Lenovo IdeaPad 100 – Notebook for simple applications
Lenovo IdeaPad 100
This new release of Lenovo has been particularly manufactured to carter persons seeking windows on a budget. It is not expensive. This laptop is thin, light and portable it has a weight of only 2 kg and is 0.89” thin. It is ideal for lifestyle on the go. Window 10 in the latest version of windows released by Microsoft. It includes all the features of the previous windows and more as well as a very friendly interface. When it comes to design, Lenovo IdeaPad 100 is completely made of plastic, understandably because of the price. It has a nicely textured lid and is black in color. The look is not bad. The only inconvenience is that it is quite prone to fingerprint smudges. It measures 13.4 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches.
The IdeaPad 100 has a screen measuring 14 inches and a resolution of 1366 x 768 which is enough for surfing the internet and watching some trailers, but it would not provide the best quality of image and loading too many windows simultaneously may result in slower uploads or for the windows to not respond. With 260 nits of brightness, it is well above average (242 nits) and outshines many of the other products of the same category, nevertheless one must consider that this has been manufactured particularly for the budget consumer and for performing regular tasks. Besides having good quality of brightness, other features are quite elementary for professional use.
Lenovo IdeaPad 100 uses a Bah Trail Intel HD graphic. It is not made for gaming. It almost run certain games. There won’t be any problems playing ordinary games. It will not play 3D games. The HD graphic GPU is based on the bay trail generation and support direct X 11 and function at 896 MHz in comparison with other models, the chip is one of the weakest found among products of similar category in the market.
The laptop is most suitable for simple games. For those who want to play more complex 3D games, it simply would not be possible.
The keyboard of the Lenovo IdeaPad is not bad. The keys are well spaced between them reducing adjacent errors and they are also quite responsive. Nevertheless, you may feel some bouncing when typing. The touchpad on the contrary seems to be a bit rough and touch gesture are difficult to perform, like for instance pinch-to-zoom. It supports multi-touch and measure 9.3 x 5.5 cm. Lenovo provide 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 as optional. Included is a USB port 3.0 and another USB 2.0, an HDMI-out, 4-in-1 card reader and a headphones/mic jack. The webcam is very bad taking very poor quality pictures with dull colors and a lack of details more like water color paintings. The speakers located above the keyboard makes a sound that is quite thin seemingly lacking bass. It’s possible to understand voices but it would be preferable to use an external source speaker or headphones.
This laptop is powered with Intel Celeron i5-5200U processor; this is a 5th generation Intel core processor. It has 4GB of RAM and 500 GB of hard drive, therefore it is able to perform basic tasks quite easily. Compared with other products of the same category, it is almost below average and therefore a bit sluggish. One particularity about this laptop is that there are no fans so it gets quite hot the heat not being dissipated. Temperature has been registered up to 50 degrees at certain hot spots. The device is cooled passively, so at times you can hear the murmur of the hard drive. Problems that can be encountered include a low boot time and occasionally a frozen drive.
For a notebook, it has a high value power consumption measured at 9.4 watts and can be even higher when used intensely increasing to 15.4 watts.
What’s nice about the Lenovo IdeaPad 100 is that they have not included any unnecessary apps which often plague windows.
Lenovo IdeaPad uses a 32 Whr battery that lasts only 4 hours. So if you’re thinking about taking it on the go, it would be necessary to take along with you the power cord. The laptop also gets a bit hot after some time.
Included only is Lenovo companion app which serves as a central hub for verifying the laptop’s health, provide users guide and tips on accessories. Another great app which is included is SHAREit. It allows file transfer between the laptop and mobile devices. REACHit provide access to cloud based files from different service providers. You also have google drive, Dropbox and McAfee for overall security. The one key recovery tools allow backup and system restore in case it is necessary. The laptop function with window 8.1 operating system.
There are various accessories that can be obtained, one of that can be very useful in this case is the wireless mouse if you find it difficult to use the touchpad which is not very responsive. The wireless mouse provides more flexibility and ease of use. It is also more responsive than the touchpad.
Generally, the Lenovo IdeaPad 100 is an entry-level notebook. It is powerful enough to perform office and web applications. The laptop is particularly designed for very light applications. For instance, using Microsoft PowerPoint, it’s possible to make simple presentations but don’t expect to build very high complex presentations with embedded videos. The same with excel, the application will work well, but when because of the slow processor and RAM, there will be significant slowdown if you try to run macros, or engage in complex formula calculations.
* The positive is that it is at a fantastic price for those seeking a simple electronic notebook. It’s not the best in the market, but neither is it the worst and can be considered as average.
* Another positive is that Lenovo has kept many bloatware off and only incorporated the most essential apps.
* With a capacity of only four hours of battery, there isn't much one can do by taking it on the go specially if it’s for watching video or gaming. A reminder is that this is a budget notebook therefore one should not expect something with the latest of technology and of high quality.
* With the low quality of the laptop, adding more apps would only slow windows more.
* There are many inconvenience with the notebook, from a very poor display, low quality graphic to problems with the touchpad, and more.