User Completely Dissects His IdeaPad S10

I’m always nervous about completely tearing a notebook apart. Sure, I’ll open the upgrade panel, and maybe even crack open the chassis. But when it comes to prying off the keyboard or cracking open the bezel around the screen, I start to worry. Will I be able to put it back together again? Fortunately, Lilliputing reader Tommy Yoo has no fear, taking apart his new IdeaPad S10 and photographing the dissection for all to see. He told Lilliputing’s Brad Linder that the build quality of the S10 is far superior to that of the MSI Wind. Looking at this picture of the guts, I can’t help but compare it to what we saw when we popped open the Wind U100 back in June. On the inside of the MSI Wind we reviewed (our unit may have been an early or preproduction model since we got it from MSI weeks before consumers did), we saw a couple of things that looked a little messy like a piece of ugly masking tape sitting on the wireless card. But these are guts; they’re not meant to be pretty, not even meant to be seen.

I can’t judge scale from comparing Tommy Yoo’s photos of the S10 to our pic of the Wind, but I am wondering if the fan on the S10 is smaller. There’s no doubt that the Wind runs much cooler than the toasty S10. The temperature between the G and H keys on the Wind averaged 93 degrees Fahrenheit, while the S10 teetered between 97 degrees and 101 degrees, even when the system was just idling. Should Lenovo have used a better fan or just set the BIOS to make the S10’s fan run faster? [via Lilliputing]

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Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of 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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