As unexpected as it sounds, Lenovo sells two goods that carry the B40 name. One is an all-in-one PC and another a business laptop, and we’re reviewing the latter.
This notebook was supplied by Ebuyer and cost #179 (roughly $275, or AU$385) but you can get it under #170 if you shop around.
There are three significant differences between these two Lenovo laptops however, and the first is that the form element. The B40 (MCG27UK) has a 14-inch display compared to a 15.3-inch because of the bigger brother. That translates into marginally superior portability (0.17Kg lighter) and a marginally smaller frame (40mm narrower).
Then there is the fact that this laptop does not come with an optical drive, the contrary of the remainder of the range. We believe that this is more of a cost cutting exercise because there’s still a vacant bay where the driveway ought to be and Lenovo does provide an choice to add a single.
The third gap and a deal breaker for a number of its targeted customers is that it doesn’t have a numeric keypad due to the form element. Ouch.
That is a shame. The laptop looks anything but entry or basic level; true, it’s vinyl but it’s solid and matte. This item doesn’t flex and the slightly reflective exterior adorned by the (older) Lenovo emblem yells “I mean business” to us.
The keyboard is normal: six pops, non-dedicated function keys (boo!) But a dedicated menu. The keys, together with Lenovo’s signature curved foundation, feel slightly soft (and quiet) and also have an adequate travel. Nothing to write home about
In terms of the trackpad, it’s a tad larger than a credit card with two buttons situated in the base of it. They’ve got surprisingly shallow journey and You Have to press them bang in the centre to get adequate feedback
This is a worth, entry-level notebook and therefore, some level of corner cutting needed to be expected. However, Lenovo opted to get a big one — the laptop comes with only 2GB of RAM, half that of those B50, a notebook which doesn’t cost much more.
With even a #100 smartphone providing exactly the exact same amount of memory, it’s puzzling as to why bean counters in the Chinese PC maker chose to save a few quid but ended up crippling the laptop.
What makes it worse is that memory is shared with all the images sub-system that could account for anywhere between 5\% and 50 percent of the whole system memory.
As with many sub-#200 laptops, the B40-30 is powered by the ubiquitous Intel Celeron N2840, a dual-core Bay Trail chip that has two cores, using a base clock rate of 2.16GHz, 1MB of cache and also on-board Intel HD pictures.
Don’t expect to use this chip for almost any taxing activities — mainstream games are a no-no if you don’t like watching slideshows, as that’s exactly what games will look like in the event that you try to run them (supposing you figure out how to put in them in the first place).
The remainder of the hardware is made up of 500GB hard disk drive, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a Gigabit Ethernet port, one USB 3.0 jack, 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI and an audio outlet. The card reader is in the front and you’re able to update the system memory by adding another memory stick.
Switching on the laptop reveals a few different corners that have been cut. The display is average at best — the thousand or so pixels which are dispersed over the 14-inch diagonal screen should have been brighter. Colours appear to be washed out that leads us to feel that the screen panel hasn’t been fine-tuned correctly or is not really good enough.
When it comes to sound, listening into the on-board speakers reminded us that we were coping with an entry-level item, as they are barely better than that which comes from economical Bluetooth speakers. At least the engineers had the smart idea of finding the speakers involving the laptop base along with also the display base, directly confronting the consumer.
A number of those load when Windows starts, substantially eating into the sum of free system memory you’ve got to play.
The notebook was updated to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 but didn’t do anything to enhance its poor performance. The B40 delivered some of the lowest scores we have seen on a notebook, and you may blame the processor and the meagre number of RAM for that.
Credit where credit is due — this system did manage to finish each of the benchmarks unlike any of its rivals before.
Ditto for the abysmal 48 points and 6.12fps on Cinebench R15 in addition to the PCMark 8 scores. The battery life has been most likely the only highlight with all the notebook reaching a decent 4 hours and 21 minutes when placed through the PCMark 8 battery standard.