Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Reviewed: Score one for the iPad

If only it were faster. And lasted longer on a charge. And cheaper. We just posted our full review of the IdeaPad S10-3t, Lenovo’s first consumer tablet netbook. The good news is that this machine has a lot of the things we wish Apple’s upcoming iPad had, including Flash support (touch to watch Hulu), the ability to multitask, and a good keyboard that’s always attached. But the more we used this netvertible the more we wondered whether it was worth $649.

Granted, the S10-3t starts at $549, but that configuration comes with 1GB of RAM and a 1.66-GHz Atom N450 processor. Our model’s new 1.83-GHz Atom N470 CPU and 2GB of RAM had enough trouble keeping up with Windows 7 Home Premium and the nice looking but somewhat shallow touch software. And for a relatively light 2.8-pound tablet,  just over 3 hours of battery life is pretty poor. So while the s10-3t looks like it has the right stuff to take on the iPad it falls flat. Check out the full review here.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. JT Says:

    It’s $499 on Amazon.com

  2. tcolberg Says:

    Not only is it $499 on Amazon, but it comes with the 8-cell battery.

  3. Jesse B Andersen Says:

    Hi everyone,

    I’m sure you guys optimized your S10-3T before your review right? Probably not. That’s fine because it does show how Lenovo and most other PC makers fill their systems with bloatware. The iPad doesn’t have that which is great. For those that own a Lenovo S10-3T you can optimize the system to get awesome results. I have tips at http://www.lenovos103t.com

    Now, since I own both the iPad and the S10-3T I decided to make a comparison blog about them. Each has their own advantages but they do cross over in certain functions and I’m comparing many elements. Anyone interested can check it out at http://www.s103tvsipad.com

    In the end if you have to pick just one of these two I would really ask “why should I buy this device?” If you don’t have any idea then save your money, but if you have a clear purpose then it might be worth knowing details about each to make a better decision.

  4. yash terakura Says:

    Why people compare ipad and s10 3t?

    One is a computer and the other is just web terminal which sells at much higher price…

    I would rather pay less for more…. Who wants to spend $600 for 16G terminal????

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