Do Netbooks need to be even slimmer now?
Lenovo's newly announced IdeaPad S10-3s makes us wonder if the iPad's gone and changed the expectation for weight class in a portable computing device.
Quick: Think about your favorite Netbook. Now imagine what could make it better. Did "be even thinner" make the list?
Lenovo's quiet update to the
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Is something else going on with this announcement? Perhaps slimmer, more-portable computing devices that weigh even less are indeed being requested, even expected. In an era of ever-more-capable smartphones and a new tweener device in the iPad that's thinner and lighter than nearly any Netbook, perhaps Netbook manufacturers are feeling the heat to shrink those devices even further.from other manufacturers, who seem to be abandoning smaller-screened Netbooks, maybe "thin" is a more important quality in a computer than "small-screened," although the S10-3s will have both.
Available in mid-April starting at $379, the S10-3s offers the same Atom N450/470 processor and general keyboard arrangement we're otherwise familiar with. Sadly, it looks at first glance like it kept the track pad we weren't wild about.