You’ll end up paying $150 to $200 more to get the version with ION graphics, but it’s not just the graphics processor that’s recieved an upgrade. For $599 you can get an IdeaPad S12 with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a 6 cell battery and Windows 7 Home Premium. $649 will get you a 320GB hard drive and 3GB of RAM.
Or for $449 you can still pick up a model with Windows XP, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. All three of these models feature 1.6GHz Intel Atom processors and 802.11b/g WiFi.
There’s also a $429 version with a 1.3GHz VIA NANO ULV 2250 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive.
While it’s nice to see Lenovo offer an NVIDIA ION option after all these months, it would be nice if the company had something priced a bit more competitive with the HP Mini 311, an 11.6 inch laptop with NVIDIA ION graphics that starts at just $399.99.