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Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 01, 2021 at 01:58 pm
Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) Picture
6.6
School
3.8
Gaming
4.9
Multimedia
3.7
Workstation
5.9
Business
Size
11.6"
Operating System
Chrome OS
CPU
MediaTek 8173C
GPU
Imagination PowerVR GX6250
RAM
4 GB
Storage
16 GB

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) is an ultraportable laptop that runs Chrome OS. Its 11.6" screen is small and makes multitasking difficult, with a mediocre max brightness, poor viewing angles, and terrible color accuracy. The speakers don't get very loud, and they sound piercing and distorted. On the bright side, it feels responsive when booting and loading apps since Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system. It has a decent webcam, and the built-in microphone records speech clearly. Also, even though the battery can't quite last a full workday of productivity, it can charge via USB-C.

We tested the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen with a MediaTek MT8173C SoC (System-On-Chip), 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB eMMC storage drive. All options come with integrated graphics and 4GB of RAM, but you can choose between 16 or 32GB of eMMC storage and among a variety of low-power MediaTek, Intel, and AMD mobile processors. We expect them all to handle no more than light tasks like web browsing or word processing. Mobile games run well, but non-Android games won't provide a good experience when running on Linux. We expect the newer variants to run applications more smoothly and have better battery life.

Our Verdict

6.6 School

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen is an adequate school laptop. It's very portable, with a decent battery that can last through quite a few classes before needing to recharge. The keyboard feels decent to type on, with an excellent amount of travel, and the touchpad is alright but a bit small. The webcam captures colors and lighting well, and the microphone records clear audio. However, the screen doesn't get very bright, and the image looks very inaccurate if viewed even a little bit off-center.

Pros
  • Lightweight and very portable.
  • Battery lasts nearly 8 hours of web browsing.
  • Webcam captures good colors, and microphone is clear.
Cons
  • Cheap-feeling, entirely plastic build.
  • Small screen isn't ideal for multitasking.
  • Keyboard can get tiring to type on over long periods.
3.8 Gaming

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen is bad for gaming. Every variant uses low-power, lightweight mobile processors, so they can't handle graphically intensive games. It can't launch any DirectX games like CS:GO or Civilization VI because it's running on Chrome OS. Since it runs the 32-bit version of the operating system, you can only run a limited selection of apps, like older versions of modern apps or low-requirement mobile games. You can install Linux apps for better game compatibility, but we don't expect many newer games to be playable.

Pros
  • Stays cool and quiet.
Cons
  • ARM-based processor doesn't support DirectX programs.
  • Only one USB-A port.
  • USB-C port only for charging.
  • No VRR support.
4.9 Multimedia

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen is a poor laptop for media consumption. The speakers don't get very loud, and they sound piercing and distorted. The 11.6" 720p TN panel is small, with terrible color accuracy, a disappointing contrast, and poor viewing angles. There's no touchscreen, and you can't flip the screen all the way around to use it as a tablet. However, the battery can last through a few feature-length films.

Pros
  • Lightweight and very portable.
  • Over eight hours of video playback on battery.
Cons
  • Small screen isn't ideal for multitasking.
  • Poor sRGB coverage and disappointing contrast ratio.
  • Poor viewing angles result in terrible black uniformity.
  • Speakers are quiet and sound bad.
3.7 Workstation

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen isn't suited for workstation tasks. It uses Chrome OS, so many commonly used apps for 3D rendering and video editing aren't supported. The Intel and AMD variants use low-power CPUs, so performance is limited even if you use Linux apps. There's a middling selection of ports, meaning that you need a USB hub if you want to use multiple wired peripherals.

Pros
  • Stays cool and quiet.
Cons
  • ARM-based processor doesn't support DirectX programs.
  • Only one USB-A port.
  • USB-C port only for charging.
5.9 Business

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen is middling for business and productivity tasks. The 11.6" screen is small, so you need to output to an external display if you intend to multitask. The keyboard feels decent to type on, but you need a fair amount of force to actuate the keys, which might cause strain over long periods. The touchpad tracks alright but is a bit small. The battery lasts almost a full day of light productivity, but on the bright side, it can charge via USB-C. It's very portable, the webcam and microphone are okay, and since the laptop is fanless, it's completely silent.

Pros
  • Lightweight and very portable.
  • Webcam captures good colors, and microphone is clear.
Cons
  • Cheap-feeling, entirely plastic build.
  • Small screen isn't ideal for multitasking.
  • Keyboard can get tiring to type on over long periods.
  • Battery doesn't last a full 8 hours of productivity.
  • 6.6 School
  • 3.8 Gaming
  • 4.9 Multimedia
  • 3.7 Workstation
  • 5.9 Business
  1. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen is a bulky-looking laptop despite its small size. It feels a little cheap, and the rubber edges look basic and don't help make it look stylish.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Lenovo 100e's build quality is alright. The overall tough, bulky-looking build makes it look like it can endure a few accidental drops, but it still feels like it could be damaged. The plastic feels cheap, the hinge isn't smooth, and there's a little too much flex on the keyboard deck and display. If you want a similarly sized Chromebook at the same price point that feels significantly better built, check out the Samsung Chromebook 4 (2019).

5.8
Design
Hinge
Range
180°
Stability
Decent
One Finger Lift
No

The Lenovo 100e's hinge is sub-par. It can open to a flat 180 degrees, which might be helpful on rare occasions, like when showing the screen to someone directly opposite you. However, the lid itself barely opens at all before the keyboard deck lifts with it, so you need to use both hands to open it. If you prefer a 2-in-1 Chromebook that you can use in tablet mode, check out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet (2020).

8.7
Design
Portability
Thickness
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width
11.5" (29.3 cm)
Depth
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Volume
71.9 in³ (1,177.8 cm³)
Weight
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Charger Size
7.6 in³ (124.9 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

The Lenovo 100e is relatively thin and lightweight despite its stocky, bulky-looking chassis, so you can easily take it along with you. Unfortunately, the included power adapter is quite large for a USB-C charger and might be inconvenient to bring around.

4.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
7.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
0
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
No

The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen has poor serviceability. It's relatively easy to access the internals; you only need to remove nine Phillips screws, pry open the panel from the top, and unclip two ribbon cables. However, the only replaceable part is the battery, which most people won't need to replace over the usable life of the unit. Opening the laptop and making changes to the hardware may void the manufacturer's warranty.

Design
In The Box

  • Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen laptop
  • 45W USB-C power adapter
  • Safety and Warranty Guide

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Pixel Density
136 PPI
Panel Type
TN
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
66%

The Lenovo 100e doesn't have any other screen resolution or panel options. The bezels are thick on all sides, particularly the top and bottom, so there isn't as much screen space as there could be. Because of its small size, it isn't the best option for media consumption or multitasking. If you want a Chromebook with a sharper screen, check out the Google Pixelbook Go (2019).

6.0
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

You can only get the Lenovo 100e with a 60Hz screen. As you can tell from the amount of ghosting in the motion blur photo, the response time is slow, meaning fast-moving content won't look very good.

5.4
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
587 : 1

The Lenovo 100e has a poor contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in the dark, typical of TN panels. Chromebooks have a built-in Content Aware Brightness Control feature, a type of adaptive brightness that you can't turn off, but it doesn't seem to affect the checkerboard pattern that we use for testing. The contrast ratio can vary between individual units.

6.1
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
229 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
12 cd/m²

The Lenovo 100e's brightness is mediocre, as it doesn't get bright enough for use in sunny environments. Thankfully, the screen gets dim enough for comfortable viewing in darker situations.

7.8
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.67%
Indirect Reflections
4.04%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.63%

The Lenovo 100e has good reflection handling. The matte screen disperses direct reflections outstandingly well, but very bright environments might cause glare that can make displayed content difficult to see.

0.3
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
11.292%

The Lenovo 100e's black uniformity is terrible. The backlight bleed isn't bad, but the overall uniformity is awful, mainly due to the TN panel's poor viewing angles. You need to be looking at it almost perfectly straight on while being very close to the panel if you want the best results. Black uniformity may vary between units.

5.2
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
23°
Color Washout From Right
23°
Color Shift From Left
27°
Color Shift From Right
29°
Brightness Loss From Left
27°
Brightness Loss From Right
29°
Black Level Raise From Left
16°
Black Level Raise From Right
18°
Gamma Shift From Left
15°
Gamma Shift From Right
15°

The Lenovo 100e's TN panel has poor horizontal viewing angles. The image gets dimmer and gains a greenish hue the further off-axis you look at it, which isn't good for sharing content with others.

3.3
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
10°
Color Washout From Above
19°
Color Shift From Below
Color Shift From Above
11°
Brightness Loss From Below
25°
Brightness Loss From Above
27°
Black Level Raise From Below
10°
Black Level Raise From Above
Gamma Shift From Below
Gamma Shift From Above

The Lenovo 100e has bad vertical viewing angles, typical of most TN panels. The image quickly gains a greenish hue and gets dim, and exhibits chroma inversion when viewed at sharp angles from below. If you want the best image quality, you need to keep the screen directed almost perfectly at you, which could be difficult in some situations.

0.1
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
14.77
Avg. Gamma
2.14
Avg. Color dE
12.79
Avg. Color Temperature
28,131 K

The Lenovo 100e has awful color accuracy out of the box. We measured an extremely cool white point, resulting in very blue-shifted whites and grays, and very inaccurate colors that are tinted blue. The gamma curve is mediocre, with dark scenes being too dim and lighter scenes being too bright. Color accuracy may vary between units.

3.9
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
62.44%
sRGB uv
53.5%
Adobe RGB xy
46.42%
Adobe RGB uv
46.3%
DCI P3 xy
46.16%
DCI P3 uv
42.96%
Rec. 2020 xy
33.12%
Rec. 2020 uv
31.31%

The Lenovo 100e has poor coverage of the sRGB color space, meaning it can't display many colors used in standard web content. It isn't suitable for viewing HDR content or working with the wider Adobe RGB and Rec. 2020 gamuts for content creation.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The backlight is completely flicker-free, eliminating image duplication and reducing eye strain for some people.

Interface
5.9
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
No
Operating Force
65 gf
Actuation Force
41 gf
Pre-Travel
1.18 mm
Total Travel
1.6 mm

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook has a middling keyboard. It's well-sized, feels decent to type on, and has good spacing between the keys, which feel surprisingly stable and have a fantastic total travel distance. However, you need to apply a fair amount of force when typing, which might cause your hands to tire out over extended periods. The lack of backlighting might make it difficult to use in very dark environments.

6.3
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
6.5
Size
9.8 in² (63.1 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen's touchpad is acceptable. Although it's small, the size doesn't feel very restrictive, and the gestures and tracking are responsive. However, the surface is plastic, so your fingers sometimes catch while clicking and dragging. Like most touchpads, it's hard to properly click near the top.

4.5
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
71 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
11.9 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
3.6
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
302 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
20 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
1.6 dB

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook's speakers perform poorly. There's barely any compression at maximum volume, but this is because the speakers don't get very loud to begin with. Like most laptop speakers, there isn't any bass whatsoever. Combined with the huge spikes in the high-mid and treble ranges, this creates a very sharp and piercing sound profile. If you want a Chromebook with better-sounding speakers, check out the HP Chromebook 14 (Intel Celeron N4000, 2021).

6.5
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
6.5
Resolution
720p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
No

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook's webcam and microphone are alright. It's difficult to see fine details like the hair strands and small writing, but the colors are well-identified, and the lighting is good. Recorded audio sounds clear, and although there's a bit of static, you won't hear it in most cases unless you listen for it.

Connectivity
5.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
1 (Charging Only)
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
No
HDMI
1.4
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
SD UHS 1
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
Yes

The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen has a middling selection of ports. The USB-C port is used exclusively for charging, so you can't use it for video output or high-speed data transfer. There's one USB-A port that uses the USB 3.2 Gen 1 standard, which supports a 5Gbps maximum data transfer rate. You'll have to carry around a USB hub if you need more than a single port for your wired peripherals. There's a spot for a Kensington security lock.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth
4.1

The Lenovo 100e's wireless adapter is a Marvell Avastar 88W8897.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
MediaTek
Model
8173C
Core Count
4
Thread Count
4

Our model of the Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen has the MediaTek MT8173C. It's an ARM-based SoC originally released in 2015, with two performance cores and two efficiency cores. The low-power efficiency cores take care of simple, basic tasks, while the high-power performance cores handle more demanding ones, which helps balance performance and battery life. There are also newer x86-based variants available, including the Intel Celeron N4020 and AMD A4-9120C models. Also, there's a newer ARM-based model that uses the MediaTek MT8183 SoC with four performance cores and four efficiency cores. Because these three processors were released much more recently than the MT8173C, we expect them to yield a longer battery life and run applications more smoothly.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Imagination
Model
PowerVR GX6250
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

Our Lenovo 100e Chromebook with the MediaTek MT8173C SoC has the Imagination PowerVR GX6250 integrated graphics. However, since it was released in mid-2014 and was aimed at running mobile games from that period, there isn't much in the way of performance aside from being able to run low-requirement or well-optimized mobile games. The newer models come with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600 for the Intel variants, integrated AMD Radeon R4 Graphics for the AMD variants, and integrated ARM Mali-G72 MP3 graphics for the newer MT8183 variants. These newer versions can run Android games from the Play Store more smoothly and efficiently, particularly for the newer ARM models.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
4 GB
Modules
2 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR3
Speed
1,866 MHz

The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen can only be equipped with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a type of RAM made specifically for low-power devices. It's enough for light web use, especially on a lightweight operating system like Chrome OS, but the laptop doesn't feel as responsive if you have many browser tabs open.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
16 GB
Usable Capacity
10 GB
Drive 1
DF4016
Drive 1 Type eMMC
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook that we tested comes with 16GB of eMMC storage, but you can get it in a 32GB eMMC option if you want to store more files locally. Chrome OS appears to take up 6GB of storage, meaning you'll only have about 10GB left for apps and data. Our model comes with a 4-in-1 card reader, so you can use an SD card to increase the amount of local storage if you need it. The newer models may or may not have a MicroSD card reader, depending on which you choose.

Performance
2.0
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
297 points
CPU Multi-Thread
674 points
GPU Compute
N/A

The Lenovo 100e performs awfully in the Geekbench 5 benchmark. This means that workloads like file compression and video encoding take longer to complete. The newer Intel and AMD versions will score better in both single- and multi-thread benchmarks. On the other hand, the newer MediaTek version with 8 cores will perform significantly better in multi-thread benchmarks, which helps improve performance when multitasking. If you want a laptop with better performance, check out the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020).

We couldn't run the GPU compute test on our version of Geekbench 5 because it doesn't support the proper graphics API. That said, the MT8173C's integrated PowerVR GPU is aimed at running older mobile games, meaning it won't perform particularly well in computational tasks.

not tested
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
N/A
Multi-Thread
N/A

Cinebench R23 isn't compatible with any versions of Chrome OS or Linux, so we couldn't run this benchmark.

not tested
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

Blender doesn't run on Chrome OS. Although it can run on Linux, Ubuntu Desktop installations don't officially support processors built on ARM-based architectures, so we can't install any official releases on our MediaTek MT8173C unit. Even though you might be able to install Linux on the newer models with x86-based Intel and AMD processors, they won't run 3D rendering tasks well enough for practical purposes.

There are versions of Ubuntu Server that support ARM, but because Blender itself doesn't yet have any official stable releases on ARM or ARM64, you would need to tinker extensively with the Linux package to run it in a non-graphical mode for rendering tasks.

0.5
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
1,252

The PowerVR GX6250 integrated graphics on our Lenovo 100e perform very badly in the game scene benchmark, typical of a mobile SoC. The newer Intel, AMD, and MediaTek models will perform better and will be able to run modern Android games much more smoothly. Also, since most Android games are optimized for ARM-based CPUs, we expect the newer 8-core MediaTek variant to perform better than the Intel and AMD variants. Even if you install Linux on the Intel and AMD models, they won't provide a satisfactory experience in most non-Android games.

4.0
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
61.4 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
245.9 MB/s
Random Write Speed
2.1 MB/s
Random Read Speed
9.4 MB/s

The Lenovo 100e performs particularly badly in storage write tests, so handling local files can be time-consuming. However, since most tasks on Chrome OS are web-based, the laptop doesn't lag or feel slow, and booting up is still fast. We expect the 32GB eMMC option to be marginally faster, as larger storage drives tend to perform better.

7.0
Performance
Battery
Capacity
42 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
7.8 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
8.4 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
5.8 hrs
Charge Time
2.1 hrs

The Lenovo 100e has shorter battery life than Lenovo's 10-hour claim. It can't quite last a full day of work. However, the newer variants of the Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen have updated, more efficient CPUs and newer DDR4 RAM for better battery life. If you need a Chromebook with longer battery life, check out the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021).

0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Very Low
N/A

Borderlands 3 isn't compatible with Chrome OS. Even if you install Linux on the newer Intel or AMD models of the Lenovo 100e Chromebook, there isn't enough system RAM to even launch the game.

0
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Minimum
N/A
Avg. Turn Time
N/A

Civilization VI isn't compatible with Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Low
N/A

CS:GO isn't compatible with Chrome OS. Even if you install Linux on the newer Intel or AMD versions of the Lenovo 100e Chromebook, we don't expect the laptop to provide a satisfactory gaming experience.

0
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Lowest
N/A

Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn't compatible with Chrome OS.

9.1
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
28 °C (82 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
39 °C (102 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
N/A
Fan Noise Under Load
N/A
Power & Fan Control App
No

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook is fanless, so it's completely silent. Even under load, the keyboard doesn't get too warm. The hottest point is at the upper-left side of the keyboard, around the 'W' key.

not tested
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
N/A
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
N/A
GPU Temp (Heaven)
N/A
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
N/A

Because Cinebench R23 and Unigine Heaven aren't compatible with Chrome OS, we couldn't run any tests to determine if the Lenovo 100e Chromebook experiences any performance loss over time. However, we don't expect it to throttle due to the CPU's low power draw and the relatively large chassis. The other CPU models draw a similarly low amount of power, so likewise, they shouldn't throttle either.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Chrome OS
Additional Software
None

The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen runs Chrome OS in 32-bit mode, so you can't run many new apps or newer versions of apps that have more features. However, it works well enough for school and basic web surfing. Although the MediaTek MT8173C is a 64-bit processor, it's running a 32-bit version of Chrome OS likely to conserve RAM. You can run Linux apps using Crostini, making it compatible with a wider range of applications. If you want a laptop that can run x86 applications, check out the Thomson NEO 10 (2020).

Every Chromebook has an "expiration date" at which it stops receiving software updates, and according to Google's official document, the end-of-life of the Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen is June 2026. Google may extend this date as they have in the past for other Chromebooks; it's best to check their official document for any changes. For this particular unit, Google states that managed devices with the Chrome Education or Chrome Enterprise Upgrades will continue to receive security and management updates and support, but no new feature updates until June 2027.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
No

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen with the MediaTek MT8173C SoC, PowerVR GX6250 integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. There's another model with the same processor that has 32GB of eMMC storage, but both models have an SD card slot that you can use to store more apps and files. Unfortunately, the version we tested has been discontinued, so you might only be able to find it through third parties. There are other, newer versions available; see the table below for comparison.

CPU
  • MediaTek MT8173C (2 efficiency cores, 2 performance cores, 1.7GHz / 2.1GHz)
  • Intel Celeron N4020 (2 cores/2 threads, 1.1GHz to 2.8GHz)
  • AMD A4-9120C (2 cores/2 threads, 1.6GHz to 2.4GHz)
  • MediaTek MT8183 (4 efficiency cores, 4 performance cores, 2.0GHz / 2.0GHz)
GPU
  • PowerVR GX6250 (MT8173C integrated)
  • Intel UHD Graphics 600 (integrated)
  • AMD Radeon R4 Graphics (integrated)
  • ARM Mali-G72 MP3 (MT8183 integrated)
RAM
  • 4GB LPDDR3 1866MHz (MT8173C)
  • 4GB LPDDR4 2400MHz (Intel)
  • 4GB DDR4 1866MHz (AMD)
  • 4GB LPDDR4X 1866MHz (MT8183)
 Storage 
  • 16GB eMMC (MT8173C only)
  • 32GB eMMC
Other
  • All MT8173C variants have a 4-in-1 card reader.
  • Some Intel models have a MicroSD card reader, while others don't.
  • AMD models only have a MicroSD card reader.
  • MT8183 models don't have a card reader.
  • The AMD models have a larger 47Wh battery, while all other models have a 42Wh battery.

Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration that we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

HP Stream 11 (2021)

The HP Stream 11 (2021) and the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) are budget laptops. However, the Stream 11 runs Windows, while the 100e Chromebook runs Chrome OS. This means that you can run full x86 applications on the Stream 11, but you're limited to web apps, Android apps, and Linux apps on the 100e Chromebook. The 100e provides a slightly better user experience because it has a better keyboard, touchpad, and webcam, but its build quality doesn't feel as sturdy as the Stream 11.

Thomson NEO 10 (2020)

The Thomson NEO 10 (2020) and the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) are both compact, ultraportable laptops with power-efficient CPUs, but the Lenovo runs Chrome OS, whereas the Thomson runs Windows 10. The Lenovo is a better laptop overall, with a better-performing CPU, a better display, and far better battery. Also, it has a better-feeling keyboard and touchpad and a significantly superior webcam and microphone. The Thomson might be a better option if using a Windows device is important to you.

Acer Chromebook 315 (2020)

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) and the Acer Chromebook 315 (2020) are Chrome OS laptops with power-efficient CPUs. The Acer is much larger, and it's better for school and business productivity and multimedia viewing. The Acer's keyboard has a Numpad and feels better to type on, its touchpad tracks better, and its webcam and microphone are much better. Also, it has a better-looking screen, a more flexible port selection, and far better battery life. On the other hand, the Lenovo is much more lightweight and portable.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021)

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2019) and the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) are both 11.6 inch laptops that run on Chrome OS. However, the Acer is a 2-in-1 convertible that can be used in tablet mode, whereas the Lenovo is limited to the standard clamshell mode. The Acer has better display quality because the Lenovo's display has a bluish tint caused by an extremely cool color temperature. The Lenovo also has narrower viewing angles because it uses a TN panel. The Acer's keyboard feels better to type on, and its speakers sound louder and more balanced, but its touchpad and webcam aren't as good as the Lenovo's. The Acer has a newer SoC that performs significantly better in multi-threaded workloads because it has double the number of cores. This newer SoC is also more power-efficient, so you get much longer battery life on the Acer despite the Lenovo having a bigger battery.

Samsung Chromebook 4 (2019)

The Samsung Chromebook 4 (2019) and the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019) are ultraportables with power-efficient CPUs running Chrome OS. The Samsung is better for most uses, with a better touchpad, far better-sounding speakers, and a much better webcam. You can also get it with more storage, and its battery lasts longer for light productivity. The Lenovo's keyboard feels better to type on, it has a full-size SD card reader, and you can get it with AMD, Intel, and newer MediaTek ARM processors.

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