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Thoughts on Lenovo S10 Netbook?

What do you guys think of the Lenovo S10 netbook? Feel free to compare and contrast with the MSi Wind U100 if you guys like.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 19:23:57 +0000

pretty much the same specs as all the 10.2" netbooks out there.

smaller keyboards, runs hotter, 3-cell battery only, but it does have your coveted express card slots and it's a lenovo.

i think the msi wind u100 has the best performance and it's a bargain for the price we paid.

Lenovo IdeaPad S10 gets reviewed

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

samsung's coming out with theirs also, nc10
- roomiest keyboard compared to all the netbooks.
- laptop magazine's editor's pick
Samsung NC10

other netbook reviews:
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i wished HP came out with a 10" version of their 8.9" HP 2133 Mini-Note (1280x768) with a 1.6 GHz Atom.

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 23:16:56 +0000

Thanks. It's so hard to decide. I need the ExpressCard slot. But like you said, the MSi Wind is excellent value with performance, battery life, and proven to run Mac OS X. Should I get another MSi Wind U100 or the Lenovo S10?

In case you are wondering, my baby destroyed my MSi Wind for good this time. The worst did happen. And, yet, worst things could still happen. I can only be thankful and hope for a smooth sailing. Such is life with kids.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:15:42 +0000

hp 2133

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 04:31:23 +0000

Sorry to hear about your MSI. That's one expensive toy. Can it still be salvaged?

The HP 2133 is a little weak, its overall performance (PCMark05) is worst than the original Asus EEE running in its slow mode, it's probably the VIA processor:
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Review

You can install OS X on the Lenovo S10, but not sure if the ExpressCard would work under it. I guess you can always dual boot. No sound (mic, speaker, line out), no ethernet and no power management.
Guide to installing OS X on Lenovo IdeaPad S10

The staff at laptop magazine really likes the Samsung NC10, no ExpressCard on this one though. Can get 7.5 hours of battery at minimal brightness. 6+ hours on 30-ish% brightness.
Samsung NC10�s Battery Life Over 7 Hours, But at Low Brightness

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 04:55:43 +0000

Yeah. My baby dumped juice over the keyboard. After I washed it and cleaned it up, the keyboard no longer works. That means the WiFi and Bluetooth also no longer works. I decided to replace my Windows server with it, since that's what I've been thinking about ever since I measure the laptop to run about the same wattage as my ancient computers. It's now running Windows again. And it runs without a keyboard. You can follow my MSi Wind here: . . .

Oh yah, I took that thing apart three times yesterday. Complete disassembly with motherboard hung out to dry. So if you guys ever need help with the internals, just let me know.

Nice thing about the Lenovo S10, in addition to the ExpressCard slot, is that it direct access to the hard drive bay. So you can swap OS at will . . . but I think I'll get another MSi Wind . . . a black one this time (U100-432US). The white one seems rather boring.

How's your MSi Wind coming along, Charlie?

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 04 Nov 2008 05:09:01 +0000

usb keyboard? you should also try the electronic safe spray cleaners/cloths and wipe everything down and let it dry. i mean if nothing got shorted. surprisingly enough i haven't see too many shorts as you would expect from submerged electronics.

i haven't done much with mine yet aside from run through the windows setup and get that running. i hate how some manuf don't give the restore discs and you have to have the system up and running and then use their utilities to burn your own discs. cheap-o's. so anyway, i get the habit of running a system at least once to see if there are discs to make and stuff before i do an os wipe.

i don't have much time lately, but hopefully by the end of this month i can see why you nerds want to run osx.

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:39:31 +0000

I installed Windows using the USB keyboard. But that won't turn on the WiFi nor the Bluetooth. Since it's acting as a server, I didn't need the USB keyboard to take up extra space. Plus, I don't have an extra USB keyboard, it needs to go back on my gaming desktop.

Thanks for the tip on the electronic safe spray. I examined the keyboard last night. There aren't any electronic components on it. I think it's just a series of contact switches. So I soaked the entire keyboard in water last night. I'm hoping the juice has caused one or two of the contact to remain closed. Hopefully the water will clear it out. We'll see.

I was also trying to figure out why everyone wants to run Mac OS X, before all this happened. I think I'll go order a new Wind now.

By the way, I saw this super 9-cell battery for the MSi Wind: . . .

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 04 Nov 2008 21:56:26 +0000

Well, the water hasn't cleared it up. I just got my new MSi Wind U100-016US last night. Put the keyboard from the new netbook onto the old netbook and it worked. So it is definitely the keyboard. I might try your electric safe spray cleaner idea. Or I'll just have to source a new MSi Wind keyboard from somewhere.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 18:10:42 +0000

Give it to your baby again...I think she's learned...

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 21:20:51 +0000

Oh, I'm sure she'll get her hands on it. There is no doubt. The first time she touched my Gyration wireless keyboard, she pulled off a bunch of keys. Luckily they were easy to put back. She tried to do the same this weekend to my HP Jornada 680e.

You'll know once you have some kids. They get their hand on everything. My co-worker purposely put his 42" LCD TV over his fireplace. We have to strain our neck every time we watch it. But he still manages to find hand prints on it from his three kids.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 21:23:59 +0000

How much was the U100-016US? Aside from the 120GB, 3-cell, and non-802.11n wifi, what other differences are there?

check out this flickr set:

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 21:37:49 +0000

It's black. It looks like a mini version of my HP dv6119us. Personally, I think it looks much more slick than the white version. I think it costs $25 more than the white version. I think it costs around $425 before the cashback.

I don't know why anyone would be interested in doing that (flicker link). But then again, I see Honda's with BMW symbols, BMW's with NSX symbols, and fake Porsche 959's. I don't see the point to those either. Maybe it's just me.

I guess since mine looks like a mini HP dv6119us, I'll have to go lazer engrave some HP logos and trademarks.

Then again, if my baby want a Mac too, then I'll have to get it done. So where would you get something like that done?

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 22:54:08 +0000

i guess once you have kids, it's worth it to get extended warranties for your items. but then again, damages like these are probably excluded.

you should have sprang for the same model you got before. the 6-cell battery alone is $100-$125 retail.

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:34:34 +0000

You are probably right. But I need to save a bit; after all, this is the second MSi Wind netbook I buy. And I am not sure what to do with 10 hours of battery life. And a variety of technology helps me move my web sites forward, which is the original intention of this purchase. Which was also why I'm so torn between the second MSi Wind and the Lenovo S10.

By the way, for those of you that cares about battery life a lot, Someone spammed my web site about a 9-cell battery for MSi Wind for $88. Too bad it was in the wrong thread, otherwise, I might have let it through. But you guys might consider looking into it.

By the way, the black version of the fully decked out MSi Wind (U100-279US) is the U100-432US, in case you guys are interested. I eyed it for a long time before settling on the U100-016US.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 12 Nov 2008 01:20:06 +0000

see...that's why you need to put an esthetically-appealing electrical fence around your tv and other valuables. low voltage of course. =)

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 18:48:17 +0000 are Maggie Simpson smart these days...
It won't work...

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 19:34:29 +0000

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