The 100s is a solid Chromebook that has its flaws but many of them are common on budget devices. The build quality feels mostly solid despite the light weight. The 11.6-inch display with mediocre 1366 x 768 resolution is a bit too thin and flimsy with an overly wide bezel, but colors are reasonably saturated and the viewing angles are decent for a budget laptop.
Since the 100s weighs in at only 2.6 pounds it’s light enough to carry around all day without any problems. Of course, the Google Chrome OS means users will have to be connected to the internet to take full advantage of the 100s. This web-dependent OS takes away some from the portability advantages the lightweight build provides.
There are some performance issues when trying to multitask but the 100s handles basic daily activities without many problems. Even when we push the modest processor to its limit the 100s stays cool and the fan never rises above a light hum. The trackpad is a joy to use and as responsive as those found on a MacBook.
This 100s is a decent Chromebook for a low price … assuming you can live with the limitations of Google’s Chrome OS. Thankfully, for those who need a more traditional PC experience, Lenovo also makes the 100s available with Windows 10 for only $10 more. Windows, as a more demanding operating system, will slow down the budget specs even more, but we find Windows 10 far more useful when we don’t have access to a Wi-Fi connection.
- Low price
- Solid build
- Great keyboard and trackpad
- Poor speakers
- Limiting Google Chrome OS
- Wobbly screen