The Lenovo Thinkpad L340 gaming laptop review shows that this laptop passes all the requirements for an entry-level, budget gaming PC. The Lenovo ideapad L340 features a Core i5-9300H quad-core processor and 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, it performs above the standard 60fps mark in real-world benchmarks, translating in a smooth gaming experience.
- Keyboard is comfortable
- Excellent 1080p gaming performance
- Affordably priced
- Quality battery life
- Loud ClickPad button clicks
- 512GB SSD is a little small for gaming
Lenovo Thinkpad L340 Gaming Laptop Review
The Lenovo Thinkpad L340 15.6inch is smaller, built for quality, affordable, and more capable than before. This latest flagship can fit your budget gamer’s dream.
We believe the Lenovo Ideapad L340 is reasonably priced for an Intel Intel Core i5-9300H CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Need more power? You can shop for a more powerful iteration of our review unit – the Lenovo Ideapad L340 (81LK000EUS) that advances the gaming tech PC with a Core i7-9750H six-core chip and a GTX 1660 Ti, for better gaming performance at its native 1080p screen resolution, matching and sometimes topping the 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300.
That’s not all – It packs massive raw better, better build quality and has better battery life.
The Ideapad L340 appears to be blend of Lenovo’s own 15-inch business ThinkPad X1 and the gaming-oriented Legion Y545 lineup, but certainly has a 2019 tech advancement and advantage of the heavier Legion lineup. The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 is basically a design change, as it shares its primary specifications, port layout with the Y540 and pricing with some models.
Like its Asus and Acer competitor’s, Lenovo furnished the Thinkpad L340 in a brushed black chassis with a bold blue keyboard lighting and acceptable build quality for the money. The best part is that this priced far better than it’s rivals, though, and it gives reason to begin appreciating the materials used here. Speaking of beauty, the soft-touch palm rest is a step up from hard plastic, but is less stylish than the brushed aluminum on the Acer predator Helios 300. But fair enough, it’s easier to keep clean.
For a 15.6-inch gamer, I’d say the chassis is considerably trim, at just under an inch thick and with a footprint of 14.3 by 10 inches. Its side screen bezels aren’t as thin as those of the pricier MSI GS65 Stealth (2019), but they’re thin enough to give the Lenovo a modern look. Lenovo is attempting to pursue thin-is-in, but they do make room on the top bezel for a webcam, a feature that others like Huawei are demoting to the thick border above the display hinge.
The IdeaPad L340’s display packs value any gamer would appreciate. Aside that, its 1080p resolution is excellent for gameplay with the GeForce GTX 1650, but games are brought to life by its colorful and bright picture, anti-glare surface and acceptable viewing angles.
The IPS panel has 60Hz refresh rate, not the 144Hz (or even 240Hz) available on deluxe gaming laptops, but that’s not a discouragement at the price it comes at. Outside of a few demanding esports titles, the GTX 1650 isn’t likely to deliver over 60 frames per second (fps) in modern titles.
The Lenovo Thinkpad L340 8GB laptop we’re reviewing offers the most major ports available to modern laptops, all situated on the left side, except for a Kensington lock on the right side. It lacks a Thunderbolt port and an SD card reader; all you have are a USB Type-C port, a part of USD 3.1 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0, and a headphone/mic combo.
Bluetooth connectivity comes at 4.2 and Wireless connectivity comes through 802.11 AC Wi-Fi. The lack of 2×2 MIMO antenna technology means you’ll have to do with transfer speeds that are not as high as what you have laptops like the HP Omen 15, but still the transfer rates are moderate at 290-309 Mb/s when sending your data.
Keyboard & Touchpad
A large share of gaming laptops on the market boast of RGB backlighting, but the IdeaPad L340 joins the league of Acer’s Helios 300 that come with a monochrome keyboard backlighting that shines blue in our review model. The dual-stage illumination is uniform across all keys and can be adjusted for both indoor and outdoor use.
It’s a complete-size keyboard with a standard number pad; it features short travel and precise pressure point, it feels comfortable to type on, even though it’s arrow buttons are smaller than the rest of the keys.
Check below the keyboard and you will find a ClickPad that sits on its frame, something that results in rattling noises when using it. For example, you’ll discover that the mouse buttons only respond to high pressure on the bottom corners of the pads, and the surface itself is fairly stubborn on the fingerprints when swiping and making gestures. The overall experience is hum-hum, and you’ll definitely notice some lagging when using the mouse pointer.
Lenovo labels the Thinkpad L340 as a powerful gaming laptop. But, while that is true, not all models in this Series have the right to be called that since you have some more expensive powerful systems. On the good side, our review Lenovo Ideapad L340 review unit belongs to the entry-level category and is able to run modern games smoothly. Nothing else, unless you’re willing to spend more $$$ for a better configuration. You’ll have to do without the very high graphics settings and frame rates on modern titles, and you should not attempt playing at 4K resolution either.
On the scale of productivity, we’d rate it 6/10. It has a 9th Generation intel Core i5-9300H processor, matched with 8GB RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD to make for a smooth operation on daily computing tasks.
The chip’s 2.4GHz base clock speed maxes at 4.1GHz in turbo mode and can be maintained by up to 2 simultaneous cores backed by efficient cooling on the system. As configured, this laptop can deliver stable performance on daily tasks including spreadsheet processing and light media creation among other projects.
On the IdeaPad L340 machine, Lenovo installs two variants of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 so you can pick between 3 and 4 gigabytes of video memory. Our review unit is the 4GB version and it puts forward a strong showing in real-world gaming. The graphics card used here can run modern games at Full HD resolution, but you will at times have to lower your graphics settings.
For example, while playing older games like “The Witcher 3”, it hardly exceeded the 30 FPS mark at the highest graphics settings (Ultra Settings), but within the realm of a budget gaming laptop, it delivers over 60 fs on modern games.
Generally, synthetic tests alone are meaningful for measuring a GPU’s general 3D aptitude, but they can’t beat full retail video games in rating a laptop’s gaming performance. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 5 are both modern AAA titles that boast built-in schemes that can be run at 1080p on both the moderate and maximum graphics-quality presets (Rise of the Tomb Raider – Medium and Very High; Far Cry 5 – Normal and Ultra).
This is possible considering that Far Cry 5 is DirectX 11-based, while Rise of the Tomb Raider can be fired to DX12, which is basically what a benchmark does. Tested at 1080p, the Lenovo Ideapad L340 delivers 97 fps in Normal settings, but the values drop to 81 fps in Ultra settings; and Rise of the Tomb Raider garners 125 fps in Medium settings and 97 fps in Very High settings. Both scores are slightly better than what you get on the Acer Predator Helios 300 (2019) fitted with Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti graphics card.
In other words, the additional cost of the RTX 2060 exceed, mainly when pit up against GTX 1660 Ti-based systems. That’s is partly due to the fact that the RTX 2060 can’t make great use of ray-tracing, like you would with high-end RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 variants. As such, since the performance is about equal to the non-RTX cards, the extra cost isn’t really worthwhile. Regardless of how it fares head to head, if you have your eye on this laptop, in a larger sense, this performance is solid.
Before compiling our Lenovo Thinkpad L340 gaming laptop review for our unit, we strongly considered the battery life and performance.
The Lenovo Thinkpad L340 is ahead of the Acer predator Helios 300 in terms of battery life. Although just over 4 hours isn’t that long by any measure but it’s worth the price I’d say.
The MSI GS65 Stealth offers better battery life, but the Acer Nitro 5 triumphs over them all.
Lenovo Ideapad L340 Review Verdict
No matter the version (15 inch, 15.6 inch, 17.3 inch), the Lenovo Thinkpad L340 passes all the levels for an entry-level, budget gaming laptop. As reviewed with a Core i5-9300H quad-core processor and 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, it pushes well above the standard 60fps mark in real-world benchmarks, turning it into a smooth gaming experience. But, when purchasing on budget, you need to accept minor trade-offs such as a missing card reader and a middling ClickPad. Also, Wi-Fi could be faster.
The value here is real- aside the good maintenance score, the bright display with suave contrast and black value is amazing too. The
The Acer predator Helios 300 (2019) remains our Editors Choice thanks to a bright, 144Hz screen as standard equipment and it runs way cooler than the Lenovo model.
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