Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t

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One of Lenovo’s 2010 entries in the netbook segment is the IdeaPad S10-3t that upon launch carried a retail price of $549. It is a special model since it adopts a multi-touch display which is capacitive, not resistive, so we’re not dealing with a pressure-based unit which means that you can operate it much like most of today’s smartphones.

A $649 configuration of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t brings an Intel Atom N470 processor running at 1.80 GHz and 2GB of DDR2 667 MHz. It has a 250GB SATA hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm and an integrated Intel GMA 3150. The netbook measures 11 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches and it tips the scales at 2.8 pounds (3.4 pounds with the AC adapter).

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t (Source: lenovo.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t (Source: lenovo.com)

The netbook has a sleek and flat design with curved lines around its edges. The inner and outer lid of this model is surrounded by a glossy and shiny plastic, while the lower half of the keyboard area is bright white. Around the wrist rest area there’s a subtle raised pattern of white squares. As for the surface on the keyboard area, this has a matte finish while the tapered keys are full-sized, making them quite comfortable to type on.

The palm rest space below the keyboard is rather limited while the touchpad is also quite small. The surface area of the touchpad is compressed but you will appreciate the textured textile surface that allows smooth operation.

The 10.1-inch LED-backlit glossy display of the IdeaPad S10-3t comes in a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels which means that you will be doing a lot of scrolling whenever you have long documents or when browsing through extensive web pages. As for the stereo speakers, these are louder than the netbook average but they do sound very flat.

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t (Source: hothardware.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t (Source: hothardware.com)

It comes bundled with a bunch of touch-specific applications from a launcher named NaturalTouch, including here a media player, photo browser and a useful e-book/document reader. These are quite good for using in tablet mode, featuring generous icons while multitouch gestures are supported. Most of the apps are responsive and speedy, but from time to time they do suffer from the occasional slowdown and stutter.

This netbook comes with VGA out as well as headphone and microphone jacks. Looking at its sides we find two USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader. In the networking area it comes with Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

Fitted with a 4-cell battery, this netbook will only last for two and a half hours during a video playback test, which is a really low figure when compared to other similar priced netbooks that can survive for even 5-6 hours during the same test.