Lenovo IdeaPad S10e review

Alan Lu
22 Jun 2009
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10.1 in 1,024x576 display, 1.1kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.00GB RAM, 84GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Like Lenovo's long-established line of ThinkPad laptops, the IdeaPad has a plain but sturdy case, although the lid flexed more than we'd like.

Windows XP Home Edition is pre-installed on the 80GB hard disk. This is enough space for storing office files and the occasional photo, but you'll need more storage if you want to carry a large video or music library with you. Unusually, there's also a 4GB SSD built in with a simplified version of Linux pre-installed. It boots almost instantly, so you can use it for getting online quickly or other simple jobs without waiting for Windows to start up.

There are only two USB ports, compared to the three found on most of the other laptops here, but the IdeaPad is one of only three netbooks here to have an ExpressCard/34 slot. This can be used to add more USB ports or for other peripherals such as a 3G modem.

ThinkPad laptops tend to have large, comfortable keyboards, so we were disappointed by the IdeaPad's small, cramped layout. The miniscule touchpad and its buttons are also uncomfortable to use; we're surprised that Lenovo didn't fit a touchstick instead. We were also disappointed by the IdeaPad's dim display. Although it's not so dark as to be unusable, it's noticeably darker than the brighter displays found on Acer's Aspire One and Asus's Eee PC 1000HE.

One area in which the IdeaPad excelled is battery life. It lasted for nearly five hours in our light-usage test. Although some netbooks here lasted even longer, this is still one of the best results in this round-up and is almost long enough to last a transatlantic flight. This lengthy life is due to the six-cell battery. Some variants available from third-party resellers come with a three-cell battery, giving shorter battery life, so check before buying.

The IdeaPad's small keyboard is ill-suited for typing long documents, but its long battery life is undeniably appealing for internet browsing on the go. MSI's Wind U100 has a better keyboard and screen for only a few pounds more, though.

Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory1.50GB
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle15W
Power consumption active23W


Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,024x576
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory128MB


Total storage capacity84GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports2
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/34
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsnone


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedPC Doctor 5
Optional extrastwo year warranty £32, three year warranty £75

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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