The Bottom Line
- Excellent Keyboard
- Quick Start OS
- Awkward Touchpad With Integrated Buttons
- Fairly Large At The Hinge Due To Battery
- Intel Atom N455 Single Core Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.6" x 6.6" x 1.5" @ 2.8 lbs.
- Windows 7 Starter, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 10.1-inch Netbook PC
Aug 26 2010 - Lenovo has made a number of revisions to their IdeaPad S10 netbook and the latest S10-3 makes a number of key improvements but also introduces a few new issues. For the most part, the design looks very similar. There have been some changes made that include a slightly redesigned keyboard and a new trackpad. The keyboard is a solid improvement and provides an isolated layout with a fair amount of room that is very comfortable to type on considering its size. The trackpad uses an integrated button design that has tracking issues. This is particularly true when attempting to click the pad button locations that are quite stiff and often cause the cursor to jump.
Inside, the IdeaPad S10-3 has been upgraded to use the latest revision of the Intel Atom processor. In this case, it uses the Atom N455 which is very similar to the previous Atom N450 except that it now uses slightly faster DDR3 memory compared to the previous DDR2. For the most part, users won't really notice much of a difference between the two but some applications load slightly faster.
Storage is typical of many of the new Windows 7 netbooks. Now they are allowed to use larger 250GB hard drives compared to the previous 160GB with Windows XP. The extra space is nice to have but performance hasn't changed all that much.
The display and graphics on the IdeaPad S10-3 remain pretty much unchanged from previous versions. Sure, it uses the new Intel GMA 3150 graphics processor but this still lacks the performance to handle even 720p HD video streams let alone casual PC gaming with 3D graphics. The 10.1-inch display retains the glossy coating typical to most netbooks that can be difficult to use in certain lighting.
The previous IdeaPad S10-2 netbook had some issues with battery life compared to the netbook averages. Lenovo seems to have addressed some of these issues with the IdeaPad S10-3 with its six-cell battery pack. In my video streaming playback test, it was able to run roughly four and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is certainly an improvement and is in line with the netbook averages. It falls well short of the extremely long running times offered by some other models like ASUS. Expect it to run for somewhat over six hours with more typical usage.
One thing that Lenovo hasn't changed is their QuickStart OS. This allows the system to be launched in under half a minute into a limited use system for doing simple tasks when the Windows OS isn't really needed. ASUS is the only other company to really offer a similar feature but it typically is in more expensive netbook models.