Lenovo ThinkStation S10 Review - The Case Review

As we’ve come to expect from Lenovo, and particularly the ‘Think’ branded parts it produces, the styling of the S10 is a welcome nod back to days gone by when men were men, long hair and velour flares were fashionable, and computers were for calculating missile trajectories and performing scientific simulations, not browsing the web for the latest celebrity video tidbits. And I, for one, love it.

There’s such a rugged industrial appeal to the whole thing with little extras, like the large plastic handle, only appearing when needed but then being finished with a certain angular design flair – don’t you just love the opposing thick and sloping ends of the handle?

The monitor, mouse, and keyboard, are also finished in the same industrial chic manner so you don’t even need to worry about the unique styling of the chassis clashing with the rest of your equipment. The fact that all the peripherals are also of superb quality does help this initial impression a considerable amount as well. I’ll come back to the details of those later, though. First let’s have a look at the actual PC in a bit more detail.

As mentioned, and indeed as is quite obvious, there’s a large carrying handle atop the front. This is a very sturdy affair and it’s quite possible to carry the PC by this handle alone. However, it would be more sensible to utilise the additional handle discretely situated on the back and take the computer’s not inconsiderable weight in two hands. If you don’t like the styling or find the handle gets in the way it can actually be removed.

It’s not all about the handle though, there’s a whole host of other simple functional features besides. For instance, the sturdy side panel lock keeps the PC’s internals secure but once unlocked the large blue handle-cum-button also makes removing and lifting away the panel effortless.

The honeycomb perforated front panel is another example. Obviously its primary use is providing ventilation to the PC but it also adds a touch of class that using regular round holes, or a grille, would’ve lost. We also like the protective surround for the power button that stops it being accidently knocked, and the easy to read illuminated markers above the USB, FireWire, and audio sockets. Again, both are simple and affective additions that make all the difference when working with PCs everyday.

Round the back things are rather more usual with the only notable addition being the little key holder. At first this seems rather useful but of course once the PC is installed this will never actually be used (not unless you have a seriously flawed sense of security).

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