In the next few months, thin-and-light laptops bearing Intel's Ultrabook moniker are going to begin showing up in the marketplace, and Lenovo revealed their first entry today: The IdeaPad U300s.

The U300s promises Sandy Bridge ULV processors (a 1.6 GHz Core i5-2457M and a 1.8 GHz Core i7-2677M are mentioned in the spec sheet), up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 256GB SSD, a 13.3" 1366x768 display, a 720p webcam, and up to 8 hours of battery life in a 2.9-pound 0.6-inch thick package. With the exception of screen resolution, it's roughly in 13" MacBook Air territory, but it also includes an HDMI port, a built-in gigabit ethernet port (wi-fi and bluetooth are a given), and one USB 3.0 port (along with one USB 2.0 port) - depending on your usage patterns, this port layout may be more useful to you than the Air's Thunderbolt port.

The U300s starts at $1,199, and will be available in November in two colors, the business-friendly Graphite Gray and the very distinctive Clementine Orange.

Source: Lenovo

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  • Shadowmage - Friday, September 2, 2011 - link

    All those points still stand, but the general public for some reason like them so they're getting copied.
  • Solidstate89 - Saturday, September 3, 2011 - link

    Except it using a chiclet keyboard has nothing to do with copying Apple. Sony was using them long before Apple ever did. And they STILL suck to type on.

    Apple also wasn't the first to use an aluminum chassis. Personally I hate the "unibody" approach as it makes getting inside them that much more difficult.

    I guess I'll give you the glass trackpad, but even that still sucks since there's no dedicated mouse buttons.

    I refuse to buy any notebook that doesn't use dedicated mouse buttons for the touchpad.

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