Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

9.0
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Reviewed by mitchartz (Currently owns)

This is a great laptop, the exterior design is top notch and is very elegant and in my opinion better than that of the Macbook Air and its clones.

Keyboard can seem cramped at times, not a huge issue but I gave it an 8 because many of the keys on the left are cramped. I expected it on a 13" laptop but my previous Dell Vostro V13 never felt this cramped.

Touchpad is great, very responsive. I miss having physical right and left buttons but that's personal preference. I also feel that scrolling could be a touch more responsive.

Display.... no real issues, I know it could be better but it's good enough for me. I'd have prefered a matte dispaly over glossy, but the glossy hasn't been too much of an issue as I've used it mostly indoors.

Performance wise I've got the Core i7 model and it flys. I've never owned a computer with and SSD and it's actually nice to just be able to open it up and basically go straight to whatever I want to.

Heat and noise are both fairly non-existent. It gets warm, that's about it. The fan is noticeable at times but never bad.

Battery life, great for the thinness of the device and better than my old Vostro V13 but it would be great if it would last longer. Usually around 5 hours of listening to music/browsering.

I like Windows 7, it's not for everyone. The computer did come with some program that was killing my battery life and running my CPU at like 25% for no reason. All it did was open up this notepad thing with a four finger swipe. I removed it from the control panel easily.

I don't really have any major complaints overall, the Core i7 Mandarin Orange model cost me $1450 from newegg.com and I love it. Anyone thinking about getting an "ultrabook" should really look hard at the Lenovo U300s.

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  • Software 9
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