Lenovo IdeaPad V460 Battery Life, Heat and Noise

February 15, 2011 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (40,676)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.43
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Heat and Noise
The V460’s cooling solution consists of a single fan pushing warm air out the left side of the chassis. The fan stays off most of the time while performing basic tasks like web surfing. Every five minutes or so the fan turns on for about 30 seconds to get rid of built-up heat and then turns off. The fan noise is relatively high-pitched making it easy to notice and pick out of any background noise. It was tough not to notice the V460 while running benchmarks, when the fan was on all the time. If Lenovo used a larger diameter fan, it would have been quieter. For the V460’s intended usage, however, fan noise should not be an issue.

Battery Life
The V460’s 6-cell, 48Wh battery sustained it for three hours and 20 minutes during our standard battery rundown test (Windows 7 Balanced power profile, 70% screen brightness, and refreshing a web page every 60 seconds). The battery is not exactly powerful and the time is somewhat disappointing; four hours or better would have been nice, especially considering the V460 is aimed towards business use.

Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):

Conclusion
The Lenovo IdeaPad V460 represents a good value in the budget business notebook market. It has great build quality, stylish looks, and a good keyboard. Overall performance is very good for everyday applications. Decent speakers were a welcome surprise.

The V460’s main issue is its limited battery life; it struggles past the three hour mark. Business notebooks typically have four or more. Another issue is the fan, which is noticeable when it turns on.

In the V460’s case, the pros outweigh the cons. This notebook is recommendable to those looking for a better quality notebook under $1,000.

Pros:

  • Stylish design
  • Good build quality
  • Nice keyboard
  • Decent speakers

Cons:

  • Less than 4 hours battery life
  • Touchpad too sensitive

 


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