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Lenovo unleashes a range of powerful and affordable enterprise grade budget laptops at MWC 2019

Lenovo has been at it at the MWC 19, back to back unleashing a storm of creative laptops catering to all kinds of consumers. This time, we are talking about the Ideapads and the new 14 inch Enterprise laptops.

With the Ideapads, Lenovo has successfully brought together the affordability of mainstream machines coupled with the perks of premiums. The Ideapad lineup includes C340, S340 and S540. Whereas, the new enterprise laptop series include the 14e Chromebook Enterprise and the 14w Enterprise.


Lenovo 14e Chromebook and 14w Enterprise

Both versions of the enterprise laptops are are intended to “increase firstline worker productivity” in the retail, manufacturing and educational industries according to Lenovo.

Lenovo’s 14w Enterprise is an alternative of the 14e Chromebook offering  Windows instead of Chrome OS. Both laptops feature an aluminum chassis that is sturdy enough for classroom and outdoor use. Lenovo has found the balance between high-end features and reasonable cost with this duo and has come around to deliver enterprise consumers a reliable laptop able to get their workers or students connected to various business services.

The 14w Enterprise might not be the lightest laptop Lenovo has unveiled this year, but it is still quite portable weighing up to only 3.39lbs. The port selection is quite student friendly and includes a USB-C, two USB-A, HDMI 1.4, a microSD card slot, and one combo audio jack.

Both laptops are assembled with narrow bezel displays and equipped with touchscreen support. Lenovo 14w Enterprise houses an AMD 3GHz A6 dual-core processor, AMD graphics, RAM up to 8GB and storage options up to either 128GB eMMc or 256GB SSD. Lenovo has also equipped it with Dolby Audio and a power backup of up to an 11-hours. The Chromebook variant is equipped with AMD’s dual-core A4-9120C all-in-one chip (APU), same RAM an the sibling but storage going up to just 64 GBs. Now what makes this Chromebook enterprise friendly as the specs are completely customizable according to each user’s specific needs. There is also the spill proof technology that makes it resistant to rough classroom usage.

To power the 14e Chromebook, Lenovo’s has loaded this laptop with a 57Wh battery delivering up to 10 hours of backup. The ports selection on the 14e includes two USB-C ports, two USB-A, a MicroSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio combo port. An interesting addition in this affordable notebook is the 180-degree hinge that lets you lay flat the Chromebook on a table for shared presentations.

Enterprise consumers will be able to get their hands on the 14w Enterprise in March for a starting price of just $299 USD. While the Lenovo 14e Chromebook arrives in April starting at $279.

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Lenovo Ideapad C340, S340 and S540

Lenovo Ideapads fortunately need no introduction. This line of Lenovo’s laptops are a mix of sleekness, style and performance all under a pocket friendly budget. The new additions to this line the Ideapad C340, S340 and S540 add a lot of points to the privacy aspects in the Ideapad series. There is a haptic sensor, a webcam-blocking Privacy Shutter alongside other perks like RapidCharge technology, backlit keyboard and Lenovo’s active pen support in the C340. The latest Ideapad range hosts a port variety including two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an HDMI port, power jack, a 4-in-1 SD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery backup expectancy of the C340, S340 are 8 hours on a charge and with up to 12 hours for the S540.

The Lenovo Ideapad C340 comes in both 14 and 15 inch screen variants with a fiberglass top and razor thin bezels – a veneer that once was available only in Lenovo’s premium devices. The 14 inch Ideapad C340 is priced around $450 for the most basic version of Intel and AMD models while the 15 inch variant starts at $500. For these price tags you will be getting an AMD Athlon 300U or Intel Pentium 5405U processors with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution TN display. But, specs like a full HD IPS display, a Core i7-8565U processor and a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX230 graphics are expected to be released as well sometime in April.

Alongside the C340 are the chic Ideapad S340 and S540 laptops. The slim bezels, rapid charging and webcam privacy shutters remain the same but additionally include posh design aspects like carbon fiber and aluminum built chassis alongside Dolby Audio in both 14 and 15 inch variants.

The insides of the S340 have the same CPUs but additionally can be bumped up to 12GB of RAM. There are also advances in the graphics section including up to GeForce MX250 for Intel and up to Radeon RX Vega 10 for AMD.

In S540, there is up to an 8th Gen Core i7 Intel CPU and same RAM options as the S340. The 14 and 15 inch variants come with graphic options GeForce MX250 (fully maxed), and GTX 1050 respectively. The 14-inch AMD model provides options to bump up the configurations to a Ryzen 7 3700U CPU and a Radeon RX Vega GPU.

The color options of the S540 include Abyss Blue, Copper and Mineral Grey while for the S340 its Onyx Black, Abyss Blue and Platinum Grey – offering users some rich shades to choose from.

The Ideapad S340 and S540 are slightly upscale machines starting at $449 and $729, respectively. With these prices you get higher-end specs as well like Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, dual-action cooling fans, up to a 512GB PCIe SSD and a full HD IPS display.

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