After a rather awful experience with Lenovo’s sales and customer service department, I’ve decided to give up trying to get my hands on a Lenovo IdeaPad S10. But Liliputing reader and tipster Lee Fairbanks received his IdeaPad today. And he’s written a fairly detailed article with his first impressions.
In a nutshell, it looks like the build quality is excellent, and the machine performs surprisingly well with just 512MB of RAM. There are a few oddities. For example, the computer can only recognize up to 2GB of RAM. Since 512MB is soldered to the motherboard, that means if you stick a 1GB stick in the available RAM slot, the laptop will report that 1.5GB of memory is available. But if you use a 2GB stick, the IdeaPad S10 will only recognize 2GB total.
Lenovo also seems to have implemented a rather unique hard drive partitioning scheme. While it’s nice to have a system recovery partition that lets you restore your PC to factory default setttings, it seems a bit odd to make that partition larger than the partition that’s actually available to the user. But I’ll let Lee tell you all about that in his own words. Check out his first look post, complete with a small photo gallery, after the break.
Lee Fairbanks says:
The S10 comes in a rectangular box, inside a partial cardboard sleeve. Minimal packaging inside – mostly just two foam blocks holding the laptop chassis. There is a box with the battery AC adapter. The AC adapter is really tiny and comes with a full cord – unlike the EEE ones that have the wall plug built in. Three cell battery is teeny – as expected since it’s essentially 3 AA batteries.
Feels well made. Screen doesn’t flex when moved, hinges feel solid. Keyboard is tiny – but keys feel decent. Mouse button is two separate buttons – is quite clicky. Black color is done in a matte finish and isn’t bad for fingerprints.
Layout of the power connector in the middle of the left hand side is odd. I’d prefer it to be in the left rear – but that is where the heat vent is. Two USB ports, which should be plenty considering the system. This is the only netbook I know of with an express card slot – which should really help if you have a mobile broadband card.
This machine is *much* faster then I had expected, given the Atom processor and 512 megs of ram. I can’t wait to see how fast it is once I get it set up the way I like and start tuning it. Also no dead pixels! I admit I’m a bit obsessed, as it’s the first thing I check for.
I’m going to have to reformat – they not only put in a recovery partition they gave it over half the drive space! the C drive is 29.4 the D/Recovery one is 38.1 GB. Also there is 6.8 GB in a third partition! Machine does not have a restore CD either – so I’ll have to make one using Nlite. Loading IE gets me both the MSN toolbar and the Norton AV Phishing toolbar. Not like I use IE for anything other than downloading Firefox, but something to note. Acrobat reader 8 is there, along with the Onekey Recovery utility.
In terms of crapware this machine isnt too bad. It comes with Norton Internet Security in a 90 day trial form. It is annoying at first boot – because the Norton window pops up almost fullscreen and the “Next” button is partially cut off. I guess as netbooks evolve they will learn to resize splash screen windows to 600 pixel high displays.
Wow – there is literally nothing here. no options whatsoever except setting a admin password or changing boot device order. This is bad for me – since I work at a place that makes you disable your wireless card if you bring an outside laptop in. Edit: You can disable the WLAN, but not the camera from the BIOS.
The machine comes with 512 MB built into the logic board. There was much internet speculation on the max it would support… It turns out the answer is 2GB. I added a 2gb module I swiped from another machine and it now reads as having 1.99 gigs of ram (2GB minus the “Integrated 950 Graphics” memory. It dosen’t see the last 512 megs – I guess that is as much as the chipset can address. The ram was easy to add via the bottom panel. The hard drive was in the same location and it looks like it would be simple to upgrade.
Fine so far – hadn’t gotten the chance to max it out yet but so far the fan has not kicked on.