Lenovo Ideapad S12 ION hands-on impressions

June 18, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Lenovo Ideapad S12 IONLenovo’s upcoming ION-powered Ideapad S12 netbook is one of our most anticipated netbooks. It’s still unclear whether or not the S12 ION will arrive in Europe, but either way, it is likely to be a landmark launch for Nvidia’s chipset.

PC Pro has managed to get a first look at the S12 ION and they were left were positive impressions. The Ideapad S12 ION partners a 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU with the Nvidia 9400M GPU. This boosts its performance over the normal Intel integrated chipset used (945GSE). The results speak for themselves. Encoding a 1080p movie trailer took just four minutes with the S12 compared to an equivalent Atom netbook that took 15 minutes.

Specs-wise, the 12-inch (1280 x 800) S12 includes 2GB RAM, rather than the 1GB normally bundled with netbooks. It also has a 320GB HDD and the version that PC Pro played with also came with HSDPA. The case felt very sturdy with the palm rest showing no flex. The display was also not prone to bending. The keyboard was comfortable to use and the touchpad was responsive. Hopefully, we look forward to more benchmark results on the S12 ION soon.


2 Responses to “Lenovo Ideapad S12 ION hands-on impressions”

  1. Angel Genchev said:
    June 20th, 2009 3:59 PM

    Why they put there N270 instead of Z530 Atom ? I could buy this 🙁
    But I need the VT technology so bad that I won`t.

  2. Ace said:
    June 22nd, 2009 4:04 PM

    Thats interesting, as i was aware the mainboard only supports 1gb max. Cant wait till they release an sli version of this puppy with say..

    N330 Dual core atom overclocked to 2.6Ghz
    Dual Nvidia 9400 ion gpu’s (hybrid power to save battery when not maxing system)
    4gb ram

    id love to see 1920×1080 on a 12.1″ screen as the pixel density would look devine but i cant see it happening.