Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Multi-Touch Tablet/Netbook Review

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Would you expect some extras within the box of a $600+ netbook? Maybe, but you won't find any bonus accessories or peripherals bundled in with the S10-3t. The small box holds just the unit itself, a 6-cell battery, an AC power brick and an AC power cord. There's not even a stylus for those who prefer to doodle or draw, so you'll either be using your fingernails or the blunt end of a pen. Not exactly an ideal scenario, but we get the impression that Lenovo expects most buyers to use the multi-touch capabilities for entertainment and not necessarily for work.


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Speaking of which, the primary addition (in terms of software) to this machine is Lenovo's own touch-based user interface. It's really a full-screen overlay that puts large icons front and center, and it allows users to swipe around in order to find more shortcuts.


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Other software that's included is a 32-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office, Lenovo's VeriFace 3.6 (which allows you to login via webcam), BumpTop (yet another touch-based way to look at your desktop), Adobe Reader 9, OneKey Backup Recovery, Lenovo VeriTouch, Lenovo ReadyComm connection manager, Lenovo NaturalTouch, ID Vault and McAfee Security Center. That's a pretty robust lineup, though most of it is relevant only because this is a touch panel machine. The McAfee security center was a real nag, and honestly we wish most of this software came seperately on a CD. Instead, everything is thrown on and boot-up is slowed because of it. There's too much bloatware, and while we know Lenovo is assuming you'll be eager to use every bit of touch panel software available, that's a risky bet to make when you only have an Atom CPU powering things.


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