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Lenovo S400 2 Core Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 4GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 4GB Aug 2013
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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Across all the medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the S400 the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 2GB to 32GB. The Lenovo S400 has a fairly big maximum internal memory supported by processor (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the S400.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Lenovo Portable PCs Have Good Reviews

Based on 5,743 user and expert reviews, Lenovo has good reviews for its notebook PCs. Lenovo also has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core laptops range.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo S400 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops of a similar age and type to it. This Lenovo laptop supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This portable PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the S400.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo S400 has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been available for more than two years.

Alternative notebook PCs which also have a front camera that you might also want to look at include the ProBook 650[pl_2481395_price], or the EliteBook 820 G1[pl_1620826_price] both from HP or the Lenovo S400 Touch[plb_2253431_price].

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Light

With a weight of only 1.8 kilograms, the Lenovo S400 is one of the lighter notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the S400 amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. Medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the X1 Carbon Touch[pl_1530282_price] (1.6kg and cheaper), or the X131e[pl_1492167_price] (1.8kg and cheaper) both from Lenovo or the HP 8470p[plb_1457901_price] (2.1kg and cheaper).

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Fairly High Speaker Power

At 2 Watts, the Lenovo S400 has a fairly high speaker power compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the S400. The speaker power of portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the S400 range from 1W to 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.8W.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports, including the Lenovo S400 which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the S400 which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the Lenovo S400 has a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops with a touch sensitive screen and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch[plb_1530282_price], and the Toshiba L55T[plb_2941303_price] is also worth considering.

Alternative portable PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to consider include the Lenovo S400 Touch[plb_2253431_price].

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Narrow

The narrowest notebook PC that was launched more than two years ago is 28mm wide, the widest is 430mm, and the average width is 360mm. At only 336.6 millimeters, the Lenovo S400 is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the S400.

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11 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the S400 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Lenovo S400 which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The Lenovo S400 is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as the S400 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo S400 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the S400.

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops with a full-size keyboard and we think the DELL XPS 13[plb_2601999_price], or the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch[plb_1530282_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Short Battery Life

With a battery life of only 5 hours, the Lenovo S400 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other laptops that came out more than two years ago. Medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago have battery lifes of between 2.5h and 4,400h.

If this Lenovo laptop battery life is too short for you then you might want to look at the HP ProBook 650[plb_2041918_price] (6h and cheaper), or the DELL XPS 13[plb_2618156_price] (6h and cheaper).

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo S400 has a very small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the S400. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the S400 the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 12GB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The average memory clock speed of notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the S400 is 1,600MHz. The Lenovo S400 has one of the slower memory clock speeds (only 1,333 megahertz) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core laptops that have been around for more than two years.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Lenovo S400 is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the S400 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Low Front Camera Resolution

Portable PCs of this age and type have front camera resolutions of between 0.3MP and 1,300MP. When compared to other similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago, the Lenovo S400's front camera resolution of only 0.3 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo S400

Released Over Three Years Ago

Lenovo released the S400 over three years ago.

Intel Core I3-3xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo S400 has an Intel Core i3-3xxx processor family which is better than most notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it. Most similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo S400 has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

Other 500GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at include the 8470p[pl_1457901_price], the 8470p[pl_1481744_price], or the EliteBook 8470p[pl_1498743_price] all from HP which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the DELL XPS 13[plb_2556381_price] (512GB and higher rated); or the Toshiba Satellite E45-B[plb_2531325_price] (750GB and cheaper), or the DELL Inspiron 17[plb_1628618_price] (1TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo S400 has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this laptop to all the other 4GB internal memory laptops and we think the 8470p[pl_1457901_price], and the 8470p[pl_1481744_price] both from HP or the Lenovo X131e[plb_1492167_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Satellite E45-B[pl_2531325_price] (6GB), or the L55T[pl_2941303_price] (6GB) both from Toshiba or the DELL Inspiron 17[plb_1628618_price] (8GB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the Lenovo S400 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a similar age to the S400.

There are a number of alternative 14" laptops currently available that you might also want to look at including the 8470p[pl_1457901_price], the 8470p[pl_1481744_price], or the EliteBook 8470p[pl_1498743_price] all from HP which is cheaper.

If you want a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the Lenovo L540[plb_1623008_price] (15") which is also cheaper.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.8 gigahertz, the Lenovo S400 has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the S400.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 1.8GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available including the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch[plb_1530282_price], or the Toshiba L55[plb_1570434_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the EliteBook 740[pl_2524806_price] (1.9GHz and cheaper), or the EliteBook 840 G1[pl_1870678_price] (1.9GHz and cheaper) both from HP or the Toshiba L55T[plb_2941303_price] (1.9GHz and cheaper).

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Expert Reviews

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24 October 2013

The laptop will feel under powered if you work on pro-development and editing software. However it's pricing gives it a turnaround if it is to be used for normal home use. It will run HD videos...

4 February 2013

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In September last year , Lenovo Philippines rolled out affordable and ultraportable computing solutions for mainstream Filipino users. These are the IdeaPad S300 and the IdeaPad S400 which are... Read more…

7 December 2012

It?s pretty, but its poor performance and touchpad leave the IdeaPad S400 behind its competitors...

1 September 2012

Shortly before the official launch of the latest IdeaPad notebook from Lenovo, we were fortunate enough to be given some time to fiddle around with the IdeaPad S400. Built as an entry level laptop... Read more…

30 November 2012

Proposé à un prix conseillé de moins de 500 ?, le Lenovo IdeaPad S400 sait ménager la chèvre et le chou. Il peut se montrer suffisamment performant lorsque cela est nécessaire ou économe si...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 12 December 2012 by Evansy
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This is my first ever Amazon review and I admit it's mainly motivated by the fact that the product has been disappointing. I cannot fault Amazon's exchange service but thought that I may be able... Read more…

Reviewed 24 April 2013 by R. Fabisz
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As a student I wasn't looking for anything expensive, I use my PC for heavy duty 3D modelling and gaming. For the price I paid £280 this thing is ideal. Perfect screen size 14 inch is exactly... Read more…

Reviewed 19 May 2013 by Pitban
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Hello guys, I've been thinking about the laptop and made some reasearch - for me - the most important were: - 14" screen - good webcam - silent - good looking - So I will start with the camera -... Read more…

Reviewed 30 March 2013 by Pen Name

Very happy with the laptop works well, light and importantly it was good value for money. I use this for web access, email and some calculations and word processing...

Reviewed 21 May 2013 by Retrofairytales
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Hi The lenovo ideapad s400 is very good purchase considering the price. I was lookin for a slim laptop with a not too small screen that looks good and has enough power for standard tasks and light... Read more…

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