By Teodoro Gammons (’23)
Joining the IA, I was told right off the bat that I would need a laptop. I have a laptop, that is four years old, and kinda trashy now, but it is the laptop that I am writing my articles on, and has helped me when I started experimenting with CAD. But enough of that, my point is you don’t need an expensive laptop. Here is why I think that the Lenovo ideapad 100S is a decent laptop for school.
The 100S is a cheap but quality laptop coming in with 27.98 gigabytes of storage, which is not a lot, but a simple forty dollar part will get you half a terabyte. This is the laptop I have, but if it’s new and not been harassed for four years with programs that are not designed to run on it, then you will be fine.
The specs are two gigabytes of ram, Intel Celeron, built in graphics, fourteen inch display, 180 hinge, long battery life of ten hours, and it is thin and light. In addition, it can handle Firefox, Chrome, Office 365, and even Cura! And for the gamers out there, yes, it can run Minecraft 1.8.4. For the price of $280, it’s hard to beat. This can get you through IA, but you will probably have to fix something eventually. Running Microsoft Word and Google Chrome at the same time, it will run slower, but it will get the job done.
I recommend getting a mouse for it since the trackpad is a little weird to use. It has a durable plastic housing and does not scratch easily. Best Buy sells a thirty dollar protection plan if you buy the laptop online. It consists of Windows updates, tech support, and new batteries. This laptop is a great choice for a high school student in need of a laptop. It gets the job done!