I have written a number of times about low-cost Windows and Chromebook laptops. (To find my earilier articles, go to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22cheap+laptop%22+OR+chromebook&t=hb&ia=web.) As a follow-up article, I will point out a bargain being offered today by BestBuy in the US: a 2.2 pound Lenovo Ideapad 100s 11.6-inch laptop with Windows 10 Home for $149.99 plus your local state’s sales tax, if any. My local BestBuy doesn’t have them in stock but can order one and deliver it within a few days with free shipping. Another option is to order it yourself online, bypassing the local store entirely.
$149.99 is an attractive price for a laptop but Lenovo sells them for only ten dollars more: $159.99. (See http://goo.gl/4Zn4Jj.)
To be sure, the Lenovo Ideapad 100s will never be described as a powerhouse. You probably won’t want to use it as your only computer, unless perhaps you are under the age of 15. However, as a second computer that will only be used for occasional trips outside the home, such as to a local genealogy library or archive, it should be more than “good enough.”
I haven’t had my hands on the Lenovo Ideapad 100s yet and probably won’t as I already own a better and more powerful (and more expensive) laptop. However, having read the specifications, I am sure this one will run any Windows genealogy program available today. It will also surf the web, read and write email, access Facebook, and play many computer games. I doubt if it will play the games that require very detailed graphics and a fast processor, but it will work just fine on Solitaire and other, similar low graphics games.
This also could be a great computer for an adolescent in the family.
The Lenovo laptop also includes a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 personal and a 30 Day Trial Version of McAfee® LiveSafe™ anti-virus program. The BestBuy web site says that the retailer will also add in a free 6-Month subscription to an unnamed Internet security and anti-virus program.
The big drawbacks are a Intel® Atom™ Z3735F Quad-Core processor of modest performance, only two gigabytes of RAM memory, and a 32 gigabyte “hard drive” that is really flash memory, not a true hard drive. These flash memory drives are both good news and bad news. The good news is that they are silent and fast, much faster than normal hard drives. The bad news in this case is that it is only a 32-gigabyte hard drive, puny by today’s standards. Of course, an account on Google Drive or Dropbox or any similar service can provide essentially infinite storage in the cloud for a price that will be cheaper than purchasing a larger capacity hard drive. Like most of today’s laptop computers, the Lenovo Ideapad 100s does not include a CD or DVD drive.
These computers are new and still in the factory-sealed boxes, not refurbished and not an “open box” special.
While I will describe the Lenovo Ideapad 100s as having “modest performance,” I will also point out it is still a bargain at $149.99! It will be tough to find any other brand new, still-in-the-box laptop with a 1-Year warranty (that can be extended) for this price.
Rick Broida has an excellent description of this low-cost Windows system in his Cheapskate Blog at http://goo.gl/gSnww3. The laptop is available for $149.99 from BestBuy at http://goo.gl/gSnww3. Detailed specifications may be found on the Lenovo web site at http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/100-series/100s-11-inch/.
I have no idea how long this sale price will be available.