Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Review - HotHardware
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Review

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Review

With Dell's XPS 13 and the Asus UX21 that we tested recently, we felt you definitely get what you pay for, but we all know the up-sell to an ultrabook, versus a standard 13 or 12-inch notebook, would be a lot easier if we could get closer to that $800 mark. The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s that we'll be looking at today doesn't get us any closer to clearing that magic $799 psychological MSRP hurdle, but like its brethren that we've put through their paces thus far, this ultrabook is a premium product through and through...

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Review

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So, I guess the new generation portable pc has no DVD/CD drive huh? Makes sense. Would it stand against a MacBook Pro on thgraphics aspects? Sure would like to know.

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scrEaMingmANgo, The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a very similar processor with integrated graphics. So, yes, this machine would compete relatively well versus the Apple product.

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Are there enough benchmarks that would run on both Macs and Ultrabooks that you could start to include the Mac in these comparisons, since that's the whole point of Ultrabooks to begin with?

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In previous laptop models I found 8GB of memory to be important and yet this Ultrabooks category seems to be 4GB. Is there something that is making 8GB unnecessary?

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Technically, 8GB has always been unnecessary. 4GB in the average notebook these days is fairly robust for most usage models, especially an ultralight like this. If you're working with large amounts of HD video or other heavy workloads, it might come in handy but for the most part, 4GB is enough for many usage models.

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. So, yes, this machine would compete relatively well versus the Apple product.

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8GB has always been unnecessary? As a computer programmer, I must completely disagree! To proclaim that, because the masses don't need it, it must be "always unnecessary" is completely false.

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We tested the 13.3" 6GB RAM version that is being in sold in India. Check out our review at: http://www.haplessgeek.com/2012/04/analyzed-lenovo-ideapad-u300s-ultrabook.html

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A lot of people over 40 wish they could buy one of these, but the high screen resolution makes everything too small for their eyes. This unit has a PPI (pixels/inch) of 117.83.   With reading glasses optimized for computer use, I still can't use a notebook over 100 PPI.

The ZOOM feature in browsers and MS Office helps but ZOOM does not help with system objects such as Menus.

The custom DPI setting in Windows helps, but this settings causes the fonts in many applications to spill out of their menu boxes or form fields.

I know that many readers can't relate to this issue, but notebook makers are shutting out 30% of their potential market by only offering Ultra-High res wide screens.

This PPI calculator may be helpful for those who are shopping with screen resoltuion as a primary criteria.

PPI Calculator:
http://baylake.net/ppi

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