Product Type: Lenovo Netbook
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Lenovo Ideapad S10e 4068
Member Name: kingseany
Lenovo Ideapad S10e 4068
Advantages: Small, lightweight
Disadvantages: Keyboard too small, battery life too short
I must admit I'm not writing this review on my Lenovo (but on an old Acer Aspire). The only real reason I have one (sitting in my cupboard mostly) is that it came "free" with a 2 year mobile internet subscription. Normally I back off from these kind of offers, however the sales pitch was impressive, and I actually thought I could do with a very lightweight and much smaller laptop than my Acer, plus the battery was starting to get a bit suspect. I'd never even heard of Lenovo, being more familiar with the Acers, Dells, Sonys and Toshibas of this world, so was waiting for the delivery with anticipation.
On arrival, I thought it quite a cute little beast, and weighs nothing (ok maybe a kg or thereabouts). It would squeeze into the inside pocket of a rather large jacket, but not into my jeans. I wondered where all the bits fitted into such a small box of plastic. Of course there is no CD/DVD drive so this cuts down considerably on space. Then there is the keyboard - very dinky. Still there is a 160Gb hard disk drive (double my Acer), a gig of RAM, a couple of USB ports, memory card reader, wireless, a socket for a full size monitor, network connection and mic and headphone sockets. All this these connections are on the right and left hand of the laptop. The front has one speaker which seems to stretch the complete width of the case. It's not very loud or good quality however. There's also a built in webcam at the top of the screen, again not of the best quality in the world, but perfectly usable.
The screen is a mere 10.1" and is quite restricted. My mobile internet software absolutely refused to work with it as it did not support the minimum resolution. A bit odd considering the company I got it from were offering it as an upgrade to my old laptop. I managed to fiddle the resolution problem after several hours of googling and adjusting things although I really shouldn't have needed to. The support Lenovo offered with this problem was not satisfactory.
The speed of the Lenovo was a bit disappointing, it's got a 1.6Ghz Atom N270 processor which is fine for general web browsing but don't expect it to play the latest games or do a good job manipulating photos, forget video editing completely. It comes with Windows XP preloaded which is fine as I never liked Vista anyway, and I've no doubt that Windows 7 would be a bit of a memory hog for this little guy.
So why am I not using the Lenovo much? Several reasons. Firstly the keyboard is a bit small for me. I can touch type, but I just cannot get it right on this keyboard. Secondly battery life. The sales guy quoted me more than 4 hours on a full charge - not amazing I thought but more than adequate for me. I'm getting 2 hours at best for reasons unknown to me.
I'm sure this little box of tricks would be great for my teenage daughters (although they already have Samsungs), but for me, it never got me excited after the novelty had worn off, which was just a couple of days. It's probably fine for some web surfing, chatting and skype (I'd add a proper headset) but anything more and you are not going to get that impressed.
At around £250 I'd suggest looking around for something with a bit more oooomph. I'd also suggest going into the shop and having a play with it for 10 minutes (you can always buy online after playing in the store).
Recommended only if someone gives it to you for free, and even then it might end up on Ebay within a few weeks.
Summary: Not the best idea I ever had to replace my laptop
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