Lenovo has updated its IdeaPad S100 netbook, by outfitting it with the new Intel Cedar trail processor into the new S110. Like the other manufacturers, Lenovo has chosen to just slot the new cooler running Atom in the same netbook cases they were using last year. It would have been great if a new slimmer cases were used.
In fairness, the S100/S110 case is a thin 0.75-inches and weighs in at a reasonable 2.6 pounds. The Lenovo keyboard is also the best in class. So despite our disappointment with the first generation Cheddar Trail netbooks, this is probably the best in the bunch.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S110 comes with the most powerful of the current Cheddar Trails, the N2800. With the new Intel GMA 3650 graphics, this system should be able to play 720p content and 1080p content stored on the hard drive. Intel graphics drivers are still being optimized, so your mileage may vary.
Unfortunately, the screen is a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display. So despite the new vaunted HD capability, you won't even be able play 720p HD content at its native resolution.
What makes this Cedar Trail netbook acceptable is the price. It sells at a reasonable Php14,495 with 2 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive WiFi and Bluethooh. It does not come with an operating system, and getting it with Windows 7 Starter will bring up the price to just under 16.5K, which is 1.5K less than its competition.
The more expensive Cedar Trail notebooks are priced at the same level as AMD Fusion C-60 versions which comes with larger and sharper 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 displays.
So, while I am not too excited about the new Cedar Trail netbooks, if you really want one, this is the one I would recommend.