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Lenovo IdeaPad 100 Laptop: Is It Good for Business?

Lenovo IdeaPad 100 Laptop: Is It Good for Business?
The IdeaPad offers surprisingly powerful performance for the price. / Credit: Jeremy Lips

Need a new work laptop for cheap? Lenovo's latest budget notebook is a decent option. The IdeaPad 100 offers surprisingly strong performance for just $400. Other highlights include a snappy keyboard and a pretty good selection of ports compared to other budget-priced machines. On the other hand, the IdeaPad 100's battery life is really disappointing.

The 14-inch machine sports a plastic casing and weighs about 3.2 lbs., making it lighter than competing budget notebooks like the 3.4-lb. HP Stream 13. That's good news if you need a laptop that won't weigh you down on your next business trip.

 

On the IdeaPad 100's left edge, you'll find a decent array of ports including one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port for connecting a monitor or project, and an Ethernet port for connecting to wired Internet or work networks. Most budget notebooks don't include Ethernet connectivity, which helps give the IdeaPad 100 a leg up as a work machine.

The notebook's keyboard is also pretty good, with large, well-spaced keys that offer a good amount of feedback. Individual keys aren't as deep or snappy as what you'll find on Lenovo's $580 ThinkPad E450, for example, but they still provide a satisfying typing experience compared to other budget laptops.

Despite those good qualities, the IdeaPad 100 suffers from one major trade-off: dismal battery life. It ran for just 4 hours and 45 minutes on our battery test. That's nearly 2 hours shorter than the $209 HP Stream 13 and 3 hours less than the $279 Toshiba Chromebook 2. You won't want to leave the office with the IdeaPad 100 unless you grab your charger first.

Check back for a full review of the IdeaPad 100 very soon, or check out our full list of the best work laptops currently on the market.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.