The Lenovo Ideapad 100S is the latest example of how the term “budget-friendly” has risen exceptional standards over the years. This 11-inch clamshell laptop is placed at a very decent price point and it is one of the most refined ultra-budget PCs you can get. However, it won’t place a top spot in the competition, but it can still compete fairly well.
The Lenovo Ideapad 100S Should Not be Confused With the Company’s Chromebook
The main advantage of the Lenovo Ideapad 100S over the 100S Chromebook is that the former can be installed with and run regular Windows software. Hence, you can install photo editing programs, or even alternate web browsers which is good for people who are not fans of Google Chrome. The catch is that you won’t be doing any pro-level photo editing or even play graphic-intensive games on this one. However, at its price, it places itself as a compact laptop with a lot of value.
It has a colorful chassis that does not feel too flimsy. It even has that typically excellent Lenovo keyboard design. With these elements alone, it can be a clear winner for the budget-friendly compact laptop category.
For its touchpad, the Ideapad 100S does not have the simple clickpad-style model. Instead, it has the traditional design which has the separate left and right mouse buttons. More importantly, this does not offer the currently supported common gestures such as two-finger scrolling. For someone who likes to read articles online or who continuously read e-books over the Internet, then this might be a deal breaker. However, it can be somewhat compensated when you take a feel for its excellent keyboard.
Aside from the touchpad, don’t expect too much for its display considering it is an ultra-budget laptop. It has a basic 1,366 x 768 display resolution for its screen, which is fine considering its price. It has a pleasing matte finish for its screen, but it does get troublesome when viewing it from certain angles as it does not IPS technology built into it.
A pleasant surprise is its battery life. Considering it has a budget-friendly price point, the system can last about 11-hours on a single full-charge. This is more than satisfying if you want to get work done somewhere that does not offer easy access to a wall-socket and you have to stay in that area for many hours at a time. Hence, this is great for travelling businessmen who get stuck inside an airport for long hours waiting for their flight.
Out of all the ultra-budget options, the Lenovo Ideapad 100S places itself as a top contender for its class. It has a build quality and design that are worthy of its price tag. But if you don’t want the dated touchpad, there are other options out there, but perhaps they don’t have the 100S’s more appealing battery life.