Lenovo Rolls Out S10 Netbook for Education

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Lenovo has announced a new IdeaPad S10e netbook, a version of its recently-introduced small and light notebook computer, but this time aimed specifically at the K-12 and higher education markets. Like other netbooks—such as the ever-populating Asus Eee line, Dell’s Mini 9 and 12, and even systems like the Intel Classmate and OLPC XO, Lenovo is positioning the S10 as an ideal system for connecting to the Internet to conduct online research, communicate with teachers and other students, light word processing and multimedia, sharing files and course materials…and, of course, engaging in social networking activities and email.

“Following the popularity of our recently introduced consumer netbooks, we are expanding our IdeaPad netbook line with models customized to the unique needs of students, teachers and education customers,” said Lenovo senior VP Scott DiValerio, in a statement.

The S10 e features a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a 10.2-inch 1,024 by 600-pixel LCD display. The systems feature integrated WiFi and Ethernet networking, an ExpressCard 34 slot, optional Bluetooth, an integrated Web cam, and up to 160 GB of storage—although a tiny 4 GB SSD drive is also an option. Lenovo will offer the S10e with either Windows XP or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

The IdeaPad S10e should be available by the end of November through Lenovo’s education sales and channel partners.