The S10-3t ("t" is for touch) is the latest iteration of the S10 netbook, and it's also one of the first IdeaPad machines to incorporate Intel's newest Atom processor. The 1.83GHz Atom N470 should improve performance somewhat, and the inclusion of Windows 7 Home Premium also gives a fresh face to a line that was previously saddled with Windows XP. The design here has also been stepped way up, with gorgeous (and funky) overlays splattered about and a swivel display that can pivot 180-degrees in either direction or be flipped entirely to "iPad mode." We made that last bit up, but it can definitely become a full-on tablet with just a swing and a click.
This is one of the first Atom N470 machines that we have been able to test, and we have very high expectations for the chip. With AMD's Athlon Neo performing very well in low cost, small machines, Intel has no excuse for not cranking things up a notch with Atom. And thankfully, we now have competition to turn to in the market. Lenovo managed to include 2GB of RAM as well as integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics, which should be plenty for the average tablet task. Have a look at the actual hardware specs below:
Here's something you don't see on a netbook too often: a price tag well above the $600 mark. Right from the get go, Lenovo has a lot to prove. Why would we pick a netbook at a price point like this, when the company's excellent ThinkPad X100e is available for less with a larger screen and a more robust build quality? The multi-touch panel is great, but Asus' own Eee PC T91 offers the same for under $400 in some configurations. Can the IdeaPad S10-3t prove that it is worth its asking price? Join us in the pages to come to find out why we think the netbook/tablet combo doesn't quite hit the mark, and leaves some things to be desired as both a netbook and a tablet.