Performance Summary and Rating
Performance Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s scored fairly well in all of our standard benchmark suites, but did come up a little short in a couple of areas, due to its single channel DDR3 memory configuration. Storage subsystem performance testing showed the machine to offer solid, although perhaps not best-of-class throughput, though definitely more than enough to satisfy most any user requirement. In terms of battery life, the U300s is one of the better utlrabooks we've tested to date under light duty workloads, like web browsing, email and video playback.
When it comes to fit and finish, design styling and build quality, the U300s is one of our favorite ultrabooks we've tested thus far. And did we rave about its keyboard enough? It really is that nice; it's easily our top choice in ultrabook keyboards so far.
At its $999 price point for the base configuration (with a 128GB SSD and Core i7-2457M), you really can't go wrong with this machine. At our as-tested configuration and price of $1495 (256GB SSD and Core i7-2677M), there are other ultrabooks you might want to consider, depending on your own personal criteria in some of the key areas we noted here. Regardless, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s is an ultrabook we feel more than comfortable recommending to anyone looking to get in on "the new thin" in notebook PCs.