- Page 1 Lenovo ThinkStation S10 Review
- Page 2 The Case Review
- Page 3 Internals & Peripherals Review
- Page 4 Extras, Warranty, and Testing Review
- Page 5 Performance Results: Single Tasks Review
- Page 6 Performance Results: Mulitple Tasks & PCMark Review
One of the notable features of the S10 is that it includes a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). These devices consist of a chip, or group of chips, attached to the motherboard that add a variety of extra security features to the system. The main benefit of these modules is they can be used in conjunction with Windows Vista BitLocker to provide full hard drive encryption. To enable the device, Lenovo includes its own ThinkVantage software that will pop up when you start the machine and ask you whether to enable the device. A quick restart later and you’ll be all ready and secure.
ThinkVantage isn’t just about the TPM, though, it also includes a whole host of other useful security and maintenance features. A quick double click of the desktop icon is all it takes to access the myriad of options.
Accompanying this extensive range of services is Lenovo’s superb warranty that covers the machine for three years including parts and labour. The cover is on-site and response is next business day so you should never be left stranded for too long.
The specification we received for review was fairly mild compared to what will be available. The CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo E6850, RAM quota is only 2GB, hard drive capacity a miserly 250GB, and graphics are provided by an nVidia Quadro FX1700. This meant that although the S10 performed well in our homemade tests, PCMark showed the machine to be considerably slower than the Mesh G92 Pulse Pro, which is a cheaper machine. That said, the Mesh won’t offer you the kind of build quality, security and maintenance options that this ThinkStation will. Although, the amount of security stuff going on in the background made the machine feel quite sluggish a lot of the time, indicating that this basic spec is far from ideal.
The ThinkStation S10 is a very well built, superbly featured, and unique looking workstation. The low level spec we’ve reviewed is a little slow but throw in a couple of upgrades and you’ll be flying along. Once again Lenovo has proved it is more than capable of doing justice to the ‘Think’ brand.