People, Story Story! Once upon a time, not so many years past, when $999 was not really seen as the cutoff price for a budget laptop. Looking back all those years,times have changed a lot. These days, along with $50 Amazon Fire tablets as well as sub-$200 smartphones, it is a reachable reality to fetch a significantly functional PC experience for a price by a distance lesser than what you might easily perceive .
One big scenario of new low-cost computer trend is the Lenovo Ideapad 100S, an 11-inch clamshell laptop that at present comes at a purchase cost of $199 in the US which is the same price at N40,000.00 minus third party kickbacks. At this cost, you could rightly say it is well among the extremely refined of the ultra-budget PCs, but then this doesn’t really mean it is the first.
Taking the US price of $200-and-less computer, this category seems to be on a bursting increase since mid-2014, propelled by products in the likes of the $200 HP Stream 11 laptop as well as the Intel Compute Stick notably a tiny desktop PC which you could get for as low as $119. All have an operating system of Windows 10 with Intel Atom or Celeron processors, and are basically built with web surfing and cloud apps majorly in mind of the manufacturers. (Don’t forget the quite compacted amount of onboard storage, which range from 8GB to 32GB).
The benefit here is, in contrast to the close price Chromebook (a convenient laptop running Google’s Chrome OS, which most particularly is the Chrome web browser and some just some little bit added), you make installation and running regular Windows software, such as alternate web browsers or photo editing programs, provided their fitting in is no problem on the tiny hard drives. You will not be able to perform pro-level photo editing or say enjoy playing PC games, but at these prices, I don’t really see any sufficient reason for you to buy a Chrome OS system rather if all you have got to spend is say N40k.
With a colorful outer framework (the model we used was bright red), I wouldn’t say it has these boring flimsy feel, but then with a distinctly spectacular Lenovo keyboard design, I can say is one big hit of this budget in the ultra-budget category, if not for one minus here. From what I saw the touchpad here is not really a simple clickpad-style model, as you could see in the HP Stream 11 as well as majority of every other laptop you can get today. On the other side, it’s quite a design having left and right mouse buttons which are separate as you will see it. Then one thing I find important to mention here is that the older touchpad design is not really compatible with popular gestures such as two-finger scrolling. Let me say if you are someone who engages in whole lengthy reading online, that could possibly deter you but then I guess it is best you see things for yourself as the excellent keyboard could make up for it.
LENOVO IDEAPAD 100S
Price as reviewed : $199
Display size/resolution: 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 screen
PC CPU: 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F
PC Memory: 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
Graphics: 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics
Storage: 32GB SSD
Networking: 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (32-bit)
Design and features
One thing many ultra-budget laptops find challenging is to look and have this feel which would convince you that the apparent cost (from the looks) is just a little more than it actually does. I don’t think anyone is anticipating a unibody aluminum chassis or sleek edge-to-edge glass over the display — but then a lid that bends and flexes when you move it,a flimsy hinge, or a body that creakily screams when you move it or won’t even stand up to even most gentle handling would absolutely be a deal-breaker.
Lenovo takes its time to abhor from following such misdeeds by designing the 100S into a body that is quite thicker than some other 11-inch laptops and larger too if we take the consider the protective bulk. The sturdy hinges folds back a full angle of 180 degrees to lie flat, so surely as I got a lot of helpful viewing angles. The matte red outer color covering the back of the bottom panel and lid, is fingerprint-resistant, and the darker red color also has this tush appearance as compared to the typical glossy black plastic on so many budget laptops.
Going inside, the keyboard maintains the same basic design as I have seen across other Lenovo laptops, coming with widely spaced island-style keys which had this curve out just a bit at the bottom on each key, this kind of helped me to a little more usable surface to hit. Let me say it is way different from the keyboard on HP’s Stream 11, as a reference.
However, the touchpad, I will mention here could turn out to be the biggest minus for the 100S. The pad really derides its valuable surface area by the design of dividing its left and right mouse click functions out into separate physical buttons. A lot of persons may see this as outdated– and there is reason to feel so too. It is pretty obvious the pad here is also not built for the purpose of multitouch gestures. It is vital I point this out, as it is not coherent with the standard two-finger scroll we have known and so tapping two fingers on the pad for a right-click action will not work too. In a way, the reality of this practically makes the system kind of harder to use when you possibly get stuck scrolling down long Web pages, but then if you can cope with this, the. I can say it is a good buy for you at this price.
PORTS AND CONNECTIONS
Audio: Combo headphone/microphone jack
Data 2 USB 2.0, microSD card reader
Networking: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical drive: None
Connections, performance and battery
While it is true that the thicker chassis fits in more, I suppose you’re restricted to a budget-feeling pair of USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI output and a micro-SD card slot. I know you might be feeling USB 3.0 and a full-size SD card slot would have been better here but then I don’t think it is that possible considering the price here. One of the USB ports will most likely be employed to accommodate an external mouse, this could alleviate the seeming deficiencies of the hard-to-use touchpad.
I was really excited with what I got of the battery life was in the Lenovo 100S. Honestly, the system lasted me for 11:17 when I was on an offline video playback battery drain test, if I remember quite well, this is close to the usual we get in the MacBook category, and then 9:57 in an online streaming playback test. If I try to remember, I would recall that the HP Stream 11 did that same offline test for 7:58 and then the Surface 3 ran it for 7:41. The benefit here in all these cases is the fact that Intel’s lower-performance CPUs tend to run for a long time on a single charge.
The good side to bring out here is that the Lenovo 100S presents a colorful, fingerprint-resistant shell, an amazing keyboard and really wonderful battery life.
The bad here is that it comes without a touchscreen, the touchpad seems old fashioned and could let you down as it may lessen your speed when you come to moderate workloads, and the low-resolution screen is as simple as you see it.
The Bottom Line here is that the Lenovo 100S has the best keyboard I have seen on a low-budget laptop, and adequately sufficient battery life to sustain you through a day, but then it is sad it comes with this touchpad. So can I call it a good buy considering that I am yet to come across a device without one drawback?