Lenovo IdeaPad 110 review: Makes for an ideal laptop for the first-time buyer only
Lenovo IdeaPad series covers all price categories. But since Lenovo’s focus has shifted to the Yoga multi-mode laptops, the IdeaPad series has been addressing the more price conscious and the budget segments. Lenovo launched the IdeaPad 110 series in June and it offers laptops starting from Rs 20,000 and going up to Rs 25,000. It is clear that Lenovo is targetting the first time buyer. But will it succeed? Let us take a look
Build and Design: 7.5/10
Lenovo has really managed to get the look right. Coming in an all-black colour with textured flap as well as textured palm rest, the design language looks quite good for a sub Rs 25,000 laptop. The build is plastic, but it is the sturdy kinds and does not feel cheap. The hinge mechanism appears a bit flimsy, as the display tends to wobble for some seconds before coming to rest every time you open the laptop.
Lenovo IdeaPad 110 uses a chiclet keyboard and the just above the keyboard you’ll notice the speaker grille section, where only the central portion has the speaker on it. On the right hand side, you have a DVD tray whereas on the left you have the power port, HDMI Out, LAN port, a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port and an audio jack. The SD card slot is located in the front edge.
The laptop weighs around 2.2 kg and has a thickness of 22.9mm. These are decent dimensions for a budget laptop. There are four rubber feet on the base which ensures there is sufficient space for air intake. The laptop can also go fully flat, but honestly I don’t see the point in that at all considering this is not a touchscreen laptop and neither does it offer great viewing angles.
Keyboard and Trackpad: 6.5/10
Lenovo IdeaPad uses a chiclet keyboard with well spaced keys which have a good amount of travel. Thanks to the 15.6-inch form factor, it does come with a dedicated number pad as well. The placement of the Shift key is a bit tricky as it is not that traditionally length button, but split into a regular size button and placed in line with the Up-arrow key. So many times we did end up hitting the Up-arrow key instead of Shift. This will take getting some used to. The keys aren’t scalloped like the ones we have seen on the more expensive Lenovo laptops.
The trackpad is quite large and has two separate left and right click buttons. The response of the buttons gets better as you approach the edges of the two keys. It isn’t that impressive and defeats the purpose of having two separate keys for left and right click. It supports Windows gestures.
Lenovo IdeaPad 110 has moderate internals keeping in line with the price point and the category of users it is targetted at. So we have a modest Intel Pentium N3170 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, paired with 4GB of RAM and it comes with Windows 10 OS out of the box. You can also get a Linux OS variant of the IdeaPad 110 which is slightly cheaper. In terms of storage you get a 500GB HDD.
It sports a 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768. On the connectivity front, you have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0. 1x HDMI port and more. And yes, you also have a dedicated DVD tray. Inside you have a 24Wh battery powering the IdeaPad 110.
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