With the recent introduction of Windows 10 and Intel’s sixth generation Skylake processors, manufacturers have taken to IFA 2015 to unveil their new laptops. Lenovo took this opportunity to refresh its various IdeaPad laptops with Windows 10 and other goodies. The most affordable machine is going for only US$189; that’s less than RM800.
The IdeaPad 100S is the most affordable of the bunch, with the 11.6-inch model going for only US$189. The 14-inch variant, on the other hand, costs US$259 (about RM1,090). As for hardware, both models are equipped with a 1366 x 768 resolution display, up to 2GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics, and up to eight hours of battery life.
Other than that, the 11-inch variant has an Intel Atom Z3735F processor and up to 32GB of eMMC memory, while the 14-inch model has a beefier Intel Celeron N3050 chipset and up to 64GB of eMMC storage or a 256GB SSD.
Moving up the price list is the IdeaPad 300S, which is available in 11.6-inch and 14-inch variants. The former is equipped with a 1366 x 768 resolution display, Intel Pentium N3700 processor paired with up to 8GB of RAM, five hours of battery life, and choices of up to 64GB of eMMC storage, a 500GB SSHD or a 1TB HDD.
The 14-inch IdeaPad 300S has much more respectable hardware. It can be configured with a Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, choices of 256GB SSD, 1TB SSHD or HDD, an NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics card, five hours of battery life, and a 1080p display. While the 11.6-inch variant does not have a retail price yet, the 14-inch model will start at US$479 (around RM2,015).
Finally, the IdeaPad 500S is the most well-equipped in the “S” lineup. It’s available in three sizes: 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch. While all three models can be had with a 1080p panel and a Skylake processor up to Core i7, the 13.3-inch model differs a little from its bigger variants. It can be equipped with a GeForce 920M and choices of 128GB SSD, 500GB SSHD or 1TB HDD. The other two models, on the other hand, can be configured with a more powerful GeForce 940M processor and 256GB, 1TB SSHD or HDD storage.
While the previous laptops are slim machines, the IdeaPad 300 and 500 are thicker in comparison. The former is available in three sizes, which are 14-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch. As for hardware, all models have a 1080p display (except for the 17.3-inch model, which has a 1600 x 900 resolution display), sixth generation Intel processor up to Core i7, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, four hours of battery life, and a 128GB SSD, 1TB SSHD or 1TB HDD.
As for the IdeaPad 500, it can be configured with either an Intel Skylake processor or an AMD Carrizo chipset. Like the previous models, the IdeaPad 500 comes in several variants: 14-inch and 15.6-inch models, but there are virtually no differences between the two other than the display size. Instead, the difference lies in which processor consumer chooses.
The AMD machine has a Carrizo FX-8800P APU paired with up to 16GB of RAM, choices of 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD or SSHD, and a Radeon R5 M330 graphics card. The Intel machine, on the other hand, can be equipped with a Core i7 Skylake processor paired with 16GB of RAM, same storage options as the AMD machine, and a Radeon R7 M360 GPU. Both machines can be configured with a 1080p panel and have up to four hours of battery life.
As for the availability of these Lenovo machines, it will hit the market in October 2015. At the time of writing, it is not known if any of these laptops will make it to Malaysia.