Lenovo released the Ideapad 110 as a cheaper alternative to any other current machine I suppose. While it is thinner, lighter, and less noisy than my current Lenovo G560 (I need to replace the fan), it does provide an intriguing alternative to my current machine (or so I thought). While most reviews look at the specs, I don’t because as a heavy consumer of computers (I use computers more than I use my phone) both at work and at home (I really don’t watch TV anymore), I am more interested on the everyday and continued usage of the machine rather than how light and good it looks.
I would start on the pros of the unit in comparison to my current G560;
- It is lighter, less noisy (though there is a little bit of whine as the machine boots up; I am not sure if it’s the hard disk or the fan).
- It looks gorgeous; For a Lenovo Laptop, Lenovo have really outdone themselves on this one.
- The sound in its speakers is rich and audible with its default sound drivers. The default sound drivers in my G560 are not audible enough prompting me to install SRS HD Audio as my default sound drivers.
Those three are the only pros to the machine I am afraid.
The cons though are a bit more I suppose;
- The battery is below average; When fully charged, the battery would be rated to last over two (2) and a half hours. That is definitely not the case because the battery lasts an hour when playing music and doing an internal transfer of files even with the Lenovo energy management program in full swing.
- The Screen is not great to look at (it’s too bright for my taste) and the screen quality worsens at you shrink your working space. It becomes very pixelated making characters on the workspace almost unreadable. The same pixilation happens when you shrink your media player.
- The RAM is below my expectation; With 4GB RAM and a 32bit Core i3 processor (not the best of combinations I suppose), the unit performs poorly compared to my 3GB 64bit Core i3 processor which runs windows 10.
- The keyboard is not suited for the working gamers; For those who seek in gaming during working hours then this Laptop may not be for you because its keyboard is not suited for that. One way to remedy it is to probably to get an external keyboard.
- There is literally no internal GPU to speak of; The unit has a 32MB internal GPU which is barely enough to sustain and watch a 720p movie. Watching an encoded x264 episode of The Simpsons has it struggling not to mention the graphics cannot be accelerated in any way. My G560 has a 1.5GB GPU which is not great but at least I played some games on it including but not limited to the Darkness 2, Dishonored, COD:MW3 and F1 2011. I am yet to try playing a 4K video or an 1080p video on the Ideapad 110 though. (I later played an 1080p of the 1999 Star Wars Film ‘A Phantom Menace’)
The Ideapad 110 playing on VLC
The G560 playing on VLC
The difference is in quality is very apparent on both machines.
In conclusion, while the Ideapad 110 is indeed cheaper as compared to my G560 (a unit goes for $ 250-350 depending on your Country and the processor you choose), the Ideapad 110 is all looks and weight. If you desire to use the laptop for light research and word processing, then it is a good machine. But if you desire to game, work, research, have your laptop become an extension of your personality in every way and push the limits of your laptop, then its best to look elsewhere because the Ideapad 110 will not replace my 6-year-old G560 anytime soon (atleast until I get a custom Thinkpad T460, Amazon wishlist anyone) as I have just realized that comparing the Ideapad 110 to my G560 is like comparing apples to oranges. Same genus, but very different in every way.
*Credit to Brenda for providing the Ideapad 110 for comparison.