I’ve been waiting and watching for the right touchscreen netbook for over a year for the right computer to come out. You see, I don’t want to have separate tablet and netbook devices to lug around everywhere, but I do want a touchscreen device.
I also wanted a tablet that runs Windows 7, I’m no Microsoft fanboy, but the iPhone OS and Android just aren’t full desktop operating systems. Granted, both have fairly extensive app stores, but they’re just not as capable as Windows 7.
The first device to fill this void was the Asus T91 convertible touchscreen netbook, but I wanted to have multi-touch and a little bit larger screen. This spring the Asus T101MT and Lenovo S10-3t launched which are both convertible netbooks with capacitive touchscreens that allow for multi-touch.
So what made me decide on the S10-3t? The stats are about the same, so it came down to to getting a 160 GB SATA hard drive and upgraded 6-cell battery with my Lenovo. In addition, the Lenovo just looks a little better and that counts for something.
After three weeks, I’m fairly happy using theS10-3t as my primary computer. I use the touch screen in both netbook mode and tablet mode, though I still use the trackpad from time to time. The three issues I have with the netbook are that the touchscreen has some input issues at the edge of the screen, the zoom multi-touch function lags even with 2 GB of RAM and the placement of the Function key. The function key lets you turn on and off the wifi, change the contrast, etc. The problem with the key is that it’s right where I would expect the Control key to be. That means re-learning basic shortkeys like, you know, copy and paste.
Other than that, I can’t imagine another device that’s as versatile and capable as the S10-3t. The touchscreen revolution is just beginning, so I’m sure the minor issues will get worked out in future generations of Windows 7 devices, but I just couldn’t wait to get my first touchscreen computer and I’m happy I did.Similar Stories:
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