Lenovo IdeaPad S12 review: Lenovo IdeaPad S12

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Lenovo Ideapad S12 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.96
Sleep (10 percent) 1.11
Idle (25 percent) 6.82
Load (5 percent) 38.27
Raw kWh 37.72
Annual energy cost $4.28

The included six-cell battery delivered 4 hours and 37 minutes in our video-playback test. That's good performance from a Netbook, but there are ultraportables out there that do far better, including the Asus Eee PC 1005HA, which got an amazing 6 hours and 51 minutes on our test. For casual office use and Web browsing, your battery life will fare even better.

Lenovo includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $129, or $219 with accidental damage protection. Mail-in service is required. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledgebase, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Jalbum photo conversion test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Lenovo Ideapad S12
Windows XP Home SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Hitachi 5400rpm

Toshiba Mini NB205
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Toshiba 5400rpm

MSI X-340
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Solo U3500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 781MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Fujitsu 5400rpm

HP Mini 110
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Seagate 5400rpm

Acer Aspire 3810T
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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    Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (Via Nano 2250 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, XP Home, black)

    Part Number: 295956U Released: Jul. 6, 2009

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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Jul. 6, 2009
    • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
    • Installed Size 1 GB
    • Color black
    • Weight 3.4 lbs
    • Graphics Processor VIA Chrome9 HC3
    • CPU VIA Nano U2250 / 1.3 GHz