The Ideapad 300S reminds me of a scene in the original Iron Man film where Tony Stark, while designing his suit, tells his computer to “throw a little hot-rod red in there.” The plastic notebook is a beautiful shade of red that looks like it came right off of a race car. Several Laptop Mag staffers expressed their love for the shade of red, although the notebook is also available in black and silver.
Lenovo Intel Celeron
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15.6-inch High Definition Display
Available in Ebony Black, the Lenovo Ideapad 300 has the option of a 15.6-inch HD (1366×768) display delivering bright, crisp visuals in 16:9 widescreen format. You can move data between the Ideapad 300 and other devices quickly with USB 3.0. Up to ten times faster than previous USB technologies, it’s also backward-compatible. With up to 500 HDD storage, you won’t have to worry about where to put all your data, videos, music, or photos.
When I listened to R. City’s “Locked Away,” I was hit by clear and loud mids and highs, which were no doubt helped by the Dolby Digital Plus software preinstalled on the Ideapad 300S. The bass wasn’t quite strong enough for my liking, but it was still noticeable.
Ports and Webcam
The Ideapad 300S has all of the standard ports you tend to see on a laptop, plus one interesting addition: an Ethernet port, which you don’t find on a ton of mainstream consumer laptops.The Ethernet port, which needs to be pulled down a bit to fit the cable in it, is on the right side of the laptop, between two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. On the left side, you’ll find a lock slot, a power adapter port, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader and a headphone-microphone combo jack.
Intel Celeron N3050
The processor cores are based on the Airmont architecture, which is basically a slightly modified shrink of the previous Silvermont core. While performance per clock has not been improved, the more efficient 14 nm process leads to a better utilization of the CPU Burst (alias Turbo Boost) and a therefore somewhat higher overall performance.
Software and Warranty
The 300S comes with a one-year warranty on parts, labor and phone support, but it can be extended if you’re willing to shell out for it. Another $19 adds a year of support from an in-home technician, and $39 will protect it from drops, spills and surges. All of these services also come in two- or three-year options.