Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (15″, 2023) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

If you’re in need of a very affordable notebook, get ready for the Lenovo IdeaPad 1. Today we have the 2023 model, which comes with both a 14-inch and a 15.6-inch chassis. Here we have the larger variant, which remains portable but has also made some sacrifices to reach a certain price point. This is common in all budget machines, so let’s see how Lenovo went about it, considering the Zen 2 processors and the RDNA 2 integrated graphics that we’ve got here.

Today we’re presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (15″, 2023).

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (15″, 2023): Full Specs / In-depth Review

3 reasons to BUY the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (15″, 2023)

1. Performance

The Zen 2 CPUs that are coming with the IdeaPad 1 consist of two Athlon and two Ryzen chips. Here we have the mid-range Ryzen 3 7320U, which has 4 cores and 8 threads. It does well in benchmarks, however, the Aspire 3 with the same CPU does score a bit better in benchmarks, be it Cinebench R23 or even Photoshop. As for competing with other CPUs, the Ryzen 5 5625U is clearly ahead.

2. Battery life

The Ryzen CPU also goes easy on the battery, as the 42Wh unit lasts for 9 hours and 10 minutes of either Web browsing or video playback, which is suspiciously even, but good at the same time. Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

3. I/O

The port selection of the IdeaPad 1 comes with one USB 2.0 port that’s best left for a mouse, one USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, as well as a Type-C port of the same speed, an HDMI 1.4b port, an audio jack, and an SD card reader.

2 reasons NOT to buy the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (15″, 2023)

1. Build quality

Unsurprisingly, the chassis of the IdeaPad 1 is made of plastic and the chassis isn’t incarnate of durability. The whole laptop is made from plastic and the material flexes like crazy, and we’re certain you can split it in half using your bare hands. The plastic material does also collect fingerprints and smudges quite easily, so it’s a good idea to keep a cleaning cloth in hand, or just use your sleeve if you’re nasty. On the other hand, the laptop is pretty portable, coming with a weight of only 1.58 kg and having a profile of 17.9 mm.

2. Upgradeability

Despite there being space on the base for a SODIMM slot or two, Lenovo has decided to solder the memory to the motherboard. You’re offered up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, as well as one M.2 PCIe slot that supports Gen 4 SSDs, but will run them at Gen 3 speeds, so don’t spend extra on a Gen 4 drive, when its time for an upgrade.

Here’s our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the single SSD slot of the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (15″, 2023).

All Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (15″, 2023) configurations:

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