Laptops that cost around 500 bucks are probably the most sough-after notebooks. They are not too pricey, however offering enough performance for most environments – be it home or office. This kind of laptop is Lenovo Ideapad 110 (80VK000EUS), a Core i3 powered 17 incher. I’ll let you know if it’s actually worthy of getting or should you just pass it…
Lenovo Ideapad 110 (80VK000EUS) has a very new processor, the Kaby Laky (= 7th generation) based Intel Core i3-7100U. Yep, it’s a mainstream i3, but still the latest one. Its clock speed is 2.4GHz, there’s no turbo available and two cores are present. The i3-7100U is much faster than older i3s, it gets around 3800 CPU Mark points which suffices for things such as image editing.
You can read and write CDs and DVDs with the unit, a DVD burner is installed on the right. SD cards are also accessible thanks to the media card reader.
The average thing in Lenovo Ideapad 110 (80VK000EUS) is its memory, it has 4GB installed which is fine for casual users, but multitaskers and professionals often want eight gigabytes. However, the maximum RAM here is 8GB and you can upgrade to that yourself.
Surely this Lenovo has a large 17.3″ display, enjoy that. Just remember its resolution won’t be more than 1600×900 and touch isn’t supported. So it’s a no-frills basic screen. YouTube videos and other multimedia surely run fine on it. Like with most notebooks, also this model has a webcam in the top panel.
Don’t expect a pinnacle battery life here, the large screen takes its toll. A maximum of four hours should be expected. These bigger models are indeed not too friendly for traveling.
There aren’t too many connections for your devices. Just two USB ports are available – one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. A full-sized HDMI-out is there, allowing you to connect a bigger monitor. The networking side is provided by RJ-45 port and a speedy A/C WiFi circuit which also supports Bluetooth 4.1.
The one bad thing about Lenovo Ideapad 110 (80VK000EUS) is its graphics performance for games. Surely movies you can watch no problem, but when it comes to gaming things are different. The integrated Intel HD 620 will give somewhat playable frames rates if you use low settings, as an example Grand Theft Auto 5 at ~30FPS and Battlefield 4 at ~50FPS. Fortunately, if you’re only into older games not requiring so much from the system you’ll do much better (like Team Fortress or Sims 4).
Storage drive is not horrible but I must list it as bad. Its specs, 500GB 5400RPM, should tell you enough. While the storage space is more likely enough for you, the fact it’s a drive with old spinning disk technology makes its rather slow. So, my advice is to switch the HDD for a solid-state drive if you are after top performance.
The strength of Lenovo Ideapad 110 (80VK000EUS) lies in the big screen. Such a notebook can work as a desktop replacement, giving you the ability to use this portable computer for entertainment very well. Videos surely play here, although keep in mind the screen won’t show them in Full HD. The core performance itself is enough for pretty much everything software related, but gaming is only advised on low settings because there is a mere integrated graphics card available. But for the price the Lenovo is a decent 17 incher, so do take a closer look at it!