Lenovo is announcing a new $999 laptop today called the IdeaPad S540. It’s built to cater to a mainstream audience who needs a semi-powerful laptop that has good battery life, a nice screen, and plenty of versatility. It’s also similar to Apple’s MacBook Air in terms of its design and price point, making it a seemingly solid alternative to the laptop. This becomes especially true when you start breaking the laptop down.
Flipping the lid open, you’ll find a 13.3-inch Quad HD 16:10 screen with minimal bezels. Under the hood, Lenovo includes 10th-generation Intel Core processors, with configurations granting you up to a six-core 10th-gen i7. You also get up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.
Along the sides of the device, you’ll find two USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and a standard USB-A port which comes in clutch when you unexpectedly need it. There’s also a 56.5Wh battery inside which Lenovo claims can last up to 16 hours on a full charge. I’ll need to test that claim before I can confirm anything.
Interestingly, the S540 is available with Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. It isn’t common for $1,000 laptops to have an option to adopt a discrete graphics card of this caliber, so if you want a MacBook Air that runs Windows and can handle heavy gaming, this machine might be something to consider.
I probably wouldn’t buy it for gaming, though. It’s so thin that there’s a good chance it’ll get hot fast.
Rounding things off, the S540 also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and Windows Hello compatibility thanks to the IR camera at the top. This feature also enables Lenovo’s AI Glace feature as seen on the IdeaPad S940, but it isn’t a reason to buy this laptop since, historically, it isn’t that great.
Lenovo says the IdeaPad S540 will launch this October starting at $999. It’ll be available in silver, white, and a sweet Ice Blue. Expect a review on this laptop as soon as I get my hands on it.