Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2,10-inch Review

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2,10-inch Review
Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-2 is a thinner, lighter, longer-lasting update to its 10-inch S10 netbook. Its svelte chassis, peppy performance, and bundled instant-on operating system make this $399 machine a decent choice. However, other systems offer additional features, better keyboards, and many more hours of endurance at the same price.

Design of the IdeaPad S10-2

With the IdeaPad S10-2, Lenovo has put its netbook line on a diet, shaving 0.2 pounds off the weight and 0.2 inches off the thickness (at its thinnest point) of the original S10. While some may like the new look, we think it's a giant leap backward in attractiveness.

While the original S10 has a sleek, futuristic aesthetic with squared off edges, attractive metal accents, and vents that look like they belong on a spaceship, the S10-2 just looks cheap. Its white glossy plastic lid (also available in pink, gray, or black) is adorned with an unattractive circle-patterned imprint that is reminiscent of 1970s-era wallpaper or the Target logo, depending on your point of view. The hinge covers, which had been sleek metal discs on the S10, look like a pair of used thumbtacks.

Worse, still the 6-cell battery bulges out of the S10-2’s gaunt frame so dramatically that it actually makes the system 0.4 inches thicker in back than its predecessor (1.4 to 1.8 inches) and gives the whole netbook a bit of a lopsided feel. Even if you don't mind the S10-2's design, it just can't compare to the ultra attractive Toshiba NB205, the ultra thin Eee PC 1005HA (with its flush battery), or the clean looks of the Samsung N120.

Ports :

When it comes to ports, the S10-2 has the basics, but nothing more. It comes with three USB ports, Ethernet, VGA-out, audio in/out, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a Kensington lock port. However, the system lacks an ExpressCard 34 slot, which can be found on many of its competitors and on the original S10.