IFA 2011 | First Lenovo Ultrabook introduced along with U300 and U400 IdeaPads
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It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as if the Ultrabooks are finally starting to arrive. Toshiba’s Protégé Z830 started things off at the IFA conference in Berlin, and Lenovo is now joining the game with their latest U300s Ultrabook. In addition, the company is refreshing their IdeaPad design thanks to the new U300 and U400 laptops.
Lenovo U300s Ultrabook
Definitely one of the more beautiful notebooks out there, you can’t be blamed for stopping for a second and staring at the U300s. Though it’s Lenovo’s first Ultrabook, the company appears to have put much thought into the device, as its glass touchpad and single-piece aluminum shell fit in a package that features some attractive curves and weighs less than 3 lbs. And if that wasn’t enough for your tastes, then maybe a “Breathable” keyboard, advanced Intel cooling technology and a Chiclet-style keyboard can seal the deal.
While we could go on and on about the beautiful design, Lenovo has also made sure that the hardware warrants a mention. The 13.3” display does feature a standard HD resolution, but the notebook comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 256GB SSD that’s good for 10 second boot times. In addition, the laptop can be equipped with up to a Sandy Bridge Core i7 processor and has a battery life of around 8 hours.
Lenovo U300 and U400 IdeaPad
Though they might not be quite the lookers as the slim U300s, the 13.3” U300 and 14” U400 IdeaPads still feature the same brushed aluminum design, “Breathable” keyboard and Chiclet keys. Outside of screen size and the AMD HD6470M that comes with the U400, the two IdeaPads are primarily the same device, as the two can be equipped with up to a Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 256GB SSD or 1TB HDD. Interestingly, the U400 looks to have the superior battery, with an estimated seven hours of life compared to the U300’s 6 hours.
Lenovo’s newest laptops are definitely a departure from the company’s usual plasticky designs, but we can’t say that we’re disappointed. All three laptops should be available in Graphite Gray starting in October of this year, but the U300s does have a limited-edition Clementine Orange color.
The U300s should start at $1,195, while the U300 and U400 begin at $799 and $849 respectively.