Review Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible

Felix Sold, 10/26/2010

Up to the challenge? The IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible from Lenovo is a combination of netbook and tablet which could be described stylishly as a "netvertible”. The older Intel Atom N450 single core processor and a flood of tablet novelties didn’t make things easy for our tester.

Before the era of pure-bred tablets à la Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and many others, a preferred solution tended to be a combination of full-fledged notebook or netbook with a rotatable touch screen. Lenovo offers in its portfolio the IdeaPad S10-3t convertible with a pivoting and rotating 10.1” touch screen (1024 x 600 pixels, capacitive touch screen). The design and external appearance haven’t been carried over directly from the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3’s but has been adapted accordingly.

"Back to the roots" best describes the devices internal components: An older Intel Atom N450 with a clocking speed of 1.66 GHz (single-core) is employed in addition to the familiar Intel GMA 3150 netbook graphics unit.  Aside from the graphics and the processor, the entry level model has 1 GB of DDR2 memory (667 MHz) and a 2.5” harddrive with a capacity of 250 GB.  A larger 8-cell battery with 68 Wh is exceptional for such a device with a 10” display and should set new standards in terms of runtimes.

The convertible is currently only offered in a combination of black and white case parts. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is currently available starting at 301 €.

Case

The level of understatement paired with simple accents and high-gloss case components impressed us. Up until now, Lenovo only offered the S10-3t in a combination of black casing with a white keyboard area. Overall, the mix of a matte underside, a glossy display lid and frame along with a white keyboard and palm rest comes across very elegant.

A few of the case parts stand out upon first glance; the low depth of the case is for instance very striking. The integrated touchpad is a bit too short and appears very small. Other eye-catching features include the centrally located display hinge and the side-mounted retaining collar for the screen.  These prevent the screen from annoyingly rotating when in tablet mode.

The second glimpse reveals the S10-3t’s chic details. The black lid is designed with a very subtle shadow pattern which isn’t noticeable straight away. With a similar principle in mind, the palm rest is furnished with a white texture, which is only noticeable from the side or when running your fingers across it. All in all, it's a simple device with hidden highlights.

The entire case is made of plastic and boasts good stability. Also, the screen frame is sufficiently rigid. With its dimensions of 28.2 x 20.2 x 1.5 - 3.5 centimeters (W x D x H), the device is slightly larger than the current 10" Asus netbooks in Seashell Design. The weight of our tester was upped substantially by the large 8-cell battery protruding from the case.  Together, this combination adds up to about 1.55 kg on the scales, which is significantly heavier than conventional netbooks with a 10” screen.

Connectivity

Compared to the IdeaPad S10-3, Lenovo keeps the interface equipment almost the same.  Only one USB 2.0 port was removed, thereby reducing the range of interfaces. Due to this reduction, the device’s left side now only houses the power outlet for the included power pack, a RJ-45 network connector, the air outlet and the audio ports (headphone out, microphone).

On the other side there are two USB 2.0 ports and a VGA output, through which one can operate a monitor or projector for presentations. In addition to that there is a hardware switch for turning on or off mobility functions. Nowadays, this sliding mechanism is seldom found, because it is often replaced by Fn-functions. The antenna interface for a DVB-T module is closed off as the entry-level model doesn’t have the corresponding Mini-PCI Express module. At the front, there is a 6-in-1 card reader which puts it ahead of the pack thanks to comprehensive format support options. On the opposite side, the 8-cell battery dominates the entire back side of the convertible and leaves no space for any additional interfaces.

Lenovo did a good job in terms of distribution of ports, but this is mainly due to the limited scope of interfaces. It is unclear as to why they did without the third USB interface on this device.  On the positive side, we highly rate the multi-format card reader and the hardware switch for the integrated mobile technology.

Left side: Kensington lock, power, RJ-45, Audio
Left side: Kensington lock, power, RJ-45, Audio
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, VGA outlet
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, VGA outlet
Front: Card Reader
Front: Card Reader
Rear: 8-cell battery (68 Wh)
Rear: 8-cell battery (68 Wh)

Communication

Along with the quite common Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Broadcom NetLink 57 780), the tester offers a rapid WLAN connection of up to 802.11n from Broadcom (BCM4313) and a slightly older Bluetooth 2.0 standard. The current Bluetooth specification 3.0 and a 3G UMTS module aren’t included in entry-level model from Lenovo, but a Mini PCI Express slot (without antenna cable) and a dummy slot for models with UMTS have been put in.

Accessories

The IdeaPad S10-3t’s large packaging would lead one to expect extensive package contents. Unfortunately, opening the package reveals only the typical standard fare. In addition to the device itself, Lenovo only offers the matching power adapter (black) with power cord, a large 8-cell battery (68 watt hours) and various manuals.

The repertoire of optional accessories is that much larger by comparison. In addition to the various cases and bags (from 11,90 € to 48,79 €), Lenovo provides a simple headset (19,04 €), a small 4-cell battery (82,11 €), which is fully integrated in the case and thus hardly noticeable, an optical USB mouse cable (colours: black, white – 15,47 €) and an external USB DVD burner (Slimline) in black or white (77,35 €). The prices are reasonable, though it makes sense to do a price comparison with similar products.

Guarantee 

Within the legal warranty (24 months), Lenovo provides a guarantee of 1 year. The buyer has the option of extending this warranty to either 24 or 36 months via the internet, with prices ranging from 30,94 – 67,83 € or 83,30 – 136,85 €. Overall, the extended warranty for this equipment is affordable and worth considering.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The new keyboard layout of the S10-3t will catch your eye. Here, Lenovo veers away from the popular Chiclet keyboard and offers ergonomically formed keys. The design represents the German standard, though the enter and space bar keys being very small. The small enter key in particular makes typing errors a common occurrence.  The pressure point and stroke of the keys are very pleasant and give good feedback to the user. The keyboard’s Fn functions are quite extensive and marked by orange symbols on the individual keys.

Other operation controls are found to the right and left of the screen and are also available in tablet mode. Below that are switches for the multimedia center "Lenovo natural touch", for rotating images 90, 180 and 270 degrees as well as for activating or deactivating the speakers. Opposite on the right side of the screen, there is a hardware switch which deactivates the on/off switch so that one doesn’t unintentionally turn off the device.

Touchpad

Lenovo integrated a large touch screen and held back on the touchpad.  The later is quite small with a usable diagonal of 6.2 cm.  There also isn’t a separate mouse key.  The device has a nubby surface which allows for precise navigation.  Modern multi-touch manoeuvres are unfortunately not supported, but one isn’t without a vertical scrollbar, which is found on the right side. Due to its small size, using an external mouse via USB or Bluetooth is recommended.

Good, but compact keyboard.
Good, but compact keyboard.
Mini-touchpad for little fingers.
Mini-touchpad for little fingers.

Touchscreen

The integrated touchscreen provides a capacitive surface which works flawlessly by finger touch. The panel (type: AUO23D2) is fully supported by the software from Lenovo. By touching the surface, the display activates an optical keyboard on the left side, which can blend in if desired. Further highlights are the automatic picture rotation when switching from netbook to tablet mode as well as the VeriTouch software.  With this tool, the device can be turned off, put in sleep mode and much more by touch.

The subjective use is impressive. The screen relates the position of the finger very accurately and multi-touch gestures (with only two fingers) simplify the operation. Unfortunately, the mediocre performance of Windows 7 Ultimate puts a damper on the enjoyment. This device can’t keep up with Apple iPad’s touch screen gestures and functions, though the broader range of applications of Windows 7 should be taken into account.

Operation elements are above the keyboard.
Operation elements are above the keyboard.
The screen hinge requires a lot of room.
The screen hinge requires a lot of room.

Display

Glare-type with a low resolution.
Glare-type with a low resolution.

The capacitive touch screen (type: AUO23D2) offers a high-gloss surface which improves the subjective impression of colors. The native resolution of the 10.1” screen is 1024 x 600 pixels. An interpolated (higher) resolution isn’t available. The image is displayed in a 16:9 format which has become the established standard. "Display: 10.1" HD” is advertised on the IdeaPad S10-3t packaging, but a corresponding model with 1366 x 768 pixels also isn’t available.

Though the screen’s brightness isn’t exceptional with a maximum value of 228 cd/m², it is within the range of acceptability for a "netvertible”. The average brightness value is adequate. The combination of a glare-type surface and average values in the middle doesn’t provide the best conditions for trouble-free outdoor use.

228
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 228 cd/m²
Average: 209.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 213 cd/m²
Black: 1.35 cd/m²
Contrast: 158:1
Distribution of brightness

The other screen values are also average. The illumination is even at 85 percent and a variation might not be detected by the naked eye. The poor contrast of 158:1 is due to a high black level of 1.35 cd / m², which represents the usual standard in this class.

Outdoors under direct light or sunshine, the display can be used as a mirror without a problem and working is only possible to a very limited degree. In the shade or indoors, it is certainly possible to work on the computer as there are only a few reflections to deal with.

Looking at our field of reference from various sides and angles, it is immediately clear that the display has adequate horizontal stability.  The colors remain stable and the contents stay discernible up to around 160 degrees.  However, the vertical viewing angle stability is not overwhelmingly good.  The colors quickly fade and the contents invert to the point of appearing like photo negatives.

Viewing angles: Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible
Viewing angles: Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible

Performance

By this time, the hardware of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t has just about been relegated to the scrap heap, but an  Intel Atom N450 still putters around inside the convertible.  This processer offers a clocking speed of 1.66 GHz in a single computing core and an integrated graphic unit.  In terms of processor graphics, the Intel GMA 3150 offers only minimal 3D reserves and features a core clocking rate of 200 MHz.

In terms of the additional hardware equipment there is a 2.5" harddrive with 250 GB gross capacity from Seagate and 1 GB DDR2-5300 of memory (667 MHz).  This configuration promises performance which is still acceptable for office duties (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet etc.), though experience has shown us that an upgrade to 2 GB of memory is recommended.  To do this, the IdeaPad offers a large service latch on the other side.  Through this, the harddrive can be swapped out quickly and easily.  An additional advantage is the free Mini-PCI-Express slot (without antenna cable).  Additional modules or additional memory in the form of a Solid State Drive can be integrated here.

System Info CPU-Z CPU
System Info CPU-Z Cache
System Info CPU-Z motherboard
System Info CPU-Z RAM
System Info CPU-Z RAM SPD
System information GPU-Z
System Info DPC Latency Checker
System Info Windows 7 Performance Index
System information: Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible

The application performance falls within the familiar framework.  With 1444 points in the PCMark 05, the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is in the same range as similarly or identically configured devices.  Among these are the Asus Eee PC 1005PE with Intel Atom N450 or the Dell Latitude 2110 Netbook  with Intel Atom N470 processor.  The subjective performance with Windows 7 with 1 GB RAM is not impressive.  The setup of windows and the loading times are too sluggish.  These actions would run somewhat more fluid with a memory upgrade to 2 GB.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
560
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
848
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
249
Help
Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit) in comparison
Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (min)
 N270, GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
482
   ...
Asus Eee PC 1201PN
 N450, ION 2
842
Acer Aspire One D250-0BB
 N270, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
843
Asus Eee PC 1000H
 N270, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
843
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t
 N450, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
848
Samsung NP-N230-JA01DE/SEG Storm
 N450, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
848
MSI Wind U135
 N450, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
848
HP Mini 5101
 N280, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
850
   ...
(max)
 3960X, GeForce GTX 470
27087
PC Mark
PCMark 051444 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Sony TX5XN
 U1500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
1423
Asus Eee PC 1005PE
 N450, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
1426
Samsung NC210-A01DE
 N550, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
1429
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t
 N450, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
1444
Asus Eee PC 1000HE
 N280, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
1475
Dell Latitude 2110
 N470, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
1479
Toshiba NB100
 N270, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
1485
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
2.3
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
2.3
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
4.5
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
3
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
3
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.5

The hardware of the IdeaPad is not suited for 3D games.  With a final score of 141 points in the 3DMark 06 from Futuremark, only simple applications with minimal resolution and low details are playable.  Those with greater ambitions in this area should consider a netbook with a dedicated graphics unit.  A current example of such is the Asus Eee PC 1215N (12.1”) with Nvidia ION 2 graphics and Nvidia Optimus graphic switch.

3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE2420 points
3DMark 03602 points
3DMark 05292 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
141 points
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Benchmark
HD Tune Pro 4.6 Benchmark (reading)

Lenovo delivers the IdeaPad with a 2.5” harddrive from Seagate as standard.  The driver offers a gross capacity of 250 GB at a maximum of 5400 revolutions per minute. The benchmark from HD Tune Pro attests to the typical values found in the broad middle field.  The maximum transfer rate (reading) is averaged at 79.1 MB per second.  The transfer rate performance of the Seagate Momentus 5400.6 is sufficient for day-to-day use.  However, a solid state drive or a potent harddrive enable a noticeable increase in performance.

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9250315AS
Transfer Rate Minimum: 5.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 79.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 58.1 MB/s
Access Time: 20.5 ms
Burst Rate: 50.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 15.6 %

Emissions

System Noise

A netbook or convertible should preferably run cool and quiet. When running perfectly, the integrated fan remains inactive and the noise level is consistent. An even level of 29.8 dB(A) should be rated positively and the integrated driver (2.5” harddrive) with 30.4 dB(A) also works unobtrusively.

The IdeaPad S10-3t also runs very smoothly under load and remains in the green zone with a constant 33.1 dB(A).  On the whole, we are dealing here with a very smooth running cooling system with a good fan and cooling element.

Noise Level

Idle 29.8 / 29.8 / 29.8 dB(A)
HDD 30.4 dB(A)
Load 33.1 / 33.1 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft SL-300 // 320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

In normal conditions, the fan inside the convertible remains inactive and the temperatures around the area of the processor rise slightly. With an ambient room temperature of 21.1 degrees Celsius we measured a maximum of 35.7 degrees Celsius on the underside. A rise in temperature on the upper and underside is hardly noticeable and there are no grounds for critique.

Under load, the cooling is activated and the values we tested sank.  With a maximum value of 32.5 degrees Celsius on the underside, the S10-3t continues to be unobtrusive and all the values remain in the green zone.  The palm rest stays cool and the ergonomics aren’t compromised.

Max. Load
 29.2 °C28.8 °C25.7 °C 
 30.4 °C29.0 °C25.6 °C 
 29.2 °C27.0 °C23.5 °C 
 
27.5 °C31.0 °C32.5 °C
27.6 °C31.1 °C30.4 °C
25.4 °C27.8 °C31.1 °C
Maximum: 30.4 °C
Average: 27.6 °C
 Maximum: 32.5 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  34.1 °C | Room Temperature 21.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The IdeaPad offers two stereo loudspeakers built into the display’s frame under the display itself. According to Lenovo, these loudspeakers have been optimized in order to offer a better sound quality.  After playing various sounds and videos, the verdict is clear: the high tones are projected well and the maximum volume is more than adequate. However, the deep tones and basses are nonexistent.

For external audio playback there is a 3.5 mm jack which also supports headsets with Dolby certification. The body of sound is well balanced and we didn’t detect any rustling or crackling.  The device doesn’t offer an HDMI outlet for connecting to a modern TV or AV receiver.

Reader's Test
Maximum battery life (Reader's Test)
Classic Test
Minimum duration (Classic Test)

The Intel Atom N450 with its integrated graphic element is known for its low energy needs. The maximum power dissipation (TDP) is only around 5.5 watts.  When perfectly operating, the tester uses between 6.4 and 9.5 watts.  This value isn’t remarkable and is within bounds for this configuration.

Under load, the consumption values rise to a maximum of 15.7 watts whereby this increased consumption should be intercepted by the large 8-cell battery with 68 watt hours.  Overall, the current consumption of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is reasonable and within bounds for a device with a 10” display.

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 6.4 / 8.3 / 9.5 Watt
Load 15.3 / 15.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940 // VC 960

The combination of frugal hardware and large battery pays off.  The “Classic Test” from Tool Battery Eater simulates the “worst case scenario” with active mobile technology engaged and with the display’s brightness on its highest level.  Additionally, the high-performance profile on Windows 7 is chosen to squeeze out the maximum performance from the components without increasing the clocking rate. After a good 5 hours and 13 minutes, OpenGL computation could no longer be carried out due to insufficient battery charge.

Checking and writing emails as well as surfing the Internet comes quite close to summing up the day-to-day tasks of this device.  Here we chose a sufficient display brightness and activated mobile technologies.  At 8 hours and 58 minutes, the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t offers enough reserves for the average day at the office.

The maximum run time is the hobbyhorse of the 8-cell battery.  The “Reader’s Test” demands almost no system resources and the hungry display illumination and mobile technologies are minimized or deactivated.  The battery is flat after a generous 11 hours and 39 minutes, though this scenario is relatively unrealistic for practical use.  The minimal display brightness is around 5 percent of the performance and using the device would only be at all possible in dimly-lit rooms.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 39min
WiFi Surfing
8h 58min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 13min

Verdict

Good idea with strong competition.
Good idea with strong competition.

The impression left behind by the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible is two-sided.  While the construction and design as well as the technical implementation are thoroughly impressive, the clunky 8-cell battery and the sluggish performance with Windows 7 (with 1 GB RAM) put a damper on the enjoyment.  This convertible is certainly competitive in terms of runtimes and emissions.  The tablet operation is a nice feature which is enhanced by the breadth of functions from Windows 7.  However, one has to make some comprises in terms of comfort and functionality.  Pure-bred tablet operating systems (Android, iOS etc.) offer a clear advantage in this area.

The package contents offer the typical standards without any „bells and whistles”.  The compact input devices offer further points of critique.  The touchpad in particular isn’t adequate for its intended use and an external mouse is recommended.  The large display hinge is solidly built and offers good support.  In terms the display, we would have preferred to see a matte variant with HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels),  The protruding 8-cell battery is clunky, heavy and not very elegant, but a maximum runtime of almost 12 hours speaks for itself.

Overall, though the IdeaPad is a good "netvertible" with the usual strengths and weaknesses of a netbook, a good touchscreen, it goes against some tough competition from the ambitious realm of pure-bred tablets.  Equipped with an 8-cell battery and 1 GB of memory, the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is currently available for around 300 Euro.

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Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t

:: Processor
Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz
:: Mainboard
Intel NM10
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2-5300, 667 MHz, Producer: Ramaxel, maximal 2 GByte, 1 Slot
:: Graphics adapter
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150, Core: 200 MHz, 8.14.10.1929
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:9, 1024x600 pixel, LED, Touchscreen (2-finger-multitouch, capacitive), WSVGA, Panel: AUO23D2, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9250315AS, 250 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Conexant Cx20583 @ High Definition Audio - Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Kopfhörerausgang, Mikrofoneingang, Card Reader: 6-in-1-cardreader (SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD), RJ-45
:: Networking
Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom 802.11n (a b g n ), 2.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 - 35 x 282 x 202
:: Weight
1.55 kg Power Supply: 0.15 kg
:: Battery
68 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8-cell, 7.4V, Producer: Sanyo
:: Price
359 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1.3 Megapixel, Convertible, power adapter with cable, 8-cell battery, manuals, Adobe Reader 9, McAfee Internet Security (test version), Microsoft Office 2007 (test version), Windows Live Essentials, diverse Software from Lenovo, 12 Months Warranty, Available colours: black and white

 

We tested the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t, a bridge between the ...
We tested the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t, a bridge between the ...
... Notebook and tablet form as an all-in-one device.
... Notebook and tablet form as an all-in-one device.
The design is very modern and the color scheme is simple.
The design is very modern and the color scheme is simple.
The screen can be turned or tilted horizontally to 180 degrees.
The screen can be turned or tilted horizontally to 180 degrees.
A quick twist of the screen for when watching movies ...
A quick twist of the screen for when watching movies ...
... to pure Tablet mode without the keyboard is possible
... to pure Tablet mode without the keyboard is possible
Hidden: a pattern under the clear coat of the display lid.
Hidden: a pattern under the clear coat of the display lid.
The status LEDs are visible from the outside and inside.
The status LEDs are visible from the outside and inside.
Unfortunately, the Convertible has only two USB 2.0 ports.
Unfortunately, the Convertible has only two USB 2.0 ports.
In addition to the typical dummy slot for a SIM card is ...
In addition to the typical dummy slot for a SIM card is ...
... a free Mini PCI Express slot (without antennas) ready available.
... a free Mini PCI Express slot (without antennas) ready available.
The keyboard and touchpad are from comparatively small.
The keyboard and touchpad are from comparatively small.
The 10.1" touch screen (capacitive) gives a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
The 10.1" touch screen (capacitive) gives a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
The opening angle can turn about 180 degrees.
The opening angle can turn about 180 degrees.
Sound recordings, thanks to 1.3 megapixel image.
Sound recordings, thanks to 1.3 megapixel image.
The display is well supported, but the usual luffing can't be avoided.
The display is well supported, but the usual luffing can't be avoided.
The on-off switch can be disabled via a rocker.
The on-off switch can be disabled via a rocker.
Inside, a senior Intel Atom N450 works with integrated GMA 3150 graphics unit.
Inside, a senior Intel Atom N450 works with integrated GMA 3150 graphics unit.
What's encouraging is the large maintenance door on the bottom.
What's encouraging is the large maintenance door on the bottom.
Additionally, the 2.5-inch hard drive can be replaced with the RAM.
Additionally, the 2.5-inch hard drive can be replaced with the RAM.
An upgrade to 2 GB of DDR2-5300 RAM is recommended.
An upgrade to 2 GB of DDR2-5300 RAM is recommended.
Huge: Lenovo is a large 8-cell battery with 68 Wh.
Huge: Lenovo is a large 8-cell battery with 68 Wh.
Disadvantages are the large weight and protruding shape.
Disadvantages are the large weight and protruding shape.

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Preisvergleich

Pro

+Battery life
+Design and processing
+Extensibility
+Capacitive Touch Screen
+Mini-PCI Express slot
+Quiet cooling system
 

Contra

-Average speakers
-Few product contents
-Compact keyboard and touchpad
-Interface scope

Shortcut

What we liked

The high battery life, good extensibility and the modern design with hidden highlights.

What we missed

A touch screen with a higher resolution and a matte surface.

What surprised us

The precise 10.1" touch screen and the software itself. These can be used easily with your finger.

The competition


Netbooks and subnotebooks with tablet functionality, such as the Acer Aspire Timeline 1825PT Subnotebook, the Asus Eee PC T91 MT with 8.9" screen, the larger Asus Eee PC T101MT and Viliv S10 Convertible.

Rating

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t
10/18/2010
Felix Sold

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
60%
Connectivity
57%
Weight
90%
Battery
100%
Display
85%
Games Performance
24%
Application Performance
53%
Temperature
86%
Noise
95%
Add Points
78%
Average
74%
80%
Convertible *
Weighted Average

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Author: Felix Sold, 2010-10-26 (Update: 2013-06- 6)