Netbook Tablets Get Capacitive Multitouch With the IdeaPad S10-3t

A convertible netbook tablet that sports a capacitive multitouch screen has been a long time coming. Now it's here, and at a surprisingly competitive price.

Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-3t still has netbook guts, which means a wimpy Atom N450 or N470 processor and only 2GB of DDR2 RAM. But it's the first convertible netbook tablet to have a screen that supports capacitive multitouch instead of the firm press a resistive screen requires. And its starting retail price of $499 when it goes on sale this month is well within range of the Asus EEE T91, a resistive screen convertible netbook tablet that debuted last year with Windows XP and a 16GB SSD, compared with the S10-3t's Windows 7 configuration with up to 320GB HDD storage.

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Lenovo is also introducing the 14" IdeaPad Y460 and 15.6" Y560, two multimedia notebooks that feature up to an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 500GB HDD storage. Some models will also feature Lenovo's RapidDrive technology, which purportedly lets the Y560 book up in just 15 seconds. Both will start at $850, with the Y460 available in February and the Y560 not hitting stores until March.