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Lenovo Ideapad S12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 268 reviews of Lenovo Ideapad S12. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and design. The screen and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the durability. There are some less positive comments about the touchpad and software.

performance, usability, screen, design, portability

software, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Ideapad S12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Lenovo Ideapad S12


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad S12 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the connectivity and screen. The portability and size are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the performance. There are some negative views about the keyboard.

price, size, portability, screen, connectivity


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo Ideapad S12 - Atom N270, 1.6GHz, 1GB, 160GB, 12 Inch 1280x800 WXGA LED, Windows XP Home (Black)Lenovo Ideapad S12 - Atom N270, 1.6GHz, 1GB, 160GB, 12 Inch 1280x800 WXGA LED, Windows XP Home (Black)

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Lenovo Ideapad S12


alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad S12 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The portability and performance are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the software.

usability, performance, portability, price, size


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo IdeaPad S12 12.1" Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel ATOM Processor N270 Single Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit)Lenovo IdeaPad S12 12.1" Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel ATOM Processor N270 Single Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit)

May, 2018

Expert review by : Florian Wimmer (

Review Lenovo IdeaPad S12 ION Netbook


The small, white one. Stylishness is a must for all netbooks, bec

Attractive design; Big keyboard; High 3D performance compared to other netbooks; Extensive connectivity

Display hinges are loud and only offer a few angles for the monitor; Small touchpad; Expensive; Case warms up when the CPU is under heavy usage

There are many netbooks. However, there are very few with the Ion chipset: the Samsung N510 offers a similar connectivity, and so does the Asus EeePC 1202N, which, unfortunately, has a rickety keyboard. Those users who wish for a bigger laptop can take...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Nathan Edwards (

Lenovo IdeaPad S12


The guts of the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 are virtually identical to the IdeaPad S10 that we reviewed back in 2008—1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB HDD, and integrated Intel GMA950 graphics. The difference is the body. At 11.4 inches wide, this...

Nice 1280x800 screen; excellent keyboard; good battery life; mostly solid construction

Battery connector is a bit wobbly; midrange netbook performance; fingerprint-magnet lid

While some S12s ship with VIA’s Nano platform and an Ion-based version is in the works, ours came with a standard N270, and its performance reflected that. The S12 took 708 seconds to complete our Photoshop benchmark—about the same as the Lenovo S10...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (Ion)


The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (Ion), Lenovo's Ion netbook, comes with smooth HD playback, but not without some sacrifices.

Played back all types of 1080p videos flawlessly. HDMI-Out port included. Large screen for a netbook. 3GB of memory. Big hard drive. Benefits in 3G gaming. Best netbook keyboard.

Priced out of netbook range. Performance hit in both speed and battery life. Sacrificed the ExpressCard slot. Heavy for a netbook.

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Dec, 2009

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Lenovo IdeaPad S12 with Ion


We generally liked the 1280 x 800-pixel resolution display on the S12. While streaming Legend of The Seeker: Prophecy/Destiny , we were impressed with the crispness and rich colors, which were on a par with the HP Mini 311's 11.6-inch (1366 x 768)...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson (

Lenovo IdeaPad S12


Crisp screen ; Sleek design

Cheap mouse buttons ; Pricey for a netbook

Larger than your average netbook, the S12 provides average performance at a fairly high netbook price.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Charles P. Jefferies (

Lenovo IdeaPad S12 Review


As configured, our S12 is currently priced at $499. The base model starts at $449 with a VIA Nano 1.3GHz processor

Pleasing design ; Solid build quality ; Excellent keyboard and screen ; Five hours of battery life

Touchpad could be a bit larger ; Screen could tilt back further ; Back of the lid could use a bit more protection

The surface of the S12 does not get warm at all – there are no noticeable hotspots on the bottom or top of the machine. The S12 is a very good choice for those wanting a quiet and cool machine

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

Lenovo IdeaPad S12


The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 is the best 12-inch netbook yet, complete with a 1,280-by-800 resolution, full size keyboard, and ExpressCard slot. But it'll cost you.

Great looking 12-inch widescreen. 1,280-by-800 resolution. Best keyboard on a netbook. ExpressCard slot is present. Very good battery life.

Pricey compared with other netbooks. A bit heavier than its peers.

More Netbook Reviews: • Asus Transformer Book T100TA (64GB)• Lenovo ThinkPad X130e• HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr (Verizon)• Sony VAIO VPC-YB35KX• Acer Aspire One AO722-0828• more

Jul, 2009

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Expert review by : Michael A. Prospero (

Lenovo IdeaPad S12


This 12-inch netbook has an excellent keyboard, very good speakers, and lasts just short of 6 hours on a charge.

Large, comfortable keyboard ; Good battery life ; Instant-on OS ; Excellent audio quality

Battery sticks out the back ; Polarizing design

The 1.3-megapixel webcam on the S12 delivered decent video, although colors appeared slightly more washed out than on the NC20. Still, in a Skype chat, our caller said that the visuals were more than acceptable, and that the S12's mic picked up our...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Brad (

Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (NVIDIA ION) review


But as with other ION based systems I've tested, I found that the computer was actually slower at some everyday tasks than a notebook with an Intel Atom processor and integrated graphics. I blame this on the fact that the ION graphics processor only...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Brian Nadel (

Review: Lenovo IdeaPad S12 adds Ion for strong graphics


Can Nvidia's Ion chipset turn this netbook into a notebook?

High-end components, performance boost, QuickStart software, HDMI port, excellent graphics

Expensive, 802.11b/g only

I benchmarked both systems with PassMark Performance Test v. 7.0. The S12 mini tested at an overall score of 232.6, which is 43% better than the Aspire One's score of 162. While the S12 mini's processor score of 305.9 was 10% higher than the Aspire...

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 notebook features a 12.1-inch WVGA glossy display for sharp contrast, crisp images, enhanced color depth, and wide viewing angles.


Audio system:ALC269 / HD / High Definition Audio / RealTek
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):4.5 / 5 / 6
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6
Run Time (Up To):6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/512KB


Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Video capturing speed:30




Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Netbook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.5in/8.5in / 9.1in/9.1in
Height:1.1in/1.1in / 1.4in/1.4in


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Display Diagonal:12.1
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1080
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo IdeaPad S12

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:533MHz/800MHz


Internal memory:1 / 2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout:1 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM




Type: None


3G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.1/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.1

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Other Features

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio system:HD
Dimensions (WxDxH):1.42 x 9.06 x 11.5 / 11.5 x 8.5 x 0.866 / 11.5 x 9.06 x 1.42
Graphics:GMA 950 / ION / ION LE
Graphics adapter:GMA 950 / ION / ION LE
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g / 802.11b/g / Broadcom b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g / Wi-Fi

Other features

Thunderbolt technology:N


GPS (satellite):N

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel 945GSE / Intel 945GSE Express
Clock Speed:1.3GHz/1.6GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):12
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel 945GSE / Intel 945GSE Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:47
Processing die size:26
Processor cache:0.5 / 1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville
Processor cores:1
Processor family:Intel Pentium Mobile
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.6
Processor front side bus:533 / 800
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:N270
Processor Number:N270
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series
Processor socket:Socket F (1207)
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5

Processor special features

Embedded options available: Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:N
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:36331
Processor code:SLB73
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/3GB
Max Supported Size:1.5GB/1.5GB / 2GB/2GB/3GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:VeriFace face-recognition
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows XP Home Edition
Trial software:Microsoft Office 2007 Professional


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD / MMC, MS PRO, SD / MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:160
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Netbook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950/NVIDIA ION/VIA Chrome9 HC3

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.27 / 8.5 / 9.06
Height:0.866 / 1.1 / 1.14 / 1.42
Height (front):0.866
Height (rear):1.42
Weight:3.31 / 3.42 / 3.53
Width:11.4 / 11.5