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Introduced in late May 2009 the S12 is a 12" netbook from Lenovo.

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higher resolution than most netbooks - full 720p capable 1280 x 800px

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attractive aesthetics

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includes HDMI output

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nice keyboard layout and size

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capable of light gaming

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can output full 1080p high definition media

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Nvidia CUDA support

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first Nvidia ION netbook

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basic 3-cell battery - 6-cell will be a higher priced option

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beginning to shy away from some of the pros of the netbook category (small size, cheap price, good battery life)

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heavier and less mobile than smaller 10" models (3.1 - 3.4 pounds)

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still uses the Intel Atom N270 with the N280 currently out

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Lenovo is not even offering the 3-cell battery at this time. 6-cell pack protrudes from rear of unit and adds too much weight.

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ION option is expensive - starts at $599

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Introduced in late May 2009 the S12 is a 12" netbook from Lenovo. Further bluring the lines between full out notebook and handicapped netbook, the S12 features a 12" screen with 720p capable 1280 x 800px resolution. Similar to the Asus N10, higher priced configurations of the device will also see a more powerful Nvidia graphics chip - part of Nvidia's latest ION chipset - the 9400m, capable of outputting 720p high definition through the units display, or full 1080p high definition through an HDMI port. Shipping later in July, the S12 is priced from $449 with Intel graphics alone. The ION upgrade is expected to cost an additional $50.

  • CPU & RAM:  Intel Atom N270, 1GB DDR2
  • Display & Graphics: 12" LED Backlit display, 1280 x 800px, powered by the Intel GMA950 or optional Nvidia ION (9400m)
  • Storage: 160GB HDD
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 
  • Expansion & Ports: 3 x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Expresscard slot, Ethernet, 4-in-1 card reader
  • Battery: 3-cell (3 hours) or 6-cell (6 hours)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 292 X 216 X 22-28.9mm, 1.4kg (3.1 pounds) or 1.55kg (3.4 pounds) depending on battery
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05/26/2009 10:16

This thing looks friggin sweet! I think that 12" is the sweet spot in regards to usability/mobility.

Combine that with the more powerful specs which allow for 1080p video all wrapped up in a pretty affordable package and you have a pretty compelling offering (on paper). If they don't skimp out on parts, make it reliable, and everything matches up nicely, then this could be a very strong contender for Netbook to beat.

The next 6 months are going to be great for people looking to buy something in the netbook market.

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