Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook Offers Bigger Keyboard, Instant-On Skype

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Lenovo improves its IdeaPad S10 netbook with the IdeaPad S10-2, featuring a bigger keyboard -- 90 percent of the size of a standard keyboard. Plus, Lenovo's new netbook offers the same facial recognition technology and QuickStart instant-on capabilities for applications such as Web browsing and Skype.

Lenovo will release its IdeaPad S10-2, a thinner and lighter update to its IdeaPad S10 netbook, but featuring a bigger keyboard in answer to customer feedback. Like its predecessor, the IdeaPad S10-2 features facial recognition technology and QuickStart instant-on capabilities for applications such as Web browsing and Skype.

The IdeaPad S10-2 starts at just over 2 pounds and is less than an inch thick. In addition, Lenovo says the new netbook provides 3G connectivity, Dolby headphone technology and a long battery life. Lenovo’s design also includes a ring pattern on the top cover of the netbook in pink, gray, white or black.

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Lenovo says the IdeaPad S10-2 netbook will be available through business partners at the end of June and other outlets at the end of May, starting at $349.

The IdeaPad S10-2’s keyboard is nearly 90 percent the size of a standard keyboard—a design choice intended to provide users with a better typing experience, and making it a better choice for business users. The keyboard includes identically sized and balanced shift keys on both sides of they keyboard, and the touchpad is larger and easier to use, too, according to Lenovo. In addition, the IdeaPad S10-s comes with three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader and up to 6 hours of battery life.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad S10-2 also features Lenovo’s QuickStart technology—a Linux operating system embedded in the motherboard that enables users to quickly start using their favorite applications—Web browsers, Skype, instant messages and others—without having to wait for the primary operating system to finish booting.

The IdeaPad S10-2 also offers VeriFace facial recognition technology that lets users log in with just their face rather than having to remember a password. The built-in Web cam can also be used for Web calls and video recording.


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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