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Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad U300sNotebook: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s (IdeaPad U Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2620M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.6kg
Average Score: 77.73% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 77%, features: 55%, display: 67% mobility: 71%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 64%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Review
Source: Hot Hardware English
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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/15/2012
67% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review
Source: PC Pro English
The dim screen weighs heavily against the IdeaPad U300s, but this is still an alluringly lovely laptop. A recent price drop, from £934 inc VAT to just £799, makes it a tempting alternative to the leaders of the Ultrabook pack.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 83% performance: 67% features: 50% ergonomy: 50%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Review
Source: Computer Shopper English
On the software front, in addition to Windows 7 Home Premium, Lenovo preloads the OneKey Recovery utility (sourced from CyberLink), which handles system backup and recovery chores. Also onboard from CyberLink is the YouCam Webcam utility. This latest version improves upon what was already one of our favorite such programs.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Review: Beauty and the Beast
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The IdeaPad U300s is a solid entry into the Ultrabook market; it's mostly successful but stumbles in a few noticeable areas. While I like the design, the chassis is too easy to flex, which leads to some concerns about long-term reliability. The screen is nothing special with barely adequate picture quality. Last but not least it lacks a media card reader.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 50% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 60%
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English
We have been promised 30 new ultrabooks this winter and Lenovo is not going to sit on a stand by. Battery life is a crucial consideration for an ultraportable. Unsurprisingly, the IdeaPad U300s can’t equal the olympian endurance of the MacBook Air, but it nevertheless beats the Acer Aspire S3 into submission, delivering a very decent 5 hrs 14 minutes of video-looping.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/15/2011
70% Lenovo U300s Ultrabook Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The U300s being the first Ultrabook we tested, we can’t help, but be quite impressed with what Intel has envisioned. It’s perfect for carrying around and has everything one would typically need in a notebook, minus the extra bulk and unnecessary features. The all-aluminum chassis is a welcome change. We have to give props to Lenovo for doing a really good job with the design and aesthetics of the notebook. Currently, the pricing may be one of the main factors holding this notebook back. You can certainly get a more powerful notebook for this money, but then that’s missing the point. The audience for this niche segment already exists, all we need now are more options and cheaper prices.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review
Source: PC Advisor English
No matter which way you cut it, the U300s is a pricey laptop, though only moderately more so than the similarly configured competition. It's available in a slower, less capacious configuration with a Core i5-2457M CPU and a 128GB SSD for around £900, and Lenovo's U260 and its recently released U400 are only slightly thicker and heavier, with cheaper configurations. The missing ports are a bit of puzzler, but otherwise the U300s delivers a very satisfying Ultrabook experience.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Lenovo Thinks Thin
Source: Wired Magazine English
All of this clocks in at $1,500, which is a $100 price cut in comparison to the highest-end MacBook Air, with which it shares a lot of DNA. For the record, that’s probably still more than most people want to pay, but if you’re not interested in the MacOS and want a metal-chassis design, this good-looking Lenovo is a really compelling machine.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
First Look: Lenovo U300s review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Based on the time we've spent with the Lenovo, we're really big fans. It's a little more dull than, say, a MacBook Air or the Asus UX31, but it's still gorgeous and we like how it works.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/15/2011
First Look: Lenovo U300s review
Source: Pocket Lint English
As far as we're concerned, this is one of the more exciting ultrabooks on the market. And, we really think it will sell well to both business and consumers. Well done Lenovo, mission accomplished.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/15/2011
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review
Source: Engadget English
At its current price ($1,095 and up), the IdeaPad U300s isn't the best value, but it is one of the better Ultrabooks we've seen. People comparing this side-by-side against other skinny laptops will note that it doesn't have a high-res display, backlit keyboard or memory card slot -- things Lenovo left out of last year's U260, too. By those metrics, both the MacBook Air and UX31 win, handily.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/13/2011
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Like the ASUS UX31, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s gets many things right, but not enough to beat the 13-inch MacBook Air. While it may not be as flashy, we like this Ultrabook's solid aluminum design, excellent performance, and nearly 7 hours of battery life. Yet, for $1,495, we would expect a backlit keyboard, higher-res screen, and SD card slot. We're still waiting for the perfect Ultrabook, but the U300s is a very good choice for those pining for a Windows-powered Air alternative.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
Source: CNet English
Much has been made (certainly by us) of Intel's plans to promote a new "Ultrabook" laptop designation, which refers to something along the lines of an 11- to 13-inch laptop, less than 18 millimeters thick, with SSD storage, and running on current-gen Core i-series processors 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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
90% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s - Sharp, Skinny and Long Lasting
Source: Hardware Zone English
Long story short, we are extremely impressed with the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, and to find out why, you will have to read on. Of course that’s not to say it's without its flaws. But ultimately, this is just part of the first wave of Ultrabooks to be set loose upon us, and we foresee that the road for Ultrabooks will be a long (and probably winding) one, especially after seeing the U300s, because they are that good.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2011
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 85% performance: 85% mobility: 95%
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s first look
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Nonetheless, despite its clear touches of MacBook homage, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s is and immensely desirable machine. It's beautifully built, incredibly light, should have top notch battery life, and the keyboard and touchpad are excellent. It's glossy screen and limited connectivity do let the side down though, and could prove its downfall when we come to giving it a full review.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/03/2011
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
Source: PC Mag English
There are other peeves, like the lack of a memory-card reader and its lower screen resolution, that keep the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s from unseating the Asus Zenbook UX31 as our ultrabook Editors' Choice. But even so, the U300s occupies the same position in the ultrabook space that Lenovo's high-end ThinkPads do in the general laptop sphere—an enviable option for lucky executives, travelers, and students.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/29/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

87% Federgewichte
Source: PC Magazin - Spezial 53 Ultrabooks German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 87%
83% Wie gut sind die neuen Ultrabooks?
Source: Chip.de - Test&Kauf 2/12 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 83%
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s (M6844GE)
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2012
Rating: performance: 70% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
87% Flacher Chic
Source: Computerbild - 2/12 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 01/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 92% features: 81% display: 89% ergonomy: 81% emissions: 93%
72% So gut sind die neuen Ultrabooks
Source: Chip.de - 2/12 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 01/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 76% features: 64% display: 81% mobility: 72% ergonomy: 79%
Lenovo Ideapad U300s
Source: Focus Online German DE→EN
expensive, few interfaces, bad display
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/20/2012
90% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s - test, cena i opinie
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Первый взгляд на Lenovo U300s: оранжевый убийца Apple MacBook Air
Source: Zoom RU→EN
quite good ultrabook
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/16/2012
Обзор Lenovo IdeaPad U300s: тоньше, чем MacBook Air
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Processor good, mirroring display, graphic performance bad
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/02/2011
レノボ IdeaPad U300s の実機レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/12/2011

Comment

Intel HD Graphics 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


2620M: Very fast Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.6 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Lenovo reviews


77.73%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-09-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)