s10eThe Lenovo Ideapad S10e is designed for educational markets, but it also adds a few features that the original IdeaPad S10 lacked. For one thing, it comes with the Splashtop “quick start” software preloaded. This provides quick access to Firefox, Skype, and a few other apps. I got a chance to play with a few IdeaPad’s running Splashtop and rival quick start software HyperSpace at CES, and while it’s a neat idea, I find it really doesn’t take that much longer to boot Windows and launch any program you like.

Laptop Magazine has a detailed review of the IdeaPad S10e, and they were pretty happy with the quick start feature, which took 11 seconds to load, plus another 10 to launch Firefox. The lack of support for Firefox add-ons is a bit annoying, but like I said, you can always just ignore quick start and load Windows. The Splashtop interface doesn’t cost extra.

The S10e starts at $379, although you can pay more for configuration with better specs.

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