Lenovo Thinkpad 11E 5th Gen (N4100, HD) Students Convertible Laptop Review

Lenovo Thinkpad 11E is highly versatile and budget convertible laptop who specifically designed for users with lot of mobility. The portability and durability are becoming the biggest selling point worth mentioning here although its weight is slightly heavier than similar 2 in 1 laptop due its tough plastic chassis that has been passed of MIL STD 810G durability tested. Yeah, the system promises of similar durability as their premium Thinkpad and perfectly suitable for long term of usage. For price under 600 dollars, this is what the best thing Lenovo is able to do. It’s rarely seeing of Thinkpad in budget price and it looks like a low end is now being an important market for them.

Unfortunately, due its low price budget the manufacture needs to cut off its hardware configuration. Inside, there is only a Celeron N4100 processor combined with 4GB RAM. The processor itself features of quad core CPU, but the performance is far difference comparing it with dual core CPU from Core I3 8th generation. If you demand for something more powerful, you could get of Zenbook Flip 14 inch by paying 100 dollars more. If you are stuck in limited budget, this is the best option you have right now. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works.

Design and Connectivity

The design has not showing upgrade since its last predecessor released in back January 2017. The chassis is quite thick and heavy despite its convertible marketing. The chassis is built from tough plastic material and showing almost no flex in keyboard area. The lid cover is slightly flexible, but overall promising of good durability. I just hope the bezel surrounded the panel is quite thin as the front facing area looks pretty dull like a laptop back in 2014. Putting a thinner bezel should make the look feel more modern and also interested to see by young buyers. I guess we are not going to see any improvement soon.

The reason they put of heavy and thick chassis is due because of its proper connectivity. Thinkpad is always well known for their connectivity support and here you even find of Ethernet port. This port is rarely seen here, but many users still demand of this legacy port. The port then accompanied by HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 and a single USB type-C. It has everything you need for a perfect companion during your travel. This could be a consideration for taking it as the replacement for your old system.

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Display and Input

Lenovo Thinkapad 11E 5th Gen 2 Keep in mind, the 11 inch screen is coming with standard quality and only an HD resolution. Both of color accuracy and brightness are standard like any other budget device and one thing what makes different is the display features of 360 degree rotating system. You are allowed to flip the screen into a tablet mode as soon as you want. There are three adjustable modes available included the tent, traditional, and tablet mode. All of them come with different functionalities depending on your needs. The display quality is relatively bad for 400 dollars system, but users can depend more on its great accessibility.

As for the input, the keyboard is as comfortable as it should be. The keys are well spaced although take time to get used here. The keys sizes are quite small due its small chassis size, but the standard keys have proper size for except few keys like navigation one look so small here. If you are moving from a bigger system, then you might see some problems at first here. Comparing the keyboard to Acer Spin 3 2018, I still find this keyboard is much comfortable especially for long term usage.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:00:58

Lenovo Thinkpad 11E 5th GenMain Specs
CPU Intel Celeron Gemini Lake N4100 1.1 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size11.6 Inch TN HD
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 4GB DDR4 Memory
Storage128GB PCIe SSD

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Performance and Battery

The Celeron N4100 is a good quad core processor, but the performance is very left behind to core I3 Kaby Lake R generation. The N4100 is basically the N3450 processor we see last year with minor improvement in both of GPU and cache size. I am not seeing of big improvement in performance and for this case the activities you manage to do is still limited in light works like document editing and browsing. Editing video or rendering video will take you more specification needed, so better to find an alternative here. The 4GB RAM is big enough and allowing you to open many apps at the same time without giving any lag or stuttering. The performance would not a problem as long as you keep your expectation is pretty low.

In term of battery life, inside you soon find of a 42 Wh 3 cell batteries that capable to last for 9 hours. Lenovo promises of 12 hours of battery, but getting similar result is hardly reachable here. I have tried to adjust few settings and reducing the brightness, but 9 hours is basically the maximum result I have so far. 9 hours is a good duration for taking care all of your needs in a single day without forcing you to carry its charger.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:00:58
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Final Thought

The Thinkpad 11E 5th gen is very promising in both of design and its long last battery life, but sadly the performance and poor display quality really keep it being as my top recommendation. Putting of better hardware and at least 1080p would make it easier to be more recommended here. Once again, the price is just making everything is impossible. Lenovo has of Yoga 730 in 700 dollars and that is might a good option for users search for the alternative. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaves any comment below and make sure to check our latest article.




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