It was in August that Lenovo first announced it was entering the netbook PC market with its new IdeaPad S10 and S9 netbooks, although at the time the IdeaPad S9 was not scheduled to come Stateside. It took a few months, but the IdeaPad S9 eventually did make it, as online retailers in the United States are now listing it for purchase.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S9 comes equipped with an Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6 GHz single-core), Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics, 512 MB of DDR2 memory and a 4 GB SLC-based SSD. The LED back-lit display is 8.9-inches in size, has a resolution of 1024 by 600 and includes a 0.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the bevel around the display. The system also comes with a useful OneKey Rescue System button, stereo speakers, 802.11g WiFi, Bluetooth, 10/100 Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard slot, media card reader and VGA output.
From the photos, the IdeaPad S9 look like a mini Thinkpad notebook, weighing just 2.43-pounds and measuring no more than 1.1-inches thick. The operating system that is included is Linpus Linux Lite, which should be fine if you plan on using the netbook for just general tasks. There is no mention of which battery is included, so expect only a couple hours of battery life. As for price, the IdeaPad S9 is listed for $344.99 at Geeks.com and for $359.46 at Buy.com.
If you are not too picky about screen size, Lenovo.com is selling the larger IdeaPad S10 for just $349. It features the same Intel Atom N270 processor, 512 MB of DDR2 memory, an 80 GB 5400 RPM HDD, integrated webcam and Windows XP Home. Although the display on the IdeaPad S10 is about an inch larger, it comes with the same screen resolution of 1024 by 600.