The evolution of the netbook

22 netbooks in 18 months

Lenovo IdeaPad S10: Although it was released in November 2008, Lenovo’s IdeaPad S10 netbook is back in the news as it is the laptop of choice for the Department of Education and Training’s notebook deployment for teachers and students. It’s a deal set to be worth $150 million and will roll out 267,000 units. But why was the Lenovo chosen over the ASUS, Acer and HP models? The Lenovo netbook has nice styling, runs Windows XP, has a 160GB hard drive, a 10in screen, and 1GB of RAM. Those specs are standard, but the interesting thing about the IdeaPad S10 is that it also has an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot. We were initially surprised that the Department of Education and Training didn’t choose a model with a solid state drive, which wouldn’t be as prone to damage when in the hands of students. And many other models offer a better battery life too. The IdeaPad S10 does offer increased drive capacity which may be of benefit when running memory intensive applications. Nonetheless, we really like the IdeaPadS10 and for $699, we rate this as one of the top five netbooks on the market.

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