First Looks: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

Since the launch of Lenovo´s IdeaPad U300s (priced at RM3,399), one of the first few Ultrabook models to be made available for the mass market, there have also been other entries for this computer category.

First Looks: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

U300s-1LThis has sparked the interest for Ultrabooks in a marketspace that still demands the best “bang for buck” deal when it comes to PC purchases. With the 13.3-inch U300s, Lenovo has taken the “be stylish and fashionable” route as it markets the Ultrabook as a highly desirable model that is designed for the fashion-minded that understands the necessities of needing a powerful notebook. To show off it´s fashion-driven concept, Lenovo organised a media preview of the U300s recently using a fashionista concept to highlight the UltraBook´s design elements. With a proper hands-on demo, it is easy to tell that the U300s has a super slim chassis – a primary trait among Ultrabooks. This is further accentuated with a sleek look and scratch-proof design that utilise cool yet fancy colours (Graphite Grey and the limited edition Clementine Orange). Indeed the U300s does seem like a notebook that flaunts the look. In using a single, reinforced aluminium shell, the U300s is extremely light – less than three hundred pounds. For its slimness and weight, the U300s definitely packs a punch on paper. Under the hood, there is a second generation Intel Core i5 CPU (up to i7) that is paired up with 4GB DDR3 RAM and 128GB (up to 256GB) SSD storage. Sounds promising, especially since Lenovo was quick to demonstrate that the U300s can deal with most HD content and then some. Being so slim in design, cooling and battery life can be an issue. Not so for the U300s as it uses Intel´s Breathable Keyboard concept, an advance cooling system that allows air to flow into the keyboard and out to the sides and rear hinge. Such a design allows the U300s to remove the common underside vents, making it more bearable to use on the go. As for power, Lenovo claims that the technology it has loaded into this model provides up to eight hours for heavy utilisation (or about 30 days on standby). This is further complemented with Lenovo´s RapidCharge battery, which can be powered up to around 50% in just 30 minutes. In addition, there are also new Intel innovations included into the U300s, such as high-speed 802.11n WiFi, USB 3.0 ports, 720p HD webcam, and even Intel´s newest feature: Wireless Display connectivity (WiDi). It does sound unbelievable to have so much packed into the U300s but that is what Lenovo achieved. This makes it quite a feat especially if it comes in such a lightweight, thin-like device.