Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 81VS0001US Ultra-Cheap Laptop (14″, AMD A6 with Radeon R4, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 81VS0001US is one of the cheapest laptops during this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Best Buy sells this 14-inch notebook for only $129. That’s with a free 1-year Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription. So what’s the catch?

If you’re planning to use the laptop only for the basic home and office tasks, the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 81VS0001US can be described as “usable”. The biggest drawback is its generally weak processor – the AMD A6-9220e. It is suitable only for light computing duties like web browsing, MS Office apps, music and movie playback, and similar. But even in these tasks, the A6-9220e won’t be able to deliver as smooth user experience as with the mainstream mid-range or higher processors from the AMD Ryzen or Intel Core U series. However, if you wan’t to open a web page or two, do some text editing, or play an online video, the IdeaPad 1 81VS0001US will enable you to do that. The A6-9220e includes the AMD Radeon R4 integrated graphics. The AMD A6 CPU and Radeon R4 as a very basic graphics processor can handle only the lightest computer games.

Furthermore, the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 81VS0001US has a quite limited internal storage space. The laptop has only 64 Gigabytes of eMMC storage, which is very small by today’s notebook standards. But, if you don’t install many Windows programs and don’t plan to save large amounts of data on the laptop, then 64GB size can be enough.

As for the system memory (RAM) which is responsible for multi-tasking ability of a laptop, the included size of 4GB is a bare minimum for normal laptop PC use. If you usually don’t run many programs at the same time and don’t regularly use tens of web browser tabs at the same time, then 4GB will be enough. Thankfully, the laptop has a microSD card slot in which you can install a compatible memory card to expand the storage space.

As expected, the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 81VS0001US has a very basic display. The 14-incher sports HD resolution, without sharpness of Full HD and higher resolutions. The display is based on TN technology, providing much narrower viewing angles than IPS screens.

It’s also worth noting that the laptop apparently lacks a built-in web camera, which is an almost mandatory feature of modern laptops, including the cheapest ones. The specs sheet on Best Buy clearly says the webcam is missing on the 81VS0001US model.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 comes with a 35 WHr battery. That’s a relatively low capacity, but the notebook’s computing platform is among the power-efficient ones. Lenovo claims the IdeaPad 1 81VS0001US has a battery life of “up to 8 hours”.

A good thing about this notebook model is its portability thanks to its light weight of 3.1 pounds and thin 0.7″ profile.

The laptop’s chassis is made of plastics in “platinum gray” color.

Usual starting price: around 229 USD* as of November 7, 2019.

Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 81VS0001US

Here's the specs sheet of the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 81VS0001US. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Lenovo
Laptop type Standard laptop (non-convertible)
Screen size 14-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)
Processor (CPU) AMD A6-9220e (able to complete everyday tasks, but can be sluggish)
Graphics (GPU) AMD Radeon R4 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (light multi-tasking)
Data storage 64GB eMMC (very small but usable capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard without numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera None
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet network port No
USB ports 2 x USB 3.0
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader Yes (MicroSD)
Other features Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-year subscription for free
Battery 35 WHr
Weight 3.1 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 12.9"
Depth 9.3"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Written by Dan on November 7, 2019

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  1. Rich Tsu

    No webcam is a plus to me. No microphone would be even better.

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