Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook Review

General Usage

Just like the original S10 the S10-2 has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 screen. Obviously that is smaller than most laptops, but this is a netbook and is meant to be small. The screen size does allow you to easily browse the internet or do word processing. Also YouTube as well as other video sites fit the screen size pretty well. Things like editing photos and designing might take some time to get used to with the small screen.

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I watched quite a few movies on the S10-2, since I took it with me on a road trip from Pittsburgh to Myrtle Beach, SC. The video playback was very good and the sound is much better on the S10-2 than the original S10. Viewing angles were real good and I was able to watch movies on the S10-2 with a friend without any issues. Battery life on the S10-2 is great, around 30% more than the original S10. While on the road trip I was able to get about 5.5 hours out of the netbook while watching movies and during normal usage around 7 hours, which is pretty impressive!

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Using the keyboard does take some time to get used to as it is smaller, 89% the size of a normal laptop keyboard. After using the S10-2 for a few hours I was acclimated to the keyboard, but if you are coming from a normal sized laptop to the S10-2 then it might take a little longer. The keys are sturdy and there is no flex in the keyboard at all. The larger touchpad is nice and feels smooth.

Another thing that is great about the S10-2 is it has Lenovo QuickStart, which is a version of SplashTop the instant-on operating system. So when you press the “QS” button on the laptop it will turn on and launch the QuickStart OS instead of Windows. The OS starts up in seconds and you have easy access to the internet, chat, Skype, and even music playing and photo viewing! This is great for when you need to jump on your computer real quick before a flight or meeting. That way you do not have to wait for windows to load, just press the QS button and you’re on the internet in seconds. Here is a quick video of the QuickStart OS running on the S10-2. Notice how fast it starts up once I press the button.


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