Review: Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Netbook Tablet

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Laptop - netbook and tablet

I’m reviewing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t laptop on my geek blog today. It’s actually a netbook with a multi-touch screen that rotates and folds into a tablet. Neat! My brother purchased one and I took it out for a test drive. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t features a 10.1″ SD LED multi-touch display, Intel ATOM Processor N455 (1.66GHz 667MHz 512KB), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150, 2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz, Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), integrated 1.3MP webcam (1024×600), touchpad, 320GB hard drive (5400 rpm), 4-cell lithium-ion battery, BCM 4313 BGN wireless networking card, bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, and one year warranty. Bottom line: the IdeaPad S10-3t is a cool device for people who love netbooks and tablets. In tablet mode, the device is thicker than other tablets. However, the S10-3t makes up for the one-inch thickness with its ability to convert back and forth from a netbook to a tablet.

What I like about the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t notebook:

  • NaturalTouch panel that swivels 180° to convert from a netbook to a tablet
  • Multi-touch works in both tablet and netbook mode (you don’t usually see this technology in a laptop)
  • You can rotate the screen image to match your tablet orientation (landscape or portrait)
  • The virtual keyboard is handy and it also works in netbook mode (keyboard is faster)
  • Love the 2G of memory instead of the 1G found on many netbooks
  • Sample video looks smooth and sharp
  • I like the texture of the touchpad
  • Active Protection System (APS) protects the hard drive from knocks, falls and other shocks
  • VeriFace facial recognition technology lets users use their face as their password
  • VeriTouch enables users to touch a sequence of image sections to login
  • OneKey Rescue System for quick and easy data recovery with anti virus protection

What I didn’t like about the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t laptop:

  • This is a preference issue, but I don’t like the location of the webcam (on right side of the display)
  • I love the ability to zoom with my fingers, but the multi-touch feature is flaky at times
  • Several times, I accidentally closed an application instead of maximizing it when I was using the touch feature
  • When I rotate the display, I’m afraid of snapping off the screen (I’m sure it’s very sturdy, but I still feel like I might break it)

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t notebook has a list price of $700, but the netbook tablet is currently selling for $500 on Amazon.