The 12.5" notebook with extreme style and good looks, light weight but so-so battery life and not too many ports? Lenovo listened, and with their U300 series have addressed complaints with the help of technological improvements that allow for smaller motherboards and thus more room for the battery and ports.
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
The first up is the delicious IdeaPad U300s, a thinner and faster version of the U260. It features an enlarged glass trackpad, breathable keyboard and ventless bottom (bed and pillow-safe) design. It runs on second gen ULV Core i5 and i7 CPUs, has 4 gigs of RAM and 128 or 256 gig SSD drives. Lenovo claims up to 8 hours of battery life, and 10.4- 15 second boot times. The U300s is 0.58" thick and weighs just under 3 pounds. This should be a sweet machine, and we can't wait to see it when it's available sometime in October. It will be available in our favorite limited edition Clementine Orange and Gray (brown is gone). The notebook has 2 USB ports, HDMI and Ethernet ports.
2nd generation Intel Core i7-2677M (1.8G, turbo up to 2.9G, L3 4MB) 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2457M (1.6G, turbo up to 2.1G, L3 3MB)
13.3? high-definition (1366x768), 16:9 widescreen with Intel GMA HD 3000 graphics
4 gigs DDR3 RAM, up to 256 gig SSD drive
1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port
Lenovo IdeaPad U300
The less skinny but equally stylish U300 features full mobile voltage second gen Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs for some serious speed in a thin and light package. It has the same ventless bottom design and breathable, spill resistant keyboard as the U300s, and comes with a 32 gig SSD plus 500 or 750 gig conventional hard drive. It too boasts 8 hours of battery life and is 0.72" thick and weighs just over 3 pounds. The machine uses Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics.
13.3? high-definition (1366x768), 16:9 widescreen with Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics
4 gigs DDR3 RAM, Up to 1TB HDD and 64GB(optional) SSD storage
Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and gigabit Ethernet
2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 port
HDMI, stereo speakers
Lenovo IdeaPad U400
This is the new 14" version of the U series that offers the same specs as the 13.3" U300 but adds an internal optical drive. It's just a few millimeters thicker than the U300 and weighs 4.4 pounds. Look for it in October.
2nd generation Intel CoreTM i7-2620M (2.7G, up to 3.4G, L3, 4MB) 2nd generation Intel CoreTM i5-2430M (2.4G, turbo to 3.0G, L3 3MB) 2nd generation Intel CoreTM i3-2330M (2.2G, L3 3MB)
Intel GMA HD 3000 graphics or AMD RadeonTM HD6470M 1GB graphics
Up to 1TB HDD and 64GB(optional) SSD storage, up to 4 gigs DDR3 RAM