Lenovo has a solid reputation as a go-to brand for a decent, affordable laptop. They’ve never really been much to look at, though. As of today’s IFA 2011 announcement, it looks like Lenovo is trying to change that perception. Their new IdeaPads – the U300S Ultrabook, the U300, and the U400 – are being marketed as luxury laptops that take both style and substance seriously. The result? Well, it looks a little like something we’ve seen before.
There’s no denying that these laptops all resemble MacBook Pros. Seeing as how Apple has pretty much cornered the style market when it comes to computers, you can’t really blame Lenovo here. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
It’s not just a resemblance, though. These notebooks are tiny, approaching the status of the MacBook Air. The flagship model, the U300S, has a 13.3” HD screen, and is only 14.9 mm thick, weighing less than 3 pounds. Processors up to the Intel Core i7 are available, and the notebook boasts a boot-up time of as little as ten seconds. Also present is the Breathable Keyboard, which takes in air through the keyboard and expels it out of the sides and rear hinge, rather than through vents on the bottom of the notebook, so your lap won’t overheat from all the exhaust. It comes in Graphite Grey or Clementine Orange colors – both of which are scratch resistant. To round out the critical specs, you can expect 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.
The U300 and U400 don’t have access to the most powerful processors, but you’ll still have your choice of most of the Intel Core processors. These have still exceptional boot-up times of as little as 17 seconds. Both are a little thicker, but pack more storage and hardware in – both can have up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 1 TB of HDD storage, and 256 GB of SSD storage. The U300 also has a 13.3” HD display, while the U400 is more of a gaming laptop, coming with a 14” HD display and an AMD Radeon 6470M 1 GB graphics card. The U400 also sports a slot-loaded DVD-RW drive.
All three notebooks are fully HD compatible and feature HDMI output with speakers packing SRS Premium Surround Sound. The U300S will cost $1,195 (because style doesn’t come cheap), the U300 will cost $799, and the U400 will cost $849. All of these Lenovo U Series notebooks are slated to be available in October of this year.