Sure, Asus may have promised to add the Splashtop “instant” on interface to every computer with an Asus motherboard. But it looks like Lenovo is going to beat Asus to the punch when it comes to adding Splashtop to netbooks. Today the company announed it’s working with DeviceVM, the company behind Splashtop to add the interface to the lenovo IdeaPad S10e netbook.
According the press release, the S10e is “now shipping.” But it looks like this particular model is aimed at educational markets, not consumers. So it’s not clear if and when you’ll be able to pick up an S10 with Splashtop preloaded.
The IdeaPad S10e is available with Windows XP Home, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, and comes with either a 4GB SSD or a hard drive with up to 160GB of storage.
SplashTop software basically lets you boot a light weight operating system in a matter of seconds which gives you quick access to frequently used applications like Firefox, Skype, and Picasa. If those are the apps you plan to use, you can boot your system in around 5-10 seconds instead of waiting 30-60 seconds for a full Windows or Linux desktop to boot up.
In related news, when I checked the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 order page to see if there was any information about Splashtop (which will actually be called “QuickStart” on Lenovo machines), I noted that Lenovo has apparently cut the price of the red S10 model by $20. At $409, it’s stil $10 more than the white or black models, but it’s cheaper than it was last week.