Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2
Windows 7 on a netbook - worth the wait?
Pricing the S10-2 gave us some fun when we visited Lenovo’s online shop. This 10.1in model with Intel GMA 950 graphics has an estimated price of £517.50 that is "reduced" to £255. The 12in IdeaPad S12, which uses Nvidia Ion graphics, is only slightly more expensive, at £552.
Various discounts muddle the pricing on the company site
That’s only part of the story, as the S12 is "discounted" to £389, which means it actually costs £130 more than the ten-incher. If you visit a shop with a more conventional approach to pricing, you’ll see that the S10-2 is in line with other Atom N280-based netbooks that have a 10in screen.
Performance is just as you would expect from an Atom netbook: ie. feeble but adequate, and we managed 3hrs 14mins of movie playback before the battery gave up the ghost. While Lenovo has succeeded in delivering one of the first Atom netbook that comes loaded with Windows 7, it's a backwards step as far as we are concerned. ®
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