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Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX0012CF)

Lenovo S345 14-inch Chromebook (81WX0012CF)

This model ranked #10 among Laptops priced $400-1000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This Chromebook is a bit larger than its counterparts and features a full HD screen as well, making it an even more attractive option to watch movies or handle two things at once.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Slow storage. Once started, this Laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Set Expiration Date. This Laptop will cease to receive updates from Google after June 1st, 2026, making it more vulnerable to new threats past this date. If you're adventurous, some users have been able to turn their Chromebooks into Linux machines before, but it does require a bit of extra know-how, and most people will likely want to look for a replacement past this point.
Every tech company declares its products obsolete and stop supporting them eventually; Google mostly differs by setting this date long in advance instead of notifying us after the fact. Still, this information should play a role in your decision, especially if you're considering buying an older model.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $420.

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck19th percentile
Versatility65th percentile
Power (General Purpose)4th percentile
Power (Graphical)20th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)33th percentile
Storage Space35th percentile
Portability80th percentile
Battery Autonomy25th percentile
Longevity54th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck14th percentile
Versatility77th percentile
Power (General Purpose)2th percentile
Power (Graphical)13th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)24th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy25th percentile
Longevity35th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

CPU

AMD A6-9220C, 2 cores clocked from 1.8 to 2.7 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon R5 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Forseeable Obsolescence

in 3 years

Battery

57Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w32.8 × d22.5 × h1.77

Dimensions (in): w12.91 × d8.86 × h0.7

Weight (kg): 1.478

Weight (lbs.): 3.26

Features

  • 180° Hinge
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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