Lenovo Ideapad S145 and Samsung Expert X50 are two intermediate notebooks for sale in Brazil. While the Lenovo model appears in simpler hardware versions for as low as R $ 1,499, Samsung’s option is only available in versions with a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia and an eighth-generation Core i7 processor from Intel, with prices starting in R $ 3,598.99.
Despite this, Ideapad brings a screen with Full HD resolution, while the Expert X50 is only HD, an important detail for those looking for a laptop to watch movies and series, for example. Check out more details on laptops below and find out which one is most interesting to you.
Both models have plastic in the construction and are relatively large, with a 15.6-inch screen and a dedicated numeric keypad. In terms of weight, there is practically a technical draw: the lightest is Lenovo, which stands at 1.85 kq, but Samsung’s notebook is 1.95 kg.
Regarding the interfaces, the Samsung Expert X50 comes with two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0, in addition to HDMI, RJ-45 port for connection via Ethernet cable and auxiliary input. It is worth mentioning that the model of the South Korean brand does not have a memory card reader, which can make a difference for photographers or video editors, for example. The Lenovo laptop, in turn, has the feature, but does not have an RJ-45 port. In addition, both machines offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Lenovo model is available in both HD screen options and Full HD versions. The Expert X50 appears only with HD display, a feature that can make a difference at the time of purchase. This is because the higher resolution can be interesting not only for watching movies and series, but also ensures a better use of the available area on the screen. Anyway, paying less for an HD display may be worth it in some cases, and it is up to the user.
As is common with other lines, Lenovo offers several hardware options with the Ideapad S145. Thus, the models can be simple, bringing the modest Intel Celeron N4000 chip, or more robust, such as the variant equipped with Core i7 8565U, the brand’s top eighth generation quad-core, the same CPU present in the Samsung notebook.
Comparing Ideapad versions closer to what the Expert X50 has to offer, it is worth noting the option with practically the same hardware, but also other intermediate models. The machine is also available with Core i5 8265U chip, for example, which should deliver about 15% less performance compared to the premium processor. In addition, the Lenovo computer won an even more recent version, with Intel’s tenth-generation Core i7 1065G7 CPU, which promises even greater performance – in addition to integrated graphics Iris Plus, sufficient for various video tasks.
Other Ideapad options include AMD’s Ryzen processors, such as the Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 3700U. These versions have superior multicore performance, that is, they work well with heavier applications that require the work of many cores at the same time. Despite this, they should not bring a good thermal performance, heating up more and using more battery. Another important point is that the models with Ryzen do not have a dedicated video card, working exclusively through the integrated Radeon Vega.
Regarding memory, Samsung’s Expert X50 uses 8 GB of RAM, which should be sufficient for different types of use. The Ideapad S145, in turn, is available in options of 4, 8 or 12 GB, following the high price variation of the line. In the most similar models, with an eighth generation Core i7 chip, both Samsung and Lenovo opted for Nvidia’s GeForce MX110. It is worth mentioning that Iris Plus, integrated to the tenth generation chip that equips the most robust version of Ideapad, promises superior performance to play.
Once again, the Ideapad S145 appears in different versions, ranging from 500 GB in traditional HD to 256 GB in SSD, the fastest standard. There are also models equipped with 1 TB of HD storage, which guarantees a good space to save files, but less fluidity in the system. In the case of the Expert X50, all options have the same conventional 1 TB hard drive.
Both notebooks allow you to install HD and SSD at the same time to ensure hybrid storage. This feature is very interesting for speeding up applications and games without giving up space available to save files. In this sense, Samsung has some advantage, as it offers a design that facilitates access to these components: the Expert X50 has compartments for simple installation of HD and RAM, and the user does not need to disassemble the entire notebook.
Another feature of Samsung is the integration with smartphones of the Galaxy line, thanks to the Samsung Flow or DeX features. In this way, the user can exchange files between devices without problems. Lenovo opted for simpler features, but it has Dolby signature sound, an interesting factor for consuming music and videos in general.
Samsung does not disclose much information regarding autonomy, nor about the specifications of the component. Lenovo, in turn, brings only the gross capacity of the products, in Watts-hour. Thus, the Ideapad S145 can come with a 30 or 35 Wh battery, which depends on the equipped processor.
Until the closing of the story, the Ideapad S145 appears with prices starting at R $ 1,499, according to Compare TechTudo. It is worth mentioning that this version has a Celeron N4000 processor, much lower than the Core i7 used in the Samsung computer. Taking into account a version closer to the Expert X50, it is worth highlighting the model with the 8th generation Core i5 chip, 8 GB of RAM and the same GeForce MX110, which costs at least R $ 2,896.55, according to Compare. Its rival, in turn, the most affordable option costs R $ 3,598.99, while the Lenovo notebook with the same hardware appears at R $ 3,239.