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.
I have a HP Netbook mini. I’ve experienced problems when dealing contacts in Outlook. Because of the resolution you cannot see everything. This also is a problem when trying to maneuver and access the radial buttons and various websites.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Boy, when are they going to make this S10-2 available? I am really interested in getting one. If not sooner, I might be buying another netbook…. Arrrhhhhghghhhh…
No 720 option available on Lenovos website 🙁
If they’d just put a trackpoint on it instead of a touchpad (and cut the gloss)…
A lot of us out here in consumer land, fly over country, or whatever, would have to buy a high resolution netbook sight unseen.
If there’s a high risk that we would be displeased with the atom’s flash video performance or the “squint coefficient,” then wouldn’t this 1280 x 720 pixel screen be a reasonable compromise between 1024 x 580/576 and the 1366 x 768 of Dell and HP?
But Lenovo had to go and muck with the only thing the S10 had going for it: its great design and appearance, and to a lesser extent, its ExpressCard slot. And I’m still mad about that.
I totally agree with you about the design – I felt like the S10 was the least cheap looking. And now they add a glossy screen and make it more childish. I’m not a fan of glossy lids, screens, etc. They are fingerprint magnets, and I would have hoped that Lenovo would have kept it professional. Who knows, they may come out with a business version with a matte screen.
We can hope for that and also for a TrackPoint, but, at the risk of sounding pessimistic, the rule for manufacturers seems to be: give them some of the features they want with one hand while taking away some they’ve come to love with the other hand.
Soon might be a good time to get original S10 on the cheap though…
(yeah, I also consider it one of the most sensibly implemented netbooks, if only still “completelly standard” one. And since it would be nice to have ultraportable during the summer and hypothetical “Thinkpad netbook” probably won’t arrive until last quarter of the year…)
Good idea, if it’s cheap enough. The right shift and up-arrow keys could be reassigned and maybe even be taken off and switched.
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