Equipped with a Intel Celeron N2940 CPU, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics and a 500 GB HDD, the Lenovo Ideapad 100 offers solid performance for its $320 price tag. Users looking to save a little money could opt for the $300 base model, which only comes equipped with 2GB of RAM.
The Intel Celeron N2940 doesn’t offer exceptional performance, but the laptop should be more than capable of handling basic web browsing and word processing functions. More demanding office tasks, such as complicated spreadsheet calculations or video editing will be far more taxing on the machine. The 4GB of RAM in our review unit of the IdeaPad 100 makes this notebook more than capable of multitasking even if the slow hard drive means you have to wait a few more seconds. While testing the device our team was able to run ten active Chrome browser tabs while watching two HD video streams without any noticeable performance loss.
The integrated Intel HD graphics guarantees the Ideapad 100 doesn’t boast fantastic graphical performance. The laptop is capable of handling some HD video editing, but you can expect incredibly slow rendering times. You can likewise use this laptop to play less demanding game titles, but we noticed consistent frame loss and lag even with visually modest games like Hearthstone.
In short, the Lenovo Ideapad 100 offers good performance for a budget device, but this laptop will be easily outclassed by anything with dedicated graphics or running an Intel Core i3 or better.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 100 review unit that NBR tested had the following specifications:
- Windows 8.1 (64-bit) (new units will ship with Windows 10 pre-installed)
- 14.1-inch HD (1366 x 768)
- Intel Celeron N2940
- Intel HD Graphics
- 4GB of DDR3
- 500GB HDD
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Dimensions: 13.24 x 9.3 x 0.8 -inches
- Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Price: $329
wPrime processor comparisons (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test (eMMc on left, HDD on right):
Heat and Noise
One of the nice things about the Ideapad 100 is that it’s deadly quiet. Even after running three HD video streams for 20 minutes the laptop remained silent. Unfortunately, the Ideapad 100 isn’t as cool as it is quiet. With its vents located at the bottom of the chassis, a lot of the heat from the internal hardware will be directed down towards the user’s lap if they’re planning to use the device as a “laptop” computer. After 20 min of HD streaming the device was still cool enough to use as a laptop, but the temperature of the hot air emanating from the vents may make it uncomfortable at times.
To test battery life, we used the PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than casual web browsing, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate a variety of real life uses.
Powermark battery life benchmark (higher score means longer battery life):
In our tests the Lenovo Ideapad 100 ran for 3 hours and 38 minutes before shutting down. Running just north of three and half hours means the Ideapad 100 offers poor battery life compared to the competition. Given that our tests are a bit more demanding than casual use, the Ideapad 100 should offer upwards of 4 and half hours of battery life on a single charge for most people. Still, that’s well below what we expect to see from a device with these specs.