As a budget Chromebook the Lenovo 100s isn’t expected to be used for much more than web browsing, and therefore doesn’t come with super specs. It runs on a 1.3GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor with 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics, and 16GB of eMMC storage. These specs won’t handle heavily computational apps (no 4K video editing here) but web browsing, email, word processing and even video chats won’t be a problem for this device.
Where the 100s shows the limitations of its hardware is when multiple browser tabs are active. Watching a 1080p live stream on YouTube while streaming music will make simple web browsing in a third tab frustratingly slow. Keep in mind that the 100s starts at $179 so the weak performance is to be expected. If users just want to listen to music while working in Google Docs or an Excel-like program, the 100s is more than capable.
- Google Chrome OS
- 11.6″ HD LED Backlit Display (1366×768)
- 1.3GHz Intel Celeron N2840 Processor
- Intel HD Graphics
- 2 GB of DDR3L
- 16 GB eMMC
- Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
- Dimensions: 11.81″ x 8.23″ x 0.78″
- Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Starting Price: $179
- Price as Configured: $179
Heat and Noise
One area the 100s excels is the fan. It is silent when running simple programs and even when the processor becomes bogged down there is never much more than a light hum. It also does a good job of keeping the device cool. After an hour of HD streaming the bottom of the device was the hottest part, but it wasn’t hot enough to prevent using it on my lap. The 100s also features what Lenovo dubs a Cool-Touch Palmrest that remains cool even after hours of use. While the heat and noise may not be the first thing users look at it is certainly an area where the 100s really impresses.
The 100s also has a solid battery for a $179 device. Streaming HD video on Netflix with the display set to full brightness the 100s lasted 6 hours and 15 minutes. Streaming online video content is one of the most arduous tasks for the battery, so users can expect much longer battery life with casual use or with the screen at a lower brightness setting.