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Lenovo Joins Ultrabook Party With IdeaPad U300s

David Gilbert


Lenovo Joins Ultrabook Party With IdeaPad U300s

Check out our full hands-on previews of the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s here.

IFA, Berlin: You just can't move in Berlin at the moment without bumping into another Ultrabook it seems with Lenovo now joining the ranks of Acer and Toshiba in the ultra-portable market.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s laptop, like its brethren in the Ultrabook game, offers users the choice of the latest Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processors combined with 4GB of RAM and up to 256GB SSD. This should allow the U300s to quick start within 10 seconds.

The IdeaPad U300s is uniformly 15mm thick from edge-to-edge with Lenovo stating the design is meant to look like a book. Well it doesn’t, it looks like a really thin laptop - as it should.

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Keeping things cool will be air flowing through the keyboard keeping the palm rest and base of the laptop cool. Connectivity-wise you get one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 socket, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an HDMI port.

Battery life is promised at 8 hours “productive use” and 30 days standby. There is also a nice quick-charge feature which promises 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes.

All of the Ultrabooks we’ve seen so far have a rather uniformly metal or grey look, and while in laptop terms this isn’t bad, Lenovo has gone for something a little different by offering the IdeaPad in clementine orange. as well as the regular grey.

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Lenovo also announced another laptop, the similarly named IdeaPad U300, but this model is not destined for UK shores.

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The release date if the IdeaPad U300s is scheduled for October, with UK pricing still a mystery though pricing for the US begins a $1,195 – and here’s hoping we don’t get the all-too-regular direct dollar to pound conversion.

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