Excerpt: After giving the new IdeaPad U110 its 15 minutes of fame in front of the camera, we got down to business. The 11.1-inch ultraportable is built like a tank -- a really, really lightweight tank. The uniquely-designed lid and (overly) glossy motif is a welcome change for Lenovo, but after a good bit of use, it's easy to see this one won't appeal to the masses. Click on for the full rundown of impressions and notes (and a video, too).
Pros: Super portable, Awesome trackpad, High-resolution LCD
Cons: Glossy, slick keyboard, Rather sluggish performance, Lackluster battery life
Excerpt: The Lenovo IdeaPad U110 11.1-inch laptop is a player in the latest craze for ultra-portable computing. What separates the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is an exquisite Tendril texture of vines and buttercup flowers etched into the aluminum casing. The design is carried out strategically on the backside of the laptop. It is a conversation starter and definitely an eye catcher. The shiny black keys seem able to withstand constant use without losing the lettering or shininess.
Conclusion: Most of the IdeaPad's software bundle is what you'd expect -- trial versions of Norton AntiVirus and Microsoft Office; CyberLink's Power2Go for burning music, video, and photo DVDs and CDs; a handy EasyCapture utility for taking snapshots with the 1.3-megapixel webcam above the screen. Shuttle Center II is an eye-candy alternative to Windows Media Center for perusing and using your MP3s, images, and other multimedia files.
Conclusion: The IdeaPad is an excellent freshman outing from Lenovo, especially in the style category; who would have thought Lenovo had it in them? Certainly not us, that’s for sure. We also like the form-factor a lot too, as mini-PCs like the Asus Eee PC are a bit too small for practical use, and 13.3” notebooks are basically full-sized, so the U110 fits perfectly into its own niche called “very small and very portable.
Pros: Very small and light; stylish; lots of great accessories; face recognition
Cons: Display is very grainy; keyboard is difficult to type on; no 80211.n capability
Summary: Y'know, the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 does have one more thing in common with the MacBook Air: despite all the flaws, we still feel compelled to pick it up and check it out. The keyboard takes a little getting used to and it's reasonably powerful for its size. But considering how difficult it is to see the screen in some lighting conditions, make sure that it's worth the asking price for your needs when it launches in the UK later this year.
Summary: The IdeaPad U110 has much more going for it than its artistic style and good looks, as its performance indicates. However, its closest competitor—the ASUS U2E (starting at $1,999)—features a built-in optical drive, a genuine leather casing, and a solid state drive option. Nevertheless, the U110’s fashion-forward design, along with its long battery life and bright LED-backlit display, make it one of our favorite ultraportables.
Pros: li dir"ltr" style"MARGIN-RIGHT 0px"Ultra-fashionable design, li dir"ltr" style"MARGIN-RIGHT 0px"Solid battery life, li dir"ltr" style"MARGIN-RIGHT 0px"Sleek responsive touch controls, li dir"ltr" style"MARGIN-RIGHT 0px"Impressive frameless LED-backlit display,
Cons: External optical drive, Glossy design picks up smudges quickly, Keyboard a bit slippery, Weak speakers,
Summary: It looks great and has fast specifications for an ultraportable laptop. It's a good thing it comes with a second, larger battery though, because its small battery produced a very low run-time in our tests. Nevertheless, if it's a lightweight powerhouse that you want, this one is ideal.
Pros: Stylish, comfortable to use, very good performance for office applications and media encoding, very light, ships with a second, larger battery, optical drive
Cons: Screen had a grainy look to it and creaked a little when we moved it, lacks 802.11 draft-n and Gigabit networking, batteries were hard to remove