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Lenovo IdeaPad 110S (N3060, 32 GB) Subnotebook Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/10/2017

Cheap entry-level laptop. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S is a small, 11-inch subnotebook. The much too high power consumption takes its toll on the battery life. We report on how the compact entry-level device fares in terms of performance in our short review.

For the original German review, see here.

At a price of just 220 Euros (~$259; $165 in US online retailers), Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S is one of the cheapest subnotebooks on the highly competitive market. Buyers get a small, 11-inch laptop with an Intel Celeron N3060 and 2 GB of RAM for the money. A small 32 GB flash memory serves as the storage device. Although Lenovo offers other configurations, only the model we are testing is found on the German market. This is too bad, since a bigger storage device is thus only possible indirectly seeing that an empty M.2 slot is present. Choosing a color is easier; Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S comes in four different colors. We exclusively selected affordable subnotebooks for comparison. An overview is listed in the following chart:

Asus VivoBook E200HA HP Stream 11 Jumper EZbook 3 Medion Akoya S2218
CPU Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Intel Celeron N3050 Intel Celeron N3350 Intel Atom Z3735F
GPU Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) Intel HD Graphics (Braswell) Intel HD Graphics 500 Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 14.1 inch, 1920 x 1080 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080
RAM 2 GB DDR3 2 GB DDR3L 4 GB DDR3 2 GB DDR3
Storage 32 GB (eMMC) 32 GB (eMMC) 64 GB (eMMC) 64 GB (eMMC)
Rating 81% 80% 77% 73%
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3L, soldered
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel 135 PPI, Chi Mei CMN1132, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Braswell
Storage
SanDisk DF4032, 32 GB 
, soldered, 9 GB free
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: stereo, Card Reader: micro-SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8821AE 802.11ac ), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.8 x 292 x 202 ( = 0.7 x 11.5 x 7.95 in)
Battery
39.1 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, power supply, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.087 kg ( = 38.34 oz / 2.4 pounds), Power Supply: 171 g ( = 6.03 oz / 0.38 pounds)
Price
220 (~$259, ~$165 in US online retailers) EUR

 

Casing and Connectivity

The buyer can choose from four different colors for the plastic casing of Lenovo's 110S (white, red, silver, and blue). However, it should be mentioned that only the silver and red model have a black base while the white and blue models come with a white base. Lenovo's 110S does not have any other visual accents. The stiffness is good when we only consider our warping tests. In return, the casing yields visibly when pressure is applied to the display rear and in the keyboard area.

Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S weighs almost 1.1 kg, which is not noticed unfavorably in the comparison field. Both hinges keep the display very firmly in the desired position. We hardly noticed any rocking, which is very good. Unfortunately, it is impossible to open the lid with one hand since the hinges are pulled a bit too tight for this. A look at the size comparison shows that the IdeaPad 110S belongs to those devices that do not reserve much room on the desk. The device is not bulky at a height of just 17.8 millimeters, either.

The installed interfaces are distributed on the sides. We find two USB 2.0 ports and the 3.5-mm audio jack on the right. The spacing between the ports is sufficient and will rarely block one another. This looks completely different on the left where all the interfaces are cramped. Particularly the only USB 3.0 port is situated very close to the power socket, making it impossible to insert wide USB flash drives. It remains unclear to us why Lenovo has installed these interfaces so close to one another seeing that there is enough room not to.

The Wi-Fi modem comes from Realtek and achieved an average data speed in our measurements. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S takes second place in data reception with the measured 282 MBit/s. Our review sample outruns the others at 339 MBit/s in transmit and achieves first place.

Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Left: power-in, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, micro-SD card slot
Left: power-in, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, micro-SD card slot
Right: combo-audio jack, 2 USB 2.0
Right: combo-audio jack, 2 USB 2.0
Front: no interfaces
Front: no interfaces
Rear: no interfaces
Rear: no interfaces
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
54 MB/s ∼100%
Jumper EZbook 3
19.3 MB/s ∼36% -64%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
34.2 MB/s ∼100%
Jumper EZbook 3
(Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 64 GB)
27.4 MB/s ∼80% -20%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
315 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Realtek RTL8821AE 802.11ac
282 MBit/s ∼90%
Jumper EZbook 3
Realtek RTL8723B USB 2.0
86 MBit/s ∼27% -70%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Realtek RTL8821AE 802.11ac
339 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
237 MBit/s ∼70% -30%
Jumper EZbook 3
Realtek RTL8723B USB 2.0
78 MBit/s ∼23% -77%

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Input Devices

Lenovo IdeaPad 110S: keyboard
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S: keyboard
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S: touchpad
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S: touchpad

The 6-row chiclet keyboard in Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S has been lowered slightly into the base's upper side, and thus the keys and the wrist rest are on the same level. The individual keys have a sufficient size of 15 x 15 millimeters with a spacing of 3 millimeters. The typing noise of the individual keys, with exception of the space bar, is relatively quiet and the drop is pleasingly short. Although the pressure point is palpable, it is much too weak. The white lettering is well legible. Unfortunately, the keyboard does not feature a backlight, which is comprehensible in this price range.

The touchpad is also lowered slightly into the base and has a size of 8.5 x 4.3 centimeters. Unfortunately, the input buttons are no longer a part of the input surface. This reduces the height of 4.3 centimeters clearly. The upper area of the input surface can be used without restrictions. However, the lower area directly above both mouse buttons becomes more and more inaccurate. The input buttons produce an audible click noise when triggered, but they are not louder than known from comparable devices. Users who find the input area's size sufficient can also use the multitouch function.

Display

Subpixel
Subpixel
No annoying clouding
No annoying clouding

Our review sample is furnished with an 11.6-inch TN panel. It has an HD resolution of 1366x768 pixels and, thanks to its matte surface, prevents annoying reflections on the screen. Lenovo does not offer any alternative screens for the IdeaPad 110S.

The screen in Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S has a much lower brightness than Medion's Akoya S2218 (394 cd/m²) or Jumper's EZBook 3 (341 cd/m²) with a measured 230 cd/m². We measured an even lower average screen brightness of 192 cd/m² in battery mode. The low brightness and a black value of 0.4 results in a contrast ratio of 608:1. The very good illumination of 91%, the absence of clouding, and the very high PWM frequency of 25770 Hz from a screen brightness of 50% and lower are praiseworthy.

222
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 243 cd/m² Average: 229.8 cd/m² Minimum: 9.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 192 cd/m²
Contrast: 608:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.24 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 12.78 | - Ø
64% sRGB (Argyll) 41% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.33
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Chi Mei CMN1132, , 1366x768, 11.6
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Chi Mei CMN1130, N116BGE-EB2, , 1366x768, 11.6
HP Stream 11-r000ng
CMN1131, , 1366x768, 11.6
Jumper EZbook 3
MS_9003, , 1920x1080, 14.1
Medion Akoya S2218
AUO B116HAT03-2, , 1920x1080, 11.6
Response Times
13%
12%
-13%
-23%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (26, 20)
45 (25, 20)
2%
44 (24, 20)
4%
46 (25, 21)
-0%
27 (7, 20)
41%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (21, 9)
18 (14, 4)
40%
24 (8, 16)
20%
11.6 (7.7, 3.8)
61%
33 (14, 19)
-10%
PWM Frequency
25770 (50)
24750 (30)
-4%
200 (99)
-99%
200 (90)
-99%
Screen
16%
-2%
-34%
29%
Brightness
230
265
15%
248
8%
341
48%
394
71%
Brightness Distribution
91
85
-7%
84
-8%
76
-16%
88
-3%
Black Level *
0.4
0.35
12%
0.5
-25%
1.28
-220%
0.43
-8%
Contrast
608
763
25%
528
-13%
300
-51%
970
60%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.24
6.67
41%
9.78
13%
8.7
23%
6.7
40%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.78
7.84
39%
11.16
13%
11.1
13%
6.25
51%
Gamma
2.33 103%
2.3 104%
2.44 98%
2.2 109%
2.48 97%
CCT
15436 42%
8076 80%
12954 50%
12445 52%
5954 109%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41
42
2%
41
0%
46
12%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
64
65
2%
63
-2%
69
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
15% / 15%
5% / 1%
-24% / -27%
3% / 15%

* ... smaller is better

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 9 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.4 ms).

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 25770 Hz50 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25770 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25770 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8499 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Grayscales
Grayscales
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
sRGB coverage: 64%
sRGB coverage: 64%
AdobeRGB coverage: 41%
AdobeRGB coverage: 41%

The black level in conjunction with the low brightness, which is responsible for the low contrast ratio of 608:1, covers the image with a light grayish haze. This is primarily visible in dark scenes. The measured color shift of 11.24 (DeltaE 2000 ColorChecker) and 12.78 (DeltaE 2000 Grayscales) is extremely high. Calibrating the screen improves this, but it does not perform miracles. We have linked the corresponding ICC profile for downloading. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S achieved a color-space coverage of 64% in sRGB and just 41% in the extended AdobeRGB. Thus, the device is only suitable for hobby photo-editing. The rivals are on par in the comparison here.

Outdoor use is possible thanks to the matte surface. However, a shaded place should be chosen. The screen's brightness is simply not high enough in sunlight. The TN panel's drawbacks also become very evident in the viewing-angle test. A decent reproduction is only achieved in the three middle photos. As soon as the screen is tilted back or forth, the colors distort strongly or are covered with a visible grayish haze.

Lenovo IdeaPad 110S in sunlight
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S in sunlight
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S in the shade
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S in the shade
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S: viewing angles
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S: viewing angles

Performance

Intel's Celeron N3060 processor, supported by just 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, is inside our Lenovo IdeaPad 110S. The Intel HD Graphics 400 integrated graphics unit takes care of video output. We have to be satisfied with a storage device that has a capacity of 32 GB in our laptop. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S is also available with a 64 GB eMMC or even a 256-GB SSD (M.2). Information about devices with up to 4 GB of DDR3 RAM is also found in the technical specifications. Individual devices with a somewhat faster Intel Pentium N3710 apparently also exist. However, the manufacturer also states that there are regional differences in the datasheet. Thus, we only find the cheapest device on the German market at test time, which we also received for testing. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S is throughout suitable for use as an office device with multimedia qualities. The small subnotebook coped quite well in the analysis with the LatencyMon tool. Thus, small jerks or sound interruptions should not be expected when playing real-time audio applications.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC Latency

Processor

Intel's Celeron N3060 is a dual-core SoC that was launched in early 2016. The processor from the Braswell platform clocks at 1.6 to 2.48 GHz and, thanks to its low power dissipation, it is suitable for small, passively cooled netbooks/subnotebooks. The single-core performance is on the expected level when looking at the comparison devices. Thus, Intel's Celeron N 3060 places itself just before the marginally slower Intel Celeron N3050 that is found in HP's Stream 11. The native quad-core in Asus' VivoBook E200HA defeats the dual-core processor in multi-core performance.

Further benchmarks concerning Intel's Celeron N3060 can be found here.

We test the processor's performance under permanent load in the Cinebench R15 loop. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S copes very well although it sports a passive cooling unit. The outcomes remained very consistent over the entire test period. Thus, there is no performance loss when the processor is put under permanent load.

01020304050607080Tooltip
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Jumper EZbook 3
Intel Celeron N3350
46 Points ∼23% +18%
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Intel Celeron N3060
39 Points ∼20%
HP Stream 11-r000ng
Intel Celeron N3050
28 Points ∼14% -28%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
27 Points ∼14% -31%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
95 Points ∼4% +28%
Jumper EZbook 3
Intel Celeron N3350
84 Points ∼4% +14%
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Intel Celeron N3060
74 Points ∼3%
HP Stream 11-r000ng
Intel Celeron N3050
57 Points ∼3% -23%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Jumper EZbook 3
Intel Celeron N3350
79.1 Points ∼0% +42%
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Intel Celeron N3060
55.781 Points ∼0%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
34.804 Points ∼0% -38%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2327
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2397
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1267
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
2396 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
3426 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
1800 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.8 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
9.97 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.46 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
74 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
39 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
12.95 fps
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System Performance

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home

Although Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S did not completely convince us in the CPU tests, the PCMark 8 score was all the more astonishing. Our review sample clearly takes first place with a lead of 10%. However, 1771 points is not a top score. Not too much should be expected from the small device in everyday use. Latencies were repeatedly observed, particularly during multitasking.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, SanDisk DF4032
1771 Points ∼30%
Jumper EZbook 3
HD Graphics 500, N3350, Toshiba 064G93 64 GB eMMC
1592 Points ∼27% -10%
HP Stream 11-r000ng
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1487 Points ∼25% -16%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
1464 Points ∼25% -17%
Medion Akoya S2218
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1027 Points ∼17% -42%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1771 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1452 points
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Storage Device

The storage device is definitely one of the catches of this device. The user only has almost 9 GB of storage capacity after deducting the Windows installation from the 32 GB eMMC flash memory. Although it can be expanded slightly via a micro-SD card, this is more of a makeshift solution.

In terms of performance, the eMMC memory is faster than a conventional hard drive. However, an SSD connected via SATA should be even faster here. It is possible to expand Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S thanks to an empty M.2 slot. Our review sample achieved a data rate of 156 MB/s in sequential read and still 111 MB/s in sequential read with its non-removable eMMC storage. The 4K read rate of just 10 MB/s is a bit low, and thus loading many small files takes a bit longer.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
SanDisk DF4032
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
HP Stream 11-r000ng
32 GB eMMC Flash
Jumper EZbook 3
Toshiba 064G93 64 GB eMMC
Medion Akoya S2218
64 GB eMMC Flash
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
40%
15%
-46%
-11%
Write 4k QD32
12.76
28.32
122%
13.21
4%
2.74
-79%
8.734
-32%
Read 4k QD32
31.78
30.25
-5%
46.51
46%
16.4
-48%
37.24
17%
Write 4k
10.44
19.23
84%
13.16
26%
2.47
-76%
9.817
-6%
Read 4k
9.875
16.62
68%
18.25
85%
5.07
-49%
15.25
54%
Write 512
86.06
108.8
26%
59.93
-30%
41.3
-52%
58.71
-32%
Read 512
149.3
154.9
4%
165.8
11%
133
-11%
98.4
-34%
Write Seq
98.46
115.3
17%
76.57
-22%
50
-49%
52.67
-47%
Read Seq
158.1
163.2
3%
154.2
-2%
151
-4%
140.2
-11%
SanDisk DF4032
Sequential Read: 158.1 MB/s
Sequential Write: 98.46 MB/s
512K Read: 149.3 MB/s
512K Write: 86.06 MB/s
4K Read: 9.875 MB/s
4K Write: 10.44 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 31.78 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 12.76 MB/s

Graphics Card

3DMark 11
3DMark 11

Intel's integrated Intel HD Graphics 400  graphics unit takes care of video output and clocks at a speed of 320 MHz to 640 MHz. A dedicated graphics card is not available for Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S. The processor primarily benefits from H.265 codec support as it is unloaded during video playback. The performance of Intel's HD Graphics 400 is much too weak for sophisticated 3D games. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S achieved 387 points in 3DMark 11. Only Jumper's EZBook 3 managed a slightly better score of 458 points.

Further information and benchmarks concerning Intel HD Graphics 400 can be found here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Jumper EZbook 3
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
458 Points ∼1% +18%
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3060
387 Points ∼1%
HP Stream 11-r000ng
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3050
375 Points ∼1% -3%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
348 Points ∼1% -10%
3DMark 11 Performance
430 points
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Gaming Performance

Intel's HD Graphics 400 can only render basic browser games without problems. The integrated graphics unit is simply not strong enough for more sophisticated 3D games. Even older games like BioShock Infinite cannot be reproduced smoothly, even in the minimum preset.

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BioShock Infinite (2013) 18.88.9fps

Emissions and Energy Management

System Noise

The economic components do not need an active cooling unit. Consequently, Lenovo has installed a passive cooling unit into the IdeaPad 110S and the device runs absolutely noiselessly.

Temperature

3DMark 11 post stress test
3DMark 11 post stress test

The casing heats up a bit more in total than other devices with a fan since it is cooled passively. We measured a maximum of 41 °C on the underside of our Lenovo IdeaPad 110S during load. This is still acceptable and working with it on the lap will not become unpleasant. By comparison, Medion's Akoya S2218 heats up to 49.7 °C, which is considerably less pleasant over a prolonged period.

The SoC reached the highest temperature in the one-hour load test with Furmark. We recorded 83 °C as the maximum rate. Thermal-throttling set in for a short time, but this was not observed in the one-hour test with Prime95. Furthermore, the results of the Cinebench R15 loop were almost identical, which indicates that the CPU does not throttle. We tested the 3D performance directly after the one-hour load test with 3DMark 11. The score was 308 points lower than after a cold start. However, this should hardly lead to restrictions in everyday use.

Stress test: Prime95
Stress test: Prime95
Stress test: Furmark
Stress test: Furmark
Max. Load
 39.1 °C40.7 °C28.5 °C 
 35.2 °C34.5 °C27.4 °C 
 26.6 °C26.7 °C25.3 °C 
Maximum: 40.7 °C
Average: 31.6 °C
30.2 °C40.9 °C41 °C
27.8 °C37 °C38.2 °C
26.4 °C28 °C29.2 °C
Maximum: 41 °C
Average: 33.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  33 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, SanDisk DF4032
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
HP Stream 11-r000ng
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Jumper EZbook 3
HD Graphics 500, N3350, Toshiba 064G93 64 GB eMMC
Medion Akoya S2218
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Heat
0%
-4%
3%
-13%
Maximum Upper Side *
40.7
40.6
-0%
42.7
-5%
41
-1%
42.4
-4%
Maximum Bottom *
41
40.2
2%
41.3
-1%
42
-2%
49.7
-21%
Idle Upper Side *
28.2
28.8
-2%
29
-3%
27
4%
32
-13%
Idle Bottom *
29.6
29.4
1%
31.2
-5%
27
9%
34
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

Both speakers are situated on the base's front underside. Thus, the sound depends on the surface as soft surfaces muffle the sound audibly. A sleek, firm surface is ideal for reflecting the sound from the surface without obstruction. The sound quality is satisfactory and corresponds to the price range. An external sound system should be used for a better sound experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.133.52530.532.13135.131.54030.6295029.1306326.928.18026.926.710025.92612524.325.316023.623.82002323.825021.62431520.835.340020.442.650019.643.663018.544.280018.351.910001859.7125017.864.2160017.360.2200017.854250017.849.4315017.849.6400018.255.1500018.355.2630018.251.1800018.647.41000018.748.41250018.848160001944.5SPL30.568.7N1.419.8median 18.6Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBRmedian 48Delta1.8931.629.831.63131.23130.630.430.628.528.928.530.729.430.728.127.828.127.825.927.827.127.127.127.324.927.326.324.226.326.822.526.836.821.536.843.220.743.247.120.247.150.619.250.650.918.450.962.718.162.768.817.568.868.517.268.565.517.565.565.617.365.667.217.367.266.317.666.369.417.669.474.117.774.169.917.969.966.51866.561.118.261.166.618.266.664.618.364.680.130.180.142.51.442.5median 64.6Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TSmedian 18.2median 64.611.81.411.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (64.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.9% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (16.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 89% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 20%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 91% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.4% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 81% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 20%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Power Consumption

Although the installed components are energy-saving, the comparison shows that the competition has a better control over power consumption. Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S already consumes more than all four comparison devices without load. The energy requirement climbs to a maximum of 12.5 watts during load. Lenovo clearly has to rework the standby power consumption. We measured a whole 5.8 watts in our review sample, which is clearly too much and unacceptable.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 5.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7 / 8.2 / 8.5 Watt
Load midlight 12.5 / 12.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, SanDisk DF4032
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
HP Stream 11-r000ng
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Jumper EZbook 3
HD Graphics 500, N3350, Toshiba 064G93 64 GB eMMC
Medion Akoya S2218
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Power Consumption
23%
28%
18%
14%
Idle Minimum *
7
4.3
39%
3.1
56%
3.18
55%
3.8
46%
Idle Average *
8.2
6
27%
4.8
41%
6.14
25%
7.2
12%
Idle Maximum *
8.5
6.3
26%
5.1
40%
6.4
25%
7.3
14%
Load Average *
12.5
11.4
9%
11.9
5%
13.3
-6%
11.8
6%
Load Maximum *
12.3
10.8
12%
12.3
-0%
13.6
-11%
13
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The non-removable 39.1 Wh battery does not have a much higher capacity than the competition. However, the considerably higher power consumption points to shorter battery runtimes. Our tests confirm this presumption and Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S always ends up in last place. Our review sample achieves a runtime of 6:24 hours in the Wi-Fi test. For consistent test conditions, we reduced the brightness by two levels, which corresponds to a brightness of 150 cd/m².

maximum battery life
maximum battery life
minimum battery life
minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Z8350, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 38 Wh
534 min ∼44% +39%
HP Stream 11-r000ng
N3050, HD Graphics (Braswell), 37 Wh
515 min ∼43% +34%
Medion Akoya S2218
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 43 Wh
500 min ∼42% +30%
Jumper EZbook 3
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 38 Wh
420 min ∼35% +9%
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
N3060, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 39.1 Wh
384 min ∼32%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (EDGE: 38,14393,1066,0)
6h 24min

Pros

+ four colors available
+ acceptable casing temperatures
+ sufficient system performance
+ low price
+ empty M.2 slot
+ micro-SD card reader
+ firm hinges (hardly rocks)
+ low weight

Cons

- high power consumption
- short battery life
- 32 GB of storage
- casing stiffness

Verdict

Lenovo IdeaPad 110S. Courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
Lenovo IdeaPad 110S. Courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Lenovo's IdeaPad is an affordable, 11.6-inch subnotebook. The entry-level device costs just 220 Euros  and comes with a dual-core SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and a 32 GB eMMC flash drive. The device will certainly satisfy users who occasionally deal with office work or want to browse on the Internet. Beyond that, Lenovo's IdeaPad 110S definitely also has good multimedia qualities since an HDMI interface is installed. The device is available in blue, red, silver and plain white if a colorful laptop is preferred. There should be something for everyone.

Although Lenovo has installed economic components into the IdeaPad 110S, the little subnotebook cannot convince with low consumption rates. The sufficient system performance is considerably more pleasing.

As said, the power consumption is too high and has a negative impact on battery life. The screen is also not completely satisfactory. However, it is not surprising that points have to be deducted in certain places in a device that only costs 220 Euros (~$259; ~$165 in US online retailers). However, this runs through all categories as the casing's stiffness clearly could also be improved. The 32 GB storage device will likely deter most buyers. Only the existing micro-SD card reader for quickly expanding the storage makes up for this to some extent. We recommend installing an SSD into the device for a bit more elbowroom considering that an empty M.2 slot is present.

Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR - 10/06/2017 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
74 /  98 → 75%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
31 / 80 → 38%
Weight
74 / 78 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
77%
Games Performance
35 / 68 → 51%
Application Performance
45 / 87 → 51%
Temperature
93 / 91 → 100%
Noise
Audio
46 / 91 → 51%
Camera
40 / 85 → 46%
Average
63%
77%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2017-10-10 (Update: 2017-10-10)