Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 81VS009GUS 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 will sell this 14-inch notebook for only $119.99. 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 81VS009GUS 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 81VS009GUS 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 81VS009GUS 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 81VS009GUS 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.

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 14 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 81VS009GUS

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Brand Lenovo
Laptop type Standard non-convertible laptop
Screen size 14-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)
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 (for light multi-tasking)
Data storage 64GB eMMC (very small but usable capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard without number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front-facing web camera
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet network port No
USB ports 2 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader MicroSD card reader
Other features Microsoft (Office) 365 Personal 1-year subscription for free
Battery 35 WHr capacity
Weight 3.1 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 12.9"
Depth 9.3"
Casing material Plastics
Casing color Gray
Windows version Windows 10 in S mode (light and secure Windows with limited functionality, upgradeable to full Windows 10 Home for free)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019
Country / region The device under this particular SKU name is sold on the US market. It may be also available under different SKU names in the US and other regions.

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Published on November 14, 2020

User Reviews and Q&A on the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 81VS009GUS

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  1. I use it as a chromebook. Took off all the other junk. Seems to be better not using windows.

    swacman

    I only paid $120 so at that price it”s ok.

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    • SA’TARA TYLER

      how were able to achieve this conversion? I am having trouble even getting websites to load on this darn thing.

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    Lucas

    Its possible add a ssd ?

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    Tiffany

    What Walt charger this use I mistakenly threw mines away?

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    • Jack Spratt

      Charger is 45 watts at 20 volts output.

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    • Bon Jovi

      Should have thrown the whole thing away. After uninstalling factory installed garbage and using CCleaner I still only have access to 20 gig free drive storage because the useless restoration partition. Multitasking from Youtube to anything else is complete lagfest. Was able to get it to play the Hearthstone card game, but any game with basic 2D graphics is stupidly unresponsive.

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    Frank

    Can you use it with dj sofware

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    • Ember

      The one I bought my daughter definitely has a webcam. But the RAM is overloaded simply trying to use zoom for school. Looks like it’s soldered to the board too. Looking at other options now.

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    • Jim

      Yes, there is a camera. Not a good one, but it’s there1

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