Lenovo S10 Netbook: Fabulous Hardware, Yuck Software - page 2
The Overdue Birth of NetbooksFast-forward to now, and everyone is selling netbooks, almost (but not quite) like hotcakes. And thus we arrive at the subject of this review, the Lenovo S10 IdeaPad, which I have had in my possession for a couple of weeks now, and have enjoyed greatly. This is on loan to me thanks to the nice folks at Phoenix Technologies, who sent it to me to show off their instant-on Linux-based environment, Phoenix HyperSpace. It also came with Genuine Windows XP Home, SP3.
Even so I had high expectations for the IdeaPad. This model has the following specs:
- 1.6 GHz single-core Intel Atom CPU
- 1 GB RAM
- 10.2" diagonal-measure 1024x600 WSVGA LCD display
- 160 GB HDD
- Broadcom wireless 802.11b/g
- 3-cell 3-hour lithium-ion battery
- Express Card slot (for 3G modem and other cool addons)
- 4-in-1 media card reader
- Kensingston security lock slot
- Two-button touchpad
- USB 2.0 x 2
- External VGA
Windows XP was good for about 3 hours on battery, and suspend and hibernate worked fine. The Phoenix HyperSpace environment lived up to its claim of extended battery life and delivered a little over 4 hours.
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