05-28-2010 05:50 AM
I'm seriously considering purchasing an S10-3t, but I have a question for you.
Is there a reason everyone is choosing the low-end model?
I'm looking at the one with 2 GB, faster processor, larger hard drive, Windows 7HP, Bluetooth.
I've priced it out and it is about $110 more than the best price I've seen for the low end model ($399). It seems like the price difference is probably worth it.
Note: I am pricing it out with and additional 8 cell battery to go with the 4 cell it comes with, and there is currently a 15% off promotion until June 3
Faster processor: $10?
Extra memory: $30
Windows 7 HP upgrade: $80 (according to Microsoft)
Bluetooth: $15-30+ (Seems really handy for 3G tethering and/or external peripherals)
Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
06-02-2010 11:23 AM
The following is from a post I put on the forum on March 17. The prices shown is what the models cost at that time.
I originally bouth the S10-3T with the N450 chip and 8 cell battery from a retail store in US. I returned the unit to the store and opted for the S10-3T with N470 chip and 4 cell battery. Lenovo includes Windows Home Premium and Bluetooth.
I bought the 8 cell battery as I was not sure which I would prefer. The 4 cell battery is nice because its flush with unit. Its good for me during my daily commute. The 8 cell battery is definitely needed for long trips. The 8 cell sticks out and is personal choice if you like the added bulkiness.
Prior to returning the N450 model, I recorded the Windows Indexing results and ran Geekbench. For those deciding which model to purchase below is a benchmark and average price comparison of both machines.
Model (Both with 2GB Ram 250GB HD) N450 N470
Source Retail Lenovo
Overall Windows Index 2.3 2.5
Processor 2.3 2.5
Ram 4.6 4.8
Graphics 3.1 3.1
Gaming Graphics 3.0 3.0
Primary HD 5.8 5.5
Overall Geekbench Score 916 994
Processor Integer Performance 904 992
Process Floating Point Performance 757 832
Memory Performance 1065 1149
Memory bandwidth Performance 1223 1260
Pricing / Options / Weight
Average Price USD $499 $649
2 GB Memory Upgrade $ 48 Included
Windows Home Premium $ 77 Included
Bluetooth NO Included
Battery 8 Cell 4 Cell
Sub Total: $ 624 $ 649
8 Cell Battery Option N/A $ 80
Weight 3.4 lbs 3.0 lbs
(8 cell) (4 cell)