Monday, January 5, 2009

A Lotusphere Must Have

I rarely write reviews of products, in fact this might be the only one.
But as some know I received my Lenovo Ideapad (netbook)S10e on Friday. E stands for education.

Unfortunately for me some server issues cropped up and I was not able to really enjoy the unit until late in the day and the weekend.

It's small, light, moderately fast at processing, good battery life, webcam, built in mic and speakers(loud), wi-fi works well too, has an option to open up a browser or some apps without starting the full machine. Haven't got that to work yet, wireless issues it seems.

Stuck an extra 1GB ram in it, max is 1.5 anyway on this XP home version.
80GB drive, which is only 72gb accessible and about 50Gb free before i do too much to it.

I don't like the mouse pad buttons. They make a loud annoying click, prefer the thinkpad soft touch. Screen is a tad small, but then what did I really want to do with this device anyway, its about convenience and weight for me.

This will make my life so much easier in Orlando. Live blogging or just taking notes it will be much smoother and also on my back. Leaving the 17" monster at home.

Pricing for it is about $375(you can find it on lenovo site for $349 at times or via discounters. Mine is black, not pink or the other colors but for the price(dealer rate plus an end of 2008 $100 off and some other discounts put it in a range that we could not turn down. Plus clients will want this once they see it.

So if you haven't seen it or used it, catch me in Orlando.


  1. Brilliant tip!

    I'm shopping for one of those "netbooks" for the very same reason. Bringing the heavyweight T61 17"er to Lotusphere just does NOT feel like something good for ones back.

    I'm looking a the EeePC range (900, 901 or 1000H), the Acer Aspire One, the HP Minibook 2133, the MSI Wind/LG X110 (same machine) and the Lenovo S10e, ranging in price (in Denmark) from $350 (EeePC 900) to $800(HP 2133).
    Don't you just love sales and import taxes? *sigh*

    I'm hoping to be able to run the full clients for 8.5 (standard/designer/admin) and hopefully also the 8.5 server - not necessarily all that well, but hopefully well enough to test things out.
    So lots of memory is vital, and I suppose the Eee900 with it's Intel Dothan processor fails to qualify on processor-speed alone, and while the HP has 2gigs of RAM, the Via C7 processor scares me almost as much as the included Vista!

    The MSI/LG and the Acer seem very "plasticky", which leaves the Eee 1000H and the S10e.

    The S10e is appx $600 in Denmark, so it's not exactly cheap, but I'm drawn a little to it because it just seems that bit more 'solid' in the build, and Lenovo is a fairly solid brand too, I suppose.

    So here's one reader hoping you will keep us updated on the good and bad of the S10e.

  2. Hi Keith, I am a fan too of netbooks and Lenovo S10 and so this year we have decided to have a drawing for those that come to our booth and leave their details. Michelangelo