Lenovo raises the bar for style with three new luxury laptops, the IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook, and the U300 and U400 laptops. These ultraportable notebooks are designed for fashion-conscious PC users who want a well-equipped laptop with the latest technology and good looks to boot.
IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook
The surprisingly slim U300s Ultrabook features up to a second generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and can boot up in as little as 10 seconds using Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience 2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology. The U300s has a 13.3-inch ultra-slim 16:9 widescreen HD display, 4GB DDR3 memory and up to 256GB of SSD storage.
At just 0.6 inches (14.9mm) thick, the U300s is built from a single-piece aluminum shell to create a sleek and lightweight product weighing in at less than three pounds. The important thing to notice about the U300s is that the 0.6-inch thickness is measured from the “thickest” portion of the Ultrabook. The Apple MacBook Air might look thinner when you see the tapered edge, but it is actually thicker than the U300s (0.68 inches or 17mm thick). The U300s is available in Graphite Grey or limited-edition Clementine Orange – both colors have been applied through an electrolytic process, and sandblasted to create a scratch-resistant coating.
Despite its ultra-slim profile the U300s features a Lenovo Long Life Battery which Lenovo claims provides up to eight hours of use or an incredible 30 days in standby mode. Also, thanks to Lenovo RapidCharge, the battery in the U300s can be charged to 50% capacity in just 30 minutes. Also included is Bluetooth, high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors, as well as an integrated 1.3M (720p HD) webcam.
IdeaPad U300 and U400 Ultraportable Laptops
The IdeaPad U300 and U400 are the more affordable, but also well-equipped ultraportable sibling laptops of the U300s. The IdeadPad U300 and U400 laptops come with second generation Intel Core processors and feature Windows startup times of under 17 seconds thanks to optional RapidDrive SSD technology. The U300 features a 13.3-inch HD display while the U400 has a 14-inch HD display and AMD Radeon HD6470M 1GB graphics. Both models can be specified with up to 8GB DDR3 memory, up to 1TB HDD storage and up to 256GB SSD storage. The U400 also has an integrated slotloading DVD-RW drive. Lenovo claims the Long Life Battery on the U300 lasts for up to six hours of productivity and up to seven hours on the U400.
Designed to Impress
The IdeaPad U300s, U300 and U400 all feature HD graphics support with HDMI output and integrated stereo speakers with SRS Premium Surround Sound for an immersive sound experience. In addition, all three notebooks can wirelessly connect to your HDTV using Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology. Other smart technologies unique to all the new U-series laptops include an all-new “Breathable Keyboard” that allows air to flow in through the keyboard and out of the sides and rear hinge. This design removes the need for vents on the underside of the notebook … so no more worries about using your laptop on a pillow. Of course, it remains to be seen if the new keyboards will add excess heat to the typing surface.
Pricing and Availability
All three laptops are available in a cool Graphite Gray color, and the U300s also comes in limited-edition Clementine Orange. Prices for these laptop models start at $1,195 for the U300s and $799 and $849 for the U300 and U400, respectively. They will be sold through select retailers and on www.lenovo.com beginning October 2011.
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