There are a lot of (and by a lot, I mean a whoooole lot!!) cheap netbooks out there for the occasional users including the ultra-portable 11 inch Chromebooks to the super expensive Google Pixelbook. Today we’ll check out Lenovo IdeaPad 320S 80X4001UUK, a 14-inch notebook that tries to sit right in the middle of those two extreme ends.
CPU – Intel Pentium Dual-Core, 2.3 GHz
GPU – Intel HD Graphics 610
Memory – 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR4, extendable up to 8 GB
Screen – 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768)
Storage – 128 GB SSD
OS – Windows 10 Home edition
Performance- It’s powered by an Intel Pentium processor which is a bit unusual as we are used to witnessing an Atom or Celeron processor these days. It’s accompanied by 4 gigs of RAM (can be extended up to 8 gigs; good choice!) and a 128 GB SSD which is even more unusual for a 14 incher. But it’s no slouch despite the evident lack of power. It usually can take on any task comfortably that you can throw safely at a low budget netbook.
Battery- Despite the small stature, it stays up for a considerable amount of time. It could survive nearly 8 hours of video playback before running out of juice. While that’s not exactly a stellar outcome considering that the average backup of small notebooks like this is 8 hours it would comfortably survive a day of your school.
Build- The sheer build quality and outlook can fool you into thinking that it’s one of the relatively costlier netbooks. The top half is made of metal rather than some cheap plastic. The amount of flex in the panel and the keyboard deck is nearly minimal if there’s any at all.
Ports- While the number of ports is not abundance it surely covers the most essentials. It comes with a couple of USB type-A ports (a slower 2.0 port and a relatively faster 3.0 port), a USB type-C port, an HDMI port and an SD card slot; nearly everything that you might ever want out of a cheap 14 incher.
Display- The included 14-inch display can be called second-rate at most. The first thing that you’d notice is that the panel is fairly dim. As a result, it’s usable only in the indoor conditions. The colours seem pretty dull as well due to the low colour coverage and contrast ratio. In short, it’s good only for everyday stuff like web surfing and mail checking.
No backlighting- Now, that’s something that we usually don’t see in the low-end laptops. But it’s not exactly a low budget notebook to be specific. It’s really a major drawback that the keyboard is not backlit even after touting a £300 price tag.
Okay, decision time. Was it good? Yeah, it certainly was. If your needs don’t need you to fire up your tricked out desktop PC then it’s worth checking out. So no matter if you’re a school student or a college goer, if your needs go as far as to take notes, surf webs and play very light games once in a while then Lenovo IdeaPad 320S 80X4001UUK would be a perfect choice for you.