When it comes to sub-$200 laptops, the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S-14 stands out from the crowd. Priced at $195, it combines a colorful 14-inch screen and keyboard into a stylish package that belies its low price. Just don’t leave home without its charger as the IdeaPad 100S’ battery life is under 6 hours. However, in its price range, the IdeaPad 100S-14 is one of the best laptops you can get.
Building on the good looks of the original 11-inch IdeaPad 100S, the 14-inch version is bigger but just as classy. Thanks to its understated navy-blue cover and smooth matte finish, the IdeaPad 100S-14 looks and feels more premium than its price suggests. You don’t often find cool details like a retro dial for a power button in a $200 laptop. It’s too bad that the IdeaPad’s plastic chassis is not as sturdy feeling as the HP Stream 11’s chassis or the Samsung Chromebook 3’s, as there is some flexing around the keyboard and along the bottom cover.
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