Lenovo is introducing a few new low-cost laptops, including a model that looks like a typical Windows notebook, but which has a price (and some of the features) you’d expect to find from a Chromebook.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 100 is a Windows PC with a starting price of $249. It should be available starting in June.
The IdeaPad 100 comes in two sizes: there’s a 4.2 pound model with a 14 inch display and a 5.1 pound model with a 15 inch screen. Both feature Intel Bay Trail processors, 1366 x 768 pixel displays, and other features you’d expect from an entry-level machine.
While they’re hardly the only low-cost Windows laptops, Lenovo is introducing them at a time affordable laptops featuring Google’s browser-based operating system are one of the few growth areas in the PC market.
Lenovo’s new laptops are relatively slim, measuring 0.8 inches thick for the 14 inch model and 0.9 inches thick for the 15 inch version. The company plans to offer them with up to an Intel Pentium N3540 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 500Gb of hard drive storage or 128GB of solid state storage.
Each model features a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2,.0 port, HDMI and Ethernet jacks, an SD card reader, headset jack, 0.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The laptops feature a mono 1.5 watt speaker and a 30 Whr battery which Lenovo says is good for up to 4 hours of run time.
If you’re looking for a light-weight laptop with a small display and long battery life, the IdeaPad 100 might not be all that tempting. But if you’re looking for an affordable machine for use around the house, it might fit the bill. It’s a shame there aren’t at least options for larger batteries or higher-resolution displays though.
Lenovo’s other new laptops are the Z41 and Z51 which have 14 and 15.6 inch full HD displays, respectively. Those models also have AMD graphics and starting prices of $499.