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Considering the color white typically symbolizes simplicity, Lenovo couldn't have picked a better color for the Lenovo Ideapad 110S.
The 11.6-inch 110S is a minimalist, all-white laptop with basic functionality and an appropriately affordable price. Thanks to its classy color choice, compact size and comfortable keyboard, it stands out among your typically drab budget laptop choices.
It runs Windows 10, making it more capable than a Chromebook, but it's not a high-powered machine. This budget laptop is perfect for light use like checking as well as responding to emails, word processing and surfing the web (as long as you don't have too many browser tabs or windows open). Anything more and its performance limitations become readily apparent.
The Lenovo Ideapad 110S, which also comes in a 15.6-inch model, retails for $200 (£230 or directly converts to AU$262) though it's currently on sale at Best Buy in the US for $170. For that price, it should satisfy anyone interested in a basic laptop for simple use.
While it's a cheap laptop, the Lenovo Ideapad 110S doesn't look like one. Yes, the plastic construction gives away its budget status, but at the same time its smooth, matte all-white clamshell gives it a chic charm.
White is a bold choice. Aside from the discontinued white MacBook, I can't remember the last time I've seen a stylish white laptop. I appreciate the flair it gives to an otherwise meek budget laptop.
Similar to white clothing items, keeping it looking pristine takes some effort. It acquired some nicks and marks during my time with it, but those were easily removed with a wet cloth.
In addition to its pleasant aesthetic, it's also a delight to carry around. It's petite size makes it extremely portable and it barely makes a dent in your bag.
The Lenovo Ideapad 110S has a surprisingly awesome keyboard. Small laptops usually have cramped keyboards, but the Lenovo manages to feel comfortably spacious. The keys don't feel cheap or dingy and they're snappy to respond.
To be fair, Lenovo has a great reputation for outfitting their business laptops with some of the best keyboards around, and it included one in its predecessor, the Ideapad 100. Even so, it's still a bit shocking to find one so solid in a budget model.
Additionally, unlike the previous model, the Lenovo Ideapad 110S has a touchpad with full functionality. (The old model wasn't capable of scrolling.) Unfortunately, it still falls short. It's consistently slow to respond to scrolling and lags if too many tabs or apps are open.
If you want a laptop to double as your TV, skip the Lenovo Ideapad 110s. Its screen quality is fine for text documents and web pages, but dramatically falls flat for video. Color range, saturation and sharpness when watching HD video leaves a lot to be desired.
Its speakers are also underwhelming. Located on the bottom, they sound like they're muffled under a mountain of pillows and aren't very loud at maximum volume. You're definitely going to need a pair of headphones to listen to anything on this laptop.
Maybe this is because I'm fresh off of reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which has a spectacular Super OLED screen and four speakers, but really, even in comparison to an old iPhone the Lenovo's screen is pretty dull. It does have an HDMI port, however, so there's the option of directly connecting to your HDTV instead.
The Lenovo Ideapad 110S also has pathetic viewing angles. Move the screen a few inches forward or backward and it becomes difficult to see. The screen's 180-degree hinge is its saving grace, though, allowing it to be adjusted for a decent viewing angle in any position you're sitting in or standing.
Additionally, its maximum brightness isn't very bright, but it's still visible enough to comfortably work on a text doc in a luminous room with lots of natural light. I wouldn't recommend using it outside on a sunny day.
For under $200, the Lenovo IdeapadS 110 is a perfectly capable laptop for anyone who needs a portable machine for writing on the go. If you're not a Chromebook fan, the Lenovo is a good option. Chromebooks have come a long way recently, but they're still useless without Wi-Fi access.
During my time with the Lenovo Ideapad 110S, I learned that it's best to take it one task at a time. Using Google Docs and streaming music on Spotify was fine, but if I opened two to three more tabs and tried to stream a video, things dramatically slowed down. If you're a multitasker, or someone who likes to have a multitude of open tabs, this is not the machine for you.
If I was trying to pay as little as possible for a laptop for, I wouldn't hesitate to buy the Lenovo Ideapad 110S. It's charming, compact design and comfortable keyboard make it worth copping for writing assignments or simple web surfing.
In comparison to other budget laptops, the Ideapad 110S lacks in battery life and 3D performance. When gaming, it performed pretty poorly. Pelican Bay, a preloaded game, crashed upon launch every time I tried to open it. Without a touchscreen, many games felt unintuitive to play. And in offering only 32GB of internal storage, an additional microSD card is necessary for big apps or games.
|Price as reviewed||$200, £230 (roughly converting to AU$260)|
|Display size/resolution||11-inch 1,366x768 display|
|PC CPU||1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060|
|PC Memory||2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz|
|Graphics||128MB Intel HD Graphics 400|
|Storage||32GB eMMC storage|
|Networking||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Window 10 Home (64-bit)|
|Lenovo Ideapad 110S||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 400; 32GB eMMC|
|HP Stream 14||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; Intel HD Graphics 400; 32GB eMMC storage|
|HP Stream 11||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3050; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 144MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 32GB SSD|
|Lenovo ThinkPad 13||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i3-6100U; 4GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 520; 128GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface 3||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z8700; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics; 128GB SSD|
The Ideapad 110S is the type of gadget that needs to be charged daily if it's used everyday. During my time with it, battery life was sufficient for a day's worth of basic word processing, light web surfing and music-streaming, but it was always almost dead by the end of the day. It lasted 6.2 hours in our streaming video battery testing. That's a bit below average and almost two hours less than the comparable HP Stream 11.
This entry-level laptop won't impress anyone with its performance, yet it's a sharp-looking, economical choice for light users. Its reasonable functionality for a minimal investment is a good deal, but only if you can curb your expectations of what the machine can actually do. For light use of programs like Microsoft Word or catching up on Facebook posts, the Lenovo Ideapad 110S is a perfectly capable (and cute) budget laptop.