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's the specs sheet of the Lenovo IdeaPad 130S 11 81KT000BUS. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Lenovo
Laptop type Ultraportable (small laptop)
Screen size 11.6-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N4000 (decent for daily computing, but not fully smooth)
Graphics (GPU) Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)
System memory (RAM) size 2GB (very limited 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 Front

VGA 480p (low resolution)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB-C

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 2-cell 32 WHr
Weight 2.8 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 11.3"
Depth 7.9"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Written by Dan on November 23, 2019

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