Having a hard time deciding between a netbook and a tablet? Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira hope to make things easier for you with their review of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t, a Windows 7 laptop with 250 gig hard drive that turns into a multi-touch tablet with a 10" LED display, all for $475.
What You Need To Know
As netbooks go, the Lenovo design is pretty average.
It's just over an inch thick and weighs under 3 pounds.
The 10.1" screen converts into a touch tablet but is obviously not as thin or light as an iPad.
It feels heavier and thicker than it should.
The netbook has a lot of different aspects to its user interface, like a smaller keyboard, touch pad and the touch screen.
They all work okay.
The keyboard and touchpad are not cramped and work great. It's nice to jump on a netbook and not worry about your fingers.
The touch screen isn't that responsive. It's more of a "poke and tap" experience over a fluid motion like the iPad.
This means you might have to tap something multiple times to get it to work.
The virtual keyboard is also awkward to use and not very useful.
Even though it's capacitive, it's just not the experience you want.
At least the Lenovo included an upgraded Intel Atom processor and more RAM, so it did better performance wise.
Boot up time was average; it took about 65 seconds from powering on to launching Internet Explorer.
Our normal PC Mark Vantage test didn't score very well (1200 points), which could be due to Windows 7 and all of the pre-installed software slowing it down.
Overall, it gets the job done but not very efficiently.
The IdeaPad starts at $475 which isn't too bad for a hybrid tablet.