Notching 3.5 stars, Lenovo’s original IdeaPad S10 was a solid netbook but it had its drawbacks, including a cramped keyboard and a standard three-cell battery. Lenovo wasn’t ashamed to admit its shortcomings and fixed both of those main issues in its new IdeaPad S10-2. For $349.99 the newest netbook on the block looks to make the competition shudder. We had some time to play around with the S10-2 a few weeks ago and came away impressed; check out our impressions and video of the system in action below. The S10-2 differs most from its predecessor in looks. It has a rounder look and, according to the company, is .4 pounds lighter and .1 inches thinner. Instead of the matte lid of the original, it has a glossy cover (available in black, white, pink and gray) with adorned with a repeating pattern that looks strikingly similar to Target’s Bullseye. Surrounding the system are 3 USB ports (the first only had two), a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA and a head and mic jack. Lenovo nixed the Expresscard/34 slot of the original S10. The real difference also comes in ergonomics. Lenovo has increased the size of the keyboard deck. Not only is the pitch of the keys wider but the right Shift key has been enlarged and placed below the Enter key (the original had a shrunken Shift key that was to the right of the up arrow). We found the keyboard to be firm and void of any flex. Not only should typing be easier on the new netbook, but so should navigating the desktop with the touchpad. The multi-touch trackpad has been expanded and there are dedicated right and left mouse buttons. The 10.1-inch display is now glossy and has a 1024×600 resolution (as we noted in our video a higher resolution screen may become available at a later date). Along the top of the bezel, a 1.3 megapixel webcam will allow for video calling but also using Lenovo’s VeriFace software to log into the system with just your mug. We expect similar performance to the first IdeaPad S10 with the S10-2 considering the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard drive have gone untouched. All versions of the S10-2 will come standard with a six-cell battery which should provide over four hours of runtime. Lenovo improved upon its already solid netbook with its s10-2, but also dropped the price to be in line with many other netbooks on the market. The $349.99 netbook is exactly what any second generation product should be – remarkably improved and even more affordable. Stay tuned for our full review.