Some Of The Biggest Brands In The World Had Their Products (Part 3) - Lenono IdeaPad S400, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

12/10/2012 3:45:40 PM

Lenono IdeaPad S400 - Ultrabook-lite

When had the opportunity to review this model before launch, we had been honestly intrigued. Here we have something that looks like an Ultrabook, with features like an Ultrabook, almost as thin as an Ultrabook.but the company is not calling it an Ultrabook? Lenovo has always been in the top group of companies that produces good computers for everyone, thanks to its IBM heritage that it enhanced over the years. You can see their design philosophy trickle down to each and every one of their products, and it is no different with the new Lenovo IdeaPad S400.

Similar looks

As we mentioned just now, the S400 looks like an Ultrabook. In fact, it shares many design similarities with their previous releases such as the U410 and U310. From the book-like design when the machine is closed up, to the arrangements of the ports, and even right down to the keyboard styling - it all screams of Ultrabook. But that all ends once you flip the whole thing over and notice something different - the presence of a removable battery! How about that?

Large Pad

Specs wise, the S400 is no laughing matter. Intel’s latest third generation Core processor, a 500GB of hard disk space, Windows 7 (starter edition), USB 2.0 and 3.0, a full HDMI port and a SD card reader makes this machine a very value-conscious machine for everybody. It even comes with a very big touchpad - the biggest we have seen on a machine of its class. It is those all-in-one touchpads, where they combine the buttons with the tracking surface - ala the one from the fruit company.

Minor setbacks

It is when you delve a bit deeper that you can see some drawbacks of this machine. The battery I told you about? It is of the 4-cell variety, so the battery life is not as long. The body is made out of plastic, which means it doesn't come with the ThinkPad robustness. The keyboard, while is good for its size, can be a bit mushy for some people (I find it good however). You don't get an optical drive, eventhough the space in the machine certainly allows it to have one and the 14 inch screen is of the glossy variety. It's odd to be able to see the word document, yourself and the person behind you like a mirror as you work.

Decent deal

We ran our usual bank of tests and the results we generated came as surprising. PerformanceTest garnered a score of 1231.5 while PCMark7 gave it a score of 2634 points. Decent indeed. If you are looking for a fleet machine, something to give to your kids (school or university going) or even as a light work machine, the Lenovo S400 actually gets our thumbs up.


·         Price: TBA

·         Dimensions (H x W x D): 336.6 x 241.2 x 21.9 mm

·         Weight: 1.8 kg

·         Processor: Intel Core i5 331 7U 1.7GHz

·         Memory: 4GB

·         Storage: 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD

·         PCMark7 score: 2,634

·         Performance test score: 1,231.5


·         A cheaper alternative to an ultrabook, even with its weight.

·         Value: 9/10

·         Features: 9/10

·         Performance: 9/10

·         Design: 9/10

·         Usability: 9/10

·         Score: 9.0/10

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 - Next Generation Tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 - Next Generation Tab 2

People here at PC.com know my opinions about seven inch tablets. If you've been paying attention to the magazine you'll also be able to guess what my initial reactions to the form factor are. Sadly, they are also very popular these days. Samsung must really be confident with their product if they're willing to let me write about it.

Not many changes

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 doesn't look very different from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0. In fact, I suspect that most consumers wouldn't be able to tell the difference at first glance. There are subtle differences though. For instance, the Tab 2 doesn't come with a flash for the camera. Plus, it's slightly thinner and has a different colour too!

Some upgrades

Android 4.0 comes stock with the Tab 2, which isn't surprising since the next version is already floating around. The integration with Samsung's own UI is flawless, though there is some amount of lag. You would notice that at times the hardware struggles to keep up with what's going on the screen, though. A Quadrant Standard benchmark test showed a respectable score of 2625, which firmly puts it in the middle of the playing field.


Most people will use their tablets as media players, and rightly so. It's what you come to expect from a device like this. In this context, the tablet will very likely be held landscape style for watching movies. While Samsung appears to have understood this when it designed the new 10 inch tablet, they seem to have forgotten about it for this one. There are two speakers on the device but they're both located at the bottom - right next to each other. On one hand, you can get proper stereo sound but only if you hold it upright. That kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me. To be fair, the speakers themselves aren't that bad. You won't get the best possible quality audio out of them, but they do get the job done.

Living with it

I keep telling myself to get an e-reader. Something for me to read books on, like a Kindle. That would mean buying a 7-inch tablet. But my inherent dislike of the form has always prevented me from actually getting one. The Samsung doesn't help. Sure the weight is light enough that you would have no problem holding it in one hand for a couple of hours. And the screen isn't too bright, meaning that you can look at text with a white background without feeling like your retinas are being burnt out. Yes, it is a good tablet for just sitting back and reading (something that I do quite a bit) but I don't like it for some reason. Maybe I'm just being nitpicky.


·         Dimensions: 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm

·         Weight: 344 g

·         Display: 7.0 inches, PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen

·         Internal: 1 GB RAM, 8/16/32 GB storage

·         Processor: TI OMAP 4430 1GHz Dual core

·         Quadrant standard: 2,625


·         Not a bad tablet, review biased by prejudice

·         Value: 8/10

·         Features: 8/10

·         Performance: 7/10

·         Design: 6/10

·         Usability: 8/10

·         Score: 8.0/10


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