Ion Lenovo‘s IdeaPad S12 is the first netbook to make use of NVIDIA’s Ion graphics processor. With Ion you get DirectX 10 graphics (the latest games) and 1080p HD playback. I don’t know how NVIDIA did it but Ion has considerably more power yet uses a lot less of Â your CPU’s power. There are a couple of videos and a bunch of Ion information at NVIDIA’s website. TheÂ IdeaPad S12 makes use of the regular Intel Atom N270 CPU running at 1.6GHz.
Mainstream One of the main concerns that I have with netbooks is the size of the LCD: almost always too small at around 10-inches. That also means the keyboards are also too small. The IdeaPad S12 makes use of a much more usable 12.1-inch LED-backlit LCD with a 1280 x 800 pixel format. The keyboard should be significantly more comfortable to type on compared to the smaller netbooks. Pricing starts at US$449.