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LENOVO IdeaPad S340 14" AMD Ryzen 7 Laptop RAM: 8 GB 512 GB SSD, Grey £449 with code @ Currys PCWorld

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Posted 30th Nov 2019

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14" AMD Ryzen 7 Laptop

AMD Ryzen 7 3700U Processor
Radeon™ RX Vega 10 Graphics
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Full HD display
Win 10s

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7iain730/11/2019 16:59

My MacBook has a TN panel which I think is better than my Matebook's D IPS …My MacBook has a TN panel which I think is better than my Matebook's D IPS panel. So a high end TN might be better than a low end IPS.IMO you really need to see for yourself as you might be pleasantly surprised or disappointed.



But you own a macbook, so that already tells us that you know nothing about tech and will literally buy anything if someone sticks fruit on the front or back
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


I would say yes, absolutely no reason for TN to even exist anymore except where the fastest response time is needed other than that it should be one screen tech that need to go away (thats my personal view)

Colour reproduction and viewing angles on TN are stunningly bad

Yes you will notice colour shift, really bad on media playback and websites, if you can live with that, go for it but otherwise wait for IPS display, you will be glad you did.
Edited by: "johnjrambo" 30th Nov 2019
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


Avoid. You need minimum IPS now.
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


I'd suggest going to a store for a look. Some people care more than others about it.
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Just got my Dad the model down and everything about it is excellent except from the screen
Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the display

Would I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


Avoid. You need minimum IPS now.
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


I'd suggest going to a store for a look. Some people care more than others about it.
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


I would say yes, absolutely no reason for TN to even exist anymore except where the fastest response time is needed other than that it should be one screen tech that need to go away (thats my personal view)

Colour reproduction and viewing angles on TN are stunningly bad

Yes you will notice colour shift, really bad on media playback and websites, if you can live with that, go for it but otherwise wait for IPS display, you will be glad you did.
Edited by: "johnjrambo" 30th Nov 2019
johnjrambo30/11/2019 16:20

I would say yes, absolutely no reason for TN to even exist anymore except …I would say yes, absolutely no reason for TN to even exist anymore except where the fastest response time is needed other than that it should be one screen tech that need to go away (thats my personal view)Colour reproduction and viewing angles on TN are stunningly bad


How the blacks on ips screens these days
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


No, they're not but this is quite a dim panel too which doesn't help. I prefer working on the machines with IPS panels here for the colour reproduction, contrast and uniformity but unless you have them side-by-side you may not be that bothered.

johnjrambo30/11/2019 16:20

I would say yes, absolutely no reason for TN to even exist anymore except …I would say yes, absolutely no reason for TN to even exist anymore except where the fastest response time is needed other than that it should be one screen tech that need to go away (thats my personal view)Colour reproduction and viewing angles on TN are stunningly badYes you will notice colour shift, really bad on media playback and websites, if you can live with that, go for it but otherwise wait for IPS display, you will be glad you did.


Yes there is, production cost is the main reason, TN is cheaper to produce and acceptable to many users who just want a laptop to work on.
The shame is some ppl won't know any better and think this is a great deal. I know it's a bit more but I recommend this:

hotukdeals.com/dea…018

It's not quite as fast but it's much thinner, much lighter and better built, with a 13" IPS touch screen.
Edited by: "MikeLondon" 30th Nov 2019
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?

My MacBook has a TN panel which I think is better than my Matebook's D IPS panel.
So a high end TN might be better than a low end IPS.
IMO you really need to see for yourself as you might be pleasantly surprised or disappointed.
7iain730/11/2019 16:59

My MacBook has a TN panel which I think is better than my Matebook's D IPS …My MacBook has a TN panel which I think is better than my Matebook's D IPS panel. So a high end TN might be better than a low end IPS.IMO you really need to see for yourself as you might be pleasantly surprised or disappointed.



But you own a macbook, so that already tells us that you know nothing about tech and will literally buy anything if someone sticks fruit on the front or back
MikeLondon30/11/2019 16:49

The shame is some ppl won't know any better and think this is a great …The shame is some ppl won't know any better and think this is a great deal. I know it's a bit more but I recommend this: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-envy-touch-screen-notebook-8gb-ram-128gb-ssd8-133-13-ag0002na-3344018#comment-39131579It's not quite as fast but it's much thinner, much lighter and better built, with a 13" IPS touch screen.


It also got a quarter the SSD and thermal throttles under load so it's up to you what's more important. As an all-rounder or primary machine used mostly on the desk, the Lenovo is the better buy and having the Ryzen 7 means you get Vega 10 not 8.

As to the panel, you can probably replace it with an IPS unit if that's important, the 14" ones are all over eBay once you work out what you want.
plewis0030/11/2019 17:50

It also got a quarter the SSD and thermal throttles under load so it's up …It also got a quarter the SSD and thermal throttles under load so it's up to you what's more important. As an all-rounder or primary machine used mostly on the desk, the Lenovo is the better buy and having the Ryzen 7 means you get Vega 10 not 8. As to the panel, you can probably replace it with an IPS unit if that's important, the 14" ones are all over eBay once you work out what you want.


I don't completely disagree, if portability, build and screen quality are not so important to you the Lenovo is the better option.
Unless you're desperate for that 15" display, this is MUCH better value - same RAM and storage, very little difference in CPU benchmark but a 14" IPS display for £80 less
hotukdeals.com/dea…280

EDIT: I misread this as the 15" S340. In that case, I'd definitely go for the HP
Edited by: "cjdshaw" 30th Nov 2019
cjdshaw30/11/2019 18:25

Unless you're desperate for that 15" display, this is MUCH better value - …Unless you're desperate for that 15" display, this is MUCH better value - same RAM and storage, very little difference in CPU benchmark but a 14" IPS display for £80 lesshttps://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-14-dk0008na-14-laptop-ryzen-5-8gb-ram-512gb-ssd-fhdips-screen-3349280


Indeed a better buy... saving of £80, better screen and negligible real world performance of the cpu for the avg user.
Edited by: "MugenPower" 30th Nov 2019
cjdshaw30/11/2019 18:25

Unless you're desperate for that 15" display, this is MUCH better value - …Unless you're desperate for that 15" display, this is MUCH better value - same RAM and storage, very little difference in CPU benchmark but a 14" IPS display for £80 lesshttps://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-14-dk0008na-14-laptop-ryzen-5-8gb-ram-512gb-ssd-fhdips-screen-3349280


That HP has always been a good purchase - the display is good and it’s got an NVMe SSD, though the build quality is really bargain basement. They are both 14” laptops. This Lenovo is only priced high due to the Ryzen 7 which does make a reasonable difference, especially in light gaming.
plewis0030/11/2019 18:49

That HP has always been a good purchase - the display is good and it’s got …That HP has always been a good purchase - the display is good and it’s got an NVMe SSD, though the build quality is really bargain basement. They are both 14” laptops. This Lenovo is only priced high due to the Ryzen 7 which does make a reasonable difference, especially in light gaming.


Oops, you're right. I'd misread this as the 15". Userbenchmark.com actually shows the older chip to be slightly faster for CPU and GPU scores, weirdly. I can't comment on the build quality until my HP arrives tomorrow
cpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…724
gpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…559
cjdshaw30/11/2019 18:55

Oops, you're right. I'd misread this as the 15". Userbenchmark.com …Oops, you're right. I'd misread this as the 15". Userbenchmark.com actually shows the older chip to be slightly faster for CPU and GPU scores, weirdly. I can't comment on the build quality until my HP arrives tomorrow ;)https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-Ryzen-5-3500U-vs-AMD-Ryzen-7-3700U/m760067vsm765724https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-RX-Vega-8-Ryzen-iGPU-vs-AMD-RX-Vega-10-Ryzen-iGPU/m441833vsm432559



That's a strang result especially as on average you would expect the 3700 is added to the larger laptops with better thermals?!

It's not just this bench mark:

notebookcheck.net/370…tml
Bought this. Solid laptop. Bad screen. Avoid imo.
currys.co.uk/gbu…tml


Much better option within the same price range
I bought the ryzen 3 version for £329
it's a fantastic laptop, i certainly have no issues with the screen
Bargain
Could I edit 4k60 videos on this?
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


Only if you are not sitting directly Infront of it, a mate of mine does a lot of gaming and has always used a TN screen with a high MHz, he's just bought a new gaming laptop with an IPS screen, and he hates it, the colours are not up to scratch of his TN panel gaming laptop and the MHz is lower, the best thing to do is go and look at them in person before deciding and don't be taking advice off people that say IPS at a minimum only, IPS is great if you're going to be sitting at an angle from the screen, but if you're always sitting right Infront of the screen then TN is perfectly fine, but I would go and look for yourself 1st.
It’s a pretty decent deal.

Don’t forget the s340 is a relatively budget end laptop, with build finish and other things to consider. Nevertheless the processor is cracking and decent sized ssd too. I don’t mind this silver look either but the blue one is quite lovely too.

Currys also doing a deal for £550 for the zenbook 14 with 3500u processor.

That one does have an ips panel with 99% adobe RGB accuracy if that is important to you (TN is a absolute no for me, especially if I need to spend a long time in Front of the laptop)

There was a £30 cashback on that but may have ended.
Johnny_S30/11/2019 15:57

Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the …Are TN panels ready THAT bad? I would be all over this, but for the displayWould I notice the Lack of IPS if I don’t do any photo or video editing?


I've been to a Currys to see this laptop as I really wanted to buy it. That screen is absolute pants. I have not seen many things worst than that. I'd suggest you go look for yourself in store bud or you will not be very happy when you open the box
If this 81NB003CUK then per the specs at lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/ideapad/s-series/Lenovo-IdeaPad-S340-14API/p/81NB003CUK then it does have an IPS display. As to if this is what Curry's is selling (and if the display is crap), that's hard to tell as no Lenovo product number is listed by them on the item from what I can see
Edited by: "caverncaperer" 1st Dec 2019
AbstraKt01/12/2019 11:34

I've been to a Currys to see this laptop as I really wanted to buy it. …I've been to a Currys to see this laptop as I really wanted to buy it. That screen is absolute pants. I have not seen many things worst than that. I'd suggest you go look for yourself in store bud or you will not be very happy when you open the box


I find Curry's sell crap.
... But unfortunately convenient crap
caverncaperer01/12/2019 11:42

If this 81NB003CUK then per the specs at …If this 81NB003CUK then per the specs at lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/ideapad/s-series/Lenovo-IdeaPad-S340-14API/p/81NB003CUK then it does have an IPS display. As to if this is what Curry's is selling (and if the display is crap), that's hard to tell as no Lenovo product number is listed by them on the item from what I can see


Curry's PC World business list for this p/n that the screen is TN. Lenovo states otherwise. What gives
cjdshaw30/11/2019 18:25

Unless you're desperate for that 15" display, this is MUCH better value - …Unless you're desperate for that 15" display, this is MUCH better value - same RAM and storage, very little difference in CPU benchmark but a 14" IPS display for £80 lesshttps://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-14-dk0008na-14-laptop-ryzen-5-8gb-ram-512gb-ssd-fhdips-screen-3349280EDIT: I misread this as the 15" S340. In that case, I'd definitely go for the HP


Totally agree, the HP deal is far better, I got an IPS laptop a few weeks ago and it makes such a difference!
Sylvester8801/12/2019 10:27

Could I edit 4k60 videos on this?


Not well. You should get something with a faster processor and a 4k screen
cjdshaw01/12/2019 14:10

Not well. You should get something with a faster processor and a 4k screen


I would have thought the graphics card would be more important than the processor? Due to the hardware acceleration?

I don't mind editing in 1080p though. Can barely tell the difference at 14" to be honest
Sylvester8801/12/2019 14:20

I would have thought the graphics card would be more important than the …I would have thought the graphics card would be more important than the processor? Due to the hardware acceleration?I don't mind editing in 1080p though. Can barely tell the difference at 14" to be honest


You don't really need hardware acceleration for editing unless you're doing a lot of effects on top of it. At 4k60, it's more about the sheer amount of data you're moving around, and the CPU is probably the bottleneck there.
7iain730/11/2019 16:59

My MacBook has a TN panel which I think is better than my Matebook's D IPS …My MacBook has a TN panel which I think is better than my Matebook's D IPS panel. So a high end TN might be better than a low end IPS.IMO you really need to see for yourself as you might be pleasantly surprised or disappointed.


Yup. I have IPS on my MacBook Pro, and it’s connected to a TN 4K Acer monitor and it’s fine. I won’t do fine colour grading on it, but for normal use it’s good. Before that I’ve had every size of Apple IPS Cinema Displays (20, 23, 27, 30) which were all excellent. Laptops might be more of a compromise thought so always a good idea to see in person.
Edited by: "Despondent" 1st Dec 2019
Help I need to purchase a mid range gaming laptop for my daughter needs to run the usual fortnite, Roblox minecraft and possibly fm2020 for me. Had ordered the asus for 549 on Friday from ao but being told it’s on “back order” have looked at this and a Acer Nitro 5 AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon RX 560X. Looking to spend up to £550. My head is hurting from looking now
Edited by: "jamie.kellett" 2nd Dec 2019
jamie.kellett02/12/2019 12:14

Help I need to purchase a mid range gaming laptop for my daughter needs to …Help I need to purchase a mid range gaming laptop for my daughter needs to run the usual fortnite, Roblox minecraft and possibly fm2020 for me. Had ordered the asus for 549 on Friday from ao but being told it’s on “back order” have looked at this and a Acer Nitro 5 AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon RX 560X. Looking to spend up to £550. My head is hurting from looking now


Currys still have a few Acer laptops for £399 with Ryzen 5 3500u, 256gb ssd, 8gb RAM and 15 inch IPS display if you can find stock in store.

Or for £521.99 delivered at the Lenovo store today you can buy an Ideapad L340 15" IPS gaming laptop with i5-9300H and GTX1650 which will totally outperform the AMD Ryzen for your budget. Weirdly it only has 128gb SSD though so you might want to add or swap out the drive and upgrade the 8GB RAM too. You need to subscribe to the newsletter for a unique 10% off code to get this price. I've posted this as a separate deal.

hotukdeals.com/dea…027
Edited by: "jyonda" 2nd Dec 2019
the screen isn't very bright on this laptop
bouncy9930/11/2019 17:20

But you own a macbook, so that already tells us that you know nothing …But you own a macbook, so that already tells us that you know nothing about tech and will literally buy anything if someone sticks fruit on the front or back


This is the most truest comment.
Does this come with a USB c charger or a round end charger?
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