Lenovo IdeaPad S540
When you say Lenovo, you immediately think of Yoga, ThinkPad, or the Legion series. Each of these product families has its dedicated fanbase and some of Lenovo’s most spectacular notebooks have one of these brands written on the cover. And that is because these are high-end products that excel in the category for which they were designed.
And yet, one of the most versatile and widespread Lenovo product series is the IdeaPad, a mainstream brand launched 12 years ago, where you can find notebooks priced between 299 USD and 1200 USD, in all possible shapes and sizes. Under the IdeaPad brand you will find entry-level notebooks, with plastic chassis (IdeaPad V), gaming models (IdeaPad Gaming 3), but also convertible models similar to the stylish Yoga series (IdeaPad C).
However, the most interesting IdeaPad series is by far the slim & stylish IdeaPad S ultrabooks, built entirely out of metal, which can compete in appearance and performance with the high-end models in the Yoga Slim series. Two years ago I was testing IdeaPad 530S, and I was quite impressed at that moment. But things have advanced even further in recent years, the S series becoming thinner, more elegant and more powerful. And when the AMD Ryzen processors were launched on notebooks, we found some extremely appealing models under the IdeaPad S branding, with high price / quality ratio.
Who else had seen until then a 14″ aluminium ultrabook, equipped with a quad-core processor (2500U) and SSD, sold for less than 500 USD? No one. And yet, many users enjoyed such offers, because when it comes to notebooks, the build quality matters as much as the components under the hood.
And today, dear friends, it’s time to talk about what I personally consider the culmination of the IdeaPad series, more precisely Lenovo IdeaPad S540 13ARE, a tiny, stylish ultrabook which can also be incredibly powerful!
You don’t believe me? Well, arm yourselves with some patience – we have a lot to discuss today, and some of the things you will see here are far beyond the reach of normal ultrabooks. Because Lenovo IdeaPad S540 13 is actually an undercover beast. But let’s not jump to conclusions yet.