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Lenovo Idea Pad S10 First Two Reviews; IdeaPad S10 Ripped Apart


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Lenovo IdeaPad S10 has been already reviewed by two websites and unboxed but nobody has ripped it apart so far. You can see several pictures of IdeaPad S10’s inside here.

Tommy, who has split its IdeaPad S10, thinks that build quality on the IdeaPad S10 is better than the one you find on wind PC. He thinks that IdeaPad S10 feels more professional while wind PC looks cheaper although, both are covered by plastic cases.

However, he is not satisfied from the keyboard. It is smaller than the one found in Wind PC although; both mini laptops come with 10.2" displays.


1- Laptop Magazine had its hands on IdeaPad S10 and could publish the S10’s first review in Web.

The writer thinks that Idea Pad S10 is a combination of some good unique features (that have been added to the typical features that every NetBook Offers like 1.6GHz Atom CPU, a low-performance 5400-rpm hard drive or a SSD) like being most compact and stylish 10-inch netbook on the market with its competitive price, and some annoying disadvantages like short battery life, and cramp keyboard. Thus, IdeaPad S10 will attract some consumers meanwhile will drive some others away, simultaneously.

The IdeaPad S10 is within $30 cheaper than the three-cell MSI Wind ($479 street) and comparable to the six-cell ASUS Eee PC 1000H. Here, you can see the Pros and Cons of IdeaPad S10 briefly. You can read the details in the original article.


- Its Stylish design will open a new way to see soon different and more stylish designs among the upcoming NetBooks

- Solid chassis with small footprint. It is thinner than 10-in ASUS Eee PC 1000H and the 10-in MSI Wind PC.

- The chassis is shiny but resistant against fingerprints contrary to Dell Inspiron mini 9 that its glossy chassis is smudged with fingerprints easily.

- Good Multi-touch Pad with comfortable buttons

- The LED backlight 1024×600 WSVGA Display has good viewing angles

-Fast hard drive (160GB SATA HDD (5400 rpm)). It is faster than the hard drive you find on Eee PC 1000H (Wind PC and

-ExpressCard slot that can be used for WWAN expansion

-S10 has Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Internet Explorer 7 preloaded

-OneKey Recovery is full-featured back-up software and emergency restore program. You can access this program from the curved arrow button that sits just above the keyboard or from the start menu.

- The Wi-Fi card delivers the fastest transfer rates among NetBooks falling in the same category. The only Netbook delivered similar Wi-Fi transfer rates was Acer Aspire one.


-The keyboard with its unresponsive keys is smaller than the ones found in ASUS Eee PC 1000H and the MSI Wind but more spacious than the keyboards found on 9-in Dell Inspiron mini and Aspire One.

- It gets warm very easily.

-Short battery life (Only 2 hours and 23 minutes)

- The trialware Norton Internet Security 2008 is heavy for S10. AVG Free is the lighter application for S10.

Benchmark Result:

PCMark05 test: scored 1,436 offering strong multimedia performance.

3DMark03 test: scored 574 means it is lowest among Atom-based netbooks but 37 points above the category average.

Additionally, Laptop Magazine has tried to replace the default HDD had drive of a IdeaPad S10 with Intel X25-M SSD with the price tag of $650 and check out how much Windows XP Boot Time, Battery Life and File Transfer improves. According to the tests, the boot time decreased a lot from 42.6 sec to 31.6 sec. The battery drain runtime didn’t show so much improvement. The battery runtime improved from 2 hours and 23 minutes up to 2 hours and 36 minutes. The result of file transfer was some impressive. The SSD transferred the file two times faster than the HDD.

In the end, I don’t think so it is valuable to spend extra $650 for a $449 laptop and get just some improvement. I think Lenovo has used the best option for its IdeaPad S10.

2- Notebook review had its hands on the 10-in IdeaPad S10 featuring Windows XP Home Edition (SP3), 1GB of RAM, 160GB of HDD (5400rpm), 11b/g Wi-Fi wireless and Bluetooth and 3-cell battery. The writer thinks despite IdeaPad S10 is not the best NetBook in the market, but it offers some impressive features that make it standout like Express card to give extra hand to the users to add WWAN or more USB ports, Firewire, eSATA, or any number of other ports to the S10.


- Small and light

- Extremely solid

- It is much easier to upgrade than many netbooks in the market today.

- S10 keyboard is compact. It is not good for touch-typing

- The multi-touch pad is nice. It comes with outstanding sensitivity, responsiveness, and smooth tracking

- The matte 10.2" WSVGA (1024x600) AntiGlare display is with rich colors and good contrast.

- Port selection was pretty impressive, especially offering the ExpressCard slot


- A slightly "toy like" appearance

- Gets a little hot

- Only two USB ports

- 3-cell battery is nice, 6-cell battery would be better

Benchmark Result:

- Boot time: less than 30 seconds

- PCMark05 result: S10 scored 1,446 PCMarks while Acer Aspire One (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950) scored some better (1,555 PCMarks). However, ASUS Eee PC 901 (1.60GHz Intel Atom) scoring at 746 and HP 2133 Mini-Note (1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV) scoring at 801 stood far behind Aspire one and S10.

- wPrime processor comparison results: again here S10 stood closely behind Aspire one and MSI Wind PC . S10 scored 127.172 seconds while Aspire one scored 125.812 seconds and MSI Wind PC scored at 124.656 seconds. But amazingly ASUS Eee PC 901 (Intel Atom at 1.60GHz) delivered better result than other Netbooks. It scored 123.437 seconds.

- 3DMark03 Graphics Performance Benchmark: in this test Acer Aspire one delivered the best result (751 3DMarks). While MSI Wind stood after that (589 3DMarks) and S10 stood at

the end of the line with the score of 569 3DMarks.

The S10 Specs:

CPU: Intel N270 CPU 1.6 GHz & Intel 945GSE Chipset

Memory: Up to 2-GB Memory

Hard Drive: Large HDD capacity 160G 9.5mm 2.5” SATA HDD (5400 rpm)

Display: 10.2" WSVGA LED backlight screen with 1024×600

Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics GMA 950

Network: Integrated Wireless 802.11 b/g, 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth

Ports/ Slots: Express card slot; 4-in-1 Multi-card Reader

Other: Integrated 1.3M Camera; 2 stereo speakers; Multi-touch Pad & near full size Keyboard (85% full size)

Battery: up to 3 hours with 3-cell battery, and up to 6 hours with 6-cell battery

Dimension: 250.2 x 183 x 22-27.5mm,

Weight: 1.1 kg

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