Lenovo's IdeaPad S10 is described in the literature as an "affordable secondary PC," but the pitch quickly segues to addressing the "first-time PC user" and, finally and inexorably, "some mainstream consumers."
It's a telling transition between what netbooks were supposed to be–geek toys–to what they really are–main machines for nontechnical users. It sums up a computing zeitgeist that few seem comfortable with.
Among that few, however, is my 63 year-old mother-in-law, who is replacing a crappy old Dell laptop with a new 10.2" model. She doesn't even know that the new one is in a category that Intel insists she couldn't possibly want to use.
Lenovo's new model is a pretty one, with the increasingly-ubiquitous Splashtop Linux: awake within seconds of the power switch being flicked, it offers browser, music player, instant messaging and Skype. Other new features include a multitouch trackpad and facial recognition software. The specs are otherwise standard fare, with a 10.2 display, Atom CPU and 1GB of RAM, just like all the others.
It'll be available in March for a pleasantly modest $350.