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The Lenovo Ideapad S10-2 is your everyday netbook. - 10/6/2009 4:43:59 AM   


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The Ideapad S10-2 is an updated version of its 10-inch Netbook series the IdeaPad S10. The new version has an integrated 3G modem as well as an extra USB port which means it would now have 3 USB ports. The ExpressCard/34 slot has been removed to accommodate a SIM card slot behind the battery; it comes with a built-in ExpressCard now. Some of the ports, LED, buttons have been re-arranged to meet the new design requirements. It would still support the 1.6GHz Atom processor powered by 1GB of RAM with SSD storage between 8GB and 32GB, an option for a 3- or 6-cell battery as well as VGA or 1.3-megapixel webcam.

The folks at Liliputing got hold of a piece for review and they found out although the S10-2 has some features you won't find in many other netbooks, it also suffers from certain lack of close attention to details.

Although the S10-2 has pretty much the same specifications as the 12-inch S12, it has them much smaller. Of course it makes sense to reduce the size according to the 10.1-inch screen, but this also means a cramped keyboard and touchpad. It also has less quick-launch buttons above the keyboard.

The display is too glossy to be used under bright sunlight - as finds out Liliputing. Also the ports positions are shuffled to place the SD card slot on the front! The Wireless toggle switch is also towards right. One good thing is the easily accessible RAM and even the hard drive. But by placing the speaker at towards the bottom of the body, are we restricting the audio volume and clarity?

The keyboard is 89% which could've been up to 92-93% like many other netbooks. One thing Lenovo could've done was to use chicklet-shaped keys, which could've spared a lot of additional spaces. Overall the typing experience did not prove to be comfortable for the reviewers. Even the trackpad also seems to be quite small. The extended battery gives a good leaning to the keyboard that is more typing-friendly.

There are quite a few utility software supplied with the S10-2 that should make it a comfort. These include the OneKey Recovery software, QuickStart quick-boot software and the VeriFace facial recognition software that should be a good security enhancement.

Overall, although it is not a revolutionary piece, but at $299, it can sure satisfy your austere hunger.

You now have an independence of isolated upgrades, like an Atom N280 processor (for $15), Bluetooth (for $22.50) and comes default with a 3-cell 2600 mAh battery so that you can not want to be all that mobile also! You can sure choose a 6-cell one for $33.75.

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