The Netbook trend is in full flow and fine form with manufacturers willing to bite their own appendages off in order to be the next to release one. An unfortunate by-product of this is that the prices have actually been increasing as manufacturers begin trying to cram more and more into the tiny little laptops. Lenovo, as it turns out, appear to have stolen a march on many of their competitors.
The IdeaPad S10 has been pencilled in for an October release in the States and the price is being kept to a respectable $399 for the entry model. The IdeaPad has a 10.2” screen and uses the Intel Atom processor to deliver the goods. The basic model, costing around £200 will have 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. Increase your budget marginally to $449 and you can increase to 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive.
White, red, or black are your colour options and the IdeaPad will also offer a 4-in-1 card reader, twin USB ports, and an ExpressCard slot. On paper, there’s a good balance between beneficial features and a budget price bracket. Let’s see how it works out in real life.