Lenovo IdeaPad S12 Netbook

Unlike the high-end version, with Nvidia Ion chip, the S12 is a netbook with conventional equipment but larger and therefore more comfortable.

By far, the IdeaPad S12 looks like any other ultraportable. Unlike the vast majority of netbooks for the Mini-PC-economic, it has a screen of 12 inches rather than 9 or 10 inches. A comfortable size gives it a status somewhat apart in the world of laptops. Let’s study it more closely…

Take two IdeaPad S10, stretch it a bit on the edges and you have in your hands a beautiful IdeaPad S12. Lenovo engineers have probably worked a little more than that, but the road was already paved. Same color, same shape and same technical platform, the S12 is a netbook, bigger. These are larger than the keyboard breathe, less narrow, and it offers, in addition to its 3 USB ports, the port Express Card 34 mm, initially installed on the S10, the two S10 was lost to an additional 2 USB port.

Performance netbook

Performance? Be brief! It’s the same as all other netbooks. In fact, Microsoft requires drastic conditions for licensing Windows XP. The PC must be built around a very low CPU consumption (Atom type), and should not embed more than 1 GB of RAM and 160 GB hard drive. The flexibility is low.


The argument of the device is thus in its size. If netbooks are ideal for office use and the Internet, the size of the keyboard and the thin screen resolution is, for many disabilities. With its 12-inch and 1280×800 pixels of the screen, one begins to forget that it is a mini-PC. The performance brought back to reality quickly, but the gain in ease of use is real.

Autonomy satisfactory

With our test protocol (maximum brightness, Wi-Fi enabled and receiving two streams music from the Web) it took almost 4 hours. Autonomy quite acceptable can count on 5 hours / 5 hours and half if you simply enter text and if it disables the wireless network. It certainly beats not Asus 1005HA-H, but it has a real keyboard and a real screen. It is necessary to choose!

Pending Ion

The graphical portion of the IdeaPad is "made in" Intel. Do not expect to play anything other than minesweeper or Trackmania at lower resolution. But Lenovo has announced a forthcoming version of this netbook with an Nvidia Ion chip. Performance should be much higher, but the unknown factor is autonomy.


Elevating Power and Performance

Whether it’s looking at photos, playing music, emailing or cruising online, consumers want smaller and more portable PCs. The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 netbook is raising the bar for higher levels of netbook computing with choices of the Intel Atom processor with Intel integrated graphics or the Intel Atom processor with NVIDIA ION graphics. Also, for the first time on a netbook with NVIDIA’s ION graphics platform, users will be able to enjoy brilliant 1080p high definition video with silky smooth playback.   

Loaded with Style and Entertainment

In addition to the netbook’s sleek and sophisticated ring pattern design in black or white, users can make the netbook their one-stop entertainment device, starting from the moment they turn it on. Lenovo’s expanded VeriFace facial recognition technology makes logging in a snap by recognizing the user’s face. If users want “on demand” functionality, they can go into the Lenovo Quick Start environment and check email, browse the Internet and more without waiting for the full operating system to boot. They can also don any set of headphones and enjoy surround sound audio with Dolby Headphone technology. If opting to watch video on an external monitor, they can easily connect through the netbook’s VGA port or HDMI port on select models. They can also choose among several multimedia formats to upload through the 4-in-1 multicard reader.

An Improved Computing Experience

Lenovo designed the IdeaPad S12 netbook for consumers looking for a super thin, portable and affordable device that offered a familiar, computing experience. Lenovo enlarged the netbook’s WXGA screen from 10.1 inches to 12.1 inches for better viewing and made the keyboard 100 percent the size of a full-size laptop to make typing easier and less cramped. And when it comes to portability, by measuring less than an inch thick, the netbook leads the industry for thinness compared to other 12-inch netbooks. The lightweight IdeaPad S12 netbook weighs in at just three pounds.


  • Processor: Intel ATOM Processor N270 Single Core ( 1.60GHz 533MHz 512KB )
  • OS: Genuine Windows XP Home Edition
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Memory: 1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
  • Display: 12.1 " WXGA TFT 1280×800
  • Hard Drive: 160GB 5400
  • Battery: 6 Cell Lithium-Ion


You have big fingers too fat and / or vision problems. You still want a netbook? The Lenovo S12 may be the solution. Although we did not find any strength, may be due to it’s the design, but it is good natured and appears quite comfortable. We expect to see the Ion version; the machine approaches a true laptop.


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