At under 3 lb. and just .58″ thick across the board, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s is in many ways a prototype of the ultrabook class. Lenovo put plenty of thought into the design of the little notebook’s keyboard, and the pleasantly rounded keys don’t have the same uncomfortably shallow feel to them as many of its peers that cut corners to shave off inches.
Beyond its thoughtful design, the IdeaPad U300s felt solid, and it offers the standard i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, all in a sub 3 lb. shell. While it doesn’t sport an SD card slot, Lenovo’s ultrabook is a solid choice in an 13″ ultraportable, and it’s available now for $1,199. Did we mention that it comes in orange?
Samsung Series 9 is a handsome, high-end choice
The new Samsung Series 9 is a shoo-in. Last year’s Series 9 ultralight was already ahead of the curve — in fact, it made a point of asserting itself as the lightest notebook on the market. Samsung has had a year to refine its ultra-portable model, and the new Series 9 is as polished and good-looking as it is powerful.
Taylor Hatmaker is a senior editor at Tecca. She graduated from New York University and hails from the South, but these days she can be found on the leftmost coast. You can read more of her writing on Autostraddle, or catch up with her micro-thoughts on Twitter. Tecca is a next-generation personal electronics information and shopping service. We bring together the web’s leading content, commerce, and community features to provide comprehensive solutions for consumers’ ever-growing technology needs. Think of us as that tech savvy friend who helps you when you have questions about what to buy, what to pay, how to make the most of you already have, and when it’s time to upgrade. Get to know us on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.