Best and worst tablet notebooks

The Apple iPad may have everyone talking, but tablet PCs have been around for ages. Here are some of the best

The tablet space may be currently exploding thanks to the popularity of Apple's iPad, Dell's Streak, the Telstra T-Touch Tab Android Tablet and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but tablet-convertible notebooks have been around for many years and are a good tool for graphic designers and other professionals.

In this round-up we've included a selection of the tablet-convertible notebook PCs that we've reviewed since mid-2008. The most prominent manufacturer of tablet PCs is Fujitsu, but Lenovo, Dell, HP and Panasonic (with its Toughbook notebook PC) also play in this space.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t tablet-convertible netbook

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is a tablet-convertible netbook with a touchscreen. However, a poor software implementation, slow CPU and a unfriendly design make it a frustrating product to use. An on-screen keyboard is not supplied, the screen gestures place a lot of strain on the CPU and aren't always recognised, and the design of screen itself is not good enough for touch input. On the plus side, it has a great keyboard and long battery life. Ultimately though, this touchscreen netbook needs a lot of work.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 19th April, 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Lenovo
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 1.50
  • $ 869.00
  • Pros:
  • Great keyboard, long battery life
  • Cons:
  • Ships with Windows 7 Starter, no native touchscreen software, sluggish performance when as a tablet, small palm rest, gestures not always responsive, webcam placed to the right of the screen
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