Lenovo IdeaPad S12-2959 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge
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Lenovo's IdeaPad S12-2959 is a netbook that leaves a little something to be desired, while its ThinkPad Edge delivers a solid performance for corporate users. Keep reading for a closer look.
Lenovo IdeaPad S12-2959 Netbook
The Lenovo IdeaPad S12-2959 is a 12.1-inch netbook that offers a strong feature set but unspectacular performance. Its lackluster performance with regards to its CPU makes it hard to justify its high price tag of $650. Keep in mind, however, that you can find the same netbook in a lesser configuration from the manufacturer for around $200 less. The IdeaPad S12-2959 comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor as well as technical support available online or through the company's 24-7 toll-free-line.
The $649 configuration of the IdeaPad S12-2959 comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor with 512 KB of L2 cache. This N270 processor is the same one found on many other netbooks. With that said, don't expect too much performance out of it. After all, netbooks stress portability over power, although you should not have much trouble performing common tasks on the IdeaPad S12-2959. Checking your email, instant messaging, and other similar tasks are all doable.
It should be noted, however, that this particular processor gives the IdeaPad S12-2959 slower performance than some competing netbooks that come with Pentium processors. To help with multitasking, 3 GB of DDR2 SDRAM is on board, which is a decent amount, especially for a netbook. Plenty of storage is available with the included 320 GB hard drive as well.
In contrast to the underwhelming N270 processor, you do get an upgraded Nvidia Ion graphics processor with the IdeaPad S12-2959, meaning you can play some video games on the netbook if you wish. The six-cell battery that comes installed offers around six hours of usage when fully charged. This extended battery life is a plus for frequent travelers, and is one of the reasons some choose to go the netbook route. The operating system that comes pre-installed is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 32-bit.
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