Review: Lenovo IdeaPad S11 (S10-2) Netbook

I received a testing unit of Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 (which was “S11”) netbook and brought it along with me to a holiday trip. The following is the review of Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2:

Lenovo IdeaPad S11 (S10-2)

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 is slim and light. I can easily hold it on my left palm and type with my right hand.

If you think all netbook is light weight, try Asus EeePC 1000H. It is much heavier than IdeaPad S10-2!

Read on to see the size different between the two netbooks.

Most netbook has cut the size of right “Shift” key to squeeze more space but it cause you to press wrong key frequently.

The battery life is ok, around 3 hours on web surfing. Enough for quick access of your documents or Internet on-the-go. Not suitable for you to online at Starbucks from 9-5 without charging.

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 Specs

  • Intel Atom Processor N280 (1.66HHz)
  • Windows XP Home
  • 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 160GB SATA hard disk
  • Integrated 1.3 Megapixels camera
  • Integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Headphone technology
  • 802.1lb/g WiFi, LAN, Bluetooth
  • 3x USB2.0 ports
  • 4 in 1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS pro)
  • 10.1″ (1024 x 600) LED backlight display
  • Weight: 1.25KG

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HP Mini 110 Netbook in Malaysia?

HP Mini 110 is an attractive netbook (especially the Pink one!). However, it doesn’t seem to be available in Malaysia market yet.

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Model posing with HP Mini 110 (Pink Chic)

In the press release of “HP Recipe For Success“, there is no sign of HP Mini 110 netbook.

HP Mini 110 Netbook Specs

  • OS: Windows XP Home
  • Processor: Intel Atom N280 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 533 MHz
  • Hard disk: 160 GB
  • Display: 10.1″ LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display
  • Graphic: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 5-in-1 digital media slot, Headphone-out/Microphone in combo jack (iphone compatible)
    Webcam with integrated microphone
  • Battery: 3-Cell Lithium-ion (optional: 6-cells)
  • Weight: 1.06KG

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How Much are ASUS Eee PC and MSI Wind in Malaysia?

One of the hottest products at the PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) was the netbook.

Netbook is small-sized, low-cost, light weight version of notebook computer that has been optimized for Internet access.

Here are the ASUS Eee PC and MSI Wind prices in Malaysia:

ASUS Eee PC 701

  • Intel Mobile CPU
  • Intel UMA graphic
  • 4GB SSD, 512MB RAM
  • 802.11b/g, 10/100 LAN
  • 7″ LCD, USB 2.0 x 3
  • MMC & SD card reader
  • 0.3M pixel webcam

Price: RM 999 (Linux) / RM 1,099 (Windows XP)

ASUS Eee PC 900

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  • Intel Mobile CPU
  • Intel UMA graphic
  • 30GB HDD, 1GB RAM
  • 802.11b/g, 10/100 LAN
  • 8.9″ LCD, USB 2.0 x 3
  • MMC & SD card reader
  • 1.3M pixel webcam
  • Windows XP Home

Price: RM 1,499

ASUS Eee PC 901

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  • Intel Atom CPU
  • 12GB SSD, 1GB RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n, 10/100 LAN
  • 8.9″ LCD, USB 2.0 x 3, Bluetooth
  • MMC & SD card reader
  • 1.3M pixel webcam
  • Doulby Soundroom Certified
  • Windows XP Home

Price: RM 1,749

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My Shopping List for PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II)

So, it’s PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) today! Have you been there? I am going to Kuala Lumpur today to join the crowd. I plan to do some shopping at PC Fair such as Apple iMac, external hard drive, MSN Wind, WebCam, and Camcorder.

Apple iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz

It’s time to upgrade my Mac experience. My 3-year-old Apple 12-inch iBook G4 is working fine but I think it’s time to upgrade for a better Mac experience. I plan to get the Apple iMac 24″ 2.8GHz model (RM6,399/~USD 1965). I will have another 24″ monitor then!

Hopefully, I can get a good deal at PC Fair. Normally, there is no discount but you might get some freebies, perhaps an iPod? :)

External hard disk

If I buy an Apple iMac, then I should get an external hard disk too. The external hard disk is needed to activate Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine realtime backup feature. I would buy Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition, which is a Mac-ready external hard disk. The price is around RM500 for a 500GB model. 1TB model is available.

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

There are several computers at my home but none has proper backup. In order to keep our data safe, I think NAS would be the ideal backup solution because ALL computers can backup to 1 NAS over the Local Area Network (LAN), consider the NAS has enough storage space.

To be specific, I need a NAS that support both Mac & Windows. RAID 1 (mirroring) support is better. Hot-swap is good to have. My budget for NAS is around RM1,500.

I did over 10 hours of online research…and found a few that look good: Netgear ReadyNAS Duo, LaCie 2big Network, and Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo.

As well as network storage enclosure (does not come with hard disk): Synology Disk Station DS207+, Thecus N2100, and QNAP TS-209.

Generally, network storage enclosure has more and better features but they are also more expensive, considering that they come without hard disk. You have to buy the hard disks.

Do you have other NAS recommendations?

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