The IdeaPad S10-3t is the first 10 inch convertible tablet style netbook from Lenovo. The Wall Street Journal reviewed the netbook recently, but you could kind of tell that the reviewer hadn’t spent a lot of time using netbooks. Now Engadget’s Joanna Stern has given the S10-3t a go, and there are few people that have as much time playing with netbooks as she has.

So what’s her verdict?

Joanna says the netbook is slim and light for a convertible tablet, but she wasn’t that impressed with the keyboard or touchpad (with integrated buttons). She says the capacitive multitouch screen was reasonably responsive with Windows 7 Home Premium. But the viewing angles weren’t all that great.

The demo unit Joanna tested had a shiny new 1.83GHz Intel Atom N470 processor. But you’d never know it from most of the benchmarks Joanna run.It doesn’t look like the S10-3t is substantially slower than other Pine Trail netbooks. But it’s not really any faster either.

For more details, hit up the complete review at Engadget.

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2 replies on “Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t reviewed (again)”

  1. Jesse is so right. like any netbook, you have to start from scratch and reinstall everything and only what you need to speed up an under power machine. I don’t why companies don’t optimize them from the start. i surprise these damn Tech reviewers don’t know about this considering their expertise or lack of.

  2. Specs and bloatware (crapware)
    The system that they were running was filled with lot’s of processes. You can tell because of the amount of icons. The system by default has about 70 to 80 processes running which eats about 50% CPU usage at IDLE and that eats about 700MB RAM. If you have a 1GB ram system you better upgrade your RAM to 2GB. I also encourage a fresh install of Windows 7 Home premium, Pro, or Ultimate. Starter edition doesn’t come with many touch features (flicking, multi-touch, and inking) Once you install a fresh copy of Windows and only install drivers you need you will have between 40 to 50 processes and that takes 1% to 5% CPU and about 400MB RAM. I totally recommend doing this.

    When it comes to the viewing angle I think that’s plenty rubbish. What you want to lay your S10-3T on your belly and still be able to read it? I have mine and it does a good job, it might be because I work on darker environments than Engadget reviewers.

    I have upgraded my system and you can view my optimizations on my youtube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/jessebandersen )

    There is one more thing, there’s a Lenovo software called Energy Management which on purpose slows down the CPU. Energy Management is for prolonging your battery life. When the system is unplugged it slows the CPU a lot to save battery life. You can tweak this easily.

    For more tips:
    https://www.lenovos103t.com/p/tips.html

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