Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS Ultra-Cheap & Small Laptop – $99 Black Friday

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS is a small ultra-affordable laptop PC. It features an 11.6-inch display and very basic computing components in plastic chassis. The IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS is currently one of the most intriguing laptop models, because of its extremely affordable Black Friday price tag. It will be only $99 on Lenovo Store during the 2019 Black Friday sales and that’s with a free 1-year Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription included.

With its short 11.6″ screen diagonal, the IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS has one of the smallest screens on the laptop market. On the positive side, the notebook has a small footprint and a light weight of 2.8 pounds. The display features the entry-level HD 1366-by-768 pixel resolution. A good thing about the much smaller screen than on common laptops with budget 15.6″ HD screens is that it has a greater pixel density, resulting in a better picture sharpness. It’s still a far cry from Full HD and higher resolutions you can find on pricier laptops. Furthermore, a typical budget laptop screen is based on TN technology with narrower viewing angles than on displays with IPS wide viewing angle tech. As expected, the screen of the Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS is a TN panel.

Computing performance-wise, there are some major trade offs. First of all, the Intel Celeron N4000 entry-level processor can’t provide as smooth user experience as typical mid-range processors. For example, those from the popular Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 series. However, the Celeron N4000 can deliver acceptable performance for light day-to-day computing tasks like web surfing, emails, work in Microsoft Office programs, or movie watching. A bigger drawback is a small 2GB RAM size of the IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS. Small RAM size negatively affects multitasking capability, so you will be able to run only a handful of web browser tabs or a couple of programs at the same time without major slowdowns. Nowadays 4GB is considered to be a bare minimum. And, RAM on the 81KT000BUS isn’t upgradeable. The laptop’s data storage capacity of 64GB is on the small side, too. But, it can be enough if you don’t use the notebook’s internal storage to install many programs on it and keep large amounts of files, especially bigger ones like videos. Thankfully, the Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS has a card slot in which you can insert a compatible microSD card and use the card for your files and programs.

The IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS has a relatively low battery capacity of 32 WHr. On the other hand, the laptop uses low-power components, so the battery life shouldn’t be bad. Lenovo says it can last “up to 8 hours”.

The $99 Black Friday deal on the laptop will be available on Lenovo Store on Thanksgiving 11/28/2019 12AM ET and on Black Friday 11/29/2019 12AM ET, while supplies last.

Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS

Here are the specs of the Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Lenovo
Laptop Type Standard non-convertible laptop

This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.

Ultraportable (small laptop)

The light weight and small dimensions make this ultraportable laptop easy to carry around or travel with.

Affordable laptop

It is usually priced at below $500, making it an affordable laptop PC.
Performance Entry-level performance

This notebook provides a basic computing power. It can be used for the daily home and office tasks, but operation won't be as smooth as on the mid-range or high-performance laptops. On the positive side, entry-level laptops tend to be very power efficient. Read more about performance of the laptop in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
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.

Anti-glare coating

Anti-glare coating reduces ambient light reflections, as opposed to the glare-type displays with more vivid colors.
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N4000 (decent for daily computing, but not fully smooth)
Graphics (GPU) Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics

This is an entry-level graphics processor. It’s capable of running only the lightest PC.
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 64GB eMMC

A very small but 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.

VGA 480p resolution

This is a low web camera resolution in comparison to the common 720p laptop webcam resolution, so it can't produce a sharp picture. It's especially low in comparison to resolutions of modern smartphones.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11AC

The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
Ethernet Network Port No

This laptop has no Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
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 1 x USB-C

A compact type of USB port, commonly found in modern laptops and phones.

2 x USB 3.0

A pair of 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.
Other Features Microsoft (Office) 365 Personal 1-year subscription for free

By purchasing this laptop, you get a free-of-charge 1-year subscription for Microsoft 365 Personal package that also includes MS Office programs.
Battery 2-cell 32 WHr
Weight 2.8 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 11.3"
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 length.
Year of Release 2019

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User Reviews and Q&A on the Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS

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  1. Low cost but non-functional overall

    Bruno Fontaine

    I know Lenovo tried to create a low cost laptop for very basic internet access and video streaming. Even at $100, this laptop was not worth the money. It looks great, has a good display, all the ports you need and a decent keyboard and trackpad. However, it is having so much delays simply opening the Start menu before even installing any other application than the included Office 365 that I am coming to the conclusion that Lenovo failed to considered that this product was not really functional to start with. This is probably the reason they have been dumping it at low price. I wanted to use this laptop to simply browse the internet and watch Netflix. With Netflix, I keep getting pauses on high bandwidth and internet pages keep hanging when sites are running their usual unwanted scripts and ads. I would definitely stay away from any laptop with soldered ram and/or storage in the future. Those offer no upgrade possibilities.

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