Conclusion: It’s really the small form factor plus the chance to work on MS Office and the 18k price that are the allures of the Lenovo Ideapad S205. But these come with a caveat: you need to get used to the small keyboard, tiny screen, and short battery life.
Pros: Fits in almost any bag: you can bring this anywhere. Very light, despite the seeming bulky thickness., Good keyboard, despite the size., Suprisingly good sound, for a small thing., Dedicated switch to turn off WiFi, to save on battery and shorten boot up time., Fast-enough boot and resume-from-sl...
Cons: Small screen, you may have to bump up the fonts or the resolution. But that might limit the number of rows and colums you’ll see on a spreadsheet, or prevent a whole-page view on a document from being useful., Keyboard not backlit, so either you get a USB-powered lamp, or get used to pulling down...
Conclusion: The S205 is a decent entry for the mainstream notebook market, as it packs AMD’s latest Fusion CPU and had HD graphics. The build, although from plastic, is pretty good and the keyboard feels much better than the ones on more expensive machines.
Summary: Netbook plus. Atom is out - Fusion makes the better mobile companion. The smallest IdeaPad now also benefits from that what gave the APU subnotebooks from Toshiba, HP and Sony good portability and HD suitability.
Pros: Slim case, Pleasant stable keyboard, Quiet operation, The perfect HD player with an HDMI port for the TV. The inputs are suitable for prolific typists. Stable, slim case.
Cons: Reflective 12.5 inch screen, Low office performance, Poor screen rates, Increased temperatures during load, Poor stereo speakers, The matt screen of an Edge 11 and the brightness of a Samsung 900X3A.
Summary: In the low-cost ultraportable space, the Lenovo IdeaPad S205 is a solid middle-of-the-road pick. For more than $400 less than the latest 11-inch MacBook Air, you get a handsome design, spacious keyboard, and cool-running temperatures.
Excerpt: On first inspection, you could be forgiven for mistaking Lenovo’s tiny IdeaPad S205 for a netbook. It has the same small footprint and 11in screen that we’re used to seeing, but look a little deeper and it’s clear this is an evolution of the traditional netbook form factor.