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: 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.
Pros: Lenovo's IdeaPad U300s is the coolest-looking of the new generation of Ultrabook laptops, and packs in a large SSD drive, USB 3.0, and more.
Cons: Our more expensive configuration offers no discount from a comparable MacBook Air, and leaves out some basic ports and connections.
Conclusion: There's a lot to like about the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s and after using the machine for a while we really wanted to absolutely love it. Unfortunately, our tech geek lust started to wane a little after we got under the hood with this machine in our benchmarks. Why Lenovo would configure the machine for single channel DDR memory is beyond us.
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
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
Summary: Months before Intel decided to jump-start its new ultrabook category, Lenovo made an extremely thin laptop which essentially fit 95 percent of Intel’s vision: the IdeaPad U260 . The aluminum-wrapped laptop, which came out last December, was just 0.7 inches thick and was one of the best Windows ultraportables ever created in terms of performance and overall build. However, it couldn’t take on its closest competitor — the MacBook Air — for one major reason: battery life.
Pros: Very unique, rigid design, Wonderfully spaced and comfortable keyboard, Best touchpad among ultrabooks
Cons: No backlit keyboard, No SD card slot, More expensive than the competition, Screen resolution could be better
Excerpt: Lenovo also brings its A-game to the Ultrabook party. And well it should, since it’s asking almost $1,500 for the IdeaPad U300s. That’s premium, business-ultraportable price territory. It’s therefore apropos that the U300s has the most businessy aesthetic, although not at the sake of sleek design. Like the Asus UX31E and the MacBook Air, the U300s is crafted from a single-sheet of aluminum.
Pros: Attractive design; high quality; Core i7 and 256GB SSD.
Cons: Expensive; no media reader; lower-res screen than UX31E.
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review – a top ultra-portable for business
9 January 2012
Summary: This is probably my favorite ultrabook amongst the first generation of such devices, offering classic looks, excellent build quality, a proper keyboard and trackpad and solid everyday performances. Unfortunately these also came with a proper price tag, as the U300S is one of the most expensive entries in its class.
Pros: original and simpler design, excellent build quality, excellent keyboard and trackpad, good performances, decent battery life, alright speakers
Cons: pricey, no card-reader, screen is glossy and quite dim