The Lenovo Ideapad 100S is a lightweight, long-lasting Windows 10-powered laptop with a touch of style, good viewing angles and over 9 hours of battery life. Like other systems in this price range, the 11.6-inch 100S offers…..very modest performance and cuts some corners when it comes to keyboard and touchpad quality. However, if you’re willing to live with a few compromises, you can get a very capable secondary computer or child’s laptop for a great price.
Long battery life; Attractive design; Good viewing angles; Large keys with solid feedback
Keyboard flexes; Touchpad doesn’t support gestures
The IdeaPad 100S gives you an attractive chassis, solid performance, free Office 365 and long battery life for under $200.
While most Windows PCs come with hard drives or SSDs that have hundreds of gigabytes of capacity, ultralow-cost laptops such as the Ideapad 100S, HP Stream and Acer One Cloudbook series typically come with 16, 32 or 64GB of eMMC storage memory. The Ideapad 100S comes with 32GB; 17GB of that is free, with the rest taken up by Windows 10. You can expand the storage by purchasing an inexpensive microSD card, which gives you another 64GB for just $20, or you can use some of the 1TB of cloud storage that comes with the included Office 365 subscription.
The Ideapad 100S lasted a strong 9 hours and 48 minutes on the Laptop Battery Test, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness. That’s well ahead of the Acer Cloudbook 11’s time of 8 hours and 4 minutes. However, the Asus EeeBook X205TA lasted a full 12:05, while Lenovo’s 100 Chromebook endured for 11:19.