IdeaPad 1 has a surprisingly good keyboard for a cheap
device. It exhibits very little deck flex, offers a longer
travel distance than some high-end laptops and it has a
very clear actuation point. The keyboard is suited for
long typing sessions. The layout is quite normal, and most
keys are well-sized (the up and down arrow keys are the
only exception). However, there is something to complain
about, namely the lack of a keyboard backlight. This is
par for the course in this price segment, though.
is not particularly well-built, but it offers a large,
smooth surface made of plastic. Together with Microsofts
Precision Touchpad Drivers, it functions very well, even
though mechanical components are quite subpar.
it comes to the display, the low price of the
14-inch laptop makes itself obvious in a major way:
The IdeaPad 1 comes with an HD (1366x768) screen.
Moreover, it is based on outdated TN technology. The
IdeaPad 1 also comes with a Full HD (1920x1080)
display. It uses outdated TN technology as well.
display of our review device has an average
brightness of 239 cd/m², which is higher than the
brightness claimed in the specifications sheet
provided by Lenovo (220 cd/m²). However, in this day
and age, this display can only be described as very
display exhibits PWM flickering at 60% brightness or
lower with a comparatively high frequency of 1000