Friday, July 10, 2009

Hands-On with the Lenovo IdeaPad S12


If our hands-on with the Lenovo’s IdeaPad S12 told us anything it is that 12 inches is the new 10 inches. Lenovo’s newest IdeaPad may sport some netbook parts, but its larger screen and chassis makes it more like an ultraportable notebook than anything else. Check out our impressions, gallery and video of the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 below.

The IdeaPad S12 wears the same improved design as Lenovo’s IdeaPad S10-2. The glossy black lid (also available in white) has an imprinted pattern that looks similar to Target’s Bulls eye. The overall build of the notebook is solid and at 1.4-inches thick, we were reminded of Lenovo’s business aimed X200 and its thin and compact stature.

Surrounding the S12 are more ports than your typical netbook. It has 3 USB, an Express Card 34 slot , 4-in-1 card reader, VGA, mic and headphone. (The Ion version of the S12 will have an HDMI port.)

Under the lid is a 12.1-inch glossy display which, with its 1280×800 resolution, makes it much easier on the eyes than a 10-inch netbook. And thanks to the extra screen real estate, the S12 has a full-size keyboard; the matte black keys were comfortable and similar to those on the other IdeaPads. Underneath the keyboard is large trackpad with a single mouse button.

The unit we had some hands-on time with packed a Via Nano processor which will not be available in the U.S. However, Lenovo will offer the S12 in the U.S. with an Intel Atom processor and Intel Atom joined with Nvidia’s GeForce 9400M graphics (known as Ion). All SKUs will run Windows XP and pack a 160GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM.

With all models of the S12 being priced below $500 (the Atom will be $449), the S12 has the potential to seriously shake up the market. Beyond its thin and attractive design, the S12’s larger screen and more powerful performance make it more than a companion netbook.

1 comment:

  1. Lenovo IdeaPad S12 has a 12.1 inch screen, very light weight and available in black and white colour.Lenovo IdeaPad S12 looks very stylish. The keyboard is very comfortable. The battery life is longer than most of the laptops. For more in detail refer Ideapad S12