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£280 Lenovo IdeaPad S300: A decent Ultrabook-like laptop with affordable price tag

Lenovo is not the world’s biggest PC manufacturer for no reason. Products like the IdeaPad S300 (S for Slimbook) have raised the profile of the Chinese company globally. This particular model is on sale at Amazon for £280 and that’s a 30 per cent saving off its recommended retail price.

The product runs on a dual-core Intel Pentium ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) 987 processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive, Windows 7 Home Premium (no Windows 8 unfortunately), a 13.3in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, a webcam, island style keyboard (which Lenovo calls Accutype), Dolby Advanced Audio, HDMI, three USB ports, Ethernet, all packed in a chassis which the PC builder says feature as “tactile metallic finish”.

Surprisingly for a laptop of this price, the IdeaPad S300 also has a rather large touchpad which Lenovo says make the whole touchpad experience more intuitive.

Also bundled in the laptop are a OneKey rescue system which helps user recover files should the system be corrupted as well as Lenovo Energy Management 7.0 which allows the laptop to intelligently manage its battery life which is quoted to be up to five hours.

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