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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook – Features and Performance

March 29, 2012 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments


While it’s easy to fall in love with the IdeaPad U300s, one must not judge a book by its cover. I’ve been using the IdeaPad U300s for couple of weeks now and there are a few things that I like and dislike. So let me quickly run through some of the things that I discover about the IdeaPad U300s.

Performance

First of all, the U300s that I’m having has a dual-core 1.8GHz Core i7-2677M processor and 4GB of RAM running on Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium. There’s a variant unit with Core i5-2457M processor.  The U300s also has a 256GB SSD storage to achieve its 20-second boot and 15-second resume times thanks to Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows® 7 with RapidDrive SSD technology. This enhancement is extremely useful to meet today’s demand for instant access to your ultrabook and then the Internet.

Battery Life

The U300s has a rather impressive battery life to my liking. Lenovo claims that it can last up to 8 hours but that’s based upon some scenario test. As for me, the U300s is giving me at least 3 hours on the Internet accessing social media sites not including YouTube. Even when I’m watching HD quality movies, with a 13.3” HD display, I’m still getting good battery life on the U300s. Now please note that these are based on my personal experience on my preferred brightness display. Results may vary.

Stylish Keyboard

If one thing that I really like about the U300s, it would be the keyboard. The chiclet keyboard is more than just another ordinary keyboard. Although I don’t see any much different from any other keyboards, this keyboard is indeed special. It’s what Lenovo designed as ‘a Breathable keyboard’ that uses Intel® Advanced Cooling Technology to improve airflow so PC can run cooler on your lap. Like!

The cool-touch palmrest and intelligent glass touchpad with easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions is really neat. Although the aluminum shell gives a nice smooth surface for my palm to rest but I tend to get a bit greasy after prolong usage. And I feel that the touchpad is a tad too smooth for me to scroll.

Surround Sound

I love watching GLEE on the U300s. The HD graphics and stereo speakers with SRS® Premium Surround Sound™ make my GLEE experience much more entertaining. Then again, with a powerful processor and 4GB of RAM, watching anything is always a gleeful experience.

Key Specifications

  • Up to 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Up to Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
  • Boot in as little as 10 seconds with Enhanced Experience 2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology*
  • 13.3” ultra-slim HD display (1366×768), 16:9 widescreen Intel® GMA HD 3000 graphics Up to 4GB DDR3 memory, up to 256GB SSD storage
  • Integrated Bluetooth® and high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Integrated USB2.0 & USB3.0 connectors
  • Integrated 1.3M (720p HD) webcam

 Admirable Features

  • Available in Graphite Gray or Clementine Orange colors
  • Full-aluminum shell
  • Breathable Keyboard – an Intel® Advanced Cooling Technology that allows the PC to run cooler on your lap by letting airflow through the keyboard
  • Cool-touch palmrest
  • Super-slim book-shaped design
  • AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys for comfortable and accurate typing
  • Anti-theft protection; tracks the computer and alerts you when it tries to connect to the Internet, in case of loss or theft
  • Intelligent Touchpad; large glass touchpad with easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions

Summary

The U300s is packed with some awesome features and serious performance. With a powerful Intel® Core™ i7 processor wrapped around with a one-piece aluminum Clementine Orange shell, a gorgeous HD display and supreme surround sound, the U300s is definitely in the race with some of the top ultrabooks in the market.

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A creative professional and social media junkie, Galvin Tan has been blogging since 2005 and he writes about everything from food to gadget. An avid fan of football and loves playing foosball and basketball. For latest updates, follow him @galvintan on Twitter.

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