The two latest members of the Lenovo IdeaPad S-series have a few things in common. They both have 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processors, integrated GMA950 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drives, Windows XP, and a version of the Splashtop quick-start software. But there’s one big difference between the two laptops… and I do mean big. While the S10-2 sports a typical netbook-style 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, the IdeaPad S12 has a 12.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel screen.

Along with the larger screen, the S12 has a larger keyboard and room on the chassis for a few other goodies including an ExpressCard slot and hardware buttons for controlling the computer’s volume.

I have to say, the S12 definitely feels enormous by netbook standards. But it’s still relatively light, at about 3.5 pounds. And the extra screen resolution definitely comes in handy when working on documents or viewing some web pages. Unfortunately, the Atom processor and integrated graphics aren’t up to the task of pumping out Flash video in full-screen on the high resolution 1280 x 800 pixel screen.

I’ll have more details after I’ve spent a little more time with these machines. But in the meantime, you can check out a bunch of pictures of the two laptops. I also threw in a few images of the S10-2 next to my trusty old Asus Eee PC 1000H, because it’s the other netbook I happened to have lying around. As you can see, the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 is a little smaller than the Eee PC 1000H. But overall the two netbooks are pretty similarly sized.

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4 replies on “Lenovo IdeaPad S12 is unsurprisingly bigger than the S10-2: Photos”

  1. will you be getting the s12 with Ion option to review in the near future? I’m taking the jump into netbooks for college as they’re a lot more affordable and I have a quad extreme powerhouse of a PC for all my heavy duty tasks, and the s12 with Ion option seems to be the best bet… considering waiting out until fall for the new Intel processors and hopefully the dual core atom will come out soon enough as well, but if the s12 with ion lives up to its hype i’ll probably jump on board.

  2. Hey Brad,

    How does the size of this machine compare to the 11.6″ Acer 751?
    I’m sure the Lenovo will have better build quality. But it also looks like the Lenovo is thicker, wider, taller, and a lot heavier than the Acer.

    I’d be curious to hear if you think the extra bulk is worth it for the better build and slightly faster Atom processor. I’m really loving the Acer’s compact size and lightweight, despite it’s other flaws.

    1. I haven’t had a chance to use an Aspire One 751 yet, but having used
      other netbooks with Intel Atom Z520 processors, I’d be surprised if it
      performed anywhere near as well as the Lenovo computer.

      The build quality of the Lenovo does appear to be pretty good, but
      keep in mind, this is a consumer oriented notebook, not one of
      Lenovo’s high end business machines. It is still made of relatively
      cheap plastic, and I’m not really in love with the keyboard at the
      moment, although I may get used to it after a few more days.

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