Oh, we can’t say for sure till we’ve put them both through their paces, but the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S is definitely shooting for the same budget notebook audience—and I wouldn’t be surprised if it hits the mark. For just $190, this Windows 10 machine is thinner at 0.69 inches, notably lighter at 2.2 pounds, and comes equipped with a surprisingly decent matte 1366 x 768 screen and a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor.
The 11.6-inch system (not to be confused with the 14-inch IdeaPad 100S) sadly still comes with just 2GB of memory, which we’ve found to be the limiting factor in many a cheap machine, but if Lenovo gives it a decent keyboard and trackpad and avoids filling it with software bloat, it could be a fantastic deal.
Ports-wise, you’re looking at two USB 2.0 sockets, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headset jack, and a microSD card slot. Unlike the HP, there’s no full-size SD here.
Look for it in October of this year.
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