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New Lenovo IdeaPad Touch L340 15” Platinum Grey with 8th Gen Intel i3-8145U CPU - the most affordable in L line

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Lenovo promises more bang for your buck with IdeaPad L340 15" Touch - Platinum Grey built around 8th Gen Intel i3-8145U CPU - new affordable addition to their L-series of 15.6" laptops Starting at $450.79

"With stunning audio, performance, and visuals, the IdeaPad L340 is impressive from the get-go. It comes standard with an eye-care mode for reduced eye strain, and a physical webcam shutter for increased privacy. Whether it’s for work, school, home, or on the go, this 15” laptop will always have your back." -Lenovo

Starting at $450.79  Lenovo IdeaPad L340 15" Touch - Platinum Grey features:

Processor
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-8145U Processor (2.10GHz, up to 3.90GHz with Turbo Boost, 4MB Cache)

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64

Display Type
15.6” HD (1366 x 768, 220 nits) multi-touch, antiglare

Memory
8 GB DDR4 2400MHz

Hard Drive
1TB 5400 RPM

Optical Drive
DVD Recordable

For more specs and info visit Lenovo page for this laptop

Which laptop to choose that will play 4K content?

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Just a few years ago when buying a laptop we where concerned if it was capable of playing 1080p smoothly and at any bit-rate. Back in year 2007 playback of 720p and 1080p was not a problem for Core 2 Duo CPUs which dominated PC market at those days, but if you decide to play any 1080p content on YouTube with your old Core 2 Duo PC these days you will find out that it is just not working - frames are dropping, video is stopping for a second here and there. Your old laptop is struggling decoding H.264 and H.265 and other codecs used by YouTube to squeeze HD content and save bandwidth.

Introduction of H.264 and even more recent and aggressive H.265 codecs helped squeeze huge 1080p movies and make HD content up to 10 times smaller in size, saving disk space and internet connection bandwidth. But the price was higher requirements for CPU power for decoding content. As a result if you want smooth 1080p playback at any bit-rate and coded with any codec , you will need a laptop or PC made not…

Traditional Laptops are on the Rise

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There was a time when all people in industry expected that time of the laptops is coming to the end and new era is evolving - era of touch screen devices: 2-in-1' s, Ipads  and Tablets w/o keyboard.

These predictions and expectations just did not work. People realized that you just cant do any serious work on a Tablet device w/o real keyboard no matter how big and gorgeous it's screen is. Second, people also found that having touchscreen on a regular laptop is almost useless and makes laptop more expensive, makes it's battery live shorter, makes it's screen dimmer

And on top of this, as Cindy Burt, an ergonomics expert at UCLA, told  "You are going to have to be doing a lot more reaching and a lot more movements of your wrist and your hand if you're going to be typing and then doing the touch screen," She said that retail workers who have to extend their arms and poke at touch-screen point-of-sale systems all day — a gesture similar to touching a laptop s…