Lenovo refreshes the IdeaPad line with even more affordable options

Ideapad 100s
Ideapad 100s

IdeaPad 500S

Lenovo just announced new additions to its IdeaPad lineup of affordable laptops, with new options available for as low as $189. The manufacturer launched five new models, with a launch scheduled for the holiday season: the IdeaPad 100S, 300S, 500S and the Ideapad 300 and 500.

IdeaPad 100S

The entry-level model is the IdeaPad 100S, which is offered in 11.6-inch and 14-inch variants. The laptop is powered by an Atom Z3735F CPU, with the 11.6-inch model offering 2GB DDR3L RAM and 32GB storage and the 14-inch option upgradeable to 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Both models feature a less than stellar display resolution of 1366 x 768. Also included is a 0.3MP webcam at the front, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (Wi-Fi ac on the 14-inch model), Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out and a SD card reader.

Lenovo mentions that you'll be able to eke out up to eight hours of battery life on either notebook, with the 11.6-inch variant available for $189. The 14-inch model will set you back to the tune of $259. Both models come with Windows 10 Home out of the box.

IdeaPad 300S and 500S

IdeaPad 300S

The IdeaPad 300S is being targeted at the mid-range segment, and will be available in black, silver and red color combinations. With prices starting at $479, the 14-inch notebook offers extensive customization options in the form of a full-HD display, sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB mechanical drive, 1TB SSHD or 256GB SSD and a dedicated GeForce 940M video card. Standard features include Wi-Fi ac connectivity, USB 3.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and an SD card reader. The 300S comes with a touted battery life of five hours, with Windows 10 Home pre-installed.

The IdeaPad 500S will feature a similar design as the 300S, with 13.3, 14 and 15-inch models on offer. You'll also be able to customize with either a 1TB mechanical drive, 500GB SSHD or 128GB SSD for the 13-inch version, along with up to 1TB mechanical and SSHD drives and 256GB SSD for the 14-inch model. Ports include two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI and an SD card reader. Prices will be announced closer to launch.

IdeaPad 300

IdeaPad 300

With the IdeaPad 300, Lenovo is targeting multimedia users looking for an affordable notebook with a 17.3-inch screen, with 14- and 15.6-inch sizes also available. Customization includes a full-HD display (limited to the 14 and 15.6-inch screens), up to 16GB DDR3L RAM along with a dedicated Radeon R5 or Nvidia's GeForce 920M video cards. Wi-Fi ac is standard, and are USB 3.0 and HDMI ports along with an SD card reader.

The 14-inch model weighs 4.63lbs, 15.6-inch variant comes in at 5.07lbs and the 17.3-inch version is 6.61lbs. Prices start at $449 for the IdeaPad 300, with Windows 10 Home installed out of the box.

IdeaPad 500

IdeaPad 500

Available in 14- and 15-inch FHD models, the IdeaPad 500 can be configurable with either AMD's A10-7300 or Intel's Core i7 CPU. You can similarly customize the notebook to your liking, with up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, 1TB SSHD, backlit keyboard and a Radeon R7 M360 video card.

The 14-inch IdeaPad 500 will start at $399, while the 15-inch model will be available from $599 for the AMD-based variant, and $499 and $899 for the Intel version.

We'll be getting a look at all of Lenovo's latest announcements from the IFA show floor over the course of the week. Stay tuned to Windows Central for all the action!

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.