Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Review

By on March 12, 2012
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Chunky, yet elegant.

Good: Uniquely simple and elegant design, cool and quiet operations, very sturdy build
Bad: No backlit keyboard, no memory card reader, more expensive than competitors
Price: AED 4,800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Design & Build Quality

With the recent boom of ultrabooks, many laptop manufacturers have to differentiate themselves from others with extra features and, more importantly, aesthetic design, since hardware remains consistent across the board. Now I’ll be the first one to admit that Lenovo laptops aren’t exactly eye-catching. Of course, many people will say the ThinkPad series has a classic design that doesn’t need a change, much like Porsche’s 911s, but I digress. A little innovation in terms of radical design is always welcome. And what better a platform to show off a new design than the new ultrabooks?

So today I’ll be looking at the new Lenovo IdeaPad U300s ultrabook, a laptop designed “drop jaws” according to Lenovo. First thing’s first, the U300s is as far a departure from the traditional ThinkPad design as possible, while at the same maintaining enough semblance to carry over the legendary heritage. On the outside, the IdeaPad U300s has a smooth surface all around. It is, in fact, a single sheet of aluminum that runs from the top of the screen to the bottom panel; there’s not a single screw or adjoining piece of metal to ruin the beauty of U300s.

There’s no absurd branding or product inscriptions anywhere except the Lenovo logo on the top right corner of the lid. Everything is kept simple. The front is equally devoid of any obtrusive LEDs popping out of the seam.

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.

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