Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review: A sexy, sexy ultrabook
12 February 2014
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad U300S is a great ultra-portable laptop, and the matte screen makes it ideal for working outside. We loved its elegant design, its matte screen coating, and its great keyboard. The only faults we could find in it were the lack of an SD / ethernet ports, and the slightly underachieving screen. Together with the likes of the Asus UX31 Zenbook , we could finally say Windows users have a decent alternative to the MacBook Air.
Pros: Great battery life. Good performance (with SSD and an i7 option), Great keyboard.
Cons: Lack of SD card / ethernet ports, Screen could be better
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s bears all the hallmark of a Lenovo ultraportable, despite being an ultrabook with a unique design. It has a very good keyboard, traditional Lenovo software, and the potential to blend form and function as close to perfection as is possible.
Pros: Attractive, unibody metal shell, Very good performance, Intel WiDi feature, Excellent keyboard, Useful proprietary software
Summary: The Lenovo 300s is one of the nicest-looking and best-designed ultrabooks around. Lenovo was able to differentiate itself form the rest of the ultrabook pack by following the same design concepts they’ve been using years ago, starting with the ultraportables.
Summary: That said, there’s a load to like about the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s. It may struggle to differentiate itself from other ultrabooks, like the Asus UX31, but it’s well worth a look if you fancy something a little different.
Excerpt: It's easy to understand why the fledgling ultrabook market is exploding with new offerings from virtually all of the major players. The new class of notebooks, seemingly reinvented by Intel's vision (and a $300 million dollar marketing fund) are designed to offer robust performance for everyday tasks and multimedia, in a wafer-thin and feather-weight footprint.
Pros: Sleek, thin, polished and understated looks, Fantastic keyboard and touchpad, Really nice display, Great battery life, Good software bundle, free of bloat, Nice and quiet
Cons: Single channel DDR3 memory configuration?!, No backlight in the keyboard
Summary: Lenovo's stylish U300s Ultrabook is one of the best-looking Windows laptops we've seen and matches Apple's MacBook Air nearly spec for spec. The entry-level version is $100 less than Apple's, but that discount vanishes on the higher-end model.
Cons: Our more expensive configuration offers no discount from a comparable MacBook Air, and leaves out some basic ports and connections.
Conclusion: On the left we have the OneKey Recovery button, which is literally a one button startup to initiate the Windows Recovery process. The exhaust grill is also on the top left, followed by the USB 2.0 port. On the right we have 3.5mm headphones jack, USB 3.0 port, the HDMI port and the power jack.
Conclusion: All told, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s is a strong entry in the fledgling ultrabook field on the basis of its hardware. To be sure, the hefty pricing—for the Core i7 model we tested, or even the ramped-down Core i5 version—will put it out of reach for most folks who don't need the kind of pure productivity speed and battery life that this machine can deliver.
Pros: Thin and light, even by ultrabook standards, Strong Core i7 performance, Bump-resistant SSD, Long battery life, Aluminum chassis, Surprising audio fidelity
Cons: Too expensive, No memory-card slot, Port selection is only basic