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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook – Unboxing and First Impressions [Video]

March 15, 2012 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 1 Comment


Long after Intel have decided to jump-start its new ultrabook category, many top PC makers, including Lenovo have finally decided to jump into the ultrabook bandwagon.

Although it’s been months since after Lenovo launched its range of ultrabooks in Malaysia, I’ve just recently managed to get my hands on an IdeaPad U300s ultrabook thanks to the good people from Lenovo Malaysia.

With many other ultrabooks out in the market, such as the Acer Aspire S3 and Asus Zenbook to name a few, Lenovo definitely do not want to be left behind in the ultrabook race. Many of these ultrabooks are out to knock the Macbook Air out of its perch, including the IdeaPad U300s – but does it have what it takes to do so? Well, we’ll find out soon enough as I will be thoroughly going through the IdeaPad U300s for the next couple of weeks.

 

 



 

 

Hardware Design – Sleek and Shiny

Even after seeing so many promotional photos of the U300s, I still can’t believe how beautiful the U300s is. Lenovo has definitely taken much attention into details of the U300s and definitely a different approach to many ultrabooks that wants to look more like a Macbook Air.

The brush aluminum sheet that wraps around like a book cover and the rigid form makes the U300s uber-cool and definitely the most unique design from Lenovo so far. The super lightweight U300s is also really comfortable to hold in your hands and to be able to tug it underneath your arm is definitely a plus point.

Even better is the inner part as you flip open the machine. The similar matte finishing palm rest is really tough and the 13.3-inch HD display is just perfect for a machine of this size. The palm rest area, for once, is clear of any stickers or labels which can be rather annoying after it gets worn out, leaving behind sticky residue all over.

As much as I love the U300s so far, I have to say that I’m rather disappointed that there is no memory slot for SD card. It would have been perfect for a photography enthusiast like me to carry along the U300s with an easy access to download my photos into the ultrabook especially when I have to travel a lot. However, the U300s does come with 2 USB ports and a HDMI port.

 

First Impressions

I, for once, love the brush aluminum body and especially in Clementine Orange. But, of course, the uber-cool design is intertwined with a really thin chassis which is something to die for as well. Unlike the Macbook Air, the U300s is only 0.58 inches thick and weighs 2.9 pounds. It is also slightly smaller than the MacBook Air with a dimension of 12.8 x 8.5-inch. Although it is lightweight and easy to carry around, the limited number of ports available and lack of memory slot left it a little less desirable.

Summary

Overall, if ask whether I’ll get the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, I will still consider getting it for the sheer delight of its ultra-portability and uber-cool design.

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