Inside Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming (15″) – disassembly and upgrade options
Finally, an Ideapad that is specifically branded for gaming! However, is it going to be as successful as the Legion brand? Let’s see, because one of the main things people factor in before buying a laptop is to what extent it can be upgraded, how futureproof it is.
Lenovo IdeaPad L340 15 Gaming
- Intel Core i5-9300H
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (3GB GDDR5)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
Its bottom plate is secured in7 hours of web browsing and around 5 hours and 45 minutes of video playback. place by 11 Phillips-head screws. After that, the panel itself needs some prying action to get off the chassis and be careful not to break any of the plastic clips, since they are extremely fragile.
Traditionally, the first thing you should when you upgrade your device is to disconnect all of the power going to it. This, in the case with laptops, means to remove the battery connector from the motherboard. Essentially, if you want to change the battery pack, there are five Phillips-head screws that hold it onto the chassis. The battery itself is a 45Wh unit and we were kind of surprised by the autonomous time it delivered – 7 hours of Web browsing and around 5 hours and 45 minutes of video playback.
3. Memory and storage
So, let’s start with the storage – there is one obvious M.2 NVMe-enabled drive. However, just beneath it, there is a SATA connector on the motherboard that is used to connect a 2.5″ drive (you can see the mounting points to the left of the M.2 SSD). Memory-wise, there is sadly only one RAM DIMM, plus 4GB of soldered memory. Yep, not the way you do a “Gaming” laptop, Lenovo, you should know best.
4. Cooling solution
Here you can see the cooling system that is pretty much the same as the one on Lenovo Ideapad 330-15ICH. Additionally, the design it uses is pretty similar to the one we saw on the Acer Nitro 5 (both the new and the old one). Usually, having two heat pipes that lead to the same fans and heat sinks, however, it seems like this is working pretty nice on the Ideapad L340 Gaming (15″). What is the worst thing in this type of cooling is that the fan that is closest to the chips is doing the hard work, while the other is not being utilized to its full potential.