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Lenovo IdeaPad S10e review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £289
inc VAT


10.1 in 1,024×576 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

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom N270
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 1.50GB
Size 30x251x183mm
Weight 1.1kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 15W
Power consumption active 23W


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×576
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 84GB
Optical drive model none
Optical drive type N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 2
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/34
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports none


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included PC Doctor 5
Optional extras two year warranty £32, three year warranty £75

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £289

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