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Lenovo U300s Owners Thread

Discussion in 'IdeaPad & Essential' started by Buckhippo, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Buckhippo

    Buckhippo Newbie

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    Hi all. I was on of the first to get my hands on the U300s and love it. Since there aren't many of us who own the u300s, it was suggested to me to start an Owners thread. So here it is!

    Insofar as any questions or concerns, I find that the u300s has been a stellar laptop replacement. I own the i7 256GB and am very happy with the performance and ergonomics. So far, I don't have any issues with it but if you would like for me to answer some questions, please feel free to post them here. We have started a pretty good discussion on the U300s on Amazon.com as well.

    Look forward to hearing form other u300s owners!

    Buck
     
  2. BigNerd

    BigNerd Notebook Evangelist

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    Not an owner but I would like to read your about your experience with it.

    The ASUS Zenbook threads are chock full of issues with having to update drivers, reflashing the BIOS, poor touchpad response, quirky keyboard and... wait for it... getting electrical shocks when plugging in USB peripherals.

    While I understand more people will complain than praise, I don't see those kind if posts in the Tohsiba Z830 thread. No one has really started an Acer S3 thread either but I'm trying to track all the ultrabook posts to see how they stack up against each other.

    What are your initial pros and cons... and how is the battery life? Also... what about heat and/or fan noise?
     
  3. JAYK1

    JAYK1 Notebook Enthusiast

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  4. AzharM

    AzharM Newbie

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    Hi Folks,

    I got my U300s today and have been doing installations on it. One thing that I need help on is the synaptics mouse pad.

    I have this problem with my U460 too.. basically when I move my index finger with my thumb on the left mouse button, my mouse pointer becomes like a cross "+" which the pointer that moves/resize windows and resizes my screen size...this does not happen everytime but frequent enough that it's annoying..does anyone else have this problem and knows how to fix?

    Will write more about U300s once I've used it a bit but right now this issue is driving me nuts!
     
  5. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    Happy to see the Amazon review crew over here for more communication! I'm still waiting on my orange core i7 model. Happy to read your reviews and follow the great information. Hopefully I'll eventually be an owner as well. Thanks!
     
  6. AzharM

    AzharM Newbie

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    dan, have you already ordered? If you are waiting on availability then look here: Dynamism - Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

    It seems like it may be available here. I don't know, I've not tried putting it in shopping cart there to see what the actual shipping date may be.
     
  7. AzharM

    AzharM Newbie

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    btw, for those who may be having similar issues as mine, I found the setting for it...if you go to mouse properties via control panel and then click on "Device Setting" tab..from there click on settings button and it will bring you to window where you can set various settings/enhancements. Mine was being caused by "pinch to zoom". I set that to off and now it's working fine.
     
  8. Buckhippo

    Buckhippo Newbie

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    Glad you got it figured out. I was going to reply saying it must be a setting issue in the multigesture features of the synaptic touchpad device settings. :D

    Agree with previous post that Asus has had a world of issues! Sad because it looks like a freakin awesome ultrabook. I went through two of them before returning them both and got the U300s and won't look back! It's been awesome.

    Also, got a case logic 13" black sleeve for it that I think was meant for the macbook air but works great. It's got a side pouch that hold my ethernet connector, a mini USB port replicator, AND the power supply. Crazy how I can fit all that in this case. The case is made out of neoprene so its stretchy but everything I mentioned fits in well without much effort or stretch.

    No overheating issues either. Use it all the time on my lap in bed or one the couch, etc and it's so quiet sometimes I doze off and totally forget I had the thing on my lap!

    Great seeing everyone here! U300S users shall unite and take over the world! Muahahaha!!

    (Pinky and the Brain moment) :D
     
  9. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey Azhar, thanks for the info. I ordered mine from ABT.com on November 9. ...at a much better price, too (the orange 256mb core i7). If you search U300s on their site though, it will say discontinued. I've checked with them and my order is placed.. I just have to wait!

    I've searched the web over for information... the latest I've heard is directly from Lenovo that there were a few first production models that shipped, but the US release has not yet officially happened, and the delay is apparently due to the floods in Thailand. One Lenovo rep told me they've been hearing rumors of December 9th, but no guarantee.

    I will most definitely post pics and my observations about it when I do eventually get it!
     
  10. 328is

    328is Notebook Enthusiast

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    Jumped here from the Amazon thread, still waiting for mine.
    I had to return two UX 31 due to WiFi issues.
     
  11. JAYK1

    JAYK1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Alright! Glad to hear some more hands on reviews!

    Haven't had that issue with the touchpad but glad you were able to change the settings for your needs.

    I mentioned before but will reiterate - NO wifi issues with my U300S at all.

    Looking forward to hearing more from folks as they get them. Dan - not too much longer for you I hope!!

    Jay
     
  12. AzharM

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    Question for folks who have already received U300s and have been using it:

    If you compress the right hand side area where the palm rests, does it feel flex and squeaky to you? When I press the right side area to touchpad it feels flex and squeaky but all other areas like left side of touchpad or top of keyboard etc are solid and there is no flex or squeak. I want to make sure I didn't get a faulty piece so seeking input in that regard.

    I've been setting it up since yesterday and so far I love it. Wi-fi works great and its speed is quite fast and reliable.

    I've not been able to use it to do a full review and will take some time to do it but this thing is light and slim and a pleasure to hold.

    Thanks!
     
  13. asudmb

    asudmb Newbie

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    Hi. I landed here searching for the US release date for the U300s.

    Are any of you located in the United States? If so, where did you purchase the U300s?
     
  14. AzharM

    AzharM Newbie

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    asudmb, I purchased mine at tigerdirect.com.

    I first ordered at amazon.com but the status kept showing "temporarily out of order"...after few days I cancelled order at amazon and placed order at abt.com -- week or so later their product page started showing "discontinued" and my order with them kept showing "back ordered" -- I lost faith in them and placed order at tigerdirect.com and received my laptop after two days. However, the price difference between amazon/abt.com and tigerdirect is $100+

    Hope this helps.
     
  15. asudmb

    asudmb Newbie

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    Thank you, AzharM!

    I will check TigerDirect.

    Like you, I placed an order with The Microsoft Store. I even called to make sure they had it. I was assured they did. However, after the order was placed, I received an email telling me it was back ordered.

    It's very frustrating!

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  16. Buckhippo

    Buckhippo Newbie

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    In regards to the flex issue, I notice it when I hold the laptop by a corner and this puts strain on the body of the U300s. I have had my laptop for over a month and have no problem with the hinge or build quality. In fact, it has been with me on trips and has done remarkable.

    I got mine from TigerDirect as well Asudmb and I literally drove to their warehouse to pick up the only one they had back in late October. I got very lucky because I got it before the release date and I think the lady at the warehouse didn't realize how sought after this laptop has become. I figure this was probably going to be their display model but I got it as soon as the shipment arrived. Lucky me!

    I will end up getting an orange one just to have it and because I just love the U300s design. For me, it's perfect.
     
  17. FernandezExchange

    FernandezExchange Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all. Have had the U300s for about a month now. Still loving it. Like Buckhippo, I also posted my review in Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-10802B...iewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

    I used to have the "flexing" and "creaking" issue that others brought up here, and even cited in my review. But over time, this has gone away. Hopefully, it subsides for you out there too.

    I am having two issues that I wanted to get discussions going on:

    1) the WiFi sometimes is not able to connect to my home network. It'll work fine 15 times in a row, but then it won't and it can't connect until I reset the router. Anyone else seeing this? Any suggestions?

    2) I've repartitioned the drives and adjusted the size of the C: and made a bigger D: drive, all from the original C: partition. I haven't touched any of the hidden ones. But now can't get OneKey Recovery to work properly in Windows. It works fine when I start it using the OKR button on the side and looks like I should be able to restore the system (haven't confirmed, but at least can see the factory image and am able to look for other folders. Main problem is that I now can't create updated images for OKR.

    Anyone else having this issue? Any suggestions?

    Can I just get rid of OKR and just tap the hidden partitions to use that precious space?

    Look forward to feedback. Thanks.
     
  18. Buckhippo

    Buckhippo Newbie

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    1) WiFi - Instead of rebooting the router, did you try to just shut down and restart the laptop? I assume you did. I would suggest if it is a router problem to maybe look at upgrading the router software? Just a thought.

    2) I am not sure about the OneKey recovery as it may have been installed when they installed Windows for the first time as a combo. Other posts I have read claim that yes you can get the hidden partitions assimilated into your main drive but then you can forget about having the onekey feature available if that's important to you. In fact, once the hidden partition is removed, Lenovo states that you will have to take it back to them to reset it. Personally, I'm not screwing with this. My feeling is that is has something to do with the registry key in Windows. Maybe since OKR sensed a change in the system (registry or drive size) that it is no longer active? As a self protecting mechanism? Wish I could help more bud.

    Best of luck!

    Buck
     
  19. AzharM

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  20. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    As far as re-partitioning goes... I've read other threads in the IdeaPad & Essential forums for other Lenovo machines; partitioning with the one key restore functionality.

    I'll try and find the exact source, but it appears that any tampering with the partition sizes, etc. will break the one key restore. There are several threads of people that have done this on older Ideapad laptops...

    I would consult specific to Lenovo info on SSDs before partitioning, etc. It's not like the good ole days when we could easily resize, reallocate and move partitions. Also, I think there is a download ISO to repair the OKR if needed.
     
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