In terms of looks, you get what you pay for with the Ideapad 100. This no-frills notebook sports an all-plastic matte design, with a small silver Lenovo logo on the exterior and a black coat of paint throughout. The laptop's lid is nicely textured, but it's extremely prone to fingerprint smudges.
Display and Audio
The Ideapad 100's 14-inch, 1366 x 768 display is vibrant enough for surfing the Web and watching a few videos, but don't expect to be dazzled. The display resolution is on a par with that of the HP Stream 13, but it doesn't boast full HD like the Toshiba Chromebook 2 does.
Keyboard, Touchpad and Webcam
The Ideapad 100's Chiclet-style keyboard provided satisfying feedback, allowing me to comfortably blaze through the Key Hero Typing Test at a quick 102 words per minute with perfect accuracy.
Powered by an Intel Celeron N2940 processor with 4GB of RAM, the Ideapad 100 handled basic tasks with ease. I used the machine to hop among a dozen Chrome tabs while downloading a movie trailer and streaming video from both YouTube and Twitch, and I didn't notice any major performance hiccups.
Battery Life and Heat
If you're taking the Ideapad 100 out for the day, make sure to bring a charger. Lenovo's notebook lasted a middling 4 hours and 45 minutes on our battery test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi), falling behind the Chromebook 2 (7:48) and the Stream 13 (6:26). The Ideapad 100's endurance is also shorter than the average budget laptop's (about 5 hours).
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