Lenovo Ideapad 100 Review – A Happy Medium

Back to school time is sadly here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something good out of it. For many, that means a new laptop. If you’re not sure what to get, then check out the Lenovo ideapad 100. This 14″ laptop brings a pretty solid experience to a small price tag.

Specs

  • Intel Pentium N3540 processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500 GB of storage
  • 14″ HD 1366 x 768

Hardware

The Ideapad 100 isn’t the prettiest laptop to look at. It isn’t the ugliest either, though. While the laptop is a bit on the bulky side, it’s not too big. While using this laptop, I didn’t have any problems with it being too big to fit in my bag, and it was a nice comfortable weight that wasn’t too heavy or ridiculously light like some of Lenovo’s other laptops (I’m referring to the LaVie Z). The Ideapad 100 is made of all plastic, with no metal accents to be found anywhere.

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The ideapad 100 doesn’t have the most amazing design, but it certainly gets the job done.

Performance

Running Windows 8.1 on the Ideapad 100, I didn’t have too much trouble with the laptop being laggy or too slow. For the price point you aren’t going to get an extremely fast laptop, that being said, it isn’t bad at all. Every program I used ran fine and the computer had no trouble keeping up. Just avoid using programs that take up a lot of RAM. This laptop only has 4 GBs, so use it sparingly.

Display

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The display is good, but it’s nothing impressive.

Because the display sits at 1366 x 768, the screen looks OK. There’s nothing special about it and it isn’t awful. there’s just something left to be desired. Viewing angles aren’t great though. Colors get distorted if you look at it from a 25 degree angle. I didn’t notice the lack of quality while using the Ideapad, though.



Keyboard & Trackpad

I love the keyboard. Honestly, it’s just clicky enough and just responsive enough for me. I like when the keys are raised a bit and they have just the right depth of a click. That being said, I have a sweet spot for the keyboard on the Ideapad 100.

The problem for me lies with the trackpad. It’s straight plastic, so it doesn’t feel very nice. I also had to press a little too hard on the buttons to get a good click. There’s a happy medium when it comes to trackpads and this was a sad low.

Battery

Battery life was pretty decent. I got a lot of time writing and surfing the internet and a heck of a lot of time on standby. When it comes to battery on this laptop, it isn’t something you need worry about. Worry about something else, like the speakers!

Speakers

“Ehh..”

those were my thoughts when I first ehard the speakers on the Ideapad. I don’t ever use speakers on laptops unless the purpose is testing the laptop. I almost always use an external speaker or headphones. But when a laptop has decent speakers, it makes it that much better. This as not one of those times.

Final Thoughts

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Overall, a pretty solid laptop.

Please don’t let the speakers and trackpad dissuade you too much. In all honestly this is a great laptop for the price. Starting at $299 (an amazing price) this is a definite suggestion.