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.

Specs & Benchmarks

The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s has specs that we have tested before in other ultrabooks. As such it wasn’t hard to come up with the below comparison sheet.

I have used the Toshiba Portege Z830 and the Acer Aspire S3 ultrabooks for comparisons, both of which have the exact same internals as the U300s, except the hard drive combo in the Aspire S3.


Given the same configurations, it’s no surprise that the IdeaPad U300s performs in the same league as the Portege Z830. So why pay an extra $200 for the exact same experience as the Toshiba Portege Z830?

It all comes down to aesthetic appeal and brand recognition. IBM fans who have used the ThinkPad series in the past will definitely go for the IdeaPad U300s as their ultrabook of choice, but the business segment isn’t the only one being targeted by Lenovo.

The U300s isn’t just available in a serious looking graphite grey, but a funky ‘clementine orange’ as well. For these people, choosing the slightly heavier and more expensive IdeaPad might be a bit of a leap, but for those who’re happy to own a Lenovo machine, and prefer the aesthetic appeal of the IdeaPad’s design, the U300s is a solid choice.

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