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.

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

Screen Size

14-inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768 pixels (HD)

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor (CPU)

AMD A6-9220e dual-core 1.6GHz-2.4GHz 1MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 16)

Graphics (GPU)

AMD Radeon R4 integrated graphics (User Benchmark GPU score: 3)

System Memory (RAM)

4GB

Storage

64GB eMMC

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

802.11AC

Bluetooth

Yes

Ethernet LAN

No

USB

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

Warranty

1-Year

Year of Release

2019

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Written by Dan Z on November 7, 2019

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    Rich Tsu

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

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