Lenovo IdeaPad 120S, a Budget Ultraportable Laptop for Office Use

Lenovo IdeaPad 120S

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Expensive laptops are typically the ones with smaller cases, higher-quality displays and attractive designs, rather than those delivering remarkable processing power. The Lenovo IdeaPad 120S ain’t all that. Despite the very slim design, it comes at a price of $249, which is very affordable if you ask. It has a 11.6-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage. There is also a 14-inch variety if you prefer a larger screen. For a notebook this size, the ports are pretty comprehensive, too. It has a USB Type-C port and two USB 3.0 ports.


It’s available in two pretty colors, Denim Blue and Mineral Grey. Aside from the super slim design, the laptop also comes with a protective finish which is claimed to improve its durability. This means the device can withstand wear and tear better than others in its price range. At 2.4 pounds, the Lenovo IdeaPad 120S doesn’t feel hefty at all. The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 weighs the same, but both have different dimensions with the IdeaPad being slightly thinner. Besides the aforementioned ports, there are also a microSD reader and a HDMI port on this device.


It’s a compact laptop with a moderate screen size. People who’re into compact laptops usually buy them because their portability. Yes, there are small laptops with hefty price tags, so we should be grateful that this one falls under the mid-range category. As a budget machine, the display leaves much to be desired. Colors don’t look that vibrant. Heck, you’d even find them dull especially if you’re accustomed to seeing high-end displays.

It has a 1366 x 768 resolution, pretty acceptable given the screen size. As for colors, It only covers 64 percent of the sRGB color space. It’s far from impressive, even a tad lower than the Stream 11 which can hit the 78-percent mark. When it comes to brightness, the slim notebook does a good job as it can emit up to 249 nits. Unfortunately, viewing angles are pretty poor because at a maximum brightness level, the screen looks darkened from either side. The ideal figure should be 285 nits.

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Keyboard and touchpad

There’s nothing that specifically stands out about the keyboard. The layout and everything have been seen before in other laptops. The typing experience is quite pleasant, but it could’ve been improved to help us type faster. The keys don’t have the best haptic feedback. They are a bit too shallow, which can cause pain if you type over a long period of time. The touchpad measures 3.5 x 2.3 inches. It offers a solid experience and accurate tracking.


The Lenovo IdeaPad 120S doesn’t meet the requirements to be a top performer. It’s powered by a Celeron N3350 CPU paired with 2GB of RAM. This is not something you should use to run heavy programs, but decent for daily tasks like surfing and watching videos. Many laptops now pack 4GB of RAM or higher, so this amount is pretty moderate. While it can handle multitasking, the number of apps running at a time should be limited. Otherwise, you will notice serious lags. The internal memory is 64GB. Not just small for today’s standards, but it also can’t hold a candle to the Inspiron 11 speed-wise.

Lenovo IdeaPad 120S specs:

  • 11.3 x 7.9 x .7 inches (SIze)
  • 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366×768
  • Intel Celeron N3350 processor
  • 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • microSD card slot
  • Windows 10 Home


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