Another day, another Lenovo Ideapad L340 on board… We promise – this is the last one for now. More specifically, it is the Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) – the bigger brother of a laptop we showed you yesterday.

As we say that, we really, really hope that the larger device will introduce something better and more compelling than what we saw with the 15-inch version. When you present to the public a laptop that comes in two variants, there are basically two options in front of you. The first one is to make basically the same notebook, slightly enlarged, with the same internal components and a relatively similar price. On the other side, you can go for better cooling, stack more upgradability options inside and strengthen the chassis.

Clearly, Lenovo has gone for the first of the two options, as we see the only improvement in the display department, where the IPS Full HD panel is going to be the most popular choice. Additionally, there are the Coffee Lake Core i5 and Core i7 that boost its performance, while on the GPU side it comes with either the GeForce GTX 1050 (3GB GDDR5) or the newer GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5).

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-ideapad-l340-17%e2%80%b3-gaming-l340-17irh/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Lenovo ideapad L340 17″ Gaming (L340-17IRH) – Specs


HDD/SSD

up to
2000GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD


OS


Windows 10 Home, No OS, Windows 10


Dimensions


413 x 285 x 25.3 mm (16.26″ x 11.22″ x 1.00″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Audio jack combo audio / microphone jack

Features

  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD 720p with privacy shutter
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 1.5W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the black retail package of this laptop, you are going to find the mandatory paper manuals as well as the Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) and a 135W charging adapter to power the beast.

Design and construction

The build quality and the looks of this laptop completely matches its price tag. In fact, if it wasn’t for the budget build materials (plastic all around) it would actually look pretty nice. You are definitely going to be undercover when gaming on this laptop in a cafe for example… if you remove the NVIDIA GTX stickers of course. In terms of measurements, it is pretty similar to the HP Pavilion Gaming 17 (2019) which it competes directly with.

Width Length Height Weight
Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) 413 mm (16.26″) 285 mm (11.22″) 25.3 mm (1.00″) 2.78 kg (6.1 lbs)
HP Pavilion Gaming 17 (2019) 405 mm (15.94″) 282 mm (11.10″) 25.4 mm (1.00″) 2.75 kg (6.1 lbs)

Weirdly, you won’t be able to open the huge screen of this laptop with a single hand. However, it is a lot more susceptible to bend than the lid on the 15-inch L340 Gaming and it also features a physical shutter on its camera.

Then on the base, there is a backlit keyboard that is blue in color, which is something fresh and matches the blue Lenovo logo on top of the lid. As far as the experience when typing and during gaming – well… it is not the most comfortable of them all, but it does the job with its respectable travel and clickiness. Its touchpad, however, is terrible – just buy an external mouse for 5 bucks – it will do a better job.

Expectedly, as with the non-Gaming and the 15-inch L340 Gaming Ideapad, this one has its speakers on the side of the bottom panel. Additionally, it draws cold air from some grills at the bottom and exhausts it from in between the base and the display.

Ports

I/O-wise it all starts with the special Lenovo charging plug, an RJ-45 connector, an HDMI port, followed by two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) ports, an audio jack and a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) – unfortunately for left-handers, all of them are placed on the left.

Disassembly and upgrade options

After consulting with Lenovo’s official maintenance guide, we are pretty confident that the insides of the 17-inch version of the Ideapad L340 Gaming are exactly the same as those of the 15-inch variation, meaning that the disassembly process is going to be the same. The only difference we found is that the bigger version has two more screws securing the bottom plate to up the tally to 13 of Phillips type.

Display quality

Soon, we are going to be ready with our lab tests of Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″)’s display.

Drivers

All drivers and utilities for the Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) can be downloaded from here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/ideapad-l-series-laptop/l340-17irh-gaming/downloads

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with 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. Despite being larger in size, the Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) has exactly the same 45Wh battery unit as its smaller brother.

Obviously, this means the battery life would be shorter – around 5 hours of Web browsing and video playback.

CPU options

Your processor options here are the quad-core Core i5-9300H and the hexa-core Core i7-9750H.


GPU options

Similarly to the smaller laptop – you can pick from the GTX 1050 or the newer GTX 1650.


Lenovo ideapad L340 17″ Gaming (L340-17IRH) GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Lenovo ideapad L340 17″ Gaming (L340-17IRH) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo ideapad L340 17″ Gaming (L340-17IRH) model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.


Gaming tests

GTA-V-benchmarks

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Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-9300H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) 2.73 GHz (B+14%)@ 66°C 3.11 GHz (B+30%)@ 84°C 2.83 GHz (B+18%)@ 76°C
Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming (15″) 2.39 GHz @ 52°C 3.72 GHz (B+55%)@ 87°C 2.92 GHz (B+22%)@ 78°C
Intel Core i5-8300H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 3.25 GHz (B+41%) @ 92°C 3.13 GHz (B+36%) @ 92°C 2.98 GHz (B+30%) @ 92°C
Dell G3 17 3779 3.44 GHz (B+50%) @ 98°C 3.29 GHz (B+43%) @ 98°C 3.11 GHz (B+35%) @ 91°C

Quite similarly to the Ideapad L340 Gaming (15″), the 17-inch version uses a conservative method of thermal configuration. While the hardware (the cooling solution itself) is the same, we saw slightly different results, which interestingly were favoring the smaller Ideapad L340 Gaming. If we compare it to the Dell G3 17 3779 for example, we see lower clock speeds and much lower temperatures, which is a prerequisite for the more comfortable gaming experience. Let’s take a look.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) 1679 MHz @ 74°C 1595 MHz @ 74°C
Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming (15″) 1691 MHz @ 74°C 1620 MHz @ 74°C
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ICH 1718 MHz @ 65°C 1643 MHz @ 65°C
MSI GL63 8RC (GTX 1050) 1658 MHz @ 65°C 1645 MHz @ 69°C
Dell G3 17 3779 1683 MHz @ 77°C 1670 MHz @ 88°C

Exactly, as we thought – the 17-inch Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming is maintaining significantly lower temperatures in the long run, and although its clock speed is lower, the real-life difference shouldn’t be dramatic at all.

Verdict

Okay, so this laptop is being one of Lenovo’s best effort to brand a line-up for extremely budget gaming and separate the Legion series as a more premium device at the same time. They surely succeeded with the first one, as the Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) doesn’t look nor feel like a gaming laptop, whatsoever.

In terms of performance, it works exactly as expected from the hardware it packs and moreover it looks like it can easily handle the more powerful processor – the Core i7-9750H. We have to note that the GTX 1650 has better performance but uses less power than the GTX 1050, which makes less demanding in terms of cooling.

Its battery size is pretty small. Man, with that much space inside they could have easily put at least a 52Wh battery pack (the current one is 45Wh and we are in doubt it is going to be upgradable). Despite that, they have apparently done a pretty good job in terms of optimization, because we were able to extract 5 hours of Web browsing and video playback.

Additionally, it was great to see that it has an IPS Full HD panel that is comfortable for use and was pleasing on the eyes. At least this is what we have to settle with until our lab is done testing the sucker. We’ll keep you updated.

So, at the end of the day, the Ideapad L340 Gaming (17″) is not a terrible device. However, we were happier with the HP Pavilion Gaming 17 (2019) and we think it is the better deal unless Lenovo cuts that price tag even lower.

Feel free to share with us in the comments, are you excited about the new Ideapad Gaming series? Would you prefer it to a low-tier Legion device or you’re fine with the slightly lesser build quality?

Pros

  • Sleek design for a gaming laptop
  • Sufficient cooling
  • Backlit keyboard with large keycaps
  • Adequate price
  • Full HD IPS panel on board

Cons

  • Budget build quality
  • Unamusing overal experience
  • Only 45Wh battery inside of a 17-inch gaming laptop

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-ideapad-l340-17%e2%80%b3-gaming-l340-17irh/





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