A loft of you guys have asked me about the Lenovo S10-3t and the Asus EEE PC T101MT convertible tablet PCs with netbook hardware inside. Those are the best choices right now as the Lenovo already sells the S10-3t while the ASUS has begun shipping the EEE PC T101MT (reviewed by me here) so availability is expected in days to weeks time.
In this post I’ll try and put head to head the two convertible tablet PCs and try and make a short comparison review that might help you decide which one of those two ‘marvels’ is right for you. While making your buying decision take into consideration the fact that I haven’t got my hands yet on the Lenovo S10-3t (Engadget did a review on it). So, without further due here are my thoughts on the two devices.
From hardware specs point of view the two devices are really similar in nature, both being powered by the Intel Atom Pinetrail platform and feature the N450 CPU running at 1.66 GHz (the N470 will be available soon for the Lenovo tablet) and both have a 10 inch touchscreen, multi touch enabled with a puny 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, not enough for comfortable web browsing these days. Both have Bluetooth and WiFi, but similarities end here. Below there’s a little list of main differences between the two devices and how they can affect your overall user experience during everyday tasks.
screen: Lenovo S10-3t has a capacitive screen while the T101MT uses a resistive model. You might think this gives the Lenovo an edge but the ASUS uses a special two mode software switch that adjusts and calibrates the screen for either pen or finger input. In real life I believe you’ll be satisfied with the ASUS, but the Lenovo might be more comfortable to use if you don’t need to write down things, because if you do then you’ll need to purchase a special capacitive stylus (you can find some here but check if they work with Lenovo’s screen)
RAM and Hard drive: T101MT has the clear advantage here with 2 GB RAM and a spacious 320 GB hdd while the Lenovo struggles with just 1 GB RAM and 250 GB disk space
OS: ASUS EEE PC T101MT has the lead here too, with Windows 7 Home Premium, while the Lenovo S10-3t has Windows 7 Started as default
Battery life: Here Lenovo is the winner with a rated battery life of 10 hours, while the T101MT manages 4 to 4.5 hours in real live (official rating is somewhere over 6 hours) so you should expect the S10-3t to last you longer away from the plug
Wight: many people don’t really take this into consideration on small devices like netbook tablets but the ASUS is more comfortable to use as a book because it weights just 1.3 kg, 0.2 kg less than the 1.5 kg Lenovo. In the long term you’ll appreciate the lower weight of the T101MT
If you’re eager to get a convertible tablet PC get the ASUS T101MT in a few weeks when it will hit shelves. If you’re the patient type of guy wait a few months to see what the Gigabyte T1000P is capable of, as it seems to bring the best of both two netbook tablets compared above.
Also take into consideration that netbook tablets have less powerful CPUs that won’t let you enjoy a seamless interaction like you get on the iPad. If you agree with this statement then you might be better of with something like the Acer Aspire 1820p, which will retail for about 600 EUR, which in US might translate in something like 750-800 $.
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