The Lenovo IdeaPad U300e Ultrabook that was announced at CES 2012 is now up for sale on Lenovo.com and has a rather attractive price of $959 with the current coupon offers. The U300e is essentially a budget version of the higher priced U300s Ultrabook that starts at a much higher $1,499 on Lenovo.com. However, back in January Lenovo had said the U300e will start at $799 so obviously the $959 is above that and may disappoint some who were holding out for an $800 U300e.
The Lenovo U300e for sale at the $959 price has the following specs:
- Processor: Intel Core i5-2476M 1.60GHz
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
- Graphics: Intel HD3000
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Display: 13.3” glossy display, 1366 x 768, 200 nits
- Storage: 32GB SSD (mSATA) + 500GB 7200RPM HD for total of 532GB
- Ports: Two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet
- Dimensions: 12.8" x 8.5" x 0.72 (W x D x H)
- Weight: 3.48lbs
- Web Camera: 1.3MP
- Wireless: Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi
The U300e is slightly thicker than the U300s, but still comes it at around 0.7 inches and so meets the Ultrabook standards. The extra thickness also allows space for an Ethernet port, which is nice for those that like to plug in at a desk and still don’t buy into this whole “wireless” thing. The weight of the U300e is not exactly Ultrabook like at 3.48lbs, that’s a full 1lb heavier than the Toshiba Portege Z835 we reviewed.
One very nice feature the Lenovo U300e has is the HD + SSD combo. The OS and program files reside on an mSATA SSD with a 32GB capacity while the more spacious 500GB or 750GB HD (depending on what you configure) stores all your larger media files and space hungry documents.
Lenovo is touting that the keyboard on the U300 is “breathable”. That doesn’t mean it has a set of lungs and inhales and exhales, but rather makes it easy for heat to pass through and prevent the laptop from overheating, a sure concern with an ultra skinny laptop with limited space inside. The keyboard is an AccuType variety, which is basically a chiclet style design with molded keys for easier typing. The touchpad is made of glass and has multi-touch (no prizes for who inspired that).
Stay tuned for an upcoming review of the Lenovo U300e!
Source: Lenovo.com U300e Order Page