Lenovo Ideapad U300S

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Overview

Starts with the Core i5 with Anti-Theft, Wi-Di capability, Rapid-Charge, aluminium chassis and glass touchpad so this is going to be a premium Ultrabook. Initial pricing backs that up. If Lenovo have come through with their best build quality and keyboard technology though, this could be worth it. USB3.0 included.

Lenovo Ideapad U300S Price. (RRP. See below for latest prices.)
Europe:€99930 Oct 12
USA:$120030 Oct 12

Specifications for the Lenovo Ideapad U300S

Specifications (base version)
Manufacturer Lenovo
Model name Ideapad U300S
CPU type Intel Core i5 2457M
CPU speed 1600 Mhz
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000
OS Windows 7 Home Premium
Display Size
13.3" 1366 X 768
Screen Type
LED-Backlit LCD
Touch Technology
No Touchscreen
RAM 4096 MB
SSD 128 GB
Battery capacity 54 (Wh)
Weight 1310g / 46.2 oz.
Size (w/h/d mm) 324/216/18.0 mm
Size (w/h/d inches) 12.8/8.5/0.7

Physical Interfaces
HDMI
USB2.0
USB3.0 (x1)
Headset i/f (Mic+Line)

Wireless Interfaces
802.11 b/g/n
BT 3.0
No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)

Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
Stereo speakers
WebCam 1.3Mp
Microphone
Rapid Charge Feature
Wireless Display (WiDi, Miracast or similar)

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Latest Lenovo Ideapad U300S News

Latest News (10 most recent.) All linksTrack product
Lenovo U300s vs Dell XPS 1305/06/12
Lenovo U300s in 4-way comparison video05/06/12
Lenovo U300s full review by Ultrabooknews05/06/12
Lenovo U300s Battery Life and Efficiency Review05/06/12
Ultrabooknews - Lenovo U300s Review29/05/12
Unboxing and Overview - Lenovo U300s08/05/12
The Register - Lenovo U300s Review30/04/12
ThinkDigit - Lenovo U300s Review10/04/12
Hot Hardware - Lenovo U300S Review16/03/12
PCPro - Lenovo U300s Review09/03/12
All Lenovo Ideapad U300S links.

Product Notes
Available mid October in the US. Anti-Theft, Rapid-Charge, USB3.0, Rapid Start and Wi-Di technology included. Core i5 and i7 versions already show in the US marketplace. [Sept 26th 2011]

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