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.