A small and portable device is just what the doctor ordered. With online education not going away by the looks of it, we need more laptops like this one. The Lenovo 300e Gen 2 offers an inexpensive and easy-to-use platform that your kid can get used to very quickly. It brings snappy performance, thanks to the Gemini Lake Celeron and Pentium chips, and a 2-in-1 design, which will be great for a student.
Today we present you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo 300e (2nd Gen).
4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo 300e (2nd Gen)
1. Design and build quality
While the design of the laptop is nothing impressive, it does its job at providing a durable exterior that can withstand the abuse that children will for sure put it through. The plastic shell is protected by rubber corners which act as a bumper and will protect the laptop from drops. The whole laptop feels solid, due to its small size and rather thick profile of 20.9 mm. It is also heavy when considering its dimensions, stopping the scales at 1.31 kg.
Opening the lid is a two-hand procedure, but it reveals a display with a glossy finish, thick bezels, and sharp corners. Going down to the base, we get a decent keyboard with long key travel and clicky feedback. The touchpad is average but will do a fine job.
The display that this laptop comes with is as far away from professional standards as possible but will do a fantastic job in the realm of education. The unit has an 11.6-inch diagonal, a 1366x786p resolution, and uses an IPS panel. The display offers comfortable viewing angles, around 250 nits of brightness, and a contrast ratio of 1340:1. Furthermore, the display has great brightness uniformity, with a deviation of just 5%. While the color coverage sits at only 57% of the sRGB gamut, this is a laptop for school, so it doesn’t really matter. What matters, is that the panel uses no PWM or Blue light, so it is safe to use for prolonged periods of time.
In terms of color accuracy, the display got a dE value of 4.0 with the factory settings (left) and 3.2 with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right). Here are the results:
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
3. Battery life
The 42Wh battery pack would usually get drained quite quickly in a normal laptop, but with the power-efficient hardware that we have here, it manages to deliver 16 hours and 11 minutes of Web browsing, and 14 hours and 17 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
The I/O has a decent port selection, considering its small size, with the laptop having a total of two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, a single USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, an HDMI connector, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. On the sides, we also have the power button and a volume rocker, along with a Stylus Pen inside its own housing.
1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo 300e (2nd Gen)
With a small laptop like this that doesn’t need a lot of memory or storage to run well, Lenovo found it reasonable to sacrifice the upgradeability. You get either 4GB or 8GB of soldered RAM, along with either eMMC storage or an M.2 SSD.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the insides of the laptop, including the battery and the storage: