Conclusion: This portable is not for power users or frequent cross-country fliers who need long battery life. But if you take mainly shorter trips and are looking for an affordable touch-screen ultrabook to juggle basic everyday tasks, we suggest you make the U310 Touch one of your top choices.
Pros: Great keyboard, Intelligent design touches, Impressive tech support
Summary: Boasting an excellent keyboard and clickpad, impressive audio and a design elegant enough to blend in with notebooks twice its price, the $549 Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch is almost the perfect notebook for budget-minded back-to-school shoppers. However, a few shortcomings -- particularly short battery life -- prevent this system from earning an Editor's Choice.
Conclusion: Lenovo's IdeaPad U310 should have been one of the best Ultrabooks to date. Priced at under £650, it marries the capabilities of an Intel Core processor with the speed of a solid-state cache and delivers the responsiveness we've come to expect from a premium machine at a more palatable price. With a great keyboard, sturdy build quality and an attractive design, the U310 has almost all of the right ingredients.
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 is an all-around decent ultrabook that's perfectly priced for back-to-school shoppers, but there are plenty of alternatives with nearly identically prices and features.
Pros: The IdeaPad U310 offers up an attractive design and all the basic bells and whistles of a 13-inch ultrabook for $799, including plenty of USB ports and Ethernet.
Cons: The thicker, heavier design weighs a bit more than last year's U300s, and there aren't any SSD-only upgrade options.
Summary: The Lenovo U310 laptop is the first of a new breed of Ultrabook that’s a little chubbier and a tinch slower, but much more affordable. Every other major computer maker– Dell , HP , Sony –is going to have an Intel-certified Ultrabook at this price point soon, if they don’t have one already. Among this group, the U310 is a solid option, even if it’s clearly made some concessions for price. The Lenovo U310 is a solidly-built, good-looking machine.
Lenovo Ideapad U310 review – a proper budget ultrabook
21 August 2012
Summary: With the IdeaPad U310, Lenovo shows that budget ultrabooks are not a myth and good 13.3 inch ultra-portable laptops cab be bought for about $700. Of course, the U310 still has its issues, but the overall package is good enough to make it my favorite cheap ultrabook right now.
Pros: good looking, sturdy, excellent keyboard and trackpad, good performances, decent speakers, runs fairly cool and quiet, good price
Cons: the screen is quite poor, sub-par battery life, heavier than most competitors, some units have wireless issues (which can be fixed though)
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 is a well made Ultrabook with a premium casing and a unique, stylish design (no echoes of the MacBook Air here). It has a better than average keyboard, a very usable trackpad, good support tools and an attractive price. If you're not entranced by SSD drives and their bump-immune robustness, the 500 gig conventional hard drive lets you carry lots of videos and other large files on the go.
Pros: Unique design with excellent materials, good keyboard and trackpad.