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Lenovo Ideapad 100s $296 Good Guys 14" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC

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Lenovo Ideapad 100s 14" Intel Celeron 32GB 4GB Silver Notebook for $296 at The Good Guys. Their normal price is stated as $449; sale price ends Sunday 28 August 2016. Officeworks has this model for $388 and will price match for 5% less (Officeworks link: http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/lenovo-idea...).

Also, according to this very useful blog link, you can add an M.2 SSD to this to add a fast 120GB or 240GB drive: https://www.igorkromin.net/index.php/2016/06/18/easily-incre... (credit to Igor Kromin for this).

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  • +6 votes

    Respect to Lenovo for referring to it as eMMC instead of 'SSD'.

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      That was me actually :-)

      • +3 votes

        You as well with this deal, though I was referring to The Good Guys page which mentions it as eMMc. I assume this means Lenovo is advrtitising it as eMMC as well, rather than solid state.

        Many laptops/tablets with 32/64GB lately advertise it as SSD when it's <150MB/s flash.

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    Thanks OP, I've never been able to find out of the 100s sold without a drive actually had a way of adding one until now

    Just a shame those Celeron chips are garbage, they're no better than the Atom chips except the GPU (and that comparison is to a 4 core celeron, the one in this laptop is a 2 core)

    Still, finding a 14" laptop for under $300 with a m.2 slot is hard, good for light usage for sure.

    • +1 vote

      yeah quad core Pentium is as low as I'd go and that has to be complimented with an ssd otherwise it's still slow throughout. 32Gb emmc has got to be tight.

      • +3 votes

        Have to agree - I regret buying an N3050 laptop for my mother (ASUS TP200SA, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC) based on reviews suggesting it's fine for browsing, e-mail, etc. The often sluggish responsiveness, even in the lightweight Edge browser, frustrates her. When I use my old Atom Z3735-based laptop, I'm more forgiving because I understand why it's slow sometimes and can work around it when necessary, but less tech-savvy people often don't have the patience, so it can be a mistake to assume this sort of laptop will be fine.

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          Haha, I love my slow Z3735 laptop. Definitely slow and frustrating at times, but I can throw it around and take it around with me without thinking too much about it.

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    Is it just me, or does that 32gb storage really cripple the deal here…honestly, any minor speed advantage of the eMMC is worthless at that size IMHO.

    There was a recent HN deal for a Lenovo laptop with similar specs at the same price, but with a 500gb HDD?

    • +1 vote

      Depends on what you plan to do with the device. I don't think anyone want to use this for heavy use. It is only good for few store apps and online content. Like the chromebooks. And you can add M2 SSD to it. That means you can wait for M2 SSD bargain and get more storage space.

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        IME you'd be better off investing that upgrade money into a slightly better spec'd machine from day one…regardless of your use, you'd get a better result across the board, and you'd probably find that just moving to a model with a better processor would also automatically entail getting better secondary storage at no extra cost anyway.

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      HDD is basically the same speed as eMMC in most cases, beyond maybe ever so slightly faster boot times. It's more a cost saving method than a feature - it's basically just a high-speed 32GB SD card. (Virtually it is - both are simply forms of flash memory)

      Edit: similar to higher RPM, faster HDDs. A 10 year old HDD may still be slower.

  • +4 votes

    If you are getting it, you can use $25 credit from subscribe catalog deal to get the price down to $271.

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    Is it worth it? I just want to use it for kodi connect with tv via HDMI? Advice would be appreciated

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    Does it only fit 80mm M.2 SSDs? I can only see 1 screw hole for one size from Igor's guide. I have a 60mm M.2 … Would it be secure if i just stuck some electrical tape on it? Anyone with experience??

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    Can someone please tell if fitting ssd myself will void the warranty??
    Thanks in advance.

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      Yes it will void the warranty.

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        Are you sure? How do you know? It was my understanding that replacing user servicable parts like RAM would not void the warranty, and the M.2 installation is basically the same as installing RAM isn't it …?

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    How is this deal compared to this: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/197933

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      The N2940 CPU in that machine soundly thrashes the N3050 in this one across all domains.

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        Put simply, in terms of value for cost, that was a better deal. Correct?

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          Absolutely, better & cheaper.

          Personally, I don't think these current Chromebook/Netbook spec machines are worth more than $200.

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          @StewBalls: I bought one in that deal and have been happy for my light use.

        • +2 votes

          @virhlpool: Same, I threw a bit of extra cheap RAM & a cheap 128GB SSD in it, and now for under $300 total it's very snappy!

          A bit too good in fact, the wife has confiscated it… ;)

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          @StewBalls: I added just 8 GB RAM and no SSD, still it serves the purpose of browsing, OzBargaining, MS Office and watching videos so wonderfully. Love it for the price.

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          @virhlpool: The best bang for buck was definitely the RAM, so I wouldn't rush to go down the SSD path; I just had a spare one I'd gotten on the cheap so I threw it in…the little sucker boots quick now though! :D

      • +3 votes

        Whoa I would've thought the N3050 was better (based on being a "higher" model number like snapdragon 4xx vs 6xx vs 8xx)

        Btw I've been using that Acer that was linked to since last year, upgraded with 8GB RAM and still using HDD and I'm really happy with it. Unbelievable value.

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    if anyone looking for SSD I found this to be cheap-240 GB for 127 delivered.
    http://www.shoppingexpress.com.au/buy/intel-540s-240gb-m.2-s...

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