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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3

Post 19 September 2011
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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 is the third and the best looking netbook from IdeaPad line released by Lenovo.  This 10 inch machine distinguishes through its IntelAtom N450 Pine Trail processor, light weight and other awesome specifications.

The model is available in two colors: black and red. Both variants have finger print resistant and textured surface.  The manufacturer tried to make S10-3 as small as possible. He provides nearly a full sized keyboard and builds right and left buttons into the touchpad, which may be not very comfortable to use.

IdeaPad S10-3 weighs only 2.8 pounds and has 6 cell battery.  . Unlike other popular glossy models, this netbook looks really great and luxurious due to its matte finish.  You won’t be annoyed with multiple fingerprints. The palm rest area is represented with brushed metal look, which also extends onto the touchpad.  The keyboard is flat, with island-style keys which are easy and comfortable to type.

On the bottom of the netbook there is only one large panel of access which can be opened in order to replace or upgrade the 1GB of RAM memory or 160GB hard drive. Other sides of the machine include 3 USB ports, VGA connector, Ethernet and headphone ports, microphone and flash card reader. There is also a switch for WiFi connection.

The display features 1024x600 pixels. Both screen and screen bezel are glossy, which makes the netbook to cast a big amount of glare when used in sunlight.

Speaking about all-over performance, we can notice, that IdeaPad S10-3 works like most of other netbooks of the same category. The IntelAtom N450 processor provides enough power for handling most of the everyday tasks, like we surfing, listening to music, chatting, or watching videos. However, you shouldn’t expect much of it. You’ll hardly be able to watch 1080p HD movies or play 3D games. The problem can be resolved by installing Jolicloud Linux OS or other software with GMA 3150 graphics, which should enable HD video playback on your PC.

Lenovo IdeaPad comes with preinstalled Windows 7 Starter Edition operating system.  It is the most basic version of Windows 7 and can be easily upgraded to Home or Premium one.  Besides that, Lenovo S10-3 features the typical netbook software suite. It includes Lenovo QuickStart, which provides you with opportunity to boot into a Linux OS, which is very light at resources and much faster than Windows.  Another software included into the package is OneKey Recovery program. It will be useful when you need to restore your computer settings or make a backup.

The 6 cell battery allows 7 hours of run time. It’s pretty good for a small on the go netbook.

To summarize, Lenovo Ideapad S10-3 is small, light and attractive netbook. It features excellent performance and decent battery life. The only drawback of this model is it touchpad. However, if you are the one who prefers to work with USB mouse or don’t have any issues with integrated mouse buttons, IdeaPad S10-3 will become a good choice for a reasonable price.

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