Lenovo is offering an across the board price cut of $50 on IdeaPad S10 netbooks. Prices now range from $349 for the basic model to $409 for a netbook with extra memory, a larger hard drive, and a fancier paint job.
The new prices are listed as sale prices, so it’s possible that Lenovo could jack the price back up at some point. But competition is tough in the netbook market and if Lenovo can afford to sell these computers for a lower price, they’ll probably move more units at this price.
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If they could slot in a 6-cell, the $409 model would be a pretty solid competitor to systems like the NC-10, though I suppose you could buy an extended battery on Ebay and still bring it in for $500 or so.
Shame they don’t put the TrackPoint in IdeaPads, though.
I agree with about the TrackPoint. It would make it much easier to navigate and scroll through web pages instead of a touch pad.
It’s a shame that Lenovo don’t even offer the option of adding on a 6 Cell or even Bluetooth in the US.
Also, the right shift key is on the far side of the “up” arrow, as on many other netbooks. I tried typing on one in a store yesterday and jumped up one line several times. I could probably learn not to do this, but it seems like such an unnecessary design flaw, especially from Lenovo, who are so famous for their keyboards.
Otherwise I think it’s one of the best looking netbooks available, trim and small for a 10-inch, and would probably have bought it if not for the shift key and the lack of a 6-cell battery 🙁
No need anymore. The S10’s time has past. Both the HP Mini 1000 and the Samsung NC10 have that right shift key fixed, and the NC10 comes with a 6-cell battery. The HP is also smaller than the S10, though the performance of the 4,200rpm drive isn’t the best. But the SSD version can be upgraded to a better performing SSD drive…
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