On the other hand, the S10-3t has laggy performance at times and a thick body that could keep it from being a definitive iPad killer.
Unfortunately, nailing that recipe is apparently tougher than it looks, and the final result fully satisfies neither as a Windows PC nor as a handheld multimedia device. The most crippling design decision may be the choice of the 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 as the CPU.
One important issue: as it lacks a touch pad or pointing stick, you're restricted to trying to work your fingers or the included stylus on the tiny Windows XP interface.
Most impressive is the fact that this display can handle up to 10 simultaneous inputs. We put it to the test in a paint program, by dragging all our fingers across the screen at once, turning each one into an independent paintbrush.
In its notebook form, the hybrid will run Windows 7 Home Premium, while the "Slate mode" will run its own Lenovo Skylight OS with a multipanel UI, using a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.
The touch screen is pressure-based and not capacitive, and can be used with bare fingers, but really works best with a stylus (a guitar-pick-shaped stylus is included, attached to a wrist strap). However, targeting tiny icons and window-close buttons can begin to feel like you're performing microsurgery on a regular basis.
Our main hang-ups are the use of a slower version of Intel's Atom CPU and the small 16GD SSD hard drive (plus an additional included 16GB SD card, for 32GB total).
It's a clever bit of engineering, taking the guts of a MacBook and removing the lid, omitting the keyboard and trackpad, replacing the display with a Wacom-enabled LCD and digitizer, and adding a scratch-resistant magnesium shell to the top. But unlike convertible tablet PCs, it lacks even the most basic of tablet functions, aka a rotating screen orientation, so you're stuck in landscape mode.