Acer isn’t the only company adding a higher resolution screen to its netbooks. It turns out the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2, which was first announced a few days ago, will also come with an optional 1280 x 720 pixel screen.
For much of the past year, 1024 x 600 and 1024 x 576 pixel screens have been the norm on netbooks. And while these screens over a pleasant compromise between price and performance, some people aren’t happy with trying to squeeze applications, web pages, and videos into a smaller screen space than you’ll find from most desktop or larger laptop displays.
There are some downsides. The Intel Atom processor doesn’t handle Flash video playback at higher resolutions very well. And some people may find the screen too sharp for comfort. If you find yourself squinting at a high resolution netbook display, don’t say I didn’t warn you. But so far most companies that are offering higher resolution screens are offering them as options, not part of the default configuration. And that seems like a smart move.
In other news, the German version of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 announcement also mentions an optional 32GB SSD option and implies that the netbook may be available with the “latest” Intel Atom processor, which would be the 1.66GHz Atom N280 CPU rather than the Intel Atom N270 processor that’s been around since last summer.