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Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR (N3060, HD 400) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Alex Alderson), 04/02/2018

Streaming machine. The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR benefits from silent operation, a fast memory card reader and a spare M.2-2280 slot. The device fails to stand out in other areas though.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR is a simple 14-inch office notebook that is powered by an Intel Braswell processor and is powerful enough for light office applications, Internet browsing, and streaming services. We will be comparing the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR against the HP Stream 14, the Acer Aspire 1 A114-41, the Lenovo IdeaPad 320s, the Lenovo IdeaPad 120s, the HP 14, and the Chuwi LapBook 14-inch 2017.

Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE (Ideapad 100s Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Core: 200-600 MHz, Single-Channel, 20.19.15.4835
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3L-1600, RAM is soldered on and therefore not expandable. There are no extra RAM slots.
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 112 PPI, BOE CQ NT140WHM-N31, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 11 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Braswell SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Audio combo port, Card Reader: MicroSD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19 x 337 x 237 ( = 0.75 x 13.27 x 9.33 in)
Battery
32 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 32 Bit
Camera
Webcam: VGA
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, MS Office Home and Student 2016 trial version, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.5 kg ( = 52.91 oz / 3.31 pounds), Power Supply: 157 g ( = 5.54 oz / 0.35 pounds)
Price
300 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case and Equipment

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR is entirely made of plastic with a two-tone color effect. The display frame and top case are black while the bottom case and display lid are silver. The case of our test device has no visible manufacturing defects. Unfortunately, the case lacks rigidity with it being possible to twist the bottom case without too much effort. The battery is built-in and there is no maintenance cover.

The lack of a maintenance cover means that the bottom cover must be removed to access the internal components. Fortunately, this is an easy process. Once all the screws have been undone the bottom case can be detached without needing extra tools. Removing the bottom case reveals among others the battery, the BIOS battery and an empty M.2-2280 slot, the latter of which can be occupied with an SSD.

Overall, the I/O is acceptable. There is an HDMI port for connecting the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR to an external monitor. There are three USB Type-A ports, two of which are USB 2.0 speed while the other is the faster USB 3.1 speed. Lenovo includes a microSD card reader, thereby omitting the option of natively connecting full-sized SD cards. We tested the performance of the microSD card reader using our reference card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64 GB. The results are impressive, with the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR achieving a maximum transfer speed of 85.4 MB/s with large blocks of data. The microSD card reader averaged 53.8 MB/s while transferring 250 JPG files that were approximately 5 MB each.

Wireless connectivity is provided by an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 chip, which supports not only the 802.11 a/b/g/n standards but also the fast ac standard. We tested transmissions at optimal conditions by placing our test device close to our server with no other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity. The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR supports only 1x1 technology, which explains why we measured just average transmission speeds.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Left-hand side: power connector, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI, microSD card reader
Left-hand side: power connector, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI, microSD card reader
Right-hand side: headphone jack (audio-combo), USB 2.0 Type-A x2
Right-hand side: headphone jack (audio-combo), USB 2.0 Type-A x2
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.4 MB/s ∼100% +62%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79.2 MB/s ∼91% +47%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72 MB/s ∼82% +34%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 Reference-Card)
63.2 MB/s ∼72% +17%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=229)
61.2 MB/s ∼70% +14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
53.8 MB/s ∼62%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
 
37.86 MB/s ∼43% -30%
HP 14-bp001ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.2 MB/s ∼28% -55%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
 
88 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.4 MB/s ∼98% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
85.4 MB/s ∼97%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 Reference-Card)
83.1 MB/s ∼94% -3%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.8 MB/s ∼92% -5%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=206)
78.7 MB/s ∼89% -8%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
 
44.46 MB/s ∼51% -48%
HP 14-bp001ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.7 MB/s ∼41% -58%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
349 MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
340 MBit/s ∼97% +15%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
336 MBit/s ∼96% +14%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
336 MBit/s ∼96% +14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
296 MBit/s ∼85%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
276 MBit/s ∼79% -7%
HP 14-bp001ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
5 MBit/s ∼1% -98%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
345 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
340 MBit/s ∼99%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
340 MBit/s ∼99% 0%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
311 MBit/s ∼90% -9%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
258 MBit/s ∼75% -24%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
144 MBit/s ∼42% -58%
HP 14-bp001ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
71 MBit/s ∼21% -79%

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Input Devices

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR has a chiclet keyboard that lacks a backlight. The flat, slightly roughened keys have a short travel with a clear pressure point. There is noticeable movement on the keyboard deck while typing, more so in the middle than at the edges. Overall, the keyboard is decent for home use, but prolific writers would not like typing for extended periods on the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR.

The multi-touch touchpad measures 9.6 x 4.9 cm, which is large enough to use gesture controls. These can be individually switched on or off in the touchpad settings menu. The touchpad has a smooth surface which is easy for fingers to move across. Beneath the touchpad are two dedicated mouse buttons. These have a short stroke and a clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR has a 14-inch display with a 1366x768 native resolution. Using X-Rite i1Pro 2 we measured an average brightness level of 200.8 cd/m², which is extremely low. We measured the contrast level at 603:1, which is fair for a device in this price range.

Unfortunately, there is PWM display flicker at 200 Hz for brightness levels lower than and including 90%. This could cause headaches and eye issues for those who are sensitive to PWM.

225
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
176
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 225 cd/m² Average: 200.8 cd/m² Minimum: 1.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 163 cd/m²
Contrast: 603:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 10.87 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
58% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.53
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
HP 14-bp001ng
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
TN LED, 1366x768, 14
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
IPS, 1920x1080, 14.1
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-33%
6%
137%
53%
-24%
-8%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
53 (32, 21)
46 (25, 21)
13%
43 (23, 20)
19%
40 (20, 20)
25%
35.2 (18, 17.2)
34%
32.8 (12.8, 20)
38%
42 (21, 21)
21%
Response Time Black / White *
14 (8, 6)
25 (22, 3)
-79%
14 (8, 7)
-0%
16 (11, 5)
-14%
17.2 (12, 5.2)
-23%
29.2 (16, 13.2)
-109%
31 (16, 15)
-121%
PWM Frequency
200 (90)
200 (90)
0%
1000 (100)
400%
495 (99)
148%
200 (20)
0%
352 (90)
76%
Screen
-72%
-13%
0%
-12%
16%
28%
Brightness middle
205
220
7%
189
-8%
206
0%
257.4
26%
247.7
21%
274
34%
Brightness
201
207
3%
190
-5%
187
-7%
239
19%
243
21%
253
26%
Brightness Distribution
78
78
0%
88
13%
82
5%
87
12%
92
18%
85
9%
Black Level *
0.34
0.53
-56%
0.34
-0%
0.54
-59%
0.32
6%
0.31
9%
Contrast
603
357
-41%
606
0%
477
-21%
774
28%
884
47%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.1
29.43
-223%
11.85
-30%
10.01
-10%
11.8
-30%
6.4
30%
5.74
37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
17.77
76.62
-331%
20.61
-16%
16.72
6%
28
-58%
24.3
-37%
8.26
54%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.87
13.14
-21%
13.6
-25%
11.11
-2%
13.3
-22%
4.5
59%
4.61
58%
Gamma
2.53 87%
2.18 101%
2.49 88%
2.43 91%
2.2 100%
2.33 94%
2.14 103%
CCT
11752 55%
15985 41%
16588 39%
12726 51%
16811 39%
7318 89%
7281 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
35
-5%
49
32%
39
5%
39
5%
39.8
8%
39
5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58
55
-5%
61
5%
62
7%
62
7%
62.9
8%
61
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-53% / -64%
-4% / -9%
69% / 32%
21% / 3%
-4% / 7%
10% / 20%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 200 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 200 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 200 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8770 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Out of the box we measured DeltaE 2000 values of 9.1. An ideal value would be less than three. Additionally, the display suffers from a clear bluish tint.

CalMAN – ColorChecker
CalMAN – ColorChecker
CalMAN – Grayscale
CalMAN – Grayscale
CalMAN – Saturation
CalMAN – Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
53 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 32 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The TN panel has poor viewing angles, making for poor readability from any position. The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR performs equally poorly outdoors. Maximum brightness is reduced by 20% on battery, meaning that brightness levels top out at a paltry 164 cd/m². Added to this is the disadvantage of a reflective display finish. These combine to render the device practically unusable in sunny conditions.

Using the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR outdoors. Shot in bright sunshine with the sun behind the device.
Using the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR outdoors. Shot in bright sunshine with the sun behind the device.

Performance

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR is a simple 14-inch office laptop. As such, its processing power is sufficient for light office applications and Internet browsing. Our test device configuration is available for just under 300 Euros (~$367) with there being other equipment variants available too.

Processor

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 Braswell dual-core processor, which is currently one of Intel’s entry-level processors. The CPU has a low 6 W TDP, allowing the IdeaPad to be passively cooled. The CPU has a 1.6 GHz base clock speed with a maximum Turbo Boost speed of 2.48 GHz. The N3060 performed with full power on both battery and mains power during our tests.

We checked how long the N3060 can use its Turbo Boost for by running a Cinebench R15 multithread benchmark on a 30-minute loop. The results demonstrate that the N3060 in the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR can operate at full Turbo Boost without a performance drop over time.

01020304050607080Tooltip
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1275
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2402
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2355
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
39 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
73 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
9.55 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Office
  (20 - 178, n=475)
108 Points ∼51% +177%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
93 Points ∼44% +138%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450
48 Points ∼23% +23%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
46 Points ∼22% +18%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
40 Points ∼19% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
39 Points ∼18%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
  (36 - 39, n=4)
37.8 Points ∼18% -3%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Celeron N3450
36 Points ∼17% -8%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
36 Points ∼17% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=479)
316 Points ∼10% +333%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
238 Points ∼8% +226%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450
144 Points ∼5% +97%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
141 Points ∼5% +93%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Celeron N3450
128 Points ∼4% +75%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
86 Points ∼3% +18%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
73 Points ∼2%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
  (68 - 74, n=4)
71.3 Points ∼2% -2%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
70 Points ∼2% -4%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average of class Office
  (667 - 8356, n=660)
3292 Points ∼30% +158%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
1917 Points ∼18% +50%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
1275 Points ∼12%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
  (1216 - 1275, n=3)
1253 Points ∼12% -2%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Celeron N3450
1219 Points ∼11% -4%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average of class Office
  (1242 - 32009, n=648)
7682 Points ∼15% +220%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Celeron N3450
3956 Points ∼8% +65%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
2524 Points ∼5% +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
2402 Points ∼5%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
  (2256 - 2402, n=3)
2352 Points ∼5% -2%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1016 - 13931, n=176)
5486 Points ∼18% +221%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
1708 Points ∼5%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
 
1708 Points ∼5% 0%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (595 - 4020, n=176)
2256 Points ∼48% +147%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
913 Points ∼19%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
 
913 Points ∼19% 0%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1834 - 15294, n=56)
6970 Points ∼25% +280%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
1834 Points ∼7%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
 
1834 Points ∼7% 0%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1087 - 4801, n=56)
3182 Points ∼55% +193%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
1087 Points ∼19%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
 
1087 Points ∼19% 0%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1736 - 16294, n=40)
7808 Points ∼22% +309%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
1911 Points ∼5%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
 
1911 Points ∼5% 0%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1084 - 4997, n=40)
3330 Points ∼53% +195%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060
1127 Points ∼18%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
 
1127 Points ∼18% 0%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Office
  (36.7 - 268, n=207)
174 Points ∼52% +236%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
98.845 Points ∼30% +91%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Celeron N3450 (Edge 38.14393.1066.0)
73.676 Points ∼22% +42%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350 (Microsoft Edge 40.15063.674.0)
73.5 Points ∼22% +42%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450 (Firefox 53.0.3)
52.5 Points ∼16% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel Celeron N3060 (Edge 41)
51.8 Points ∼16%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
  (39.8 - 58.5, n=5)
49.3 Points ∼15% -5%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
44.53 Points ∼13% -14%

System Performance

Our test device worked smoothly and without issue. The results from our PCMark benchmarks correspond with the expected performance of N3060 devices, and with our initial impression that the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR is suited for simple office tasks and Internet browsing. Stock performance could not be improved upon as the RAM is soldered on and the system could not be overclocked.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1734 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1743 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1440 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=352)
3007 Points ∼49% +73%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
HD Graphics 610, 4415U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
2657 Points ∼44% +53%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
HD Graphics 500, N3450, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
1864 Points ∼31% +7%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1788 Points ∼29% +3%
HP 14-bp001ng
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1769 Points ∼29% +2%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, SanDisk DF4032
1760 Points ∼29% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1734 Points ∼28%
Average Intel Celeron N3060, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (1661 - 1771, n=4)
1732 Points ∼28% 0%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
HD Graphics 500, N3450, SanDisk DF4128
1682 Points ∼28% -3%

Storage Devices

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR comes with a 32 GB eMMC system drive that has 11 GB available, with the rest being reserved for the space required by Windows 10. However, since Windows requires roughly 10 GB of free space to install updates, there is hardly any space left for personal data and to install programs if you would also like to keep Windows 10 up to date. We would therefore advise purchasing a microSD card to increase storage space. For what it’s worth, transfer speeds are as expected for eMMC memory, although this is far slower than the speeds capable of an M.2-2280 SSD.

If you are feeling more adventurous then you could increase the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR’s storage capacity by adding a drive in the unoccupied M.2-2280 slot. This additional drive could either be used as a secondary storage drive or be used as the Windows boot drive, which would bring a speed boost compared to the eMMC memory. The Windows 10 license key is stored in the BIOS, so even though we could not disable the eMMC memory, it would be possible to completely wipe the Windows installation from the eMMC memory and install and boot Windows 10 from the M.2-2280 SSD.

There is a spare M.2-2280 slot by default.
There is a spare M.2-2280 slot by default.
This allows for SSD storage expansion.
This allows for SSD storage expansion.
32 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 178.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 98.62 MB/s
512K Read: 163.3 MB/s
512K Write: 74.74 MB/s
4K Read: 13.33 MB/s
4K Write: 12.96 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 34.54 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 12.41 MB/s
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
32 GB eMMC Flash
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
SanDisk DF4032
HP 14-bp001ng
Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
Average 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-41%
-69%
74%
474%
-23%
223%
Write 4k QD32
12.41
6.743
-46%
0.912
-93%
35.02
182%
124.8
906%
10.6 (1.3 - 31.6, n=54)
-15%
109 (0.154 - 706, n=646)
778%
Read 4k QD32
34.54
32.79
-5%
0.776
-98%
29.93
-13%
320.9
829%
29.7 (9.4 - 52, n=53)
-14%
139 (0.015 - 652, n=646)
302%
Write 4k
12.96
6.128
-53%
0.911
-93%
28.62
121%
79.02
510%
8.92 (1.3 - 24, n=53)
-31%
40.4 (0.009 - 197, n=658)
212%
Read 4k
13.33
12.42
-7%
0.384
-97%
24.06
80%
28.11
111%
13.4 (6.44 - 19.6, n=53)
1%
15.4 (0.218 - 148, n=658)
16%
Write 512
74.74
28.46
-62%
40.27
-46%
132.1
77%
138.5
85%
44.6 (10.6 - 117, n=53)
-40%
194 (13.7 - 1863, n=655)
160%
Read 512
163.3
104.7
-36%
31.74
-81%
233.9
43%
482.2
195%
127 (51.7 - 238, n=53)
-22%
236 (16.3 - 1799, n=655)
45%
Write Seq
98.62
21.08
-79%
99.07
0%
147.9
50%
792.2
703%
59.9 (11.8 - 117, n=53)
-39%
263 (21.1 - 1995, n=658)
167%
Read Seq
178.8
107.9
-40%
104.4
-42%
275.7
54%
991.2
454%
138 (53.8 - 277, n=53)
-23%
370 (37.1 - 2860, n=658)
107%

Graphics Card

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Graphics are handled by an Intel HD Graphics 400 GPU. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and can clock up to 600 MHz. 3DMark benchmarks reveal that graphics performance is as expected for this GPU. The HD Graphics 400 can reduce CPU load when playing popular video codecs such as H.264 and HEVC/H.265 by decoding the video files instead of the CPU.

3DMark 11 Performance
343 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1381 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
176 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Office
  (185 - 4967, n=600)
1218 Points ∼100% +303%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel HD Graphics 610, Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
804 Points ∼66% +166%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), Intel Pentium N3710
463 Points ∼38% +53%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3450
433 Points ∼36% +43%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3450
390 Points ∼32% +29%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3060
381 Points ∼31% +26%
Average Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (292 - 418, n=9)
351 Points ∼29% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3060
302 Points ∼25%

Gaming Performance

The CPU and GPU combination is best suited for casual games found in the Microsoft Store. The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR cannot handle complex modern 3D games like Final Fantasy XV.

low med. high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 6025.2fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 34.58.85.6fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 29.414.312.5fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 18.411.3fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 21.110.88.7fps
GRID 2 (2013) 19.912.5fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 28.912.5fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 6.54.8fps
Sims 4 (2014) 377.6fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 11.97fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 5.42.9fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 21.311.4fps
World of Warships (2015) 138fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 7.33.2fps
Rocket League (2017) 12.7fps
Team Fortress 2 (2017) 18.516fps

Emissions and Energy

Fan Noise

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR has neither a fan nor a mechanical drive so it works silently.

Temperature

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR during the stress test.
The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR during the stress test.

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR performs equally well on battery as it does on mains power. In the first few minutes of our stress tests the CPU and CPU work at high frequencies. Once thermal throttling sets in, the CPU and GPU clock down to 640 MHz and 360 MHz, respectively, to reduce temperatures. These values remain consistent for the remainder of the stress test.

The notebook does not get too hot. During our stress tests, the surface temperatures remain well below 40 °C.

Max. Load
 34 °C
93 F
37.4 °C
99 F
30.2 °C
86 F
 
 29.1 °C
84 F
31.1 °C
88 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
 26.7 °C
80 F
26.1 °C
79 F
25.1 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Average: 29.6 °C = 85 F
26.2 °C
79 F
35 °C
95 F
32.2 °C
90 F
25.5 °C
78 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29.4 °C
85 F
25 °C
77 F
26 °C
79 F
27 °C
81 F
Maximum: 35 °C = 95 F
Average: 28.3 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.5 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.7 °C / 80.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (+1.6 °C / 2.8 F).
Thermal-imaging of the top under load
Thermal-imaging of the top under load
Thermal-imaging of the bottom under load
Thermal-imaging of the bottom under load
Thermal-imaging of the top at idle
Thermal-imaging of the top at idle
Thermal-imaging of the bottom at idle
Thermal-imaging of the bottom at idle

Speakers

The stereo speakers can be found on the bottom of the device. They produce a tinny sound that lacks bass. We would recommend using headphones or external speakers for a better listening experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.330.933.32533.632.133.63132.933.732.94031.129.331.15033.530.633.56328.427.228.48027.527.227.510028.225.128.212528.424.628.416026.42326.420024.122.724.125029.722.429.731540.721.640.740045.720.345.750046.218.846.263048.318.548.380061.217.861.2100066.317.766.3125060.217.760.2160051.417.751.420005117.351250061.417.761.4315061.317.861.3400060.518.160.5500054.918.254.9630053.718.553.780004718.5471000045.218.645.21250050.918.550.91600052.318.752.3SPL71.230.471.2N24.21.424.2median 50.9median 18.5median 50.9Delta7.32.27.335.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GEApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (66.31 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (15.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 91% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 87% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes are de/selectable)

Power Consumption

Power consumption is as expected for a Celeron N3060-equipped device. We measured a maximum power consumption of 6.8 W at idle, which rose to 13.9 W during our stress tests. The included power supply is rated at 45 W, which is more than enough capacity to charge the device even when it is operating at extreme load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.44 / 0.43 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.4 / 6.5 / 6.8 Watt
Load midlight 13.4 / 13.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

We test the battery life by putting devices through our practical Wi-Fi test, which simulates the load for opening websites. For the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR, we set the battery profile to “Balanced” and the display brightness to approximately 150 cd/m². During our tests, the battery lasted for 4 h 44 m. This is not a great runtime, especially since the Lenovo IdeaPad 120s-14IAP lasted over two hours more than the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR with the same battery capacity.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41)
4h 44min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
N3060, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 41 Wh
587 min ∼22% +107%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
4415U, HD Graphics 610, 30 Wh
460 min ∼17% +62%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 32 Wh
419 min ∼16% +48%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 964, n=292)
405 min ∼15% +43%
HP 14-bp001ng
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), 41 Wh
399 min ∼15% +40%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
N3450, HD Graphics 500, 38 Wh
372 min ∼14% +31%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE
N3060, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 32 Wh
284 min ∼11%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
N3450, HD Graphics 500, 37 Wh
172 min ∼7% -39%

Pros

+ silent operation
+ spare M.2-2280 slot
+ fast memory card reader

Cons

- dark display
- only one year's warranty
- small storage space
- only 2 GB RAM

Verdict

The Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE, courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
The Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE, courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Lenovo has equipped the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR with an Intel Celeron processor that is suitable for light office tasks and Internet browsing. The Intel HD Graphics 400 can decode video files, which helps to alleviate the processor, the combination of which makes the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR suitable for using streaming services too.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR is a simple 14-inch office notebook for home use.

The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR comes with inadequate storage capacity. There is 32 GB of eMMC memory, of which only 11 GB is usable. While this meets the required storage space for Windows updates, that only leaves 1 GB for personal data or additional programs. Hence, purchasing a microSD card or an SSD for the spare M.2-2280 slot is necessary to use the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR for practical purposes.

The keyboard is sufficient for home use, even if the lack of backlighting is frustrating. Battery life is below average at 4 h 44 m, which is too little for a low-performance device. The display will not win any awards either. Brightness levels and contrast levels are poor, while Lenovo’s choice of integrating a reflective panel does not help with using the IdeaPad 100s-14IBR outdoors.

Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR 80R900K5GE - 03/29/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
40 / 80 → 50%
Weight
69 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
80%
Display
70%
Games Performance
30 / 68 → 45%
Application Performance
43 / 92 → 46%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
44%
Camera
23 / 85 → 27%
Average
63%
75%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-04- 2 (Update: 2018-04- 6)