Lenovo ThinkStation S10 Review - Internals & Peripherals Review

Inside the case we find a fairly typical layout for this size of case. As well as the two 5.25in and one 3.5in drive bays visible from the front, there’s another three 3.5in bays, for your hard drives, inside. They use quick release mounts, which make changing or adding additional hard drives very easy. There’s also a large plastic expansion card retention bracket that removes the need for individual screws to hold expansion cards in place. The only other thing of note is the CPU cooler that is a reference Intel design but it has an extra cowling between the fan and heatsink, which doubles as a way of reducing noise and increasing airflow.

Turning the PC on, the effect of this modification is not immediately obvious as there’s quite an audible whoosh as all the various fans kick in. A moment later, though, they’ve quietened back down to a less intrusive level. Being as our review system was only equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 we can’t vouch for how quiet the machine stays when using the more power hungry CPUs this system is configurable with but we’d hazard a guess noise isn’t your primary concern if you’re buying a workstation like this anyway.

As mentioned earlier, the peripherals included with this system are superb. All too often we see business PCs ship with poor quality peripherals, which, regardless of how fast it is, make using the PC unnecessarily difficult. So, if you value your workers’ sanity, getting one of these ThinkStations will be a very good start.

The monitor is the ThinkVision L190x, which is the slim bezelled 19in model from Lenovo’s performance range. It offers swivel, pivot, and height adjustment, includes a four-port USB hub, has inputs for VGA and DVI, and has a bezel only 6.6mm wide. With a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 it isn’t going to be the best choice for those working in imaging – whether 2D or 3D – and if possible, specifying one of the higher resolution 22in models will be a good idea. For the rest of us, though, the superb adjustability and image quality make this screen a pleasure to use.

In many ways there’s not much to say about the keyboard – it’s just a standard UK layout keyboard – however the robust build and responsive keys make it stand head and shoulders above most alternatives. The keys’ action is smooth and effortless yet there is that crisp springiness essential for fast typing. Finally, and of course best of all, you also get blue Enter keys.

Finishing the ensemble of peripherals off is probably the weakest part, the mouse. Not to say that it’s actually bad, indeed it works perfectly well, there’s just nothing particularly standout about it. It points, it clicks, it scrolls, now move on.

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