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Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR Notebook Review

Nino Ricchizzi (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 05/21/2016

Daily companion. Large display, enough performance to handle the various daily tasks on might encounter and an attractive price point: Lenovo's IdeaPad 300 costs 450 Euro (~$500) and targets price-conscious consumers with basic needs.

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The new 300-series Ideapad from Lenovo is designed to handle the various daily tasks users might encounter. The dedicated GPU should also allow some headroom for multimedia applications. Lenovo decided on a rather unusual combination of a low-end 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium CPU with a Nvidia GeForce 920M GPU. The notebooks has 4 GB of RAM on board and comes with a 1 TB HDD. At the time of writing, the price is 450 Euro (~$500). For just 50 Euro (~$) more, users could opt for a  HP notebook (series 250-G4), which comes equipped with a more powerful Intel Core i5-5200U and double the RAM. The GPU is a dedicated AMD Radeon R5 M330. The Asus F555LJ - which now costs about the same as the review notebook - also makes for an interesting comparison. The F555LJ comes with 8 GB of RAM and an Intel Core i3-5010U processor.

Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR (IdeaPad 300 Series)
Processor
Intel Pentium N3700, 4 cores, 6 W TDP
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 920M - 1024 MB, Core: 954 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, 10.18.135362, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
4096 MB 
, Single-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel 100 PPI, LG Philips LP156WHB-TPGA, TN, glossy: yes
Storage
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 5400 RPM
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo-jack, Card Reader: SD,MMC,SDHC,SDXC
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
PLDS DVD-RW DA8A6SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 384 x 265 ( = 0.91 x 15.12 x 10.43 in)
Battery
31.7 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.26 kg ( = 79.72 oz / 4.98 pounds), Power Supply: 326 g ( = 11.5 oz / 0.72 pounds)
Price
450 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

The chassis of the Ideapad 300 is typical for Lenovo notebooks. The design is simple and the matte black plastic elements offer enough grip to hold the notebook securely. Closer examination reveals many sharp corners end edges. Some of the gaps between the materials are not even and the maintenance hatch on the bottom isn't quite flush with the rest of the unit. Another negative aspect: the back of the display lid flexes easily when pressure is applied.

As we mentioned earlier, the notebook comes with a maintenance cover. The cover, which is attached with two screws, allows access to the HDD, the wireless module, the RAM slot (1/1 slot occupied), and the CMOS battery. The battery is also removable, but requires tools as well. The 15.6-inch notebook is 23.4 mm thick and weighs 2.3 kg, so it is pretty easy to transport.

The port selection is typical for this type of notebook. Quite disappointing is the fact that only one of the USB ports supports USB 3.0. The ports are located towards the front on both sides, which makes accessing them quite easy, although plugged-in cables could potentially get in the way. The SD card reader is sufficiently fast. With our reference SD card Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, we registered 61.4 MB/s when transferring 5 MB JPEG files. The tool AS SSD posted even higher read and write rates of 76.77 MB/s and 73.65 MB/s, respectively.

Back
Back
Left side: power jack, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 1x USB 3.0, SD card reader
Left side: power jack, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 1x USB 3.0, SD card reader
Right side: audio combo-jcak, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington Lock
Right side: audio combo-jcak, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington Lock
Front
Front

Size Comparison

Input Devices

Lenovo also uses the same keyboard design in other notebooks. Key travel is short and soft, which makes typing the response feel a little spongy. 10-finger touch typists might also need some time to get used to the feedback. Plus points are the adequate size of the keys and the dedicated number pad. The entire keyboard flexes too much while typing. Business users are better off with an external keyboard.

The touchpad underneath the keyboard is large enough at 10 x 5.3 cm and inputs are translated accurately save for the corners. Multitouch gestures are recognized most of the time, but more expensive notebooks feel more intuitive and natural than the review candidate. The two physical mouse buttons under the touchpad produce a muffled sound at the outer edges but a rather obtrusive, higher-frequency clicking-sound towards the middle.

The keyboard is not perfect
The keyboard is not perfect

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Ideapad 300 is equipped with a glossy TN panel from LG. The display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels doesn't get very bright: we measured an average of only 192 cd/m². The competitors are not much better, however. Lenovo doesn't offer a different display type at this time. We also couldn't find our review notebook on Lenovo's website, although it's available from several online shops. 

203
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
170
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
168
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
172
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 208 cd/m² Average: 191.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 205 cd/m²
Contrast: 703:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.06 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 10.36 | - Ø
55.97% sRGB (Argyll) 35.51% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 0.6
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Lenovo G51-35 80M8002HGE
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Response Times
27%
23%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
60.8 (31.6, 29.2)
42 (22, 20)
31%
43.6 (23.2, 20.4)
28%
Response Time Black / White *
31.2 (22, 9.2)
24 (8, 16)
23%
25.6 (19.6, 6)
18%
PWM Frequency
806 (90)
200 (90)
Screen
-7%
-0%
18%
Brightness
192
203
6%
195
2%
236
23%
Brightness Distribution
81
83
2%
88
9%
86
6%
Black Level *
0.29
0.49
-69%
0.35
-21%
0.31
-7%
Contrast
703
449
-36%
589
-16%
790
12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.06
8.95
11%
8.96
11%
6.6
34%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.36
10.59
-2%
9.27
11%
6.96
33%
Gamma
0.6 400%
2.51 96%
2.38 101%
2.35 102%
CCT
12771 51%
12049 54%
11213 58%
8450 77%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35.51
41
15%
35.89
1%
43
21%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
55.97
65
16%
56.26
1%
66
18%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
10% / -0%
12% / 4%
18% / 18%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 9.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 79 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
60.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 31.6 ms rise
↘ 29.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6668 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The large notebook isn't well-suited for outdoor use.
The large notebook isn't well-suited for outdoor use.

Color and grayscale deviations are usually pretty high for TN panels. The measured DeltaE deviations are around 10 and the panel exhibits a distinctly bluish hue. Calibration fortunately takes care of it. Of course this type of notebook is not intended for professional use anyway.

Users who'd like to venture outside a lot face two drawbacks, as the display is not only quite dim, but also plagued by reflections. Working is only possible in the shade and darker environments.

CalMAN: Graylevels, not calibrated
CalMAN: Graylevels, not calibrated
CalMAN: Colors, not calibrated
CalMAN: Colors, not calibrated
CalMAN: Saturation, not calibrated
CalMAN: Saturation, not calibrated
CalMAN: Graylevels, not calibrated
CalMAN: Graylevels, not calibrated
CalMAN: Colors, calibrated
CalMAN: Colors, calibrated
CalMAN: Saturation, calibrated
CalMAN: Saturation, calibrated
AdobeRGB coverage
AdobeRGB coverage
sRGB coverage
sRGB coverage
 

Performance

Our version of the IdeaPad 300 is equipped with a very low-end processor and a dedicated Nvida GPU, which should offer sufficient performance for multimedia applications and older games. The RAM (4 GB in our case) only operates in single-channel mode. Expansion is only possible if the 4 GB module is removed and replaced with a larger one, since Lenovo only integrated one slot. The review notebook has very basic hardware designed to tackle web browsing and similar. tasks. The dedicated GPU has some headroom as far as multimedia applications are concerned.

The maintenance cover on the bottom.
The maintenance cover on the bottom.
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

The Intel Pentium N3700 has four cores and is clocked at 1.6 GHz. The Braswell-generation CPU is also quite frugal with a TDP of only 6 watts. The Turbo Boost can overclock the CPU to a maximum of 2400 MHz. The N3700 scored 132 points in the Cinebench R15 benchmark test, so the performance is exactly as expected. The competitors with more powerful processors score much higher: the HP 250 G4, for example, manged an impressive 257 points.

Even though the performance is far from stellar in the first place, using the notebook away from outlets curtails the performance further. A check with the Cinebench R15 benchmark showed a 24 % point reduction when we operated the notebook on its battery.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
108 Points ∼100% +200%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
85 Points ∼79% +136%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39 Points ∼36% +8%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
36 Points ∼33% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
36 Points ∼33%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
257 Points ∼100% +95%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
217 Points ∼84% +64%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
142 Points ∼55% +8%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
134 Points ∼52% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
132 Points ∼51%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1793
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3148
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1114
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
10.21 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.77 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.45 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
15.32 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
132 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
36 Points
Help

System Performance

Because of the low-end CPU and slow conventional hard drive, the 15.6-inch notebook unfortunately feels far from speedy. Running several programs in parallel also caused visible stutters. The PCMark 8 Home test confirmed our subjective impression with a score of only 1740 points. Competing notebooks with more RAM and faster CPU generally score about 3000 points.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3237 Points ∼100% +86%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2972 Points ∼92% +71%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1740 Points ∼54%
PCMark 7 - Score
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2742 Points ∼100% +52%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2574 Points ∼94% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1806 Points ∼66%
PCMark 7 Score
1806 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1740 points
Help

Storage Devices

A 1 TB conventional Seagate HDD handles the data storage. The platter-based drive rotates at 5400 RPM and delivers sequential read and write rates of 99.69 and 96.43 MB/s, respectively. Thanks to the maintenance cover, swapping out the hard drive is easily accomplished.

Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
1%
30%
Write 4k
0.737
0.775
5%
1.29
75%
Read 4k
0.368
0.349
-5%
0.522
42%
Write Seq
96.43
98.22
2%
99.56
3%
Read Seq
99.69
99.47
0%
101
1%
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 110 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 76.4 MB/s
Access Time: 18 ms
Burst Rate: 203.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 17.2 %

GPU Performance

One distinctive feature of the notebook is the GPU. Instead of relying on the processor-integrated GPU, Lenvo makes use of a dedicated graphics card as well. Our review notebook comes equipped with an Nvidia GeForce 920M. This low-end GPU comes with 2 GB of RAM, runs at a base frequency of 954 MHz and can handle most graphics-related tasks. Most current games pose a problem though and only a few of them are playable at the lowest settings. With a 3DMark 11 score of 1573 points, the notebooks slightly trails the Asus F555LJ with the same GPU. The more powerful HP 250 G4 with its AMD Radeon M330 leads the pack with 1927 points. Overall, the review notebook scores about 10 % less than expected. The rather basic CPU is likely the culprit.

Just like the CPU performance, the GPU performance drops unfortunately when the notebook is running on battery. We observed a decline of about 7 %.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1927 Points ∼100% +23%
Lenovo Yoga 500-14ISK
GeForce 920M, 6200U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
1823 Points ∼95% +16%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1822 Points ∼95% +16%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1766 Points ∼92% +12%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1748 Points ∼91% +11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1573 Points ∼82%
3DMark 11 Performance
1573 points
Help

Gaming Performance

Should gaming be on the agenda, we advise sticking with older games. BioShock Infinite, to give one example, runs at 28.5 fps at medium settings.

BioShock Infinite
1366x768 Medium Preset
Asus P2520LJ-DF0014G
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN256HCHP
42 fps ∼100% +47%
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
GeForce 920M, 2970M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39.5 fps ∼94% +38%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
35.31 fps ∼84% +24%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
35.3 fps ∼84% +24%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
28.53 fps ∼68%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
28.1 fps ∼67% -2%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
GeForce 920M, 2970M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
73.5 fps ∼100% +80%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
64.1 fps ∼87% +57%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
62.42 fps ∼85% +53%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
49.2 fps ∼67% +20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
40.9 fps ∼56%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 40.928.5324.8fps

Emissions & Energy

Noise Level

The fan system during the stress test.
The fan system during the stress test.

The Lenovo Ideapad is pretty quiet overall, but remains audible most of the time. Especially with the performance profile activated, the fan noise is always present, although - at a maximum of 37.6 dB(A) - the system never gets as loud as the HP 250 G4 (45.2 dB(A)) or the Asus F555LJ (41.8 dB(A)). Unfortunately, the fan noise occurs in the upper frequency range and is therefore a little more obtrusive than we like.

Noise Level

Idle
30.4 / 30.4 / 34.3 dB(A)
HDD
30.5 dB(A)
Load
36.2 / 37.6 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   ECM8000 + Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.4 dB(A)

Temperature

The Ideapad during the stress test.
The Ideapad during the stress test.

Temperatures are well-controlled both at idle and under load. We measured a maximum of 36 °C at the top and the bottom. The competitors fall within the same range. The power adapter does get quite hot though at up to 51.4 °C, so covering it up with a blanket would be a bad idea.

Last, we also take a look at the internal temps and subject the notebook to our stress test for at least one hour. The processor was able to maintain the base frequency of 1.6 GHz for the duration and the core temperatures never exceeded 60 °C. A quick check after the stress test showed identical performance compared to right after a cold start according to the 3DMark 11 benchmark test. 

Max. Load
 33.2 °C33.6 °C25.5 °C 
 36.7 °C34.2 °C25.3 °C 
 25.8 °C32.1 °C24.5 °C 
Maximum: 36.7 °C
Average: 30.1 °C
24.3 °C24.8 °C26.5 °C
25.6 °C36.6 °C32.9 °C
25 °C30 °C27.1 °C
Maximum: 36.6 °C
Average: 28.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51.4 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

Speakers at maximum volume at at 50 %.
Speakers at maximum volume at at 50 %.

The speakers are decent enough even for extended YouTube sessions and watching a TV series. The maximum volume level is adequate and voices are easy to understand. Of course, this is a run-of-the-mill speaker system and as such, it can't deliver quite the range and depth one would hope for.

Power Consumption

The Lenovo Ideapad 300 requires between 5.4 and 9.4 watts during idle. The more powerful competitors actually require less: the Asus F555LJ draws between 3.5–5.7 watts. Even under load the review notebook is far less frugal and requires 5 watts more (40 watts) than the Asus.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 0.45 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.4 / 8 / 9.4 Watt
Load midlight 26.8 / 39.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The Ideapad 300 comes equipped with a 4 cell battery with a capacity of 31.7 Wh. Our WLAN test simulates web browsing and should thus reflect real-life conditions. The notebook shut down after four hours - a barely average result. The competitors Asus F555LJ and HP 250 G4 offer more endurance and lasted for a solid 5 hours and 45 min.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
345 min ∼100% +37%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
342 min ∼99% +36%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
251 min ∼73%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3
4h 11min

Pros

+ runs quiet and cool
+ inexpensive entry-level configuration

Cons

- lackluster keyboard
- display too dark
- performance suffers in battery mode

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 300. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 300. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

With their Ideapad 300, Lenovo aims to bridge the gap between affordable business and multimedia notebooks. Our particular configuration trails the competition in most areas, however, and therefore leaves us with a rather mixed impression. The simple chassis design appears to be pretty solid, but the input devices are not suitable for extended use. Especially the keyboard is too spongy for our liking. Users planning on surfing the Internet should't have any issues, however.

The display fails to impress as well, as it is quite dim and features a rather low resolution. The panel is glossy, so reflections are an issue as well. To be fair though: for the given low price, we can't really expect much more.

One of the most important qualifiers is the performance. Unfortunately, we frequently had to wait a little for the system to respond. Once started, most programs ran stutter-free, however. The battery life is just average as well.

For occasional use such as web browsing the Ideapad 300 - which retails for 450 Euro (~$500) - should be a decent fit.

Users who are able to spend a little more money should also check out the competition. Our overview of the Top 10 Notebooks under 500 Euro can provide helpful guidance.

Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR - 05/13/2016 v5.1
Nino Ricchizzi

Chassis
58 / 98 → 59%
Keyboard
65%
Pointing Device
71%
Connectivity
42 / 81 → 52%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
76%
Display
71%
Games Performance
55 / 85 → 65%
Application Performance
46 / 92 → 50%
Temperature
94%
Noise
89 / 95 → 94%
Audio
55%
Camera
42 / 85 → 50%
Average
63%
71%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).