Lenovo IdeaPad 100s 11.6″ Cheap Mini-Laptop

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 100s 11 is small and affordable 11.6-inch laptop PC. However, with the current price of $300, it isn’t competitively priced. Update: It’s $199 now. There are similar laptops for around $200, such as the Asus X205TA or Acer Cloudbook 11. They include a free 1-year Microsoft Office 365 subcription, which isn’t bundled with the 100s.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad 100s 11 is based on the Intel Atom “Bay Trail” Z3735F entry-level quad-core processor, which is satisfactory only for the basic home and office tasks. Only 2GB of included RAM memory doesn’t allow serious multitasking, so you’ll have to limit the number of programs and browser tabs running simultaneously. Another limiting factor is small data storage capacity. The 100s has 32GB of eMMC storage, but thankfully its expandable via the built-in microSD media card reader.

Since this is a run-of-the-mill low-cost mini-laptop, it doesn’t feature higher-end stuff like Full HD display resolution, keyboard backlight, or aluminum chassis. The plastic-cladded 2.2-pound notebook with a 0.7″ thick profile sports the common 1366-by-768-pixel display resolution. The panel lacks wide viewing angles of the IPS-backed displays and doesn’t support touch input. The keyboard has chiclet-style keys and is accompanied by a single-piece touchpad with integrated “mouse” buttons. Backlight is missing. The IdeaPad 100s provides a web camera, stereo speakers, 802.11N Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Besides the microSD slot, other connectors are HDMI output, two USB 2.0 ports, and a combo audio jack.

The battery life is rated at up to eight hours.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 100s (11″) has black interior, whereas the lid comes in four different colors: white, silver, red, and blue.

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Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 100s (11")

Here are the specs of the Lenovo IdeaPad 100s (11") with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Lenovo
Screen Size 11.6-inch

This is a very small display size, given the most frequently used laptop screen size is 15.6".
Screen Resolution 1366x768 pixels HD

This is an entry-level screen resolution, oftentimes found on budget laptops. It doesn't deliver picture sharpness and space on the screen like the Full HD or higher resolution laptop displays do.
Touchscreen No

This laptop doesn't support touchscreen input.
Other Display Specs TN type

Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
Processor (CPU) Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core 1.33-1.83GHz 2MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 13)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
System Memory (RAM) Size 2GB RAM

2GB RAM size is rare nowadays and makes laptops with it almost unusable due to the low capacity. The recommended size is at least 8GB.
Data Storage 32GB SSD

A barely usable capacity.
DVD Optical Drive None
Keyboard & Input Non-backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad

The keyboard has no backlit keys and no separate numeric pad you can usually find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11N

802.11N is an old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX with improved data transfer speeds and connectivity. 802.11N is rarely used in modern laptops.
Ethernet Network Port No

This laptop has no Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
USB Ports 2 x USB 2.0

A pair of traditional full-size USB ports.
Video Output Ports 1 x HDMI

HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
Media Card Reader MicroSD card reader

The laptop has a slot for MicroSD memory cards. These are small SD cards commonly used in smartphones.
Battery 2-cell 31.9 Whr

"Up to 8 hours" of battery life
Weight 2.2 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 11.5"
Depth 7.9"
Windows Version Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty.

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