Summary: Had this about half a year. Cracking machine. Boots up in less than a minute, strong enough to process everything you'd want day to day (nothing has phased it yet) and lasts for about 5 hours. I take it everywhere (it's constantly in my bike bag) - it's had tonnes of physical abuse and it's still absolutely fine. It's robust and very competent. Not sure why I insisted on having 17inch screens all these years, the 10inch screen is perfect.
Summary: I bought this to install Linux on and I've had no issues doing so. I'm using Arch Linux and installation was simple. Just put the USB stick in and installed, no issues with UEFI as some people seem to have mentioned. It's much faster than the Atom netbooks I've used (especially in the graphics department) and will happily last most of the day with light use (I've had it on for my entire 8 hour work day without running out when only using it occasionally).
Summary: Excellent little device - I bought it as the form factor was smaller than the 15.6" laptops, yet more powerful than the ultra portable netbooks 10.1" as it has a dedicated radeon graphics chip. It sits right between the two - best of both worlds. Mine has 2Gb memory, but I'll be upgrading to 8Gb very soon. You do need to undo some screws to increase the RAM but instructions are easily googled. I may even pull the Hard drive and put in an SSD if the prices come down!
Summary: Bought this for my girlfriend. Basically for Facebook/Farmville/Flash games, webcam chat, a little Office productivity. Was a bonus that it came with Windows 7 Home Premium instead of the usual netbook starter edition. Very capable little unit. Starts up surprisingly quickly (pretty much on par with my i5 520M Acer laptop). Had researched Intel's Atoms and the new Fusion offerings from AMD.
Summary: Not only is it great to look at, it is more than you would expect from such a small machine. Great little package hits all the marks. I could go into the usual tech points but sometimes less is definitely more. Cracking buy.
Summary: I received my Lenovo S205 today and from the moment I got it out of the box have been amazed at everything about it! Maybe I've just stuck too long with my six-year old laptop, but this knocks spots off it in every respect. Battery life looks promising ... probably around six hours I'm guessing. One of the reasons for buying this netbook was that I travel a lot, and I was lucky if I got an hour on battery with my laptop... so this will be a life-saver.
Small, cheap and much better than intel atom netbooks
21 August 2011
Summary: A nice laptop for a very nice price. Other reviewers mentioned that it was linux hostile, but it's not: you do have to jump through some hoops to get it booting because it only uses UEFI for booting, but afterwards all seems to be working fine: brightness and volume keys, both opensource and proprietary AMD graphics drivers, webcam, sound, etc.
Summary: Received this net-book today - having ordered it yesterday. Fantastic service Amazon - well done! As for the net book - WOW, what a great piece of kit. So far,no complaints at all. Performance is superb but to early to tell what real battery life will be. Very well built and a good weight. Highly recommended. One of the other reviewers mentioned they had problems with a blank screen when coming out of sleep. I don't get this problem at all.
Summary: I wanted the smallest lightest most powerful laptop i could find. Most of the netbooks were very feeble in the processing area and most notebooks / laptops too heavy. This Ideapad is perfect, the keyboard is great to use and the screen very very clear. It easily manages very large spreadsheets to playing back HD video on it and through my TV - The only reason it doesnt have 5 stars is because i upgraded mine to 8GB of RAM which entailed actually breaking the case open,...