SLIM FIT

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - ULTRA BOOKS -

Len­ovo Idea­pad U300s is right up there as far as Ul­tra­books go. One look at the grey sin­gle-piece alu­minum shell of the U300s and you know that this is cut­ting edge stuff. The cut­ting edge is a bit lit­eral if you run your hands on the sharp lines that run on both the edges. The edges merge as the back in a smooth flow, de­sign at its best.

The U300s has a max­i­mum thick­ness of just 1.49 cm, and weighs just un­der 1.35 kg. The 13.3-inch ul­traslim 16:9 widescreen HD dis­play is crys­tal clear, though we found that it was re­flect­ing far too much light at cer­tain an­gles. The sound is also top notch, and the speak­ers with SRS Pre­mium Sur­round very good for some­thing this small.

The key­pad is spa­cious and fea­tures the unique Breath­able Key­board, an In­tel ad­vanced cool­ing tech­nol­ogy that al­lows air to flow in through the key­board and out of the sides and rear hinge. Len­ovo says this de­sign re­moves the need for vents on the un­der­side of the note­book, and this could be why all the U300s needs is a small vent for fan lou­vers on the right edge. The touch­pad is big, but does not fea­ture multi-touch.

Stick­ing to the Ul­tra­book stan­dard, this one too fea­tures In­tel Core i5 with 4GB DDR3 mem­ory and up to 128 GB of SSD stor­age. Do some spread­sheets or open hi-res­o­lu­tion pic­tures and you re­alise that this is a re­ally mean ma­chine. The U300s can come back to life from sleep in un­der five sec­onds thanks to In­tel Turbo Boost Tech­nol­ogy 2.0. Len­ovo has also added a one-key re­cov­ery, which is usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with con­ven­tional lap­tops.

The bat­tery life on the U300s is also bet­ter than in many of its com­peti­tors, eas­ily giv­ing about seven hours on a full charge. Then there is the Len­ovo Rapid­charge, which lets users charge the bat­tery to 50 per cent ca­pac­ity in just 30 min­utes. The 1.3MP we­b­cam can do 720p HD video and comes with an in­te­grated You­cam soft­ware which is fun to play around with.

There are two USB ports, in­clud­ing a Blue­tooth 3.0, an HDMI port and high-speed 802.11n Wi-fi. The U300s is also en­abled with the In­tel Wire­less Dis­play (Widi) Tech­nol­ogy which lets you play con­tent on a larger screen wire­lessly.

How­ever, the Len­ovo Idea­pad U300s is not ex­actly cheap and comes with a 67,990 price tag.

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