The Lenovo IdeaPad s200 has the guts of a netbook but the full-sized keyboard and display of a larger notebook. It’s also rather stylish — and pretty cheap for an ultraportable notebook.
Lenovo will offer the IdeaPad S200 soon for $349 and up. The notebook has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 32GB solid state disk, and an Intel Atom Cedar Trail dual core processor.
The company isn’t replacing its netbook lineup with these larger computers though. A Lenovo rep confirmed to me tonight that the company will soon bring an IdeaPad S110 netbook to market. It’s a 10 inch mini-laptop that’s virtually identical to last year’s S100 — but the new model has the same Cedar Trail processor as the S200.
While the IdeaPad S200 will offer netbook-like performance, it does have an HDMI output, thanks to the Cedar Trail chip’s support for HD video playback. The larger keyboard and screen should also make a big difference in making the machine feel like a full-fledged (if slightly slow) laptop.
There’s also a USB 3.0 port. The touchpad features integrated mouse buttons, and the battery doesn’t appear to be user-replaceable.
Lenovo will also offer an S206 model with an AMD Fusion processor instead of an Intel Atom chip.
At a time when every computer maker (including Lenovo) appears to be pushing ultrabooks with starting prices of $700 or more, it’s nice to see a few inexpensive alternatives as well.
Another advantage besides the low price would be the CPU sips so little power and the TDP can be as low as 3.5W. This would be better than ultrabooks where the TDP is many times more.
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