Lenovo Ideapad 110s review: A chic and cheap laptop with a killer keyboard

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MSRP: $189.99

The Good The affordable Lenovo Ideapad 110S has a comfortable keyboard, perfectly portable design and enough performance for working on documents and browsing the internet.

The Bad Performance slows down when multitasking. Its screen and speakers are underwhelming for watching HD video. The touchpad can be slow to respond to taps and scrolling.

The Bottom Line The Lenovo Ideapad 110S is a simple but capable budget laptop for those with basic needs and who don't want to make the Chromebook leap.

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7.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7
  • Battery 6

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 ($150 at Amazon), 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.


It manages to pull off the all-white design very well.

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White hot design

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.


It has a 180-degree hinge.

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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.


So compact you can fit it and a small dog on your lap at the same time.

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Cozy keyboard

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.


Damn Lenovo, back at it again with the comfy keyboard.

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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.

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