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Lenovo IdeaPad S540 review: A professional’s daily driver

An essential for every career-driven millennial

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As a 20-something millennial, I always feel like time is running out. I have this inane need to accomplish so much at a young age. Friends and mentors alike remind me that life’s not a race, but I can’t help it — I’m too passionate.

I’ve always been determined to have a high-flying career before I reach 30. Years fly by so quickly, which is why there’s an urge to achieve so many in a short span of time. Not to mention, global warming is real, wars could happen any minute, and we all could be dead soon. I don’t want to die without reaching my dreams.

To achieve my goals, I ensure I’m equipped with the right gear in building my career. For starters, we all need a laptop that does its job so we can focus on our work.

Make an impression through your gear

Enter Lenovo’s IdeaPad S540. This premium ultrabook is a tad better than the IdeaPad S340. However, both laptops look similar due to Lenovo’s design language — which should be revamped if you think about it. I would’ve appreciated it better if the logo’s more subtle (and if it’s probably embossed).

The IdeaPad S540 comes in three beautiful colors — black, grey, and copper. Of course, mine would come in the beautiful copper. After all, millennials have a flair for style — we wouldn’t settle for anything that’s boring.

It comes in a sleek-looking, matte-finished, aluminum body that’s so smooth, you’d want to caress it with your fingers for an entire day. When you present with this laptop, people will know you mean business — serious, but not boring.

Finding comfort in its shortcomings

Its screen is humongous, coming in with a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display. There’s so much you can do with a screen this big, even though it has thick bezels on its top and bottom. Glare could be a problem, especially when you love working somewhere bright and open.

Typing is sweet with this beaut, especially for someone who types a lot. Its keys are evenly placed and big enough for my tiny fingers to press on.

On the other hand, its trackpad remains as Lenovo’s weak point. Just like the IdeaPad S340, the S540’s trackpad isn’t smooth enough for navigation. Gliding your fingers create a squeaky sound that would make your eardrums cringe.

Security-wise, you can finally calm the F down since Lenovo cares about it, too. We all hate spying cameras, thus, Lenovo allows you to cover your laptop’s camera with a shutter whenever you’re not using it. For even tighter security, the IdeaPad S540 has a fingerprint reader located on the keyboard’s bottom right.

Stay connected, wherever

On the left side, you can find the power input, an HDMI port for your presentation needs, and our well-loved USB 3.1 port, along with an audio jack located at the mid-bottom.

Found on the right side are two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, and indicator lights.

Side note: Its hinge and design were built to handle being laid flat on a table, for presentation purposes. Do note it doesn’t do yoga. If you want a convertible, better check Lenovo’s Yoga lineup.

Get all your job done

The IdeaPad S540 is more than enough for most professionals. This particular model is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8565u at 1.80GHz processor, which can go up to 4.60GHz with Turbo Boost. Additionally, it carries 12GB of DDR4 memory, along with 512GB SSD storage and an Nvidia MX250 GPU.

This laptop can handle your habit of opening multiple tabs at the same time, with heavyweight apps like Spotify, Netflix, or even Adobe’s Creative Suite running in the background. I mostly deal with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, with a bit of video editing on the side — and I was able to do all my creative work albeit only at a bare minimum.

Its display wasn’t made for creative professionals, and it heats up when using memory-consuming software for a prolonged time. But for most users dealing with large files, a bunch of emails, browsing, surfing, spreadsheets, and occasional entertainment like binge-watching on Netflix, the IdeaPad S540 is more than enough.

Being a humongous laptop, the IdeaPad S540 doubles as your business companion and entertainment hub. It has a Dolby Audio speaker system, producing decent sound for all your leisure needs. For those obsessed with audio, you might want to look elsewhere because this isn’t the laptop for you. Better buy a different speaker system and connect it to this laptop.

We might need more juice

If you’re looking at a laptop this big, it’s expected to have a lot of juice. Thankfully, the IdeaPad S540 delivers what’s expected from it. Lenovo boasts up to 12 hours of battery life, but most people nowadays are classified as power-hungry users, rendering the 12-hour promise to be useless since it’s going to be shorter.

For instance, I spent one afternoon in Malongo Atelier Barista enjoying a refreshing Iced Coffee while doing my work. I sat around 4 o’clock in the afternoon with a full battery, diving into a pile of articles to write.

Additionally, I’ve been jamming to my favorite playlist from The Bold Type so I can be more productive. Settings include 100% brightness and max volume, while connected to Wi-Fi. In between sipping my coffee, listening to interviews that I recorded, and social media breaks, the IdeaPad S540 drops 10 to 15 percent of its battery per hour.

Before 8 o’clock in the evening, my battery dropped below 20 percent already, prompting me to charge my machine. Almost four hours for a power-hungry is kinda meh but given my usage, I’d say it did its best. At least, I didn’t encounter any hiccups while navigating my work. It was seamless and smooth!

Is this your GadgetMatch?

If you’re in need of a daily driver, the IdeaPad S540 is an ideal laptop to suit your professional needs. It’s perfect for those looking for a laptop powerful enough to handle multitasking for business and entertainment use.

For PhP 65,995 (US$ 1295), the Lenovo IdeaPad S540 (S540-15IWL, version 81NE0049PH) is a good investment to propel your career. When you’re on your way up on your career ladder, you can buy and use better, higher-end, and possibly flagship laptops that definitely cost a fortune.

For now, this will do. The key to creating milestones in your career is to take baby steps, and buying a laptop to suit your professional needs is one such step you need to take.

Update as of 02/11/2020: Lenovo drops the price for the IdeaPad S540 from PhP 65,995 to PhP 59,995. Additionally, those who will purchase will be entitled to 24-months international and local onsite warranty with Premium Care. Get perks such as On-site service, 24/7 service hotline with senior technicians, priority allocation for replacement parts, annual PC health check, and more. For more information about the warranty, visit their promo page.

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MateBook 16s, D16, X Pro price, availability in Singapore

Get them at the Huawei roadshow from Aug. 18-21

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MateBook 16s

Huawei’s latest and largest laptops yet – the MateBook 16s and MateBook D16 – as well as the new MateBook X Pro, MateBook 14, and MatePad Pro 11 are now official in Singapore.

As earlier announced, these latest devices are powered by up to an Intel Evo-certified 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H processor and come with a wide range of features to boost productivity and performance.

They will be available through the following stores starting on August 19:

Huawei Smart Office Roadshow

Customers who want to get a first glimpse of the new products may drop by the Huawei Smart Office Roadshow happening from August 18 to 21 at the Huawei Customer Service Experience Center, [email protected]

Here, there they can get discounts on Huawei devices such as tablets, wearables, and smartphones. They can also avail of free device cleaning and discounts on spare parts and battery replacements.

Pricing, availability

Below are the retail prices of the newly-released products:

  • MateBook X Pro (i7): SG$ 2,798
  • MateBook 16s (i9): SG$ 2,298
  • MateBook D16 (i5): SG$ 1,298
  • MateBook D16 (i7): SG$ 1,498
  • MateBook 14: SG$ 1,798
  • MatePad Pro 11: SG$ 998

Early birds will also enjoy free gifts with each purchase. The X Pro, 16s, D16, and 14 come with free MateView monitors and freelace wireless earphones exclusively at the roadshow.

They are also packaged with other free accessories such as backpacks, USB flash drives, smart keyboards, and Bluetooth mice for a freebie bundle worth up to SG $1,489.

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Huawei Matebook 16s: Bigger, better, brighter

For a bolder you

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Bigger isn’t always better. But Huawei begs to differ. 

After seeing some success with their MateBook D15 laptop, the company decided to up the ante in literally every category imaginable.

This is the Huawei MateBook 16s. As the name suggests, it is a big boy. But it’s more than just a bigger MateBook. Huawei also made sure to up the specs for better overall performance. All while also adding some smart features, making it a bright work companion. 

Let’s break down how this bigger, better, and brighter laptop is great for a bolder you. 

Bigger

First and clearly most noticeable is the 16-inch display. It’s touchscreen and also has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. That’s sexy. 

You’re also getting a 3 by 2 screen aspect ratio which is great if you’re pulling windows side-by-side for multitasking. Lastly, it makes sure your eyes are protected with a TUV Rheinland certification for both Blue Light and Flicker. 

It’s also designed with creatives in mind. The screen’s color accuracy is professional-grade. So, for creative work like touching up images, video editing, and anything of the sort, you can rest easy knowing the display is showing the right colors.

After work, you can kick-back, relax and watch videos comfortably.The big screen is great for binge-watching Netflix series or just getting lost in a YouTube blackhole. The speakers on the side help make the viewing experience even more pleasant and immersive.  

The Matebook 16s maintains the unibody design. It looks sleek and sturdy despite the larger body. And the larger body also lends to a more comfortable full-sized keyboard. The keys have a satisfying travel and are spaced just right. You also get a large glass touchpad, making navigation an absolute breeze. 

The bigger body also means more ports. On the right side, you’ll find  two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. And on the left side, you get two USB-C ports, one of which is thunderbolt 4. Alongside it are the HDMI port and 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack.

Better

This 16-inch notebook is also better in so many ways. 

The camera is placed where you would usually find it. And the camera itself is in 1080P and also wide angle. Even more impressive, it’s an AI camera with built-in video effects. FollowCam and Eye Contact work in tandem to make sure you’re always in the center of the frame and that the line of sight adjusts to you. 

And then there’s Virtual Background which lets you select the background you want to use in any video calling platform. 

But of course, the meat of being better comes in the specs department. The Matebook 16s is available in Core i5, i7, and i9 processor variants. All of which are Intel EVO certified which means you can expect a heavy-hitting performer. 

And you’ll definitely need all that power if you work with plenty of image or video assets. Same is true if you use other software that requires heavy duty performance. Whatever the case, the Matebook 16s is equipped to handle it all. And for an extended period too.

To ensure things stay cool when the workload gets heated, Huawei implemented a gaming-grade size dual shark fin fan for quiet cooling. This helps heat dissipation so the laptop can perform at its best. All while being quiet while it’s at it.

But you know what’s surprising? A laptop this big actually has a smaller power adapter. Normally, big boys like this also have huge power bricks. But not the Matebook 16s. 

It has this instead: Don’t let the size fool you, though. The highest version supports the 135W power adapter which juices up the laptop up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. 

It’s the Huawei SuperCharge but for a laptop. We love to see it. 

Brighter

Now, what sets the Matebook 16s apart from other laptops is its array of Smart features. 

This notebook is part of Huawei’s whole Super Device initiative. Super Device means different Huawei devices working in tandem for a more seamless workflow for the user. We have an entire video detailing this that you can check out after watching this one. 

But essentially, with this laptop, you can hook up your Huawei phone and tablet. Once connected, you gain easy access to the files and apps on said devices. And you can even launch a phone interface alongside your other apps. This means you don’t have to lift your phone just to check on it. You can work on everything straight from the laptop. 

While we have you here, we’d also like to mention the sibling of the 16s — the Huawei Matebook D16. Specifically, the D16’s Metaline Antenna located right around the top-right side just above the keyboard.

What it does is it ensures the laptop gets the fastest connection possible, giving you an advantage no matter what network you’re connected to. 

Another thing present on these Huawei laptops is the Huawei Mobile App Engine. What it does is kind of merge the worlds of Huawei PCs and smartphones. 

A bolder you

Now, take all of the benefits we mentioned, and imagine yourself using the MateBook 16s. Can you see it now?

Enjoying the big screen and all its color accuracy benefits to help you with work. Opening phone apps without actually having to reach for your phone. Not needing a dongle for extra connectivity. And just kicking back and relaxing with it at the end of the day. 

The Matebook 16s is a hard and smart worker’s dream. It’s a complete package that’s bigger, better, and brighter than matebooks have ever been. 

And that definitely will make for a more confident and bolder you. 

Price and availability

The MateBook 16s is priced starting at PhP 89,999 with a free MateView 4K monitor worth PhP 34,999.

While MateBook D16 models start at PhP 55,999 for the i5 16GB+512GB, which comes with a free MateView SE worth PhP 7,999.

The new laptops are now available for pre-order via Huawei’s official online store, as well as Lazada and Shopee.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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MateBook 16s, D 16, X Pro now for pre-order in Singapore

Huawei’s latest flagship laptops

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Starting on August 5, 2022, customers in Singapore may now add Huawei’s latest flagship laptops to their carts for pre-order.

The new MateBook X Pro, MateBook 16s, MateBook 14, and MateBook D 16 will be available for pre-order on the following online stores:

The biggest and most advanced laptops yet from Huawei are both powered by up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9 H-series processors and come with Intel IrisR Xe Graphics.

They all sport up to a 16-inch FullView display screen with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio which have various certifications for eye comfort. They also come with up to a 1080p built-in wide-angle AI camera.

For the full price list plus corresponding giveaways worth up to SG$ 1,391 total, check the list below.

Free MateView monitor, backpack, USB flash drive, Bluetooth mouse, and 1-year extended warranty:

  • MateBook X Pro (i7): SG$ 2,798
  • MateBook 16s (i9): SG$ 2,298

Free MateView GT 27-inch monitor, backpack, and USB flash drive:

  • MateBook D 16 (i5): SG$ 1,298
  • MateBook D 16 (i7): SG$ 1,498

Free MateView GT 27-inch monitor, backpack, USB flash drive, Bluetooth mouse, and 1-year extended warranty:

  • MateBook 14 (i7): SG$ 1,798

Huawei 8.8 Super Sale

All products above will be part of Huawei’s 8.8 Super Sale on Shopee and Lazada from August 4 to 10. Aside from them, customers may avail of SG$ 10 vouchers and freebies on a wide range of products, including laptops, tablets, smartwatches and audio devices.

Highlighting the 8.8 Super Sale are following devices which come at discounted prices of up to SG$ 450 off:

  • MateBook 14 (11th Gen Intel i5, 8GB+512GB): SG$ 948 (from 1,398)
  • MatePad Pro WIFI (8GB+256GB): SG$ 638 (from 998)
  • MatePad T 10 WIFI (2GB+32GB): SG$ 168 (from 228)
  • WATCH GT 2 46mm Active: SG$ 148 (from 238)
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