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Customer reviews for Lenovo IdeaPad S12

12.1" mini multimedia

Average customer rating:
4.45 out of 5
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19 of 20(95%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for IdeaPad S12
Review 1 for IdeaPad S12
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Mobility 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Design 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
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Reliability 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Capitan
Location:Mississippi
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows XP Home

Excellent Netbook

Date:July 29, 2009
Pros: Processor, Memory, Storage, Input/Output compatibility, Keyboard/peripherals, Wireless card, Weight, Build Quality
Cons: Video card, Bluetooth, Battery
"The S12 is a very sleek and powerful netbook. It combines looks, portability, and function into a very affordable package.
Processor: Unlike its sister models which feature the Intel ATOM processor, the VIA Nano model adjusts its clock speed according to what power scheme the computer is set to. The processor reaches 1.6Ghz at the two highest schemes. This feature in tandem with the higher Front Side Bus speed and larger L2 Cache make this model the obvious choice when it comes to processing power. Multitasking is possible, but does have a slight effect on performance (nothing unbearable)
Memory: Another advantage of the VIA Chipset is that it is compatible with PC2-6400 RAM, that is RAM with a speed of 800mhz, much faster than the 667mhz available in the Intel Chipset. I have put a 2Gb DIMM in my S12 and can attest to its ease of installation.
Storage: For a netbook, the S12's 160GB hard drive is average, but the factory set partition for one key restore is very handy. It does limit the internal storage to 100GB, but for a netbook that is plenty. The hard drive is also easily upgradable to a larger capacity drive or SSD.
Graphics: The VIA Chrome9 graphics are like any other integrated graphics; not the greatest. However, they do get the job done. Videos were slightly choppy, but many other factors influence video playback.
Battery: The one downside to the VIA Nano chipset is that it does use more battery than the Intel models. I have gotten 3 to 4 hours of use out of the battery before it is completely dead. During these times the computer had the wireless card on and internet running, so more life could be achieved if plugged in via ethernet.
Display: Excellent LCD with crisp resolution capable of 720p video. Glossy display looks nice and is not too reflective. Brightness is adjustable and can be set very high.
Pros: Small size, excellent selection of ports (SD, USB, Express card, VGA), high performance in its category, good wireless reception, easily upgraded memory and storage, build quality, and full sized keyboard.
Cons: Battery can be short lived, no bluetooth (hopefully this is easily installed like on the S10), graphics can be disappointing, and some of the pre-loaded software can slow the computer."
4 People found this review helpful.
Review 2 for IdeaPad S12
OverallOverall Rating 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Design 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Reliability 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Wognath
Location:Pennsylvania
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows XP Home

I'm a little disappointed

Date:October 3, 2009
Pros: Processor, Keyboard/peripherals, Display resolution, Screen size
Cons: Included Software, Build Quality, reliability
"Great keyboard, great screen. Big improvement over 1024x600. Nano processor runs Mathematica benchmarks almost twice as fast as 1.6GHz Atom (score 0.59 vs. 0.31).
USB devices spontaneously disconnect, reconnect. System often freezes for a few seconds—more than XP usually does. Out of the box, HD had heavy fragmentation--included defragmenter is sloooow. Wireless connection is finicky--sometimes the automatic connection has to be retried manually several times. HDD is partitioned, so you can use only 103 Gb. QuickStart is nearly worthless to me because it usually won't connect to wireless. [Strong signal, WPA-2]
On the whole the Ideapad seems to be of significantly lower quality than the MSI Wind. It's still a nice computer, though--I hope mine lasts."
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 3 for IdeaPad S12
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Design 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
ajbeck33
Location:USA
Owned Product:Less than a week
Operating System:Windows XP Home
Memory:2 GB

Great Netbook

Date:August 13, 2009
Pros: Processor, Memory, Storage, Input/Output compatibility, Keyboard/peripherals, Wireless card, Display resolution, Screen size, Display performance, Weight, Battery, Included software, Software compatibility, Durability, Build Quality
"Don't spend the extra money on the Intel Atom version. This VIA Nano CPU runs up to 1.6Ghz (not 1.3GHz) just like the Atom. Battery life might be the only thing that the Atom version does better from what I hear but a solid 4+ hours is still good. One open memory slot on the bottom allows for an easy upgrade with DDR2 667 memory. The screen size/resolution is just right. I've seen the 10" netbooks and the screen/resolution are too small to work with for long periods of time. Keyboard feels nice. Plenty of hard drive space for netbook use. Be sure to use apps such as VLC media player and Google Chrome/Firefox for added performance."
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 4 for IdeaPad S12
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Design 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Texanman
Location:Cedar Park
Owned Product:Less than a week
Operating System:Windows XP Professional

Runs Everything I want it too!!!!

Date:August 12, 2009
Pros: Processor, Memory, Storage, Display resolution, Screen size, Display performance, Durability, Warranty, Build Quality, not much bloatware installed
"This is the first netbook to support more then 2gb, The express-card port is tied to the pcie channel and not usb so you can get full speed! Runs Autocad with medium sized objects, Video card can play Full screen Bluray at 1080i. I got it for 375+tax, Thing can eat a atom for breakfast and still have room too spare!!!
The cpu is rated at 1.3 BUT clocks up to 1.6 when needed, battery life is generic @ 4 hours"
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 5 for IdeaPad S12
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Mobility 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Design 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Reliability 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Jedi
Location:Virginia
Owned Product:Less than a week
Memory:1 GB

Excellent Purchase

Date:July 2, 2009
Pros: Processor, Memory, Storage, Keyboard/peripherals, Screen size, Weight, Battery, Warranty, Support, Security Features, Build Quality
Cons: Video card, Bluetooth, wireless broadband card has to be usb
"Delivery Time: Placed my order on June 8 recevied the netbook on June 30. Delayed by a week due to heavy demand. The netbook (NB) comes pre-configured so you cannot request for additional RAM or increase in storage memory (HD). Placed the order via Lenovo's website. Had no problems at all.
Performance: Faster than expected, plus there is a quick boot option, which is useful. Can handle multiple applications simultaneously. But not advised. Win XP disk not provided. So you will have to plan and take a backup of the image before putting in a new HD. I will probably upgrade the RAM to the max shortly.
~50gb (D drive) of the 160gb (~110 C drive) space is not seen as it is reserved for backup via the Lenovo One Key Rescue app, which is used to backup data for restore when needed.
Mobility: Broadband via a USB modem. Light weight. Body does not heat up. Does not have a CD/DVD r/w so that will have to be purchased separately and carried with the NB.
Design: Keyboard is very spacious and the touchpad has a scroll feature which is very useful. The touchpad is very sensitive but can be adjusted. Sleek curved design. The screen is glossy, but viewing is clear, and it does not reflect as much as expected. The battery pack jutts - curves out from behind and helps keep the NB leveled when placed on a surface. Overall very sleek and cute as well. I'm sure both genders will appreciate it.
Features: For the price v.good. Has three USB ports and an SD card reader, so you can download data from devices without the USB. Other ports/slots: RJ-45 port, VGA port, Microphone and Headset jack, and Security Slot.
The volume is not as loud, but I guess for a NB you can't ask for more. No mute button. Dolby sound system.
Comes with Veriface - sign on, the scrolling touchpad, One Key Rescue and QuickStart (have to figure that out as yet)
The laptop comes with a trial versions of:
MS Office 2007(60dys),
Norton Anti virus (90dys),
Diskeeper 2008, and
IDValult
Value: I got an extra discount via the EPP, but when I compare it to other NBs, you can't beat the value offered by Lenovo even at the price on the website.
Reliability: so far so good. I'm sure as it runs on XP and intel Atom I will start facing issues as I add more apps.
I would definitely recommend this product. The people at Lenovo were also friendly and helpful.
Jedi, VA, USA."
1 People found this review helpful.