Lenovo S12 Rocks

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In addition to evaluating the Lenovo S10-2, I’m also evaluating a Lenovo S12. Like Xavier, I’m hesitant to call the S12 a netbook as it is essentially a 12″ notebook that runs the Intel Atom N270 processor. However, it is just as portable and a wonderful mobile device. The timing is good as I’m also presenting some inexpensive netbook and portable notebook choices to a customer on Wednesday.

What I really like about the S12 is the larger keyboard and higher resolution. There is nothing like typing on a full size keyboard on a light weight system. In addition, the power cord for the S12 is really long, which is  a huge plus when trying to find that rare power outlet in a coffee shop or hotel room.

My first impressions are that the S12 strikes the perfect balance between affordability, mobility, and functionality. With the 1280 x 800 resolution, larger keyboard, slighly larger screen, decent netbook type performance, long battery life, and $499 price tag, I’m not sure why anyone would choose anything different. It seems to be the perfect blend of ingredients (minus a digitizer, of course), to fit inexpensive mobile computing on the go.

Our family is headed out of town for a few days to Estes Park, Colorado and we’ll be taking the S12 with to play with. I’ll also be bringing my Windows 7 equipped Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC with me to get some work done after settling in at night (I do a lot of ink notetaking you know). We’ll be sharing an online connection using my Verizon equipped MiFi.

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  1. Amitai Rosenberg

    07/12/2009 at 8:16 am

    Cool. How’s it’s performance?
    Does it feel too big compared to other netbooks?

  2. Rob

    07/12/2009 at 8:46 am

    Perf is right on par with a 1.6 atom, only 47 processes on boot. Actually prefer this size over smaller netbooks. Strikes a great balance

  3. charles

    07/12/2009 at 12:32 pm

    I’m assuming it runs Vista? Can it handle Win7?

  4. Xavier

    07/12/2009 at 5:49 pm

    Charles, the S12 ships with Windows XP. It can definitely handle Windows 7. I haven’t installed Win 7 on the S12 I’m checking out, but I have installed in on similarly spec’d netbooks

  5. mark

    07/13/2009 at 11:33 am

    can the intel chipset handle 720p video? i know the ion can handle 1080p

  6. newcomp

    07/13/2009 at 6:47 pm

    Nice report, Rob!

    Got a question: is the keyboard TRULY full-size on the S12? I had a Dell Mini-12 which had the same size display and its keyboard was NOT full-size. I cannot tell from the width on the left and right hand side of the keyboard – a full-size keyboard should be a tad over 11″ across.

    Please let us know – I returned my Dell Mini-12: keyboard was not full-size but definitely usable. The un-usable part was its Atom Z-series CPU.


  7. Rob Bushway

    07/14/2009 at 8:33 am

    newcomp – I will try to get some comparison shots in the next day or so for you.

  8. sam

    07/20/2009 at 10:20 am

    hell no….

  9. Rob Bushway

    07/20/2009 at 10:31 am

    it feels about as full size as my 12″ Latitude XT – very, very comfortable to type on, large keys.

  10. Rob Bushway

    07/20/2009 at 10:31 am

    correction – the keys feel even bigger than my 12″ latitude xt

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