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Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

This model ranked #7 among Laptops priced under $500 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

Built for price-effectiveness above all, this laptop might still be worth a look if you're happy with products from the Microsoft store. It's not a powerful model, but it can accommodate programs from the Office Suite and if you don't need to handle multiple activities at once, it could just do the trick.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Restricted Version of Windows. This Laptop runs Windows 10 in S mode which means that most software from the compatibility list below won't work out of the box.
It is possible to upgrade Windows 10 to its normal, insecure mode for free. Doing so allows running programs which are not on the Microsoft App Store. The process isn't too complicated, but in essence, it involves reinstalling Windows.
This evaluation assumes that you (or a helpful friend) plan to go through that process; otherwise, Value and Versatility scores would be much lower. Most archetypes defined on TekAdvisors also could not access the software they need without it. Free

Slow storage. Once started, this Laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $220.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck11th percentile
Versatility89th percentile
Power (General Purpose)29th percentile
Power (Graphical)33th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)33th percentile
Storage Space35th percentile
Portability56th percentile
Battery Autonomy26th percentile
Longevity16th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck10th percentile
Versatility93th percentile
Power (General Purpose)23th percentile
Power (Graphical)23th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)24th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability69th percentile
Battery Autonomy26th percentile
Longevity13th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1366×768 (1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

CPU

AMD 3020e, 2 cores clocked from 1.2 to 2.6 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Battery

35Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w32.77 × d23.62 × h1.98

Dimensions (in): w12.9 × d9.3 × h0.78

Weight (kg): 1.401

Weight (lbs.): 3.09

Features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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Accessories you might need

LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$44.
Other Speedex Wireless Numpad (SPEEDEX 650)

Other Speedex Wireless Numpad (SPEEDEX 650)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$29.
Samsung 27-inch FHD 75Hz 5ms GTG IPS LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (LF27T350FHNXZA)

Samsung 27-inch FHD 75Hz 5ms GTG IPS LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (LF27T350FHNXZA)

Specs

Screen

27", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), FreeSync, IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$219.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speakers (1066319)

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speakers (1066319)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$319.

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Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck28th percentile
Versatility98th percentile
Power2th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability82th percentile
Battery Autonomy24th percentile

Specs

Operating System

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Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

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Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck26th percentile
Versatility97th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space7th percentile
Portability93th percentile
Battery Autonomy53th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

12", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

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Storage

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Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $500

Chromebooks can be quite versatile, but the most affordable models can come a little short for more advanced users. By investing more in a model like

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck16th percentile
Versatility27th percentile
Power23th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability87th percentile
Battery Autonomy79th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core m3-8100Y

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 615

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader

Pricing

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Acer 14-inch Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H-C1S4)

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ranked #5 among Laptops priced under $500

This Chromebook has a larger screen, helping readability without compromising ease of transportation too much.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck12th percentile
Versatility43th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space7th percentile
Portability70th percentile
Battery Autonomy62th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1366×786(1366 × 786, 1.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$199.
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ranked #6 among Laptops priced under $500

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Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck11th percentile
Versatility36th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability38th percentile
Battery Autonomy60th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support, VA or SVA Display

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

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Who it's For

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Compared Overall

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Versatility84th percentile
Power3th percentile
Storage Space7th percentile
Portability79th percentile
Battery Autonomy48th percentile

Specs

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Android, Chrome OS

Screen

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

4 GB

Storage

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Pricing

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