Lenovo Ideapad 100S: Conclusion

November 19, 2015 by Ed Hardy Reads (37,738)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

The days when inexpensive Windows laptops were heavy and ugly are behind us. The Lenovo Ideapad 100S is very portable and easy on the wallet. No one is going to mistake it for a high-end model, but it’s surprisingly good for a budget one.

Its strengths are its lightweight form factor, nicely sized keyboard, and good battery life. It’s display is adequate, and so is its performance, as long as it’s not asked to do too much. It’s main weakness is a real lack of built-in storage,

The Ideapad 100S competes fairly well against devices like the Asus Transformer Book T100HA that have similar specs. The Transformer Book costs almost twice as much, but it’s a convertible which bumps up the price.

Those who would like this notebook more if it had a larger screen should check out the Lenovo Ideapad 100, which sports a 14.1-inch screen.

Lenovo 100s frontPros:

  • Low price
  • Lightweight and attractive
  • Good-size keyboard
  • Decent sound

Cons:

  • Just 32GB of built-in storage, with 17GB available to the user
  • Screen colors aren’t vivid, and resolution is just adequate


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  1. johnatrott

    I wonder how long it will be, if ever, before dim-witted manufacturers will stop ruining the reputation of netbooks with idiotic penny pinching under specification. This and many other similar machines could be EXCELLENT if available with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It would be well worth the small extra cost to have an uncrippled machine running Windows. What a damnable waste!

  2. AtariBaby

    Honestly I feel bad for all the unsuspecting users who will buy this. I wonder if you can even run this thing with Windows 10 plus Office on it. my home PC has a windows 10 partition plus a handful of essential software apps and it’s taking up 60GB!

  3. GTMoraes

    Well, I don’t have any problems using Windows plus Office on my 8in Windows tablet, using a Bluetooth keyboard (the Logitech K480 is great) and mouse, which packs similar specs (ThinkPad 8, Atom Z3770, 1920×1200, 2gb RAM, 64gb eMMC). Also listening to a Spotify Playlist. While periodically checking Facebook and Reddit. Sometimes, I also connect it through HDMI to my 22″ FHD monitor and work with it without problems.

    Absolutely no problemo. These little things are great for your casual media consumption and light office work.

    I also have no problems compiling small (<4000 lines) code on Codeblocks, and running it (it doesn't like when I forget to free some unused allegro sprites, though). It also plays pretty fine on its own, given its a highly optimized engine (like Source), old (like 2d Fallout series) or streamed from a main rig (I played Fallout 4 from it without issues for a while, streaming from my PC).

    Don't pre judge. Although I'd prefer a touch tablet or hybrid at this price tag and size (like Asus Transformer, which also comes with a 500gb HDD and USB 3.0), these little machines are quite fine, nothing like the first batch of Atom netbooks from years ago.