The Lenovo Ideapad 100S is built around a 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor, with 2GB of RAM. That’s a configuration for light duty and not anything overly demanding. Still, what do you expect for $199.99?
In our tests, we found this notebook up to the basic tasks we asked of it, such as opening multiple browser windows, playing video from a microSD card, and word processing. It would slow down a bit handling very complicated web sites with streaming HD video, but it got the job done.
This laptop uses a 32GB eMMC as its primary storage, which is essentially the same thing as a SD card, except it’s not removable. This means there’s no spinning hard disk, which is nice, but it also means that there’s just not very much storage available. Out of the box, about 15GB of this space is taken up by the operating system. This means that adding capacity through a microSD card or the OneDrive cloud service is almost certainly going to be necessary.
The Lenovo Ideapad 100s we reviewed has this configuration:
- OS: Windows 10 Home
- CPU: 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 32GB eMMC
- Screen: 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 matte TN LED display
- Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, microSD, audio combo jack
- Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
- Cameras: 0.3MP webcam with dual-microphone
- Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Size: 11.5 x 7.95 x 0.69 inches (W X H X D)
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
The Ideapad 100S comes with Windows 10 Home. Those who haven’t tried this version yet will find it to be easier to use on a laptop that Windows 8. It’s quite reminiscent of Windows 7, but has some nice new features, like very fast boot times: about 35 seconds, in our tests.
This notebook comes with a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal. In addition to giving access to the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more, one terabyte of OneDrive storage is also included. Considering how little built-in storage this computer offers, this is likely to come in very handy. After a year, an annual subscription is $69.99.
The 0.3 megapixel front-facing webcam is usable for video chatting, but it has a resolution of just 640 x 480. Even phones offer better than that.
According to Lenovo, the Ideapad 100S will last for 8 hours on a single charge. On our real world use of this device, we found that to be a realistic claim. This laptop does’t have great performance, but it’s easy on its battery. As for the results from the Powermark synthetic benchmark, our tests show the battery inside Ideapad 100s drains extremely fast if you’re stressing the system with more demanding tasks like video playback and rendering modern games. This is the kind of battery life we’ve come to expect from low-priced laptops that are designed to be “secondary use” or “travel” laptops instead of serving as your main PC.