We have covered, and will cover practically the whole spectrum of netbooks, for the sole reason that we think they are the future for mobile computing, at least for work purposes. Lenovo is one of the leading elements of that spectrum, and today we have their much coveted IdeaPad series with us, with the new IdeaPAd S10-3.

Compactness is the key here; this model really has taken the “Dandy and lightweight” route seriously. It’s easily on the lightest netbooks out there, plus it opens up to a futuristic and definitely beautiful interior view. This is mainly because the wristrest and touch pad are lead colored, faux finished surfaces, a recipe for class IMO. Unfortunately I cannot extend this praise to the outer lid, it’s textured with a alternate gloss and matte chequered finish, and its cherry red. There is a black model, we wish we could describe that one, I’m sure it looks better.The one great thing, and I would like to emphasize this point, is that there are no fingerprint problems on this pattern; we heave a sigh of relief.

The keyboard is pure chiclet, with a considerable gap in between keys. This straightaway makes it hard for the few of us with chubby fingers, plus the “getting used to” phase when moving from a regular keyboard to a lighter flex of the chiclet style keyboard, is not to be ignored. The touch pad is neat, with embedded buttons on the bottom.

For the keyboard, ergonomically there are not so many complaints though, the response of the keys are good enough, except one issue that unnerves me really. That is the interchanging of the “Function” and “Ctrl” keys, this always leads to some goof ups while working. For the touchpad, I was quite disappointed. It’s like the Dell Mini models, integrated buttons really are bad news for ergonomics, I don’t get why manufacturers cannot fathom this simple point. The cursor jumps around, selecting text is hard, scrolling also gets a tricky. You have use it slowly.

One mention that it deserves is the addition of Dolby powered stereo speakers, meaning one can enjoy surround sound through any set of headphones thanks to the Dolby Pro Logic II algorithm, which enables you to listen to music, watch movies, or play video games with artificial surround sound. It’s not like the real thing, but yes, it’s great fun.

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