If you want a sleek and highly portable laptop, but don’t want to pay an ultrabook-like price of at least $700, you can check out the latest Lenovo IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405, with an estimated starting price of $499.
The IdeaPad S300 is a 13.3-incher, while the S400 and S405 have 14″ diagonals. Regardless of screen size, the Intel Core i3 and i5 powered S300 and S400, as same as the AMD Llano A8 based S405 all have 1366×768 resolution and glossy display coating. On the Intel based models storage space capacity options are maximum 500GB, while the S405 has up to 1TB. In addition, the S400 and S405 offer optional SSD of up to 32GB and I assume its actually a flash module add-on which supplements the HDD and does not replace it.
These ultraportable notebooks are made of durable non-glossy plastics and have well known AccuType isle-style keyboards, like on virtually all Lenovo’s laptops today. The lids of the 0.86″ thin systems have a kind of soft-touch finish, which gives an impression of high quality. What I didn’t like on the S300 / S400 / S405 which were showcased at the IFA 2012 Show are sealed bottoms, so the internal components such as RAM and storage are most likely not user upgradeable. However, the same problem is found on the majority of ultrabooks, so I can’t complain about that too much, so I can definitely recommend these laptops as affordable ultrabook alternatives.
Lenovo IdeaPad S300 video:
Lenovo IdeaPad S400 video: