I think that that S10-2 has some great improvements over the original S10. First they made it look much better with the curved lid, which has a pretty neat pattern on it. Also it is 0.44lbs. lighter and 4mm thinner, so if you are traveling with the S10-2 it should be no problem at all. The keyboard was made a bit bigger and the right shift key was enlarged, no one wants to type on a cramped keyboard. While the S10-2′s keyboard is smaller than normal it is not that cramped. Lenovo also added QuickStart, which is something that I think every netbook should have, an instant OS that allows you to jump on the internet in seconds. Another addition that I really didn’t touch on much was that instead of 2 you get 3 USB ports on the S10-2, I know many people will appreciate this. Most importantly they increased the battery life (by around 30%), but you do sacrifice space as the battery sticks out of the back of the laptop.
With all of those improvements internally the S10-2 is basically the same except you do get the option of built-in 3G if you would like. The Intel Atom N270 processor still does a great job and if you plan on using this netbook for just that surfing the internet and word processing it performs perfectly and the extended battery life is nice if you are always running around.
With all that said if you have an original S10, there really is no reason to upgrade to the S10-2, but if you are in the market for a 10.1-inch netbook and cannot wait a few months for the Windows 7 netbooks to start appearing then the S10-2 is a great choice. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
- Small and compact
- Lenovo QuickStart OS
- 3 USB ports
- Larger keyboard
- Large battery
- No real major hardware change from the original S10