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The first Ultrabooks have started to appear from top laptop makers, including Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, and HP.

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Blog.batteryfast.co.uk - 2012: Year of the Ultrabook , Lenovo’s first Ultrabook IdeaPad U300s Review

  1. 1. 24/11/2011 04:19 blog.batteryfast.co.uk 2012: Year of the Ultrabook , Lenovo’s first Ultrabook IdeaPad U300s Review 2012: Year of the Ultrabook , Lenovo’s first • uses a Core i5, i7 processor Ultrabook IdeaPad U300s Review • weighs less than 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs.) • yields 5 – 8+ hours of battery life CloudTag: Ultrabook , IdeaPad U300s , Lenovo lap- • priced around $1,000 top , Lenovo batteries , Lenovo thinkpad t61 batteries , inspiron 1525 batteries The first Ultrabooks have started to appear from top laptop makers, including Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, The talk is usually all about tablets, but 2012 may and HP. While these initial models have been able be the year of the Ultrabook. to meet the hardware criteria laid out by Intel, the “around $1,000 has been a sticking point. To be fair, models of the MacBook Air with decent configura-http://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/2012-year-of-the-ultrabook-lenovo%e2%80%99s-first-ultrabook-ideapad-u300s-review/ tions sell at prices higher than the $999 entry-level configuration. PC laptop makers realize they must do something to kickstart the Ultrabook category. It sounds like the Ultrabook will be the big thing at the CES in 2012, compared to netbooks and tablets in recent years. It is good that so many companies are looking to produce Ultrabooks, as that will drive prices down. While Ultrabook makers may have a hard time com- peting with Apple currently, if prices drop enough Apple inadvertently touched off a new PC category next year that will surely change. Intel is predicting with its MacBook Air. While the MacBook Air was 40 percent of all laptops sold will be Ultrabooks by priced too rich for many in its initial generation, the end of 2012. Apple was able to get the price down to a reaso- nable level with the current model. Starting at $999, While netbooks were essentially a flash in the pan, the MacBook Air forced Intel and Windows laptop quickly getting big sales numbers and fading just as makers to scramble to come up with an answer to fast, Ultrabooks are here to stay. Netbooks went the Apple. Thus the Ultrabook category was born. underpowered route to acheive cost effectiveness, and many owners quickly tired of the corner-cut- What is an Ultrabook? According to Intel, who tra- ting. Ultrabooks are full laptops, with good perfor- demarked the term, the Ultrabook is a laptop that: mance packed in a highly portable form. In spite of the fancy new marketing term, they are the natural • is less than 20mm (0.8 inches) thick evolution of the bigger laptops, and they’ll be around • has no optical drive for a good while, post-PC era or not. • uses a solid-state drive (SSD) for all storage Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 1
  2. 2. 24/11/2011 04:19 blog.batteryfast.co.uk 2012: Year of the Ultrabook , Lenovo’s first Ultrabook IdeaPad U300s Review need the special Ultrabook marketing term, but the IdeaPad U300s fits the ultra branding in every way. Hardware specs as reviewed • CPU: Intel Core i7, 1.8 GHz • Memory: 4GB • Storage: 256GB SSD with RapidDrive techno- logy (verified cold boot in 10 seconds) • Display: 13.3 inches; 1366 x 768; • Ports: 1-USB 2.0; 1-USB 3.0, audio, HDMI • Dimensions: 324 x 216 x 14.9 mm; 12.75 x 8.5 x 0.58 inches • Battery life: 8 hours real world; Rapid charge to 50% in 30 minutes If next year I can get an Ultrabook like the Lenovo • Weight: 1.32 kg; 2.9 lbs.http://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/2012-year-of-the-ultrabook-lenovo%e2%80%99s-first-ultrabook-ideapad-u300s-review/ U300s I recently reviewed for less than $1,000, I • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate can see myself buying one. I likely wouldn’t be the only one, as many need a Windows laptop, or have a bias against Apple. Next year may very well be the year of the Ultrabook. Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Review Ultrabook is a product category invented by Intel to cook up excitement for the laptop segment. It is essentially a thin and light notebook computer that is reasonably priced. The first Ultrabook for ThinkPad maker Lenovo is the IdeaPad U300s, and it validates the new product name as it is the thinnest and lightest Windows laptop I have ever used. It is also the best Windows notebook to cross my desk, and that covers a lot of them. The Ultrabook design gives the U300s its form, a light Using the Ultrabook (<3 lbs.) aluminum case that is half an inch thick. The unibody design is deceptively sturdy, and is easy Carrying the U300s in one hand couldn’t be easier, to carry and use. The 13-inch display is bright and with the thin laptop fitting comfortably in the hand. vivid, and the chiclet keys a typist’s dream with one The notebook feels like it could stand up to the daily exception detailed below. Performance is top-notch rigors of a road warrior, while remaining easy to with the Intel Core i7 processor as configured, and throw in the bag and go. The system is optimized to battery life can last all day. I’m not convinced we make the laptop quick to start, easy to put to sleep, and fast to charge when the battery level drops Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 2
  3. 3. 24/11/2011 04:19 blog.batteryfast.co.uk 2012: Year of the Ultrabook , Lenovo’s first Ultrabook IdeaPad U300s Review down. Even the power brick is well designed, being rified the 10.5 second cold boot time, made possible almost as thin as the laptop itself and easy to fit in by Lenovo’s optimization with the RapidDrive SSD. a small pocket of any gear bag. Conclusion Lenovo has designed the U300s with a solid bottom cover to the notebook, with nary a vent. This keeps Lenovo has produced an outstanding laptop for its the laptop cool when using propped up on the lap, first Ultrabook, and it meets the ultra definition in due to air circulating through the keyboard and every way. There is even anti-theft protection on the out the two side vents. The Ultrabook exhibits little U300s to help locate a stolen laptop for hopefully warming during use as found in many laptops. It is recovering it intact should that tragedy strike. well designed for long-term usage with good ther- mal engineering. See Also: Ultra-performance The Intel Core i7 processor (1.8 GHz) coupled withhttp://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/2012-year-of-the-ultrabook-lenovo%e2%80%99s-first-ultrabook-ideapad-u300s-review/ the 256 GB solid-state disk (SSD) make this laptop fly. It is the fastest thin laptop I have ever used, and has handled everything I throw at it with ease. The Windows Experience Index (WEI) of 4.4 shows how it stacks up, with the highest rating given to the SSD of 7.1. This performance would mean little if the battery installed wasn’t able to keep it going for very long. Lenovo rates the fixed battery at 8 hours, and my real-world usage backs that up. I have routinely gotten over seven hours with the Balanced power setting, and could see getting even longer with ag- gressive power management. The rapid charging technology in the U300s adds even more value to thelong battery life. Using the tiny power brick, it is possible to make a 50 percent charge to a dead battery in just 30 minutes. This is a huge advantage for the frequent traveler, as just a half hour access to a power outlet can get you an extra 4+ hours of usage at the end of a long day. Lenovo claims the battery has a 30-day standby time, which I have not verified. I can’t let the U300s sit idle for days as it calls me to use it frequently. I have ve- Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 3

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