The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 manages to fit a 10-inch, 1024-by-600-resolution display into a tiny 9.8-by-7.3-by-0.9-inch frame. This netbook also houses a big 160GB hard-disk drive, which contributes to its relatively hefty weight of 3.6 pounds.
Though the IdeaPad S10 carries the same 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N270 processor that most other mini-laptops do, it turned in a creditable score of 41 on our PC WorldBench 6 benchmark test suite; the average mark for a netbook is just 36. Unfortunately, battery life is a weakness of this model: The IdeaPad S10's three-cell battery lasted only 2 hours, 35 minutes on a charge.
Lenovo wins a few extra-credit points for including a handy recovery application, CyberLink OneKey Recovery 6.0, which allows you to create backups, establish partitions, and set restore points--a more flexible backup option than permitting you only to restore the PC to its factory-fresh condition.
If you're looking for a big, beefy hard drive and surprisingly sprightly performance from a netbook, the IdeaPad S10 is a solid pick.
PCW Rating: 84
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