of Rs 46,190 and goes all the way up to just under a Lakh for the i7 variant. Along the price band, you get to pick a variant with either an Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU. You also get to pick a variant with either integrated or discrete graphics. All this makes the new convertible highly configurable. Now, let’s see how it performed in our test lab.
PERFORMANCE AND GAMING
While PC makers like Asus and MSI are keen on offering Intel’s 10th Gen chips on their laptops, Lenovo appears to be in no hurry to do the same. Our review unit of the IdeaPad C340 was powered by an Intel 8th Gen Core i5 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce MX230 graphics card, and 8GB of RAM. Storage was taken care of by a Samsung 512GB PCIe NVMe solid-state drive. Thanks to the MX230 graphics card, the IdeaPad C340 gets 2GB of dedicated video RAM to play with, something that not many convertibles offer in the Indian market.
The Lenovo IdeaPad C340 performed very well on our CPU and GPU benchmark tests. On PCMark 8’s Accelerated Creative test, the review unit collected 3749 points, which is a few points ahead of the score bagged by the refreshed HP Spectre x360 that was launched earlier this year. It was the same story with the storage test as well. On 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Cloud Gate, the review unit picked up 2427 and 7921 points, respectively. The IdeaPad C340’s score in Fire Strike is the highest I’ve seen among convertible laptops since Lenovo launched the IdeaPad 530S last year.
Everyday performance of the review unit was quite good. I was able to multitask on numerous applications such as Word, Excel, Chrome, File Explorer, Steam, and WhatsApp for PC across multiple virtual desktops without facing any noticeable signs of stuttering. That said, I noticed occasional lags (lasting about a second) in pointer movement and window switching but I’ll chalk that up to a possible driver bug. Gaming was a strained affair on the review unit. Doom ran on medium graphics settings on Full HD at an average frame rate of 30 frames per second. Metro: Last Light, on the other hand, managed about 20 frames per second. In both games, there was visible lag from time to time. All things considered, the IdeaPad C340 displays good performance with some room for improvement in the gaming and graphics department.
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