The Lenovo Ideapad 110S is a basic but capable budget laptop for folks with casual needs and who don’t want look the Chromebook way.
PROS: Decent keyboard. Reasonable price. Perfectly portable design.
CONS: Scanty storage. Mediocre performance. Lackluster screen
Lenovo seems to have shift its focus from the IdeaPad series to the Yoga multi-mode laptops, but then the former are at home in addressing the budget segments. The Lenovo IdeaPad 110S is such type of laptop that works well as a secondary laptop with basic features and a number of compromises.
The system runs on Windows10 operating system with a cheap look, below average battery life, and basic performance. If you have no problem with the compromises, then it might make to your list of a second system for home, travel or even a kids laptop.
Design and Features
The laptop comes with a basic design that befits its price. It features a matte white plastic chassis, with a dull silver logo embedded on the upper-left corner of the lid. The white color does not excite nor does it strike any elegance, in fact you can be forgiven if you mistake the laptop for a toy. The laptop measures 0.7 by 11.5 by 8 inches and weighs in at 2.43 pounds which makes it a portable companion for road warriors who want to carry it along to handle some tasks while on the move.
Lenovo is known for having the best keyboard, it is therefore not a surprise that the keyboard in this system doesn’t disappoint. The keys have a solid 1.5 millimeters of travel, they move well and they are of decent size. However, the half-height function row, the arrow keys, the Menu, right Alt, window and the Fn keys are appreciably smaller. This is not a deal breaker since you will use them less often as opposed to the QWERTY keyboard. On the other hand, you get a tiny touchpad that feels good with clicky and responsive buttons. The touchpad also gets to support gestures such as two finger scrolling but with little room for maneuvering around.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 110S is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 processor clocked at 1.6GHz. It has 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage thus making it very much slow in terms of productivity. This is the one time kind of laptop that you cannot expect to run multiple programs simultaneously, otherwise it will slow down. You will be doing a lot of injustice to the IdeaPad 110S if you think of playing 3D games. It is safe if only left to handle the basic browsing, editing of word documents and playing music kind of tasks. Equally, the laptop won’t handle any of your intense photo editing tasks.
The laptop is pre-installed with Windows 10 Edition Beta that comes with some bloatware including Minecraft, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix and Paradise Bay. It also offers you a One-year subscription to office 365 Personal which includes Excel, Power Point and Word.
The battery in the system is far behind its competitors but can get you around 7 hours of usage time which is below the average 8hours for ultra-portables. That said, the battery can take you all day, especially for school going children who won’t be pushing the laptop to the extremes but just handling basic office tasks.
In terms of connectivity, the laptop features two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port for connecting to other compatible devices and peripherals. There is an HDMI output port for extending the display to larger screens, a microSD card reader for expanding the memory and a headset jack. Internet connectivity is available by way of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Laptop misses on the internal CD/DVD drive in an attempt of keeping the system slim and as light as possible.
The 11.6-inch display comes with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels which is relatively limited real estate for watching movies, playing videos or tiling windows. This is however not out of the ordinary for a laptop in this price range but there is no likelihood of having difficulties with reading your texts or using elements in the windows interface. It offers an average display quality that looks cloudy if you view it from other angles apart from the straight on.
The poor viewing angles is due to the lack of In-plane switching technology that offers wide viewing angles. At the top bezel of the display, there is a low quality Webcam that might only be useful for chatting with friends and family using programs such as Skype. But when it comes to taking of pictures, don’t expect any good quality out of it.
The display in the IdeaPad 110S covers 70 percent of the sRGB color gamut which is far below the average of 97 percent for the ultra-portables. However, it is better than the Dell Inspiron 3000 which comes with 65 percent and the Cloudbook 11 that has 59 percent of sRGB color gamut.
In terms of brightness, the Lenovo IdeaPad is noticeably dim as it comes with 213 nits of brightness whereas the average stands at 303-nits. Again the dell the Dell Inspiron 3000 trails with 193 nits whereas the Cloudbook sports 250 nits and the Lenovo ideaPad 100S comes in with 243 nits of brightness.
The speakers in this laptop are quiet and imbalanced. They are weak thus offering a little bass response and do not get any louder even with maximum volume. The sound is however enough to fill your small study room but do not expect anything more than that.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 110S is a good choice for a budget-consumer after a secondary laptop or a children’s laptop. The laptop offers a decent single-task performance with a responsive keyboard and a One-year subscription of Office 365. The system’s Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash storage offers a low performance as opposed to the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S that is more strong and reliable.
Home and school users might find the below average battery able to serve their purpose before plugging it in to a power source. However, you still have the choice of going for the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S that comes with a considerably longer battery while keeping similar hardware layout. All said, you can go for the Lenovo IdeaPad 110S if you are sure of what you want and ready to live with its compromises.
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