Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t review: Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t

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IdeaPad S10-3t Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.28
Sleep (10%) 0.6
Idle (25%) 6.15
Load (05%) 16.13
Raw kWh number 22.53
Annual power consumption cost $2.56

Annual power consumption cost

Sadly, we've come to the most disappointing part of the S10-3t: its battery life. Part of the reason the IdeaPad S10-3t managed to stay so thin is its wafer-sized four-cell battery. The smaller battery netted it only 2 hours and 25 minutes in our video playback battery drain test, a really low number compared with any other Netbooks. The current Intel Atom processors are known for their long battery life, and we've routinely seen cheaper Netbooks last twice as long on a single charge. Less than 3 hours makes this device nearly useless for plane flights--we'd rather watch videos on our iPhone. Until battery life is improved in future models, the S10-3t may have a hard time being more than a novelty.

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is backed by an industry-standard, one-year warranty. Support is accessible 24-7 via a toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and a Web site with driver downloads.

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System configurations:

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t
Windows 7 Starter; 1.83GHz Intel Atom N470; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 250MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BN
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

HP Mini 210
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell Insprion Mini 10 (HD)
Windows 7 Starter, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450, 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz, 250MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150, 160GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1005PE
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 251MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 250MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

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  • Release date Mar. 1, 2010
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Color cosmic night
  • Weight 3.3 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.