Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad U300sNotebook: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s (IdeaPad U Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.333kg
Price: 999 euro
Average Score: 75.07% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 80%, features: 71%, display: 67% mobility: 89%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

83% Review Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Notebook | Notebookcheck
Twiggy. Following Acer and Asus, Lenovo now appears in the ring of UltraBooks with the next candidate. Low configuration and ULV hardware in an attractive packaging - is the IdeaPad U300s only to tempt us with its design or can it convince at second glance?
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook review
Source: IT Reviews English
There's no shortage of great looking Ultrabooks on the market, with the likes of the Toshiba Z830 and Asus ZenBook UX31 also vying for your attention. But there is something a bit different about the Lenovo U300s. It feels slightly less indulgent and takes itself a little more seriously, making it potentially more attractive to the business user. It's not perfect, with the reduced size keys on the keyboard being the main bugbear, but you are getting a solid, well designed Ultrabook at a very reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/28/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Review
Source: T Break English
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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s 13.3-inch Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Lenovo's IdeaPad U300s is a pretty decent Ultrabook on the surface. It has a nice all metal construction which many models lack and the keyboard and trackpad are some of the best available. The big problem is that Lenovo's pricing is trying to compete with Apple's MacBook Air 13 but fails to provide a compelling alternative.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review
Source: PC Advisor English
Performance and specification are decent, but the author found the keyboard too awkward for comfortable use. There are a few too many problems with the Lenovo Idea Pad U300s for us to recommend it, not least of which is the high price tag.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/02/2012
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% features: 80% ergonomy: 70%
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Once again we have another excellent 13in Ultrabook entrant with just a few too many flaws to fully recommend it. Nonetheless, Lenovo’s stylish and ergonomic IdeaPad U300s is a strong contender, and at under £900 in its Core i5 guise it’s our favourite budget choice – if you can live with its screen’s poor viewing angles, lack of keyboard backlighting and absent memory card reader.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/13/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80%
80% Ultrabook Ultra-Roundup: 4 Top-Notch Notebooks Reviewed and Compared
Source: Maximum PC English
RIPE APPLE Sub-$1K; attractive, sturdy lid; decent performance. ROAD APPLE Plastic insides don't match aluminum outside; no USB 3.0; uses HDD; narrow vertical viewing angle.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 02/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Review
Source: Maximum PC English
Lenovo also brings its A-game to the Ultrabook party. And well it should, since it’s asking almost $1,500 for the IdeaPad U300s. That’s premium, business-ultraportable price territory. It’s therefore apropos that the U300s has the most businessy aesthetic, although not at the sake of sleek design. Like the Asus UX31E and the MacBook Air, the U300s is crafted from a single-sheet of aluminum. It eschews the wedge form factor established by Apple and instead uniquely mimics the lines of a hardbound book, with the top and bottom edges protruding slightly all the way around the perimeter, the way a book’s covers protrude past the pages. It makes for a distinct and pleasing silhouette.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/13/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U300S review
Source: Techradar English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U300S is a good ultra-portable laptop, but as an ultrabook, it doesn't offer any compelling reasons to choose it over the competition.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
67% Lenovo IdeaPad U300S review
Source: It Pro English
Despite our concerns about the touchpad, screen brightness and lack of business-oriented features, the IdeaPad U300S is our favourite Ultrabook yet thanks to its long battery life, good looks and reasonably good keyboard. Overall though, the 13in MacBook Air remains our preferred ultraportable thanks to its superior battery life, great keyboard and more thoughtful design. If you prefer Windows, the U300S is the best Ultrabook alternative to the MacBook Air available so far, but we suspect the real challengers to Apple's dominance will be the second generation of Ultrabooks based on the upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge range of processors. Hopefully by the time these processors are released, Ultrabook manufacturers will have had time to refine their designs and supply chains.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 67%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s ultrabook review
Source: T3 English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U300S is a good ultra-portable laptop and the matte screen makes it ideal for working outside. However, if you’re looking for an Ultrabook to use as your main PC, it doesn’t offer any compelling reasons to choose it over the competition. It looks plain and unispiring, performance is disappointing despite being thicker and heavier than other Ultrabooks, and the keyboard and trackpad are still awkward to use.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Review – This Stylin’ Ultrabook Is No MacBook Air Clone
Source: Notebooks.com English
Lenovo’s ultrabook embodies many of the best aspects of this new notebook category, including a seriously thin design coupled with impressive performance. The design is singular instead of following the Air-clone crowd, with a Clementine Orange option that stands out. Still, the IdeaPad U300s excludes several features to keep the size and cost down, including some needed ports and a backlit keyboard. Even at that, it never reaches the sub-$1000 goal.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/14/2011
85% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
Source: PC World India English
This elegant looking ultrabook is among Intel's new wave of ultraportables that are meant to compete against Apple's Mac Book Air. The IdeaPad U300s ultrabook comes with a distinctive new look, is very portable and has a good build quality. Its performance rivals that of the MacBook Air - the tech specs for both these units are almost identical - making it a worthwhile option to consider when buying a Windows-sporting ultraportable.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/12/2011
Rating: Total score: 85%

Foreign Reviews

80% Lenovo IdeaPad U300s im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 89% features: 72% display: 76% mobility: 81% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 90%
Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba: Ultrabooks im Vergleich
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2011
83% Test Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 76% display: 61% mobility: 92% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 88%
88% 레노버의 고성능 울트라북 - 아이디어패드 U300s 59309796 (통합편)
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 88%

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.


2467M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.6-2.3 GHz due to Turbo boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1150 MHz and a DDR3-1333 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.


1.333 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 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


75.07%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Dell Latitude 3330
Core i3 2375M, 1.77 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S300-59359324
Celeron 887, 1.8 kg
» Samsung 900X3D-A01US
Core i5 2537M, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A02US
Core i5 2467M, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire S3-391-6046
Core i3 2367M, 1.4 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A01RS
Core i5 2467M, 1.4 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U310-59-348996
Core i3 2377M, 1.7 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L830-10G
Core i3 2367M, 1.9 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A01NL
Core i5 2467M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio SVS1311E3E
Core i3 2350M, 1.7 kg
» Asus UX32A-R3001V
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX32A-DB31
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook UH55
Core i3 2367M, 1.6 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A03PL
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Dell XPS 13-321X-0281
Core i7 2637M, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L830-10X
Core i3 2367M, 1.9 kg
» Asus UX31E-RY027V
Core i3 2367M, 1.3 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U300s-108029U
Core i7 2677M, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P
Core i3 2367M, 1.1 kg
» Sony Vaio SVT1311M1ES
Core i3 2367M, 1.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ23Z9E
Core i7 2640M, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ23J9E
Core i7 2640M, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-11M
Core i5 2467M, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10J
Core i5 2467M, 1.1 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10E
Core i5 2557M, 1.1 kg
» HP Folio 13-1012tu
Core i5 2467M, 1.5 kg
» HP Folio 13-1029wm
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U300s-M6842GE
Core i5 2467M, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portégé R835-P88
Core i5 2450M, 1.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-12-15 (Update: 2012-05-26)