Unboxing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10

S10 Upgrade Possibilities The last feature we looked at before sending the S10 over to our lab to be benchmarked was the upgrade panel on the bottom of the system. Like many other manufacturers, but unlike MSI, Lenovo has made it easy to access the netbook’s hard drive and RAM. Unscrewing the bottom panel reveals a standard 5,400rpm 2.5-inch hard drive and one DIMM slot, which in our case was filled with a 512MB DIMM.

Considering that our system came with 1GB of RAM total, we are sure that there must be a 512MB DIMM slot located somewhere else, perhaps underneath the keyboard. What we don’t know is whether we can upgrade this system beyond 1GB. In the days ahead, we will try replacing the 512MB DIMM with 1GB and 2GB DIMMs to see if the system recognizes them. Since that first 512MB DIMM is hidden somewhere, we have to wonder whether it can be removed and replaced. If, for example, the motherboard can only recognize 2GB of RAM and we can’t replace the first 512MB DIMM, we could only put a 1GB unit in the slot below the panel and end up with 1.5GB. We’ll have to see. [flq:972a521cb7d947a88517f82cb9a98816] First Impressions We haven’t spent much time with the S10, but so far we like what we see. We’ll be posting a full review, along with our benchmarks within the next day or so.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. pz Says:

    citing a french/korean article, engadget claims it gets very hot: can you please confirm or clarify?

  2. Rich Says:

    I’m interested to know about heat and fan noise. Hopefully those can be covered in the review.

  3. chop Says:

    and the question of the day…does it have bluetooth????

  4. Dan Says:

    Any chance you can compare the size of the netbook to some of the 8.9″ netbooks like the aspire one? I’d like to get an idea of the additional size of the netbook before ordering one.

  5. libs0n Says:

    When the first video paused over the “My Computer” Explorer screen, a “My Bluetooth Places” icon was present.

  6. Kevin C. Tofel Says:

    Looks nice and easy to upgrade, but the small Right-Shift is a deal-breaker for me personally. As far as the RAM: it might have a second RAM slot as you mentioned, but I’m guessing it has 512 MB of RAM soldered on the board. Would love to know for sure though!

  7. rk Says:

    512MB RAM are soldered onto the motherboard, accepting another 1GB stick, for a total of 1,5GB…

  8. PK Says:

    Looking at the internal pics posted at the FCC (some also available here in a related document), it looks like the other 512MB of RAM is underneath the DIMM- soldered to the motherboard. According the document at the FCC, there is a bluetooth module in the S10 (there is a picture of the module in the document).

  9. Jonathan Says:

    I just ordered a white one off lenovo.. 395+tax free S/H.. est ship date, Oct. 1. ROCK ON!

  10. ak Says:

    Just ordered one for my dad ($421 w tax, ship date Oct 3, free UPS ground shipping, 2 business day shipping was another 40 bucks ). I’ll get to know about heating etc. when he gets his hands on this.

    Looks btter than other PCs in the pics here.

  11. ak Says:

    oh and $421 total was with employee discount.

  12. KalvinKlein Says:

    The First 512 MB RAM is found directly under the Second RAM. You can see this in RAM Upgrade Video @ 1min35 secs .

  13. Denis Says:

    I want to know bout the multi-touch on lenovo s10, is it like the multi-touch on eeepc 901/1000 which is can do some task with two fingers or maybe three fingers???like ur review before multi touch on eeepc 901/1000.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPUvSNA6QoY

  14. Eric Says:

    Nice review! I ended up buying a black one and I’m definitely impressed with it. I read that the hard drive is much faster than those used in other netbooks. Here’s my Lenovo S10 review.

  15. Val Says:

    Looks like I’m the only one having trouble with S10. It freezes all the time… Any suggestions what went wrong?

  16. Teresa Says:

    my is freezing on me now as well..i am able to take out the battery or hold the power key for 4 seconds to reboot but it just keeps freezing..its very frustrating because about from that its an awesome notebook..

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