The Lenovo IdeaPad U300e Ultrabook is up for sale on the Lenovo website—after being announced at CES 2012—with an attractive price of $959.
This one is a budget version of the U300s Ultrabook, which retails at $1,499 on Lenovo.com. However, some may get disappointed since Lenovo said the U300e will start at $799 back in January, which obviously its price is now above that.
The specs of The Lenovo U300e are as follows:
- 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
Even though the U300s is slightly thinner than The U300e, the latter still is at around 0.7 inches just up the Ultrabook standards. These extra inches allow for an Ethernet port if one prefers to plug in at a desk. On the contrary, the weight of U300e is 3.48lbs, a full 1lb heavier than the Toshiba Portege Z835, which not precisely “Ultrabook.”
A nice feature the Lenovo U300e has is the combo of HD + SSD. The OS and program files reside on an mSATA SSD with a 32GB space, while the more capacious 500GB or 750GB HD (depending on what you configure) stores all your larger media files and documents.
Lenovo promotes that the keyboard on the U300 is “breathable,” meaning it makes it easy for heat to pass through and prevent overheating, an inevitable concern for such an ultra-skinny laptop with limited space inside. The keyboard is an AccuType family, an island-style design with planted keys for more comfortable typing. The touchpad is made of glass and has a multi-touch.
Stay tuned for an upcoming review of the Lenovo U300e!
Source: Lenovo.com U300e Order Page