Sure, it’s been a few weeks since the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook was first unboxed by the Chinese language IT168. But now Lenovo is finally sending out review units of its netbok to the US. And retail units aren’t far behind.
Laptop Magazine posted an unboxing video and some first impressions of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 today. At a glance, the netbook looks a bit smaller and thinner than the Asus Eee PC 1000H or MSI Wind. And that makes sense, because the S10 has a 3 cell battery while the others have thicker (and longer lasting ) 6 cell batteries. But like the 1000H and Wind, the S10 does have a 10.2 inch display.
No other real surprises. As expected, the computer has just 2 USB ports, which is one fewer than you’ll find on most computers this size. But it has an ExpressCard slot, which isn’t a feature you’ll find on every netbook. The IdeaPad S10 also has an access panel on the back of the unit for easy access to the RAM and hard drive. It does appear that there are two RAM slots though, one visible, and one hidden within the depths of the PC. Because when Laptop Magazine removed the plate in the back, they found a 512MB stick, even though the computer actually has 1GB of memory. That means that while it should be simple to upgrade the RAM, it will take a bit more work if you want to upgrade both sticks.
In related news, Liliputing reader Lee Fairbanks wrote in to let me know that Lenovo sent him a message saying his Idepad S10 shipped today. He placed his order on August 19th, which was the first day the netbook was available for order.