Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-2 ships with a six-cell battery, which is fairly standard for netbooks these days. What's unusual, however, is just how close the reported life and the actual life were in our testing. As we've discussed time and time again, most notebook makers suggest that their machines can last far longer on a single charge than they really can in real-world use. Thankfully, that's not the case on this machine. Lenovo asserts that users can get six hours out of a full battery, and we were able to squeeze out 5 hours and 31 minutes.
Our Classic Test here does a great job of putting the netbook through a "real-world" work environment to see just how long your battery will last under pressure. In fact, we're willing to bet that users could see more than six hours of total life should they disable WiFi, dim the LCD brightness and not use the hard drive extensively. As you can see above, the original IdeaPad S10 that we tested only mustered 210 minutes, while the S10-2 lasted 331 minutes -- that's just over two extra hours. The only two machines that we've tested that lasted longer were a pair of Asus' Eee PCs, both of which claimed to last far longer than they actually did yet still came dangerously close the six hour mark. Bravo for being honest here Lenovo, and double bravo for getting 5.5 hours from your S10-2.