Lenovo just got another hub for its new line of ultrabooks, i.e., ultra-portable books. While comparing to ultrabooks this new series—called as the S—is also comparative in terms to performance, it doesn’t however beat the walls because I see it as a step above the tablets with the capabilities of a PC. Recently released in this line are the S300, the S400, and the S405. Our main dish for today: the S300.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S300 comes with different colors: the crimson red, silver grey, and cotton-candy pink (and I am curious where the black versions come from). All have soft metallic finish though some have claimed that they are actually plastic in disguise, but nevertheless we are happy to have a very neat look for these designs. Ideally, this notebook (or netbook? I’m not quite sure) is not the thinness in its line and in its 13.3” type. The body with specific sizes of 331x230x22.4mm is relatively large to accommodate just a discreet display. Moreover, the overall weight of almost 4lbs. is too heavy for me. It’s thin, yes, but not that thin for people to love.
Along with the lid is the company typeface that sits on the upper left side, and upon opening, we are greeted with a nice clean touch especially on the panel where the AccuType keyboard lies. There are actually thick bezels that ring all over the display, making it look smaller than expected. Above the display is a 720p HD integrated webcam (and you can actually just from a more obsolete version of a VGA webcam instead). For the keyboard, the design still comes with the company’s native and original keyboard design with orange labels that do not seem to match models’ color theme. The touchpad is relatively wide and swift, but is a bit unresponsive and stiff.
Alongside the Lenovo IdeaPad S300 are several ports that, I should say, are complete enough except an optical drive. We have an HDMI out, an combo audio port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, a not-so-universal card reader (only 2-in-1), and an RJ-45. We also have a one-click recovery button known as the OneKey Recovery, just in case users find the unit hi-jacked or tampered from within. Moreover, one new thing for this S300 is its WiMAX capability that sits discretely with the Wi-Fi. Bluetooth is optional for the S300, but I think this should be a standard nowadays.
However, I still believe that the Lenovo IdeaPad S300 is still for versatility. Though the battery capacity is not a match to Asus’ and Apple’s models that run more than the usual working hours, the 5-hour battery is still awesome compared to some equivalents. And the most of all, the S300 will sure be pretty with performance, making the short amount of time productive and worthwhile especially for people on the go. The S300 has the new Intel 3rd Generation technology of up to Core i5 (only), RAM of up to 4GB, a discrete or integrated graphics card that you can choose to upgrade for the AMD Radeon HD 7450M (unfortunately, the upgrade did not offer much better choices for this category), and the premium version of Windows 7.
As for my verdict, Lenovo has indeed come to another set of quality solutions for everyday users by introducing the S-series. The S300 is sure versatile and performance ready, but not that ready for extreme users who also want to take extra advantage in terms to games and web browsing. There’s not yet a good price for this, making its release price of $499 a bit too much for just a little set of good specs. If you want to hear my say, it would be that you could have this for a buy if you do not need much than what were offered.
Lenovo IdeaPad S300 Laptop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 21,500.00
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