Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 review

Lenovo's netbook can't fail to attract the eye - for better or worse

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Our Verdict

A fiddly user interface detracts from this feature-packed netbook, and the pattern on the lid won't appeal to everyone

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600

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  • Feature-packed
  • Nice and portable


  • Awkward usability

An upgrade of the S10e, rather than a complete overhaul, the IdeaPad S10-2 builds on its predecessor's success by adding some new features.

The 10.1-inch screen is exceptionally bright, produces great colours, and is great for viewing pictures and movies alike. The screen's 1024 x 600 pixel resolution is detailed enough, and produces sharp images, suitable for viewing and editing intricate documents such as spreadsheets. There is a shiny Super-TFT screen coating in place, however, and it inevitably proved very reflective when used in bright light.

The chassis is built from a solid white plastic which is more 'pearly' than 'matt' in its finish. The lid is also covered in circular patterns that certainly won't appeal to everyone, especially those with business on their mind. Nevertheless, it is relatively tough and provides adequate protection for the TFT screen panel inside.

Built into the chassis are two hotkeys. The first constitutes Lenovo's OneKey Rescue System, which allows you to back up your data at the press of a button. The second is Lenovo's QuickStart system, which allows you to get online, listen to music and view your photos without starting up the main operating system.

The keyboard is a mixed bag and, while Lenovo claims it is 90 per cent full sized, it feels a lot smaller. Some keys are mystifyingly large, however, such as the Shift key, and other keys suffer as a result. We soon got used to it and found it fine to work with. The touchpad is small and the two mouse buttons can be a little fiddly but, again, they get the job done.

Decent weight

With a weight of just 1.1kg and 210-minute battery life, great mobility is provided.

802.11g Wi-Fi will provide quick access to the internet in hotspots, and three USB ports allow you to connect various peripherals to enhance your netbook experience, such as an external disk drive to use with the OneKey Rescue System.

Overall, the IdeaPad S10-2 is a decent netbook and, while its slightly fiddly user interface does detract from the overall experience, there should be enough here to attract most buyers.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGraphics Media Accelerator 950
Wireless LANYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyIdeaPad S10-2
Processor ModelN280
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache512 KB
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset Model945GSE Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyVibrantView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesS10-2
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product ModelM21G4UK
Product NameIdeaPad S10-2 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineIdeaPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberM21G4UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing InformationNew to the whole notebook, netbook, laptop scene? Need a basic, super light and compact laptop for school? Or maybe you need a second computer for the family? The stylish and affordable IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook could be just what you're looking for.
Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed667 MHz