The New Netbook

I had the need recently to replace a broken laptop for someone whose cat had thrown their current laptop down one too many times. The need was immediate and the budget was small. To that end I  looked through the local box store inventory and found what I thought would be the best choice. They had already borrowed an 11.6 in Chromebook so we knew the screen size was OK.

I settled on a Lenovo Ideapad 100s with windows 10. It is a 2 GB ram and 32 GB ssd system that promised long battery life and smaller cost.

The keyboard has a nice feel, firm key-press but quiet. The function keys start out as the alternate control keys like brightness and volume, like the Chromebooks have. for some reason I have not determined why Lenovo designed this one to allow the screen to open until the unit is completely flat, yet.

The system is quick to boot and use. Due to the small disk drive I put in a 32 GB microsd card to use as storage. It also came with a year of office 365.  I made sure to activate that. But due to the small storage I only put some programs from portableapps.com and Chrome, my primary browser.

The battery is large, flat and in the center of the keyboard part of the laptop and provides hours of power. My last look was 10 hours of estimated power when full. At some point I will run a test to get a better estimate. The specifics of the system are at the bottom of this post.

The audio is very good for it size. The built in mic is able to capture you from a normal distance away and sounds like a built in mic. Not a bad thing for it to be like.

To finish off I thought I would do something like an unboxing, but that has been done by so many. Lets do an opening. Lets look at what makes up the inside of this laptop, with out too much disassembling. I don’t want to take to each screw but show the main parts.

If you are looking for a small windows 10 computer that will provide light word processing, email and internet browsing then this is the computer for you. I was able to find it for $179 when buying the first time then $149 when I bought mine. The list right now is $199.

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Processor
  • Intel® Atom Z3735F Quad-Core Processor
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Home
Graphics
  • Integrated Intel® HD
Memory
  • Up to 2 GB DDR3L
Webcam
  • 0.3MP with Dual Microphone
Storage
  • Up to 32 GB eMMC
Audio
  • Stereo Speakers with Dolby® Advanced Audio Certification
Battery
  • Up to 8 Hours at 150 nits Web Browsing
Display
  • 11.6″ HD LED Glossy (1366×768)
Dimensions
  • (inches) : 11.5″ x 7.95″ x 0.69″
  • (mm) : 292 x 202 x 17.5
Weight
  • Starting at 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
WiFi and Bluetooth®
  • WiFi 1 x 1 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® 4.0
Connectors
  • 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, microSD card slot, audio combo jack

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