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If you love the idea of a portable tablet PC, but can't really come to grips with the lack of a physical keyboard on such devices, Lenovo's S10-3t is here to help. This convertible tablet netbook features a screen that swivels 180 degrees and lies flat, so you can have the conveniences of both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard. Our review model, which is black and costs $549, features the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a 10.1-inch LED multitouch screen. It also has a built-in Webcam and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. The unit comes with Windows 7 Starter as the operating system. The Lenovo S10-3t isn't a breathtaking netbook. It has a very shiny (and fingerprint-attracting) cover with a glittery square pattern. Its connections include two USB 2.0 ports, an ethernet port, a VGA-out port, headphone and microphone jacks, and a front-loading SD card slot. For a 10.1-inch netbook, the S10-3t is pretty slim at just 0.79 inches thick. With the four-cell standard battery, it weighs 2.7 pounds (a larger eight-cell battery raises the weight to 3.3 pounds). This is a good weight for a netbook, but a little on the heavy side for a tablet.
Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-3T is the a netbook with a swivelling touchscreen. Although this is certainly a different design and works as expected, the heavy chassis – due to the large battery – is a major letdown. Build quality is great, with a thin cassis proving to be attractively patterned and tough. The keyboard is firm and responsive with tapered keys, although the tiny touchpad with integrated buttons is awkward to use. However, this can be bypassed by using the touchscreen, as options can be selected by pressing directly on the display. This is flawed in netbook mode as the screen wobbles too much, but fortunately the entire display can be swivelled and laid flat across the keyboard, turning the netbook into a tablet-like device. You support it with one hand while controlling it with the other, and the desktop can be rotated horizontally or vertically using a button on the side of the display. Another button launches the Lenovo NaturalTouch interface, which allows you to play back media, launch your internet browser and perform other basic functions. Icons are generally much larger than in the standard Windows interface, which suits the touchscreen control, although scrolling through menus is often a jerky affair.
Lenovo's IdeaPad line is somewhat unpredictable. In our estimation, it's the company's "fun" line of products; in other words, it's the range of notebooks that they can tinker with, while the ThinkPad caters to business-class users. The IdeaPad S10 line of netbooks has been going for a few years now, obviously with a good deal of success. But as netbooks become more and more popular, the risk of creating another "also-ran" increases. Lenovo is hoping to set its newest netbook apart from the crowd by doing a couple of things: dressing it up, and providing a multi-touch, swivel screen that few others will include. The S10-3t ("t" is for touch) is the latest iteration of the S10 netbook, and it's also one of the first IdeaPad machines to incorporate Intel's newest Atom processor. The 1.83GHz Atom N470 should improve performance somewhat, and the inclusion of Windows 7 Home Premium also gives a fresh face to a line that was previously saddled with Windows XP. The design here has also been stepped way up, with gorgeous (and funky) overlays splattered about and a swivel display that can pivot 180-degrees in either direction or be flipped entirely to "iPad mode." We made that last bit up, but it can definitely become a full-on tablet with just a swing and a click.
Back at CES 2010, we marveled at Lenovo's seemingly unending lineup of inventive, eye-catching laptop designs. Though the U1 Hybrid took the spotlight, the less revolutionary but still eye-catching IdeaPad S10-3t also caught our attention. As part of Lenovo's updating of the S10 Netbook series, the 3t changes the entire design, adding a swivel-screen touch display to turn the Netbook into a convertible tablet. At a starting price of $549, the IdeaPad S10-3t could also be seen as competition for Apple's iPad, which has a similar size screen and comparable pricing. It's tempting to make the comparison, especially since the S10-3t has more ports than the iPad does, plays Flash, uses a PC operating system, and has a full keyboard. On the other hand, the S10-3t has laggy performance at times and a thickness that could keep it from being a definitive iPad killer. Our review unit, which costs $649, also bears interest because it's one of the first Netbooks to include the new Atom N470, a slightly faster version of the N450 we've seen in 2010 Atom Netbooks. The multi-touch display on the S10-3t is capacitive, not resistive, meaning the screen isn't pressure-based, and operates somewhat like the display on an iPhone.
It has practically everything Apple's iPad lacks, including Flash support, multitasking, a memory card slot, and a phsycial keyboard you can use in your lap. Lenovo's first multitouch-enabled tablet for consumers, Lenovo's S10-3t (starting at $549, $649 as configured) also features the new 1.83-GHz Intel Atom N470 processor. Unfortunately, this 10.1-inch netvertible's slightly faster CPU has trouble keeping up with the bundled touch apps (which are underwhelming) and the standard 4-cell battery lasts just a little over three hours on a charge. You also can't write on the screen with a digital pen, as you can with traditional tablets. So is the s10-3t a good iPad alternative or just an overpriced netbook with touch? For a netbook with a multitouch display, the S10-3t is fairly light and portable, weighing 2.8 pounds. That's a bit heavier than the S10-3 without a touchscreen, but this convertible's weight is on a par with many other mini notebooks. The two-tone Cosmic Night design is fairly attractive, with a retro concentric square pattern on both the black lid (which picks up some fingerprints) and the deck, which is white with the exception of the function row of keys and the area surrounding it. The Cosmic Wonder version of this machine features the same pattern on a black lid but with more vibrant colors.