Your Lenovo Shopping Guide for Christmas 2019
We all have smartphones. But most work – including typing long emails, doing spreadsheets, graphic and web design, video editing, coding, and any task that needs a full-fledged browser and desktop-quality app – these are all done on a reliable laptop, desktop PC, and on an external monitor. So, it makes sense to be informed when shopping for work devices this Christmas.
With that said, here are the Lenovo devices you should keep in mind, as you shop for good computers this Christmas.
For Students – the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 is the perfect study tool
Students who aim to meet their course requirements can rely on the IdeaPad S145. With a starting price lower than an upper midrange smartphone (at Php 18,995), it comes with either a solid state drive (up to 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD or a hybrid 1TB HDD plus 128GB SSD (PCIe NVMe). It’s also one of the few entry level devices that come with a fairly large SSD option. The hybrid storage with a 1TB HDD means a student won’t have to worry about running out of space for files, as s/he can simply install apps on the SSD and make the large 1TB HDD the default storage.
The IdeaPad S145 also comes with (up to) an 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor (about 40% faster than previous generation chips), an NVIDIA GeForce MX110 graphics card (which greatly helps with creating graphics and videos for school projects and presentations). The IdeaPad S45 has the speed, the graphic performance, and the ample storage to meet the needs of students, so they can both create and save the content (term papers, essays, videos, photo assignments, other documents) they need to survive at school.
For Casual Gamers – the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming is a capable device for gaming and work
PC gaming has exploded in recent years that a term had to be coined for the competitive play aspect of it – eSports. Lenovo has the Legion line of gaming laptops that meet the needs of both pro and casual gamers. The IdeaPad L340 is aimed at casual gamers – whether you want to play alone or with others.
The L340 starts at Php 44,995, which is a steal given its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card (which lets the device handle many of today’s games with ease) and its ultrafast SSD option. It comes in two variants – one with an Intel Core i5-9300H or i7-9750H – but both are enough to meet the needs of both work and the occasional itch to play PC games.
For Hardcore Gamers – the Lenovo Legion Y540 ticks all the boxes of a serious gaming laptop
Hardcore gamers need a set up they can play on for hours every day, and yet have all that a super enthusiast (even pro) gamer needs. The Legion Y540 packs the specs – up to 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, up to 144Hz refresh rate display panel, up to 9th-generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, and a 2-Year Premium Care onsite warranty. Great design, money’s worth performance, and a no hiccups and super smooth gaming experience. The Legion Y540 starts at Php 64,995.
For Artists and Content Creators – the Legion Y740 and YOGA S740-15 have serious graphics prowess
When you think about it, the graphic requirements of both content creators (graphic and video work) and gamers (graphic card that smoothly runs the popular gaming titles) tend to overlap. With that in mind, Lenovo offers two devices suited to artists and content creators (and also the gamer) – the Legion Y740 and YOGA S740-15.
Aimed primarily at hardcore gamers, the Legion Y740 comes packed with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, and up to a 9th-Gen Intel Core™ i7-9750H processor, and both of these allow the faster rendering of graphics-heavy videos. The Y740 weighs only 2.2kg, making it easy for artists on-the-go to pick it up and work in any location the project or job takes them.
The YOGA S740-15 has impressive specs as well – a 9th-generation Intel Core i9-9980H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or NVIDIA MX250, plus a battery that can last up to 14 hours on a single charge (perfect for working on the go.)
The displays of both laptops are also noteworthy. The Legion Y740 has a 144Hz refresh rate display panel while the YOGA S740-15 has a Full High Definition VESA400 High Dynamic Range display enhanced with Dolby Vision. Both laptops boast of an amazing 500 nits of brightness, which allows both gamers and content creators to better see their game or work even in bright, outdoor conditions.
The Legion Y740 starts at Php 109,995, while the YOGA S740-15 starts at Php 89,995.
For the On-the-Go Workers – the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s, 14, and 15 combine conservative style and reliable performance
Today’s younger workforce are not tied up with working merely in the office or at home – they work anywhere. With that in mind, Lenovo offers the new ThinkBook 13s, 14, and 15 as their go-to and bring-anywhere devices.
Each of these ThinkBooks have the internals to get work done:
- a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution anti-glare IPS displays, so that the display can still be comfortably viewed despite being outdoors or under bright lights
- the displays can twist up to 180 degrees, making it easy to collaborate with others and work at a comfortable viewing angle
- the narrow bezels provide the user with more screen to work with
- all three devices come with 8GB RAM and a fast and large 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
The ThinkBook 13S (8th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor), the ThinkBook 14 (Core i5-10210U processor), and the ThinkBook 15 (Core i7-10510U processor) have more than enough Intel processing power under the hood.
The ThinkBook 13S (starts at Php 58,990), ThinkBook 14 ( starts at Php 48,990) and ThinkBook 15 (starts at Php 57,490) were released just this November. Buyers of the ThinkBook 14 and 15 can enjoy a promotional deal wherein the first 500 buyers can get a free 8GB memory upgrade.
To make the most out of these ThinkBook laptops, Lenovo recommends the following accessories:
- the ThinkBook 15.6″ Laptop Urban Backpack‘s (SRP Php 1,900) features a sleek design and spacious storage and is perfect for work and travel
- the Wireless Media Mouse‘s added thumb rest, palm rest, and carefully placed media buttons ensure personalization in both mouse sensitivity and scroll speed (SRP Php 1,200)
- the Lenovo USB-C Laptop Power Bank (SRP Php 4,900), which has 48 Wh battery (14000 mAh) and comes with two integrated USB-A ports and a USB-C to USB-C Cable
For Travelers – the Lenovo YOGA S740 is light, sleek, and has a very long battery life
The 14-inch variant of the Lenovo YOGA S740 is suited to those who need to work wherever their travel takes them. It’s lightweight (1.2kg), ultrasleek (14.9mm thin), sturdy (sandblasted aluminum), and comes with a premium finish. So you won’t have to worry about looking for an outlet, it has a 16 hour battery life. So can charge for less time and still get more juice, the S740 has Rapid Charge, allowing it to reach 80% charge in just one hour of charging.
For such a thin laptop, it even has an NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 graphics card, for that boost in productivity (for Photoshop and light video edits) or entertainment (light PC games) while in transit. Working on the go also involves presentations, so the S740 comes with Thunderbolt 3 port, which allows it to hook up to multiple displays, docks, and storage. The Lenovo YOGA S740 is priced at Php 74,995.
For Power Users – the Lenovo YOGA C940, ThinkPad T490, and ThinkVision M14 are high-end workhorse laptops for professionals
Lenovo recommends three top-of-the-line devices for the consummate professionals – The YOGA C940, ThinkPad T490, and the ThinkVision M14 portable display.
The YOGA C940 is part of the Project Athena line of laptops, which is co-engineered by Lenovo and Intel. As such it has several AI features that allow users to work smarter. It’s equipped with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 integrated graphics, which provide the needed processing speed and dependable multitasking. As a 2-in-1 convertible device, the YOGA C940 has a rotating sound bar with Dolby Atmos technology attached to its 360-degree hinge, allowing the user to enjoy uninterrupted listening experience regardless of laptop mode. Complementing the great audio is its 4K display with VESA-Certified DisplayHDR capabilities and a 14-inch HD IPS screen with 500 nits of brightness and Dolby Vision – these make for a cinematic experience at the comforts on one’s home or office. The YOGA C940 is priced at Php 99,995.
The ThinkPad T490 is a powerful workhorse in the workplace. It has an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, either an Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 or Discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics and memory and storage of up to 48GB and 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD, respectively. It comes equipped with enterprise-level security through its ThinkShield suite of security tools. Some of its other features include the dTPM 2.0 chip, which encrypts data and Touch Fingerprint Reader. The ThinkPad T490 starts at Php 73,990.
Lenovo suggests key accessories for the T490, including the sturdy yet stylish Lenovo 15.6-inch Commuter Backpack (SRP Php 3,000) and the Lenovo Yoga Mouse with Laser Printer (SRP Php 2,200). This mouse combines high-precision (up to 1600 DPI tracking), ergonomic V-shape grip, and laser presenter with built-in slide control.
The ThinkVision M14 portable monitor (Php 13,990) weighs only 1.3 pounds, connects to almost any device (including smartphones) via its 2 USB C ports, and assures clear and crisp quality with its Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display (which tilts up to 90 degrees). Lenovo T490 buyers are also advised to get the ThinkVision M14 portable monitor.
For Budget-Laptop Seekers – the Lenovo YOGA S540-15 gives you your money’s worth
For the specs, design, build, heavy duty performance, practical features, the Lenovo YOGA S540-15 is actually a budget purchase for a serious worker looking for an all-in 15-inch laptop. The S540-15 has a speedy Intel Core i7-10510U processor, a large and fast 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, and a capable NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics (for Photoshop and light PC games). The narrow bezels on all sides make for a 92% screen-to-body ratio, allowing its FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS screen to display some of the best color calibrations available and give you more screen space for work, or enjoy movies with.
Lastly, the S540-15 has built-in AI features such as hands-free login (thanks to its IR camera capable of facial recognition login) and the smart assistant Cortana. Price is Php 60,995.
For Small Business Owners – the Lenovo IdeaCentre 510S and IdeaPad S340 offer reliable desktop performance
For aspiring successful entrepreneurs, Lenovo advises the IdeaCentre 510S and IdeaPad S340.
The IdeaCentre 510s comes with an Intel Pentium G5420 processor, either a 2 TB HDD or 128 GB SSD, up to 16GB of RAM (for multitasking ease), and can be used in home entertainment because of its 5.1 surround sound and an optical disk drive that can handle DVD R/W disks. As bonus, it has a McAfee LiveSafe free trial and is available for Php 22,995.
The IdeaPad S340, on the other hand, comes with a 10th-generation Intel Core i5-10210U or i7-10510U processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics, and 1TB HDD + 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD – this storage set up is more than enough to support the day to day operations of small businesses. Price starts at Php 39,995.
Enjoy Lenovo Promos this Christmas
As a plus, most of the devices are part of an ongoing promo bundle with a free lifetime Microsoft Office 2019 license worth Php 6,995.
As part of the holidays, buyers of select devices stand a chance to win vouchers from Herschel and Planet Sports. Meanwhile, the first 500 buyers of the ThinkBook 14 and 15 can avail of a free 8GB memory upgrade out-of-the-box.
Remember, you can make do with a tide-over cheap smartphone, but a slow, poorly built laptop or PC with a bad keyboard and display, this can cripple your ability to meet your deadlines, in school or at work. (It’s also disheartening when your phone has a better display than your laptop.)
Where to Buy These Awesome Lenovo Devices?
You can’t go wrong when buying Lenovo laptops and desktop computers as gifts this Christmas. All of these devices are available in all Legion Concept stores and authorized Lenovo resellers nationwide. You can find out more at https://www.lenovo.com/ph/en/ and https://www.facebook.com/lenovophilippines/.Liked this post? Follow SwirlingOverCoffee on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.