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.