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

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Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary:  In our SiSoftware Sandra tests, the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t managed to beat out the older Atom N280, but only by a hair. The S10-3t showed well in the other tests, but it only competed with similar netbooks, all of which cost far less. It also couldn't handle HD multi-media playback very well, whereas the ThinkPad X100e could. The 2.5 hours of battery life was somewhat of a let down, but the touch panel response was outstanding.

We were very excited about the ThinkPad X100e we evaluated a couple of weeks back, but we're somewhat underwhelmed with the IdeaPad S10-3t. We expected this machine to be so much more, particularly considering its price, which is far higher than most other netbooks and/ or entry-level tablets. Using the touch screen on this netbook doesn't have enough utility. We're not really sure it's worth the extra investment. It's not great as a netbook nor as a tablet, and in today's competitive market place, you need to be excellent in at least one area or the other if you're going to wear both hats.

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We like the concept here, and we love the design. We're also keen on how portable the machine is, and the LCD swivel was top-notch. Unfortunately, everything else was average or sub-par. The trackpad is a real turn off, the screen is way too glossy to be used outdoors, the keyboard keycaps weren't great, and performance left something to be desired--we constantly found ourselves waiting for the machine. If you really need a touch panel equipped machine look into a full-blown ThinkPad, and if not, the cheaper Eee PC T91 should do for less money. The bottom line? The IdeaPad S10-3t is a good looking machine with an interesting set of features, but in practice it left us wanting more in terms of usability and performance.

  • Great Touch Panel Response
  • Nice Design
  • Extremely Thin and Light


  • Lackluster Battery Life
  • Gets Rather Warm In Use
  • Sluggish Performance
  • Glossy Display Can't Be Used Outside
  • Trackpad


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