s12 and 1101ha

There are a growing number of Intel Atom powered mini-laptops with 11.6 and 12.1 inch screens. And I happen to have two of them at Liliputing HQ this week, so I decided to take the opportunity to do a little photo shoot comparing the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (white) and Asus Eee PC 1101HA (black).

The Lenovo laptop has a 12.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display. This particular model also has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor but it’s also available with a VIA Nano CPU and an NVIDIA ION powered version (with an Atom processor and NVIDIA graphics) is expected to be available later this year.

The Asus laptop has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor that can be overclocked to run at speeds a bit above 1.7GHz.

In terms of size, the two laptops are almost the same. The Eee PC 1101HA is a little smaller overall, although it’s maybe a fraction of an inch higher in the back. Both have nice wide keyboards, neither of which is without quirks. I have an easy time typing on the Lenovo IdeaPad S12, but I keep hitting the Fn key when I’m reaching for the Ctrl button since the Fn key is all the way to the left unlike on most other keyboards I’ve used. The Asus keyboard does have a shift key on the right side that’s properly placed so you won’t accidentally hit the up arrow when you’re aiming for it, but the shift key is a bit on the small side.

You can check out a photo slideshow of the two laptops side by side after the break, or visit the Liliputing Forum for higher resolution versions.



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3 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1101HA meets the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 – Photos”

  1. The super tiny right shift key on the Asus kills it for me.

    I love the S12 keyboard. Brilliant. Feels like classic Lenovo, almost to ThinkPad standard. I could fly on it.

    BTW – interested to hear what you think of the displays? Which was better in terms of brightness & contrast? Also, resolution?

    Thanks for the photos.

  2. Oh yeah, I don’t mean to put-down the Lenovo S12, which looks like a well-made and capable machine. It just seems less portable than the Asus in terms of size and weight.

  3. The Lenovo S12 looks larger in every dimension, aside from the very rear tip of the Asus 1101HA. The S12 also weighs 3.4 pounds which is kind of heavy (versus 3 pounds for the Asus).

    Photo #3 tells the story. The cross-sectional volume of the S12 looks 30% larger, yet they couldn’t fit the 6-cell battery into the case. Very unfortunate.

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