If you’ve got a Lenovo laptop, you’ve probably noticed an app called Lenovo Vantage has popped on your PC. It sounds like a pension scheme and an instant candidate for uninstallation, but it’s actually a useful set of utilities for keeping your laptop healthy and up-to-date. Here’s the lowdown.
What is Lenovo Vantage?
Vantage has three key sections: Health & Support, Hardware Settings and System Update. We’ll tackle each of these in turn.
Health & Support This is the place to go if you’ve got a problem with your laptop. The Hardware Scan feature is like an MOT for laptops, checking all the key components are working as Lenovo intended. If you’ve got a faltering hard disk, dodgy memory stick or wobbly power supply, this will probably identify it.
This section also reveals the extent of your warranty and provides links to book an engineer visit or other warranty support care.
Hardware Settings This includes a bunch of handy tweaks that you might not find in the regular Windows 10 Settings menu. From here, for example, you can switch on the clever Intelligent Cooling feature, which throttles performance when it detects the laptop’s being used on your lap, to keep the base cooler.
You’ll also find the option to set a new Battery Charge Threshold. What the Charlie Dickens does that do? Well, if you’re almost always using your laptop plugged into the mains, you’re better off setting the battery to charge to less than 100%. This will reduce the length of time the laptop can run on battery power, but improve the health of your battery in the long run. Given most laptop batteries can’t be replaced these days, that’s almost certainly worth doing.
System Update In some ways this replicates the Windows Update settings, ensuring you’ve got the latest security patches from Microsoft. But it also houses Lenovo’s own hardware driver updates, letting you know if there’s a new piece of software for your graphics chip, touchpad or other components.
In my experience, major Windows updates often knock out the touchscreen on my Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga X1. However, a quick visit to this section of the Vantage app often reveals a new display driver that returns the touchscreen to working order.
Should I uninstall Lenovo Vantage?
No. It’s lightweight and unobtrusive, yet contains several useful features, especially if you’ve got a problem with your PC. This is one of those rare pieces of bundled software that’s actually worth keeping.