The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is one of a handful of netbooks with a touchscreen display and swivel allowing you to fold the screen over the keyboard and hold the computer like a tablet. With a starting price of $549, it’s one of the cheapest convertible tablets around, and at least until the Asus Eee PC T101MT is released, it’s the only 10 inch tablet-style netbook I’m aware of with an Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail processor.
The Wall Street Journal posted a brief review of the IdeaPad S10-3t. In a nutshell, the paper reports the touchscreen works pretty well, as does Lenovo’s touch-friendly software. But the glossy screen is a bit distracting when trying to watch movies or do much of anything else in tablet mode.
The reviewer also complains that the netbook feels kind of sluggish when launching applications. I get the feeling that this article was written by someone that doesn’t have a lot of experience with netbooks, though. So I can’t say for certain whether the S10-3t is any slower than other Intel Atom-based laptops. But there’s reason to believe that Lenovo will have a faster version with a zippier 1.83GHz Intel Atom N470 CPU soon. In fact, the N470-equipped version of this laptop was showing up on the Lenovo web site for a few days before being removed recently.