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Top Netbooks: the Eight Best Netbooks Compared: Page 6

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Check out the list of top netbooks:

ASUS 1000HE // Acer Aspire One // Samsung NC10 // Dell Inspiron Mini 9/Mini 10

HP 2140 Mini // Lenovo IdeaPad S10/S10e // MSI Wind // Sony Lifestyle PC

6) Lenovo IdeaPad S10/S10e Netbook

Base price: $399

Check latest price:

Google: Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Amazon: Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Product page: Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook

Lenovo might not have as high a profile in the netbook world as, say, Asus or Acer, but the company has a respectable reputation. That reputation rests squarely on the S10, which offers a nice feature set for a competitive price. The unit combines a larger screen – a spacious 10.2 inches – with keys that are 85 percent full-size (or almost as large as the largest netbook keys).

About that screen: the big WSVGA display, with a matte surface, is clear and vibrant while being easy on the eyes. The matte surface will improve visibility under glare, like when you’re netbooking outside in the park.

A nice option: the trackpad is configurable. So you can assign various areas as “forward” or “back,” depending on your personal preferences.

Another nice option: the ExpressCard slot, which enables you to plug in the peripheral of your choice: Have ExpressCard slot, will travel. Also, the built-in Bluetooth allows you to use a wireless mouse or keyboard without needing plug into a USB.

The all-plastic construction is solid, with little status lights and a wire-mesh covered speakers that give it a touch of fashion. (Okay, it’s no Apple, but it’s thinner than the Asus Eee PC 1000H and the MSI Wind.)

A downside: even the top-end S10 has only a 3-cell battery. That’s a mystifying choice. Netbooks are supposed to be made for life on-the-go; battery life is key. Why not put out a six-cell netbook like everyone else?

Bottom line: apart from the small battery, this is a well-equipped unit for the price.

Newsflash: Lenovo came to its senses and released the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e, which has a longer battery life. It also has a Quick Start OS for fast boot up – a seriously nice option for mobile computing. Check Google prices for the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e; the base model is available for about $350.

Netbook review: Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Notebook Review praises the audio speakers on the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 as “reasonably impressive for a budget netbook” but says that “it's still possible to find a computer with more features and performance for almost the same price on sale.”

PCWorld disagrees, opining that the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 “speakers sound no better than those on most mini-notebooks: It delivers substandard sound that's barely audible since the maximum audio setting is fairly low.”

However, PCWorld give the Lenovo S10 an ultimate compliment, enthusing about its comparatively fast performance: “It's hardly a speed demon, but it's fairly fast when you consider that the nearest competitor, with the same guts, received only a 37 [benchmark score].”

Specs:

N270 Intel Atom; 1GB RAM; 10.2" WSVGA AntiGlare TFT with integrated camera 1024x600; 160GB 5400rpm hard drive; Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics; Broadcom 11b/g Wi-Fi wireless and Bluetooth; 4-in-1 Media card reader and ExpressCard slot; 3-Cell battery good for about 3 hours; 80GB hard drive; two USB slots.

Top netbooks: the best netbooks, Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Top netbooks: the best netbooks, Lenovo IdeaPad S10

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (photos courtesy of Lenovo)

Check out the list of top netbooks:

ASUS 1000HE // Acer Aspire One // Samsung NC10 // Dell Inspiron Mini 9/Mini 10

HP 2140 Mini // Lenovo IdeaPad S10/S10e // MSI Wind // Sony Lifestyle PC


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