Alright, so you’ve already seen pictures of the upcoming Lenovo IdeaPad S10. You’ve even seen it in video. But here’s something you probably hadn’t seen yet: an actual person holding the laptop and showing just how much laptop you can get for $399 to $449. Now that CNet Taiwan has snapped some pictures of real live people next to the S10 we can draw one of two conclusions: Either that laptop is quite a bit bigger than most netbooks, or people in Taiwan are really short. The truth might be somehwere in the middle.
One thing that is worth noting is that Lenovo seems to be snubbing the current trend of making the laptop substantially thinner near the trackpad than near the hinge. The S10 is certainly a little wider in the back than the front. But just a little bit. So the computer looks a little thicker than most of its competitors, although it might not actually be much thicker.
It also has a ten inch screen and 85% sized keyboard, which makes it a bit wider than some laptops in the netbook class.
CNet also has a bunch of close-up pictures showing the S10 from all angles. Overall the build quality looks excellent. There’s plenty of ventilation on the bottom of ht eunit, qhich should hopefully help keep it from getting too hot. There’s also an access panel, which I assume can be opened to replace or upgrade RAM.
There are a couple of shortcut keys just above the keyboard, including a power button, a wireless toggle button and a button that CNET calls “one-click System Restore.” I’m a little scared of that description. Hopefully this feature only works if you press it while booting and then click yes to a few dozen warning messages. Or perhaps Google Translate is just doing a bad job and this isn’t a system restore button at all. Any Chinese speakers want to clear that up for me?