Viliv S10 Blade Convertible Netbook/Tablet Review

Posted on 21 March 2010, Last updated on 05 September 2020 by

Round-Up and Summary

Pricing and availability.

Details of pricing will be added when this information is released by Viliv. We expect Dynamism to be the lead reseller outside Asia for this product.

Pricing has now been announced. Pre-sale starts on the 25th March. See here for more details. The Viliv S10 we are testing here costs $889

Who’s the target customer?

The Viliv S10 offers the end user a netbook with extras in a very stylish package. The main features are:

  • High resolution screen
  • Battery Life
  • Multitouch
  • Thin design
  • Convertible screen
  • 3G option
  • Silent, rugged operation
  • Component and S-Video output.
  • No backlight adjustment available in tablet mode.

Clearly the S10, with it’s 3G and lack of moving parts is an option for mobile usage scenarios but we’d warn against using a convertible screen in extreme mobility situations. These can be vulnerable to breakage.

The S10 is ideal as a conferencing or remote office scenario. The device is powerful enough for most office applications and with the 3G, strong Wifi and VGA/S-Video out would work well as a ‘hotel’ PC for work and video playback. The size and style definitely put it into the ‘executive’ class.

Digital photographers could be interested in the easy access SD card slot, high resolution screen, semi-rugged internals and stylish looks. With component output this can be used for high-quality projector presentations too.

Developers looking to write multitouch applications for Windows 7.

The high-end version with 2.0Ghz is unique in the market today and should be on the list for anyone looking for a high-quality KG-class mobile computer.

Issues and problems.

  • No screen rotate button or programmable buttons in tablet mode.
  • Battery indicator needs to be improved
  • Mutitouch zooming isn’t responsive enough.
  • Vertical viewing angle restricted
  • No Mic input
  • Very poor built-in loudspeaker
  • No ethernet port

Comparison Photos

A full photo set is available in the gallery.

MSI Wind, Gigabyte Touchnote, Viliv S10

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Competitors.

If you consider the 2.0Ghz version, there are currently no competitors at this screen size so lets take the S10 1.6Ghz version with the 64GB SSD, 3G and Windows 7 Home Premium and compare it to German Euro prices for competitors.:

  • Lenovo S10-3T 1GB RAM, Multitouch (1024×600) Windows 7 Home Premium 449 Euro
  • Gigabyte Touchnote 2GB RAM, Single Touch N280 1.6Ghz (1366×768) Windows 7 Starter, 569 Euro
  • ASUS T101 MT 2GB RAM, Multitouch (1024×600), N450 1.6Ghz CPU, Win 7 Home Premium. 320GN HDD. 499 Euro

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Final Summary.

The S10 is another high quality product from Viliv and a convertible netbook with features and options that very few other devices can match. Battery life is fantastic for a 1.2KG device and the style makes the S10 even more unique. We question the usefulness of multitouch for the average user and feel that 1.2KG is too heavy for long-duration tablet use but at the end of the day, there’s no significant disadvantage to having multitouch or a tablet-capable design.

Full specifications along with links to related articles in the Viliv S10 product page.

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