Objects of Desire: Lenovo IdeaPad S9

Feb 2, 2009
By Dan Havlik

Lenovo IdeaPad S9

Though at the time of this writing it was unclear whether the Lenovo IdeaPad S9 netbook would make it to the United States in '09—so far, Europe-only—we thought it was cool enough to warrant a mention in Objects of Desire. (C'mon Lenovo, U.S. geeks want this too!)

Weighing just 2.43 pounds and only about an inch thick, the black Lenovo S9 is one of the best designed of the recent wave of ultra-thin/ultra-light PC-based laptops we've seen. (Ok, it's no MacBook Air but then what is?)

The S9 is powered by an Intel Atom 1.60 GHz processor and features 512 mb DDR2 RAM, a 4 gb SSD (Solid State Drive) and a 4-in-1 card reader, which is a nice surprise though there's no CompactFlash slot. The S9 comes preloaded with the Linpus Linux lite operating system.

For a screen, the S9 uses a 8.9-inch WSVGA LED Panel TFT display with a resolution of up to 1024 x 600. Other features include Bluetooth; 802.11 b/g wireless LAN; and a built-in, 0.3MP webcam. Not exactly the sort of laptop you'd want to try to run Photoshop on but not bad for a computer this small.

Cost: $339 (U.S. price, estimated)
Further information: www.lenovo.com

The latest addition to the PDN family, the PDN Gear Guide in print, has a total circulation of 30,000, and covers the latest and greatest in photographic equipment. Initially created in 2006 to be the official guide to PDN's annual flagship photography event, PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, the PDN Gear Guide is now also available online for gear news and updates 365 days a year.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 5D Mark II
February 02, 2009 - Though it may not be the "game changer" it's been billed as, this long-awaited DSLR will certainly change your options as a photographer.More
Sony Alpha DSLR-A900
Objects of Desire: Griffin Clarifi
Objects of Desire: Limited Edition White Pentax K2000 DSLR Kit
Objects of Desire: Bluelounge Cablebox
Objects of Desire: Lenovo IdeaPad S9
Polaroid Factory, Enschede, Netherlands The Crusade To Reinvent Polaroid
February 12, 2009 - A member of the team trying to reinvent instant film discusses The Impossible Project.