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Lenovo Ideapad S12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 373 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and keyboard. The design and screen also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the software, while reviews are divided on the touchpad.

performance, screen, design, keyboard, value for money


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) the Lenovo Ideapad S12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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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...

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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...

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Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (Ion)


The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (Ion), Lenovo's Ion netbook, finally ships with full support for 1080p, though battery life and speed take a hit.

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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Lenovo IdeaPad S12 with Ion Review - A Review of the


Instant-on functionality, Good graphics performance, Crisp, colorful display, Spacious keyboard, Instant-on functionality ; Loud speakers

Short battery life, Expensive for a netbook, Dark webcam visuals

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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.

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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

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Lenovo IdeaPad S12


With the IdeaPad S12, Lenovo produces its best 12-inch netbook yet, but there's a price premium above your average netbook.

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

Editor's Choice!

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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...

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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...

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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...

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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo IdeaPad S12

Input Device

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


Data Bus Speed:533MHz/800MHz




Type: None


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
Type:Network adapter
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 Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

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


Clock Speed:1.3GHz/1.6GHz
Processor Number:N270


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

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