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Want an Ultrabook? Then check out Lenovo Ideapad U300s series. It's yours for a mere Bt51K



Ultrabooks, notebook computers with a sleek and slim design, are expected to be popular soon due to their high portability and good performance.

To meet Intel's key standards for the Ultrabook category, a notebook computer must be powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core Processor Family for Ultrabook and must be thin and light - less than 21 mm thick.

An Ultrabook must also have between 5 and 8 hours of battery life and must also be enabled with features that help protect itself and its user. That is, Ultrabook bios/firmware is enabled to expose hardware features for Intel Anti-Theft Technology and Intel Identity Protection Technology.

An Ultrabook computer must also come with ultra fast start-up feature - Intel Rapid Start Technology that gets systems up and running faster from even the deepest sleep, saving time and battery life. The system wakes up almost instantly and gives users quick access to their data and applications.

An Ultrabook computer model that's available in Thailand now is the Lenovo Ideapad U300s series.

Ideapad U300 really does look sleek with its thin profile and has an impressively good performance for such a skinny notebook computer.

During the test, I found that U300s started up instantly, apparently because it uses 256 gigabytes SSD (Solid State Drive) instead of a conventional hard drive.

The U300 is powered by Intel Core i7-2677M running at 1.8 GHz and is equipped with 4 GB DDR3 memory. Its graphic performance comes from Intel GMA HD 3000 graphics chipset. And it also boasts a 13.3-inch ultra-slim HD display with 1,366x768 pixel resolution. It runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition.

The U300 weighs just 1.58 kilograms and is only 18.3 mm.

It measures 324mm in width and 216 in depth and can be carried as easily as a book.

It has 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat and the camera can also record 720p video.

The U300 has one USB2 port and one USB3 port. It also has an HDMI port for playing high-definition video to a large LCD TV.

I tested it and found that the U300 played video very smoothly. YouTube clips played very fast and web pages also loaded up very quickly.

Business applications, like Microsoft Office 2010, also ran fast on the U300.

Apart from Office 2010, U300 is preloaded with some useful applications, like Microsoft Security Essentials2.0, Adobe Reader, Google Chrome and iGoogle for Notebook, Lenovo EE Boot Optimizer Rapid Driver (for SSD+HDD), Device Active for FastBoot, and Intel Rapid Start Technology.

When measured with Windows 7's internal benchmark tool, the U300 got good scores for nearly all performances.

The only low score was for windows transitional effect called Windows Aero. The U300 scored 4.3 on the sale of 1.0 to 7.9. But the low score should not be a problem as the U300 scored 6.0 for 3D business and gaming graphics performance.

Its processor performance or calculations per second was as high as 6.9 while the score for its memory operations per second was 5.9.

Best of all, it got 7.0 for disk data transfer rate apparently because it uses SSD drive.

But like all Ultrabooks, it's not cheap.

If you fancy a Lenovo Ideapad U300 Ultrabook computer, you'll have to fork out Bt50,990.



Key specs

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

CPU: 2nd generation Intel CoreTM i7-2677M 1.8Ghz

Memory: 4GB DDR3 memory

Storage: 256GB SSD

Display: 13.3-inch ultra-slim HD display (1366x768), 16:9 widescreen

Video graphics: Intel GMA HD 3000 graphic

Camera: 1.3M integrated web camera (720p HD)

Integrated communications: Bluetooth, 802.11bg/bgn WiFi, 10/100/1000M LAN

Connectors: 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0, headphones, microphone, HDMI

Battery: 4 cell, up to 8 hours

Dimensions: 324 x 216 x 14.9 (LxWxH) mm

Weight: 1.58 kgs


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