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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible Tablet Netbook

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t netvertible

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t netvertible

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The Bottom Line

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t improves on the basic 10-inch netbook by adding a multi-touch display that swivels out of the way to convert the netbook into a compact slate tablet. Compared to regular netbooks on the market, the IdeaPad S10-3t is bit heavier, has a shorter battery life, and is on the higher end of the netbook price spectrum. These issues may be more than made up for, however, by this netvertible's great touch navigation experience. If you're looking for a netbook with more flexibility, the IdeaPad S10-3t is well worth a look.
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Pros

  • Excellent touchscreen
  • Model available with above-average specs
  • Fluid screen rotation
  • Great build quality
  • Nice design

Cons

  • Poor battery life with stock battery
  • Not designed for inking
  • Needs upgraded model (more memory and Windows 7 Home Premium) to perform best
  • Very glossy/highly reflective screen

Description

  • Processor: Base model - Intel ATOM Processor N450 (1.66GHz); Upgraded model - Intel ATOM Processor N470 (1.83GHz)
  • OS: Base model - Windows 7 Starter; Upgraded model - Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
  • Memory: Base model - 1GB; Upgraded model - 2GB (both PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 66MHz)
  • Display: 10.1" SD LED Glare and Multi-touch 1024x600
  • Hard Drive: Base model - 160GB; Upgraded model - 250GB (both 5400 rpm)
  • Battery: 4 Cell Lithium-Ion
  • Networking: Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wi-fi, bluetooth on upgraded model
  • Dimensions & Weight: 11 x 6.9", 1.1" thick, 2.8 lbs.
  • MSRP: $599 (base) / $699 (upgraded)

Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible Tablet Netbook

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is one of the most affordable and portable tablet PCs available, because it's made from the same mold as netbooks. Like most netbooks, it has a 10-inch display and weighs under 3 pounds.

The S10-3t sports a glossy black cover and matte white keyboard. The tapered, full-size keys are comfortable to type on, but the function key is oddly placed at the left-most end of the keyboard -- exactly where the CTRL key should be. This makes using keyboard shortcuts cumbersome, as you can often mistakenly hit the function key. The webcam is also awkwardly placed at the right of the screen rather than centered above it. Overall, though, the S10-3t's sleek, curved-edge design makes it stand out a little bit more from standard all-black and boxy netbooks.

The S10-3t's best feature, of course, is its multi-touch screen that swivels 180 degrees. I like the flexibility of convertibles -- you get both a built-in keyboard and the option of using slate mode (a handy button on the hinge allows you to also switch to portrait view). The S10-3t's screen folds smoothly and the hinge seems sturdy.

With the capacitive multi-touch screen, similar to that of the iPhone or iPad, you can navigate by touching desktop icons and use gestures like swiping or pinching with two fingers. I found the S10-3t's touchscreen responsiveness and accuracy to be great, and even using the on-screen pull-out keyboard isn't difficult.

The most disappointing part of the touchscreen is its poor handwriting recognition due to lacking an active digitizer. The touchscreen is really better for basic input rather than writing or drawing (there are no netbooks with active digitizer screens as of this writing, though).

As for other features, besides a Microsoft Office trial, the netbook comes with unique software such as a OneKey Rescue system, a NaturalTouch interface, BumpTop 3D desktop, and VeriFace facial recognition (it's very cool when it works, but only does so under optimal conditions).

The S10-3t's performance is on par with other netbooks. There's the usual lag while waiting for applications to open, but otherwise there was no noticeable performance issues while working online, typing documents, and even watching online videos.

Battery life on the S10-3t, unfortunately, is sub-par. The stock 4-cell battery lasts less than 3 hours with typical netbook usage. Some retail models, however, come with a 6-cell battery and you can also purchase an 8-cell battery directly from Lenovo for nearly-all-day usage. Unfortunately the 8-cell sticks out and adds another pound.

If you love touchscreens and need a very portable laptop for around $600, though, you'll probably forgive the IdeaPad S10-3t's shortcomings and enjoy it greatly, as I do.

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Note: this review is based on the upgraded version of the IdeaPad S10-3t rather than the base model. The upgraded version has 2GB of RAM (instead of 1), runs Windows 7 Home Premium (instead of Starter), and uses the newer ATOM N470 processor (instead of the standard N470).
User Reviews

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 2 out of 5
Lenovo S10-3t, Member davieboy01

I purchased the Lenovo S10-3t in November of 2010. When I purchased the device there wasn't as many reviews available yet. I rarely use the netbook and when I do there always seem to be a problem. from the first day I got the netbook I had problems with it. It ran extremely slow and just wouldn't allow for easy movie watching. It took forever for a movie to download and watch, so I just gave up on that option. After I searched out the product a little more I found one review that suggested adding more RAM to speed things up a bit. I upgraded the netbook from 1 GB of RAM to 2 and still the movie watching option was limited at best. I've sent the machine in now twice for hardware repairs. Once had to do with a defective bezel trim (which encloses the LCD monitor) which had to be replaced. When I called Lenovo they didn't want to honor the warranty and wanted me to pay shipping costs out of pocket to get the unit to their repair center. I flat out refused to have to pay some $40 dollars for defective equipment to be serviced. Long story short, Lenovo gave me a one time courtesy to pay to have the unit shipped to their service center for repairs. Give me a break! The unit was only a few weeks old at this time. Support sucks! Just recently I went to power up the machine and I got no power. I called warranty support again to let them know the issue I was having and after trouble shooting for approximately 5 minutes, the representative acknowledged that this was a concern outside of phone tech support. So another ticket was issued for hardware repair and this time, no cigar, I had to pay for shipping out of pocket. I take great care of all my electronics and this one in particular hardly ever gets used. I mainly use an old Toshiba Satellite that I've had for about 5 years now. I will never buy another Lenovo product for two reasons. One, they don't stand behind their products enough for me to be satisfied as a consumer. Two, they miss the mark when it comes to perfomance. They sacrifice performance for aesthetics or good looks. What good is a machine if it's pretty but performs terrible? This is my first and last time ever buying a Lenovo product and if you are considering purchasing this computer. Shop around and research another netvertible first.

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