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Lenovo’s IdeaPad U300e Ultrabook is now available

The thin and light notebook can be purchased with up to a Core i5 CPU and an integrated graphics card

The so-called Ultrabooks are considered to be the future of mobile computing, the next generation of notebook computers and also the PC’s answer to the MacBook Air. As many as fifty different slim-and-light laptop models were expected to make an appearance at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, thus creating a whole new industry niche.  

The Chinese computer manufacturer, Lenovo is definitely among the companies that are quite serious about Ultrabooks. It has already launched a few of them including the ThinkPad X1 and T430u, and is now offering the new ultra-thin IdeaPad U300e.

Measuring only 0.7-inch at its thickest point, the U300e is reportedly powered by up to a second generation Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2467M ultra low voltage CPU (4 threads) that features two processing cores clocked at 1.6GHz (the frequency goes up to 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0) and the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics controller. Furthermore, the lightweight laptop is equipped with a 13.3-inch HD Glare widescreen display which delivers a native resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels.

Lenovo’s new IdeaPad notebook comes with 4GB of internal 1333MHz DDR3 memory and 532GB storage capacity (500GB mechanical HDD plus 32GB SSD). In addition, users will reportedly be able to take advantage of the built-in Wireless LAN 801.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 modules accompanied by two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI output and a 720p HD front-facing web camera for video conference calls.

Weighing 1.58kg with the integrated 4-cell Li-Polymer battery (up to 7 hours autonomy period), the new U300e Ultrabook will supposedly ship with a pre-installed copy of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system, a multi-finger touchpad (no physical buttons) and one-year warranty. Price starts at $1,199 (or $959.20 if you use the eCoupon code EMPLOYEEPRICE0216).


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-02-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)