Of the many laptops Lenovo is announcing at this yearâ€™s CES, Iâ€™m most intrigued by the S Series. Perhaps because Iâ€™m still a netbook fangirl who’s not a little disappointed by how many companies are abandoning the form factor.
The IdeaPad S200 and S206 arenâ€™t exactly traditional netbooks thanks to the 11.6-inch displays and Win7 Home Premium operating systems. Maybe thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re calling them mini notebooks.
Both the S200 and S206 measure 11.8 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches and weigh just 2.8 pounds, which is light for an 11-inch system. This puts them more firmly in the netbook realm. However, thereâ€™s a fly in this ointment. The reason itâ€™s so light is likely to small 2 cell battery that comes with. Itâ€™s good for 4 hours of life, according to Lenovo.
Other shared specs include 2GB of RAM, USB 2.0 and 3.0 (one of each), HDMI, 2-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth (optional), and WiMAX (optional). The display offers a 1366 x 768 resolution.
What makes these two models different is the processor. The IdeaPad S200 sports an Intel Atom N2800 while the S206 comes with a dual-core AMD C60 APU. The former is very netbooky, further solidified by a 32GB internal storage option. You can get a traditional 320GB or 500GB hard drive in either model.
Both offer a metallic finish and the Lenovo Accutype keyboard weâ€™ve come to love (though itâ€™s not as great as those found on the ThinkPad line). Aside from basic black, consumers can buy it in cotton-candy pink, crimson red, electric blue, graphite gray and pearl white.
One advantage of mini-notebooks over netbooks is that you get Windows 7 Home Premium and the 2GB of RAM I mentioned. Other software goodies include Lenovoâ€™s instant-on environment and OneKey Recovery.
Want one? Unfortunately youâ€™ll have to wait a while, as the new S Series notebooks arenâ€™t due out until June. The price is nice, though, as prices begin at $349. Specific pricing for the models and configurations isnâ€™t available yet.
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